The ensemble of texts, research, essays, images and photographs you will find in this channel, has shaped my studies at Studio For Immediate Spaces over the years 2022/2023.
What you will encounter in between the following words has been a truly inspirational journey to get closer physically and mentally to the architectural structure called the wash house and known as the lavoir. The reader delves into the necessity to put maintenance, reproductive labours and care at the forefront of architectural discourses and heritage discussion. I learn that conflictual matters within one public space and consequently our behaviour can be drastically sensitised through the investigation of its inhabitant, its rituals and, most importantly, its communal domains. I believe the infrastructure of the lavoir will then serve as a framework to unfold dialogues around the topics of care and maintenance that I found relevant for the growth of any spatial practice.
You are more than welcome to print the following pdfs and assemble them yourself.
The file Lavoir - Wash House Reader must be printed on A4s, in black and white, double-sided, and flipped on the long edge.
The file Lavoir - Visual Essay must be printed on A4s, in colours, double-sided, and flipped on the long edge. These pages are meant to be freely inserted between the words and documents of the reader by visual association.
At last, glue bind the spine of the booklet and enjoy your navigation through the lavoir.