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Platlands is a space made up of self-constructed houses.

There is no urban zoning,
there are no typologies nor rules to follow,
there are no standard needs or standard families either among its inhabitants.

 

In Platlands you can find houses flattened to one dimension or
houses in which you can peek inside,
houses that are so grand they resemble castles or
houses with only one room.

 

In Platlands there is a little white space where you can draw your dreams house.

Platlands was created to encourage the discussion about houses.

The house is a continuously changing space: its evolution reflects social changes
Its form and structure strongly depend on domestic habits, on rules imposed
by urban planning laws, on energy efficiency parameters, on anti-sprawl policies,
and not last on cultural and economic shifts.

The house is also a poetic space, a space that represents the perduration of human needs. The image of the house withstood the industrial revolution, wars and reconstructions,
the pressure of extreme capitalism, and the mortgage crisis that we are facing,
preserving itself intact, at least in the idealised imagination of its residents
It is this imagery that Platlands wants to investigate.

The name is a portmanteau of Flatland and Plotlands.
Flatland, E.A. Abbott's fantasy novel, describes a multidimensional exploration
that helps us dealing with the uncomfortable travel between the real dimension
that we all know and the virtual realm in which we are every day more submerged;
and Plotlands, the name of a social phenomena that existed between the end of 19th century
and the beginning of the 21st described as “small pieces of land laid out in regular plots
in which a number of self built settlements were established in the South- east of England [...] characterized by the fact that they were largely built outside
the conventional planning system.” (Spatial Agency)

Platlands probes the virtual territory of fantastic houses that inhabits our imaginary,
the spaces that we harbor inside and that we can show only on rare occasions
We believe that new forms of living do not arise only from a conscious level,
but that they spring from people’s activities, what they feel,
what they perceive when they pay attention to their own inner space.
But it’s not only that, we are strongly convinced that the house can also become an experience that has to be built and conquered together.

Luana Iuliani is an architect, based in Madrid.
With a Master's Degree in Social Housing, she is interested in the suburban sprawl phenomenon and she loves maps.

Valeria Granillo is a multidisciplinary designer, based in Copenhagen,
working in the intersection between design, digital-art, technology and architecture. She is interested in virtual worlds, interactive objects and social effects of digital media

Daniele Piccone is a developer, based in Copenhagen.
Free software enthusiast, interested in data visualization and new media arts.

Marco Rizzetto is an architect, based in Madrid,
currently struggling with urban planning at work and learning German in his free time.