Alejandra Navarrete Llopis Lecture
This is not your door: Spaces of Exclusion in New York—The Lottery, the Membership and the Application
This lecture will explore the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion at three different scales in New York City: the domestic spaces of mixed-income developments resulting from inclusionary housing programs; the leisure interiors of social clubs offering privacy, security and comfort; and the educational settings of colleges and universities responding to contemporary discussions on fair admission, minorities and diversity.
This is not your door maps the connection between the transformation of the urban landscape, the admission to these interior environments and the design of new communities, articulated through the legal documents of the lottery (in the case of the affordable domestic interiors), the membership and the application (as in the case of social clubs and universities, respectively.) These regulations and documents granting access shape the daily life spaces of New York, designing economic, class, gender, age and race differences.
The aim is not only to unveil the relationship between the legal frames and the places we inhabit but also to envision alternative models of inclusion and accessibility.
Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York based architect. She is the principal of Nami Studio, an architecture design and curatorial office working on public and private projects in Europe and in the US, including the exhibition design for the Iberoamerican Art Museum of Alcalá de Henares University. Her work has been granted by NYSCA, the Graham Foundation, and by other European institutions. She was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. Previously, she co-founded PKMN, a research based architect’s collective, that has been widely awarded, published and exhibited. She has also collaborated with design offices such as Solid Arquitectura, receiving several prizes and honorable mentions, including the first prize for the Performing Arts Center International Competition in Seoul, and for the “Aguila-Alcatel” Apartment Building in Madrid, exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Navarrete was trained at ETSAMadrid and IUAVenezia and graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University GSAPP, where she has been Adjunct Assistant Professor. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.