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Plan Común

Plan Común is a Chilean-French practice founded in 2012 (Santiago, Chile) and based in Paris since 2018. It is led by four partners: Kim Courrèges, Felipe De Ferrari, Sacha Discors and Nissim Haguenauer. Since its formation, Plan Común has produced strategies to maximize and strengthen collective space—understood as a key aspect of architecture, regardless of its scale or program—using simple architectural tools, including critical discourse, research, design, and building. The studio follows a critical and strategic approach to briefs and commissions, in order to transform spatial hierarchy and uses. Plan Común led an international research project titled "Common Places", a series of formal strategies for the transformation of our collective spaces (2012–2018). Plan Común also developed research focused on the future of Santiago’s General Cemetery as a metropolitan public park (2015–2018).

Plan Común projects have been exhibited at the X Sao Paulo Biennale (2013), Haus der Architektur Graz (2016), 4th Lisbon Triennale (2016), 25th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016), and Triennale de Milano (2020). The studio co-curated the Forum Basel exhibition at the Swiss Architecture Museum (2017). Since relocating the studio to France, Plan Común has been awarded the first prize in the public competition "Lot PETIT - Saint-Vincent-de-Paul," a social housing competition in Paris, France (in progress, along with Kuehn Malvezzi and Nicolas Dorval Bory) and the development of "Grand Lilas," the transformation of the Fort de Romainville in Les Lilas, France.
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Common Places

International and collaborative research conducted by Plan Común focuses on the production of spatial strategies to maximize and strengthen collective space. This work is the result of a dialogue and exchange between architects operating in different cities around the world in order to identify shared issues within the built environment, culture, and commons. These commonalities are sought through architectural discipline and knowledges—from landscape to infrastructure.

The research process is an exercise to introduce and delineate new narratives, protocols, and habits for the available spaces of global cities. A compilation of strategies that could inspire new conditions could, in an ideal case, be used as a sort of manual to be appropriated, manipulated, and translated in different political and cultural contexts.

Collaboration and cooperation are an integral part of the collective approach to practicing architecture. This research is an attempt to demonstrate the necessity of such approaches. The force of architecture relies on the fact that it is a common field of knowledge rather than a mere superposition of elitist desires.

The work presented in Common Places began in 2012 and ended with the new wave of global authoritarianism and the violent expansion of neoliberalism. The collective realm has been a direct victim. Common sense is precisely what is at stake in the present context of socio-ecological crisis. Through a critical attitude towards physical and cultural contexts, this installation asserts that architecture can appropriate reality in radical and unexpected ways, making visible its potential and contradictions to develop projects that enable emancipatory ideas to become generous spaces for the people.

Past Works

Common Places, Public Building

Common Places, Nove Fuzine

La Chapelle International

Petit Social Housing

Petit Social Housing