A Series of Nocturnal Theses
HEAD – Genève
Developed as part of the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA) at HEAD – Genève, this series of theses explores the role of night in the development of contemporary cities and societies, challenging the obliteration of night in the construction of architectural discourse and agency.
Les nuits fantastiques. L’utopie du festival d’Avoriaz
This thesis focuses on the Avoriaz International Fantasy Film Festival, aiming to shed light on the dynamics that initially contributed to its success and subsequently led to its decline. Despite maintaining a strong media presence throughout its existence, the Avoriaz festival is now largely forgotten. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the festival's launch in 2023, this work provides an opportunity to reflect on the memory and legacy of this event. Established in 1973 with the purpose of promoting the Avoriaz ski resort through night events, the festival thrived during the emergence of a new generation of fantasy filmmakers. Notable figures such as Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, David Lynch, John Carpenter, George Miller, Luc Besson, David Cronenberg, James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven, and Peter Jackson were featured, all of whom benefited from the visibility provided by the festival in their early careers. Over two decades, it served as a gateway for many fantasy enthusiasts of the time and significantly contributed to the democratization of the genre in France.
Technospace: The Intangible Elements Comprising its Architecture
The study delves into the techno and rave culture that emerged and permeated the world in the early 1990s. Key focal points include the phenomenon of collective dancing, innovative party formats, the centrality of music, and the exuberant appropriation of diverse spaces, all of which contribute to the rich history of raving. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of Poland's transformation post the fall of communism in 1989, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of the techno scene. Examining the spatial progression of techno venues, from their illicit underground origins to their commercialized maturity, epitomized by colossal festivals and immersive interiors in techno clubs, this paper explores the contemporary potential of these transient environments. In these spaces, the body and dance continue to play pivotal roles in self-exploration and fostering a sense of social belonging.
L’architecture au service du travail du sexe
The architecture that best suits sex workers encompasses a diverse range of settings, spanning from public spaces like streets to private environments such as living rooms, homes, and hotels. Sex work has historically been intertwined with urban landscapes, and its spatial manifestations offer insights into societal structures and public policies. The design of brothels not only reflects regulatory frameworks but also mirrors market dynamics, supply and demand, and the perspectives of proprietors. Architectural choices, whether featuring windows for street visibility or opting for complete opacity, play a crucial role in shaping the environment. Architecture has an immediate impact on and internalizes the working conditions of sex workers. This study aims to unveil the locations and spatial organization of sex work in Geneva. To contextualize the approach, contemporary feminist ideologies are explored. Exploring the historical facets of sex work, an analysis is conducted on the spatial configurations that have accompanied it across different periods and locations. Subsequently, the current situation in Geneva is investigated through three case studies. Through direct interviews with individuals directly involved, the aim is to discern an optimal layout for a space designed to cater to sex workers and their profession. The overarching goal of this research is to conceptualize spaces that facilitate a semantic shift from perceiving the individual as a "prostitute" (an active object) to recognizing them as a "worker" (a subject).
MAIA: Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (HEAD – Genève)
Head of Department: Dr. Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina de Luigi
Tutors: Vera Sacchetti, Roberto Zancan, Meriem Chabani
Photos : Guillaume Collignon, Pool Photos HEAD - Genève