Pamphlet Architecture 29: Ambiguous Spaces

Nannette Jackowski, Ricardo de Ostos

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     7 × 8.5 in (17.8 × 21.6 cm)
80 pages
100 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987958

Ambiguous Spaces, the newest installment in the Pamphlet Architecture series and a return to Pamphlet's own progressive roots, features the architectural fictions "The Pregnant Island" and "Nuclear Breeding." These two projects develop alternative urban concepts that address the challenges presented by the specific situations and social dynamics described in controversial locations such as the Brazilian Tucurui Dam, the Three Gorges Dam in China, and former English nuclear test sites. Using narrative techniques, fictional programs, ambiguous spaces, and building devices, Ambiguous Spaces explores people, communities, and even entire cities oppressed by a lack of freedom.

Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos are the principles of NaJa & deOstos, a London-based studio developed as a platform for experimental architecture.

Together they are the authors of The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad (Springer WienNewYork, 2007). Their projects have been exhibited at the 6th International Architecture Biennale in Sao Paulo/Brazil in 2005, the Summer Exhibition 2006 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and the London Festival of Architecture 2008. They are design tutors of an undergraduate unit at the AA School of Architecture in London.

Jackowski is a former project architect at Wilkinson Eyre Architects and has also worked for Zaha Hadid in London. She studied architecture at the University of Applied Science in Leipzig, Germany and completed a MArch course at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, UK under the direction of Peter Cook.

De Ostos is an architect who previously worked for Peter Cook, Future Systems, and Foster and Partners. He studied architecture and urban planning at Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and also holds a MArch from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, UK. De Ostos has taught at Lund University/Sweden and was the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture.

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