OSS is a very small, minuscule architectural office. Despite this, the products and services of this office are relatively diverse. Stranger still, in recent years many of these products became quite popular, were awarded multiple prizes and published widely: The documentary film The Competition and the spatial design for the incubator Factoría Cultural in Matadero Madrid, are the two latest examples of this heterogeneous production…
How can we make such different products without going bankrupt, both financially and intellectually? What do these works have in common? What makes some works successful and others, with similar dedication, go unnoticed? It is possible that these two, The Competition and Factoría Cultural, well portray a particular historical, cultural, economic and political moment. From a viewpoint far enough away its value depends more on its label represents the world around them than its specific making that in any case, must meet more than adequate expectations.
Angel Borrego Cubero (Spain, 1967) was trained in architecture, with a PhD from ETSA Madrid and a MArch from Princeton University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He has been teaching and practicing Architecture since the ‘90s and at the same time he has been developing an interdisciplinary body of works that deal with issues such as the contemporary urban condition, the negotiations between private and public space, violence, surveillance and fictions in architecture. Using mainly site specific installations, new media and video installations, his work has been exhibited in internationally acclaimed venues such as the Art Fair ARCO, the National Museum of Art Reina Sofia, LABoral, Artium, El Matadero Madrid etc. In 1999, he founded Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS), an art and architecture office, which develops research projects (Mutant Bridges, Pump Up Housing, Post Tsunami Housing, Urban Space Station), designs projects for exhibition spaces, housing and social housing, urban planning strategies (Solar Decathlon Madrid, Masterplan for the 1st Art Biennial 01sj in California USA), rehabilitation projects (Film School Pedro Almodovar, Cultural Factory in El Matadero Madrid). Ángel Borrego Cubero is also the director of The Competition, the first film documenting the tense developments that characterize architectural contests.
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