A collaborative project
The Fautory was born long time ago, in 2001, when the multiple collaborations among friends and colleagues begun to crystalize. Since then, we always wanted to keep that spirit of collaboration and collegiality as the source for architectural intelligence. This last episode we are presenting in digital format is simply the snapshot of a development that is still taking place.
The name The Fautory is an evolution of the idea of the 'fautor': a figure that, although archaic, is worth recuperating as a counterpoint to the individualistic author. A fautor is an abettor, an accomplice and a supporter, someone who is not thriving for authorship although her contribution remains essential. In sum: someone who collaborates.
This word play represents a homage and a recuperation: First, it stands as a celebration of the city where we have been living for the past eight years and where this practice was finally conceptualized: New York. The name Fautory recalls a moment in history when the second wave of Pop Art made a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural debates of this city. It is also the moment when many of our influences and teachers where educated. Thus, the intellectual roots of The Fautory depart from that moment to assume a failure it is worth pursuing: the uncharted territory between pop culture and dialectical materialism. We are very aware of the theoretical impossibility of that project and yet we still consider its synthesis an intellectual responsibility. After all, the world could be different. It is on us to attempt to imagine where and how those differences might be materialized.