fake it twice is a platform for architecture and research begun by Brendon Carlin in 2020. Working with dozens of collaborators, influences, muses and mutants, our research develops new histories through close readings of architecture and subjectivities - forms, and forms-of-life. In short, one of our most important underlying ambitions is to develop ways to expose and suspend architecture and the city as traps for never-ending production (which, increasingly, produces no historical effects whatsoever). For too long, architects and other workers have been obliged to live a life not for pleasure and enjoyment, but as a means to an end.
Lately, what we have witnessed manifesting very clearly is that, in a seeming paradox, a ‘dissolution’ of architecture, historical typologies, old modes of working and planned divisions of space are accompanied by increasing control, regulation, parsing, codification, and capture. The more tightly contained and regulated, the more unplannable and blurry. Despite the fact that this kind of tendency is oppressive because we are obligated to struggle and adapt, our architecture departs from the theory that these tendencies hold some yet untapped power.
Indeed, adaptation is a sign of our shared inessentiality. Inessentiality becomes a kind of core potentiality when it reveals the fact that we are not predestined to repeat history or our genetic coding, or to do or be anyone or thing, or to live or work in any particular form. As Aristotle discovered but quickly abandoned, since at least the invention of language, we are beings without any preordained work, destiny or nature – this is precisely why we have a possibility of Politics and Architecture.
Therefore, we are interested in Architecture that pushes dissolution and misuse much deeper. That rejects the re-assertion of the archē (the beginning that never ceases to begin, to command, to order) or of conceptual, managerial and formal devices to reterritorialize and codify; maintaining an ancient principle of monopoly on decision making and control. We are interested in opening forms and spectacles once typologised, plannified, separated, restricted and prescribed to the possibility of new Uses: to experimentation with architectures and realities by inhabitants and users.
Houses like infrastructure yesterday, infrastructure like houses today.
Architecture like Nature yesterday, nature like architecture today.