• Everyday: A Discreet Power in Architecture
    Vanessa Grossman, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, and Ciro Miguel
    Ruby Press, 2021
    Vanessa Grossman, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes & Ciro Miguel

Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB, Rooftop Swimming Pool, Sesc 24 de Maio, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Ciro Miguel.

Within the last decade, the potential of the everyday has influenced both practical and theoretical domains of architecture and urbanism by triggering a new ethic and aesthetic of humbleness. Everyday: A Discreet Power in Architecture is a thorough analysis of this line of inquiry that reframes what appears to be the most trivial dimension of reality—the everyday—as an intrinsic mediator in the ongoing production of architecture and the city. The discrete power of the everyday lies in its ability to translate the way we use basic materials, occupy space, and inhabit and maintain architecture, into common practices, which are more conciliatory than divisive. The daily routines of human beings—regardless of where they come from, who they are, and where and how they live—can be boiled down to primary needs met by architecture and embedded in space: a clean home, a warm meal, a bathroom with running water, a well-lit street. The book is the result of the work and research culminating in the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo.

Vanessa Grossman is an architect, a historian of architecture, and a curator working on architecture’s intersections with ideology, power, and government policies. She holds a professional diploma in architecture and urbanism from the University of São Paulo, a master's degree in the history of architecture from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and has recently completed her PhD in the history and theory of architecture at Princeton University. Grossman is the 2015 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing from the Graham Foundation. She was selected postdoctoral researcher as one of first two fellows of the newly created Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture at ETH Zurich (deferred to 2019–20). She was the assistant curator of La modernité, promesse ou menace? the French Pavilion at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale (2014), which received a special mention from the jury, and cocurator of the exhibition Une architecture de l'engagement: L'AUA (1960–85) at the Cité de l'architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (2015–16), both together with Jean-Louis Cohen.

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is an architect, urban designer, and contemporary scholar. After interning at Coop Himmelb(l)au, she graduated magna cum laude from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille with “a Women Social Centre in Baghdad,” tackling political and social involvements of architecture. Principal of the urban design practice OMNIBUS, Malterre-Barthes is director of the MAS Urban Design at the Chair of Marc Angélil at ETH Zurich since 2014. She holds a PhD from ETH Zurich on “Food Territories” and the effects of the political economy of food on the built environment, with a focus on Egypt. She coauthored with Marc Angélil Housing Cairo: The Informal Response (Ruby Press, 2016) (DAM prizewinner 2016) and Cairo Desert Cities (Ruby Press, 2017). Malterre-Barthes is a founding member of the Parity Group, a grassroots association committed to improving gender equality in architecture.

Ciro Miguel is an architect, visual artist, and photographer. He holds a professional diploma in architecture and urbanism from the University of São Paulo and a master’s research degree in advanced architectural design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He works as assistant professor in architectural design at ETH Zurich since 2013, collaborating with the departmental chair, Marc Angélil, since 2014. He was a partner at Angelo Bucci/ SPBR arquitetos in 2003–07 and 2010–13, and an architect at Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York from 2008 to 2010. As an architect and artist, he participated in various exhibitions in both Brazil and Europe, including the two last editions of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and the International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo in 2016.