Sanz Serif, a makeshift nickname earned as a result of my typographic likes, is the umbrella under which I present the diverse facets of my work: academic research on architecture and urbanism, design speculations, graphic design, curatorial and editorial work, and writings developed individually or collaborately, in institutional settings or independently.

Current focus: Workscapes.

WBL / #OFFICE

OFFICE, at Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Daria Scagliola

AUTOMATED LANDSCAPES, BY MARTEN KUIJPERS AND VICTOR MUÑOZ SANZ

More than forty years after Constant’s New Babylon, the architecture of full automation is currently being implemented across the Netherlands. From its main port in Rotterdam, to its productive hinterlands, the logic and relations that define the physical and social landscape of work and labour are being redefined by machines, data and interfaces.   

OFFICE, at Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Victor Muñoz Sanz

As robots and smart systems take over the toil, landscapes, working environments, the workers that populate them, and what they do, transform. Traditional port crane operators are now replaced by office workers seated in control rooms that oversee 24/7 operations. The container terminal offices are an open field of flexible workstations, meeting rooms, and lockers, enclosed by a collection of concrete barricades, chain-link fencing, and CCTV cameras that prevent unauthorized access. In the countryside, dairy and horticultural farmers oversee ever-growing automated operations through dashboards on desktop computers or smartphone apps. Cows and temporary workers become data, and their bodies are managed as abstract components of a larger system, which can be accessed from anywhere by logging on the cloud.

OFFICE, at Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Victor Muñoz Sanz

It is in these spaces of production and control where the architecture of Johan Huizinga’s homo ludens is being reenacted and reimagined. Yet far from being the basis of a new creative way of life as envisioned by Constant, humans and non-humans become passive observers, and servers, of systems that seem to run the territory themselves.

OFFICE, at Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Victor Muñoz Sanz

#OFFICE is one of the exhibitors invited by the curator of Work, Body, Leisure, the official Dutch presentation at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

OFFICE, at Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Victor Muñoz Sanz

Opened on May 26, 2018, and runs through November 25 2018. 

See also: ALA / Automated Landscapes, APM / FutureLand, LOU / Lights Out!, PAR / Platform Architectures