Architecture diploma.

Type : Public space
Year : 2020
Teacher : Frank Minnaërt, Brent Patterson
Partner : Hugo Suchet
Location : /

What is Dissolute consumption ?
We assume that contemporary consumption has been dissolved in space and reflects the digital revolution: we call it dissolute, diffuse, and evanescent. The act of purchasing
is now possible from everywhere and thus extends the consumption domain to every place. Moreover, with the advent of the human attention economy, dissolute consumption is not only buying objects, it is also consuming screen time, entertainment, and images broadcasted by digital interfaces.

Why Dissolution attempts to public space integrity ?
We assume that Dissolution attempts to public space integrity by making it support for advertising and ubiquitous surveillance. Indeed, the logic of customer surveillance present online is spreading into the tangible world and therefore into public space. Commercial companies are searching to extend their surveillance domain to improve consumer patterns and insidious influence processes.

Why a handbook for citizen resistance ?
We believe in citizen mobilization efficiency to protect public space values. We condemn the vision of a user-citizen, preferring the vision of a citizen as an active individual, informed about the mechanisms of consumption and the processes of influence. To facilitation and technological assistance, we respond that the individual and collective capacity for action can be increased and not replaced by digital.

Resisting the Dissolution of consumption in public space also means defending the spontaneity of the city and the serendipity of the streets.
Resist inviting citizens to raise their heads, to reconnect with the real and inexhaustible spectacle of the city.