• Indo Pacific: An Instantaneous Region, Stories, Atlases, Cartographies, and Commons
    Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau
    Architecture at Rice/Park Books, 2018
    Cristina Goberna & Urtzi Grau

The Indo-Pacific Region, 2014.

In 2013, Australia officially moved to the Indo-Pacific, a new region that expands from South America to the Gulf, from South East Asia to East Africa. The aim of this project is to quantify the region's physical and intangible dimensions and to articulate facts in order to make visible the cosmo-political construction that holds it together. As an imaginary space relentlessly becoming real, this parafictional region is architecture's ideal site. Due to its abrupt conception, its maps and its histories (the social, political, economic, technologic, eco-systemic, and spatial relations of its constituencies) need to be produced simultaneously, when due to the region’s brief existence, design decisions are still possible.

Cristina Goberna is an architect, critic, and master fencer. As a fellow of the Fulbright and Caja Madrid Foundations, she earned her MS in advance architectural design  and an advanced architectural research certificate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Previously, she earned her BArch from the University of Seville, and she is currently a PhD candidate at Barcelona’s School of Architecture, where she is writing the dissertation, “From Pan to Europan, or, The Construction of the European Union Urban Imaginary.” In 2010­–11, Goberna was a visiting scholar at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She is cofounder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, an architectural practice based in Barcelona and New York, which won both the Young Architects Forum Prize from the Architectural League of New York (2009) and a series of Europan competitions 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2012). Her writings have been published widely, and her work has been exhibited in a variety of international contexts. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s GSAPP.

Urtzi Grau is an architect, cofounder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, and director of the Master’s Program in Research at UTS. Grau graduated from Barcelona’s School of in 2000, earned a master’s degree in advanced architectural design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation in 2004, and is currently completing his PhD at Princeton University, on Barcelona’s 1970s urban renewal. His work investigates copies, replicas, and architectural IP; he also leads a research team on the Indo-Pacific Region at UTSArchitecture. Grau has previously taught at the Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University, and Cornell University. His work has been published in various international journals, such as AV, Bawelt, Domus, Kerb, Log, Plot, Praxis, Spam, Volume, and White Zinfadel, as well as exhibited in la Bienal de Buenos Aires, the Chicago Architectural Biennial, P! Gallery, RMIT Design Hub, the Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront for Art & Architecture, the Venice Biennale, and 0047.