A Certain Kind of Life
by Jimmy Carter, Abigail Chang, Francesco Marullo and Agata Siemionow

A Certain Kind of Life explores the typology of the Carthusian monastery as an architecture of absolute rationality, wherein the form of life cannot be detached from the space and rituals of the liturgy it shelters.

Drawing from nine centuries of monastic architecture, the project reconsiders asceticism as a way to critically meditate upon the present living and working conditions:

A necessary estrangement to look closely at reality, its daily gestures and rituals. In a contemporary condition wherein maximum integration generates maximum alienation, rudimental practices of asceticism offer a strategy of resistance and an antidote against collective hypnosis, constructed farces and imposed behaviours.

It is a form of productive rationalism, to conduct life under constant thought by dispelling anxieties of endless competition, consumerism, and the consequential illusions of promise.

It took place at the Cartuxa de Laveiras as an associated project to the 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Interventions across the site include: the Cell for a Certain Individual or, the architectural evocation of a worldly asceticism; an Atlas detailing the Charterhouse typology; and Deserts, an exhibition of prototypes for contemporary living, distilling the rationalism of daily rituals into architectural forms through specific procedures in space.

Authors James Carter, Abigail Chang,
Francesco Marullo, Agata Siemionow
Students Nash Kennedy, Alexandra Madsen,
Jacob Patnode, William Stauffer, Julia Turner,
Andreina Yepez

Year 2019
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Client Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Photography Ibay Rigby



The Ordnance Pavilion Green Gallery YAP MAXXI Courtyard Transversal Collaborations Cinemapepe Belvedere Lesser Houses Out of Character

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