MFA ID Faculty Spotlight: Maria Linares Trelles and Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco: Expansions – Biennale di Venezia 2021

Expansions, edited by Hashim Sarkis and Ala Tannir, gathers over 80 responses to the question posed by the Biennale Architettura 2021’s theme – How will we live together? These contributions act as an extension to the different thematics presented by participants in the galleries in Venice. Assembling the voices and views of authors from various fields associated with architecture – academics, curators, journalists, students, and more – this volume includes a collection of short essays that reveal recurring themes that are currently of interest to different architecture and design communities around the world.


  • “Cartographies of the Forest” by Maria Linares Trelles (IG: @marialelt89): this essay explores indigenous counter-cartographies as they challenge the extractive top view of conventional maps and inform alternative forms of living together.
  • “The Bed in the Drill Hall” by Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco (IG: @lluis.alexandre.casanovas): this essay addresses how the segregation of different bodies we live in COVID times is not exceptional but key to capitalist society.