The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


New book by DPU's Prof. Camillo Boano published

14 December 2020

The book, published in Italian, is titled 'Progetto Minore. Alla ricerca della minorità nel progetto urbanistico ed architettonico', which translates into English as 'Minor Design. Searching for minority in the urban and architectural project'


The book is in some ways the continuation of Prof. Camillo Boano's The Ethics of Potential Urbanism (2017) in the identification of a possible destituent thinking on design. Minor Project reflects on design practices and thinking, excavating different traditions from philosophy to cultural studies, from anthropology to the decolonial approach, placing at the center the importance of minority as a possible statute of the project. The minor, framed with the thinking of Deleuze, Kats, Grosz, is not to be intended a reduction, but a difference in status and therefore an intensity.

It is not a trivial call to arms, a request for action and to get one's hands dirty in a new functional operation. On the contrary, it is a powerful destituent proposal. New thoughts to think about the project and its development in crises, which takes the form of an inversion of its own meaning, an operator of criticism and resistance with respect to a totalitarian, greater, dominant horizon identifying some fugitive lines. The book deliberately frames a minor project in three declinations: inoperative, destituent and decolonial. These three intensities are used to think about the minor project and also constitute the articulation of the text. Each of them serve as  "shadow image", a political illumination.

While deliberately shaped in the realm of theory and theory of architecture and urban design, Prof. Boano’s book emerged from his research in Myanmar, Lebanon and Chile in the multiplicities of alliances developed as well as in his pedagogical work at the DPU and in the MSc Building & Urban Design in Development especially. Progetto Minore, soon translated in English, suggests a re-centering the project with its decentralization that perhaps is able to return to an idea of planning capable of dealing with its own crisis and with the multiple crises that shape the urban planet. A refocusing on the making of the project, not autonomous and operative but heterotonomous and inoperative, immanent and therefore potential in the plural forms of liberation that do not find a definitive formal composition. 

Progetto Minore has also highlighted the need to undertake a serious and urgent decolonial action of urban planning and of the various planning activities, not escaping into other disciplines but remaining somehow, inoperative. The book is available here https://www.letteraventidue.com/it/prodotto/417/progetto-minore