A master plan is supposed to give comprehensive guidance or instruction, providing a framework for future development of an area or site. This means that, on one hand, it has to lay down rules in order to organize space and one the other hand, it has to be ﬂexible enough so it can embrace change as time goes by. Inspired by the book The Practice of Everyday Life by French scholar Michel de Certeau (1925-1986), we exhibit Every-one, which intends to provide a visual interpretation
of Certeau’s distinction between ‘strategy’ and ‘tactics’. In short, ‘strategy’ is defned by institutions, and structures of power, and; ‘tactics’, is the way individuals act in accordance with, or against, environments defned by ‘strategies’.
Every-one presents us an experimental flm, where we witness a humorous choreographed ‘tactic’. An understanding of what is at stake in Brasília — Life Afer Design, is also supported by having in mind Certeau’s distinction between ‘strategy’ and ‘tactics’. Having been founded in 1960, so that Brazil could have a more central new capital city, Brasilia’s principal architect, Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) and Brasília’s urbanist, Lúcio Costa (1902-1998), were privileged enough
to fulfl the modernist architecture’s dream and build, from scratch, an entire city. Around 60 years later, up to what point was Brasília’s ‘strategy’ (master plan) successful and which ‘tactics’ have its inhabitants created, in order to be able to continue to live in Brasilia? This session is about questioning the master plan, whether by engaging in choreographed ‘tactics’, as in Every-one, whether by designing everyday ‘tactics’, as in Brasília — Life Afer Design.