Architecture of Necessity
Ernesto Oroza is an artist, designer, and author based in South Florida whose creative practice is grounded in community research. A graduate of Havana’s Superior Institute of Design and later a professor in both Havana and Paris, he develops research methods as well as channels of dissemination that follow the vernacular practices and economic logics of his subject-objects.
He is the author, most recently, of Notes sur la maison moirée (with Gean Moreno; Cité du design/École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Saint-Étienne, 2013), Editing Havana - Stories of Popular Housing (with Maja Asaa and Mira Kongstein; Aristo Bogforlag, 2011), RIKIMBILI. Une étude sur la désobéissance technologique et quelques formes de réinvention (Cité du design/École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Saint-Étienne, 2009), and Statement of Necessity (Alonso Art/BookSurge Publishing, 2008). These studies explore popular creativity as expressed in tool objects and the urban environment - what Oroza theorizes respectively as “technological disobedience” and “architecture of necessity.”