Hipo 3: Prácticas cronotópicas/Chronotopic Practices

Translated title of the contribution: Hipo 3: Chronotopic Practices

Fernando Nieto Fernandez (Editor), Francisco Antonio García Triviño (Editor), Katerina Psegiannaki (Editor)

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Michel de Certeau has meticulously described some actions or conventional practices as strategies capable of inventing spaces, ways of doing things as mechanisms generating unprecedented spatial comprehension. Practicing space is therefore a way of generating new programs associated to specific actions. Space conceived as a mobility crossing or as a practiced place/location. Thus, in the tale “Ghost Flat (A Modern Couple)”, Marie Darrieussecq describes the reality of a minimal living space through a series of everyday practices. The path exposed by the situations induces an understanding of the ghost apartment, which allows transformations in the uses, stemming from the variation in wavelength of the light in those spaces occupied by its inhabitants.

Besides, the notion of limit –spatially but also temporarily– implies a border condition that generates by itself a negotiation feature. The limit becomes a negotiation field for the elements it separates, whether they are spatial or related to a progression in time.

Finally, a sequence in time may also lead to a spatial trajectory with a certain rhythm, an architectural cadence. In this way, the particularity of a certain rhythm implies not only a spatial progression but also a temporal one. Architecture must display a territory for experimentation that allows a possibility to adapt spatially and temporarily to different ways of doing things by its inhabitants. A domestic action, periodic or not, travels through this space and also builds it.

These three generic perceptions of the relationship between space and time –the creation of programs from practise, the limit as a spatial-temporal negotiation, and rhythm as a result of a specific chain of events– must be explored from the account of architecture and project; in the same way that literary practise connects time “cronos” with space-place/location “topos” in the reader’s imagination. Chronotopos as an expression of the indissoluble character occurring between space-place and time.
Translated title of the contributionHipo 3: Chronotopic Practices
Original languageSpanish
Number of pages69
JournalHipoTesis: Numbered Issues
VolumeHipo 3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
MoE publication typeNot Eligible


  • space-time
  • spatial rhythms
  • spatial changes
  • sequence of places/locations
  • project procedures
  • project strategies
  • architectural phases
  • spatial travels
  • spatial interruptions
  • temporal constructions
  • temporal places


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