The multitude is an irreducible multiplicity. Hyperplasia (a term borrowed from pathology) is an infrastructure designed to be used by the singularities that compose the multitude. Open to their practices, their material and programmatic interventions. It is a diverse composition of places, ready to accept the singularities’ heterogeneity and the correlations that will be created.
The commons are the collective natural and cultural resources the multitude manipulates with participatory practices. The infrastructure is an urban common. This common ground can include potential public and private functions, exceeding the existing bipolar between them without negating it.
Potentiality is the not yet actualised, potentially realisable, an element beyond normality. It is the “other”, the unpredictable, the unexpected outcome from the system. The infrastructure is intended to include potential urban conditions that will be formed through the desires, the needs and the unforeseeable behaviours of the multitude. Those potentialities cannot be predicted and therefore designed as they are the outcome of the paradoxical mechanisms of the multitude’s ingenuity.
The proposed infrastructure is placed in Panepistimiou Square in Volos. It consists of horizontal and vertical elements that form a three dimensional grid. Striped of specifications and functional/symbolic notions it is a tissue of empty spaces, ready for the narrations, the shifts, the conflicts and the cohabitations to come. Designed to accommodate potential programmatic conditions, conceived and implied by the intellect of the multitude, and the network relations that it will create. Perhaps it is an experimental social workshop that allows within itself, the reproduction of all those elements that form the multitude.