Santiago Babylon. © ariztiaLAB
Santiago Babylon. © ariztiaLAB

Santiago Babylon

Immigration: Space, Practices, and Representation

A reading from the triad by Henri Lefebvre

The street, emerging scenario of socio-space conflicts: immigration, sexual commerce, and state

The street, performative scenario of social, political, and spatial conflicts: immigration, prostitution, and coercion exercises from the State. Operations of formal and informal territorialization are described in the public space, in particular from the conflict between bodies and spatial control policies.

Occupations, Reappropiations, and Subversions: Spatial strategies of sexual commerce in the apple

Transfers from practices of occupation of the public to the private: subversion, appropriations, and spatial strategies of the commercial sex trade in the apple from different commercial typologies: “cafés with legs,” saunas or former brothels, meeting rooms, and XXX cinemas: Nile, May, and the Capri.

The immigrant as catalyst of the productive and and commercial organization of the architecture of the square

The reorganizations inside the block: the immigrant as an administrator and catalyst of the productive and commercial organization of the urban morphology of the center of Santiago. Activity circuits: Commercial Galleries (inside square) and architectural typologies.


Founded in 2010 by the architects José Abásolo and Félix Reigada, it develops a production model, linked to the crossing between city and contemporary culture, based on collective and collaborative spatial practices with different actors, groups and communities. The latest projects he highlights his “trilogy on immigration”: CIUDAD AJENA (2015), YUNGAY TOOLKIT (2016), and SANTIAGO BABYLON (2017).