Pablo DeSoto is an architect and researcher, working at the intersection of architecture with digital media, the environmental humanities and the arts. His practice-led research uses emergent technologies, incorporate fieldwork, radical cartography and critical epistemologies to produce spatial knowledge and investigate the urgent political and environmental conditions of our time, in collaboration with other spatial practitioners, ground-breaking artists and the social movements.
Since 2002 he has pioneered a wide range of projects on the disruptive impact of digital media technologies and the internet on public space and territory — most prominently hackitectura.net (2002-2010), a group of architects, computer specialists and activists.
He is the editor of the books Fadaiat, freedom of movement and Freedom of knowledge and Situation Room: Designing a prototoype of citizen situation room. He is coauthor of the Critical Cartography of the Straits of Gibraltar, exhibited and teached worldwide. He holds a Master Degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and a PhD in Communication & Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2010 he launched Mapping the Commons, a parametrical experimental method and multiyear research participatory project on urban commons with six case studies in Europe and South America awarded with the Elinor Ostrom prize by University of Buenos Aires. In 2015 he initiated the Drone Hackademy, a temporary school, citizen science laboratory and critical theory platform for the use and discussion of unmanned aerial vehicles as a social technology.
Pablo DeSoto has lectured, exhibited and conducted workshops worldwide. He is affiliated researcher within the DTST research project, a collaboration between Umeå School of Architecture and Rise Interactive in Sweden. His forthcoming publications includes After.Video: Assemblages videobook and a multiformat project (a book & a html5 project) based on his PhD Thesis Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene, staying with the trouble in Fukushima.