Dr. Pablo DeSoto is an architect, scholar, orthogonal thinker and educator with a singular and iconoclastic experience across geographic and disciplinary borders.
He works at the intersection of architecture with digital media technologies exploring new conceptual frameworks and cutting-edge tools. His practice-led research uses fieldwork, radical cartography and critical epistemologies to produce spatial knowledge and investigate the urgent political and urban conditions of our time; in collaboration with other spatial practitioners, ground-breaking artists and the social movements.
From 2002 to 2011 he was cofounder of hackitectura.net a group of architects, computer specialists and activists -inspired by science fiction, zapatism and situationism-, who pioneered a wide range of hybrid architecture projects on emancipatory uses of hardware, software and the internet on public space and territory.
DeSoto has an adventurous personality, strong curiosity and an outstanding global perspective on contemporary culture and technologies due to his intensive experiences in some of the most critical nodes of today’s networked world.
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.
He is the editor of three books: Fadaiat, freedom of movement and Freedom of knowledge, Situation Room: Designing a prototoype of citizen situation room and After.Video Assemblages, and coauthor of the Critical Cartography of the Straits of Gibraltar, exhibited worldwide.
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 created 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.
DeSoto has boundless optimism and a creative approach to pedagogy always in the search for inventive strategies, experimental methods and imaginative processes.