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Joana Rafael (b.1979) is an architect, researcher, lecturer and ghostwriter, currently based in Porto, Portugal, working between architecture, (issues of) ecology and visual culture. She holds a PhD (2017) in Visual Cultures and an MRes (2009) in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA (2008) from the Metropolis Graduate Programme in Architecture and Urban Culture, run by the Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona and a degree (2002) in Architecture from the University of Minho, Guimarães. Joana teaches Contextual Studies and Contemporary Culture -related courses, and is a member of ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture) and CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning). Joana is also a certified sustainable agriculture and biological farming practitioner.

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self published pamphlet from Research Architecture Mres Dissertation.

Coll[]sion focus on the relation between two, seven days interval, event-accidents that happened one in the deep Sea other in the Outer Space. Both presented as remarkable misfortunes and constructed as paradigmatic chance opened door to the recognition of failure and to attempts to overcome (or improve) if not to silence and/or deceive: collusion able to be transformed in collusion. Positioning schemas of military behavior, privilege of relation to space and standards for prevailing tecno-scientific developments to be socio-constructed, transformed or (re)invented, this work inquires how international and relatively free spaces are produced and by what means they interconnect forms of governance and / or dispute.

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