Adaptive Actions presents Heteropolis, the third of a series of books on creative activities to transform the urban fabric.


Adaptive Actions, December 2013

320 pages, soft cover, 21 x 14,5 cm

Color, black and white

Bilingual, French and English texts

ISBN 978-0-9866375-1-3

Book price: 28,00 CAD, 28 USD, 20 EUR, 17 GBP

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The third phase of Adaptive Actions after London and Madrid took place at Concordia University in Montréal in collaboration with Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery during which the Heteropolis project emerged from the following reflection:

Even if cities are becoming heterogeneous, homogeneous sectors persist, multiply and last. In this context, is Heteropolis something that exists or is it a project to carry, a city to make? Via this concept, AA (Adaptive Actions) questions what kinds of actions might open spaces up to indeterminacy, facilitate the hybridization of what already exists, and simultaneously value difference and mobilize new forms of urban relations, exchange, and diversity.

In today’s cities, we witness a radical spatial split between economic classes, ethnic and cultural communities where monocultural and monogenerational interlockings emerge. We wish to reveal forms, practices and milieus of heterogenization which question and reconfigure urban, social and cultural homogenization. AA also questions how heterogeneous spaces and actions might create a common, that is to say how they might reveal radical intersections that continually reinvent the relational fabric that binds people, places, and things together. Heterogeneous spaces go beyond the representation of diversity and the collection of isolated fragments. By creating possibilities for indeterminacy these spaces act as triggers for creativity. Actions that create heterogeneity reveal the possibility of a common through urban interventions and cultural tensions that might be identified as queer, native, ethnic, generational, economic, industrial, ecological, and so on.

The Heteropolis book includes 40 contributions (1-10 A5 pages each), 13 texts of 1000-4000 words and an interview with political theorist Michael Hardt, co-author, with Toni Negri, of Commonwealth. In the book contributions take the form of an image, a scan, a drawing or a short text based on a thought, an emerging concept, an observation or an action related to Heteropolis. Adaptive Actions is particularly interested in contributions which explore the book and its pages as a unique, autonomous, and specific space for thought and action. Other contributions reveal an undocumented aspect of a project – revisiting a space or situation or a meaningful or significant heterogeneous or homogeneous space, which might never have activated, but which may prompt others to act upon.


Open call

AA Heteropolis open call



Book produced with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Montréal) and donors



Heteropolis was recently presented and launched at the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, at Matadero Madrid and at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Each Adaptive Actions’ project has been extended and revisited by the making of an independent publication. Submitted actions, comments and texts are reunited into one communal art book. New ideas for future actions spring from this process. 



Marie-Pier Boucher, Jean-Maxime Dufresne, Gema Melgar,Jean-François Prost. Initiative and coordination: Jean-François Prost



Gean Moreno (Miami), Nuria Carton de Grammont (México, D.F.), Scapegoat (Hong Kong), Michael Hardt, Alexandra Tigchelaar (Toronto), Kyong Park (off the coast of Myanmar), Ana Rewakowicz (Gand), Estudio Teddy Cruz (Tijuana / San Diego), Pia Ednie-Brown, Laurence Bonvin (Cape Town), Charlie Hailey, Folie Culture (Québec), Robin Simpson (Toronto), Tue Greenfort (Köln), Jaime del Val (Madrid / Santiago), Sophie Le-Phat Ho (Montréal), Spurse, Javiera Ovalle Sazie (Valparaiso), Ctrl +Z, D1618, El Narval et Todo por la Praxis (San Pedro Garza Garcia), Never Lopez (Montréal), Roland Tasho (Tirana), Élisabeth Mercier (Montréal), Douglas Scholes (Londres), Marie-France Daigneault et Anne-Marie Proulx (Montréal), Nurri Kim (Helsinki / Gyeonggi-do), Gina Badger (Mississauga), Ernesto Oroza (La Havane), Tercerunquinto (Monterrey), Jean-Pierre Aubé (Istanbul / Mumbai), Roy Meuwissen (Newcastle / Vancouver), Broken City Lab (Windsor / Detroit), Cog•nate collective (Tijuana), Erik Törven, Patrice Loubier (Montréal), Cyrille Wandji Simplice (Douala), Martin Désilets (Montréal), Adaptive Actions (Tijuana), Alyse Emdur (espaces carcéraux), François Deck (Grenoble / Shanghai), Gesche Würfel (New York), Cohabitation Strategies (Guelph), Darine Choueiri, Giulia Fiocca, Jean-François Pirson et Lama Sfeir (Beyrouth), Rae Rosenburg (espaces carcéraux), Claude Boullevraye de Passillé (East River, New York), Alex Wolkowicz et Jon Barraclough (New York), All Saints Church / The Exposure Project (Toronto), Pedro Lasch (Londres), SYN- (Montréal / Dakar), Sophie Handler, Alexander Heilner (Le Caire), André Éric Létourneau (Londres), The Electronic Disturbance Theatre 2.0 / b.a.n.g. lab (Tijuana / San Diego), Swim Gym / Tacolcy Belafonte Center (Miami).



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Heteropolis the Book