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        Abstract
        Since its foundation in 2003, French architecture collective EXYZT has developed projects that could be defined as ‘open source architecture’. Refusing to enter current architectural practice, which is under economical and political constraints, EXYZT deals with the reality of construction through temporary installations, designed and built by the architects/artists themselves. Generating life in the installations by occupying them during a specific period and inviting visitors to appropriate the designs, the installations by EXYZT generate short term and long term interactions between the architects and the local inhabitants. Time and indeterminacy are crucial factors in EXYZT’s work. Not only does the collective occupy spaces ‘in between’, in between erasure and construction, vacant spaces awaiting a new development; their installations are also situated in precise locations that demand an incentive, or a renewed attention. On an urban level, their temporary installations function hence as tools of research, as ‘research actions’ (études actions), as defined by the architects. In this text, one concrete example is analysed: the installations of the group in the town Saint-Jean-en-Royans in the French region Vercors. The article illustrates in detail how this renewed form of research by design opens up the design process for indeterminacy and inhabitants’ participation. 
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        Messu, D. (2011). Two or Three Things I Know about Her. Productive Uncertainty. Indeterminacy in Spatial Design, Planning and Management, OASE, (85), 111–120. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/85/TwoOrThreeThingsIKnowAboutHer

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