Daniel Fernández Pascual


  • Daniel Fernández Pascual is a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Together with Alon Schwabe, he co-founded their independent research-based practice Cooking Sections. At the RCA, they run ADS3 –Banking Nature: Speculation on Disappearing Spaces. The studio focuses on speculative and gambling tactics in the construction of space. As part of the main outcomes, students will learn critical skills to develop an independent professional practice.

  • Biography

  • Daniel Fernández Pascual holds a MArch from ETSA Madrid, and an MSc Urban Design from TU Berlin and Tongji University Shanghai. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London. His research focuses on ambiguity of the law, real estate speculation, demarcation of spatial boundaries, architecture of financialisation, and the housing crisis. In 2013 he organised a house lottery to explore alternative tactics to circumvent debt. He also co-founded the Modelling Kivalina Working Group to investigate the changing shoreline and the phenomenon of climate refugees in Alaska, supported by The World Justice Fund.

    Since 2013 he has co-run Cooking Sections with Alon Schwabe. Their independent critical spatial practice investigates relationships between territory, power structures, land value and food networks through the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. 

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  • Practice

  • Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) was born to explore the systems that organise the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between architecture, visual arts and geopolitics. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture New York; dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection; CA2M, Madrid; The New Institute, Rotterdam; UTS, Sydney; ETSA Madrid; ACC Weimar; HKW Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Glasgow International; UTS Sydney; 2014 Biennale INTERIEUR Kortrijk; 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale and 2016 Brussels ParckDesign; and have been residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London. Their work has been featured in a number of international publications (Lars Müller, Sternberg Press, VolumeFrieze Magazine amongst others). 

    In August 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop, a platform to speculate on selling the remains of the British Empire back in London today. 

  • External collaborations

  • Arts Council England (2016), Keir Foundation (2016), AC/E (2014–2016), Jumex Contemporary Art Foundation Research Grant (2015), The World Justice Fund (2013) and nomination for the Tulip Human Rights Award (2013).

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2016) ‘A Piece written from somewhere in the Venetian Lagoon, a place where Murano Glass Masters, Carriers of the secret of transparency, were not allowed to leave the Republic of Venezia’ in: Julian Charriere, Julius Von Bismarck & Eric Ellingsen (eds), Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others, Zurich: Lars Müller

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2015) ‘Architecture Inspirited: Mies in Bermuda Pants’, Avery Review – A Periodical on Critical Essays on Architecture, 8, MayColumbia University GSAPP. Available here

    Fernández Pascual, D. & Schwabe, A. (2014), ‘Dietary Confinement’, Displacements Journal, 1

    Modelling Kivalina (2014), ‘The Coming Storm’ in: Forensic Architecture (ed.), Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth. Berlin and New York: Sternberg Press
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Selected work