To arrange means to display, to place and exhibit in a space. If an architectural project is the deployment of actions and verbs through which a thought process is synthesised to generate a space, the prepositions position us within it: they construct a conscious position that relates the subjects to their situation in the space (in front, below, between, from, in, towards, as far as, above, behind, etc.) and, more importantly, they link the architecture to those which it implies (of, against, without, to, by, with, for, etc.) in order to create, design and transform our everyday surroundings. The prefix ‘pre’ refers to something that comes before, but it could also anticipate situations to come or future events.
“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions”
3 Dec. 2015 – 6 Mar. 2016
Plaza de Cibeles, 1
It is suggested that the participating teams exhibit these processes taking place on their drawing boards through a project. With drawings, photographic material, models and audiovisual material, the imaginative process and those of a project’s construction and use developed in diverse scenarios are put on display. The architects involved here display a pragmatic and experimental approach that condenses and manifests their strong connection to the urban, cultural and productive environment in which they build. They work on technical and material processes that lie halfway between the spirit of the time (Zeitgeist) and their own invention (Efindergeist).
It is possible that, within the processes described from an architectural perspective – in the sense of the practicalities of the space and the critical material – a few contradictions and irresolvable aporias may arise. Many classical aporias have been resolved by a shift in the paradigm, cosmovision, episteme or technique. Perhaps these aporias can be considered as a sign or the inception of other forms of risk, not only in relation to spatial, material and architectonic speculation, but also as risks that may put new ways of life to the test. This is insinuated by architect and historian Felicity Scott, who highlights in the text A Swerve (2012) the opportunity that identifying this situation today provides and by making a space confront itself.
Following the Sevilla 2014 CAAC programme and the Mostra Espanha Evora show in 2015, a number of tables reflecting on this issue are being exhibited at CentroCentro Cibeles: Living Dwelling, Processing Projects, Sharing Spaces and Thinking Landscapes.
LIST OF PROJECTS
1 ¿Qué es Arquitectura? Señor Ministro, Arquitectura es… KAUH arquitectos. V. Morales + J. A. Sánchez
2 A hombros de gigantes Sánchez la Chica + G. Ruiz Cabrero + A. de la Torre Prieto
3 Puerta Nueva. Atrio de la Alhambra Siza Vieira + J. Domingo Santos
Viviendo Vivienda Living Dwelling
4 Compromisos circulares bRijUNi arquitectos. F. J. Casas + B. Villanueva
5 Pequeñas grandes casas PKMN [pacman] Architectures
6 Didomestic Elii. U. Fogué + E. Gil + C. Palacios
7 Patio 2.12. Terrados + Solar Decathlon + Team
8 masqueunacasa.org Lapanaderia. R. Alonso + E. Morales + equipo
9 Casa del turista DJ Arquitectura. D. Jiménez + J. Sánchez
Procesando Proyectos Processing Projects
10 MySpace. MEK. C. Murado + J. Elvira + E. Krahe
11 Trazabilidad proyectiva MEDIOMUNDO arquitectos. M. Pelegrín + F. Pérez
12 Sitio do fado na Casa da Severa Jose Adriao. National Prize BigMat ’15 Portugal
13 Sin Artificios Jiménez + J. Olivera
14 Trilogía del desvelo SOL 89. M. González + J. López de la Cruz
15 Politics of fabrication Canales & Lombardero. F. G. de Canales + N. Álvarez
16 Lucernario Nenúfar Fermina Garrido
17 Desplazamientos CUAC arquitectura. T. García + F. J. Castellano
18 E container EBOO F. Pérez del Pulgar + J.F. Parrilla + L. González.
Compartiendo Espacios Sharing Spaces
19 Lyceum Passos Manuel Mestre + S. Aleixo
20 La carpa espacio artístico Recetas Urbanas. S. Cirugeda + A. Attout
21 Plan Cañada TXP. Todo por la Praxis
22 Diagnóstico intramuros Infusiones Urbanas. I. Luque + J. Izquierdo
23 El trébol Arquitectura Expandida
24 Arquitectura e proceso Rui Mendes
Pensando Paisajes Thinking Landscapes
25 O abrigo Pedro + P. Ribeiro + G. Freitas
26 Casa en el monte Rafael de Lacour
27 Invernadero García-Germán
28 Paisaje en Rügen Studio Wet. J. Gómez + D. Montes
29 Fronteiras Grupo AiPAC. BSO arquitectura + PHYD arquitectos
30 Recolectores Urbanos Ventura + E. Molina
31 Vibok Works Álvarez
32 Investigar pelo Projeto Dpto. Arquitectura da Universidade de Evora. AA.VV.
33 Arquitectura Dispuesta: Preposiciones Cotidianas en Sevilla y Évora
A home is a pragmatic and experimental project par excellence, in which the everyday processes that make up a communal space come together and overlap. Set out are the research and experimentation tasks required for the construction of individual, group and collective habitats. These are projects for the creation, adaptation and reconstruction of living spaces.
Living Dwelling presents the processes involved in creating individual and group living spaces as well as in those for new collectives, through proposals such as Circular Commitments (bRijUNi architects), Didomestic (elii), Little Big Houses (PKMN), Accommodation in Aldeia de Açor (Rui Mendes) and the research and action platforms masqueunacasa.com (lapanadería), among others.
The project processes exhibited show a critical and reflective approach to the cultural space, and to the economic and social environment in which they are developed. The concept of agent or agency emphasises the connections between humans and non-humans (artefacts, machinery, buildings, nature, the landscape and the territory) to reveal these relationships and the mutual transformation processes.
In the Processing Projects space, projects by the teams of architects can be seen that show a critical and reflective approach to the cultural space as well as to the economic and social environment in which they are developed. These include Politics of Fabrication (Canales&Lombardero), Without Artifice (D. Jiménez, J. Olivera), Project Traceability (MEDIOMUNDO arquitectos), Displacements (CUAC arquitectos), Revelation Trilogy (Sol89), Sitio do fado na Casa da Severa (J. Adriao), MySpace (MEK), E container (Eboo), and others.
Sharing with public agents the material and technical means close to the project demonstrates how global (standardised, serialised and industrialised) technologies and local techniques (trades, operators, local professionals) overlap during the project and construction process. Know-how and skills are shared, compiled and transferred through their interaction, from the design stage through to the construction, and this directly affects the appropriation, use and evolution over time of the architectural proposal.
The vindication of the use and construction of shared spaces is consolidated through processes in which architecture, as a critical practice in the use of space, involves the neighbourhood in its dynamics and work. The processes are accompanied by an intense social and cultural programme focused on training the trainers and on developing projects for the different spaces. Legal obstacles were overcome to support the legitimacy of the process of creation and of the enjoyment of communal spaces.
The sharing of spaces includes projects that vindicate the use and construction of communal areas from the standpoint of social revitalisation and work in the neighbourhood. Processes already completed are exhibited, including The Tent: Artistic Space (Recetas Urbanas), Cañada Plan (Todo por la Praxis), The Trefoil (Arquitectura Expandida), Intramural Diagnostics (Infusiones Urbanas) and Lyceum Passos Manuel (V. Mestre, S. Aleixo).
The landscape design processes have enthusiastically incorporated the paradigm shift in their architectural approach. The landscape simultaneously reformulates spatial and material concepts, natural and artificial ones as well as local and global concepts to generate, through the architectural project, new perspectives on the territory permanently under construction.
Thinking Landscapes is devoted to the processes that deal with landscapes, with projects such as O abrigo (A. Pedro, P. Ribeiro) and House in the Mountains (R. Lacour), and processes with an overlapping and dissolution of the landscape, including Greenhouse (J. García-Germán) and Landscape in Rügen (Studio Wet).
Also on display are unfinished projects, such as New Gate: Atrium of La Alhambra (A. Siza and J. Domingo Santos), which takes us through the decision-making process that is still underway, to establish the difficult (extremely difficult, says Siza) continuity between the memory, ownership and globalism of their everyday prepositions. Projects completed, such as the access and visits to the roofs of Malaga Cathedral, show the rigorous process that its creators (G. Ruiz Cabrero, M. Sánchez La Chica, A. de la Torre Prieto) have given the title On the Shoulders of Giants.
Other teams reflect on architecture itself, with projects such as What is Architecture? Honourable Minister, Architecture is…. (kauh architects); research projects and cross-disciplinary group actions, such as Fronteiras (AiPaC) and publishers, including Urban Harvesters and Vibok Works.