La Casita Azul is a permanent space dedicated to increase the presence of architecture in Madrid´s cultural offer. A small space for large works. An urban pocket that will host some of the most important architects that will bring their work to the public in an accessible way, thanks to the display´s scale. “Atlas Entropia #Madrid” will be the sixth installment hosted by this particular space, the only one exclusively dedicated to showing architecture in the city.
“Atlas Entropía #Madrid”
March 3 – May 15, 2016
La Casita Azul. CentroCentro
Plaza de Cibeles, 1
The exhibition takes stock of the signs of weathering and erosion produced by time and use in a set of emblematic modern buildings in Madrid: from Fernández-Shaw’s Porto Pi Gas Station (1927) to Moneo’s Atocha Station (1992), passing through Zuazo’s Casa de las Flores (1931), Oiza’s Social Housing in Batan (1961), Higueras’ Center of Artistic Restorations (1970), and Oiza’s Social Housing at M-30 (1989).
Yet, what “Atlas Entropía # Madrid” presents is not only entropy in a destructive or weathering sense, but also entropy as a process of creative appropriation of buildings by continued use, giving rise to complex situations mostly unforeseen by architects. This contingency situations, imperfections, departures from the ideal state are defended as a positive value. The authors dispute the firmly rooted habit (both in media and museums) of showing empty architecture, with no traces of the user. An abstraction that steals the possibility of seeing architecture beyond its plastic or formal values.
The exhibition builds upon the notion of “built-in-tolerance” of Cedric Price, stating that the success of a building is not only measured by the achievement of the architect’s original goals, but in its resilience and adaptability to host future changes, imperfections and modifications, resulting in a richer and more complex object. Atlas Entropía #Madrid partly inherits the sensitiveness of surrealist and postmodern authors, such as Aldo Rossi “Scientific Authobiography” and Peter and Alison Smitson “Climate Register”, in conjunction with most recent proposals, like Phillipe Rault photographs or Lacaton & Vassal works.
Complementing the exhibition there is a catalog with a selection of Juan Rodríguez’s photographs and an extensive essay by Eduardo Prieto, ‘Chronos and Entropy. The Time-test of Architecture.’