Architecture as a means of organizing human relations in space and time is subject to a strong orthodoxy as to where and how certain functions should be located. The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.
Organized in four exhibition directions that address aging itself and its relations with the city (urbanizANDO), housing (habitANDO) and leisure (disfrutANDO), proposes the visitor a temporary trip to confront the inexorability of time asking at the end to decide in which world he/she would like to live in.
‘Design for All: Architecture and Third Age’
13 June – 28 August, 2017
COAM – Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid
Calle de Hortaleza, 63, Madrid
Any type of visitors can aprehend a set of activities and architectural problems related to aging and see possible solutions to these so to face their challenges. The next destination of this itinerant exhibition will be Pamplona, Spain at the headquarters of the Architecture and Society Foundation. This is an itinerant exhibition that began its journey in the Architects Association of Madrid (COAM) and is the result of the research carried out by architect Paz Martin. The project has been financed by the Leonardo Grant to Researchers and Cultural Creators 2015, BBVA Foundation.
“The polished or the iridescent would be infraleve,” said Duchamp to refer to those intermediate states, in between one thing and another, to define the intangible process that causes two or more realities to blend together giving rise to worlds yet to be imagined. Searching for a new idea of limit, a new materiality from which to review basic concepts like housing, city and leisure confronted with the trace of time of its users is intended to place the viewer in new worlds still to be visited.
For this purpose, a temporary visit is proposed to the visitor who will be confronted with the inexorability of the passing of time in his own person and who should at the end decide on which world he would like to live in. This introspective trip is described in a text commissioned to journalist Ángeles Caballero (Citi Journalistic Excellence Award 2015) that accompanies the entire narrative exhibition.
The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.
Once the visitor is placed in context he/she can continue to inquire about the three themes inherently related to the Third Age in which Architecture works and should continue to do so. In these three exhibition blocks, the visitor can always compare two temporary scenarios (2015 and 2050) about the proposed topics, and draw their own conclusions starting from the qualities and problems detected now so to foresee possible improvements that could be realized on the future.
The exhibition shows projects such as All age city, Pincity, Public Releaf, Rural Butler, La Casuca, Universal WC, 100% accessible, Envejeucert, VITRAupdate, Hooligans of art, All incl HOTel, 7ELEVENleisure, many of them in absolute premiere, within a ‘boîte en valise’ configuration. The visitor will have new tools to choose from to decide how their own aging could be. From the very moment of our birth we begin to grow old. On ourselves depends how we deal with this process. Have you thought about how you want to do it? Do you know what options you have?