Urban Aperture(S) | Lecture in Milan | 15th April

Tomorrow, April 15th at 14:30 pm, I will be presenting at Urban Hybridization Conference in Milan the paper URBAN APERTURE(S) >< POROSITY AS A NEW MODEL FOR HYBRID PUBLIC SPACE. The paper is the result of a collaboration and it’s written by:

Francesco Cingolani, Domenico Di Siena, Manu Fernandez, Paco Gonzalez, Cesar Reyes Najera and Ethel Baraona Pohl

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Our friend Francesco has shared the abstract [in Spanish] that was accepted today for URBAN HYBRIDIZATION in Contemporary Territories. Here it is in English:

In the past 20 years, the communications revolution produced by the Internet substantially affected the way we interact with the world. This has driven us to a change of perception in the traditionally recognized opposition between real and virtual. Nowadays, a new paradigm is actually re-drawing reality as a complex system of relations between layers as “face” (physical) and virtual. Architects and urban planners can no longer ignore this new reality generated by ubiquitous computer technologies that we have translated to the reconfiguration of physical space in urban areas, with the term “hybrid public spaces”.

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Arquitectura sin Encargo | Unsolicited Architecture


Hace algunos meses, la revista Volume publicó su número Unsolicited Architecture, en un momento más que oportuno para la profesión del arquitecto. Un momento en el que todos [o la gran mayoría] nos cuestionamos las diversas vías del hacer arquitectónico, ya que a raíz de las dificultades económicas que atraviesa el planeta, ha surgido una tendencia reflexiva en torno a nuestra profesión: ¿cuáles son los lineamientos a seguir para un arquitecto? ¿cuál es el papel del arquitecto en la sociedad?

El post completo en Arkinet.

Architecture communication in the 2.0 web generation


“What defines the Internet is its social architecture. It’s the living environment that counts, the live interaction, not just the storage and retrieval procedure.” -Geert Lovink, 2005

Networking is revealed as the new way to explore the world. The ties in between users from different places help to create a new cartography, where new portions of terra incognita can be used to create new fields for data and information that can help to reduce the gap between developed and undeveloped countries. In this scenario, it is mandatory to invent new methods, fitting with the singular nature of this undiscovered new world. Internet is the new territory where people can innovate and be visionary and endlessly experimental. Andrew Maynard in one of their projects talks about “Architecture as an art form where people are forced to interact”. And one of the new forms of interaction is Web 2.0.

The complete post can be read here.

Quick Post | What is architecture?

From ThinkArk’s GoogleWave:

“Architecture is something different from building. So what makes it different? [...] And there is something else. The more concepts and ideas formulated by the architect have an immediacy for contemporary conditions of living, thinking, working, the higher we will value it as architecture. We want architecture to participate in the crucial changes affecting our lives, and not simply form a backdrop to them.”

Lebbeus Woods in What is Architecture?


“It seems odd that in order to make a point, one often has to drag out historic precedents such as Cedric Price in order to illustrate the importance of critical, open source planning. Cedric’s Fun Palace description still, today, feels highly contemporary: “The varied and ever ever-changing activities will determine the form of the site. To enclose these activities the anti-building must have equal flexibility. Thus the prime motivation of the area is caused by the people and their activities and the resultant form is continually dependent on them.”

-Markus Miessen

Resisting the Capitalist Production of Space

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Just a few hours ago, we received a tweet sent by our friend @javierest and thougt that is an event with the perfect philosophy and a great program to post as our first review in this blog, that came out from a networking session via twitter in between some of us [bloggers, friends, architects and non-architects] that were just wondering about the future of the architectural profession and about the new ways that architects have to be involved in the real and current socio-political reality that we are living.

The program,  under the theme Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture is really amazing and you can have a complete overview here:

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