Concerning the year 2007 Alejandro Zaera was negotiating with the EMV the near construction of his building of social housings in Carabanchel. It can be that it was there when one informed that these common corridors that, in the style of the famous streets in the sky of the Smithson, it had raised as place of local meeting and collective enjoyment had to, for law, be privatized. If he was not doing it the neighbors would do it, the civil servants were arguing. Nevertheless this space preserves his exterior character and his public vocation on having covered his vertical paraments with bamboo and the horizontal ones with planks lightly separated by that, poetically, it might fall the rain.
The streets in the sky, the broad corridors of access to the housings opened for the inclemencies of the exterior that, theoretically, would promote the local relation, are a constant in this type of projects. The social housings of the whole Europe are infected of them. In Spain they look like an impossible aim. The people prefer not ” losing surface ” in the corridor and extending his lounge. In addition, we do not like to have to take the umbrella up to the door of house. It is curious that this scheme works better in countries with a climate clearly worse than ours as northern or Holland, for example.
While for the countries of Protestant tradition the privacy is something completely insignificant, for the Christians his loss represents a drama. Another motive for that we prefer the interior and dark corridors to the exteriors that allow that a neighbor should see the interior of our kitchens. All that they can be cultural motives more than based for justifying the disuse of this type of accesses to the housings of the countries of Europa’s south. Nevertheless, the architects we see these elements as fundamental to promote the social cohesion, which, certainly, is very much major between the northern ones that between the Mediterranean ones, and we pledge in imposing to a company that, constant and with the law of his part, privatizes them.
Patrick Geddes understood the urbanism from the point of view of a biologist. There was necessary to study the culture, the tastes, the needs, the forms of association and the type of economy of a population to be able ” to transplant it ” to another place and that, as any natural cutting, “it” “was” “blooming”. If this is true, it is possible that the architects of this corner of the world we have to resign to doing cities of houses isolated without common spaces that the citizens do not need. Cities for individuals and not for citizens.
In the blog that the neighbors of Carabanchel have created to comment on news and opinions about his PAU the non-conformity of the neighbors is well-known of some of his buildings.
“Since it is not for anything, but the building of Bamboo is a tremendous kick to the good style, it would give shame to my myself to live in a building like that, imagine the cachondeito of the visits when you them teach your house of bamboo. It is necessary to admit that these floors of the EMVS will be mega-cheap, but the design is atrocious, looks like a cage for chimpanzees. It in order that they do it to indicate the people who should live inside already as citizens of the second class, because we go….”
The architects always we have rejected opinions as this one that, clearly, they do not come from a person who has knowledge on our trade. Nevertheless, it is clear that a great lack of comunication exists. It is not possible to conceive that the former Foreign Offices was thinking about the future inhabitants of his building like “chimpanzees” or ” citizens of second ” but it seems to be that it is as well as they feel. It is necessary to say, also, that an informal and very brief chat of one of these neighbors with own Zaera transcribed by his wife in the same blog, serves for these neighbors move his hatred from this one towards the EMV.
When we look at the Dutch, Norwegian or Danish companions, we sigh with envy thinking about the respect that his compatriots have not architects. The companies there are more educated, we think. Nevertheless, we possess this one another company. We have two options, to bend to his desires or, continuing with the similar botanist, to try new cuttings that give like proved more beautiful floral or, species at worst, tomatoes.
Text by bRijUNi arquitectos: Beatriz Villanueva Cajide -Architect and Master in Architectural Advanced Projects (ETSA Madrid)- and Francisco Javier Casas Cobo -Architect and Master theoretically, Analysis and History of the Architecture (ETSA Madrid).
Beatriz Villanueva es Arquitecta, Master en Gestión de Espacios Virtuales, Master en Proyectos Arquitectónicos Avanzados y PhD (ABD) con su tesis “Arquitectura y Compromiso. Actualización y revisión crítica de los manifiestos de arquitectura”, dentro del grupo ARKRIT de teoría y crítica (ETSAM).
Francisco J. Casas es Arquitecto, Master en Análisis, Teoría e Historia de la Arquitectura y PhD (ABD) con su tesis “Fundamentos Historiográficos, Teóricos y Críticos de los años 50” dentro del Departamento de Composición Arquitectónica (ETSAM).