Tag: Alison Smithson

Domestic domain. Border and boundary as "enclosure" | Luis Gil
03-02-2020 No Comments

Domestic domain. Border and boundary as “enclosure” | Luis Gil

The rediscovery of the edge and the enclosure as an object of study and as a generator of new ways of understanding where current affairs happen, not as in the cultural and presentation issue of the subject being limited by the metaphor of the transition of the end and in particular of the crisis neoliberal of the end of the […]

Architectures on the border and border | Luis Gil
27-01-2020 No Comments

Architectures on the border and border | Luis Gil

If the edge, as a boundary or border, can only be approached by force (energy in a pure state without cultivating) or the strategy attached to its concretion, the technique (the invention that allows acting to deceive adversity), history architectures gestated at the border it has also materialized in a double formalization. In this way, the border and border space […]

The border city | Luis Gil
20-01-2020 No Comments

The border city | Luis Gil

The liminal cities, they are of entry and exit, susceptible to be besieged and therefore forced to protection in adverse moments. They are spaces or surrounding territories fighting at the same time against the outside that with the own necessity to grow like other communities in more stable situations. The closed or walled city, both the maritime, the one built […]

The border of contact, encounter and exchange space | Luis Gil
13-01-2020 No Comments

The border of contact, encounter and exchange space | Luis Gil

The intrinsic nature of the border is that of being an area of danger, an insecure space in which the development of the essential tasks of life requires a state of continuous alertness. It is the space for the exchange of energy, where it is released or integrated into new areas, which implies a constant rebalancing of the forces acting […]

Robin Hood Gardens & Criteria for Mass Housing | bRijUNi
10-01-2020 No Comments

Robin Hood Gardens & Criteria for Mass Housing | bRijUNi

Allison y Peter Smithson construyeron para el Greater London Council entre 1966 y 1972 estos dos edificios de viviendas sociales situados hoy al borde de la pujante área de negocios de Canary Wharf, sólo separada por las vías del tren (que no es poco) pero sólo conectadas con los antiguos muelles por un paso inferior bajo las vías del tren. […]

The plan as a tool for border overflow | Luis Gil
30-12-2019 No Comments

The plan as a tool for border overflow | Luis Gil

The border as a tense space that opposes its transit, requires effort, determination, formal or fundamental change to be transgressed and overcome or inhabited temporarily or continuously. Thus, the passage through the border or the limit, the jump from one medium to another implies the discovery of a technique that makes possible the survival in the other margin, the change, […]

The border, artificial and invented mechanism | Luis Gil
23-12-2019 No Comments

The border, artificial and invented mechanism | Luis Gil

In this way when the natural barrier (the geographical accident) artificially used to protect the interior ecosystem, is insufficient, inadequate or non-existent for the desired economic or social use, then man develops not only artificiality over the natural but also takes a step more and build an ex-novo border. It is an invention that saves the natural deficiency, and around […]

Limits, nature and artifice | Luis Gil
16-12-2019 No Comments

Limits, nature and artifice | Luis Gil

When talking about limit or border, the words of bankruptcy or separation are instantly added to the conversation. A first approach to the definition of boundary or border spaces, would limit them as those areas of emptiness or obstacle that are shaped or structured as a nature that is little or not practicable, in which the movement slows down or […]

Mastery as a fundamental and physical problem of boundary and border phenomena | Luis Gil
09-12-2019 No Comments

Mastery as a fundamental and physical problem of boundary and border phenomena | Luis Gil

The movement and walking is innate to the activity of man, for various reasons, from the great migrations and movements in the search for Paleolithic hunting to the present day. A movement that was originally forced by the need to survive against the adverse nature, much earlier than the subsequent sedentary and articulation of man with the territory through the […]

Allegory of the border and the limit | Luis Gil
02-12-2019 No Comments

Allegory of the border and the limit | Luis Gil

The neoliberal actuality that we have had to live makes it difficult, like no other, to refer behaviors, events and attitudes to a stable horizon, a concrete framework that serves as an articulator, as an element of dialogue and background to the analysis of a hardly acotable contemporaneity, nothing defined and a rapid emptying of contents, whose ultimate goal seems […]

What does not fit in time | Luis Gil
28-01-2019 No Comments

What does not fit in time | Luis Gil

The historical horizon that we have had to inhabit makes all Western citizens of today belong without exception to the established society of consumption and excess. A syndrome that advanced and denounced from its beginnings, in the middle of the XX century, different thinkers and sociologists. Since then, capitalism has flooded our lives with superfluous behavior and unnecessary objects. From […]

Thoughts on the Everyday | Miquel Lacasta
19-10-2018 No Comments

Thoughts on the Everyday | Miquel Lacasta

In 1997, Deborah Berke, Yale’s teacher publishes the text Thoughts on the Everyday inside the book Architecture of the Everyday,1 edited one by Steven Harris and her itself. The text is an allegation against the influence of the media in the architecture, the usurpation of the daily advertising in our lives and for extension, the emergency of architects / brands and […]

Questions about the room | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
08-09-2017 No Comments

Questions about the room | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

The space is the distance between two bodies. The dictionary always so conclusive1. Is here the exact, fenced and seemingly objective definition of the contumacious countless one, container of everything what exists: the space, distance between two bodies. The inoffensive aspect of this geometric precision on the space, actually limits the spatial condition to the constellation of relations between his marginal […]

The space of the mirrors | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
29-05-2017 No Comments

The space of the mirrors | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

The mirrors work as the pupils of a within the walls space, a room outdoor from that they observe us. In occasions there preserve even some recollections of our lives, as the porous and dusty mirrors of the old houses, which seem to examine from the hats and suits to stripes of ours forbears1. Also the mirrors take care of […]

Interviews Isabel Bachs
23-09-2016 No Comments

Interviews Isabel Bachs

30 years have happened since on June 2, 1986 the reconstruction of the Pavilion inaugurated Mies van der Rohe, constructed for the International Exhibition of Barcelona of 1929. Though the process began in 1957 when Oriol Bohigas was writing to Mies to entrust him, again, the pavilion. This year on the occasion of this efeméride, we have the opportunity to […]

The domestic intrigue | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
01-02-2016 No Comments

The domestic intrigue | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

The contemporary house has turned, among other things, into a department store. The western culture has multiplied the need of cupboards and lumber rooms where to arrange of practical form the whole universe of domestic current accessories: from tool boxes and folding stairs to disguises and dresses of holiday; from bicycles and skates to curtains, towels and comforters; from boxes […]

Pilot floors. Domestic experimental cells
01-09-2015 No Comments

Pilot floors. Domestic experimental cells

‘Pilot floors he gathers a selection of domestic cells in the collective housing that they are born of an innovative and experimental will. Often Utopian or visionary and with zeal to answer to new forms of life, these domestic cells question the present and try to foresee the future. This book presents a summary of examples of the whole world […]

Praise of the incorrectness | Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho
24-11-2014 No Comments

Praise of the incorrectness | Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho

The architecture lives placidly in the area of the orthodoxy, bendecida for the rules commonly accepted by the group, freely of mistakes or faults. The codes justify, the cánones legitimize. Though not always. The history has given us magnificent examples of architecture arisen from what Enrique Walker qualifies as “the ordinary thing” 1, that is to say, the daily thing, […]

After Saarinen's fingerprints | Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho
19-05-2014 No Comments

After Saarinen’s fingerprints | Michael Ángel Díaz Camacho

Eero Saarinen dedicated a very small part of his career to the topic of the housing, in fact, only he constructed two. In words of one of the most important experts of his work, Antonio Roman Asensio: “the design of the one-family house simply was not fitting with the exercise of the profession as it Saarinen understood”1. In spite of […]

Cyprien Gaillard | Pedro Hernández
14-03-2014 No Comments

Cyprien Gaillard | Pedro Hernández

Entre vandalisme et esthétique minimale, romantisme et Land Art. Cyprien Gaillard représente l’architecture contemporaine comme une ruine moderne sur le point d’être envahie par la nature, tel que le faisait le peintre ruiniste Hubert Robert avec le Louvre au XVIIIème siècle. Text route Gaillard plays with the vision of the architecture, seemingly consumed by the nature, so that this one […]

The Smithsons on Housing
09-07-2013 No Comments

The Smithsons on Housing

Peter Smithson (Stockton-on-Tees 1923-2003) and Alison Smithson (Alison Gill) (Sheffield 1928-1993) were two architects and English town planners who were employed actively at the theoretical aspects of the architecture of the decades of the 50 and 60. They are considered to be co-founders of the brutalismo, and there formed a part of the Team 10, one group of architects that […]

The Charged Void: Architecture
21-01-2013 No Comments

The Charged Void: Architecture

The Charged Void is more than a complete works volume. It is a publishing project personally run by Alison and Peter Smithson in which they document, like a photo album, its more than 50 years working in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Apparently the original idea was to publish three volumes: architecture, urbanism and critical writings. At least that […]

The ordinary thing
02-02-2011 25 Comments

The ordinary thing

This book gathers a series of articles that approach the notion of the ordinary thing in architecture and trace, across the selection of tests, a genealogy of this category in the theory of the architecture throughout last forty years. The expression the ordinary thing constitutes the common denominator of a series of notions that have relation with the appropriation and […]

The Hybrid Carpets, Infrastructure and Mobility
19-09-2009 67 Comments

The Hybrid Carpets, Infrastructure and Mobility

“The mobility is the key of the planning, so much from the social point of view, since organizationally. The mobility is not alone related to ways and roads, but with the displacement in general, that concerns a fragmented and mobile community. The ways form a part of the essential physical infrastructure of the community”. Uppercase. Peter and Alison Smithson. 1960 […]