inter————accions

2014 Post-Construction∨∨

2013 – 2014, Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona

 

With the collaboration and support of:

 

Second project proposed as a transversal experience that allows generating an exchange of knowledge, approaches, fields of work, between students of art and architecture. At the same time, this proposal has allowed to activate and temporarily open an experimental research space: a prototype of adobe house in the courtyard of ETSAB and EPSEB.

Post-Construction has been developed from two activities: a round table and a site-specific exhibition through an open call for intervention projects.

Post-Construction refers to everything that occurs or should be considered after the construction of both the physical space and the social space: What do we do with the empty floors constructed and without occupation? What do we do with those wastewater or built-up areas? What do we do with everything we learned in the race? What do we do with all the projects we have devised and ideas, which we have built in our minds, when we see that we can never make them come true?

All these questions come up with positive, proactive answers: What tools do we have to rethink the way we do it? How can we share the tools for better organization, participation, collaboration and collectivization in decision-making that is affecting our city? What is now the role of the architect, the artist or the urban planner? These questions open the Exhibition and the Round Table that is proposed with the same name of Post-Construction.

Round table

With the participation of: Josep Cerdà, Destiempo Urbano (Mireia Valls and Èlia Herrando), Lluís Sabadell Artiga, Ariadna Peric, Laia Ramos, Ramon Parramon, La Fundició, Miquel Garcia – Project Atlas, Edu Ruiz, Andrea Ballesteros and Pau Martínez, Ramón Sisó, Camille Orny, Pablo Barreda and Inter-Accions.

Post-Construction refers to everything that occurs or should be considered after the construction of both physical space and social space. On this premise, the following questions are addressed by the roundtable discussions with which it has attempted to open the university debate to propose a change in collective and collaborative practices, going from the educational system to the context professional, with the aim of creating a space to reflect, but above all, to do and learn in a different way:

In relation to Cultural Practices

What role can Cultural Architecture Practices have or can have? What other looks should the architecture integrate? Is the use of Cultural Practices possible to activate and propose processes of real urban transformation? Starting from what strategies? What change in Cultural Practices has been observed regarding the current crisis in relation to the demands of the city’s transformation?

In relation to the Training and University System

How can the University actively involve other institutions, communities, agents and citizens in the collective construction of social space? If there is a change of paradigm in the professional situation of artists, architects … there must be an adaptation by the University in this regard? Is a model adapted to the social context and not to the economic context possible?

In relation to Collective and Collaborative Practices

We have identified the common objectives of artists and architects to activate common processes? And what is common of our goals? Are we able to overcome the professional / disciplinary barriers to collaborate in common processes? Are we willing to activate multidirectional communication channels?

In relation to the Responsibility and Relations of the Agents involved

How can we assume and exercise the right to intervene in this public sphere? What practices should be taken into account in the relationships between expert agents and other social agents involved in collective processes?

Audiovisual recording of the table (in Catalan)

Part 1

Part 2

Exhibition

Site-specific exhibition

 

Open call for intervention projects

Jury: Nora Arias, Borja L. Fermoselle, Laia Ramos, Xavier Matilla, Teresa Roca, Mar Santamaria, Marta Carrasco and Sergi Selvas. From May 5th to 30th, 2014 in the courtyard of ETSAB and ETSEIB, Barcelona.

This call and exhibition is proposed as an opportunity to rethink what we have built and what has been done so far to propose new practices, and new ways of doing things, in the university, in the career, in the profession and in life.

Within the framework of the Post-Construction project, a space shared by ETSAB and EPSEB is activated, which is also a space for communication and traffic between these schools and the faculty of Fine Arts. An open call is organized to develop a site-specific intervention for a house of adobe that is a prototype made by the research group of the Department of Architectural Constructions II of the EPSEB.

The four projects selected are:

Forum of Cultures. Barcelona 2004-2014

By Pablo Barreda, from May 5th to 9th, 2014

The city of Barcelona has not always been a brand in the world market for brand cities. In 1986, with the appointment of Barcelona as an Olympic headquarters, the economic, urban and social model began to focus on what is today known as the Barcelona Brand. The development of the Barcelona Brand, among other aspects, has been reflected in the intervention of the urban space in favor of design and signature architecture, forming an urban identity that can be exploited at the tourist and cultural level. The model has led to the creation of a cultural and tourism market that has resulted in a city planning, or in other words, the transformation of Barcelona into a city-event. In this transformation, the periphery of Barcelona has been the space where most of these processes have been located.

The Forum project, designed to position Barcelona in the cultural and tourist market, was one of the projects with the greatest weight and relevance in the consolidation of the Barcelona Brand as a socio-economic structure from which to view the city. Nowadays, the urban space that was set presents a contradictory image, far from the principles from which it was projected. It is presented as an inoperative space, incomplete, void of significance from its operative logic. So, this project aims to raise the debate from the Forum case and with that question, to whom does the city belong?

Bilugar

By Camille Orny, from 12th to 16th May 2014

This proposal aims to make visible the PostConstruction space in terms of potential, to “totipotent” matter, in the manner of embryonic cells capable of becoming as much a lung tissue as an egg. For this purpose, it is proposed to convert the interior of the mulberry house into a “bilugar”, bilugar, queer, intermediate and contingent place. Similarly, the PostConstruction call is part of a disciplinary border region between art and architecture. Similarly, speaking in spatial terms, the mulch house does not belong to the architectural complex collected from the UPC but it is located in the front garden of the faculty of Fine Arts. The mud cottage is the result of an experiment and in a way, a place in itself.

The dark interior is picked up and adopted from the mulberry house as an intimate space, like somebody’s space, and populated with “bi-objects.” Each one formalizes a relationship of duality (superposition, composition: in mathematics, the compound function, incomplete fusion, included) and is inspired by the postmodern cultural objects of Espactácle, sometimes grotesque fusions of heteroclite objects. The duality of objects covers the tensions between the ideals of individual and psychological bubbles on the one hand, and, economic and collective on the other hand, so work – production is opposed to consumption in the capitalist cycle. It is a bilugar, a place of revolt and bubble: a bubble.

Paper Houses

By Edu Ruiz, from the 19th to the 23rd of May

Avenida Diagonal serves as a bridge between the ends of the city, and its strategic importance is considerable. It is no coincidence that in 1939 the Francoist army marched past this gateway, representing its power during the occupation of Barcelona. In addition, this point is a place of visit for visitors to the interior of the country. In the 1950s, during the postwar period, the space gave shelter to a large settlement of huts, full of immigrants from southern Spain, refugees for hunger and unemployment. The scheme projected a series of urban modifications in order to dismantle all the barracks and show a fictitious image to the visitors. The refugee population was resettled in new homes, the well-known Houses of paper in the neighborhood of the Congress.

The importance of this new revaluation was marked by the celebration of the International Eucharistic Congress (1952), which meant a strong speculation in the price of land. This event was the second largest project of international dimensions of the State. The regime; thus, strengthens its relations with the Vatican. Barcelona was the ideal setting to host the event, and on the one hand it stopped the proliferation of civil protests with regards to the strike of the 1951 tram and reinforced the economy of the Catalan industry that was in need of an urgent revival.

Nomade Space

By Andrea Ballesteros and Pau Martínez, from May 26 to 30

Based on the premises of the Site-Specific, artists propose the possibility of transporting this exhibition space wherever and for whomever it is, therefore a detachable plastic structure is constructed which coincides with the space assigned by the call. The assembly process does not require virtuous technical capabilities and is built with low cost materials. There is talk of a nomadic, ephemeral and precarious space with an expository will in this case, as an alternative, poetic response, to the present cultural exhibition spaces.