viernes, 23 de febrero de 2007

Space for a change

The discovery of building as a paradigm in our work happened at the same time as a change in the situation of the western city, which involved the extensive reformulation of the conditions affecting contemporary architecture as a whole: the gradual privatization of the public space of the city. Faced with a complete lack of public funds, cities and local authorities found themselves increasingly unable to play an active role in urban planning developments, and instead sold out to investors, who help themselves to the biggest and best pieces of the city. It was a game whose end up as infrastructure built to maximize the profits of a global economy.
A mode of resistance to the instrumentalization of our profession lies in an architecture which regards itself as an agent of a new philosophy of urban planning. The impulse of architecture to play a role in urban planning is vital, because otherwise urban planning will no longer exist. The master plan is dead; this, as we know, has its advantages. The grid-patterned urban space of 19th century only exists on paper; the actual dynamics of today´s rban transformations have long prevailed over such instruments of order.

Coop Himme(l)blau

martes, 20 de febrero de 2007

Comedor Norteño