BY THE PEOPLE,
FOR THE PEOPLE
This is how vernacular architecture in countless corners of our planet is defined, and
precisely, for this reason, it turns out to be so kind and simple.
The abandoned post-industrial buildings are based on its radical opposite
and for the same reason they surprise us.
Magic happens when both scales are combined. When a titanic
industrial structure exhibits small signs of human activity
as if ants were dissembling the corpse of a failed system.
The appropriation of a place by society should not rely only on artistic expression or on
the participation in this process. Walking through some historical streets in our cities,
the simplicity of some constructions allows us to understand the space
as a whole. We understand how the bricks were piled up
to build a wall. We appreciate how the openings for doors
and windows were created.
We know the purpose of the shapes of the roofs.
To put it simply, we know why
and how things were built.
Buildings were elements understood by society and therefore there was a sense of belonging.
The same must happen with the interventions that will provide these structures
from the past with a new life.
They must be understood by the society
they will be home to.
I. OPEN THE RUINS. MATERIALIZE THE RUPTURE.
III. A WILD, ALMOST DESTRUCTIVE NATURE.
IV. CREATE INNER LANDSCAPES.
V. PALIMPSEST. THE TESTIMONY OF SCARS.
VI. WHEN SCRAPYARDS BECOME OUR
QUARRIES AND LANDFILLS OUR FORESTS.
VII. THE LEAST SOPHISTICATED ASPECT OF THE SOLUTION.
VIII. HONOUR HER (HONOUR NATURE).
IX. BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.
X. A STRUCTURE FOR HOMO LUDENS.
XI. TELL THE STORY.
XII. MAKE ARCHITECTURE AS (IF YOU WERE) NATURE.