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MARCH 2019

WORKSHOP ENSAVT PARIS - UFV MADRID

For over a century, the controversial issue of ornament has oscillated between the two extreme conditions of being condemned and praised. The workshop intends to investigate the reemergence of ornament evaluating its new aspects, and redefine its limits in contemporary architectural theory and practice.
Ornament is currently acquiring a renewed statuts in architecture. Being much more than an intricate architectural element, an in-depth study of ornament overlaps its reemergence with social, cultural, and economical status quo. Nowdays often architectural ornament has become an instrument of image-driven contemporary culture within spectacle-laden public sphere making it an intense medium of impression and expression.

Ornamental buildings emerge as embodiments of constumption, exhibition and public attention, by contributin to image-making, commercial success, and marketing strategy, in addition to the performance of ornament as a challeging designerly instrument.













OCTOBER 2018

WORKSHOP UFV MADRID - ENSAVT PARIS
"Transforming Tetuan"

Through various lenses of urban design, our surroundings can be understood and expressed within a framework of differente methods of professional practice: Obersvation and Engagement, Analysis and Stynthesis, Urban Design Tools, and Representation and Storytelling.

Building inclusive, healthy, functional and productive citities is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity today, and there are no easy solutions. A key part of the puzzle, though, lies right at the heart of the world's urban areas: its public space

Students will have to take into account the diversity of the neighbourhood and adopt an integrated approach to urban challenges and needs of the consolidated city, in particular, to address the complex condition of multi-deprived neighborhoods. Considering the challenges in managing the social implications of the transofrmation or urban areas, especially in the case of vulnerable nieghbourhoods, the aim of the workshop is to highlight the social issues of differente apporaches to housing Actions that are not limited exclusively to the recobery of the urban space but also help to entail the resolution of social exclusion problems, while attempting at the same time broad participation of affected communities in the proposal of urban regeneration. Proposals should focus on the acceptance of a new physical and social reality, working on new ways of relation, transforming the neighborhood.


















NOVEMBER 2017

WORKSHOP BTU COTTBUS - UFV MADRID


This Workshop tacked the most fundamental questions about living in vertical structures in dense urban environments. It was therefore structured in two phases: in the first phase we analyzed existing vertical housing typologies according to their spatial, functional and social qualities and capacities. In the second phase we incorporated the qualitative criteria discovered in the first phase and desingn a high-rise that were located in the Berlin suburub of Kreuzberg in a crucial context opposite to one of the rare residenctial towers of Berlin: the Kreuzberg Tower by John Hejduk. We had to challenge topics such as proportion, dimension, height, ciuclation, ground conditions and the apartment floor plan as the key unit of the to do so we put an emphasis on experimental and hands-on model building with styrofoam. The results allowed us to look at an array of different approaches that then can be compared, discussed and evaluated in the final presentation and exhibition.










FEBRUARY 2017

FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY

URBAN RECICLYING


The transformation of the urban structure is the reflection of a globalized economic model. It seems therefore important to understand the Gran Vía as a social phenomenon capable of generation new urban context. For these reasons it seems legitimate that if construction of the Gran Vía was a challenege for urban planning 100 years ago, it now aims to remain committed to the future, with this imaginative, visionary and even utopian visions.

Proposals should focused on the acceptance of a new physical and social reality of the street, working on new ways of relation, transofming the different aspects of the Gran Vía, offering new visions of it and a whole new future for Madrid's main artery. Inventing new practices, strategies, and tactics that claim their rights to their city and to freely project alternative possibilities for urban life. Experimental utopias as the first step in acquiring rights to the city understand as openings towards a new urban politics, still to be discovered.

This project, to be completed between the two Shcools of Architecture, is propelled by the ambition of outlining these new competencies and new ways of perceiving what will impact future professionals entering into the workplace of tomorrow.









NOVEMBER 2016

WORKSHOP BTU COTTBUS - UFV MADRID


We have just finished a 4-day workshop on the topic of vertical housing with students from BTU Cottbus and Francisco de Vitoria University, Madrid. In the first part of the workhsop the students analysed existing residential towers and trasnformed the results into highrise prototypes in the second part. We would like to thank all participants for their hard work and the inspiring proposals!. We are very proud of the results of these very intense last days. The collaboration between both Universities will continue in a workshop and project in the summer term 2017 in Madrid














OCTOBER 2016

FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY

CONTINGENCY


Contingency is, quite simply, the fact that things could be otherwise than they are.


Considering the relationship between designers and those they design for, architecture is a conspicuously contingent discipline. It is dependent on all sorts of unpredictable factors and, given this, it is implausible that designers can act autonomously.


In this way, designing is an activity where action is both contingent on context and at the same time not determined by that context. While designers are dependent on matters beyond their control, they are nevertheless autonomous in the sense of being completely responsible for their designing.



The uncertainty of today’s necessitates architecture to be designed for flexibility and adaptability, contingent upon the temporal needs of our complex urban society.





2016
BEAU
Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo

Prize awarded at the XIII BEAU in the category of SOCIAL TRANSFER AT CATEGORY DIVULGATION!. 


The link below...













2016
POLYTECNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

SHORT FILM, Plaza de Castilla transport interchange PROJECT.

The interior architecture students have had great initiative, on 8 and 9 April 2016, users of public transport, will be able to enjoy a free movie experience, focusing on the genre of short films.


It will take place in the 8 commercial premises of Plaza Castilla transport interchange (Madrid) that will become cinemas thanks to the imagination, enthusiasm and designs of the students of the School of Architecture of Madrid, interior design. In these cinemas short films made by groups of students from different grades and universities in the audiovisual and film industry as professionals in this field will be show.






2016
POLYTECNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
MICROTHEATER

You can define the stage space as a place where to carry out the theatrical action, an object that enables the creation of fictions. A "full" which may suggest the "empty" to live it and go tthrough it from sensory or intellectual actions.

The student must perform a stage for a play to be represented in the Microtheater in Madrid The concept of Microtheater does not involve much audience and that proximity increases the experience of the show. Between the viewer and the actor only a few centimeters separate them by submerging the viewer into the scenery.


It is proposing a small stage, direct created for those who look with shameless closeness. The viewer does not see the work but to live it. A tiny theater using audiovisual and classical theater techniques, purges the excesses looking for the essence of the foreground.

























JAN 2016
FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY
FINAL PROJECT 1ºST Q
PROYECT III
RESILENCE- LEMAN





























DEC 2015


ETSAM SWINGING
POLYTECNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENTO OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY

INTERIOR DESIGN






Designing a swing located in the ETSAM that favors the encounter, escape, relaxation and insipiration. 

The swing can be the chance to get a better use of underutilized place.

One way of being that does not currently exist in the ETSAM...


















OCTOBER 2015
FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY
Seminar Workshop UFV /  HEPIA






RESILENCE inclusive cities


Before we can define adaptability, we have to look at the term "resilience" as an area of study that was born out of ecology and, at its core, holds the mandate for architects promoting it to solve problems without creating new ones. Indeed, its scientific definition is the ability of a substance or object to srping back into shape after suffering a trauma.

It's about elasticity, an innate quality of adaptability, and the connection to architecture is twofold. First, resilience means designing adaptable structures that can "learn" from thir environments and sustain life, even in the face of disaster. Second, resilience means architects can learn from their buildings and deploy evermore-refined designs. Third, resilience means involving people directly in the design  and creation of strong and inclusive cities.

Speech "Urban support" by Luis Palacios.
6th nov, 10.00 H. Classroom 1.13, Building "H"










JUNE 2015
FINAL JURY JOINT MASTER HEPIA
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND





















JUNE 2015
DEBATE MADRID MATTERS
URBAN HABITAT


Last 10th June, at 20 pm the Research Group Urban Habitat organized at Fernando de Castro Foundation (San Mateo 15, Malasaña) a debate to discuss the urban future of Madrid, MADRID MATTERS, because Madrid matter now more than ever and we need ideas for change. We had the presence of:
 José María Ezquiaga, architect, professor, National Prize of Urbanism and new dean of the COAM. 
Angel Luis Fernandez, architect, professor and former Director of the Office Center of Ayto. Madrid. 
Jesus Leal, sociologist, professor and researcher on housing and urban inequalities.
Fernando Porras, architect, teacher, co-author of Madrid Rio and member of Impulsa Madrid



















2015
WORKSHOP HEPIA/UFV, SUMMER JURY
PRE EXISTENCES: LIVING THE TERRITORY















The last work this year will take place in the city of Madrid,  in the area "Mahou- Calderon". This operation whose partial plan was approved recently become the area of ​​the old beer factory and Atletico de Madrid football stadium in an area with skyscrapers, houses, gardens and an M-30 motorway undergrounded. The operation will involve the demolition of the Vicente Calderon Stadium (Mahou factory was demolished three years ago) and moving the football club  to the stadium of La Peineta,

This Workshop will provide an opportunity to create with the students of the School of Architecture in Geneva (Hepia) a strategic plan for the entire area in question.

COLLECTIVE HOUSING HYBRID

After the workshop, we will focus on the development of a hybrid collective housing, understanding the hybrid word as the varied composition of the program that should accommodate different uses and users with different identities (housing for young, elderly and families, offices, shops, small define social equipment etc.) Every architectural work has its origin and objective to meet the needs and aspirations of society space, identifying this with the architectural habitability; which it depends on the culture, the place and the historical moment in which it is manifested.
















2015
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.
"Plug in Tetuan with Dionisio González"


















2015
WORKSHOP UFV MADRID / HEPIA GINEBRA
THE TERRITORY INHABITED
23TH-27TH FEBRUARY 2015

The Workshop UFV MADRID &  Hepia / Ginebra  took place, with students from Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid) and students from Hepia (Haute école du paysage, d'Ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève) University of Switzerland.

Madrid Rio Tour Guide

Last 23th February  the “Madrid Rio Tour Guide" took place. The meeting was at the entrance of the Park of Madrid Rio, at Principe Pio,  where Enrique Ibáñez González, architectural director of Urbanmatters and ex-project leader of West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture office, met the group for a tour that also included a bike ride to the slaughterhouse passing the different landscapes of the park as Avenida de Portugal, Jardines Virgen del Puerto, Jardines del Puente de Segovia, Puente Oblicuo, Puente de Andorra, Jardines del puente de Toledo, artistic walkways, Mahou-Calderon site visit etc. The tour ended at 18:00 hours and following that there was a talk on the COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid) on "Strategies for Urban Reinvention Mahou / Vicente Calderon."
















Have a look to the video...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmVANVKJw7w

Workshop "The territory Inhabited"

















Lectures: "Madrid Centro Project", "Madrid Rio"; "Infastructural Voids in Congested Cities", "Influence of the urban context on building's sustainability assessment"



 Jury












Models



















2015
FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY
WINTER JURY
20/01/15






















JANUARY 2015
FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY.
"PRE EXISTENCES, EXTENDING LIFE BUILINGS"

In the present times, once the show has surpassed the era of excessive construction, architecture has returned its gaze to itself and its origins. The field of industrial recycling is now a broad field of reflection. What are the new strategies for action on what was built as a place from which to retrieve a new meaning for architecture?

This new exercise was proposed to interrogate the city Transformation and Expansion. Therefore, the intervention on the built environment is not radically different from any other type of project that requires more from a double reflection: a comprehensive, city-wide and other specific notion about the building itself in which it intervenes.

The building in question is the `Mercado de la Cebada´, and it is one of the largest food markets in the city.

In this new statement, the student must reflect on what attitude and approach has to be taken before a work can be built. There are different possible actions and attitudes to a building process; Drain, fill, clean, clear, expand etc .. All these strategies and actions can become an effective instrument of criticism.


This is developing a new hybrid set, to understand the hybrid world as the varied composition of itself, to be harbouring different uses and users with different identities (market, sheltered housing, senior housing, offices, shops, small social facilities etc.)















2014
SPECIAL AWARD OF DOCTORAL THESIS Mrs. ELENA FARINI





The Committee on Graduate Doctoral of  UPM (Universidad de Madrid), at its meeting last November, 2014, has granted the special award of Doctoral Thesis for the year  2012-2013 to the Doctoral thesis read in our Doctoral  Programs.

PROCESOS CONFIGURATIVOS: DE LA TRAMA A LA NOCION DE CAMPO EN LOS MAT BUILDINGS
Mrs. Elena Farini de Orleans-Borbón
Director: Mrs. Carmen Espegel Alonso


OCTOBER 2014
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.



Students from ETSAM will participate in the Recycled  and Art Competitons convened by  D-ART MADRID RECYCLE. The main objectives are:

Encourage the connection and communication between different sectors of the population with public and private entities working in the conservation of the environment.

Create joint messages that promote global awareness about the benefits of environmental protection.

Realize the common discourse through the creation of specific urban elements through the practices of 'reuse' and 'recycling' that expose the possibilities and benefits of sustainability in environmental care.

The decision in the contest will be announced at the Awards Gala to be held next 18th november.





http://www.idarterecicla.com/idea/





The decision in the contest was announced at the Awards Gala that was held last 18th november 2014.






OCTOBER 2014
FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY.


Nowadays, architecture has become its gaze to itself and its origins. A whole new generation of architects are looking for a relaunch of their discipline while exploring areas that often had been hidden or ignored. The field of industrial recycling is now a wide field of thought. What are the new strategies of action on what I built as a place from which to recover a new direction for architecture?

This new exercise proposes to question the city through Transformation and Expansion of an equipment.

The building in question is the “Mercado de la Cebada” that is one of the largest food markets in the city. A market with two commercial plants in use with an area of ​​over 6000 square meters. It has also two more plants, a storage and a parking. There are six red domed roofs that enclose the building.

In this exercise, students will reflect on what attitude and strategy must be used for one´s building process. There are different possible actions and attitudes to a single built structure: Drain, fill, clean, delete, expand etc .. All these actions can become an effective instrument of criticism.

It is developing a new hybrid set, understanding  the “hybrid” word like a  varied composition of the program that must accommodate different uses and users with different identities (market, social housing, elderly housing, offices, shops, small social facilities etc.)
We are therefore facing a landscape with a great diversity, and combinatorial possibility capable of achieving the mix of multiple types and programs from the development of new mechanisms and more versatile structures, one "multi-program" plurality in coexistence with other heterogeneous activities.







JULY 2014 (7th-9th july)
FUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
SUMMER UNIVERSITY
"THE MOST RECENT TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN"


JUNE 2014 (5th-8th june)
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.

ANTON MARTIN MARKET (5-8 june) ... In process...











MAY 2014
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.





March 2014

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.

"Greenhouse for Cristina Iglesias"


The greenhouse must offer a new way to understand and relate to nature. It is interpreting nature, transform, feel and react to it by proposing a shelter where man can find himself. The greenhouse should be easily assembled. 

Internationally renowned artist, Cristina Iglesias, came to the review session of the students works. 







Novemeber 2013
BID MEETING 2013, Madrid






The BID MEETING 2013 The Schools of Design is a platform for meeting, debates and coordination of the Iberoamerican Community Schools of Design, organized by DIMAD within the Area Meeting of the Iberoamerican Biennial of Design (BID).

The BID MEETING 2013 propose meetings and debates that question and analyze the management models of learning processes and experiences of training centers and the involvement of students in research and innovation and enabling new levels of professional competence connected with the production system of their respective countries. In turn, wants to develop and promote innovative initiatives of young students through the exhibitions of students.

In 2013 BID MEETING will be presented, discussed and finally signed in plenary session the Iberoamerican  Manifesto for Teaching Design .

The result of this Manifesto and the activities of the BID MEETING 2013, will organize networks that give continuity to this commitment, and will be checked in following editions.



Elena Farini (FWG architects) presentéd her paper “Time and Cities “, the materialization of a project where students, teachers, neighborhood associations and politicians took part, and it had its objective to inhabit the present, the time and the cities.







November 2013

FLOWSCAPES WORKSHOP
UFV MADRID / TU DELFT








The UFV students delivered the analysis/diagnosis and the TUD students presented the themes and related principles. Jointly they worked on a certain problem (derived from analysis/diagnosis) using the thematic "flowscape-lenses" transportation, green and water infrastructures (or combinations) and related design principles (derived from other sites where the TUD students were working on) as a starting point. The outcome of the analysis, as well as design principles are presented as drawings/maps at the scale 10.000 and variable paper size ranging from A6 to A0+ depending on the sections they take. The section and specific site  depends on the selected thematic lenses and the principles to be tested.










 



















October 2013

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.

"Childcar Fair at IFEMA, Madrid"






Last 3rd October, the Childcare Fair was inaugurated at IFEMA (halls 1 and 3), a proffesional salon productos dedicated to Childhood attended by the best national and international brands specialized in this sector.

One of the elements presented in this Fair, held for the first time in Madrid, was the "Star Products Gallery", a space thought and designed specially for the exhibition.


As a challenge, Feria de Madrid proposed to create a product for the exhibition designed by professionals and they had the collaboration of a team of third year students from de Proper Degree in INTERIOR DESIGN athe the POLYTECNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE (UPM) directed by Alvaro Herández and Paul Sanchez de Vega.

This team was responsible for carrying out the project design, the direction of the works for building the space for the "Star Products Gallery", and the creation of a reception in the access to the hall number 3, the larger of the two halls that hosted the fair in Childcare.


This project has received the Silver Award from Emporia National Ephemeral Architecture Awards 2013 in the category of Best Eco - Recycable Pavilion.










September 2013

Decoraccion
Antón Martín Market
Santa Isabel St, 5, MADRID
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
INTERIOR DESIGN.




One more year the celebration of "Decoracción", event organized by the magazine "Nuevo Estilo" will take place in the "Barrio de las letras", Madrid.

This new year includes the participation of the students of Interior Design (Polytechnic University of Madrid, School of Architecture). Antón Martín Market stands have been decorated by these students as a new space to intervene in this edition. The students are volunteer groups of second, third and PFC courses.

Their work has been already lauded by the Market's Board and they also have stated that they would be very proud to have their participation again next year.

You can enjoy their works from 19th sept until 22th sept, in Santa Isabel St, 5, Madrid. 









June 2013

Urban Habitat
Research Gruop Habitat
REACTIVATING ARAPILES NEIGHBOURHOOD
meeting between entrepreneurs and business empty premise owners in Arapiles.
Market Vallehermoso, Vallehermoso Street, 36, Madrid
June 21, (18.00 H - 20.30 H)








On 21st June, Vallehermoso Market hosted a wide variety of entrepeneurs and of under-utilized premise owners of Arapiles neighbourhood, in the first edition of "Market Street"
The objective of this activity, organized by the Urban Habitat Reserach Group at the University Francisco de Vitoria, was to serve as the meeting of two key groups in the process of social and spatial revitalization of our cities. Arapiles neighbourhood, one of the most typical and charismatic of madrid was selected as pilot project with the idea of replicating the model in other districts.

During the event, attendees could, among other things, take note of inspiring experiences based on possible new business models, or shared experiences with traders already installed in the area.


May 2013

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.


"School of dance and interpretation"



This exercise was proposed to design a school of dance and interpretation with a small residence to harbor guests and scholarship students. 


They want to encourage an open center which is permeable and dynamic. The target is to integrate the program and its spaces with city and its citizens by providing small concerts and musical workshops. The location of the site, in the center of the city of Madrid, can not only create a single building, but a social dynamic cultural center in the neighborhood.






























February 2013

"FLOWSCAPES: New Landscapes networked"

 FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY



Students of Francisco de Vitoria University  have to examine the city through the study and proposal of a new cycling mobility for the town of Pozuelo de Alarcon (Madrid)

Urban space is determined by the mode of movement of people and goods. Infrastructure sets the operation of the city, their times and their growth form.

The bikeway can be the engine of a new urban diversity implementing new connections. A network of dynamic actions more consistent with a society in perpetual motion. The user can feel more involved  and engaged harmoniously with the surrounding environment. The new cycling network would promote new programs in the public domain to enable meetings and increase the network of social relations.

A society that changes its communication pattern and energy pattern starts a new era called "the third industrial revolution". The current mobility culture urgently needs to be replanned to get new environmental, economic and social challenges.









To do this, students must ask: How do we connect these factors? How and why? What are the routes and alternative programs that can join the bike path?

The main objectives are: 

Suggest a new cycling network incorporating the existing network
Improve connections between different neighborhoods.
Reduce air and noise pollution
Reduce the energy consumption of private vehicles
Set out a public bicycle hire
Supress barriers surrounding the urban area
Educate citizens for a new model or urban mobility
Increase the safety or urban vitality and road for cyclists and pedestrians
Motivate new social rleations related to the new cycling network.










February 2013

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.



"Travelling": Regarding road, going from one place to another.




 The word "theater" comes from the Greek "Theatron" and means "place to see". It is an art that seeks to represent stories to an audience, action, speech, gestures, props, music and sound. 

The theater through history has always been itinerant, moving from one place to another, initially with the aim of the Greeks to take their celebrations to the gods of different people, and now with the intention of bringing the theater to those without access by living far from urban centers. 

The traveling theater is essentially a relational, social space defined by the relationship between spectator and actor, between the environment in which it is located and the environment generated by the stage space. 

Project II students should make a small traveling theater (a mobile stage) that can accommodate different environments and can accommodate about 50 people. The theater should be made of lightweight materials to be easily removable and transportable. The students must show the whole process of assembly and disassembly and explain the main resources used. 















January 2013

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTAMENT OF BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
INTERIOR DESIGN.



















Students of "Projects III!, directed by Elena Farini, Raquel Lasheras and Felipe Samaran, must take a stage for the work of Coral Igualador,  "The Need to Know". The scenery should be able to capture the essence of the work for which it is serves as a scenic home and raises the main resources used. (lighting, adaptability to the performance, ability to interact with the characters, mobility, materials used, construction system, etc)






You can set the stage space as a place in which the action is theatrical, an object that enables the creation of fictions, a volume that can accommodate the performer's actions providing new meaning to the representation. A "full" may suggest the "empty" to enable it and walk through it from the perceptual to the intellectual. A three-dimensional space is possible to collect from different access paths by multiplying the reception axes.








November 2012

FLOWSCAPES
INFRASTRUCTURE AS LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE AS INFRASTRUCTURE

Madrid-Delft /UFV-Architecture Delft University
Author: Elena Farini







Similar to previous years, the students of architecture at the University Francisco de Vitoria have conducted a workshop with the students of the School of Architecture in Delft (Netherlands).

This year the first part of the Workshop has been held in Delft (November 2012) and the main objective is that the student will explore different approaches covering a wide variety of scales, from the region, the landscape, the city, infrastructure and architecture, to the environment.

For three weeks, students will work on the study of a stretch of the Rhine River as it passes through Holland and it flows into Rotterdam.

These groups will analyze two study areas surpassing any automation and approaching them from the multiplicity of its component materials.

Then they will define a critical situation with the existing problems and develop a concrete urban regeneration strategy for the proposed area.

The objective is to have a complete design and reliable materials selected at the end of the investigation,  which can be consulted by all students.

The student must think that he/she is not just working for him/herself, but for the group as a whole.

Thus, the class becomes a large research group that will analyze landscape as infrastructure and infrastructure as landscape.













March 2012 

CO EXISTENCES, TORMORROW AND TOMORROW
Madrid-Viseu / UFV-UCP 2011-2012
Elena Farini / J.Baganha / A.Carvalho


Students of Francisco de Vitoria University made two Workshops with the Portugese Catholic University of Architecture Students. They took place in Madrid in Novemeber 2011 and in Viseu, in March 2012

The main objective of the Workshop was to promote the cultural exchange working in multicultural environment, learning  the teamwork in different languages, other ways to do architecture, expanding their personal and professional ambitions, learning how to work together and produce in intense situations, and learning architecture by living where it is located. 







March 2011
DENSITY / INTENSITY WORKSHOP
Madrid-Viseu / UFV-UCP 2010-2011
Authors: Elena Farini / J.Baganha / A.Carvalho

This workshop looks at different densities and intensities in Tetuan, a northern zone of Madrid. Both subjects have a relationship to the field of architecture and urban planning: density is the capacity of a building or area to host a number of people and intensity is the gradient flow of people in a period of time. Each group of students observed density and intensity within a certain theme or subject area. Those areas include: trade, population, equipment, activity, full and empty, green areas and transport.





TIME AND CITIES WORKSHOP
Madrid - Lyon / UFV-ENSAL
Authors: E.Farini / C.Widerski

The aim of “Times and Cities” is to question the way in which our urban environments have become unique spaces for the inscription and the manifestation of time. The issue of time and, more specifically, of time “in” the city is of the utmost interest, given the level of urbanization that our planet is currently experiencing. Now, the question is how to reconcile people’s life rhythms with the “space-time” of a territory in order to address the challenges of both individual and collective spheres.





INHABITING SUSTAINABLE TERRITORY WORKSHOP
Madrid - Lyon / UFV-ENSAL
Authors: E.Farini / C.Widerski

The pedagogic orientation of this workshop responds to questions that are currently circulating amongst those responsible for transforming our environment. Examining a territory “generalized as urban”- one that does not make real distinction between city and nature- and the questions of sustainable development that are applied architectonic objects should also be applied to urban planning.








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