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City Office for Physical Planning, Construction, Communal Affairs and Traffic


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University of Zagreb


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City of Zagreb
City Office for Culture, Education and Sport


Republic of Croatia
Ministry of Culture

Work title: DETERRITORIALIZATIONS ~ infrastructure legislation of public space ~

POWER AS PUBLIC SPACE * The contemporary power is not representative, but infrastructural. It is all those elements that do the life possible and determine it. From constructions to logistics, the technique turns into the inherent basis in our existence. The space is simply the expression of the above mentioned power. Its public character derives from the logic that articulates and governs the media and the environments. The power is a building, a square, Google, a road or a whole city; it doesn’t mind the scale since it is a non-scale essence. The technique (or the technicians) turn into the makers of the above mentioned constructions.In contrast to a squatter positioning, the public space can subvert the power situation operating from inside, like a hacker who changes the constituent elements of a system.The collective spirit must construct a hacker-making that introduces modifications and alterations in the traditional system operation. To design an abstract power machine, able of creating a technical collective insurrection, using the same language of the contemporary media.The audited scenes are the spaces of power created by the urban speculation, contemporary ruins that generate a post-crisis landscape. We act on it through the subversion of the technical models as a tool of creation the public sphere. LAW AS PUBLIC SPACE * Law and architecture are two sides of the same coin. Without one, the other one cannot exist. Thanks to the law we are capable of formalizing architectural ideas and, at the same time, the architecture serves as a way of control of urban life.The space is defined and described by the legislation. The contemporary regulation must be technical and must differentiates areas of power, delimits perimeters, and shapes the character of elements. The law constructs a single plane. Opposite to the chaos, it articulates a plane of immanence able of relating the different urban concepts and combining diverse speeds and movements.The law will limit the public-private gradient of a space depending on its level of restriction. The public sphere does not reside in the collective thing, but in the voids of the above mentioned legislations. Opposite to generic uniform regulations, the law must answer to folds and contrasts, raising the legislation as a technical tool which acts from inside the system, defining the urban act in several scales, and being capable of combining the more controlled areas with the zones outside the law. DETERRITORIALIZATION AS PUBLIC SPACE * In the frontiers we find the tension, a state of crisis that is not an end but a process, a form of government and design. The morphology of the public space resides in its nature, not everything is organized but however everything becomes organized. Inhabiting the reticle or occupying a void are actions determined by its own essence. The defined structures generate different logics. The public space must act as a territorial line of escape, breaking the own schemes and allowing to act as a mediating mechanism between the urban planning and the informal settlement. Unconnected realities that compare the homogeneous, reticulated and isolated space with the continuous, amorphous and opened sphere. The sedentary geometry opposite to the nomad, the fluted bodies opposite to the smooth things, the contemporary ruins of the PAU’s opposite to the legal voids of the Cañadas Reales. This legislation operates as a new territorial logic in the ruined peripheral growths of the South-east of the city of Madrid, and it develops a proposal able of turning into catalyst of a zone rubbed by failed constructions, landscapes of crisis, urban obsolescences, sedentary geometries and legal voids. COMPLEXITY AS PUBLIC SPACE * We live in a relational society, a system consisted of interrelated parts that create a set with properties and not evident behaviors. The characteristics of the complex systems defy the basic principles of the traditional theories. To promote a qualitative urbanism opposite to a quantitative one, that raises an evolutionary landscape opposite to a representative one, and arbitrates conflicts between unconnected realities, frontier territories and informal settlements. It questions the homogeneous, reticulated and isolated space recovering the constant, amorphous and opened space. To define a hyperstatic urbanism opposite to a isostatic one, able of managing a set of urban strategies that define a lot of destructive and reconstructive movements. These strategies modify, disturb and alter tensions, by means of processes and jurisprudences that concern masses, speeds and paces.
Work details
Application Number 0000703122
Author Cantera, Alejandro , Spain

Juror Comments

  • Juror @ 03/08/2015 23:30:40
    An urbanistic project based on infrastructure and folding reminding a bit of Eisenmann’s urbanistic plans. Apart from the text and the idea of infrastructure discussed, the project is not clear and understandable, as well as displaced within the competition not complying adequately with the competition brief.
  • Juror @ 30/07/2015 18:30:03
    Interesting text, encyclopedic quality of work, fine and elaborated project.
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