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How to transform a bunch of waste into an architectural work? or the dream of the alchemist.

Author: Ignacio Loyola Lizama, Graduated Architect, School of Architecture, Universidad de Talca, Chile.

This project is about designing public infrastructure for a rurban* village in Talca´s outskirts. The approach of the author comes from a critical position towards the design and implementation of public spaces for those villages, which are commonly standardized, out of context and don´t perform according to the specific nature of the places.

This rather political approach is wisely combined with a pragmatic attitude when materials and resources available come into play.

Through a clever combination of analogue parametric design, applied technological knowledge and craftsmanship, a bunch of discarded pinewood squares (15x15x3 cm. each) is transformed into a series of active surfaces. Together, they perform as structure, shading screen, spatial organizer, landmark, scaling device, soccer field background, even as playground.

It is still a matter of discussion, to what extent the energy involved in fixings, craftsmanship and others is compensated with the results, something difficult to assess if we consider that building technology in this case is intimately linked with social benefits.

A lot more for less seems to be the leit-motiv for this work which allows the author to graduate as Architect from the School of Architecture at Universidad de Talca, in a process that combines research, design, management, and building.

Eduardo Aguirre León.

Arch, Msc. Arch TU Delft

Assistant professor at the School of Architecture Universidad de Talca.

email: eaguirre@utalca.cl

(*) rurban = rural+urban, term coined by the author, referring to the ambiguous condition of certain areas of the Central Valley in Chile.

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