Die Stadt als Projekt. Iñaki Ábalos: Ábalos Sentkiewicz Arquitectos. Vortrag: Vertical-scapes oder Die Integration der Disziplinen

Feduchi, Luis (2010). Die Stadt als Projekt. Iñaki Ábalos: Ábalos Sentkiewicz Arquitectos. Vortrag: Vertical-scapes oder Die Integration der Disziplinen, Ins Leere gebaut - Built into the Void, , Instituto Cervantes, Berlin, Germany.

Author Feduchi, Luis
Title Die Stadt als Projekt. Iñaki Ábalos: Ábalos Sentkiewicz Arquitectos. Vortrag: Vertical-scapes oder Die Integration der Disziplinen
Institution Instituto Cervantes, Berlin, Germany
Seminar Series Ins Leere gebaut - Built into the Void
Publication date 2010-06-29
Total pages 1 Event coordination
Language spa
ger
Subject Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Abstract/Summary From Schinkel to Ungers, there have been many architects unable to resist the temptation of projecting their ideas over the site plan of Berlin: Taut, Speer, Scharoun, Le Corbusier, the Smithsons, among others. From Schinkel’s Archipelago City to the Smithsons’ Cities Within the City, Berlin never ceased to be a project. It is surprising to confirm that since its reunification, more than just being a fact, this idea has become a necessity. Is there today a city project? In relation to the utopian characteristic implied in understanding the city as a project, the city today has become a technocratic city, where decisions that affect it directly seem to be taken in the “dark and secret spaces” where political decisions are made. Events take place, slowly but inexorably, from Potsdamer Platz to the pulling down of the Palast der Republik, they are allowing a mediocre development – in Mathias Sauerbruch’s recent words – to take place. The polarization to which we referred earlier, which emerged from the scission of Ungers’ project and which was embodied in his disciples Kollhoff and Koolhaas, has kept architecture in a harmless debate that technocracy has taken advantage of in order to create havoc by demolishing and refilling, which is nothing but a demonstration of power. In his book, Brussels – A Manifesto , about the architectural technocracy that has affected Brussels during the last twenty-five years, Pier Vittorio Aureli refers to the need to propose a manifesto even for Berlin. Mathias Sauerbruch, in his criticism of the current times, speaks about opportunity. In the last lecture of the series, Iñaki Ábalos, with a voice akin to that of the architects mentioned above, presented three architectural proposal, all of which were capable of taking on board the central issues that we have been dealing with regarding Berlin’s present. Firstly, revising the concept of the museum, and the implication that this may have when it comes to revitalizing not just the architectural type, but also its impact on the city, turning it into a place of cultural production. Secondly, the appearance of a new type that he calls – as the title of his paper indicates – Verticalscapes, a typology that gives back to the architectural project the integration of disciplines that intervene in the city. Finally, the transmutation of the concept of sustainability, so degraded already thanks to the technocratic architect, to the concept of thermodynamic beauty, as a proposition to fix the current energy as well as financial wastage.
Additional Notes English translation: "The City as Project: Iñaki Ábalos, Verticalscapes or the Integration of Disciplines". Published in "Spanish Architects ABROAD / Arquitectos españoles en el extranjero", Verlag für Architektur.JOVIS 2011. ISBN 9783868591088; 3868591087.

 
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