Eleb, Monique; Bendimérad, Sabri
[EN] New spatial devices appear when society changes. Today families are restructuring, the domestic group is recomposing, practices are evolving and housing should follow. How can it be transformed to adapt to the life conditions and the lifestyle desired by singles of any age, families -either monoparental or blended-, by the elderly? Experiences in many countries are described here, showing the diversity of the devices proposed and their underlying ideals. They range from a simple practical solution to live in a contemporary way, particularly because of the porosity between habitat and work, to the ambition to change life starting with...
García Quesada, Rafael
[EN] To open chases in a wall, made of ceramics bricks, blocks or thermal blocks is, actually, a traditional locating system for installations. It is an expensive, slow, dangerous and destructive system prone to diseases. Traditionally the parameters of thermal conductivity and acoustic insulation of a brick, ceramic block or thermal blocks provided by a manufacturer, have been the result of executing a wall (partition or structural wall) made of that material, but without the opening chases. Companies have been giving some values which really could not comply with regulations. The way to solve this failure to comply is twofold....
García-Escudero, Daniel; Bardí Milà, Berta
[EN] This article addresses Alvar Aalto’s architecture by considering the itinerary as a fundamental strategy. The attention towards the users’ circulation movement, and the spaces and elements that propitiate it, allows for the analysis of his work from paradigms which are far from what is dislocated, broken and discontinuous; being the usual features that the critics have used to describe his projects. For all this his first years of professional practise are analyzed, specifically the period from 1926 to 1928. During those years, Aalto developed a series of commissions in Jyväskylä, Turku and Viipuri, in which he consolidates a way...
López Bahut, Emma
[EN] This paper analyses the mural projects of Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza on façades and internal walls between the years 1951-58. At first, he dealt with walls as ground planes on which to execute his sculptures, finally viewing them as an empty plane with spatial possibilities, defined by the minimum forms and the action of natural light. Based on original, previously unpublished material, we explore the evolution of this work with the aim of establishing to what extent this process was marked by the architecture on which his work was executed, by the architects with whom he collaborated, or the...
Mas Llorens, Vicente
Mas Llorens, V. (2014). Editorial. VLC arquitectura. Research Journal. 1(1):i-iii. doi:10.4995/vlc.2014.2215
[EN] This paper explores the issue of ‘plug’ in designing program within particular experimental studies in architecture. There was what could be called a critical ‘elaboration’ of program in Archigram’s 1964 ‘Plug-In’ City project, while intriguingly the critical approach taken in the 2001 ‘Un-Plug’ project of Francois Roche and Stephanie Lavaux hinted at a ‘re-evaluation’ of ‘plug’ related to program in architecture. The embedded criticism and creative programmatic suggestions in both projects will be discussed from the point of view of using the accumulated urbanscape as a potential for contemplation, a theme that has also been elaborated, both theoretically and...
Gutiérrez Mozo, María Elia; Arnau Amo, Joaquín
[EN] The title, Pensar y hacer la arquitectura (Thinking and Making Architecture), is promising because architecture, whether theoretical or practical, is something that offers a great deal to think about and even more to do. As an introduction, it is a work that lives up to everything it promises. With its convenient size, a length of less than one hundred pages, and in-depth content, the book published by Editorial Club Universitario de Alicante in 2013 makes no attempt to conceal its didactic aim. Filled with key words in intalic, it attracts a wide audience made up of both students seeking...