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Friday, July 01, 2016
28/03/2016

Arquitectura Viva 182: Industrial Heritage. Dossier Branching Structures

 
Amnesia and Memory. The industrial revolutions that took place from the 18th to the 20th centuries have left their mark on contemporary cities through a vast series of constructions of immense value not only in terms of the material and economic resources invested in them, but also because of their contribution to the collective memory of the places they are located in. Miguel Ángel Álvarez Areces sets down the problem of protecting a still underappreciated part of our heritage, and describes its characteristics, in an essay abounding in examples located around the world and references to Spain. It is followed by a presentation of five works in different countries: on São Miguel Island, in the archipelago of the Azores (Portugal),  Menos é Máis turns an old tobacco factory into a center for art; in Auch (France), ADH Architectes transforms a military facility into circus workshops; in Genk (Belgium), 51N4E refurbishes an abandoned coal mine to house a cultural center; in Zurich (Switzerland), E2A Architects attaches an apartment tower to a former textile factory warehouse; and Riegler Riewe converts a mining complex in Katowice (Poland) into a museum devoted to the region of Silesia.

In the Art / Culture section Francisco Javier San Martín guides us through the work of the conceptual artist Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, winner of the Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts in 2015; and Julia Ramírez recounts the career of the recently demised Elena Asins, a pioneer in the exploration of the aesthetic possibilities associated with the new technologies.

Finally, the magazine’s technical dossier this time turns to a nature-inspired structural solution which has been highly recurrent in contemporary architecture. The engineer Alejandro Bernabeu explains the differences between trees and artificial branching structures in an article followed by feature of three buildings characterized by this construction system: the Château Margaaux winery renovated and extended by Norman Foster in Bordeaux; the experimental pavilion that OPEN Architecture has raised in Guangzhou with its HEX-SYS modular set-up; and the Casa-Port railway station carried out by AREP in Casablanca.
Industrial Heritage

Industrial Heritage

Luis Fernández-Galiano
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