As is known, architecture develops on the material level. However, as an aesthetic discipline, it has a historical, contextual, political and ideological background, impossible to avoid. For this reason, it is necessary to make explicit the theoretical assumptions of the project, some of them with a clear emancipatory character.
Architecture as a discipline cannot do without context. For this reason, the program focuses on the characteristics of the municipality of Moreno as part of the second cordon of the suburbs and on the particularity of the neighborhoods where the construction sites will be located, with their inhabitants and neighboring buildings, but also with their problems and their daily lives, aiming to deconstruct the dynamics of the current megacities that are organized following the center-periphery logic. The interpretation of the context, the circumstances of the neighborhood and the knowledge of the territory, allowed to provide answers to questions that are generally left aside because they are not known in depth. For example, an architectural design with the possible prior knowledge of those who reside in the environment allows a respectful approach that accommodates the different manifestations and practices, and contemplates, as a possibility, the empowerment of different sectors. Then the functionality of the spaces will not end with circulatory efficiency, but will be extensible to present and future daily practices.
An aesthetic system of perception with the potential to reconfigure the distribution of the sensible will be sustained, taking into account that deciding between the visible and the invisible is a political act that defines who are those who can, or cannot, participate in the discussion about public affairs. Public spaces in the history of our country have generally been conceived for a certain fraction of society until the middle of the 20th century when the popular sectors burst into them gaining visibility as a political actor. For this reason, the fact of conceiving the public spatial organization from its political, visualizing and community nature has a central character in the projects. Thereby, the performance of the subjects of the community cannot be isolated in the configuration of the distribution of the sensible because the aesthetic system defines the participation in the common property. In other words, being visible or not has an impact on recognition and, therefore, on the constitution of identities and on politics. For this reason, an architecture that is assumed from its transforming potential must actively participate in a new disposition of the sensible.
The aim is to revalue neighborhood identities. Faced with the neoliberal conception of the atomized, hyper-individualized and disconnected subject from his community, the projects are designed to promote community interaction from a conception of shared public space, but at the same time, without neglecting the fact that there are different sectors that dispute the urban space. It is in the interaction with the community that identity assumes its social dimension and stops getting lost in the crowd. For this reason, the projects are not understood from an aesthetic that preserves the status quo, or the dominant configuration of the areas. An example of this is the non-determination of some specific areas, which aims to open the game to spontaneous manifestations that arise by contingency, necessity, or simply free initiative.
In the search for a habitable world and a livable life covered by an important ethical and social lesson, it is clear that no livable life can exist outside of the recognition of the other, a recognition that is objectified in “the public”. It is there, in the common, that the worlds of life in which we live find their radical equality: there is no way for a life to be more livable if all lives are not livable. This habitable world must also be understood in the objective environmental conditions, so the projects seek a language that aims to resize the conception of the ecological and sustainable in the common sense.
Finally, it is worth saying that, ultimately, the aforementioned claims are circumscribed to a single all-encompassing objective: to improve the quality of life of the morenenses.
- Partners in Charge Arch. Juan Micieli, Lic. Manuel Micieli
- Year 2021
- Size 80.000 m2
- Type Governmental
- Team Arch. Gabriel Mosquera, Arch. Martin Pego, ONA+, Arch. Santiago Gallo
- Services Provided Preliminary Design
- Image Credits MCL Studio