Space__Between: Remnants of a City as Catalysts for Change.

Space__Between: Remnants of a City as Catalysts for Change.

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It all starts with a question… or too many. What can be done with the unproductive remnants of any given city? Can they be transformed to create a shared, cohesive and productive urban environment?

Understanding that the city is an unfinished plan, ever-productive, ever-dynamic and ever-changing, it cannot be ignored that, while transforming specific zones in a city, other zones get abandoned in the developing process for an undefined period of time. Often seen as negative spaces rather than offering positive identity, an important focus will be given to the indeterminacy and uncertainty of these urban slivers.

This research project will focus on these unoccupied, abandoned or underutilized places which people rarely talk about, analyzing different dynamics of reintegration into the city’s fabric while incorporating Ignasi de Solà-Morales’ terrain vagues, Michael Foucault’s heterotopias, as well as some case studies in Gordon Matta-Clark’s œuvre to the discourse.

Specifically, I argue that terrain vagues should be seen as site-specific tools for critique and creativity. In order to positively take over any urban void, I address the issue of property, social attachment and identity to the place, intertwined with the dynamics of architecture and urbanism.

I propose to incorporate the concepts of memory and time inherent to these dynamics, in order to: develop a profound reading of any given site; generate a reinterpretation that can trigger a longstanding change to attain the reinstatement of public property with creative and straightforward approaches; and then, perform a temporal or permanent, architectonic or artistic intervention, aiming for a new sense of social meaning.

In conclusion, the present paper sheds new light on the necessity to embrace the opportunities provided by these urban voids. Art and architecture can act as key elements to link people and spaces within a sociocultural context and thus create catalysts for change endowed with meaning.

Corresponding Author

Juan Carlos Calanchini González Cos

Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico

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Juan Carlos Calanchini González Cos

Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico

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Preferred Track

3. Terrain vague redevelopments

Second Preferred Track

8. The role of artists and urban art

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Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies

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