Urban Addition: 4 Gestures
4 Projects
Minimal Intervention: The Wise Position
12 Projects

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Sonic Seascape Terrace_Hanna Haaslahti + Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion_Snøhetta
Place of Change_Collectif Etc
ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011_ICD + ITKE

Urban How
Urban Addition: 4 Gestures
Urban Addition: 4 Gestures_Marta González Antón
Drents Museum Extension_Erick van Egeraat Architects
Milstein Hall at Cornell University_OMA
The Culture Yard_AART architects A/S
Dresden Military History Museum_Studio Daniel Libeskind

Minimal Intervention: The Wise Position
Minimal Intervention: The Wise Position_Silvio Carta
Casa Talia_Vivian Haddad + Marco Giunta
New Messner Mountain Museum_EM2 Architects
Alemanys 5_Anna Noguera Architect
Rehabilitation of Logroño’s City Walls_Pesquera Ulargui Arquitectos
Professional Cooking School in Ancient Slaughterhouse_Sol89
Music Hall and House in Algueña MUCA_Cor & Asociados
Tower Restoration in Huercal-Overa_Castillo Miras arquitectos
Rehabilitation of “Casa del Obispo”_Pesquera Ulargui Arquitectos
Fonte da Luz_Barbosa & Guimarães Arquitectos
Theater of Châtelard_Clermont Architectes
Restoration of Madrid’s Old Slaughterhouse, Hall 16 _ Iñaqui Carnicero
Harbor Brain Building_C+S Associati

Urban How


Urban Addition: 4 Gestures
The contemporary world is facing a general densification of cities due to such facts as the growing population and the more frequent centralization of activity in urban areas. In many cases, a demand for extra space within a city is addressed through the reuse of obsolete structures or by increasing the available space of buildings already utilized. The way this required new area is expanded around or inserted within an existing building can modify how that building relates to the urban fabric.
The city participates in the changes of history and perfectly mirrors the events of mankind, although many times—depending on the circumstances—this adaptation occurs at quite different speeds. The city, as a historical reality, is never independent from the various stages it has gone through in its evolution: the city becomes the update and projection into the future of these stages.
Marta González Antón

Minimal Intervention: The Wise Position


While designing in a preexisting context, architects have implied -along the history- two main ways. The two approaches are based on the level of respect that is attributed to the place and they –in a more speculative extent- reflect the cultural moment in which the architect sits, following the relationship human-world. The first way is represented by a subservient approach based on a great respect to the place. The provided context -a natural cave or a preexisting building- is left almost untouched and the series of modifications we call “project” is designed around or inside the existing situation. This approach can also be related to a primitive and intuitive behavior in regards of the world. Strengthened by growing knowledge, humanity started to look at the world as something upon which to apply its own rules: a blank canvas onto which project their needs, with the aim of creating an environment more comfortable and suiting their goals. This can also be explained by a technical vision of the world. An intermediate way is based on a more mature understating of the subservient and the dominant position, in which a great respect for the existing situation is paid, yet combined with a projectual vision based on human needs. The projects presented in the issue settle some significant standpoints in the construction of this intermediate and mature scenario. Silvio Carta