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Tema - Educación
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One remarkable thing about this school was that, although its principals were architects, the teaching component of its programmes was handled mainly by artists with a background in other disciplines, above all painters.

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The network draws together different disciplines: urban planners, landscapers, artists, students, cultural managers, etc. It has held an annual meeting every year since 2007, with a different city being chosen as the venue each year.

 

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More information about the origins of the Asociación Ludantia is available here.

Associations: What Brings Architects Together?

Bauhaus

Even though a truly outstanding building also manages to create a sense of identity, beauty and usefulness for the person or group that receives it, architectural designs have habitually been interpreted as an expression of the architect’s own individual persona. This vision of architecture as a projection of individual creativity has stimulated a quest for original discourse, with architects historically coming together whenever there has been a need to address new challenges. At Bauhaus, for example, in order to combine art, craft and industrial production it was necessary to develop new education programmes orientated towards technological progress1, while at CIAM the desire to define the city of the future brought together architects who used their own works to establish a vision of modernity and created the International style as a means of sharing their ideals.  But these gatherings of architects also fulfil another very important role. They provide a vivid snapshot of a particular moment, a zeitgeist that condenses a whole complex panorama into a short fragment of time and space.

CIAM

CIAM

Looking at the present state of affairs, in which chartered architects’ associations have lost much of their corporate power and the profession itself has spawned numerous specialised offshoots, it’s interesting to look at what new issues are now causing architects to join forces.In this regard, Arquitecturas Collectivas has been a pioneering, and now international, network in support of the participative construction of the urban environment. Its origin may lie in the dearth of consolidated methodologies for participative processes and in the need to share social concerns and expertise2.

The same search for references and need for intercourse are also present in Asociación Ludantia and Asociación Patios Habitables, two recently founded associations focussing on the education, space, childhood trinomial. These initiatives have a number of common features which help us to understand exactly why they came into being:

  • They all appeared spontaneously in social networks. The main potential of such platforms is that they constitute a dynamic way of publicising small-scale, generally unpublished projects on a specific theme, creating a shared knowledge bank (articles or bibliographical resources) which tends to be particularly relevant due to the scarcity or originality of the information contained. The social network format itself encourages open questions and collaborative replies.
  • They open the door to meetings in which the different participants are devirtualised and individual experiences are shared, thereby facilitating mutual learning. That’s how an initial geographical nexus of people and groups emerges around the subject in question.
  • They are inspired by international models and facilitate interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Their transformation into an association is a formal means of consolidating an already existing alliance in defence of a common cause. The first steps include raising awareness of the issue, creating spaces for sharing information, exhibiting relevant works (sometimes designed by the participants themselves), generating projects and training the association’s members and any others who may be interested in the subject.

The Asociación Ludantia, founded in November 2017, had an extensive, very interesting history before it even became a formal organisation3, one of its projects being “Argallar. Exposición para xogar coa arquitectura”, an interactive exhibition of play activities and associated workshops soon to open in Santiago de Compostela.

The Asociación Patios Habitables, founded in March 2019, is in many ways a pioneer: it’s the first time an educational space has been made an object of study experimental enough for it to be mentioned in the name of the association itself.

Returning to what we were saying at the beginning, both of the abovementioned associations, each in its own way, incapsulate a zeitgeist in which architecture has not only paused to incorporate childhood but has also opened it up to other disciplines while adhering to general pedagogical principles. In the next few years, we look forward with optimism to the development of new projects which will enable us to assess the social relevance and the progress of this very necessary process of conquering spaces for the youngest members of society.

 

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One remarkable thing about this school was that, although its principals were architects, the teaching component of its programmes was handled mainly by artists with a background in other disciplines, above all painters.

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The network draws together different disciplines: urban planners, landscapers, artists, students, cultural managers, etc. It has held an annual meeting every year since 2007, with a different city being chosen as the venue each year.

 

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More information about the origins of the Asociación Ludantia is available here.

Autor:
Es arquitecta por la ETSA de Sevilla (2003) y Máster en Arquitectura y Patrimonio Histórico (2008). Primer premio por su fin de carrera en la XXI Edición del Premio Dragados. Se forma en el estudio de Ricardo Alario, con quien comparte actualmente actividad profesional . En 2011 funda junto a Tibisay Cañas, Laura Organvídez, Ana Parejo y Sara Parrilla cuartocreciente arquitectura, una iniciativa creada con el objetivo de mejorar los tres espacios principales en los que se desarrolla la niñez (casa, escuela y ciudad) a través de la investigación, los talleres de arquitectura, la realización de proyectos y el diseño de objetos. Actualmente desarrolla un tesis sobre el espacio de juego exterior en la infancia, dirigida por Ángel Martínez García-Posada. Ha escrito y presentado diversas comunicaciones sobre el playground y el juego del niño en la ciudad.

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