Form

FINDING FORMAL PRINCIPLES

Following previous shape explorations, examples of block configurations as collective models of housing by R. Bofill, Lacaton & Vassal, A.Siza or Herzog & DeMeuron, among others, will be scrutinised to understand this urban typology.

General formal aspects defining block individual proposals – such as voids, modularity, porosity, repetition and circulation – will be explored through diagrams, giving special attention to different architectural elements of local Cuban tradition- such as thresholds, courtyards and patios-.

Consequent findings of these explorations will be applied to initial block proposals in different iterations and expressed through composition diagrams and models. Photography will be use as a technique to study these models experimenting with light, texture and colour effects in space related to material and local climate conditions. In this manner, the block formal intricacy will be defined.

Readings
Texts:
– Aldo Rossi, “The Structure of Urban Artifacts. The individuality of Urban Artifacts”, in The Architecture of the City, MIT Press, 1984.
– Rafael Moneo: ‘The life of buildings’ & Francisco Gonzalez de Canales : “Form” in Rafael Moneo. Building, Teaching, Writing. London and New York: Yale University Press, 2015.
– Rafael Moneo, “On Typology”, in Oppositions reader : selected readings from a journal for ideas and criticism in architecture, 1973-1984, New York : Princeton Arch Press, c1998.
– Francisco Gonzalez de Canales, & Nuria Alvarez Lombardero: “Right to the Form”, Arquitectos, 2010, Núm. 181, pp. 62-63.

Books:
– Rafael Moneo, Theoretical anxiety and design strategies in the work of eight contemporary architects, Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2004.
– Elena Chiavi et al (ed): Cartha : on the form of form, Zurich : Park Books, 2019.
– Philippe Panerai, Jean Castex & Jean-Charles Depaule: Urban Forms: The Death and Life of the Urban Block, Oxford: Architectural Press, 2004.

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