Angela McRobbie Feb. 2012 Lecture

Angela McRobbie starts this city-centered lecture with a bang, discussing what are in my mind two interconnected problems 1) how researchers have been relatively unconcerned with the thing/object and 2) how in researching her 1998 book on fashion those interviewed were relatively uninterested in the fact that creative producers are also workers…. Still watching…

Carabanchel Housing (Madrid)

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dosmasuno arquitectos – Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro and Lina Toro

I saw these photos on seattleinspired but wanted to seek out more information. The site archdaily had some data and architectural-speak–stating that “places need to express their own personality, to arise naturally, to construct themselves. And concretely this one is aligned against a green area, against the concatenation of public spaces that link the old Carabanchel district with its forest through the new neighborhood.” But where is the social angle? How does the development fit into the social fabric (and not merely the geometrical and abstract city)?

Can we imagine the “heavy from Carabanchel” character played by Santiago Segura in the cult film El día de la bestia [The Day of the Beast] (by director Álex de la Iglesia, 1995) growing up in these dwellings that are now called “machines for living”…

The search for more information continues… (I did find another project by the architects at Colmenar Viejo scheduled for 2013…)