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Fabricando nuevos sistemas espaciales

Suau, Cristian and Markuerkiaga, N (2006) Fabricando nuevos sistemas espaciales. Revista 180, 11 (17). pp. 18-21. ISSN 0718-2309

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Los arquitectos pueden ser la fuerza motora en la búsqueda de soluciones inteligentes tanto en la producción de vivienda como en la crisis del medio ambiente, conectando estos dos factores al ofrecer diseños de viviendas económicas utilizando materiales y sistemas inteligentes. Partiendo de la premisa de que no existen desechos sino sólo recursos transformables, diseñadores innovadores tienen la oportunidad de descubrir las potencialidades y encontrar la manera óptima de re-usar los recursos desechados como componentes de construcción. Este artículo muestra la manera óptima de generar nuevas estructuras, pieles y formas, además de destacar nuevos procesos de ensamblaje y adaptabilidad programática en casas. Se presentan tres casos arquitectónicos –viviendas móviles, paletas, y sistemas de vivienda tyres– además de una experiencia en taller, que se presenta básicamente como una solución temporal. Abstract Architects can be the driving force in the search of smart solutions both for housing production and the built environmental crisis, bridging these two factors through providing affordable housing designs by using smart materials and systems. Starting with the premises that there is no waste but only transformable resources, design researchers have the possibility to detect the potentialities and find the optimum way to reuse them as building components for frameworks. This article shows the optimum way of using the material as generator of new structures, skins and forms; new assembling processes and programmatic adaptability in houses. Three architectural cases –movable dwellings, pallets and tyres housing systems– and a workshop experience will be presented in depth as fickle solutions.