scaffoldings, non permanent latents

European cities are, on the whole, consolidated, but their buildings are old and rundown, they need cleaning, strengthening and adapting to present-day needs. Like faces, their facades need beatifying and sometimes a facelift is in order. This means that scaffolding is a common sight in the city today.

But scaffolding can provide architects with a new field of action. Its constantly changing image makes it a pretext for experimental action. Back in my text “renovating”, published in Quaderns 201 (1993), I spoke about permanent scaffolding conceived as “new wrappings which offer the possibility of turning existing facades into large screens which, like advertising hoardings, display the images you desire.”

It is as though we wore a veil which hid our face, while letting others guess at its forms. Scaffoldings is erotic because it conceals what is there, while giving wing to our imagination. Architecture is rendered abstract, immaterial by scaffolding, it becomes a great wrapped gift, it loses dimension (remember Christo´s provocative actions, wrapping great objects and buildings).

Apart from being built out of necessity, because cities age, scaffolding is also in keeping with the present time for its flexibility and its transformation and dematerialisation of architecture and, perhaps, for its desire to move into other areas of use.

If the contents of contemporary cultural spaces are a reflection of life down in the street, then why not use a temporary structure such as scaffolding as a support for action, creating new social and cultural relationships in its simultaneity of uses and meanings, questioning the traditional form of art containers?



_91 coac| ciudades de la infancia
_91 coac| herzog & de meuron
_92 arquitectura catalana en sevilla
_92 coac| pabellon catalan de sevilla
_99 andamios+medianeras




_95 coac| international property| uia
_99 la torre del reloj
_04 coac| fontana[re]mix
_90 coac| jean nouvel
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