Lectura de Tesis doctoral

El pasado Viernes 18 de Octubre a las 11.30 am fue la lectura de mi Tesis Doctoral " Mujeres en la ciudad: Rompiendo las barreras de genero del planeamiento urbano moderno" con un tribunal de expertos sobre el tema. La tesis obtuvo la máxima calificación de sobresaliente y fue destacada como innovadora en este tema y con gran proyección metodológica en futuras tesis doctorales.

Last Friday 18th of October at 11.30am was my PhD VIVA. The Thesis "Women in the City: Breaking gender barriers of modern urban planning" was reviewed by group of expert on the subject. The thesis received the highest rating of outstanding and was featured as an innovator in this area and with great prospects as a methodological basis for future theses.


Participacion en Jornadas La ciudad viva

El pasado Viernes 11 de Octubre hice una breve participación en las Jornadas de La Ciudad Viva dentro de la sección "Gobernanza: Educación, participación y transparencia". La presentación fue básicamente un repaso a las barreras que encuentran las mujeres en la ciudad contemporánea como modo de reivindicación hacia una practica de urbanismo mas plural.

Last Friday October 11th I made a brief participation in the Conference of La Ciudad Viva in the section "Governance: Education, participation and transparency." The presentation was basically a review of the barriers that women face in the contemporary city as a way of vindication towards a more plural practice of urbanism.


Politics of the Big Block

New academic year and brief in the Architectural Association

'A new scale: ...no formula for the contemporary expression of the world. See with open eyes.'
Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto Pau-Brasil

Intermediate Unit 8 will continue to work on the design of a block in a Latin-American metropolis. This design will interrogate the civic role of large buildings in vast polycentric cities, considering for it the coexistence of public and private premises. The block will be located within São Paulo heterogeneous grid, and its size will range between 90 and 150 metres in each of its sides depending on the chosen neighbourhood.

Being one of the first countries opposing neoliberal policies widespread in Latin-America, Brazil has become a reference for an alternative model of economic and social development. São Paulo, its economic centre, has a fragmented urban configuration full of contrasts consequential of a rapid economic and social growth. Each of its fragments is a result of different negotiations between government and private investment, what has left a disjointed urban grid with no continuous street wall, full of interior borders and lacking urban cohesion. The unit proposes to work within this heterogeneous grid to explore a polycentric city model and the fundamental role of large urban blocks in bringing centrality to each urban fragment by their civic performance.

For this purpose, the structure of the academic year will be divided in three interrelated parts: 
1. Field: Maps, photographs, indexes and observations on social, cultural and economic issues in the city that will inform the programmatic brief of the block and its civic role within the city. 
2. Form: Analysis of formal spatial configurations that will articulate the block programmatic content. Some examples of Paulista School architects, such as Vilanova Artigas, Bo Bardi and Mendes da Rocha, and large urban block proposals by other contemporary authors will be studied.

3. Interface: Studies on the responsiveness of the block, focussing on the relationship between the city and the block and qualities such as porosity, permeability and interaction will be explored through model making in a wide range of scales and larger material tests of building envelope. Finally, the unit will prime portfolio development and a holistic understanding of the design, investigating different possibilities of the axonometric view.