We inaugurated the Exhibition at Auditorio de la Sala Primavera last February 8th in the presence of Councilor Rommy Arce, from Arganzuela and Usera districts of Madrid Town Hall; Energy and Climate Change General Director Joan Groizard on behalf of Balearic Islands’ Government; IBAVI (Balearic Islands’ Institute for Housing and Land) Managing Director Maria Antònia Garcías, public company responsible for Life Reusing Posidonia project.
One week after Madrid presentation, General Director and Conseller de Territori of Balearic Inslands’ Government Marc Pons, introduced the preliminary project of Climate Change of Balearic Islands with high international impact.
Arantxa Pascual, Managing Director of EMVS (Housing and Land Madrid company) assisted to this presentation among many other people who we shared experiences with and talked about current public housing policies; Punto de Contacto Nacional technicians of LIFE program, including Alicia González, who we would like to thank the most for her assistance on the phone in 2012, while drafting the project and the one that helped one to obtain funding. We also talke to Antonio Merino, on behalf of Budget Office of Agriculture and Fishing, Food and Environment Ministry and also with Josefina Rubio, director of Centro Cultural de la Casa del Reloj, who we would like to thanks the most for providing such a nice space on behalf of Madrid Town-Hall.
During the round table organized as per the inauguration, Verónica Sánchez from n’UNDO, Alberto Nanclares from Colectivo Basurama and Iñaki Alonso from Asociación Ecómentro took part.
Verónica Sánchez exposed n’UNDO work lines, an architect group fully dedicated to “not-to-build, reusing and dismantle”. Recycling is the last option for n’UNDO and “nothing is more”.
Generally speaking, there is a consensus about the need of rehabilitating, ‘though Spain do not invest yet in necessary resources to make this sector growing to become the main subject for the agents involved in building sector, from architects to builders. There is still a lack of institutional speech about the need of demolishing urbanistic disasters executed in the last 50 years.
This is the main goal of n’UNDO, with some examples like hotel Algarrobico or project Life Pletera, an un-urbanization and restauration project funded under LIFE+ program.
Requested about Madrid resources, Verónica answered: “Demolishing all urbanistic disasters of the city. With them we could obtain all aggregates for rehabilitation of the works we could develop the incoming years, demonstrated by Bruselas Rotor company, dedicated to selective building tackling” who Estudio Cotidana from Sevilla talked about previously.
[To know more about “Deconstruction” project, link HERE]
Conscious of the tremendous effort of changing production models, from Life Reusing Posidonia we support n’UNDO thesis thus substituting the question “Which if the best way of doing?” for “What’s necessary to be done?”.
In this “zero new building” scenario, new construction should cover collective needs because there is no place enough for another “Malaparte” house. The XXI challenge is using our ability to change residual condition of those places where we should not place, a priori, a new project.
Alberto Nanclares, from Basurama, a multidisciplinary collective who remember that “You are what you throw away” sin 17 years ago, thus organizing workshops, concerts, installations…etc. He explained some of the public space self-built and self-managed projects from Campo de Cebada in Barrio de la Latina in Madrid, closed last December 16th 2017, after 7 years of self-management. Almendro 3 is also from Basurama. Click on PICTURES and VIDEO here.
As explained by Iñaki Alonso, the ecological value of the projects, this is to say, its compatibility with the ecosystem we inhabit, cannot be faced from “common sense” or “logic” because each of us got our own and it must be calculated and measured to establish comparative values.
In fact, the construction of 60.000 houses in Madrid last 2006 is an example for Life Reusing Posidonia to explain the magnitude of the tragedy in contamination due to buildings’ construction; it is like 900.000 Olympic swimming pools of smothering carbon dioxide, capable to cover from Mostoles city to Alcala de Henares. So, it reaffirms us in changing production models thus limiting progressively building volume.
Finally, we cannot leave Madrid without buying some cupcakes done by coal nuns, the unique coal we admit in this project #Carbonoceroya