domingo, 27 de mayo de 2018

Life Reusing Posidonia in Paris

Life Reusing Posidonia project arrived in Paris on the 25th of May. The presentation took place in the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

This time, the exposition’s purpose went beyond, because we wanted to pay tribute to Henri Quillé’s work, architect and town planner that opens the documentary film “ReusingPosidonia” that we projected in Paris too.

IBAVI’s architect Carles Oliver introduced the project accompained by Tanit Quillé, Henri Quillé’s daughter, who also takes part in the documentary.

Henri Quillé is a French architect and town planner born in 1928 who lives in Paris currently, where he worked during the 50s, before he settled in Spain, specifically in Formentera. When he arrived in the island, in the 70s, Formentera was an isolated cultural scene, there he started investigating the self-sufficiency and he built houses like La Casa Erró or his familiar house.

His architectural work combines the standards of the modern movement, the technical progress of renewable energies’s use (solar energy and wind energy), at the same time that he incorporates the local knowledge of Formentera. In fact, in the documentary, Tanit explains how his father built always trying to answer some questions like “how to be warm when its cold, how to be cold when it’s warm in summer, how to conserve water...The wind, the sun, the rain, it was what he needed; nothing else.

This vision became Henri Quillé a pioneer of sustainable architecture and renewable energy in a moment in which environmental issues were not newsworthy and they weren’t given any importance; here comes the nowadays relevance of Henri Quillé in the project of Life Reusing Posidonia. 

miércoles, 2 de mayo de 2018

Life Reusing Posidonia in Seville

The exhibition and documentary Life Reusing Posidonia can be visited in Seville from 25 January to 6 February in the former convent of Santa María de los Reyes.

It was officially inaugurated on the 25th by the general director of Housing, Rehabilitation and Architecture of the Department of Development and Housing of the Junta de Andalucía, José Manuel Colmenero, and the director general of Architecture and Housing of the Department of Territory, Energy and Mobility of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Eduardo Vila.

There followed a roundtable discussion attended by Eva Morales, architect from the Cotidiana studio; Rosa Mendoza, head of Life Posidonia Andalucía; and Isidoro Gordillo, lime master craftsman from Gordillos Cal de Morón. Over the course of the session, speakers and attendees alike helped to outline a Map on Resources in the South.

Eva Morales stressed the importance of rehabilitation in the face of the amount of empty buildings in the region, as can be seen in the following photograph.

Thus, the first item we must consider is rehabilitation, with new construction as the last option. But rehabilitation in its truest sense! Touching as little as possible and safeguarding the characteristic features of Andalusian homes.

Rosa Mendoza, head of Life Posidonia Andalucía, explained that the posidonia meadows in Andalusia are in relatively good condition but do not produce enough dead leaves to be washed up on the beaches for use in building, unlike the Balearics. Hence having considered the use of cork, of which over 36,000 tons per year are produced in Andalusia! In this link you will find more information on the strategic plan for cork oak groves and cork in Andalusia 2017.

With Isidoro Gordillo, lime master craftsman from Gordillos Cal de Morón, we learned the value of the lime from Morón declared Unesco World Intangible Heritage in 2011. The lime from Morón, as well as offering many environmental benefits for households, is burned in kilns using discarded olive wood branches. It is part of the landscape of the southern Iberian Peninsula, where the whitewash helps to endure the sweltering summer heat.

After the talk, the Cotidiana studio decided to begin to create a Map of Resources with local and ecological industries in Andalusia. Will you help broaden our list with other businesses?

We wish to thank Isabel Martín, from the Cotidiana studio, for leading us through the maze of the exquisite historical quarter of Seville and show us the city’s treasures, and the people of Seville, for not running us down along the narrow winding streets (not with their bicycles, but with their horse-
drawn carriages!).

Trip to Alghero, Sardenya

On the 16th of May of 2018 we exposed our project Life Reusing Posidonia in Dipartimento di Architettura, design e urbanistica, Università ...