5/15/2011

Habitat Make Us Blind by EspaiMGR

Here is a project that I just found on archdaily: Habitat Make Us Blind by Spanish Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez, both of EspaiMGR.
What is it? Habitat Make Us Blind examines the potential of reprogramming vacant lots in downtown Valencia.
As the architects say:
Day by day we pass by vacant lots downtown. Just like an invisible metastasis generated in the heart of the city and extending to all its arteries.
Habitat Make Us Blind © Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez

Neighborhoods that, although having a huge potential, have more and more unused spaces, a fact that does not at all promote a correct sustainable development.
Habitat Make Us Blind, © Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez
Years have made us immune to this problem. It's a landscape we already recognize as typical o the central neighborhoods in Valencia.
Habitat Make Us Blind © Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez
Sometimes, the tourists are the ones who open our eyes by mentioning or questioning whether this situation is normal.
Habitat Make Us Blind © Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez

On other occasions, we pay attention to it for a moment only because the secondary problems that those spaces imply affect us directly. But in most of the cases, they are only a part of our way.
Habitat Make Us Blind, © Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez
Like a gruyere cheese where the rats block any possibilities of reconstruction, while staring at us, far away from its holes.
Habitat Make Us Blind © Bernat and Manuel Lopez
This photographic work aims at calling people's attention, just like painting those isolated walls yellow would.
Habitat Make Us Blind, © Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez

It demands the recreational use of those vacant lots through the eyes of child, by filling them with impossible constructions, surrealistic installations in line with the problem. A children's game as a neighbor's shout, demanding the right to take part in their city.
Source: archdaily

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