10/16/2012

The Editor's Pick | Video | Three Approaches To Architecture In Times of Crisis, by Itinerant Office

A video I just discovered on a young architecture firm based in Barcelona — Undo Arquitectos. This video is part of a video series that addresses architecture in the time of crisis titled Three Approaches to Architecture in Times of Crisis. This video series is directed by Itinerant Office, an Milano-based agency founded by Gianpiero Venturini.
This project started in 2011. Itinerant Office presents this video series as follows:

The crisis has changed the work systems of young architects, who upon graduating from university have had to adapt to the new conditions and reinvent their profession. This research project has focused on the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, three countries with different economic and political traits that have developed different methods of working. Without a doubt the Netherlands faces the least problematic situation, although dissatisfaction among young architects has been rising over recent months as the first effects of the financial crisis become apparent and subsidies  for cultural activities have been slashed. In Italy frequent government changes and legislation on labor structure and organization are essential elements in understanding this debate. In Spain the profession is facing one of its greatest crisis ever. More than anywhere else, the country has been a victim of an unprecedented speculation in real estate, while in the past 15 years governments, both right and left wing, together with the private parties, have invested great part of their capital in constructing new buildings, mostly for residential purposes. Today, most of these properties remain vacant or have been abandoned. In all three countries the situation is gradually becoming more complex: this project's objective is to promote a cultural exchange and foster a debate on the causes and consequences of the economic crisis and its effect on the architectural profession.
Below, the video interview Undo Arquitectos, a young collective I am happy to discover filmed by Itinerant Office. This agency was founded in 2002 by Anna Vergès Parisi and Guillen Augé. Undo Arquitectos collaborates with architects, designers, and artists in projects like BOPBAA and SCAPE arch. This year the agency co-organized Piso Piloto, an urban project initiated by Catedra Medellin-Barcelona (an initiative that connects Barcelona to Medellin, Colombia for a large number of urban projects. This programme was launched by the Kreanta Foundation in 2009).





Other video interviews include Snark Space Making, a Milano-based agency (Snark Space Making's website), StudioWOK (video), Estudio Pac-Man [PKMN] (video).
In The Architecture Post Tumblr, I will post these videos.

Video credit by Itinerant Office.

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