"(Re) programmed ruin" by Paola Botía
The project starts from the understanding of our cities as a palimpsest, the coexistence of different temporalities that manifests the cities’ continuous growth and transformation. These unending changes leave urban voids, decaying sites apparently forgotten; loaded with what has occurred, but somehow unaware and oblivious to the dynamics of the contemporary city. These "Vague Terrains" as De Sóla Morales defines, are places where nature breaks borders in different scales conquering the void and exalting the inevitable ruin of architecture in time.
This abandoned sites, which may seem completely inaccessible, represent the void as a place with the potential to unveil new ways to address urban renovation. The project aims to reprogram this post-industrial landscape as a hotspot for culture and public life, setting in motion the revitalization of the neighborhood as a new cultural cluster while visualizing how the altering characteristics of the ruin enhance matter and architecture.
(Re) programmed ruin