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Embarking on our journey with Transfer, the desert seemed to be a good metaphor for starting to recognise ideas, places and essential architectures

Khor Al Adaid, Qatar © Krunoslav Ivanišin

Establishing links between the desert and architecture entails imagining an object facing its antagonist, a zero degree of the exterior: infinite, extreme, mobile and incomprehensible.

It also implies recalling that which architecture possesses of protection, of the interior, of opposition to nature.

Also that, in its early days, architecture compelled the radical use of available resources: a stick and a few strips of fabric (which we can take with us: one passes through the desert, one doesn’t stay), a few rocks we come across, some worked clay.

Embarking on our journey with TRANSFER, the desert seemed to be a good metaphor for starting to recognise ideas, places and essential architectures.

Instruments of survival.


Image credit: Khor Al Adaid, Qatar © Krunoslav Ivanišin

09.Feb.2016 4096 views
Josep Lluis Mateo Josep Lluís Mateo

Josep Lluís Mateo (Barcelona, 1949). Architect ETSAB (Barcelona High Technical Architectural School). PHD (with honors) at the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). Professor em. Dr. of Architecture and Design at the ETH-Zürich (Swiss Federal institute of Technology). He has taught and lectured at leading academic and professional institutions. His practice, mateoarquitectura, is globally active and it aims to connect intelligence and artistic ambition with pragmatism and objectivity. It has won many prices and awards; his body of work has been worldwide published and exhibited.

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