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Infra-thin Actions (EN)

Autor: Evelyn Alonso Rohner
Traducción: Bunning, Angela Kay
Prefacio: Carmen Espegel Alonso
Director de la colección: Sosa Díaz-Saavedra, José Antonio (1957-)

Colección: arquia/tesis
Nº de la colección: 45
Tema: Arquitectura efímera, Filosofía, Arquitectura -- Tesis doctorales, Percepción del espacio, Espacio arquitectónico
Año de Edición: 2020
Páginas: 192
Idioma: Inglés
Ilustraciones: Planos y fotografías b/n y color
ISBN: 9788412174854
Signatura: FQ/TS/45(EN)

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Infra-thin Actions

First prize, 11th Biennial Competition of PhD thesis on Architecture, Fundación arquia, arquia/tesis 2017.

There are actions of a weak nature which spark transformations and profound changes in the architectural project or in the city. These actions can occur or arise spontaneously, sometimes leaving only a fleeting trace, or they can even be invisible, without a physical presence. At the same time, they can generate links, connections, or drifts that humanise, transform and enrich the city and make it more inhabitable. This research focuses on those kinds of actions, which began appearing in the mid-20th century. The city is not only the physical and palpable product of planning and large-scale infrastructures, despite the undeniable importance of both those things. This dissertation aims to uncover other possible, more contemporary forms of the ‘urban’ through the attentive observation of artists, thinkers, and architects as noteworthy seismographers of change.

This is a study of ideas about openness and new ways of using space: those which can coexist with uncertainty, instability, or indeterminacy, and thereby distance themselves from the imposition of hard and hierarchical structures. These methods reveal a way of being, or of dealing with issues that affect us all in the present day. They also inform the way we approach contemporary architectural design and urban planning in general.
This research is framed by the time period of the 1960s and 70s. It is a study of weak actions in art and architecture such as the event, the ephemeral, the journey, the negation of the discipline, and even aspects which have less presence, such as fragility, discontinuity, disappearance, and indeterminacy. Actions like these, by touching on the subtlety of the infra-thin, manage to make visible the ‘je ne sais quoi’.



-          FOREWORD. MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE by Carmen Espegel Alonso







Editorial Fundación Arquia, 2020. Editorial coordination: Yolanda Ortega Sanz (FQ), Milagros Sánchez Azcona, Design and layout: gráfica futura, Print: Artes gráficas Palermo

Evelyn Alonso Rohner

Evelyn Alonso Rohner (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1975) es arquitecta por la Universidad de Westminster en Londres y doctora, cum laude con mención internacional, por la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, EALPGC-ULPGC.

Inicia su trayectoria profesional en 2001, y desde entonces, sus obras han sido premiadas en numerosos concursos internacionales, entre los que se incluyen la Medalla de Oro en la Bienal de Miami Beach, el concurso internacional del estrecho de Bering, la reforma de la Basílica de Nuestra Merced (F.J. Sáenz de Oíza y L. Gutiérrez Soto, 1949) y San Ginés, proyecto donde explora el trabajo transdisciplinar en el contexto del espacio urbano. En 2011 co-funda el estudio Alonso+Sosa arquitectos.

Imparte docencia a tiempo parcial en la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) y ha sido invitada como guest critic en la escuela de arquitectura de Harvard (GSD), la Universidad Europea y KIT (Instituto Tecnológico de Karlsruhe).

Respecto a su labor investigadora ha publicado su obra y diferentes artículos científicos en varias revistas especializadas, entre las que se incluyen Future Arquitecturas, Arquitectura Viva, Palimpsesto, Rita (Redfundamentos), ESTOA y libros de editoriales como Silvana Editoriale y Tirant Lo Blanch.