Structural Poetics

Pablo Pandiella

5 June 2020


The New City:

Until the first half of the 20th century, movements such as eclecticism, modernism or art deco enriched the skin of the city through the façades. The voracious development of the 1970s, based on speculation, has led to an increase in the number of buildings whose extensive formal repetition generates a context of sterile and soulless architecture. To this reality we must add the current situation of façade rehabilitation, in which our buildings are covered with a homogeneous casing that dilutes their own character.

Beauty is food for the soul:

Buildings affect our mood. Cells in the hippocampal region synchronise to the geometry and layout of the spaces we inhabit, exerting a measurable impact that can alter our stress levels. Scenarios rich in visual complexity act as a mental balm.

To inhabit is to leave a trace. Architecture builds civilisation, physical history. We shape buildings but they also shape us. Serial façades annul the identity of the city, generating a homogeneity in which everything looks the same regardless of the neighbourhood or the historical moment, erasing our heritage and our history.

Beauty is a universal human need that elevates our moral and spiritual values. Beauty restores and heals. Uniformity degrades and sickens. It is in this context that this installation arises, in which elements such as concrete, steel and glass, ingredients of our contemporary architecture, make up a work that welcomes us in a moment of reflection and feeds our need for visual stimulation through a space that can be walked through and felt.