“Negotiating Legality” :: recetas urbanas by Santiago Cirugeda (Spain)

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After 7 years of individual work, Santiago Cirugeda created in 2003 the Recetas Urbanas architectural studio continuing the development of subversive projects in different areas of the urban reality that would help to cope with the complicated social life of it. From systematic occupations of the public spaces made with containers until the construction of prosthesis for facades, backyards, roofs and empty lots. All of these done, through a negotiation process between the legality and illegality, as a way to remember the enormous control we are subjected.”http://www.recetasurbanas.net/

“Santiago Cirugeda defines himself as a social architect, taking advantage of the legal voids to benefit the community. Through his interventions, he investigates the legal aspects that define the city, developing protocols to improve urban areas and housing issues.

 (source :: http://www.mascontext.com/issues/13-ownership-spring-12/negotiating-legality/)

photos :: http://www.mascontext.com/issues/13-ownership-spring-12/negotiating-legality/ ; http://www.archdaily.com.br/br/01-108954/receitas-urbanas-palestra-do-arquiteto-espanhol-santiago-cirugeda-no-studio-x-rio/ ;  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recetas-Urbanas/126500177378564

” Santiago Cirugeda defines himself as  a designer whose goal is to address the needs of the citizens. His work covers an ample spectrum, from recycled and repurposed architecture, temporary structures, strategies of urban occupation, to public space appropriation, citizen participation and even cyber activism.”

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la pérgola “La Recompensa”, un proyecto de colaboración entre Robinsones Urbanos y Recetas Urbanas, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.662977737064136.1073741825.126500177378564&type=1

“During his years as a student in Seville, he started to do urban actions as a way to understand the way the city truly works. One of his first action, his “Containers” project done in 1997, already shows the interest that Santiago has in exploiting the loopholes and legal voids in the city planning legislation, something that has remained a constant in his works since. For “Containers”, seeing that there were no swings in the neighborhood and that the city was not willing to install them, he applied for a license to place temporary dumpsters that he then reconfigured to become a playground. Despite the interest of the police to fine him for the action, nowhere in the legislation did it state that he could not use the dumpsters for a playground.

Another of his known actions from that time is “Scaffolding,” a project in which he graffitied a wall and sued himself in order to be able to install temporary scaffolding in the street. It ended up becoming a new room for the adjacent house for several months.

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Scaffoldings, Seville, 1998. © Santiago Cirugeda

Santiago has gone on to build housing units in rooftops, classrooms on roofs of institutions, and civic centers built with repurposed materials that he personally collected from buildings waiting to be demolished. All of his projects have become a staple in the national newspapers, generating an intense debate about their legality but also the necessity to provide services that the administration cannot or does not want to provide.

recetas urbanas “Chicken” House, Barcelona, 2005. © Recetas Urbanas 13_negotiating_legality_07

“Chicken” House, Barcelona, 2005 © Recetas Urbanas

recetas urbanas espacio autoconstruido Cuarto Revelado

“CUARTO REVELADO” © recetas urbanas, facebook

recetas urbanas Housing units in a rooftop , Madrid, 2007 © Recetas Urbanas  13_negotiating_legality_05

Housing units in a rooftop , Madrid, 2007 © Recetas Urbanas

recetas urbanas Trench – School of Fine Arts of Malaga, Malaga, 2006. © Recetas Urbanas  13_negotiating_legality_08

Trench – School of Fine Arts of Malaga, Malaga, 2006 © Recetas Urbanas

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recetas urbanas autoconstruction via facebook

recetas urbanas workshop

Taller de Autoconstrucción Tretzevents. Foto de Belén Belén González 2 Taller de Autoconstrucción Tretzevents. Foto de Belén Belén González

photos © recetas urbanas, facebook

Autoconstrucción workshop, Tretzevents. Foto de Belén González
other big project :: Nau de les Arts / Proyectalab
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“The Nau de les Arts / ProyectaLab is a multidisciplinary space, conceived to host different cultural activities such as courses, workshops, exhibitions and conferences. Its was created with the will of solving the need for a creative and discussion space of Collectives and people who have no resources.

Initiated by Association Proyecta and built by Recetas Urbanas in collaboration with Rehasa Estructuras, Lucas Construcción and the help of numerous Collectives, the space, promoted by the Benicassim´s municipality, starts with the re-utilization of 6 containers provided from Zaragoza and belonging to project Trucks, Containers and Collectives.

The work was based on the rehabilitation and improvement of an old train station warehouse, on which was added a prostheses made of containers, in order to make it able to host new uses. With this process of collective construction, space and material recycling, the facility was fast obtained under a more economic way.

Equipped with different classes, courses, meeting rooms, warehouses and residence for artists, the space with nearly 400m2 hosts, under a shared management model, the activities of Nau de les arts during winter and Asociación Proyecta ones during summer, making posible the multiples uses of the same infrastructure.

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Santiago Cirugeda is Architect and artist. Since 1996, he has exerted critical practices, demanding that the rules governing city planning undergo an urgent revision. In 2004, he founded the architecture studio Recetas Urbanas, carrying out numerous occupation projects, prosthesis and opening-up of spaces to the public. Along with this labor, Santiago is a teacher and a consultant for urban projects in various countries around the world.http://architizer.com/firms/recetas-urbanas-santiago-cirugeda/


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