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A Hole in the Earth 2011

Distinguished Invited Critics: PRODUCTORA; Wonne Ickx, Carlos Bedoya


Partcipants: Mitch Rocheleau, Hong Bea Yang, Steve Wilson.




When Chillida is asked about his project in Tindaya, he talks about his interest in “introducing space in the matter”.


The idea to work on a workshop called “A hole in the ground” starts with the same interest that Chillida expressed. We are interested in starting a research centered on the idea of subtracting instead of adding, an architecture thought in spatial terms instead of an architecture conceived as an iconic landmark. We will propose a wide range of references from different fields. The interest in the relationship space/matter has been a rich source of inspiration from time immemorial. We suggest the students to take them into account for building their theoretical basis. Alice in the Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) and The Burrow (Kafka), the caves in Capadocia (Turkey), Sacromonte (Granada, Spain) and Petra (Jordan), the sculptures of Chillida, the architectural proposals of Juan O’Gormann, Hans Hollein, César Manrique and Saénz de Oiza, the work of Gordon Matta-Clark …


We are interested in the space, the matter, an underground and/or excavated architecture, an architecture without facade. We will suggest to investigate evocative architectural examples, structural and technical principles which will help the students to build their ideas, new technologies, environmental advantages and disadvantages … and every other issue that will allow them to develop sensitive and engaged answers to the problem we are inviting them to solve. Students will work an a proposal for a house of the future. The house, because of its manageable scale, will become a perfect laboratory for testing architectural ideas.

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