UIC Barcelona School of Architecture
CONCEPT & EDITION
Anne-Sophie de Vargas
Anne-Sophie de Vargas
Tableau de bataille, Marta Delgado
ASCER Ceramics Chair, Ethel Baraona, José Juan Barba, Toni Cumella, Marta Delgado, Manuel Gausa, Genetic Architectures Research Group & Office, Clara Irazábal, David Juárez (Straddle3), Foros, LAU, Josep Lluis i Ginovart, Enric Massip-Bosch, Master of International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture, Josep Muntañola Thornberg, Francesc Muñoz, PATRIARQ, Anna Puigjaner (MAIO), César Reyes, François Roche, Vertical Workshop
How many years fit in twenty years? The answer to this question would not be the same if answered by a geologist, a musician, or a politician. When we pose the question in architectural terms, it seems that time has an elongated behaviour, which most of the time stretches when the deadline to deliver projects arrives. The same happens with the kind of memories that build up our experiences, which are somehow invented every time we recall them.
Hopscotch, learning Architecture in 20 jumps covers the twenty years of the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture, highlighting the interactions between people, ideas, and projects in relation to time and scales. It is inspired by the book Cosmic View. The Universe In 40 Jumps, by Kees Boeke, by the documentary Powers of Ten written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames, and of course, by in Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch, a book that invites the reader to various different and complementary readings, “jumping” from one chapter to another.
Here, the reader can spin their reading through twenty texts and projects spread over two decades, with scales from construction detail to urban design: as editors, we propose a first tour and invite the reader to mark their own.
By questioning the scales of human interactions intertwined with different kind of connections, we are also questioning “What are we? Where do we live? Who are our neighbours?” not only as architects, but manly as co-inhabitants of places in which other human and non-human agents negotiate their agency, and their right to exist.