Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz (Cartagena, 1958). Architect by ETSAM-UPM in Madrid. In 1987 grounds his office with Atxu Amann and Nicolás Maruri, partners in his past and current projects, developed in Aravaca, where the office is based. At that moment, he also begun his academic career at ETSAM. His work as researcher is focused in new types of housing units and new ways of organising housing buildings, regarding the contemporary public spaces and other urban issues.
As an architect, he has received more than seventy national and international prizes, such as the Best social housing builiding by Madrid gobernment or the National Prize of Avantgarde Housing Projects.
He has recently shown his work at Architectural Association in Londres, at NAi in Rotterdam, at IIT Chicago, Arizona CAPLAN, at Venice Biennale, at Instituto Cervantes in Río de Janeiro, at AEDES Gallery in Berlín, at RIBA in London, and at many Architecture Chambers in Spain. His work has been published in more than three hundred books and magazines all over the world.
Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz has directed collections as "Monografías de Arquitectos", “Monografías de Edificios “ or “Crítica de Arquitectura”, and has directed and edited the magazine Arquitectos between 1987 y 2006.
As professor, he has been lecturing at UPM Centro Superior de Diseño de Moda, at UCM Fine Arts School, and at the European Institute of Design. Manager of different postgraduate courses, he also teaches at UAM, UPB and ETSAM-UPM.
He has also been joint director of the Spanish Architecture Bienal and founding member of GIVCO at ETSAM.
Currently, he is professor at the Design Studio Chair of ETSAM and director of that Department.
Workshop Leader: Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri
Assistant teacher: Gabriel Wajnerman
MCH Workshop Length: 5 days
Fed up with the image, the significance and the arrogance of the buildings of housing in the cities, bored of irresponsible monumentality, of unwary form and the monotonous repetition of the constructed, we propose a different register look on the housing project.
It would be possible to send the housing project to new conditions of living, in which the city as collective space and sociability space complements and even replaced elements and conditions from traditional domesticity.
If the collective housing is porous it is not only for a strictly formal condition but also for the evidence of technological connections that make it permeable. The dwellings are transparent from the technological viewpoint, controlled through multiple devices whose uses, unsuspecting, bring us closer to a society uniformed to exhaustion.
In any case and in front of the set of relationships that occur in the network, to the theory of virtual sociability, it is possible to continue pursuing on building a close physical relations society and therefore complement these two societies that offer us advantages together. The community as a basis of collective solidarity does not exclude technological transparency society. Perhaps it is possible to affirm that new collective and community housing serves as a ethical basis for a new commitment to society. The new housing builds a chain of solidarity.
We are in an intermediate state, as it has always been, in a situation of strange lack of definition. We have produced, in the developed societies, a space and building of high quality standards and we keep repeating until be feed up that liberal creed.
We propose a reflection not on supposedly private part of housing but on those places in which occurs the sociability: The Intermediate States. Thus the entry halls, stairs, garages, roofs, those second places that appear as a waste of the stacking of housing units can become, within the reflection of new uses, in a fuze to reset obsolete buildings. In the same manner hallways, lofts, thresholds, lobbies and galleries... places of passages and again waste, can also become a potential transformer. What is not thought, what is discarded, useless, the despicable... What a good stuff to work with!
Amann-Cánovas-Maruri MCH Workshop was held in Madrid, from Monday 19th of March to Friday 23th of March 2018.