2008 / Housing
Social Housing Romenia
Eduardo Mayoral
Architecture no longer consists simply in making buildings. We no longer trust in previous objects whose existences do not require localization or a social background. In the present research sets the intrinsic features of localization as a particularly pertinent characteristic that must be used and completed.

The project concept must know how to manage a highly complex hybrid that is reality. It strains a dominating panoptic position above all over groups of information. By interpreting reality we focus on triggering revolutions on the existing behavior to reduce consumption in different ways. Subtle “domestication” processes need to be established. Plants, animals or natural sources suffer reeducation and reshape, as technical design do. In these progressions a number of phenomena should occur: components with an unknown origin and final function are finally accepted, ways of expression are changed, “detours” from initial intention share made, some groups defined by their usage of technology are formed.

We determined a “Low-technification” intention a decrease in the technological level not only of buildings but also of social practices and material cost. If we do not want this decrease to induce loss of comfort, precise new methods of analysis, control and efficiency must be applied. The deepest knowledge of local sources will originate the most efficient usage of materials. This basic principle transforms some vernacular architectural examples into relevant subjects of study. Therefore, our material catalogue can now include cheaper or easily produced samples.

Environmental deterioration in Romania recommends an adaptive and ecologically sustainable strategy. Implementing social housing in the Romania requires a socio-constructionist approach to architecture, not in terms of its forms, but of its processes. The reproduction of pre-established rules designates how the architectural form must correspond with processes of social construction and defines different strategies to activate those developments as the only way to sustain and consolidate the architectural options of the project.