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In our academic context we seem to start by  having to unlearn several notions about our built environment in order to learn how to make architecture.  But when it comes to construction we move between the institutionalized tradition and the "informal" one; the latter represents the majority of what has been built in this country...We must ask then, what significant knowledge pervades the present since it precedes formal architectural education by many years ? How is this knowledge transmitted ? Are the instructions for these constructions drawn or narrated ? Finally, how do we unlearn what we don´t understand ? The house is located in a hamlet where no other architect has worked before, surrounded by informal constructions such as old traditional houses, milking parlors, warehouses and cattle pens , and the fragile ones that emerge and disappear without a trace like the tents vendors use to sell fruits on the roadside.  The naiveté associated to these constructions is what sets them apart from the architect´s attention and seems to be lost forever in academia, that is why it is difficult to achieve  effects of "poor" architecture such as the light the filters through the crevices in wooden walls, the  dust and smoke particles suspended in the air trapped within its limits, the half-light caused by old wood and the absolute control that shutters provide as opposed to extensive glass and overwhelming light.  View more View full description
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