INCM Madrid 2016

INCM Madrid 2016
The Intermediate National Contacts Meeting hereinafter referred to as INCM, is the annual gathering of the 150 representatives of each EASA member country. During the 10-day event, the National Contacts (NCs), discuss and debate on the outlook of the Assembly, the role of the architect and the future of the profession. It is also seen as an opportunity to feature exhibitions and hold conferences that are open to the public; thereby establishing a bridge between the young architects and the citizens and providing the dialog on architecture as well as the planning of their city.

One of the virtues of the EASA network is its ever-changing location. During the INCM, the NCs of the countries who wish to host the upcoming events bid to defend why their venue is better to hold the Summer and Winter editions. The Spanish team won the bidding in last year’s INCM in Glasgow and this autumn (October 1 – 9) the rendezvous will take place in Madrid. What triggered the team’s victory was its innovative theme “Retroactive”. The theme focuses on the retrospective view of Architecture in both the city of Madrid and the organization itself as a starting point to understand and activate the future of this century’s architects.

It is a view to the past that allows us to face the future vigorously, renewing the existing architectural value whilst broadening its opportunities. The presentation counts on a video that features four spaces with great architectural and cultural value with strong precedents and whose use has been reactivated, such as Reina Sofía museum, El Matadero, Conde Duque and the MediaLab-Prado. The result is a wink to the ghosts that lie between the walls of such dramatic buildings.

The event reaches the pinnacle with Habitats. This exhibition will be the compilation of the most eccentric spaces and forms of living that the Assembly has successfully developed throughout its 35-year history to accommodate the 500 students that participate in each edition. The study will analyze the elements that each of these habitats cleverly use to make a shelter by extensively describing their constructive components. It is being developed by over 200 students and young architects from all over the continent and will be distributed to each European architecture school and like-minded institutions. The exhibition will be brought to life with the design of INCM Madrid’s own inflatable habitat. Built with only plastic and air, the NCs will live in a torus-shaped settlement that will capture the essence of EASA..

There have been many INCMs but the official count started in 1991 in Berlin, where the "Lichterfelder statement” –or the EASA guide– was made. This guide is updated at every meeting, and this is how EASA keeps gathering five hundred of the most progressive architecture students and young, talented architects to develop workshops and exchange knowledge in a horizontal and dynamic atmosphere.

ORGANIZERS : Hugo Cifre, Margarita Fernandez, Javier Guerra, Alvaro Gomis , Miguel Angel Maure, Raquel Ocón y Oleguer Teixidor.
Dates : 01-09 October 2016, Madrid Spain

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Cite: "INCM Madrid 2016" 11 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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