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Demolishing a building can be seen as a desperate act: such a thing is only carried out when all other resources have been (apparently) exhausted. It is a way of renouncing faith in a community, not to mention the economical cost of bringing down and building again, but as Talking Cities (Birkhäuser, 2006) puts it, “the value of housing is linked to the amount of thought -not the amount of funds- invested in its design.

When it comes to housing projects, working with the existing (as opposed to whiping out and starting all over again) means transforming and colaborating while at the same time offering the chance to take an exit from the current path, towards previously-unthought roads.

Finally, a thought about the role of the architect from Peter Cook:

The architect ought to be an improviser rather than someone who wants to rule

Demoler un edificio es un acto desesperado: tal cosa sólo se lleva a cabo cuando (aparentemente) todos los demás recursos han sido agotados. Es una forma de perder la fe en una comunidad, por no mencionar el costo monetario de destruir y re-crear. Sin embargo, como se menciona en la revista Talking Cities (Birkhäuser, 2006), “el valor de los proyectos residenciales está asociado a la cantidad de pensamiento -no de fondos- que se invirtió en su diseño.”

Cuando se trata de proyectos residenciales, trabajar con lo existente significa transformar y colaborar, y simultáneamente ofrecer la oportunidad de cambiar de camino hacia otros destinos.

Finalmente, un pensamiento de Peter Cook sobre la labor del arquitecto:

“El arquitecto debería ser un improvisador y no alguien que quiere tener el control.”

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