The City in Which We Look

By Javier Pérez-Herreras.

Published by The Design Collection

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Immersed in a more complex contemporary context, the architect finds himself a man who draws for and with his immediate city. His line has been variable, sometimes unexpected, changing and often erratic. The city itself has become a source of new utopias, but them all are difficult for their own authorship. The new city where we live has called us into the abyss of the immediate front of all the past, the local face of all the global and the unpredictable against everything planned. The city then finds itself as the best laboratory to propose more city and more ideas. Our look has been directed to this new city, making ours the look of Bosch in his “Garden of Earthly Delights”. The city, in its “wanting to be”, is now the City of Ideas. And the architects, in a new look, aspire to inhabit the Garden of Ideas in order to do with them the Next. A new set of looks, which is what the architect has always built, and which are now focused on a real and changing city: the city in which we look, to ourselves.

Keywords: City, Utopia, Unknown, Future, Idea

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.303-312. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.248MB).

Prof. Javier Pérez-Herreras

Lecturer, Project Department, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

Javier Perez Herreras (Gijon, 1967) is a Doctor in Architecture from the University of Navarre (Architecture 1992, PhD 1999). He began his academic career while he was completing his PhD between the Technical University of Madrid and the School of Architecture of Pamplona. Between 1996 and 2005, he was a lecturer at the Public University of Navarre as well as a visiting lecturer at other schools and universities. Since the start of his career, Perez Herreras has combined his academic career with his professional work, which he carries out in his studios in Pamplona and Madrid. In 2002, he founded, along with Javier Quintana, the Basic Workshop of Architecture, which consists of a young team of team of architects who base their work on professionalism and humanistic values. One of the main pillars of this workshop is the training of architects, where technical training broadens out into the research of humanism. His academic and professional work is based on persistent research into new concepts of living styles and the new kinds of cities they generate. Some of these research projects include “Houses for Teachers” or the “Umbrella House”, which was selected as one of the ten best works constructed in Spain by the Camuñas Foundation in 2006. He has been awarded prizes for his other projects in several contests; the Parliament of Navarre or the Technological Center for Ericsson in Spain. He has also been been awarded prizes at the Biennials of FAD, Hispalyt, COAVN, Construmat, Veteco, Sedigas and Camuñas.


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