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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  n.66 Santiago ago. 2007 

ARQ, n. 66 Espacios de trabajo / Work spaces, Santiago, august, 2007, p. 9.





Montserrat Palmer T.

Ediciones ARQ Editor in Chief, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


What we show in this number are architectural works designed for work; but the fundamental discussion is about the city and society, because the city is, in general, where architecture is created for the good, or not so much of its inhabitants.
And this city, and the activities performed in it, are changing, pressured by the internationalization, the instant communications and power, ever more unstoppable, of the big companies that take advantage of the enormous disparities in the value of work to move to where such value is minimal. A great flexibility in displacement, contrasting with the prolonged perpetuation of the architecture of cities and the usual deep–rootedness of its inhabitants and people in the vicinity.
Two essays, A flexible city of strangers by the well–known sociologist Richard Sennett and Spaces of innovation and transformation: the case of IDEO by another sociologist, Cristóbal García, discuss realities and tendencies from the point of view of each one of them, which do not necessarily coincide. Marcelo Sarovic contributes to partially exemplifying this situation with an article in relation to his visit to China to buy materials, marble and ceramics for the house of a client in Santiago. The works: abroad, the corporate building of a bank in Abu Dhabi by Borja Huidobro and A4, and the offices of Turner International in Buenos Aires by Mathias Klotz; the rest in Chile, ending with an essay by Philippe Blanc on the tiny work of Le Corbusier, the Cabanon, which he executed in parallel to great works. As a corollary, this work can tranquilize us, focusing on what each one of us has at hand, while flexibilization does what it pleases.

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