Natalia Castro, our Project Intern, was recently published in Arch Daily Brasil for her thesis project. “A not-out way out - Heritage as an escape valve” was chosen as one of the 30 best thesis projects in all of Brasil and Portugal for the year of 2018. Natalia's project delves into the social layers of history and nuance, public and private, permanence and ephemerality. By stripping away the superfluous parts of Rio de Janeiro's central buildings Natalia exposes their spatial and structural relationships. She excavates their lines, symmetry and asymmetry, displaying them through the lens of the present. To see her full collection of drawings and renderings, click here. The full translation of Natalia's submission is below.
"The surrounding area at the block between Teatro’s Street and Sete de Setembro Street as a paradigm of an obstacle: in the old limit place of the city, there are indisputable situations: the ‘Cultural Corridor’ project is undeniable, the great equipments, limits of lots, of the blocks, of the squares, equally incontestable. How to start from the production of a contemporary architectural layer that discusses these issues and that mediates the relations between what is public and what is private, what is permanent and what is ephemeral, what is "reality" and what is fiction?
I propose in this work a re-reading of the form preserved in the Center of Rio de Janeiro, leaving aside the aesthetics of facades and roofs and paying more attention to their alignments, their rhythms, the narrow and deep proportion of their lots, the lower scale and its homogeneous materiality. As in an archaeological process, where the main operation is the excavation, here the discussion revolves around the revelation of the constructive dimension and the spatial production of the territory, revisiting the patrimony through crossings of the present, and thus providing subsidies for new aesthetic, political, social and cultural perspectives."
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