PhD Candidate - AA School in London, UK / Master of Architecture in Urban Design - Harvard University, USA / Degree in Architecture - UPV, Spain
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Designing (with) the climate at TEDxUNIR ConferenceLast February I had the opportunity to participate in the TEDxUNIR conference in Logroño. Here is the video of the talk followed by the text in English.DESIGNING (WITH) THE CLIMATE Yesterday, I arrived from London, where I’ve been living for three years. When we decided to move there, we had the mental image of London as a very big city, with lots of people on the streets, very diverse and intense... However, the idea that our friends and relatives have of the city was another. When we told them we were going to live in London, the most common answer we received was: "really? The weather is quite bad there, isn’t it?" And yes, they were right ...
Posted Mar 6, 2013, 6:54 AM by Patricia Martin
The homogenization of the cityWe are living in an increasingly diverse world, where running into differences is becoming more usual than ever. There is not anymore an established and predetermined way of life in which we can recognize how people are, think and behave. Diversity is the most common thing in today’s cities. However, dealing with diversity and the unexpected is usually seen as a danger, or at least as something uncomfortable. Therefore, instead of enriching our own identities learning from others’ differences and experiencing multiple environments, we tend to divide the world into homogenous unities, which remain alienated one from the other.In fact, the urban environment has been under a process of homogenization for a long time. Cities’ richness of stimuli ...
Posted Jan 21, 2013, 6:07 AM by Patricia Martin
Some thoughts on climate and the cityClimate
occupies an important role in our everyday life. The weather is an ever-present
aspect of our routine and defines many actions and choices we make daily. We
think, feel and talk about it constantly. What is more, it can define our mood
and personality. We can even say that climate is part of us. In fact, climate
and culture are intrinsically linked, defining each other continuously.
climate has other important implications for citizens. First, climate isnature in the city. The air movement, humidity levels and temperature
changes make us conscious of the atmosphere above us. These climatic expressions
in the urban environment represent an immediate manifestation of the planet we
live in. Second, climate entails ...
Posted Oct 22, 2012, 3:48 AM by Patricia Martin