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Intemperie

Image> Intemperie, Rendering Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Authors:

Valeria Vilanova

Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran

Institution:

Cornell University

AAP, Fall 2022 Studio

Ana Paula R. Galindo

Are monuments static entities or dynamic buildings? What are the limits of monuments in the present time? The relationship we establish with all these “monumental” entities relies on pragmatic conditions and socio-cultural values. Monuments cannot evade a constant revisioning, where the position of society to them evolves naturally and is affected on how present generations negotiate the previous generation footprint, affecting the definition of legacy. Monuments have been destroyed and rebuilt. These buildings have been in the cross-section of violence, and they have suffered the fears of technology. They represented ghosts of our past. They are seen as resemblances of our history. They struggle to survive among the economic penalties of our time, they fear the abandonment, the loss of interest. Afterall, monuments are possible due to a collective decision to preserve them, to observe them, to integrate them. In this project, we propose a re-connection with our heritage legacy in a meaningful and productive way.

The temple of the Greek God of light and healing, Apollo Epikurius, was designed by Iktinos and built in 400 B.C in Bassae, a montanous landscape in the Peloponnese considered formerly sacred for its collection of archaic temples and a 3 hour-drive away from the closest city and port. Llocal limestone was sourced for its construction, instead of the conventional marble. Iron clamps were poured into the stones for stability. Clay was laid for foundational support. Today, the stones and textile sit vulnerable to the variations and inclemencies of changing atmospheric conditions, a situation we refer to in spanish as Intemperie.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Heritage becomes the lab to understand how our buildings will behave. Labs are the new temples.

Ruins are part of our collective imaginarium—and physical belong to a territory. Developing light-reactor concrete material brings opportunities to link architecture to different times and eras. 

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Video> Intemperie, Research question. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

We negotiate the boundaries between the past and present realms and in doing so, architecture bridges a new language.

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Image> Lab layout, schematic organziation plan. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Image> Lab layout, schematic organziation plan. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Our project puts forward Bacteria based restoration, a proposal resolved in 2017 by Eva Kapadoukaki and Michail Soumas, two architectural engineers at the University of Athens who suggested the temple of Apollo at Bassae be the pioneer for the exploration of stone restoration through calcite forming bacteria, an
organism that takes calcium ions and generates calcite, a primary element in limestone.

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

INTEMPERIE extends the concepts of healing and light into a research laboratory for the testing of calcite forming bacteria and exploration of alternative restorative methods. The initials stand for Immersive NeoTemple of Euro Modern ProtoExperimental Restoration with Inhabitable Elements since the program proposes a research laboratory for the test, production and development of synthetic biology as a restorative
method.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

Intemperie AAP Project Eduardo Cilleruelo Teran Valeria Vilanova

Image> Intemperie, Material Studies. AAP, 2022. Valeria Vilanova,  Eduardo Teran.

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