Rebel Architecture: Guerilla Architect

The economic crisis meant that most of the construction project in Spain came to a grinding halt.

SPAIN – Titled Rebel Architecture – a series of six short documentaries focuses on architects that shun starchitecture and instead tackle immediate social and environmental issues – is set to air on Al Jazeera, starting tonight.

In the first episode, Seville architect Santi Cirugeda, founder of Recetas Urbanas, discusses the effects of the economic downturn on everyday life in Spain. ‘There’s huge unemployment and a government unable to help… so people are doing things their own way,’ he says in the film.

This means that signature projects, such as the Metropol Parasol in Seville, or Santiago de Compostela’s unlikely-to-be-finished-anytime-soon City of Culture are a thing of the past (Mark #50). Instead, Cirugeda argues for a more collaborative approach. What his buildings lack in glamour and scale, they make up for in local and direct engagement with their future users.

As a founding member of National Network of Collective Architecture Groups, which promotes similar initiatives and sharing of resources across the country, he present a new model of conceiving the built environment. ‘In times of crisis, people come together to deliver collective solutions,’ he concludes.

The series premiers today at 22:30 GMT on Al Jazeera English and can be watched online via the .

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