Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fix your Windows




We have been discussing about Cuba this days in architecture school. Architectural Association School students from London went there last month and have now come to Madrid Architecture School. We worked together here for one week with the data they brought from their travel to La Habana. Our team has concluded that what Cubans really need is to create a new operating system for themselves.

We have call the solution: "Fix your Windows" and we have created a book called 'El precioso libro no preciso' 'The Precious Imprecise Book'. It's a collection of tips and tools that all together and by upcoming updates created by the users themselves, should become a tool that shows how to fix real windows of an actual house.

The project itself is a metaphor of how by knowledge and communication things can start to get fixed. We choose windows because of their architectonic condition as an element that communicates the inside with the outside and also because we realize many windows in La Habana were old and damaged. We believe that the only way to fix problems, is to help people create their own systems, so they can not only solve their actual problems but they can continue finding solutions for future problems and the get more independent every day.

Our team was formed by Stavros Papavassiliou (AA), Ioannes Busca (ETSAM), Sofia Sclopis (ETSAM/Milan) and Agnete Plauborg Lorentzen (ETSAM/Copenhagen). Agnete did a great video that showcases our book project: