Everything gets older as it gets devaluated, if not before. In short: the main reason why we learn to value things in life. Now and then, some objects become classics: at a personal level, around a small collective or even as a social phenomenon. In these cases, death is nothing but the prelude to a popularity that leads to a new canon and, perhaps, to a new life. Other objects simply become sand in a desert of lost memories or, worst, are remembered as dead glories that stand on their feet. They are perfectly formed in the memory, but they don’t take advantage of a status they never enjoyed in life. Not everything is possible. Either we select or some selects for us. We can lean only on some of the images of our inventory that will make history. Random, value and some individuals are who decide. In the most times, without conscience nor reasonable decisions. Thus, some cars become collector’s items while others become cans for chickpeas. A fountain pen becomes a landmark of writing and design, and another is dried into oblivion. Some buildings become artistic icons for very different reasons: stylistic changes or constructive improvements. But sometimes, more than the continent, it is the content what matters.
EVERY LIFE DEPENDS ON CONNECTIONS
Reactions are not unidirectional. Ecosystems are a complex chain of elements and processes where, unconsciously, a total dependence between ones and others is established. In the animal kingdom, the adaptation to the loss of one of the links is normally natural, free and not thought. Our reality is different. We don’t pursue survival, but development. Besides, in a same space there are too many mixed interests and it is very hard to find something spontaneous. This planning rarely benefits to a majority, and even less in an equal way. Our world is ruled by imperfect institutions which attempt to solve the common problems through isolate actions. Improving our milieu takes just a change of attitude: that the sum of the various problems contributes to its own solution.
A BRAND NEW SYMBOLOGY
To reinterpret the usual meaning of the daily elements can help turn problems into opportunities. An ecosystem maintaining relationships of balance between its organisms implies that the dynamics of ones and others become complementary. Somehow, this implies a change of perception so that what makes each one of us human beings and to fully live our lives, can be part of the development of the others. Although the city is manifested in physical forms, it is based in hidden phenomena and institutions linked to a past time. These ideas can’t disappear instantly, but they have to progressively leave their place for stronger ones. How can something die with dignity and become something more important during the process of decease than in life?
Halfway between utopia and an obliged step that has as a frontier a change of attitude, the creative dismantling is not centered in materiality, but also in values that are no longer useful. We talk about a long term process where the main piece of the change is not the result, but the movement itself. Creative dismantling aims to rebuild the different links of urban reality through a new articulation that heals partial wounds by means of the influence of its reflex areas. The main destruction of a building is not its disappearance, but its quietness: a quietness which expands to everything that surrounds it. Some buildings have to disappear, some others progressively disappear. In both cases, they always have to allow a new life. To decide which is the optimum way to dismantle them is also a creative task. Progress sometimes appears with the withdrawal of the first stone.
Proyectos con final feliz
Proyectos con final feliz is a work and research cooperative based in Valencia. We studied together sporadically and unpaid. We tried to see what happens with the tools at our disposal. could say more but I may. So without further ado, I bid you farewell.
Barrio del Carmen
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Lord, give me faith
We propose a different aproach to the city. We assume that all its components are related and often the problem of one is the solution of some of the others. But not always in practice uses the advantages of these symbioses.
A shift in the way we perceive our milieu can help us think more creatively and, therefore, to improve our quality of life within a sustainable environment.
La Fe, 42 years of service
Avinguda Campanar, Valencia
Former Hospital Universitario La Fe was opened in 1968 to meet the needs of the health area of the Generalitat Valenciana. Opened to the demands of other departments and communities, it provided universal comprehensive and personalized health care in the Community scheme, emergency, outpatient, inpatient and home.
This service was guaranteed by the involvement of almost 7,000 employees (including medical staff, nurses, technicians, administrators, etc ...) Their resources had more than 1,300 hospital beds, 174 outpatient locals and more than 30 conventional operation rooms
These resources enabled an extensive service. For 42 years it served daily to over 600 patients. Its annual income raised to 50,000 (with an average stay of 7 days), nearly 800,000 outpatient visits per year and more than 35,000 operations each year. Its annual expenses amounted to 500 million euros.
This infrastructure led to an outstanding performance of their original function in various fields. As a university department, it developed research and teaching. As a public hospital, was a leader in organ transplant activity, being the only Spanish hospital accredited to carry out all types of transplants.
In this field it reached several milestones: the first hospital in Europe and second worldwide in transplantation of umbilical cord blood in adults. In the Hospital La Fe was performed the first leg transplant in the world and the first transplant of face, jaw and tongue or liver cells in Spain.
Its public service was, however, beyond the strict health status. During his long period of activity acted as an economic and social promoter of a neighborhood that became identified with his existence. His intense activity contributed to the creation of housing and services for the broad set of employees, patients and families.
In 2001, the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat Valenciana announced the decision to build a new La Fe Hospital to replace the current center. The transfer of all its services to the new location took place between November 2010 and February 2011, since when the new site has assumed the continuity of all inherited health responsibilities.
Today, the old center, which solely houses the nursing school, laboratories and about 20 rooms for the chronic illnesses, is one of the most important urban opportunities in the city. About 150,000 m2 of floor area remain ready to be reinvented and continue its task of energizing an unbreakable bond with the neighborhood of Campanar