Never Demolish

In the 60s and 70s, large-scale housing blocks were built around the world as a solution to meet the need for housing. Five decades later, they are largely considered ideologically outdated, urbanistically failed, and licensed to be demolished. The intervention “Never Demolish” by curators Ilka and Andreas Ruby, which is added to the Pavilion’s intervention program, argues that these buildings should have a better second life than the first, through their transformation: expanding and improving the quality of life of the inhabitants. In this context, the Pavilion is transformed into a domestic space reminiscent of the 530 homes transformed by Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin in the Grand Parc Bordeaux, winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. This transformation of the Pavilion deepens the debate on housing and how the Bordeaux project becomes a model for the social and physical rehabilitation of the housing blocks of the modern movement and its surroundings. An intervention aimed at and equally affecting the inhabitants, architects, urban planners, developers, heritage conservators and politicians.

Foto: Cortesía Fundació Mies van de Rohe
26 November to 16 December 2021
Pavelló Mies Van der Rohe
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7
08038 Barcelona, Spain
Fundació Mies van der Rohe with Ruby Press
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