21. Temporal Architecture For Leisure And Resting
Suau, C., 2002, Ciudad & Arquitectura (CA) Magazine. CA 109, Chile, pp 30-47

Keywords: Architecture & Eco-tourism, Sustainable landscapes, Environmental mitigation

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22. Fabricating Eco-Dwellings with Elemental Junk-Frames (English)
Suau, C. & Jacobsen, Arild, 2006, The Annual Symposium of the Nordic Association for Architectural Research, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (04/2006), pp 176-184, ISBN 13-978-87-7830-144-4 (http://www.arkitekturforskning.net)

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Architects can be the driving force in the search of smart solutions both for the social housing and the built environmental crisis, bridging these two factors through providing affordable housing designs (as sheds or emergency houses) by using disused or junk materials in eco-buildings. Starting with the premises that there is no waste but only transformable resources, design researchers have the possibility to detect the potentialities within low-value materials and find the optimum way to reuse them as building components for frameworks. The study will show the optimum way of using the material both as a structural support, skins or furniture; its assembling process by combining with other materials, as well as its climatic and programmatic adaptability. Two case studies will be presented in depth as elemental prefabricate solutions, pallets and tyres housing systems, as well as the research workshop ‘Minimum Prefab House’ developed at IAAC in Barcelona.

Keywords: Low-tech, Reuse, Junk-frames

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23. El Pabellon Forestal para la Exposicion Agricola de Lapua, Finlandia (Spanish)
Suau, C., 1998, UPC editions, KHORA 4: Architecture and Culture. New Paradigms, Barcelona, pp 67-73

The Lapua pavilion –fugitive, ungraspable and temporary potential dwelling- emerges as a playful manifesto of Aalto’s experimentalism. This pavilion-organism establishes a double dialogue: from Nature to Architecture and from Architecture to Nature by scaling a sort of elastic mould. The situation is that the place houses the building as the building moulds the place. In order to discover this Semperian trail in the artwork of the Aaltian pavilions, certainly we might explore the notion of elemental wooden shed. By accident, the graphic documentation and rendering of Lapua pavilion reveal a tight link to the wood-framing used in a traditional Finn-Lappish 'Kota'. The result of both design strategies is the camouflage, where indoor and outdoor spaces are deleted and appear a landscape without constraints. The Lapua pavilion defines an intimate topographic relationship with the woodscape and its primary forms, looking to forge a metaphor of the thermal home in a remote world, using primal architectural tools: Row matter, elemental framing and the flows of nature and nomadic cultures as output of a veil in motion. This membrane constitutes the poetic and technical dwelling of the Aaltian pavilion. Here, we may conclude that the matter -wood as substance- moulds the form -the pavilion as organism- which dissolves in its own shape.

Keywords: Experimentalism, Alvar Aalto, Wooden pavilions, Tectonics

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24. Potential Public Spaces in the Modern Suburbia: Urban Reflections for the Regeneration of Free Spaces
Suau, C., 2005, Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, Gothenburg, Sweden (04/2005), pp 31-41. ISSN 1102-5824 (http://www.arkitekturforskning.net)

Abstract
The aim of this urban study is twofold: On one hand, it is an essay against the zoning regulations applied in the suburbia. It operates as a progressive urban approach on potential architecture, which explores the spatial deterioration of the modern built environment by analysing the potential (also risks) of existing suburban infrastructures and generating new spatial games. On another hand, this is also part of the ongoing research experiences carried out by Ph.D. students at Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) in the doctorate programme called ‘The New Tools of Architecture’. It triggers a more complex study on the manipulation of urban accidents. Also it emphasizes both the recuperation of public spaces in sprawl areas to preserve sustainable urban systems and also the creation of innovative strategies of urban reactivation mainly in European and Latin American cities.

Keywords: Public Spaces, Urban Games, Progressive Urban Studies, Potential Urban Studies

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25. Suburbia Modern?
Suau, C. & Tunka, S., 2009, Arhitectura journal nr 75 (issued by Union of Romanian Architects), Bucharest, pp 90-95, ISSN-1220-3254 (http://arhitectura1906.ro)

Abstract
Sprawl cities are one of the most significant and urgent urban issue in Europe due to its mono-functionality. Public transportation in sprawls is a need in many places. Yet most Europeans persist in their
desire to live farther and farther away from urban centers, moving to exurbs made up almost entirely
of single-family residential houses and stand-alone retail zones. This research study analyses several
configurations and patterns in suburban areas, based on two urban proposals designed by the authors
and awarded by Europan in 2006 and 2008: www.europan.org
On one hand, this comparative study shows new design strategies of agile interventions in European
sprawls, such as Hamar in Norway and Stroke-on-Trent in the UK; on other hand, it explores the principles
of “General Mobility” by Yona Friedman based on new frameworks in existing fabrics or dysfunctional
spaces by formulating tridimensional mobile and hybrid networks.

Keywords: Spatial manifesto, Eco-frames, Smart technologies

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26. Europan 8 Norway (English); Railtown: Dealing with Infrastructure in Hamar, Norway
Suau, C., Zappulla, C. & Markuekiaga, N., 2006, ByggeKunst 02/06, Norway, pp 58-59, 93. ISSN 0007-7518

EUROPAN 8 HAMAR NORWAY (Norwegian issue)
Jury's statement: Railtown reflects on the railway station as the infrastructural hub and motor for strengthening the city centre and starting off the development of Strandsonen.A multifuctional bridge is proposed for the site, closest to the railway station. The multifunctional railway-bridge (XL balcony) creates a physical and programmatic link between the city and the future Strandsonen development.The rail-bridge-complex can become a magnet, capable of generating urban life in the city centre. By stitching together spaces for a series of new public programmes, this mega-structure strengthens the role of the station area as an important hub for the city and the region. The rest of the competition area, on the other hand, becomes a display for experimental housing focusing on low-energy consumption both in production and use phases. The railway housing makes use of the railway tracks as a way to structure future development. By introducing a large-scale building, Railtown instigates an important discussion of the role of the train station area as a motor in the urban development of potential regional importance. The jury values the project's strategy of inserting several key architectural elements, rather than drawing up a whole new city for Strandsonen, as so many competition entries have done.As an idea in itself, the great flexibility of the housing project is interesting, but it does not show a convincing urban infrastructure for this spesific space. More info at www.europan.no

Keywords: Urban Transformation, Mobile Dwellings, Intermodality

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27. The Panamerican Strip: Informal Commerce and Instant Urbanism in Latin-American Economies
Suau, C., 2011, Economy conference, Conference proceedings, Cardiff, (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/economy)

Abstract
The notion of informal economy is often associated with developing countries, where up to half of the labour force works in an alternative way. Nevertheless, with the rapid transformation of post-Fordist modes of production in emerging economies, many workers are displaced from formal into informal employment. This trend is broadly a common condition in all kind of economical systems; also in developed ones such as the
UK, USA or Spain but in smaller proportions. Informal economies constitute a dynamic process, which includes many aspects of economic and social theory including exchange, regulation, and enforcement. By its intermittent nature, spatial regulations change frequently, sometimes hourly, daily or seasonally. Any instance of economic activity can shift between categories of formal and informal with even minor changes in policy. This type of ‘Instant Urbanity’ constructs new urban patterns –transitory, elusive or spontaneous- which flee from any
conventional spatial planning. If something can unquestionably characterised any emerging urban economies and, of course, Latin America is its every-day informal system of trade, which is outside state controlled or money-based transactions. It includes barters of goods and services, mutual self-help, unclassified jobs, street and highway vending, and others manifestations.
What is the physical impact of these temporal activities in existing urban tissue? How do they mutate? Which types of spatial configurations generate in urban fabrics? Is this type of ‘‘Instant Urbanity’ a key factor in the development of cities in the Americas? How can we deal with these new types of transformable architectures and uses? This study will critically analyse and compare the contemporary urban phenomenon of informal economies along main transport network -the Pan-American Highway- in Santiago de Chile by analysing three distinctive informal commerce spaces: A. Macro-commerce: Food fairs, flea markets, etc. and B. Micro-commerce: Street vendors and push-carts in the strip.

Keywords: Pan-American cities; Informal urbanism; Instant urbanity

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28. 140 Year: FAU 1989
Suau, C., 1989, Editorial Universitaria, Santiago de Chile, pp 22-23 (http://www.fau.uchile.cl/)

Keywords: Experimental forms, Spatial composition

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29. Floating Pier Patagonia
Suau, C., 1994, Revista de Arquitectura 5, Editorial Universitaria, Santiago de Chile, pp 21-23 (http://www.fau.uchile.cl)

Abstract
Floating Pier in Achao, Chiloe Island
Degree project: MArch in Architecture (final project), FAU, University of Chile, 1993 (First class honours (1st).
Following the successful results in timber construction obtained in the Maipo Cultural Centre's award during early 1993. Suau continues the constructive and material exploration in timber technology by proposing a floating pier in the rural settlement of Achao, a minor fishing and transport jetty that connects Chiloe islands with the American continent. The design consisted in a linear, flexible and modular timber system consisting of a timber module of 3.60m x 3.60m, which allows maximum changeability of spaces for store, market and vehicles. The length of the pier follows the tidal phenomena similar to what e can observe in the Welsh littoral. This design respect the building tradition of the so-called 'palafitos', dwellings upon pilotis along the shoreline of Chiloe. This project has a curve timber roof which imitate the shape of an grand up-side-down boat. This project was exhibited in the Municipality of Achao as part of the study of urban image and new code modifications of its urban planning.

Keywords: Maritime architecture, Timber construction, Floating pier

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30. The Pallet House
Suau, C., 2003, Research on passive low-energy design by using pallet as frames. PLEA 2003, Santiago de Chile, Volume 2, pp 230-236. ISBN 1902916166 (http://www.plea-arch.org)

Abstract
This study has been developed in HDM, Lund University and it focuses on the use of passive technique to achieve indoor thermal comfort in experimental houses in arid coastal lands in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Computer simulations indicates that indoor comfort conditions may improve by simple passive techniques that included the use of recycled and local material for thermal storage/insulation, shading devices and orientation of openings. The case study –Pallet House- formulates a life cycle model by the recycling of timber pallets as constructive units with lightweight materials using for low-income houses.

Keywords: Keywords: Affordable Housing, Reuse, Passive Techniques, Architecture in Desert

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