The short movie by Pablo Casals-Aguirre about the Elemental’s “Parque de la Infancia” (Santiago, Spain) focuses on the way people take possession of an important brand new public space.
Through a concrete and incisive narration, the Chilean architect and film maker depicts how the park represents a fundamental occasion for the city to grow and develop as a whole. Open to the public in April 2012, the Children’ Park was conceived as an important contribution to the everyday life of the inhabitants of the city.
The film maker sets aside a subjective viewpoint and instead gives room to the tangible parts of the architecture. He chooses the perspective of the designers as well as the perception of the final users of the new urban space: the visual narration of the park from the point of view of children and families is alternated to the explanation of the inner reasons of the project made by the architect Alejandro Aravena (from the team Elemental).
In the video, Aravena describes how the problems related to the large hillside were transformed in distinctive features of the project and the architectural challenge became an occasion to rethink the traditional appearance of the playground park, as well as a high social impact occasion to connect the top of the hill with different parts of the city.
The real characteristics of the architecture as it is conceived and finally lived and perceived by the inhabitants, emerge over any interpretation. The same concrete observation style distinguishes the other films directed, screen played and filmed by Pablo Casals-Aguirre that - along with “Parque de la Infancia” - are part of the traveling “White Mountain” exhibit about a selection of relevant contemporary Chilean Architectures of the past twenty years, already held at the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral in Santiago and at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin.
Video by Pablo Casals-Aguirre
Architecture by Elemental - Alejandro Aravena
Selected for A FLORENCE THAT WILL BE. Conversations and visions of architecture (Florence, 2013)
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