Peace Foam City, Benzú
Any action, and architectural ones too, in Ceuta’s border with Morocco brings to the front a number of political issues we do not want to avoid in PEACE-CITY:
- INFRASTRUCTURAL PROXIMITY: Peace-city calculates what is the amount of both electrical energy and safe-for-human-use water available, and dimensions the sites of the possibly urban development in Ceuta’s programmed-to-be-urbanised-land so there is no need for costly and social differencing resource-consume segregation.
- PRODUCTIVE FABRIC: Water consumed and organic mass produced in housing units is conducted to small public gardens. Recycling small gardens where grey water and organic matters are transformed as materials for an intensive vegetation growth that will from there extend covering the whole building envelope. The houses become centres for resources production from which needs of public space are provided.
- SPACES PARTLAMENT: Instead of providing a number of commercially fixed housing typologies, we propose to translate into the geometrical base defined by PEACE-CITY the diverse typologies and uses found already in Ceuta. From light-industry workshops associated to family houses, to Erasmus shared flats; from a Mosque to a gym. Instead of reproducing the desirable from a moral or esthetical perspective, lets think of the city like a parliament where diversity is possible and becomes a source of security and resiliency.