As a starting point the unit will explore through 1:250 scale models the shape of a120x120m block. This will be first developed in a purely intuitive manner. Different materials, such as paper, cardboard, cloth, foam, cables, wood and metal sticks, will be initially use to have a range of schematic shapes that will be later used to define formal ideas. Students are invited to feel comfortable with these materials, and learn rules and modeling criteria out of their manipulation.

After this initial stage we will experiment with other stiffer materials such as wood, metal, stone and plaster, discovering other intuitive possibilities for block schematic designs. Along this exploratory process students will be exposed to intellectual, artistic and literary references generating a specific unit inspirational atmosphere.

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Reference Books:
Jorge Bolaño, : By Night in Chile, New York: New Direction, 2000
José Donoso: The obscene bird of Night. Boston: Verba Mundi, 1995
Pablo Neruda: “Three Material Songs”, in Residence on Earth. New York: New Direction Books, 2004
Pablo Neruda: “Towards an impure poetry” (
Federico Garcia Lorca: Theory and play of the Duende: and, Imagination, inspiration, evasion. Dallas: Kanathos, 1981
Mario Hernandez: Line of Light and Shadow: The Drawings of Federico Garcia Lorca. Durham, CN: Duke University Press, 1991

Arts and Architecture:
Valérie Vergez: Jorge Oteiza, Anglet: Atlantica, 2003.
Eduardo Chillida : Sculptures and works on paper, London : Annely Juda Fine Art, 1992
Smiljan Radic, 2003-2013 : el juego de los contrarios = the game of opposites, Madrid : El Croquis, 2013.
Rodrigo Pérez de Arce: Valparaiso School : Open City Group, Basel : Birkhauser, 2003.