e n t r o p i c a

The productivist model marked the twentieth century, and this was reflected in all technical and cultural issues, including architecture. Architectural training was organized during the past century to prepare people for their incorporation into the dynamics of this productive system.This system, heir to the Industrial Revolution, is characterized by a linear structure of generating products. Within this scheme, the costs associated with environmental degradation and waste generated by productive activities is rarely taken into account. If we become aware that the transformations of matter and energy are not fully reversible (because they’re subject to the law of entropy), we will understand how they affect an economy based on these transformations. The present economic situation is nothing else but the consequence of a model based on production-waste-accumulation and cannot keep growing at this rate. The construction activity is a good indicator of the situation.

With "entropica", we are proposing a metabolic approach to architectural practice. That is an approach to architecture as an open system to its environment, with exchange of material, energy and social awareness. Our team has been exploring ways of reusing agricultural by-products to develop construction materials for low cost housing projects in rural areas of Latin American countries. To build also means to choose risk, to innovate and to propose new ways of doing things with moderation and taking care of primary material and energy sources, ensuring that by-products generated by our activities cease to be considered waste but transform in source of balance for the whole system.

Concept and design: Ethel Baraona Pohl + César Reyes + Francesco Vedovato

e n t r o p i c a was presented at eme3 International Architecture Festival October 7-9 at CCCB + MACBA, Barcelona