AREA Journal 26(2)

MAY 2020 / OCTOBER 2020

Director:Dra. Arq. Rita Laura Molinos
Editor:Dra. María Ledesma
Co-editor: DG. Miguel A. Santángelo

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Urbanism and gender. Women within the urbanistic canon: from the positive exception to systematic exclusion
Octavio Fernández Álvarez


The objective of this paper is to offer some interpretations to analyse the canon of urbanism from a gender perspective. The discipline does not escape the general trend of inequality in access to the professional field, forming and sustaining exclusion mechanisms based on a system of excuses. Although certain characteristics of urbanism made it more permeable to the participation of women, they continue to be separated from recognition, although with some differences. We will take as an example the professional careers of Jane Jacobs and Denise Scott Brown. Then, we will analyse both cases based on some concepts coined from gender studies, which will allow us to understand how their trajectories are framed in the discourse or disciplinary canon. Finally, this analysis will serve to raise some questions about inequalities in the field of urbanism.

Laguna de Chascomús (the Chascomús lagoon) in five times. Confluences and disputes between landscape, environment and urbanization
Mariana Giusti, Gabriel La Valle y Anahí Nieva


The present work focuses in the Buenos Aires province interior, in Chascomús and its territory located in the depressed basin of El Salado river. It focuses on analysing and explaining, throughout its history, the relationships that have been established between urban, rural and natural environment, focusing on the role of the Chascomús Lagoon in its physical-spatial conformation. It seeks to recognize how, throughout different historical, economic and social contexts, and according to different perspectives and tensions, the wetland and lagoon systems have been a fundamental and distinctive element in which landscape, environment and urbanization converge and are disputed.

Estereotomía topológica como recurso innovativo para el diseño sustentable
Javier Alejandro Bazoberri


This work explores the potential of the system of concepts, figures and elements of the topological stereotomy for the development of sustainable products in relation to timeless design or classic design. The systematic study of regional cases shows coincidences between topological stereotomy and the basic requirements of the problem addressed. In turn, this topological scheme defines restrictions that lead to a more efficient sustainable project development.

Extrañamiento. La experiencia corporal en el espacio alterado del ex Molino Marconetti
Lucas Javier Bizzotto


With experience as a unifying notion and seeking to delve into the logics of experience within a singular architectural site, the Marconetti Mill is studied; a building located in the Port of Santa Fe (Argentina), where the Municipal Lyceum now operates. This work’s hypothesis is that the building’s nature as an altered architectural space gives way to a bodily experience of estrangement. In order to support this hypothesis, a phenomenological explanation of perceptive experience and the concept of estrangement are both here developed. Thereupon, it’s shown how this concrete case of the Municipal Lyceum, through its materiality, spatial dimensions, memory and physical context, among other variables, produces such estrangement.