Precedent for cohousing. Simbionte House by Susana Velasco and Jesús Ágreda

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Matalpino, Madrid, Spain.

Susana Velasco

Susana Velasco is a doctoral architect, artist and professor at the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid since 2009. She has been a visiting professor at the L'école d'architecture et Paysage schools in Bordeaux and Toulouse.

She lives and works between Spain and France, a country where in addition to the Time Ship in Bordeaux (2021), she has made Prototype n.1 of the Poïpoïdrome Flottante (2022) in collaboration with the artist Céline Domengie.

Her career begins with Luddotek (2004-2011), a certainly impudent project that explored - between the scenic and the political - the powers of childhood in the company of Rafael Sánchez-Mateos; with whom she continues to work today from Operaciones Cunctatio in diversified format projects such as the recent Lo vivo, lo pueblo, lo jondo: Geopsiquias del Albaicín. Her works, alone and collectively, have been exhibited and recognized in different places and art centers such as MUSAC, documenta in Kassel or MNCARS.

From an impure position between architecture and action, Susana Velasco investigates the medial places that architecture can occupy as a link between bodies and the landscape they inhabit, in projects such as the Solar Chamber of Santo Isidro de Herreruela, the Small Communal Museum in Almonaster, the work From scattered fragments (MUSAC 2017) or The Time Ship in Bordeaux. Through a scale and forms always missed, his works seek to give materiality to a poetics of the common world that we inhabit, collecting the witness of the ancient communal ones and exploring how to link ourselves in other ways with objectologies, other beings, and the land we walk on. .

In addition to artistic works, he carries out sensitive and ecological architecture projects, teaming up with companies and professionals involved in an ecological approach, such as the recent Casa Simbionte, a completely ecological home in structural wood and a prototype for a way of life integrated into its environment.



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