Margins, boundaries and borders
Relationships between built space and social structures
In Ten Books on Architecture, Vitruvius says that when man first mastered fire and saw that it was good, he gestured to others to gather around him. Once assembled around the heat and the light of the flame, they began to develop language to give names to the things around them. It was then that they needed to ensure that the situation would continue and began to build around them, to protect the place and the fire from inclement weather. Thus sprang architecture, from the desire to make communities last. But in addition to taking care of and protecting what was inside, the people and their language, their laws and norms, the built space also established a boundary and a border with what was outside: the wilderness, the unknown, darkness… others. Beyond the technical aspects, architecture and the city represent the solidification of the social spaces and the communities they shelter. Law and the word articulate the community and architecture and its walls maintain it in space and time, making the continuation of this situation possible.
In this edition of the Pantalla Pavelló (“Pavilion Screen”) sessions, we have selected a series of films in which the relationship between the built space, its boundaries and borders, and the people that inhabit it is accentuated and revealed in its maximum expression.
Architecture, and cities along with it, is not simply the innocuous backdrop and stage where we live our lives, but determines and influences how we live, just like our rules for living together and the laws regulating societies.
Based on this idea, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona, invites us to reflect on the built space surrounding us, the cities we want and, as such, the society we desire.
Each film will have a guest give a brief presentation and introduction to the subject. The film will also be followed by a discussion.
3 July, “La Zona” (“The Zone”)
Introduced and presented by Miquel Fernández – PhD in Social Anthropology and Professor in the Sociology Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
31 July, “Beasts of the Southern Wild“
Introduced and presented by Daniele Porreta – PhD in Theory and History of Architecture
4 September, “High Rise”
Introduced and presented by Ester Jordana – Member of the Faculty of Contemporary Philosophy of the University of Barcelona (UB) and Professor at BAU.