ArgumentNo. 5/2013

ARHIPERA - architecture on the limit

Abstract

What is Arhipera?

Arhipera is the expression of architecture through the concept of Peras (<πέρας,, Gk. limit). Arhipera is at the intersection between architecture and limit. It is architecture on the limit, either we have in mind a spatial, temporal, conceptual or an ethical kind of limit. We can talk about a physical limit, including tectonics and biology. The limit can be imposed or it can be assumed, it can be mobile or it can be fixed. Arhipera places itself on the edge, on the border, on the confines that are built on the line where two separate entities reach out for each other without merging. After coming into being, its purpose is to belong to both spaces. In other words, its goal is to open, to anihilate the limit.

Architecture needs a context that may function as its generator. Arhipera is developped in a context that is not capable to generate architecture: settlements located in extreme poverty.

Architecture is function and form. Arhipera proposes minimal functions and a form that is free from aesthetic aspects. Arhipera aims at social inclusion and the creation of a model of urban and architectural intervention designed for building social dwellings in limit situations.

Architecture negotiates the relation between the interior and the exterior whereas Arhipera proposes a permeable, flexible and permissive built space and an open space liable to be transformed into a room.

Architecture has a determined outline, surface and perimeter. Arhipera evolves, transforms itself, undergoes a metamorphosis and it is heterogenuous. It is a growth matrix. Its perimeter changes gradually like that of a living being, an organism that develops itself naturally.

Architecture meets the needs of an economic and social programme. Arhipera is generated by the social context and it sustains an economic plan. It aims at a maximal social effect while using a minimum of material resources.

Architecture is conceived by the architect. Arhipera is conceived by the architect and the community, as it represents the result of participatory planning.

Architecture depends upon a budget, whereas Arhipera is the one that generates the necessary budget by means of recycling, reinterpretation and reintegration.

Architecture needs to be maintained in order to preserve its original aspect. Arhipera modifies itself with each intervention it suffers, it is being reinvented while it is used.

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