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2.03.2016_Kingston (UK)
#LatinAmericanRoundtable
Rodrigo Garcia
Making the Impossible Possible

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm Kingston University London, Knights Park Campus, Studio 10 PG Research Module, School of Architecture and Landscape / RESCALE―guests very welcome
The roundtable invites London-based urbanists, historians, architects, designers and artists who draw on Latin America as a place of biographical origin and / or site of academic inquiry to discuss research that relates across scales ranging from infrastructural to domestic. The conversation engages the shifting roles of Latin American historical identities, cultural perspectives and territorial ecologies in scenarios of rapid urbanization, linking strategy to management, improvisation or appropriation.

Rodrigo García González
Design through Magic―Personal Experiences with Production, Transformation and Vanishing Acts
In 2008 thanks to a Maghalaes scholarship Rodrigo spent one year at the University Catolica de Santiago de Chile developing projects in collaboration with the NGO Un Techo Para Chile. There, Rodrigo realised that Architects and Designers have the ability to change lives by transforming one space into another, or raw materials into a useful product; making problems disappear or producing something valuable from apparently nothing.
A hypothesis has informed his work since: Magicians, Architects & Designers have the power to make possible the impossible. Convert fiction into reality. The three disciplines, Magic, Architecture and Design, share objectives, tools and effects. The architectural and design projects that Rodrigo has since developed are associated with Magic effects.
Production: Something comes into view without any apparent clue as to the source. ZipZip is a deployable system that allows tall buildings to be unfolded. Its advantages are the speed of assembly and dismantlement, and of allowing the same building to be reused in different contexts. In already consolidated urban centres faced with a one-time demand, such as the Rio Olympic Games, ZipZip enables temporary increase of density. Furthermore, renting or exchanging infrastructures will “mobilize” the current real estate market.
Transformation: The magician transforms something from one state into another—a lady turns into a tiger. Devebere, an open architectural experiment and participatory constructive system, uses as its only materials plastic bottles and air… or rather, the lack thereof. The end result is a three dimensional, irregular, malleable shape. The system can be adapted to different scales and contexts.
Vanish: The magician makes something disappear, coin or Elephant. The challenge here is to make disappear the water plastic bottles that nowadays invade our daily lives. Ooho! is a project where water bottles can be eaten after consumption. Ooho! encircles water in an edible membrane of algae. The final package is simple, cheap, resistant, hygienic, and biodegradable.
Rodrigo García González, architect and designer educated at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, is currently a lecturer in Product and Furniture Design, Kingston University London.

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