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Eduardo Mediero

HANGHAR

http://www.hanghar.com

Madrid, Spain
Eduardo Mediero is a practicing architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he graduated with honours, and MArch II Candidate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. After working with RCR Arquitectes, Sou Fujimoto Architects or El Equipo Mazzanti he returned to Madrid and founded HANGHAR, an experimental architecture and design studio focused in the limits between practice and theory.

The Subprime Monument


A physical critique to the architecture of greed

The Subprime Monument


A physical critique to the architecture of greed
"That which lies here in ruins, the highly significant fragment is the finest material in the creation. For it is common practice to pile up fragments ceaselessly and to take the repetition of stereotypes for a process of intensification, in the unremitting expectation of a miracle." Walter Benjamin
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How ought we handle the unfinished? Might it lead to unexpected situations?
The Monument deals with the material consequences of the real estate bubble of 2008. Its
burst, lead by an unstable economical model, left behind a bleak landscape of housing developments that illustrate the irrational expenditure of resources consumed during those years.
The Tower of Babel is taken as the general typological form; a direct reference to the greediest project ever conceived of. It is composed of an architectural artefact of our everyday existence, the house; appropriating a form that is not authored. This fragment, that carries its own meaning, is diluted in the general image of the monument while being part of the rational organisation of the whole.By stacking the ubiquitous form of the house the project is anchored to the common imaginary of society and simultaneously creates a semantic void through an excess of visual noise that constructs the unifying form of the monument.


Detail

Detail

Detail

Axonometric

American 20th century housing typologies

The Subprime Monument


A physical critique to the architecture of greed

The Subprime Monument


A physical critique to the architecture of greed
"That which lies here in ruins, the highly significant fragment is the finest material in the creation. For it is common practice to pile up fragments ceaselessly and to take the repetition of stereotypes for a process of intensification, in the unremitting expectation of a miracle." Walter Benjamin
File under

How ought we handle the unfinished? Might it lead to unexpected situations?
The Monument deals with the material consequences of the real estate bubble of 2008. Its
burst, lead by an unstable economical model, left behind a bleak landscape of housing developments that illustrate the irrational expenditure of resources consumed during those years.
The Tower of Babel is taken as the general typological form; a direct reference to the greediest project ever conceived of. It is composed of an architectural artefact of our everyday existence, the house; appropriating a form that is not authored. This fragment, that carries its own meaning, is diluted in the general image of the monument while being part of the rational organisation of the whole.By stacking the ubiquitous form of the house the project is anchored to the common imaginary of society and simultaneously creates a semantic void through an excess of visual noise that constructs the unifying form of the monument.


Detail

Detail

Detail

Axonometric

American 20th century housing typologies


Idea by

Eduardo Mediero
HANGHAR
Madrid
Spain
Eduardo Mediero is a practicing architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he graduated with honours, and MArch II Candidate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. After working with RCR Arquitectes, Sou Fujimoto Architects or El Equipo Mazzanti he returned to Madrid and founded HANGHAR, an experimental architecture and design studio focused in the limits between practice and theory.