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Recovery of the urban space "Alcazaba de Baza"
Granada, Spain
2007

To intervene in the Alcabaza in the current context of the city, considering that almost nothing remains from its past and that what remains isn’t very significant as a memory from that past, means, in a way, a return to the origins, to the beginnings, since we believe that what still remains and should be object of restoration is the place itself – its topography as a distinctive mark of its condition in the geography of the territory.

Making the topography once again perceptible and “present” is, in this case, the point that guides the drawing. It’s not exactly about operating according some kind of archaeology of the topography. Quite the opposite, it’s about trying toconsolidate not it’s form, but the essence it had in the past, in its origin.

This explains why we propose the integral re-covery of all the surface of Alcabaza with a kind of “mineral cape” made of river rolling stone and poor mortars, a very typical and “natural” pavement in some regions of Andaluzia. After all, it is about reinforcing a “presence”, expressing the tectonic sense that still inhabits the site.
It’s also with this intent that the watercourse (Cas Mayor), nowadays aqueducted, is recovered as a re-establishment, although a limited one, of a previous topography condition (the water presence) and also as a pretext for a new walking course, routed at the bottom of Alcabaza, between the church Mayor Concatedral and Calle Aduana. This new course allows a new perception from the lower city, reaveal the Alcazaba in all its grandness, not only as a topography but also as a “virtual” expression of the old walls.

We end as we begun, wanting to go back to the beginning, to the hill where it all started. We intend to rebuild its topography, to make it significant with new meanings, because time does not have return but can be recorded, as it happens in nature with stones and trees, or with men, in writing and drawing.