Master Plan for the Loughborough University of Technology: ¿Un campus infinito?

Autores/as

  • Débora Domingo-Calabuig Universitat Politècnica de València

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26754/ojs_zarch/zarch.2020144296

Palabras clave:

planificación de campus, universidad de Loughborough, Arup Associates, mat-building, obra abierta

Resumen

El Master Plan for the Loughborough University of Technology es un documento de 143 páginas que recoge el trabajo emprendido por la institución para convertirse en una universidad, beneficiándose así de las políticas educativas derivadas del informe Robbins de 1963 en Gran Bretaña. Arup Associates firmó en 1966 una propuesta cuya característica principal es su adscripción a una estrategia de retícula infinita y de proyecto sistematizado. Los diferentes diagramas y esquemas de crecimiento representan la síntesis geométrica de unas reglas compositivas y constructivas: tres retículas se superponen para producir un dibujo germen al que se suma un patrón de crecimiento para su extensión territorial. En aras de una flexibilidad y adaptabilidad, el proyecto intenta rehuir la obsolescencia arquitectónica mediante la consecución de una “unidad espacial universal”. Se establece entonces una “disciplina” cuya definición resulta ser una sucesión de limitaciones. A través de la reconstrucción del proceso de proyecto para la universidad de Loughborough, las múltiples acepciones del concepto de límite quedan retratadas en paralelo a su idea de campus continuo e infinito. Un estricto orden interno, una lectura intencionadamente abierta del territorio y una estandarización constructiva producen una suerte de agotamiento visual del conjunto que podría entenderse como un límite de naturaleza espacial.

Biografía del autor/a

Débora Domingo-Calabuig, Universitat Politècnica de València

Débora Domingo-Calabuig (Valencia, 1972) has been an architect since 1997, after studying in the School of Architecture of the Universitat Politécnica de València (UPV) and the School of Architecture of Paris-La Défense, and a PhD architect since 2005 through the UPV. She joined the Department of Architectural Projects in the UPV in 2000 where she is currently a PhD associate professor. Between 2012 and 2016, she was the assistant director for research for the School of Architecture in Valencia and is a member of Research Academy of the European Association for Architectural Education. Her research is focused on the social consideration of architecture and urbanism during the 60s and 70s. She has developed alongside professor Raúl Castellanos Gómez a research project on the mat-building whose results have been published in Boletín Académico Contemporáneo (2011), Proyecto, progreso, arquitectura (2011, 2012), The Architectural Review (2013), DEARQ (2015), and arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (2016). Recently, this research has led her to the re-compiling of the post-war university campuses since some case studies are perfectly in line with the definition of “open work” by Umberto Eco. dedoca@pra.upv.es

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2020-11-03

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