Walking Architecture Unschool

WAU is an itinerant organisation, a touring initiative, in which we visit and become guests of architecture schools, public and private institutions, or companies. Its aim is to share and build an understanding of how to learn to architecture today, by establishing a dynamic and mutualist symbiosis, feeding from the tensions and discoveries brought by the fresh-eyed, childlike curiosity approach of strangers and foreigners. Sometimes our stays are temporary, sometimes short, only a few hours -Lectures and Dialogues-, or a few days -Seminars and Workshops-, sometimes for even a few months or seasons -Studios.

 

A WALKING ARCHITECTURE UNSCHOOL

-A school that is not on a constant journey is no school at all.

-How could an architecture school be?

Under construction

-Constantly under-construction, physically and mentally. Hands-on learning, where classrooms and workshops are one. Learning from doing, learning from thinking, learning from living.


Facing real challenges

-Working hand in hand with local communities, in order to open new ideas and solve practical issues. It is not by isolating learners from real problems that we can achieve a more effective learning experience, but rather identifying and choosing constructive tensions and constraints.


A big team

-A community that enjoys to architecture, a collective that finds joy in building, where each individual talent is reinforced as part of a group that respects different individualities.


Bare and frugal

-Barely a building, as open as climate and critters allow it.


Naturalia

-Learning from nature. As we are part of it, we learn from the nature of trees, soil, rivers, clouds, sun, other animals, all their complex interrelations, and from our inner nature, our struggles, mistakes, conflicts, misunderstandings and dreams.


More life

-A living environment. Ever growing, creating more life than before it came to the place.

Search questions

As a consequence of our search as architects, we also produce understanding and knowledge made of words -written and spoken. This search revolves around twelve constant themes, questions we don’t have a definitive answer to yet. This knowledge is not just a by-product of our activity, but rather an instrumental part that develops simultaneously and is imbricated in building. Search Questions is our sisyphean effort to organize and share this knowledge while it's blossoming, fragile and unstable. By doing so, a more specific understanding, and more refined questions emerge.

BOOK
1. Pequeñas Cabañas BIY

An exploration on children's innate drive and ability to build, and some huts that they can build together with grown-ups. Published by Editorial Gustavo Gili.

Speech
2. Endless beginnings

Graduation Ceremony. AAA. Aarhus, Denmark. September 2020.

Journal paper
3. OE House

ARQ 94. Universidad Católica de Chile. With Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau.

Paper
4. Open Process Ecosystems

Beyond Product Platforms for multi-storey habitats design and manufacturing. With Duncan Maxwell.

Article
5. Subrural

An incipient theory of the subrural, first published in Catalan in AT magazine, edited by Nuria Casais and Ferran Grau.