Proyecto 1

Where does it come from? Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, […]


the space of emptiness In 1946 the writer Camilo Jose Cela set out early one summer morning, with his backpack, canteen and boots from his apartment in Madrid for the region of the Alcarria, a region characterized by Cela as “very beautiful” yet “a region which people apparently have no desire to visit”. Cela walked […]


the politics of water Continuing an interest in the politics of water and landscapes in transition, diploma3 travelled to India this year to develop projects for the Narmada Valley, a valley in central India just over 300 kilometers north of Mumbai. The people of this valley are losing their land and their livelihood due to the Narmada […]


imperfection diploma3 shifted its emphasis this year, from the more contextual strategic work of past years to an exploration of the art of building and a continued pursuit towards the idea that a strong sense of materiality can give meaning in architecture. Much of the work of this year has revolved around the concepts of insertion, […]


between presence and absence Erasure is never merely a matter of making things disappear: there is always some detritus strewn about in the aftermath, some bruising to the surface from which word or image has been removed, some reminder of the violence done to make the world look new again. Whether rubbed away, crossed out […]


fragility diploma3 this year revolved around the theme of fragility and the ambition of achieving poignant and materially evocative spaces through a careful positioning of a responsive architecture within, adjacent or around existing structure; the unit’s intention, as always, in trying to attain an eloquence and clarity between idea and the tectonics of our architecture. The […]