TENERIFE
LÎLE ET LE MONDE, L'ÎLE-MONDE
 
Auteur : Yusti Gomez Herrera
source : diplome ENSA paris malaquais, 2013
Directeur de département : Steven Melemis
Directeur d’étude : Marc Armangaud
Second Enseignant: Jean Attali
 

“A cette époque-là toutes mes connaissances en géographie se limitaient à l’existence de mon île. J’avais appris à la crèche comment dessiner son profil anguleux. Pendant toute ma vie, la plénitude de cette forme triangulaire, finie, dissociée de tout autre contexte, devrait me hanter là où j’irais. C’est pour ça que je suivis d’un air méfiant le contour de cette forme étrangement ouverte sans y retrouver aucun rapport. Je me retournai vers mon père sans comprendre : - Où est Tenerife ? Elle n’est pas là. Je ne l’y retrouve pas.”

A navigated account between analytical memory and autobiography, this project proposes the transformation of the relationship between the island of Tenerife and the world. Starting from an existing situation where the global imposes itself on the local, Yusti G. Herrera offers an analytical approach, built at times from insular every-day poetic elements, at times through recourse to Marxist economics, allowing for the detection of potential projects that generate opportunities for the island to negotiate its relationship with the forces of a globalized economy.

Traditionally, the capacity of architecture to transform society has been the subject of debate. The author adds a new approach to that discussion: architecture should not be an isolated discipline. It depends directly on the milieu that produces it, on its constraints and capacities.


©Yusti Gomez Herrera  


©Yusti Gomez Herrera  

The author imagines a new approach to tourism, the island’s strategic economic sector, in which that activity is no longer controlled by its lobby of tour-operators, but insularly, through a systemic transformation of the typologies of existing houses, allowing the inhabitants to accommodate tourists in their homes, whilst creating a system that allows for the re-use of waste produced by Tenerife’s mass tourism industry. This strategy makes encounters between the islanders and travellers possible, encounters that become mutually enriching.

The project provides an example of an alternative way of thinking about distant territories at the periphery of the capitalist global-system, envisaging the construction of a new discourse centred on local realities, instead of redeploying the discourses that reproduce these territories as distant islands, suburbs of the world, dead-end streets.


La casa autoconstruida,
Analyse d´une typologie vernaculaire évolutive.


La nouvelle activité touristique vient s’insèrer au coeur des quartiers habités par les insulaires. ©Yusti Gomez Herrera  


©Yusti Gomez Herrera  


©Yusti Gomez Herrera  


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Photos prises à l'occasion de l'exposition New South à la galerie du Crous.
Novembre 2015.


©Pierre Seron  


©Pierre Seron