Architecture and memory: the sign of the pandemic in the post Covid era.

How will the experience of the pandemic settle in our collective memory? The new issue of compasses collects reflections and architectural projects on the theme of transition and memory, investigating the relationship of some architectural works with the landscape and the memory of the places that host them.

Transition times and memories changing

In these times of great transformations and changes, in the year in which for the first time in the history of humanity we are denied the sociality of Christmas, an entire issue dedicated to the theme of memory and its management and elaboration, through architectural projects that, although different from each other, have in common the action on collective memory fragments.

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Essays

This section proposes, in the first 24 pages, reflections and ideas concerning the main topic of the issue based on a critical and historical approach

Architecture & Plan

A total of 8-10 designs, both architectural and urban scale, of reputable international architects are presented with pictures, renderings, sketches, graphs, comments

Materials & Interiors

The interiors section is devoted to interior design, new materials, new forms of design.

Fragmentos - Espacio de Arte y Memoria
Client - Museo Nacional de Colombia

Federico Calabrese

After four years of intense and close talks held in Havana, on the 24th November 2016, an historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, was signed in Bogotá. after 52 years of armed conflict.

The peace agreement states, in a paragraph of the chapter about the cessation of the conflict, that the laid weapons must be used for the creation of three monuments to the memory of the victims of the conflict, in three different places: Havana, the headquarters of the UN in New York and somewhere in the Colombian territory. A central location was chosen a few steps away from the presidential residence of the Palazzo del Nariño and the popular and now marginal neighborhood of Los Cruces. Doris Salcedo realized what she herself calls a counter-monument, using the 37 tons of weapons laid down by the 13.000 former combatants of the Colombian armed conflict.

After an uncovered entrance, one enters the first garden patio, the atrium and the first room. From this point, an ascending ramp that accompanies the topography of the site leads to the multipurpose room. The first two rooms are completely transparent and, at the same time, they can be transformed into closed spaces thanks to a retractable curtain system. At the end of the corridor, one enters a third room, larger than the previous ones, which receives indirect zenith lighting.

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Federico Calabrese

After four years of intense and close talks held in Havana, on the 24th November 2016, an historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, was signed in Bogot. after 52 years of armed conflict.

The peace agreement states, in a paragraph of the chapter about the cessation of the conflict, that the laid weapons must be used for the creation of three monuments to the memory of the victims of the conflict, in three different places: Havana, the headquarters of the UN in New York and somewhere in the Colombian territory. A central location was chosen a few steps away from the presidential residence of the Palazzo del Nariño and the popular and now marginal neighborhood of Los Cruces. Doris Salcedo realized what she herself calls a counter-monument, using the 37 tons of weapons laid down by the 13.000 former combatants of the Colombian armed conflict. 

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