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UCL has been awarded Gold EcoCampus certification following an audit of its Environmental Sustainability Management System. Currently used in nearly half of Russell Group universities, EcoCampus is a leading tool to assess environmental management in Higher Education. More...
Published: Nov 28, 2013 3:46:00 PM
UCLoo Festival is an exciting series of hands-on activities and events based on research relating to the challenge of redesigning the toilet for the 21st century. The festival’s convenors are Sarah Bell (UCL Urban Laboratory Co-Director), Barbara Penner (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Tse-Hui Teh (Bartlett School of Planning). It opens on UN World Toilet Day on the 19th November and runs until the 3rd December. More...
Published: Nov 19, 2013 12:48:00 PM
Felipe Lanuza Rilling (Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment): Representing absence: The Territories of the Ex-Railway Circumvallation of Santiago
The remaining abandoned territories of the ex-railway circumvallation of Santiago constitute a hidden and scattered landscape. Once they shaped the city boundaries and played a central role in its transition to modernity, but now they are detached from the regular urban activity and being progressively replaced by new developments.
A part of this now disarticulated system is the San Eugenio railway dockyard, located in the south-west corner of the circumvallation. It appears as a territory in ruins, where a sense of open memory and imagination emerges through the fragments of a past that is not framed or erased by the present.
The notion of absence is proposed as a key to understand and represent the actual current condition and values of this evocative and vanishing territory as well as its critical relation to the metropolis, hence revealing its potential contribution to our contemporary public space.
Keywords: absence, urban voids, railway circumvallation of Santiago, memory