Design as a Mnemonic device

thesis project - Madrid


The Cañada is a 15 km long strip on the south-east periphery of Madrid, it is all ilegal building and it’s population is estiamated somewhere between 20,000-40,000 people.
The matter of accesibility becomes a crucial issue in the experience of the place as out side visitors, seing as locals are suspecious of any attempt to approach or document their ilegal housing.
As a result, the matter of accessibility has become our topic of interest in the research for mapping and defining the experience of the area.
The maps present exterior and interior accessibility, showing visual and physical access to, and within the Cañada. A segment of focus presents in a more specific way, the public-private definition as sensed through out the area.
This mapping serves to form an overview of our spatial experience of the Cañada.

Map of the Cañada (the strip)
Accessibility to the Cañada
Physical and visual accessibility
the Cañada- a sequence of conditions

Research area mappings

Personal research - Design as a mnemonic device

Memory has a strong influence on our preception of space. Taking this as a starting point, I used cinematic tools in order to express the spatial experience within a memory. This experience forms a space different from it’s phisical origins, creating links and transitions that form the narrative of the memory even if it does not corespond to the origin.
In this case the memory evolves from three visits to the same location within the Canada real, each visit forms a deeper acquaintance with the place and thus a more evolved narrative of it’s memory.
Grafical and phisical models function as maps, describing the space within the memory, and it’s different characteristics.

The spatial characteristics derived from the memory and presented through the different maps are applied on the location at hand. the location is the original place from which the memory was taken. the program is also derived in part from the memory and combines a small open air bar and a temporary shelter, both resulting from the narrative of the memory, and a Metro station, given the passing of the rail underneath the site.

Cañda Real Galiana intro clip

The cinematic expression of the spatial memory

Disassembling the mapping clip to three segments and analyzing the qualities of each segment 

Focused conclusions from one of the mapping segments