The Open Project: Reflections on Obsolescence.

Since the beginning of modernity, the architect's social and cultural context has been increasingly tending towards transformation. This constant change, as well as the acceleration of modernity, means that every building faces a future obsolescence due to the external parameters to which it is subjected; varying programmatic needs, the arrival of new technologies, changes in context as well as the demands of climatic, safety and urban regulations. The architectural project will never be fixed, but is forced to constantly adapt to dynamic and fluctuating circumstances.

Considering these factors, and accepting the need to conceive the project as an open process that can incorporate the indeterminate and unpredictable parameters that will have an impact in the future, Materia Arquitectura # 18 seeks to address the conception of the open project. This project is one that understands the obsolescence of its parts and functions and accepts the possibility of transformation as part of its own nature. Thus, several approaches to the open project are proposed; from the project itself and its possible versatility to the flexibility of those elements and factors that define its existence. We will reflect on how modernity has forced architects to explore new paths, among those, the open project, a concept from which the architect can confront the inevitable obsolescence of the architectural work.


To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA authors should submit their works to: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> with the subject: “Open Call MA #18”

MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:

THEMATIC DOSSIER: Essays, research, articles. It has a thematic character (see I. Call for Papers) and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:

  • Manuscript between 2,500-3,500 words in length
  • Abstract: maximum length 100 words.
  • Five keywords.
  • Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.
  • Author´s biodata, 100 words maximum.
  • Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 dpi).
  • All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.
  • Plans (format: DWG).

ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICISM: Critical review of architectural works and projects.

  • Text: maximum length 1,000 words.
  • Technical data.
  • Architectural drawings (.dwg), photographs and renders (300 dpi)

 GRAPHIC REPORT: Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.

  • Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.
  • 8 to 20 images (300 dpi)
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MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is a semiannual publication about architecture, edited by the School of Architecture of Universidad San Sebastián since 2009. As a record, dissemination, and reference tool, the journal intends to widen the knowledge of the discipline from a critical perspective, aiming at the opening of new discourses of contemporary architecture.
MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is open to the whole academic and professional community, national and international. The journal has a special interest in publishing works on the theoretical research and practical production of current architecture in Latin America.
MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is indexed in ESCI WoS (Web of Science), Latindex Catalog, Avery Index y several databases.
MATERIA ARQUITECTURA has been recently awarded the Second International Prize for Architecture Journals in the XXI Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito (BAQ 2018).
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