This workshop with students of architecture from the IE School of Architecture and Design will look at and map the city of Segovia. We will investigate the city’s specific structures of urban development as well as implicit and explicit expressions of property and ownership of buildings, spaces and places. In doing so, we aim to explore and unravel forms and materialities of urban organisation, policies and politics of development, types of ownership as well as ways and means of using, maintaining and appropriating the land on which those buildings or spaces exist over and through time.
The starting point for those investigations, which will make use of primary data (field work, interviews, conversations, observations, etc.) as well as secondary data (already published books, articles, maps and other material), will be an engagement with Segovia’s boundary line – a line that, at the same time, seems clearly demarcated as well as ever shifting. This line, and what happens along it – right and left, up and down – marks a field that is both spatial as it is political. It explicates and contrasts conditions that could be described as ‘urban’ and ‘agricultural’, ‘served’ and ‘serving’, ‘consuming’ and ‘producing’, ‘built’ and ‘unbuilt’, ‘making’ and ‘unmaking’. It also inscribes and encompasses real and imagined values, ambitions and possibilities that are imprinted into the landscape by a diverse set of actors.
Investigating a series of nodes along this boundary line, we will be working with and will be making visible those relationships, affairs and networks and will, eventually, create drawings / maps / collages of those conditions that make the city and the landscape that surround it.