Location: Villarino de los Aires, Salamanca (Spain)
Framework: International Festival of Art and Construction (IFAC)
The first edition of IFAC, International Festival of Art and Construction, was held in Villarino de los Aires, in Salamanca in 2012, for 10 days, in which 20 Workshops were held, with the participation of 200 people.
n’UNDO led one of them, where possible interventions for the improvement of the village’s environment were investigated through Redo and Undo strategies. During different days, research work was carried out focusing on the cultural heritage of Villarino and on possible subtraction interventions, which, in the opinion of the neighbours, could improve the built and inhabited environment of the place. This diagnosis was developed through participation workshops and the review of historical documentation.
The result was the verification that two of the main signs of identity of Villarino, the public fountains and the private wine cellars -located inside the houses- were not only losing their use, but were also being lost in the memory of the inhabitants. On the other hand, a wall-built years ago at the Plaza Mayor to provide it with greater visual and scenic unity, had turned what was once an alley into a dead end where waste accumulated.
Following a previous methodology, developed by n’UNDO, in which the diagnosis of problems becomes a matrix of opportunities and proposals, the students in the workshop began to give visibility to both problems in order to raise awareness among the neighbourhood and promote policies for conservation or, in the case of the wall, for its dismantling.
All the doors of the houses with wine cellars and fountains were marked, and two maps were drawn on the public-school playground, one of the whole municipality and one of the town centre, where cellars and fountains were also located.
On the wall that was closing the access alley to the Plaza Mayor, the name of the Colaguina was drawn, visible from the centre of the square, and a brick was removed as a symbolic action that allowed the visual connection between street and square, and which was intended to serve as an invitation to the town council to continue the work of demolishing the wall and return the exit and life to the alley.