So, put the kettle on, get the biscuits out and put your feet up for half and hour. Watch the inspiring story of Santiago Cirugeda - an architect driven to construct, rebuild, inspire, empower, educate and above all act. The video documentary is in Spanish with English subs.
Santiago is an open source architect that tries to respond to his environment, his neighbourhood and the needs of his city. He aims to inform, deconstruct and empower throughout the process of construction. More than any of this, he is an architect with a simple and honest vision. He is ordinary man in a world that likes to think of itself as special. Santaigo's example gleefully breaks down such nonsense.
Watch the video and take inpsiration from the philosophy and work of this provocative man - and before you condemn him for working illegally, remember 2 things:
- How many people have you known to build, buy, and reform houses illegally. (Be honest)
- Seth Godin says "don't wait for permission", so if he isn't why not Santaigo?
Santiago On the Setas in Seville.
"I've never been there and I never want to," he says, looking out from his own rooftop towards it, "it represents ... a performance architecture, where money seems to be so important ... Architects don't care, they want to make their works of art, their enormous piles of **** - that's all," he says.