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Manifest Lisanne Alexandre


University of Alicante Architectural Projects 4 Professor Javier Sanchez Merina Student Lisanne Alexandre Team 3 - Group members Maria Helene Saether & Rafal Strzelczak 1st Semester 2015-2016




Index Introduction


Stories of houses




Original story




Team 3






Micro Architecture




Continuing the story


Technique from school




Technical drawings











This volume of the Verb series is written by Lisanne Alexandre, a student of the subject ‘Architectural Projects 4’, part of the Degree of Architecture at the University of Alicante. The subject is given by the architect and professor Javier Sanchez Merina. The author, Lisanne Alexandre, is officialy a student at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is in her 4th year of bachelor and spent the 1st semester of the academic year 2015-2016 doing her minor of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain.


Introduction This project is based on the ‘Stories of houses’ serie by Javier Sanchez Merina. You can see a citate about this serie below. The stories are all examples of homes where we can all learn from. The stories not only include information about the house, but also about the customers and their requests and needs. Without these no one would be able to understand the end result of the projects. The main object of this project is an analysis and a subsequent reinterpretation of this serie, based on one house. The customer is a person with a neurological disease. We choose La Casa de Blas and autism. Javier Sanchez Merina

“How can an architect design a house for his older sister who has just become a widow? What can an architect offer when his client, who is confined to a wheelchair, asks for a complex design that will become his world? And when art lovers offer total freedom for the design of their house? How is one to explain that the neighbours once shot at the house of the architect who now has acclaimed international prestige? This series of articles tries to give answers to questions concerning intimacies and origins of important international houses. They try to fill the gap left by so many History of Architecture books which, when neglecting these extreme personal sources, forget the multidisciplinary character of architecture. The houses analysed have been selected for their good architecture and for having been designed by a famous architect. But more than that, there is also an indispensable ingredient of having clients tell a passionate story that generates the project. Stories of Houses include information about the clients, their requests and needs, without which one cannot begin to understand the final result.” 7

Stories of houses Location of the houses in Spain







Sevilla la Nueva Madrid 8

Granada Sevilla

House Casa en Corrubedo Architect David Chipperfield

House La Casa de la Lluvia Architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg

House Can Lis Architect Jorn Utzon

House Can Feliz Architect Jorn Utzon

House House Casita para Koloni- Casa en Never Never Land haven Architect Enric Miralles

Architect Andres Jaque

House La Casa de Blas

House Casas en Barrio San Matias

Architect Alberto Campo Baeza

Architect Juan Domingo Santos

House House Casa en la Moraleja Casa del Retiro Espiritual Architect Miguel Fisac

Architect Emilio Ambasz


Criteria La casa de Blas

Alberto Campo Baeza

Sevilla al Nueva

Casa en Corrubedo

David Chipperfield


Casa en Never Never Land

Andres Jaque



Why did we choose this house? On page 10 you can see our top 3 houses from the ‘Stories of houses’ serie: La Casa de Blas, Casa en Corrubedo and Casa en Never Never Land. The things those houses have in common is the relationship they have with the surrounding nature and it are places where you can escape reality for a moment. You can have the desired freedom in these houses. Personally I also liked the main materials from these houses: concrete, steel and glass. Like the great architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said: “Less is more”, such basic materials can create amazing architecture. Which can be simple and complex at the same time. In the Casa en Never Never Land you can feel ‘young’ again for a moment, because of the playful design. It thanks it’s name from the famous story about Peter Pan in Never Land where you can never grow old. Casa en Corrubedo is a vacation house, made for a man that is always in a busy city. In this small fishermen village called Corrubedo, you can escape the chaotic life in the city and have a relaxed vacation. Both houses are very special architectural creations, but I found La Casa de Blas a little bit more interesting because of the story and symbolic thoughts behind it. Sevilla la Nueva is a little village very close to Madrid. Also as in Corrubedo you can escape the busy city in this nice and quiet town. What I found most interesting about this house is that the designing progress started with a book of poems that the client gave to the architect. I was also very touched by the symbolic thoughts behind it: the cave and the hut. How the ground level, a concrete box, can be a save cave. A thick wall of concrete to protect you from the outside. Here the landscape looks like it very far away. Then we move on to the upper level, a glass box between a steel structure. How it feels like a hut with a lookout platform. The steel structure reminds us of wood. The glass box, without frames, looks transparant and at night it even disappears. Here the nature is surrounding the concrete box and it looks like it’s very close. Where some architectural high standard houses can feel more like an art object than a home, la Casa de Blas is still a quit normal house. A place where someone can actually live day in and out. When we visited the house, everyone imagined living there. That’s what makes a house a home, that’s the beauty. 11

Original story La Casa de Blas Having a steep and “uncomfortable” site yet with a beautiful view over the horizon, a professor of literature in Madrid approached the architect, Alberto Campo Baeza, to design a house for his family where they could “listen to music”. As a present he gave the architect a beautiful book of poetry, as it were provisions for starting the design process. Thus, the client directed the architect whose world-wide reputation was recognised for his poetic treatment of natural light. With this mutual cultural understanding between the client and the architect, a house was being born where one listens to the music within the silence. A house for emotions; to forget and remember The first day that the client, Francisco de Blas, visited the architect he gave him a book of poetry from 1950 with the complete work of the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda (1902- 1963) who had been a member of the group of poets, Generation 27, with Federico García Lorca among others. Cernuda’s poetry was dense with intense emotions, describing sensitivity and love, pain and solitary, and the contrasts between the realisation of his personal desires (the wish) and the limits imposed by the world around him (reality). His most famous poem Donde habite el olvido (1932-33) describes a world where one forgets all one’s problems and in that way manages to achieve the freedom that one longs so much. This was the reading material that the professor of literature transmitted to his architect. It seemed as if Francisco de Blas wanted something more than a house, that he wanted place where emotions and reflections were part of the building material. For Campo Baeza, this was a welcoming challenge. In fact, he intended his architecture to speak poetry and in order to transmit that to his architectural students he started every lecture for his classes at the University with an opening of the poem, Auguries of Innocence by William Blake: To see a World in a grain of sand. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the Palm of your hand. And Eternity in an Hour. 12

Architect Alberto Campo Baeza Year of construction 1999-2000 Location Sevilla la Nueva, Madrid, Spain Ground floor Massive concrete structure Small windows Landscape looks far away Symbolic for a cave Upper level Transparent structure Lookout platform Close to nature and landscape Symbolic for a hut Concrete box 9m x 27m Metallic structure 6m x 15m Glass box 4,5m x 9m 13

Original story


The house in the mountain for listening to silence With these provisions, Campo Baeza went to visit the site with the client. It was to the southwest of Madrid with a wonderful view to the north towards the mountains and 3000 squares metres with a difference of 15 metres in height from bottom to the top. Despite that the client thought it very uncomfortable, the architect realised immediately that the place was perfect for the brief that the client had given him. Being so high, the surrounding houses would disappear and would leave the horizontal landscape in the distance to be enjoyed. Studying the slope, Campo Baeza decided to make a platform for the house to sit on and to divide the house into two conceptual elements: a solid concrete box sitting firmly on the ground emphasising its sense of gravity and another transparent glass box placed on the concrete box with a light and simple steel structure that almost disappears into the landscape. The perfectly carved out box contrasts with the structural qualities of the second, the viewpoint situated at the highest point of the house. They are two opposing states or qualities of how light transmit through the material; one completely opaque and the other completely open. Inside the concrete box is the programme of the house dividing the spaces so as the living areas - the four bedrooms and the living room - have a view of the framed landscape through square gaps that open out to the horizon. The effect is as if the landscape is far away from our reach in the distance. The opposite is felt in the totally transparent box on its roof where one is literally absorbed by the power of the surroundings. It is here that the inhabitant can loose all sense for the time, to listen to the sounds of the ambience, of the silence, of the music of the landscape. One recalls the effect of John Cage’s musical piece “4 minutes and 33 seconds� (1952) where the pianist sits in silence in front of the piano while the audience listen to the sounds of the surroundings. No two people listen to the silence in the same way. In fact, people are generally not educated in listening to the silence. In de Blas house one finds peace within oneself and gains freedom. The experience is deeply personal, based on reflections; forgetting and remembering and relating oneself with the environment. Francisco de Blas and Alberto Campo Baeza have made a house where its poetry helps to build another more subjective poetry of the one who perceives the place. 15

Videos About this exercise The first exercises were to make videos. The video needed to explain our top 3 choice of houses and an explaination about ourselves. The first video starts with me walking from my home in Alicante to the Centro Comercial Gran Via. As I am walking, I’m explaining about myself: who I am and what I do. After that I am going to talk about the house I liked most: La Casa de Blas and why it has my best interest. It was the first time making a movie and the program I used was iMovie. The second video needed to be an improved version of the first video. The feedback I got was that I needed to make the video more personal and that I needed to have three houses instead of only two. Also I needed to make it more a movie instad of a slideshow. The more personal part I tried to show with not only introducing myself, but also my family. I talked about more things about me, my hobbies and what my personal interests are. The three houses I choose were La Casa de Blas, Casa en Corrubedo and Casa en Never Never Land with a very short introduction about every house and what they have in common why I liked them so much. The technology isn’t that far enough, it’s at the moment a bit difficult to put a video in a booklet. The only way I know is like a flipbook, but there is not the time, nor the materials to make that. I decided to put some screenshots of the videos on the next pages. This are only some examples of the video, it is better to see the videos yourself. I’ve putted the links above the images and they only take about 1,5-2 minutes each. I thought it wouldn’t be interesting if I putted the same images twice in this chapter, but most pictures from video 1 are also in video 2.






Team 3


Maria Helene Saether



al Strzelczak

sanne Alexandre


Autism Seeing the world from a different angle Introduction

Autism is a spectrum disorder often referred to as ASD (autism spectrum disorder). This means that even though some traits or habits are the same, will the autism affect each individual different than the other. Because of this are some people with autism able to live relatively independent lives, while others need a lifetime of specialist support. Each child with an ASD will have their own pattern. Sometimes a child’s development is delayed from birth, while other times the child develops normally until they suddenly lose for example social or language skills. Others again will have a normal development until they have enough language to demonstrate some thoughts and preoccupations. For some children can the lack of language be the major symptom, while for others unusual behaviours can be the dominant factor. In general we can say that people with autism often experience over sensitivity or under sensitivity to things others find normal. This can be sounds, touches, tastes, smells, light or colours. People with autism have described that the world to them is a mass of many people, places and events, and they have trouble to make a sense of it all which can cause them anxiety. They can also have trouble understanding and relating to other people, and to take part in social activities either with friends, family or other people.


As said earlier, autism is a spectrum disorder. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s) the three main types of Autism spectrum disorder are: - Asperger’s syndrome - Pervasive developmental disorder - and Autistic disorder


Division between sexes (2012) Female Male Male Male Male

1% of world population (2014)



Can do some things very well and quickly, Difficulty in reading body languabut not tasks involving social understan- ge, facial expression and gesture ding

Displays indifference

Difficulty interacting with peers

Joins in only if adults insists and insists


Handles or spins objects


These are some symptoms of Autism at early age: 6 months - No big smiles or other joyful expressions. 9 months - No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions. 12 months - No babbling, no back-and-forth gestures (for example pointing, showing, reaching or waving). 16 months - No words being said. 24 months - No meaningful two-word phrases (this does not including imitating or repeating) Any age - any loss of speech, babbling or social skills.

People with autism often have three main areas of difficulties Difficulty with social communication For example reading another person body language, or understand their facial expressions or tone of voice. It can also be difficult for them to understand jokes and sarcasm. Difficulty with social interaction For example can people with autism have trouble recognising and/or understanding other people’s emotions and feelings, and express their own. This makes it difficult for them when socialising with other people. They might appear insensitive because they are not able to recognise what someone else is feeling, and therefore might prefer to spend time alone. They can also sometimes behave inappropriately because it is not always easy for them to express feelings, emotions or needs like other people would. This can make finding friends hard for people with autism since some may want to make friends, but are not able to express their thoughts. Difficulty with social imagination For example it can be hard for autistic people to interpret other people’s thoughts, feelings and actions, and to predict what could happen next. They can struggle with understanding the concept of danger. And they can have troubles with engage in imaginative play and activities.


Interviews This is an interview between Lisanne and Dagmar.

Basic questions What are the names and the ages of the family members? Tim, 38 years Dagmar, 39 years Jarno, 7 years Which family member has autism? Jarno What kind of autism does he/she have? (Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, autistic disorder etc.) PDD-NOS, diagnosed at age 2,5 Is he/she aware of his/hers neurological disease? Not really What kind of school does he/she goes to? Special education (SBO Het Tangram, Purmerend) Does he/she play sports or any other hobbies? No sports, huge fan of Lego and iPad (games and videos) Is he/she at himself or does he/she like to play or work with others? Both. It depends on the situation and state of mind


Questions about the house Main question: How can we as architects make it easier to live as someone with a neurological disorder? Every person with autism has his/her own issues. Talk tot them. There is no general rule to make life easier. What is his/her favourite colour? No specific favourite, it changes over time. What kind of materials will be best for the house? (No busy prints on the wall or crazy tiles for example) Our living room has one wall with a busy print, a not very organized bookshelf and 3 tables with lego. This doesn’t seem to make any difference in comparison to a clean and organized room. In his bedroom we tried to apply light colors and soft materials. And we try to keep it as neat as possible. This is the place where he has to rest (prefent overstimulation) Can the furniture be possible to move or is it better to have it at one place all the time? In my opinion it is better to keep furniture in the same place. As minor changes in the surrounding as possible. Every change can be disturbing without proper preparation. What kind of surrounding is best? (city, nature etc.) It depends on the person Any other tips? See answer of the main question.


Interviews Here you can see screenshots from the video we made about the Skype conversation between Rafal Strzelczak and Barbara Sloma.

















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Micro Architecture 1 The idea

People with autism are the same people as us, the only difference is the amount of autistic traits. No person is exactly the same and there are a lot of different types and graduations of autism. The good thing about autism is that mostly they are very good at a few things, but therefore they underdevelop other things. Someone can for example be very good at maths, but his social skills on the other hand can be poor. We tried to translate this in a 1:1 model, a micro architecture. The idea is a box. The inside represents the persons ‘own world’, the red dot will be the good part of autism, their expertise. The outside represents the rest of the world. The person inside is mostly concentrated on the red dot, because he is very good at it and likes to do it. He can look and interact with the outside world trough a small window whenever he wants, but mostly he will be concentrated at the dot. Their expertise are the best thing about them. Sometimes they are even better than people that society thinks as ‘normal’. They are really good at focussing and concentrating on that thing. They also are the people they want to be, their true selves. They don’t try to be someone else, someone they are not.


The measurements and materials

Measurements We added 10 centimeters to the measurements, because this is an average human scale. 625 + 100 = 725 875 + 100 = 925 Final box: 725 x 975 x 975 mm

Materials For materials we choose karton. We did this because the material is easy to work with and fits well with the box idea. We will use stenley knives to cut the karton and as adhesive we will use glue or tape.


Micro Architecture 2 The idea

This micro architecture is inspired by some of the positive aspects of autism. While their social skills may be poor, they often have some things they are very good and passionate about. They are also always their true selves. A person with autism is good at focusing and concentrating on that specific thing for a long period of time, which makes them very skilled in that specific area. Some can for example be very creative. First of all, this construction is designed to be a tiny space since that is what many autistic people prefer. The materials are going to be carton, and we want the person that is inside the construction to be able to draw or write something on the walls of the construction, as well as leaning against the wall while sitting. This is to encourage the person inside it to be creative and use his or her imagination while being inside the construction. The walls are built with slopes so that it is easier to draw on it, and it makes a more comfortable space to be in and to sit in. The entrance is small, so the outside world is less interesting than the inside mind of the person with autism. The idea is to stimulate the creativity. To be in a comfortable area with the chance to be really creative and concentrated. When they are inside our micro architecture they want to be in there, that’s the idea we hope for.



Workshop Sketches during the workshop


About this workshop This was a workshop given during the project class by two teachers from the university in Cyprus. During this workshop we needed to think how some subject in life has changed architecture over the years. The whole timeline was from 500 years ago till 500 years from now, 1515-2515. I was in a group with Ege Balcil, Danny Janse and Angela Shepherd Diaz. Our subject was communication. We learned a lot about this subject and also we learned about how it has affected architecture and how it could affect architecture in the future. On the left page you can see some pictures we made of the sketches during the workshop and below you can see my finished sketch: How the evolution of telephones affected architecture.

Finished sketch


Continuing the story In 1999 Francisco de Blas approached the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza. He gave him a book with the poems of Luis Cernuda. It’s a book full of intense emotions, translated in poems. The populair poem ‘Donde habite el olvido’ describes a world where one leaves aside all their problems to achieve the desired freedom. Francisco sent this poem to the architect and it was clear that he wanted something more than just a house. He wanted a home where emotions and thoughts were considered as part of the construction material. The house refers to a cave and opposite to a hut. In 2000 the house was finished and Francisco moved to it together with his girlfriend Sara. In 2002 they decided to get married and in 2003 their firstborn Pablo came to the world. They were very happy with the three of them, but they also liked to expand a little bit more later. A few years later there dream came true and Sara got pregnant again. In 2006 Diego was born, but unfortunately he has a severe form of autism. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication. Also with some forms it can happen that there is a restricted and repetitive behaviour. But that’s something which develops over the years. The first few months they didn’t notice anything different about Diego than they had with Pablo. But then the differences started to notice.. By 12 months: no babbling and no gesturing like pointing and waving. By 16 months: no single words. By 24 months: no two-word phrases. And as the time went by, they could see that Diego has a loss of any language or social skill. He would have that for the rest of his life, at any age. Although they found it hard, they made the best of their lives together. Gladly Diego his favourite colour is green, whenever he would go bad, they could just sit him in front of the glass and he would go calm again. Unless till now, 2015. Diego is 9 now and living with him gets harder everyday. They are having contact with different psychiatrics in the surrounding, but they also wanted to ask us, as architects, how we could make there lives any easier. Not only for the sake of Diego, but also for there own and there son Pablo, who gets mostly forgotten.



Technique from school


Revit Architecture + Navisworks Study

Since I am studying the construction of buildings and not architecture, I hadn’t good examples of designing techniques from my university. A few things I do: - calculating the costs of the whole building - making a schedule of the building, how long it takes to built - giving the architect advise about the details and materials


A project in the first block of the 2nd year. We we’re working not only with architecture, but also with building economics and civil engineering. The attempt was to learn working with different studies in 1 project and develop our teambuilding. The project was a piece of land near the Amstel in Amsterdam. In short: the architects designed the buildings, the engineer calculated the structure, the urban planners designed the urban planning, the civil engineers designed the bridges and the building economics calculated everything. We worked in Revit Architecture and Revit Civil. The building economics putted everything togheter in Navisworks. In Navisworks you could see where there were clashes in the final product. We had to solve all the clashes, put it back togheter, solve the clashes etc.

Final product

This is the final product. Since it was just at the beginning of year 2, the design is very simple. Also it was very difficult to work togheter with 9 people from 3 different studies.


Drawing 1 About this exercise

The first drawing was about a special technique from school. The technique I uploaded is Revit Architecture. It’s a program to not only draw 3D-models, but also attach it to the program Navisworks and make plannings, calculations and everything in one file. In this program every person can work at the same file at the same time. Like the architect, the urban planner, the civil engineer, the construction company and the calculator. Since the example of this technique took a project group of 9 people 7 weeks, I have done another technique. The technique came to my mind while searching information about the Blas House and it’s surrounding nature.


When we place a building somewhere, the nature there will get destroyed. But there will be still nature around the building and we will appreciate it very much. The Blas House in Sevilla la Nueva, Madrid, is also surrounded by a green fabric of nature. We can see this nature, feel the nature, smell the nature and touch the nature. Why not only see a drawing, but also feel, smell and touch it?

Video of the process

The drawing

On the other page you can see the before setting and the final product. I used different materials I found on the campus and around my home in Alicante.



Drawing 2


About this exercise

For this exercise we needed to choose a normal action in a house. For us, people without any diseas, it may seem like an normal, not relevant action. But for people with a neurological disease, some of these actions can be a total nightmare. I had a lot of trouble finding an action, since I don’t see autism as a disease, but more as a disorder. Every person in the world is a little autistic. I thought about the senses and the way of looking and thinking, but I couldn’t come up with anything. For people in a wheelchair, taking the stairs can be an example. For people with parkinsons, walking with expensive teacups. But for autism? Then I thought about birthday party’s and how it can be difficult for poeple with autism. Some families try to make it as best as possible, but the idea of a party is changed. What is we can use architecture to make this better?


The action that I drew is a birthday party at home. For most people a birthday party is something to look out for, something you are counting the days for. But for some people with autism (since every person is different) can a birthday party be terrible. They want to have there own private and save territory and when a lot of people are coming over, that territory isn’t that save and private anymore. Also the other family members have a lot of trouble with this, because they cannot enjoy the party like others. In this drawing, everyone is having fun and dancing, except for the person with autism even though it’s his birthday.


I used Photoshop for this drawing. Different filters, color-techniques and picture overlays were used for this. The background picture is a picture I took by myself when we’ve visited the Blas House in our Madrid trip. That’s also the case with the art work over it, you can find it in the living room of the house. The other pictures are from Google and I adjusted them to fit in the drawing. I tried to show the person with autism like the famous artwork called ‘Scream’. I changed the color and the setting. 43

Drawing 3 Proposal 1 This idea is a result from my last drawing about a person with autism on his own birthday party. For people with autism a birthday party can feel terrible, because of the chaos and the amount of visitors. With this new solutions in architecture I try to make a birthday party for someone with autism can be more comfortabel and pleasant. It’s amazing that we can try to achieve this through architecture. The best place for a birthday party is in my opinion the terrace, so that’s where I have worked on.


The first solution is to make a changeable decoration curtain. During the year, there will be only be some small sections visible. This won’t be a problem for the view. The idea is to have some curtain sliding there over the whole width of the roof. In the length it will be like 4 total. On the slidings the decorations can be placed, such like balloons, flags and ribbons to name some. Because of this idea, the decorations can be placed at the same exact way and location every year. Then the decoration is one chaotic thing taken away, so the person with autism can enjoy his own birthday party better.


This detail shows a vertical section in the roof. The opening for the sliding will be 50mm width x 50 mm height, over the whole width of the roof. There will be a sliding placed such as a curtain sliding, really simple and plain, but with a great solution. 44


In red we can see the placement of the sliders. There are 4 sliders, each 6m in length.

Final drawing

The original terrace drawing is made by Rafal Strzelczak. I used photoshop to add my railings to show what the effect will be in real life.


Drawing 3 Proposal 2 This idea is to create a private and comfortable space, like our microarchitecture. It will be placed on the terrace, so the person can still be at the party. But when they feel to stressed, they can rest a bit and enjoy the nature around the Blas house. Since the person with autism is a child, I thought about making a slide to the swimmingpool and combine this idea with our microarchitecture. Also when the child grows up, the slide can still be providable: who doesn’t love a slide?


First I made a really simple slide, but later I added some sort of wave into the slope. Because of the limited space, I’ve made a short version. Below the slide there is an intimate, small space. I made the forms look ergonomic, they are based on the human scale.


The material of the slide is concrete, so it looks like it comes straight from the concrete terrace. For the upper part of the slide, where the kids will slide from, will be put a thin layer of rubber. This so that the kids wel slide safe, without hurting themselves.



Technical drawings Ground floor

Upper level


Legend Bedroom Bathroom Game room/relax room Kitchen Living room Pool Other function



Technical drawings Elevations




Technical drawings Details

Legend Concrete Steel column Steel anchoring Slope 1%-5%

V1 V5




Detail V4 Name of map : Column detail

B a s i c


C o n s t r u c t i o n

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S y s t e m s


Alexandre, Lisanne; Canovas Bernabeu, Nuria; Strzelczak, Raf al




Presentation Our posters and micro architecture


About the pink party On the 18th of December a ‘pink party’ had been host for the projectgroups of architecture. The idea was to presentate our best work to the students and teachers from the other classes and then visit all the other classes, watch and listen to their presentations. After all the presentations we’ve had some drinks and food with all the students and teachers, as you can see on the left. On the left page you can see our posters and micro architecture and below you can see a picture which is made during the presentation in our classroom.



Reflection Evaluation of the group work At the beginning we had some complications, but in the end I am happy with my projectgroup and teammembers. In tthe first week we made groups in the Basic Construction Systems class. I was put in a group with another student, but unfortunately she didn’t follow the Architectural Projects 4 class. Then in the next week Rafal was added to the group. At this poin twe needed one person more to complete the group, finally this was Maria. From this point some work was individually and some was group work. Below I made a list of all the exercises: Video 1 Individually Lisanne Video 2 Individually Lisanne Story Groupwork Lisanne, checked by Rafal and Maria Information disease Groupwork Maria, checked by Rafal and Lisanne Workshop Individually Lisanne Interviews Groupwork Rafal and Lisanne, checked by Maria Technique Individually Lisanne Drawing 1 Individually Lisanne Drawing 2 Individually Lisanne Micro architecture Groupwork Lisanne, Rafal and Maria Drawing 3 Individually Lisanne, drawing 3.1 terrace setting by Rafal

Important arguments and discussions The most important arguments and discussions we made were the ones with the tutorials on Tuesday with our teacher. Another very interesting discussion has been our brainstorm session after the irst micro architecture. We have been sitting with paper in the room for a few hours, drawing and talking with eachother. Finally we talked a lot with eachother using Facebook Messenger when we were not together at the university. Ofcourse then we also had some discussions about the project plans and ideas together. 56


Manifest Conclusion First I want to say that the subject has been a total different project than the architectural projects at my school, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We’ve never done a project with a special client, like someone with a neurological disease. We not only learned more about autism, the neurological disease we’ve chosen, but we also learned a lot about how to translate this with architectural elements and details. The goal was to understand a disease and to not feel sorry anymore for people with these neurological diseases. Also we needed to make the translation with architecture. I think the first part is completely achieved, but I think with more time we could’ve have gone a little further beyond our limits with the architectural part, the drawing 3. In my opinion it was very interesting to do a project like this, even though it was quiet frustrating sometimes. For example the micro architectures and the final drawings. At this point I want to thank my teacher Javier Sanchez Merina for keeping us going further and my project mates Rafal Strzelczak and Maria Helene Saether. Finally, I really liked the opportunity that this subject gave us: traveling in Spain. We didn’t only see the main touristic attractions during this trips, but also more things, normal tourists won’t ever see. In Madrid we had the chance to go to Sevilla la Nueva and visit the Blas House, guided by the architect Alberto Campo Baeza and the owner. I want to thank these people for letting our class inside the house, give us a lot of information and we could take all the pictures we needed. In Barcelona we did the Open House tour, guided by an architect and friend of our teacher. We’ve been in special office buildings, normally closed for public. We also have had special lectures and seen some interesting exhibitions in musea. Beside all this, we enjoyed these trips a lot. We had so much fun discovering the spanish culture and I am very thankful for that, my dear classmates. I want to thank you, the reader, for taking the time to read my manifest. I hope you enjoyed it. Lisanne Alexandre 58






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Pictures of La Casa de Blas

Pictures from the videos

Lisanne Alexandre, Alicante

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Lisanne Alexandre, Sevilla la Nueva

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Angela Shepherd Diaz, SevillalaNueva

Autism pictogram

Picture of an iPad made of Lego

SBO Het Tangram Logo

Drawing micro architecture 1

Rafal Strzelczak, Alicante



Pictures human scale

Book: De menselijke maat.


Lisanne Alexandre, UA

Technical drawing

Lisanne Alexandre, UA

Picture micro architecture 2

Lisanne Alexandre, UA

Drawings micro architecture 2

Rafal Strzelczak, Alicante


Rafal Strzelczak, UA

Technical drawing

Lisanne Alexandre, UA

Workshop sketches

Workshop group, Alicante

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Danny Janse, Sevilla la Nueva

Technique from school

Project group 220 HvA, Amsterdam

Drawings 1, 2 and 3

Lisanne Alexandre, Alicante / UA

Technical drawings

Team 3 BCS, Alicante

Presentation posters

Team 3 AP4, Alicante

Picture pink party

Lisanne Alexandre, UA

Picture presentation in class

Angela Shepherd Diaz, UA

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Lisanne Alexandre, Sevilla la Nueva

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Lisanne Alexandre, Sevilla la Nueva

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Manifiesto’s from the blog 1, 2 and 3

Students from the blog 1, 2 and 3

De menselijke maat. The human scale. & ir.D.Leever-van der Burgh. Delftse Universitaire Pers. (1980)


Architectural Projects 4 University of Alicante 2015-2016

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