Many Spanish cities had from the fifties a thrilling history, with growth indices similar to those associated today with China and South East Asia, with exponential growth of the population over few decades
However, the first phases of this explosion also brought forth serious side-effects. The design of the homes and neighborhoods intimately corresponded with their inhabitants
The small and thin bodies of the malnourished inhabitant’s of the time is reflected in the general anemia of the architecture that housed them…
…in the shortage of square meters, the lack of proper insulation and services, and the urgency of an urban design of mere subsistence
The children of the first inhabitants have grown and are taller, stronger, and healthier, than their parents. They have also grown used to own their bodies, which they can change and modify at will, through sports or any extent of surgery
But this past is one that seems to resist, in its architecture, to disappear or update itself. The families’ growing needs produce clear symptoms of sickness to it, like the ever present tumor-like occupation of terraces, among others
We propose a rehabilitation program for these neighborhoods by means of expanding the homes and buildings: Architecture goes to the gym!! We are developing a computer program called AMMPLIO, which will present guide-plans for urban growth and transformation within entire districts