SENSING CITIES. ENTRE LOS LÍMITES DIFUSOS DEL ARTE Y LA ARQUITECTURA / Sensing cities. Between the diffuse limits of Art and Architecture




Palabras clave:

arte, arquitectura, ciudad, paisaje, “expanded field”, espacio público / art, architecture, city, landscape, expanded field, public space


RESUMEN La ciudad es el espacio neurálgico del sujeto contemporáneo, sin embargo la forma en que las ciudades se planifican, crecen, o se destruyen parecen estar al margen de las manifestaciones o sensibilidades del individuo; muchos de los lugares por los que transitamos se han convertido en lugares inhóspitos, habiendo perdido la ciudad su carácter simbólico y como consecuencia de la globalización también ha perdido su identidad. Nos preguntamos si puede el arte constituir una sustancia que amalgame estas patologías de nuestras ciudades modernas y abra puertas a expectativas que se acerquen a un entendimiento de la ciudad como escenario humano, donde el espacio público, el espacio natural o el paisaje serán lugares desde los que hacer ciudad.
Proponemos la arquitectura, el arte y la vida, como formas de conocimiento que se esconden entre las ideas y el modo en que éstas se expresan y donde encontrar nuevos argumentos para un proyecto de ciudad. Este texto hace un recorrido por los límites difusos entre estos campos desde los años 60 hasta la actualidad, centrándonos en algunos ejemplos que nos sirven para establecer una conversación entre ellos con objeto de su traslación a la ciudad, y así recuperar su uso por los habitantes y, especialmente, el espacio público como lugar donde sus habitantes puedan expresar su creatividad.

SUMMARY The city is the vital space for the contemporary individual, however the way in which cities are planned, grow and are destroyed seems to be outside of of the manifestations and sensibilities of the citizens: many of the places that we pass through have become inhospitable, as the city has lost its symbolic character and, as a consequence of globalisation, has also lost its identity. We wonder if art can be the thing that amalgamates these diseases of our modern cities and opens doors to expectations that approach an understanding of the city as human stage, where public spaces, natural spaces and the landscape will be places from which to make a city.
We propose architecture, art and life as forms of awareness that are hidden between ideas and the way that they are expressed, and where we can find new arguments for a city project. This text explores the diffuse limits of these fields, from the sixties until the present day, focussing on some examples that will help us establish a conversation between them with the aim of translating them to the city, and thus recovering their use for its inhabitants and, especially, of public space as a place where the inhabitants can express their creativity.


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Biografía del autor/a



M.Arch. Esther Díaz Caro · RIBA CHARTERED MEMBER

Born in Seville, Spain, 1972.


1998 Architecture School of Seville. University of Seville. Graduate+Masters.

Full time at University. Final Qualifying project. (Qualification that is recognised under the European Directive 2005/36/EC).

1998-2001 Postgraduate studies. Department of Architectural Design. ´Design of The Contemporary City´. Architecture School of Seville. University of Seville.

 2002  Diploma of Advanced Studies. (DEA).Department of Architectural Design. ´Design of The Contemporary City´. Architecture School of Seville. University of Seville.

 1998-2000 Colaborator. Architectural Design Department. Architecture School of Seville. University of Seville.

2001-2002 Contract Research. Architectural Design Department. Architecture School of Seville. University of Seville.

2013 Doctoral Thesis. “En torno a la ciudad contemporánea”. -About the contemporary city- (In progress).

 2014 RIBA Chartered Member 


Register Nº:4.343. Seville Order of Architects. Spain. (Architects Registration Board).

Together with Francisco J. Basallote Neto founded SVQ Arquitectura, Ciudad, Paisaje y Territorio S.L.P.  in 2008.Owner - Director at SVQ ARQUITECTURA. Principal Architect and Project Manager.

My education and experience include everything from design to technician, architecture to engineer and,  with a deep understanding of the building process, I can oversee the entire process from start to finish.  I am capable of adapting to different and complex situations; from creative design to technical, efficient and sustainable projects, from small to large scale; from objects to furniture; from urban planning to landscape. This complete control over the entire construction is evident in my work undertaken in collaboration with Cruz & Ortiz Architect as well as the more recent high end residential houses in the Historical Centre in Seville completed in 2012 and which featured in Diseño Interior magazine.

Among my commissions in the firm SVQ Arquitectura, I usually manage the general arrangements, planning, contract review, liaising with clients, seeking cost efficiencies in delivering the projects and overall budget control. I also lead my projects in terms of ‘place creation’, overseeing marketing and developing the communications plan as well as developing relationships with trade press, magazines and making the most of the web. Our own corporate website is also a personal project.

I have worked for private and public clients such as the Andalusian Government and the Architectural Association from various regions of Spain, in the development of works as Project Director.

I have also extensive experience as curator and designer in exhibitions, working principally for public clients, such as the Seville Council or the Architectural Association of Seville and Cádiz. For example: the “Architectural Award Sánchez Estevez - Torres Clavé” Exhibition, organized by the Architectural Association of Cádiz, or the “Plaza de la Encarnación. Evolución urbana”,  exhibition organized by the Architectural Association of Seville, Spain.


- First Prize in Architecture Competition “Ordenación del espacio denominado Cerro del Alcázar y su entorno en Baeza, Jaén” -Landscape and architectural design of the space dubbed “Cerro del Alcázar” in Baeza, Spain. Co-author Architects:  María Arboledas Cique y Alfredo Garrido Ferrer. 2002. Promoter: Andalusian Government.

- Selected new work Ephemeral-itinerant-exhibitor Pavilion for the book and exhibition “Panorama Emergente Iberoamericano”. Bienal Iberoamericana. 2004. Promoter by the Ministerio de Vivienda y fomento de la Arquitectura. Spanish Government.            


1. Spanish: Native Speaker. (C2 Common European Framework of Languages)

 2. English:.  Full professional proficiency (working for C1 certificate in Common European Framework of Languages)      

B2 Certificate in Common European Framework of Languages

C1 Attended to two academic courses            



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Cómo citar

Díaz Caro, E. (2016). SENSING CITIES. ENTRE LOS LÍMITES DIFUSOS DEL ARTE Y LA ARQUITECTURA / Sensing cities. Between the diffuse limits of Art and Architecture. Proyecto, Progreso, Arquitectura, (14), 28–39.