Biennale Architettura 2016
La Biennale di Venezia
Pabellón español
Spanish pavilion

United territories of Failand

Lucía Andreu, Ramón Cuesta, Clara González

United territories of Failand
Lucía Andreu, Ramón Cuesta, Clara González

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In 2016, the international community takes in consideration every urban plot ever developed and then forgotten, every unfinished construction, all the sumptuous buildings in our
cities that were never used and, in general, every territory failed in an urban, ecological, economical or social way. We conclude that all these territories have reached the
limit of a mistaken and corrupt process and therefore find themselves on a position of irreversible paralysis. The only possible solution is to explore completely new approaches, a path away from our current system. That is why the microstate of Failand is created, a new virtual statement to gather and consolidate all the failed territories as one, under a common national identity , with the purpose of making the conflict visible and finding collective sollutions from an unprejudiced , decontextualized and global perspective.
Estate Basis
1// Those territories that acomplish any of the failure requirements especified on the document “Diplomatic Relations” will be annexed to the microstate by being included on the “member territories archive”. Failand is both divided and centralised.
2// The appointed land properties will be demarcated and registered as “Territories of Failand”, and as such, will be subject to the laws of this new homeland, remaining temporarily away from corruption and speculation in search for a new development proposal.
3// The Reinsertion Commission of Failand and the international community will be responsible for recommending suitable proposals for the development of the member territories, which once evaluated and subjected to internal suffrage, will culminate in the transfer of the proposed territories that will no longer appear on the website as part of the microstate Failand. Failand intends to be a judgmental tool that reflects a complex urban and social situation of its moment, leaving a solid evidence of political mismanagement, demographic movements, different urban plans and their consequences. The map of Failand is in constant change: it will expand in case of the emergence of new urban failures, which must be immediately annexed; and decrease whenever effective solutionsare taken to prevent paralysisCustoms and Diplomatic Relations Failand will proceed to the immediate annexation of the territories that fulfil some of the following criteria.
1// Economic/Legal Failure Those territories without planning permission, whose permission has been cut off or stopped. Construction works or urban plans under a legal process because of corruption. Plots of land or building works without the economic feasibility to be taken place in the agreed deadline.
2// Ecological Failure
Pieces of land declared as an ecological or environmental disaster. Those pieces of land burned, poisoned or harmed in some way with the aim of a posible redesignation. Every natural soil where any illegal activitie may have lead into the loss of animal and plant life.
3// Social Failure
Uninhabited or abandoned territories due to a migratory movement from rural to urban cities. Overpopulated territories with some risks and lacking of resources or unhygienic conditions. Every illegal settlement with permanent population.
4// Urban Failure
Developed territories with a lack of adaptation to their surroundings owing to scale issues, urban planning or location. Unfinished construction works whose building techniques may endangered the life of the people nearby. Buildings or facilities that have proved to be unsustainables in long term and have no use nowadays.


United Territories Of Failand

Lucía Andreu Gómez, Ramón Cuesta González-De la Aleja, Clara González Fernández