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Las Heras: An Imagined Future. Stories of an Emerging World

Will Alsop
2017 The Plan Journal  
The estate Las Heras lies close to Girona in Spain. I was taken there by my client, in the form of a mystery tour. We arrived at a large house within 350 hectares. I felt instant affinity to this place before leaving the car. I asked my client: "Why did you buy this?" He answered: "...that is YOUR project -to tell ME!" The land exuded a sense of place which appeared irrational. Time and neglect had taken its toll on the main house and work began to repair the building. The estate has a long and
more » ... tate has a long and tumultuous history; the past informs the present and creates context for the experience of the place. The future required a possible description. A narrative (novella) was an indulgence that allowed exploration of what might happen in the formation of the place. The book exists as a plan, a gazetteer volume of information, and a cookbook, intended to stimulate and encourage. The emerging project's starting point is as an educational resource for anyone; particularly for architectural and art institutions.
doi:10.15274/tpj.2017.02.01.02 fatcat:6pn6idoi5rao7iw5lsmju2h4kq