Publishing as a research process.
Editing the third period of the magazine Neutra was understood as a process of collective research focused on the relationship between architecture and the city.
The four issues published have the city as their background theme, interpreted as a complex phenomenon which finds its cohesiveness in the intangible and difficult definition of what constitutes the urban element. As it is an open territory, the city transcends its iconic status in order to assume a geographic complexity. In this scenario it is not possible to detach it from its architectural condition. The different fields of the profession must assimilate it as a support for practice with all its consequences, while understanding its potential for exploration in search of new tools to incorporate into the wide range of instruments the architect already possesses.
The subject matter for each issue was chosen in accordance with its capacity for synthesis, and to centre the debate on the urban element. As a whole, and owing to the visit to different physical and imagined territories in the city, a common discourse was established which begun by claiming the right to the city and the architect’s obligation to take part, along with other agents, in the construction of this awareness.
The issues published were: Neutra 14: city→port, Neutra 15: city→re, Neutra 16: city→fiesta!, and Neutra 17: city→post-periphery.