Prefabrication and landscape: Towards a transformation of meanings
Montevideo, Uruguay

The book “Prefabrication and Landscape: Towards a transformation of Meanings” reflects upon the research awarded by Vilamajó Awards 2015, organized by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University from the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay.

★ Awarding Mention July Vilamajó 2015


The research begins with the work created by Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer in 1979 called ‘Landscape as an Attitude’.

This particular self-portrait presents the face of an artists which becomes a sinuous landscape. Or we could express it the other way around, in this landscape photo, we discover that the topography of this idyllic landscape is the authors own facial features. The traditional deep-rooted villa, conformed by a collection of factory pieces, finds itself in a fragile and seductive instability before an imminent shake is posed by the substrate on which the land is supported.

This is how a rich confrontation of meanings around contemporary notions of landscape and its relationship with man is presented, the author & user and nature & tradition, leaving us with multiple answers and a fruitful series of questions which help us reflect upon our discipline.

Similarly, this essay addresses a possible analysis for MINIMOD project through three key points: (1) from the notion of a primitive hut to an optimistic retreat, (2) from a tree trunk to digital wood, (3) eppur si muove, from house as a property to house as a piece of furniture.


Authors: Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Diego Morera
Editorial design: MAPA
Financial support: CSIC, Programa de Apoyo a Publicaciones, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

This book was published with support from the Sectoral Commission for Scientific Research (CSIC) from University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay.