Urban Army: The City Warrior

Model: Yumiko Chiba: architect and model

Photographer: Anxo Orois

This is the first part of a series of photographs of a project that depicts the metaphoric struggle through which the “regular” citizen makes their way through life; by putting their war shoes on and gallantly marching forward in the battle of the Survival of the Fittest.

The project draws on various aspects of historic influences, such as those of conquests, the specific attire adopted for such quests and how they have evolved to suit our daily needs and aesthetic tastes in the 21st century.

Being an architect and an avid arbiter of spaces, built and unbuilt, I thought it was important to bring elements of architecture and urban landscapes into the photographs to complement this marriage of the historic and the contemporary. Seeing as the very societies in which we thrive are merely products of a sequence of historic events, and the prosperity of kingdoms built upon war efforts that allowed for the construction of our grand cities, architecture is the link that connects our present to our past.

Today, I’m going to take you to some parts of Madrid Rio Park.

Camouflage. First massively used an essential tactical guise in WW1, with the intention of crypsis or mimicry.

It’s all about pattern ! We can clearly see the similarity of the intentional rythmic patterns of each element in the scenes; the progressive repetition of alternating splashes of shades of green of the dress, and the fixed repeated geometric pattern of the bridge’s structural composition reflected in that of the stockings. It is easy to see from this, and throughout history that we are creatures of repetition, for we tend to find comfort in regularity. Even though we find ourselves so far removed from the battlefieds of Verdun, still, wearing the camouflage that was once used to protect those soldiers in the trenches, we find a sense of serenity in the forest of green profiles that make up the Puente del Principado de Andorra.

Puente del Principado de Andorra
Es uno de los nuevos puentes singulares del proyecto. Está construido por jaulas de perfiles abiertos, de expresividad algo arcaica, que toma como referencia las estructuras ferroviarias sobre los desfiladeros boscosos que se construyeron en Europa y Estados Unidos a finales de siglo XIX. Antes conocido como Puente Y, en julio de 2011 se le cambió de nombre al actual de Principado de Andorra, para agradecer al gobierno de Andorra la construcción del Puente de Madrid en Andorra la Vieja.2 Se escogió este puente para nombrarlo como Principado de Andorra porque representa también la geografía de Andorra: el país pirenaico está formado por dos valles, el del Valira del Norte y el del Valira de Oriente, los cuales confluyen en Escaldes-Engordany y se convierten en uno solo, de nombre Gran Valira. Esta disposición de los valles y sus ríos es similar a una Y.

Extract from here.

In fashion, many major designers have designed street wear through the use of camouflage style and symbolism, and military clothing or imitations of it.
The role of uniform is not only to hide each soldier, but also to identify friend from foe. Issue of the “Frogskin” uniforms to US troops in Europe during the Second World War was halted as it was too often mistaken for the German Waffen-SS uniform.[84] Camouflage uniforms need to be made and distributed to a large number of soldiers. The design of camouflage uniforms therefore involves a tradeoff between camouflaging effect, recognizability, cost, and manufacturability.[2]
Armies facing service in different theatres may need several different camouflage uniforms. Separate issues of temperate/jungle and desert camouflage uniforms are common. Patterns can to some extent be adapted to different terrains by adding means of fastening pieces of vegetation to the uniform. Helmets often have netting covers; some jackets have small loops for the same purpose.[2] Being able to find appropriate camouflage vegetation or in other ways modify the issued battle uniform to suit the local terrain is an important skill for infantry soldiers.[6]

Extract taken from here.

Puentes Cáscara
Son dos puentes gemelos construidos con una lámina de 15 cms. de hormigón autonivelante que forma una superficie con doble curvatura, de la que cuelga el tablero. Se conciben como dos pabellones a los que acceder para cruzar el río. Su bóveda se ha ornamentado con un mosaico creado por el artista Daniel Canogar.

Extract taken from here.