11 books that have inspired Architecture In Development
Monday 22 September 2014
*contributed by Architecture in Development

We have been inviting our insightful members, collaborators and partners to recommend books to our online bookstore - must-read, practical, thought-provoking books to learn about the history and to inspire the future of sustainable community practice

Why housing the poor is not solving poverty
Thursday 18 September 2014
*contributed by Shareen Elnaschie (visit profile page)

A community in Manila, where many suffer from depression, reminds us that architecture is only part of the solution to creating healthy, sustainable communities and that we mustn't forget the invisible systems. Reported by Shareen Elnaschie of DRRlab.

 

10 examples to learn about the next generation architecture
Monday 8 September 2014
*contributed by Changfang Luo (visit profile page)

image courtesy of Archintorno

Today's architectural discourses are increasingly questioning the status quo of the current design and planning practice, and the role of designers and planners. So how should we then move forward and transcend the current modes of thinking? As architects, planners, and global citizens, what are the ways we can make improvements to the social, economic and environmental challenges with respect to local culture, climate and economy?

Redesigning the practice of architecture to reach the 95%
Tuesday 2 September 2014
*contributed by Enoch Sears

"Develop prototypical solutions that can be adapted by local communities in very different clients and very different cultures to meet their needs. It's customizable by local communities, but it's available to the masses." - an interview with Thomas Fisher, a Professor of Architecture and the Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota

Practicing social design: Lab.Pro.Fab
Wednesday 13 August 2014
*contributed by Alan Kadduri (visit profile page)

"The level of innovation and civic engagement in South America continues to surprise me, or should I say impress me, since the continent is full of great initiatives, which has received far too little attention and recognition in my part of the world", an elaborated case study about the Venezuelan practice LAB.PRO.FAB (Project and Fabrication Laboratory) and their socio-cultural architectural practice. Reported by Alan Kadduri.

 

Treasure Hill Symbiotic Settlement
Tuesday 17 June 2014
*contributed by YT LIN (visit profile page)

Treasure Hill Symbiotic Settlement has marked an important stage of bottom-up place-making in Taipei over the past decade. After preservation and restoration, this informal settlement where veterans accommodated themselves in self-constructed houses has transformed into a Symbiotic Settlement with original inhabitants and artist in residence. Read the whole story >

BAMBÚ SOCIAL
Tuesday 17 June 2014
*contributed by Shortsighted Architecture (visit profile page)

Under the project name BAMBÚ SOCIAL, Shortsighted Architecture designed a pilot for sustainable social housing in El Rama, Nicaragua, developing a building method by the use of the widely available resource bamboo. This building method can be practiced in a completely local manner: from the production and treatment of bamboo to the execution of bamboo pre-fab elements that can be used in local construction. Read the whole story >

Disaster Resilience Housing and Self-construction
Monday 16 June 2014
*contributed by Micro Home Solutions (mHS) City Labs (visit profile page)

Even as incremental housing is an organic and inherently bottom-up process, the complexities with self-construction of housing is that it is by its very nature an unregulated process, and often results in large gaps in safety and health. Design and technical expertise are entirely dependent on local knowledge, stemming largely from the mason who is the cornerstone of the project. He is the architect, builder, engineer, contractor, and in some cases, the materials supplier as well. And yet...

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