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 >
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 >
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...
The Eixample Esquerre is a monotone district of Barcelona. In 2013, the city council launched an initiative which gave local citizens the opportunity to transform vacant plots into vibrant spaces. The winning proposal was to develop a community plan and promote collective experiences within the neighbourhood by transforming...
In the open plain near the Malian village Gangouroubouro, a new primary school was designed for the Foundation Dogon Education. The architecture of the school reflects the search for a connection to the local building traditions, culture and function. Read the whole story >
For the Bedouin Community living in West Bank, this the Um al Nasser Children's Center (The Children's Land) is to restore and promote the identity linked to the "Tent society", using the "earthbags" technique, a "do-it-yourself" construction technique that had been already used by the community. Read the whole story >
22 kilometres East of Antofagasta, there is an oasis called Gen Farm. Due to its distinctive tree plantation and vegetation in the middle of the desert, the installation is easily recognizable from distance. The farm is a community-based initiative, dedicated to a sustainable cultivation and development of green spaces, adapted to local weather adversities. Read the whole story >
Slovo Hall is one of several initiatives of the Slovo Park Project , which began as a small research project in the University of Pretoria's Architectural Honours Year to expose the students the issues faced by South Africa's urban poor. Read the whole story >
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