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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?
"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
"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 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 >
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