Fundación ARC-OLF
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Architettura oltre la forma (ARC-OLF) is a nonprofit international foundation that focuses on social service and the development of sustainable projects. We propose a different model for a professional architecture, engineering and construction practice. ARC-OLF was born in 2017 in Quito, Ecuador as a response to a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Ecuadorian coast on April 16, 2016. Since then, we have been actively working in the communities close to the epicenter. The team is comprised by international professionals with more than 10 years of experience working in architecture and engineering firms in different parts of the world, such as Ecuador, Italy, Hungary, United States, Australia and the Middle East. These are our team members: Arch. Federica Amidei (ITA), Arch. Áron Ávár (HUN), Arch. Monica Bambini (ITA), Arch. Lilla Kántor (HUN), Ing. Pedro Ospina (ECU), Arch. Antonio Salvador (ECU), Arch. Lorena Vasco (ECU).

The foundation Architettura oltre la forma through architecture aims at goals of common interests that improves the quality of life and well-being of unattended communities and people in different parts of the world.
We want to positively impact the population of these communities, areas or neighborhoods that has a specific need or that are undergoing through difficulties of different types.
With our professional and academic training as a starting point we want to contribute with our knowledge in the field of architecture, improving these conditions and resolving their difficulties.
This change that is generated by our actions creates at the same time, positive impacts and new opportunities for the project users:
- Economic impact: generating new job opportunities and teaching new skills to the members of the communities interested in learning about construction;
- Education impact: Teaching new and innovative building techniques that can be adopted in other projects, improving the quality of construction therefore quality of life of its users;
- Human impact: creating a cultural exchange through the interaction of all the people involved in the project. Collaborating with other organizations.
These are the foundations to our name “Architettura oltre la forma”, which means “Architecture beyond the form”

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18 Jun 2018
Post earthquake chapel reconstruction
Design: Federica Amidei, Áron Ávár, Monica Bamb…
Location: Jama, Ecuador
Main author: Fundación ARC-OLF
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