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Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena
ELE­MEN­TAL is a for pro­fit com­pany with so­cial in­ter­est, who­se sha­rehol­ders are the Uni­ver­si­dad Ca­tó­li­ca de Chi­le, CO­PEC (Chi­lean Oil Com­pany) and the Ele­men­tal foun­ders. Its field of ac­tion is the city: the de­ve­lop­ment of hou­sing, pu­blic spa­ce, in­fras­truc­tu­re and trans­por­ta­tion pro­jects that can per­form as an ef­fec­ti­ve and ef­fi­cient up­gra­de in the qua­lity of li­fe of the poor. ELE­MEN­TAL ope­ra­tes in con­texts of scar­ce re­sour­ces, using the city as a sour­ce of equa­lity, and mo­reo­ver, as a short­cut to co­rrect inequa­li­ties. When Ele­men­tal be­gan in Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 2000, so­cial hou­sing was as­so­cia­ted with a la­ck of eco­no­mic and pro­fes­sio­nal re­sour­ces that had ge­ne­ra­ted a la­ck of op­tions for poor fa­mi­lies. Ele­men­tal wan­ted to chan­ge this ne­ga­ti­ve as­so­cia­tion, using pro­fes­sio­nal ski­lls to work with so­cial hou­sing. SCA­LE. SPEED. SCALE. SPEED.

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NOTUS » Contact » NOTUS <p class="caution aligncenter">Enable Javascript to browse this site, please.</p> Architecture | Urbanisme | Aménagement | + Kim Dovey Informal Settlements This project seeks to understand the urban morphology of what are variously known as 'squatter', 'slum' or 'informal' housing settlements. These are problematic words: a ‘squatter’ lacks land tenure; a ‘slum’ lacks space, durability, water or sanitation; and ‘informal’ implies a lack of control over planning, design and construction. Yet this is the major form of new urban design on the planet – housing over a billion people and projected to double by about 2030. Many squatter settlements have developed over time into well-serviced neighbourhoods – no longer 'slums' and with varying levels of tenure and formality. The prospect is to understand how informal urbanism works and to aid the transformation from 'slums' to decent housing and from 'squatting' to secure tenure.

PlayTheVoid Playthevoid is a collection of photos that have the game of basketball as subject. I devote this project to my cousin Antonello Pergola, to his tenacity and spirit. At the end of the day, what is basket if not the continuous attempt to fill a gap for an instant? Anyone can contribute to the work by sending a photo to, adding the name of the city where the photo was shot and the name of the person that shot it. Stefano Boring The Museum of Copying by FAT at Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 London studio FAT will create an exhibition dedicated to architectural copying inside a 5-metre-high model of Palladio's Villa Rotunda for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 next week. A CNC-cut mould will form one quarter of the historic symmetrical building, while a second will be a spray-foam cast taken from inside it. The two quarters will be arranged opposite one another to create the structure, named the Museum of Copying.

Jaigaon Jaigaon (Nepali: जयगाउँ) is a small town in Jalpaiguri district in the Indian state of West Bengal, near the Bhutan border. The town lies at the gateway to Bhutan – Phuentsholing, and is thus a very thriving place of trade. The main source of income for the vast majority of people here is through the Bhutanese citizens that come down to Jaigaon in order to buy their monthly and weekly ration. PAS House / Blog / etnies - Action Sports Footwear and Apparel Posted By dustin in Skate, BMX | Jun 30 2011 / Thursday Skip To The Comments (17) Created by Pierre-André Senizergues Design: Gil Le Bon Delapointe | Architecture: Francois Perrin Download in high quality (352.4 MB) | Download for mobile (38.4 MB) Download in high quality (170 MB) | Download for mobile (11.7 MB)

361 Degree 2010 The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC) is one of the largest Indian NGOs working on housing and infrastructure issues for the urban poor. In 1984, when SPARC was formed, it began working with the most vulnerable and invisible of Mumbai's urban poorthe pavement dwellers. SPARC's philosophy is that if we can develop solutions that work for the poorest and most marginalised in the city, then these solutions can be scaled up to work for other groups of the urban poor across the country and internationally. Since 1986, SPARC has been working in partnership with two community-based organisations the National Slum Dwellers Federation and Mahila Milan.

urban landscapes - neal oshima Manila 01 - Start of morning commute, Magallanes Interchange, Makati City. Manila 02 - Bankal settlement, since demolished, Makati City. Manila 03 - Philippine National Railroad Compound, Metro Manila. vib architecture Our Paris based multicultural team comprises around twenty architects. Depending on project programs and complexity, we can expand our design team with specialists and partners with expertise in landscaping, engineering, economy, acoustic, scenography – that fit our creative and sustainable way of design. Over the years, vib architecture has acquired serious experience in the design and build of multiple projects, such as offices, residential, research centers, educational or cultural facilities throughout France, in places like Paris, Versailles, Toulouse, Caen, Bordeaux or Strasbourg….

2007 Student Awards This project offers a contemporary approach to upgrading informal settlements based on low impact landscape infrastructural solutions. Architecture, urban planning, and engineering are the traditional professions that have addressed issues of informal urbanization. However, this project demonstrates the role that landscape architecture can play in not only addressing public health and environmental issues but also in functioning as a catalyst for macro and micro enterprises. Definition:Informal settlements are lands that are settled by people or organizations that do not have legal claim or title to the land and are developed without permission from any government agency. Informal settlements often lack basic infrastructure and urban services like roads, drainage and waste collection.

Bamiyan Cultural Center – UNESCO Competition « Mutations Architectes Our vision of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre is a long single storey building that stretches across the entire site, facing the valley and linking the existing plateforms. The two levels area is given a distribution system, an attractive pair of public esplanades and now confirmed in its role of balcony overlooking Buddha cliff. The building itself is materialised by parallel waving sheets which recall the facing cliffs. Those sheets, voluptuous walls of compressed earth blocks, are regularly opened by large vertical bays which dialogue with the numerous niches and caverns one may see on the opposite side of the valley. Sleak and massive at the same time, walls help the visitor wandering around by following them.

Youths upgrade Kibera slum infrastructure as part of UN-HABITAT initiative UN-HABITAT has announced a fresh resolve to tackle deteriorating living conditions in cities by harnessing the energy of the youth, Abubakar Ibrahim reported in a March 31 article on With urban populations growing rapidly as a result of shrinking resources and climate change, living conditions in cities around the world are deteriorating. In effort to address the problem, 80 youths have been trained on urban shelter and infrastructure development under UN-HABITAT’s commitment to “promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of global financial crises and climate change” over the next two years. We could wait no longer on shanty towns Alice Springs' camps of despair are crying out for Government action. LAST night in Hoppy's Camp, a town camp on the outskirts of Alice Springs, little children were trying to sleep in houses crammed with as many as 16 other people. Chances are they were kept awake by the noise of adults drinking and shouting. Other children might have slept on the dry bed of the Todd River, taking their chances with packs of feral dogs rather than the violence that pervades the town camps. This is not a refugee camp or a war zone. This is 21st century Australia.