Tui, an imposing city above the Miño river, is one of the most ancient cities in Galicia. It has been inhabited for the last 2,000 years. Starting from its cathedral, a landmark situated at the highest point of the historic hill, Tui’s urban structure gradually spreads down until it reaches the riverbank.
Could Plaça de les Glòries, a space regulated by transport infrastructure, become, in the next 40 years, the city’s central waste management hub, where waste would serve to construct configurations of a public space for citizens?
These days, more than ever, we see reality through the window.
At home in lockdown, the windows have become our lenses to see both close-up and further away. We have other windows at home too: the window of our computer screen, the screen on our mobile phone, or the eyes of some of the loved ones we are living with 24/7.
Interview filmed within the Responsive Cities Symposium organized by the Advanced Architecture Group of IAAC, Barcelona November 2019.
Interview by Marta Bugés.
Filmed by Chiara Cesareo.
Edited by Sara Traba.
urbanNext interviews Eric Frijters on sustainability and circular design and the opportunity to produce a new generation of typologies.
In the City of Brampton, about 45 minutes west of Toronto, the Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park provides the suburban community with a new public library and community park. RDHA’s goal was to create an inclusive gathering place, a counterpoint to the otherwise flat suburban area, and a point of pride for the city.
Making cities more walkable has been an emerging challenge for many cities. In the case of Amsterdam, 30% of people walk in the city as their first mean of transport. Therefore, the challenge for the City of Amsterdam is not to promote walking but mainly to improve the walking experience of the residents, workers, recreational walkers and city visitors.
The program – mixing social and free-market housing in coexistence and without differences – demands the consumption of nearly all the available building volume. This constraint, together with our own demands for efficiency and simplicity, represent a challenge for the development of a project with added value. To this end, we look for the hidden powers of a proposal that is both pragmatic and sensitive to external stimuli at the same time.
The North West Cambridge Development (NWCD) transforms a 150-hectare site of University of Cambridge farmland into a community with residential buildings, academic facilities, public amenities and open green space. Mecanoo worked alongside NWCD to deliver 232 affordable housing units for researchers and key university employees.
For some time, under the guidance of the traditional economic growth model, new industrial cities have sprung up all over the country. These industrial parks follow almost the same underlying logic: the spatial layout and architectural construction center on the requirements of production organizations at the lowest cost and the highest efficiency, and the large-scale “barracks” layout and “matchbox” space become the most effective response mode.
When Zhejiang Perfect, an innovative enterprise in the field of automobile technologies, commissioned the design of their site, which is located in the Jianshan new district of Haining and is adjacent to the estuary of Qiantang River, they proposed the requirement to diverge from the traditional industrial park space pattern around the site. This expectation combines with the reflection of the architects on traditional industrial parks, which enables us to devote more energy to exploring the possibility of realizing this shared demand.
“Palafitos” narrates a new stilt landscape by the sea. The recovery and redevelopment of the neighborhood of Chiloé (Castro, Chile) is depicted through a poetic exploration of four architectures designed by Ortuzar and Gebauer Architects.
The Dortmannhof is a typical 18th-century Hallenhaus, a common construction style from the region around Essen in western Germany. In a Hallenhaus, the family living area and barn were brought together under a single roof in a compact structure which could be up to five stories tall.
The former cargo railway warehouse, a historic building which dates back to the very beginning of the 20th century, has survived to the present day almost untouched. Its beautiful brick walls, wooden beams, many sliding doors and gates are now covered and wrapped a the new shell made of steel and glass. The venue has been reborn as a concert hall, a platform for culture, art, music and other events.
The city of Riga, ruled by the Swedish, German and Russian Empires over the centuries, was one of the biggest and advanced industrial and port cities. Today Riga is known for its cultural and especially, architectural heritage, and the historical center of the city is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky observed that the “problem” of biology, rather than engineering challenges, would be key to settling spaces beyond the Earth. Drawing on Bruno Latour’s notions of Earthbound  and geostory  I investigate the potential for terrestrial life on alien worlds and the planetary-scale forces that travelers, settlers, and colonists will need to overcome to achieve this aim. Providing an alternative reading of life in space than the present inescapably anthropocentric and terrestrial view of reality, alternative scenarios—such as directed panspermia and the Living Architecture project, which involve spatially and temporally “programming” the metabolism of microbes using a range of technological apparatuses from bioreactors to space probes—are proposed that engage with the physics, chemistry, and potential life-forms that may render space a fertile terrain for alternative kinds of life and modes of inhabitation.
To prevent the pandemic from further spreading, governments in recent weeks started to enforce lockdowns and ordered people to #stayhome or #quedateencasa. All of a sudden, we have become involuntarily confined to our home, regardless of its characteristics, number of inhabitants, or location.
Few moments in contemporary history have made us appreciate so acutely what it means to have good quality housing. Now that we are all mandated to remain within our homes, we cannot escape, go out to work, walk, have a coffee, exercise, play in the park, read on a bench, talk, discuss, or think. All activities have to take place within these four walls, in constant proximity to those whom we share our home with, or in absolute solitude.
Located in the northeast of Singapore, “GreenRidges” is conceived as a slice of nature nestled within the urban fabric of Singapore. Part of the “Leaf within Our City in a Garden” of Tampines Town, the project covers an approximate site area of 70,000 m2. The design concept for this 2,000-unit public housing development was inspired by the Asia stone forest, giving the project a unique identity.
The Los Angeles region is notorious for its lack of urban public space; LOHA’s design for Formosa1140 addresses this condition by radically parceling out a third of its privately owned building site as a publicly managed pocket park for the city of West Hollywood. Formosa1140 simultaneously creates density and green space and models a replicable prototype for incremental community-driven city development.
The design of housing remains one of the least researched areas within the current debate in the United States – this despite a recent era of massive growth in the housing market. With the focus of development being in the suburbs, a good deal of building has fallen into the hands of developer/contractor alliances – and often without the agency of the architect. Meanwhile, much of the current work in the inner cities has been entrenched in the politics of compromise, negotiations with local communities and design review boards, coupled with the aesthetics of “simplistic” contextualism. Other more progressive work has adopted aggressive iconic ambitions, while leaving typological, spatial and integrative research behind. The process that democracy requires can tolerate neither an architecture of idealism, on the one hand, nor of negligence or innocence on the other. Between developer/contractor alliances and the “design by committee” processes, the architect can no longer overlook this cultural predicament if she or he is interested in engaging in the terrain of housing once again.
Guangzhou municipality was pioneering among Chinese cities in the creation of a dedicated policy to support the regeneration of its former industrial sites. The most important reform, frequently discussed in the literature, was introduced in 2009 and called the “three oldies policy”. It aimed to provide a legal framework for alternative urban planning strategies focused on transforming the historic city center, the urban villages and former brownfields (Chung, 2013). Starting from the “open door policies” in 1978, Guangzhou underwent an incredible industrial development, mostly based on light manufacturing. However, recently the metropolis shifted toward delocalizing plants and slowly transformed itself into a service and creative hub. Recent planning documents clearly reflect this attitude. The Medium and Long-Term Talent Development Plan of Guangzhou (2010-2020) aspired to attract innovative industries and talent in order to consolidate the city as a “global talent pool” within the national and international context. Likewise, the latest City Renewal Masterplan (2015-2020) promoted the creation of innovative industrial and creative parks among its principal strategic interventions. Thus, for many underutilized areas, creative industries represented an alternative to position themselves outside the standardized real estate market, based on extensive demolition and profit maximization. At the same time, investors have started realizing that – aside from traditional real estate market segments – it can be profitable to attract new forms of business linked to creative and entertainment sectors.
It always takes time to make something great, but what surprised T2.a architects about its Jazz Loft project was how a forced break unexpectedly led to a more refined and rewarding building in the long run. Renovated from an abandoned 19th-century mill, architects Bence and Gabor Turanyi were first tasked with the delicate refurbishment work back in 2005. One economic crash and a change in vendor later has led to a project that has evolved through a number of growing pains before finally becoming the structure that it is today, 15 years later. Jazz Loft proves that a solid plan, the architect’s vision and great determination aren’t the only requirements for a great building; sometimes the building itself will have a life of its own.
In the world of disaster risk reduction and resilience, it is always said that crises should be windows of opportunity; although when we are immersed in one of those crises, as is the case of the current global emergency of COVID- 19, it is really difficult to think this way, especially in slums, now seriously threatened in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.
CURA (Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments) aims to convert shipping containers into plug-in intensive care pods for the COVID-19 pandemic. The units could be as fast to mount as a hospital tent, but as safe as an isolation ward, thanks to biocontainment with negative pressure. The first unit – whose open-source design was initiated by an international task force of architects, engineers, doctors, military experts and NGOs and is open to further contributions – is currently being built in Milan, Italy, with the sponsorship of UniCredit.
How does clustering affect the urban environment? What are the effects on the urban agglomeration of the Greater Bay Area, one of the fastest developing mega-regions of the world? How are industries re-adjusting given this phenomenon? In the context of the Greater Bay Area development, the clustering strategy allows for the creation of highly specialized technological and manufacturing zones, and it provides the infrastructure for expansion and development areas around urban cores, featuring clustering and specialization as an important strategy both in terms of technological advancement and as a commercial feature (Di Tommaso, Rubini and Barbieri 2012; Zeng 2010; Yu 2015; Zou, Huang, Ma and Dai 2014). In this sense, the case of the relocation and upgrading of the PRP Factory in Guangzhou can be used as an interpretive lens to read what kind of trend is happening in the Greater Bay Area zone involving the urban agglomeration of Guangzhou. The case of PRP Factory, with the relocation of the production in a new plant in Zengcheng New Technological Development Zone and the renovation of the existing manufacturing unit in the Fangcun area for the creation of a cultural creative park, is representative of two parallel and interconnected phenomena: the upgrading of manufacturing infrastructures and the broader expansion of their scope through the inclusion of comprehensive high-tech and cultural services. These two parallel phenomena are the result of several factors, from regional policies to shifting functions in the city and updating manufacturing – which is also reciprocal with the industries’ own vision and expansion.
The Nubuke Foundation, founded in 2007, with locations in Accra and Wa, has a wide range of programs supporting the arts, culture, and heritage of Ghana. The East Legon (Accra) grounds are defined by a large variety of day and evening programs that cater to many audiences spanning networks in the city, country and region. The design of Nubuke Extended resolves this programmatic layering through a generosity and specificity of spaces.
Our built environment is in the process of reorganizing itself, redistributing densities of buildings, population and activities. Cities are expanding, growing and sprawling, while at the same time their centers and downtowns are shrinking, disappearing, voiding out. This process of growth and redistribution has been partially described by terms such as sprawl, suburbs (with roots in the American context), wild living and the diffuse city (‘città diffusa’, mostly referring to the European context). Dispersal functions as an umbrella term for these phenomena, by zooming out and describing them as part of a larger global tendency. In this context, Cities of Dispersal can be recognized as an emerging type of low-density environments; decentralized, heterogenous, radically different from traditional definitions of the city in their spatial organization and patterns of growth.
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Area: 7,000 m2
Photography: Dave Southwood
Drivelines Studios is a residential building in Johannesburg, SA. Located in Maboneng, an area of recent urban transformation and renewal, it responds to the post-apartheid generation’s desire to repopulate the city’s downtown through new models of urban living.
The aim is to propose a social, urban, and architectural transition. This is to answer to the network of various built archetypes within the district on many levels. It suggests articulating the structure in two volumes.
The transport authority of the City of Paris, RATP, owns some of the most strategic pieces of land near the limits of central Paris – Paris’s ring road – enabling an efficient storage of the buses that circulate in the centre of the city. In 2007, our Paris-based office won the competition for a bus depot and maintenance centre for 180 RATP buses and 213 housing units, private and public, on one such plot. The project also comprised a kindergarten, offices for the RATP, some small shops and a senior citizen centre.
Hidden in Plain Sight is a proposal for a series of urban furnishings doubling as multi-species infrastructures in dense urban city centers. The prototypes are designed by Double Happiness, a collaboration between Nerea Feliz, the author of this paper, (Nerea Feliz Studio) and Joyce Hwang (Ants of the Prairie). As a team, we bring together interests in exploring design as a proactive participant in the environment and as a reflection of socio-cultural values through material expression. Our creative practice focuses on research and design at multiple scales, with interests in the intersections of interior design, architecture, urbanism, and ecology.
Previously published at Architecture Today.
Material courtesy of Pati Núñez Agency and Aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje.
All but five per cent of the world’s population lives less than six miles from a river, lake or coast. The International Panel for Climate Change forecasts several scenarios of sea level rise, but a good amount of the world’s deltas, including those of the Mississippi, the Mekong and the Ganges will exist for a limited period of time. Areas that flood exceptionally – for instance, every 100 years – are going to be flooded regularly. The main challenge for these areas is seasonality, with vast extensions of territory in a permanent oscillation between being usable and submerged land. Which are the paradigms to reference for a new ‘normal’?
The Agenti Climatici proposal for the redevelopment of two disused railway yards north and south of the periphery of Milan serves as the opportunity to discuss the contemporary challenges an urban project has to consider.
International design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with Mobility in Chain (MIC), has unveiled a new vision for the waterfront of Lugano, Switzerland. The proposed plan envisions a new system of spaces for public enjoyment, featuring a floating garden island connected by a new water navigation system and reconfigurable roads capable of responding to people in real time. The project aims to increase the number of connections between the city and lake by overhauling the main traffic artery cutting through Lugano’s shore.
Meeting the burgeoning demands for co-living and affordable housing, Chlenov 42 retrofits an existing two-story structure in Tel Aviv into a model co-living environment that allows individuals of different occupations and interests to live comfortably together. Through the design of a spectrum of shared spaces, this housing strategy offers an alternative to the high cost and isolation of living alone.
COLLECTIVES refers to the groups and partnerships that seek an architectural-urban project for shared activities and community building. Constituted by a voluntary group of people who organize around shared values and mutual understanding, this kind of collective seeks to improve the way they live – shaping their community, creating a social support system, practicing common ideals and principles, affording better living conditions for their means, and facilitating opportunities to establish friendships.
Location: New York, USA
Area: 92.900 m2
Situated on the former site of Brooklyn’s historic Rheingold Brewery, Denizen Bushwick will generate 1,000,000 square feet of apartment units in Bushwick, 20% of which will be affordable. The project will host a multitude of communal spaces open to the neighborhood, while a 17,850 square foot public park will bisect the development creating a green promenade and two 400 feet by 200 feet blocks. These masses are further perforated by a sequence of meandering, interconnected courtyards which ultimately lead to the promenade. Over the pair of these NY city blocks, ODA superimposed the layout of woven streets in a typical old town core. Denizen Bushwick features a fragmented façade with rust-colored, deeply recessed windows.
For some time there has been a dizzying increase in publications about collaborative housing (specifically on cohousing), described and studied from the architectural perspective, but even more from the point of view of managerial and generative processes.
Capital Steel Group (Shougang) has transferred steel production from Beijing to Caofeidian port of Tangshan city (Hebei Province). Pearl River Piano has moved piano production away from the centre of Guangzhou, locating it within a new cluster dedicated to advanced manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta area. Shougang and Pearl River Piano are two examples that re-articulate the syntax between architecture, city and production, revealing how much the change of production processes contributes to the definition of spaces in contemporary China.
Our cultural imagination of the future invariably involves something floating, flying, or hovering. The Jetsons have their aerocar, Han Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon, and the humans in Wall-E sit around in squishy floating armchairs. These transportation fantasies have permeated Silicon Valley as well. Google co-founder Larry Page and ride-hail firm Uber are working on flying cars. Elon Musk is developing his frictionless hyperloop. In 2016, Domino’s achieved the distinction of becoming the first company in the world to have a drone deliver a pizza.
There might not be much “weather” to speak of in Los Angeles, but there is traffic. It’s the de facto small talk upon arrival at meetings or cocktail parties, comparing journeys through the proverbial storm. And in certain ways, traffic does resemble the daily expressions of climate. It follows diurnal and seasonal patterns; it shapes, and is shaped, by local conditions. There are unexpected downpours: accidents, parades, sports events, concerts. Once upon a time, if you were really savvy, you could steer around the thunderheads—that is, evade congestion almost entirely.
This is the second in a series of articles which explores the complexities of moving in Nairobi through the eyes of four commuters as they walk, ride motorcycles (boda boda), take buses (matatu), and hire Ubers from the wealthy neighborhoods adjacent to the United Nations to the low-income communities in the city center. Three and a half million people move through this East African capital every day, and the lack of coordinated transportation planning often causes the city to grind to a halt. Our second story is about Kevin Karani, the conductor of the famous Mad Cow matatu.
Stavanger Turistforening (STF) or the Stavanger Trekking Association has 23,000 members and provides active, versatile and environmentally friendly activities in the wilderness for young and old, families, amateur hikers and mountaineering enthusiasts.
This is the first in a series of articles which highlights the complexities of Moving in Nairobi through the eyes of four commuters as they walk, ride motorcycles (boda boda), take buses (matatu), and hire Ubers from the wealthy neighborhoods adjacent to the United Nations to the low-income communities in the city center. Three and a half million people move through this East African capital every day, and the lack of coordinated transportation planning often causes the city to grind to a halt. Our first commuter, Somba Muchiri, is a resident of Nairobi’s Kibera district and commutes each day by foot.
The Kàlida Sant Pau Centre, designed by Benedetta Tagliabue – Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Arquitectos, opened on May 9th. The building is part of the Maggie’s Centres program, dedicated to the development of spaces for the caring of cancer patients, next to existing hospitals. Maggie’s Centres offer free emotional and practical support. It is a unique building, the first in Spain of its kind, made up of a 400 sqm pavilion that opens onto a garden. It is located inside the Art Nouveau complex of Hospital de Sant Pau, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Architects: MAAJ Architectes
Location: Taverny, France
Area: 1,095 m2
Photography: François-Xavier De Cunha Leal
This project for a health center, started in July 2016 by Taverny City Council, aims at gathering in one place a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors and health-care professionals so as to make up for the lack of practitioners outside major cities. Since it is located in a fragmented townscape and bordered by a motorway, we have sought to design a building constructed around a central patio, with an interior well-adapted to care facilities and reminiscent of ancient cloisters.
Copenhagen-based architect Bjarke Ingels is not one to shy away from big ideas. Founder of the aptly named BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), he eschews cohesive style in favor of flexible urban environments — something he believes is vital in a constantly changing world. In a new video produced for the Time Space Existence video series, Ingels unpacks his approach to design, incorporating humor, surprise and sustainability.
Is the battle against gentrification already lost? Can tactical housing be a valid instrument to confront this problem?
Urban centers are evolving under great pressure, with serious consequences for inhabitants. On the other hand, there are still different types of urban voids spread throughout the city. We find, for example, disused lots or buildings that can still be developed, representing interesting opportunities for the fight against gentrification.
Designated emergency assembly points in the case of an earthquake in Istanbul were announced in 2001. Since then, most of these public spaces have been built up, which raises the question of where everyone will be housed in the case of an emergency.
Architects: Hors-pistes Architectures (Jaufret Barrot - Mandataty) and Studio K (Anne-Marie Antoniolli - Co-contractor)
Location: Toulouse, France
Confronted by a growing demand for housing in urban areas, sustainable living in the future will require thinking differently about how we create more living spaces. Empty office spaces and unused, outdated real estate are ever-expanding in today’s urban areas. In 2019, the service sector in France tallied 5 million square meters of available space (source: ORIE). The current economic model generates a context in which real estate speculation can create development peaks that are independent from and incoherent with the city’s needs. These unused spaces can be re-qualified, reorganized, and reused. Property owners can be incentivized to allow temporary housing in unused buildings, aligning the needs of property owners who lack renters and persons/families who need a place to live.
Los Angeles County is currently home to the nation’s largest homeless population: over 58,000 individuals and counting. LOHA’s design for MLK1101 Supportive Housing transforms a vacant, unimproved lot in South Los Angeles into an uplifting housing community for previously homeless individuals to thrive. The project provides 26 units of permanent, 100% affordable housing to formerly homeless veterans, chronically homeless individuals, and low-income households.
The history of African cities is ancient. For instance, we know today that urbanisation in Africa existed long before Arab and Portuguese influences (Coquery-Vidrovitch, 1993). However, while this urban history is ancient, it is clear that Europeans introduced a new type of city based on grid patterns and ‘monumental’ architecture (Coquery-Vidrovitch, Georg, 1996). In the colonial era, the ‘real’ city was that of the whites (founded on the European economy), while ‘indigenous’ areas were not considered part of the city and tended to be identified with the village model (i.e. without rules). The importation of traditional village building techniques further reinforced this idea.
The architecture Practice Patrick Schweitzer & Associés responded to the international call launched by the Government of Rwanda in March 2012 for the construction of the new Faculty of Architecture in Kigali. This school covers an area of 5,600 square meters and has the capacity to accommodate 600 students. It is located on the University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology campus in Nyarugenge District. The works started in early 2017 and were completed in 2018.
Architects: Johan Mottelson and Remígio Chilaude
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Area: 300 m2
Photography: Johan Mottelson
Maxaquene Txombene is a public space project in an informal settlement in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, utilizing recycled plastic as the primary construction material. The project transformed an old defunct drinking water fountain into a shaded recreational space. The structure was built of beams produced from recycled plastic waste, and the concrete blocks used in the landscape design were cast in reclaimed five-liter water bottles. Thereby, the project seeks to advance the principles of the circular economy in construction, while discussing the cultural heritage in the informal settlements in Maputo.
Integrated into the local healthcare community and linked to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, this project is a prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility in Kyabirwa, a rural village near the equator in Uganda. It is conceived as a replicable prototype facility for other resource poor areas, proof that surgery can be provided in inexpensive uncomplicated facilities for the five billion people in the world who lack any form of safe or affordable surgery.
Interview filmed within the Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona November 2019.
Interview by Marta Bugés.
Filmed by Chiara Cesareo.
Edited by Sara Traba.
urbanNext interviews Jeremy Burke and Ramon Gras on Aretian Urban Analytics and Design and how by analyzing quality of life in built environments they are developing tools that contribute to design urban intervention that can propel innovation in cities.
The project for the transformation of the warehouse building belonging to the old Fabra & Coats industrial complex in Barcelona is included in the process of reconversion of this 19th- and 20th-century textile complex to incorporate it into the network of “BCN creation factories”. The project will bring more than 28,000 m2 of facilities to the Sant Andreu district and, for the first time in an industrial heritage transformation, social housing is included. The project includes 46 two-bedroom housing units: 41 units for young people and 5 units as a temporary residence for artists with ties to the complex.
The grounds of the Waldorf School in Prenzlauer Berg possess a unique urban positioning between socialist prefabricated structures, Wilhelminian style blocks and the green spaces of the Jewish cemetery. The school building, having undergone a spirited renovation process, is a five-story prefab building from the 1970s.
The new library in Grimstad has a central, waterfront location. It lies between the old town and the new town center. The intention is for the library to not only be a place to read and borrow books, but for the building to become a social meeting point with the opportunity to host a variety of cultural events. The building is accessible for all.
Ontario’s first mass timber commercial building in over a hundred years, 80 Atlantic pioneers a new urban office typology for potentially many more timber frame projects across the province. Designed by Quadrangle for Hullmark, with partner BentallGreenOak on behalf of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, the new 90,000-square-foot, five-storey building completes a courtyard with 60 Atlantic (also realised by Quadrangle and Hullmark) to create a paired commercial development. Hullmark requested that the building harmonize with the Liberty Village neighbourhood, noted for its wealth of converted factories and warehouses, and that it should attract high-calibre, creative class tenants.
In the same way that the city of Barcelona cannot be understood without its coastline and without its origin as a port, its future will be determined by its ability to manage the unpredictable effects of climate change in this unique area.
The Brooklyn waterfront is continually evolving. What was once a soft shoreline of wetlands, marshes, shallows, beaches and tidal flats is now a series of elevated piers, bulkheads and physical barriers, compromising the relationship between water and city. Inspired by the opportunity to create a living waterfront, BIG’s River Street Waterfront Master Plan vision, in collaboration with Two Trees Management and James Corner Field Operations, seeks to enhance the connectivity of the public waterfront, restore natural habitats, elevate the standard for urban waterfront resiliency and transform the way New Yorkers interact with the East River.
Enric Miralles talked a lot about the beginning of a project. How to begin, where to begin, and what to begin with? These are complex and important questions to discuss, because a project’s beginning will determine its direction. There are many productive ways to begin a project and each implies a certain process of working.
Interview filmed within the Series of Talks 'Variations on the City' of the 'Camera and City' exhibition held at CaixaForum Barcelona in collaboration with Centre Pompidou.
Interview by Marta Bugés.
Filmed by Chiara Cesareo.
Edited by Sara Traba.
urbanNext interviews Francesco Careri on immaterial architecture and walking as a way to explore it.
In Sabah, Malaysia, many thousands of stateless children have become marginalised due to their legal status. These are mainly children of illegal or legal Indonesian migrant labourers. The migrants come to Sabah to seek an income on the plantations so they can have a decent life.
The Etania schools are learning centres for their children, who have no access to education until a school begins for them. Therefore, the Etania schools run a full learning program, six days a week with all the necessary curriculum subjects. In these learning centres, children have safety, security and happiness, enjoying their right to learn. Etania has an ambitious plan to build 30 school across Sabah. They asked billionBricks to prepare a prototype school design for the first school for 350 children aged 5 to 13.
Architect and founder of Startup Village, Julius Taminiau, worked in London for Carl Turner Architects during the design and construction of Pop Brixton and was very inspired by the possibilities of turning an unused derelict space into a dynamic and inspiring community on a very tight budget.
In 2018, the City of Los Angeles made available over 1,700 city-owned parcels to affordable housing developers. Many of these sites are difficult, lying along heavy traffic corridors or next to freeways. In other instances, the sites are made up of composite parcels that have been left untouched for decades. It is in this kind of liminal space, fraught with ambiguity, that we see opportunity – and a potentially significant next step for the future of housing in the city.
Stackt is a bold urban intervention and a revolutionary market and cultural space, made possible by daring to rethink what constitutes the retail marketplace in every sense – its concept, site, building materials and user experience.
Immensely rich in culture and history, St. Louis struggles to become a connected city, along with facing significant equity, economic and urban renewal challenges. These complex issues are the focus of an ambitious framework plan for the Chouteau Greenway by a diverse team of designers, architects, artists, economists, activists and engineers. Recently released and funded in part by the Great Rivers Greenway (GRG), the plan is the culmination of an international competition launched in 2017 by GRG and a subsequent year-long planning and design effort.
Cities are formed by mobilities as well as moorings. Located at the confluence of rivers, roadways, ports, rail termini, highways, and airports, cities have long been understood as a space of flows of people, goods, information, and ideas. They are places of intense infrastructural density founded upon the energy and resource-dependent movements of people, data, and objects: “Much of the city’s existence is concerned with energy flows taking place on different levels: from water and sewage through to electricity and information, from people and animals, to machines and vegetables.” The material turn in mobilities research highlights these geoecological underpinnings and spatial questions surrounding infrastructures, including the global political economies of oil, carbon, and the mining of metals.
Since its construction in 1822, the Ourcq Canal has undergone many metamorphoses. From agricultural land to the capital region of France, from Paris to Greater Paris, from industrial transformations to cultural changes, from labor to leisure, the constant renewal of its banks confirms the French adage that one never bathes in the same river.
At a time of metropolization and territorial integration, the Ourcq Canal is the common thread in the reinvention of the capital. In the city of Pantin, just before the Paris ring road, converted giants like the Centre National de la Dance (former police headquarters), the Magasins généraux ( former “breadbasket of Paris” and now office of BETC, France’s top advertising agency) and the Grands Moulins (former flourmills and future offices BNPParisbas) have been revived by new tenants. When entering Paris, the canal crosses the small and big follies of the Parc de la Villette. Its banks are covered by joggers and cyclists, while the cafés, bistrots, museums and concert halls invite the strollers to take an entertaining break.
SORIGUÉ group gave us a challenge: to create a mixed residential building that would also be an architectural reference in the area.
At ON-A we are committed to the new ways of designing and building that are redefining the practice of architecture. In that vein, all the information for the building was stored in the same three-dimensional model, centralizing all the data on one platform. This methodology, BIM, was applied throughout the entire process, from design to construction.