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TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

00:00 - 6 November, 2014

“If there is any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis.”

In this TED Talk Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the founder of ELEMENTAL, speaks about some of the design challenges he has faced in Chile and his innovative approaches to solving them. Emphasizing the need for simplicity in design, Aravena talks about three of his projects: the Quinta Monroy social housing project, through which he developed the “half-finished home” typology for governments to provide quality homes at incredibly low-prices; his “inside-out” design for the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini, which reduced energy costs by two-thirds; and lastly his masterplan for rebuilding a resilient coastline in Constitución Chile after the city was hit by the 2010 earthquake.

Aravena also emphasized the importance of community participation in his projects, saying: “We won’t ever solve the problem unless we use people’s own capacity to build.” Watch Aravena’s full talk above and take a peek at some of his key projects below. 

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Redux House / Studiomk27- Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Redux House / Studiomk27- Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

    Studiomk27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo
  • Location

    Bragança Paulista - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Co-architect

    Samanta Cafardo
  • Design Team

    Beatriz Meyer, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Suzana Glogowski, Henrique Bustamante
  • Studio Team

    Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Renata Furlanetto
  • Interior Design

    Diana Radomysler
  • Area

    679.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +53

Jaragua Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 5 November, 2014
Jaragua Residence  / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +28

Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +32

Blau Projects Gallery / ARKIZ

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Blau Projects Gallery / ARKIZ, © Marcus Vinicius Damon
© Marcus Vinicius Damon
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexandre Hepner, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych, Ana Maria Montag
  • Contributor

    Veronica Vacaro
  • Area

    2475.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon +21

Cultural Center Univates / Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 31 October, 2014
Cultural Center Univates / Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo, © Estúdio Objetivo
© Estúdio Objetivo

© Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo +51

Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

OSPA Wins Competition to Design Brazilian Sports Campus in Canoas

01:00 - 19 October, 2014
OSPA Wins Competition to Design Brazilian Sports Campus in Canoas , © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism
© OSPA Architecture and Urbanism

OSPA Architecture and Urbanism has won a national competition for the new UFCSPA (Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre) Campus Igara in Canoas, Brazil. The goal of the sports campus is to integrate itself within the community so it may serve as both a public institution and a public space. You can learn more about the winning scheme, after the break.

© OSPA Architecture and Urbanism © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism +16

Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +22

Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Arthur Casas
  • Co-authors

    Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
  • Collaborators

    André Chung, Christiana Matos
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +29

Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura, © Daniel Ducci
© Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Joao Xavier +67

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower, Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque
Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Nestled in São Paulo's bustling Vila Madalena neighbourhood in Brazil, the slim silhouette of AIR Madalena soars skyward from the street below. The elegant tower will be home to six lofts varying from 100 to 140 square metres, each with an open-air terrace and ample windows to maximize the panoramic views of São Paulo. Designed and built by São Paulo and Paris-based firm Triptyque and realized by the firm's high-end real estate wing IV, the slender building is promised to be completed within 24 months. 

Step inside AIR Madalena's elegant lofts after the break

Ground Floor Loft. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Upper Floor Loft with View of Retractable Wall. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Night View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Aerrial View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque +7

Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos, © Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Mila Strauss + Marcos Paulo Caldeira
  • Project Area

    358.9 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi +25

Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio, © Maira Acayaba
© Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Autores

    Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Sérgio Cabra
  • Project Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cachaça Museum / Jô Vasconcellos

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
Cachaça Museum / Jô Vasconcellos, © Junia Mortimer
© Junia Mortimer

© Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer +45

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 6, “The Pedreiro and the Master Planner”

00:00 - 23 September, 2014

The last episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series tells the story of Ricardo, an informal builder in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela. “A foreign architect would not get into this hole and dig. He would hire someone or would hire machines. But here in the favela, we are hands on,” he says in the episode. Ricardo has built over one hundred houses in Rocinha despite not having any formal training. Yet as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, life in Rocinha is changing. This 25-minute episode follows Ricardo as well as Luis Carlos Toledo, the architect behind the government’s regeneration of Rocinha, as the two seek to incorporate their solutions into the future of the country's favelas. 

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Morumbi Residence / Drucker Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Morumbi Residence / Drucker Arquitetos Associados, © João Ribeiro
© João Ribeiro
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Fausto Chino
  • Project and coordination

    Drucker arquitetos associados
  • Area

    1033.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro +32

Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs