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Video: Alejandro Aravena on PRES Constitución and Rebuilding After Disaster

00:00 - 11 October, 2014

Santiago-based architect Alejandro Aravena of Elemental discusses the sustainable reconstruction of Constitución in Chile following a devastating earthquake in 2010. Given just 100 days to design a resilient masterplan, capable of protecting the city against future natural disasters, Elemental implemented a natural solution: planting a forest that would protect the city from future floods. The design has since receive international recognition, most recently being awarded first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Urban Development & Initiatives category.

JustPeople / Cristián Olivi

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team

    Daniela Reyes, Diana Menino, Roberto Gutierrez, SimpleLab
  • Furniture Design

    Manuel Oneto
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Amunategui Building / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
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San Damián Housing Estate / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

01:00 - 25 September, 2014
San Damián Housing Estate / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos, © Midas / Pablo Blanco
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Camino San Francisco de Asís, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

00:00 - 23 September, 2014
Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo
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Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality," Described Maas. "One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Charred Cabin / DRAA

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
Charred Cabin / DRAA, Courtesy of Felipe Camus
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Olmué, Olmué, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Area

    15.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Felipe Camus

Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL, © ELEMENTAL | Nina Vidic
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Team

    Alejandro Aravena, Juan Cerda
  • Collaborators

    Samuel Gonçalves, Cristián Irarrázaval, Álvaro Ascoz, Natalie Ramirez, Christian Lavista, Suyin Chia, Pedro Hoffmann
  • Area

    8176.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 September, 2014
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area

    101.0 m2
  • Year Project

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

Exclusive Video: Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

00:00 - 15 September, 2014

Chile is recognized internationally for the quality of its architecture, even though its most lauded projects are not often found in urban areas. At a time when the true potential of Chilean architecture seems absent from the South American country's cities, Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually - and physically - dense project in Santiago.  

MO House / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
MO House / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
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Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray

01:00 - 11 September, 2014
Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray, © Marcelo Cáceres
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DAf Offices / Albert Tidy

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
DAf Offices / Albert Tidy, © Pablo Casals-Aguirre
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Navegantes 1955, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Melisa Ortíz, Sebastián Cruz
  • Project Area

    343.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Chiloe Leisure Center / Jonas Retamal + Laura Houssin

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Chiloe Leisure Center / Jonas Retamal + Laura Houssin, © Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

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La Leonera Mountain Retreat / DRAA

01:00 - 2 September, 2014
La Leonera Mountain Retreat / DRAA, © Felipe Camus
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Farellones, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team

    Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
  • Associate Architect

    Felipe Camus
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

00:00 - 2 September, 2014
Courtesy of Minga Valpo
Courtesy of Minga Valpo

After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso's topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects' description after the break. 

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Translating Smiljan Radić's Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
Translating Smiljan Radić's Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication, The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM
The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London's Kensington Gardens rests Smiljan Radić's 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, an ethereal mass of carefully moulded fiberglass punctuated by precisely cut openings. Radić desired a structure that appears thin and brittle, yet was strong enough to support itself, and his affection for the rudimental layered qualities of papier-mâché - his maquette medium of choice - inspired the use of fiberglass by AECOM, who engineered Radić's wild ideas. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Paper-Thin Walls," an AECOM engineer explains their solution. Read on after the break to find out more. 

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project, Kengo Kuma's proposal. Image Courtesy of Ochoalcubo
Kengo Kuma's proposal. Image Courtesy of Ochoalcubo

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in Chile in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of 'cookie-cutter housing' in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world's largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

Extension in Casablanca / Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin

01:00 - 25 August, 2014
Extension in Casablanca  / Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin, © Aryeh Kornfeld
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