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

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.

World Photo Day: Fernando Alda by Felipe Assadi

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Felipe Assadi writes on behalf of Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  Plaza de la Pescadería / Mariñas Arquitectos Asociados. Image © Fernando Alda 

Ayen Clinic / Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido

  • Architects: Felipe Assadi, Francisca Pulido
  • Location: 1 Poniente y 4 Sur, Talca, Chile
  • Architect: Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido
  • Collaborators: Alejandra Araya, Macarena Ávila
  • Surface Area: 450 m2
  • Project Area: 450.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Cristobal Palma, Unknown photographer

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Unknown photographer © Cristobal Palma