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Radical Cities, Radical Solutions: Justin McGuirk's Book Finds Opportunities In Unexpected Places

Justin McGuirk's book Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture is fast becoming a seminal text in the architecture world. Coming off the back of his Golden-Lion-winning entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale, created with Urban Think Tank and Iwan Baan, McGuirk's work has become a touchstone for the architecture world's recent interest in both low-cost housing solutions and in Latin America. This review of Radical Cities by Joshua K Leon was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Finding Radical Alternatives in Slums, Exurbs, and Enclaves."

Justin McGuirk’s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we’re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can’t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor. The only alternative is collective action at the grassroots level, and I’ve never read more vivid reporting on the subject.

Second Solo House to Open Its Doors

What happens when eight world-renowned architects are given carte blanche to design holiday homes on a dream site in Spain? This is precisely what French developer Christian Bourdais set out to discover with the launch of the Solo House project in 2010, and now, you can find out for yourself. Just two years after the completion of Solo Pezo, by Chilean architect Pezo von Ellrichshausen, the second of twelve houses is now emerging for tours and site visits. Solo OFFICE, by Office Kersten Geers David van Severen, will open its doors to visitors this week, October 9 through 11, as it nears fruition. 

Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network

As both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gather momentum in the architecture world, they also gather criticism. The crowdsourcing design website Arcbazar, for example, has recently attracted critics who label it as “the worst thing to happen to architecture since the internet started.” A few months ago, I myself strongly criticized the 17John apartment-hotel in New York for stretching the definition of "crowdfunding" to the point where it lost validity, essentially becoming a meaningless buzzword.

In response to this criticism, I spoke to Rodrigo Nino, the founder of Prodigy Network, the company behind 17 John, who offered to counter my argument. Read on after the break for his take on the benefits of tapping into the 'wisdom of crowds.'

Wood Encouragement Policy Coming To Australia

Latrobe City Council is pushing an initiative that would put “wood first.” If implemented, the “Wood Encouragement Policy” would educate architects and industry professionals about the structural and environmental benefits of wood in an effort to promote the local timber industry and use of sustainable building materials. Following the lead of the United States and New Zealand, both of which recently established “wood encouragement” policies, the council hopes that this will set a precedent that can be applied throughout the rest of Australia. 

VIDEO: "Ambient 30_60 - Yap_Constructo" by Cristobal Palma

Cristobal Palma from Estudio Palma presents his latest video of Ambient 30 60, UMWELT's pavilion for Yap_Constructo 2014 in Chile. The video aptly captures the spirit of the Young Architects Program (YAP) -- an annual collaboration between the MoMA and MoMA PS1 that takes place in Istanbul, New York, Rome and Santiago.

Eight Ingenious Interiors

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

Continuing with our materials-themed posts celebrating the launch of AD Materials (our US product catalog), we decided to round-up eight materials/products (from a light fixture made from woven irrigation hoses - really - to a wall made from shoeboxes) that make their interiors truly ingenious. Enjoy!

Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy

The City of Denver has launched “Imagine 2020,” a pro-arts cultural plan that will pave the way for more city-wide “art opportunities” over the next seven years. According to the Denver Post, this initiative will include the revision of “plans, permits and codes” to allow for more installations, offer small micro-art grants for residents and neighborhoods, and establish large public gathering places throughout the city. You can learn more, here

Under Construction: Place of Remembrance / Barclay & Crousse

  • Architects: Barclay & Crousse
  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Project Architects: Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse
  • Collaborators: Paulo Shimabukuro, Carlos Fernandez, Sebastián Cilloniz, Rosa Aguirre, Mauricio Sialer
  • Project Area: 4896.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photography: Cristobal Palma

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma

Bestias XX / MoVe architects

  • Architects: MoVe architects
  • Location: Providencia 2124, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Paula Velasco, Max Velasco, Alberto Moletto
  • Area: 12.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cristobal Palma, MoVe architects

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © MoVe architects © Cristobal Palma

Solo Houses: When Architects Are Given Carte Blanche

French developer Christian Bourdais has enlisted eight architects to develop vacation homes on a 50-hectare nature reserve about two hours south of Barcelona. So far, so normal. However, each participant in the "Solo Houses" experiment was given what every architect dreams of (and hardly ever receives): carte blanche. The results, from the likes of Sou Fujimoto, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, and more, are stunning. See them all after the break... 

Casa Faustino / Didier Faustino. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses Casa Johnston Marklee / Johnston Marklee. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses Casa Office KGDVS / Office KGDVS. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses Casa Pezo / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma

Patio House / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

  • Architects: Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
  • Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Cristian Undurraga
  • Design Team: Orlando Etcheberrigaray, Eduardo Castillo, Cristian Larrain
  • Landscape Architect: Juan Grimm
  • Area: 460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

© Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma

Casa La Cañada / Ricardo Torrejon

© Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma

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

Biennial of the Americas 2013: Draft Urbanism

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

Colorado’s Biennial of the Americas has invited artists and architects from across the Americas to participate in the second edition of Draft Urbanism: a citywide exhibition that examines the evolving relationship we have with our cities. This year, four architects - plan:b arquitectos (Colombia), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff (New York/Berlin), and Alex Schweder (New York) - were commissioned to each design and build a large-scale installation that address site-specific urban challenges and key planning issues presently facing downtown Denver. 

With urban challenges ranging from Denver’s over abundance of surface parking lots to the effects of an 8-lane thoroughfare that splits the downtown core, these four installations aim to portray a deep understanding of the city’s history while proposing innovative ways in which art can address our urban future. 

Read on to learn about the installations and view a short film for each by Cristobal Palma

WORLD PHOTO DAY: The 13 Architecture Photographers to Follow Now

In honor of World Photo Day, we've rounded up the 13 architectural photographers who have been impressing us most in 2013. From industry heavyweights, like Iwan Baan and Thomas Mayer, to relative new comers, such as Miguel de Guzmán and Fran Parente, these photographers have traveled the world, getting the architectural shots we only dream of. See all 13, after the break...

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego by Eduardo Souto de Moura© Fernando Guerra Guggenheim Bilbao by Frank Gehry © Duccio Malagamba © Christian Richters Image from franparente's Instagram page. Image © franparente