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MVRDV Designs Reusable Pavilion for Bogotá Book Fair

12:00 - 30 April, 2016
MVRDV Designs Reusable Pavilion for Bogotá Book Fair, © Punto Avi
© Punto Avi

MVRDV’s design for the Dutch exhibition “Hola Holanda” at the Book Fair of Bogotá (FILBO) features a modular system of crates that will be repurposed as neighbourhood libraries after the Book Fair ends. Avoiding the waste of resources created by one-time pavilions, the Dutch firm has introduced a playful element of sustainability to the fair, maintaining its spirit even after the event ends.

La Principal / KDF Arquitectura

13:00 - 14 March, 2016
La Principal  / KDF Arquitectura, © Niko Jacob – Emilio Arango
© Niko Jacob – Emilio Arango

© Niko Jacob – Emilio Arango © Niko Jacob – Emilio Arango © Lucho Mariño © Lucho Mariño +24

Anglo Colombiano Primary School Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

13:00 - 1 February, 2016
 Anglo Colombiano Primary School Building  / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos, © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +14

MOBO Architects Win Competition to Design Government Building in Bogotá, Colombia

12:00 - 23 January, 2016
MOBO Architects Win Competition to Design Government Building in Bogotá, Colombia, © M.O.N.O.M.O., Courtesy of MOBO Architects
© M.O.N.O.M.O., Courtesy of MOBO Architects

MOBO Architects has won the Colombian Society of Architects’ (SCA) public competition to design an institutional building for the department for social integration in the city of Bogotá.

MACONDO Pavilion Architecture / Manuel Villa Arquitectos + Oficina Informal

13:00 - 27 October, 2015
MACONDO Pavilion Architecture / Manuel Villa Arquitectos + Oficina Informal, © Santiago Pinyol
© Santiago Pinyol

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol +25

Bicentennial Tower / Entorno AID + CMS+GMP

17:00 - 2 October, 2015
Bicentennial Tower / Entorno AID + CMS+GMP, © Jairo Llano
© Jairo Llano

© Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano +39

The Mayor Who Used Small Steps to Transform Bogotá for the Better

04:00 - 19 August, 2015
The Mayor Who Used Small Steps to Transform Bogotá for the Better, Mimes ridiculing bad-behaviour on the roads in Bogotá
Mimes ridiculing bad-behaviour on the roads in Bogotá

In a recent article for The New York Times Antanas Mockus, the former Mayor of Bogotá who served two terms in office between 1995 and 2003, discusses what he learnt to be "the art of changing a city." Mockus, a professor of philosophy by vocation, was at times pressured to wear a bullet-proof vest — which he wore with a heart-shaped hole cut over his chest as a "symbol of confidence, or defiance, for nine months." His article discusses how his government tackled Bogotá's "chaotic and dangerous" traffic through a thumbs-up, thumbs-down card system performed by mimes, how they dealt with water shortages, and how they persuaded 63,000 households to voluntarily pay 10% more tax.

RSHP Unveils Plans for Two Tower Development in Bogotá

14:37 - 12 March, 2015
RSHP Unveils Plans for Two Tower Development in Bogotá, © RSHP
© RSHP

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled a massive commercial development planned for central Bogotá. The mixed-use project, ATRIO will be comprised of a 200-meter North Tower and 268-meter South Tower that will be connected by a large, open public space that will take up two thirds of the project’s site in the area of Centro Internacional on Avenida El Dorado and Avenida Caracas.

“The clients brief was not only to deliver class office accommodation but also to create a new public space at the heart of the city. The project is a really exciting opportunity to contribute to the resurgence of a civic society in Bogota,” says Simon Smithson, Partner and lead designer at RSHP.

Conolove / Oficina Informal

14:00 - 24 February, 2015
Conolove / Oficina Informal, © Santiago Pinyol
© Santiago Pinyol

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Arquitecto a Cargo

    Antonio Yemail
  • Project Area

    125.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos , © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Andrés Arenas © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +34

Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos, © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Sergio Gómez © Juan Silva © Juan Silva +29

University of Los Andes Public Space and Integrated Care Center / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 December, 2014
University of Los Andes Public Space and Integrated Care Center / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos, © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +23

From Bogotá to Bombay: How the World's 'Village-Cities' Facilitate Change

00:00 - 20 October, 2014
From Bogotá to Bombay: How the World's 'Village-Cities' Facilitate Change, “Village-cities,” Usme - Bogotá, Colombia. Image © Laura Amaya
“Village-cities,” Usme - Bogotá, Colombia. Image © Laura Amaya

Perched behind the fog that conceals Bogotá’s mountains is William Oquendo’s house. It is a labyrinth of doors and windows, wherein a bedroom opens into the kitchen and a bathroom vents out into the living room.

Five thousand 5,000 kilometers away in Rio de Janeiro, Gilson Fumaça lives on the terrace level of a three-story house built by his grandfather, his father, and now himself. It’s sturdy; made out of brick and mortar on the ground floor, concrete on the second, and a haphazard combination of zinc roof tiles and loose bricks on the third. The last is Gilson’s contribution, which he will improve as his income level rises.

On the other side of the world in Bombay (Mumbai since 1995), houses encroach on the railway tracks, built and rebuilt after innumerable demolition efforts. “The physical landscape of the city is in perpetual motion,” Suketu Mehta observes in ‘Maximum City.’ Shacks are built out of bamboo sticks and plastic bags; families live on sidewalks and under flyovers in precarious homes constructed with their hands. And while Dharavi—reportedly the largest slum in Asia—has better quality housing, running water, electricity and secure land tenure, this is not the case for most of the new migrants into the city.

CR House / H+H Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
CR House  / H+H Arquitectos, © Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Project Architects

    Eric Halliday, Martin Halliday
  • Project Area

    711.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Click Clack Hotel  / Plan B Arquitectos, © Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Santiago Pyniol © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Jefes de Proyecto

    Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
  • Project Area

    4500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Andrés Valbuena, Santiago Pyniol

Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
© Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 165 N.8A -50 Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects in Charge

    Felipe González-Pacheco Mejía, Álvaro Bohórquez Rivero
  • Area

    1695.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados, © Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Design Team

    Pablo Rodríguez Agudelo, Mónica Botello Agudelo, David Diaz Diaz, Daniel Giraldo Rivera, Julian Sossa Delgado, Jair Pinzon Hernández, Diego Origua Petrel.
  • Project Area

    772.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
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.'