Conolove / Oficina Informal

© Santiago Pinyol

Architects: Oficina Informal
Location: , Bogota,
Project Area: 125.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Santiago Pinyol

House on the Lake / De La Carrera – Cavanzo Arquitectura

© Luis Alberto Mariño

Architects: De La Carrera – Cavanzo Arquitectura
Location: , Cundinamarca,
Architect In Charge: Fernando de La Carrera, Alejandro Cavanzo
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Luis Alberto Mariño

Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

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Combo  latest ideas challenge asks participants to “rethink refueling” in a competition which seeks to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and “a bright future.” Although the number of vehicles worldwide ”surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century.” As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architects: Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos
Location: Carrera 22 # 24-52, Bogotá, Bogotá,
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila J,, Andrés Arenas R.

Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP Oficina de Arquitectura

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Architects: FP Oficina de Arquitectura
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
Project Architect: Mauricio Montoya
Designers: José Puentes, Mauricio Montoya
Construction: Consorcio Ménsula Ecco
Project Area: 4060.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura, Fundación Argos

Ask Arup: How to Build on a Site that is “Pretty Much a Pool”

Eco shelter rendering, Refugio Nasua.. Image © fabrica de ideas ( Elejalde and Julián Felipe Villa)

This article originally appeared on as “Ask Arup: Silty Sand Solutions.”

Architect Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde’s client tasked him with designing an off-the-grid getaway for a rural site near Medellín, Colombia. After completing the initial design concept, Correa Elejalde ordered a soil study of the client’s land.

Unfortunately, the results showed the site to be “pretty much a pool,” he said; the high water table and thick layers of loose soil would provide little capacity to support heavy objects above.

After seeing Arup Connect’s call for engineering-related questions on ArchDaily, he reached out to see if we could offer any insight.

MOBO to Streamline Public Access to Cartagena’s UNESCO-Protected Fortress Wall

La Media Luna. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O.

MOBO Architects has won a competition to refurbish the vertical and horizontal access structures of the UNESCO protected fortresses that surround ’s colonial walled city. With an aim to create a walking tour through the bastions and walls that is both safe and pleasant, MOBO’s winning proposal offers a series of urban interventions that will unify the existing disparate structures and create a continuous pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. This, as MOBO describes, will “completely restructure the way that the citizens and visitors use not only the wall, but also the spaces in the city.”

Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

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Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: , Bogota,
Design Team: Daniel Bonilla, Juliana Lozano, Pedro Pulido, Seir Amaya, Alexander Roa, Adriana Hernández, Álvaro Acosta, Mauricio Morales, Oscar Montenegro, David Córdoba, Juan Andrés Díaz
General Management: Gerencia de proyectos Cámara de Comercio
Project Area: 11436.0 m2
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila, Sergio Gómez, Juan Silva

West 8 Set to Revitalize Colombia’s Rio Cali Park

Paseo Linear. Image Courtesy of West 8

After forty years of social upheaval, , Colombia is refocusing its attention on urban planning and revitalization. A steadily stabilizing economy has led to investment in the renewal of the public realm and transportation systems. Working to promote Cali’s natural heritage, West 8 has teamed up with the Municipality of Cali to design the Rio Cali Park as part of an initiative called “A Dream to Cross a River.” The project aims to integrate a safe, well-connected public space with a thriving urban center.

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

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Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá, Bogota,
Design Team: Eduardo Varela, María Paula Gonzales Bozzi, Alexander Roa, Nicolás Mujica
General Management: Daniel Bonilla
Project Area: 1560.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

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Architects: OPUS, Toroposada Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
Project Area: 61000.0 m2
Photographs: Sergio Gómez

BO House / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: Envigado, Antioquia,
Project Team: Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón, Alejandro Henao
Project Direction: Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
Construction: Verónica Vásquez
Project Area: 300.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alejandro Arango

Embera Atrato Medio School / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: Vigía del Fuerte, Antioquia,
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Work Team: Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón
Area: 1305.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julian Castro , Alejandro Arango

Antonio Derka School / Obranegra Arquitectos

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Architects: Obranegra Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Isaac Ramírez, Sergio Gómez, Alejandro Arango, Alfonso Posada, Carlos Pardo, Luis Adriano Ramírez

El Carajo House / Obranegra Arquitectos

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Architects: Obranegra Arquitectos
Location: El Retiro, Antioquia,
Collaborators: Carlos Andrés Holguín, Carolina Vélez Duque, Alejandro Ochoa, Juan Camilo Llano
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicolás Mántaras, Isaac Ramírez, Alejandro Ochoa, Carlos Pardo

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

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Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: , Bolivar,
Associated Manater: Juan Manuel Gil
Concept Design: Nestor Gualteros, Rocio Lamprea
Project Development: Fredy Fortich, Rocio Lamprea, Liv Johana Zea, Diego Castro, Maria Sol Echeverri
Interns: Stephany Zapata, Juliana Alzate, Andres Correa, Jessica Jaramillo, Samir Abu-Shibab, Santiago Rincon, Fabvio Caicedo, Alejandra Loreto, Christelle Tsikras, Manuel Gutierrez
Project Area: 11200 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Pies Descalzos Foundation

CR House / H+H Arquitectos

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Architects: H+H Arquitectos
Location: , Bogota, Colombia
Project Architects: Eric Halliday, Martin Halliday
Project Area: 711.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Rodrigo Dávila

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: , Bogota,
Project Architects: Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
Project Area: 4500.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photography: Andrés Valbuena, Santiago Pyniol