Kickstarter, a site based on the seductive idea of “crowdfunding” – in which consumers collectively invest in a product in order for it to become reality – has taken on a life of its own. From straightforward consumer products (like a cool watch) to creative projects (Roman Mars’ radio show) and even to large-scale Urbanism projects (including an entire riverwater pool), Kickstarter has evolved to finance ever more complex, ambitious, and risky endeavors.
But are there limits? Can you harness the purchasing power of the public to “crowdfund” anything? To, say, design/build a city?
More images of the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, BD Bacatá, after the break…
Architects: EDU Medellín
Location: Medellín, Colombia
Design Team: Juan Mejia, Gustavo Adolfo Restrepo, John Octavio Ortiz, Alejandra Gomez, Maria Elena Arango, Adolfo Emilio Arboleda, Julian Yepes, Isabel Mejia, Alba Milena Garcia, Diego Alberto Serna, Victor Hugo Garcia, Jerónimo Franco, Jose Puentes, Andres Montoya, Gustavo Ramirez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU Medellín
Back in 2010, we featured the Aquatic Centre for the Southamerican Games designed by LCLAOFFICE + Edgar Mazo + Sebastián Mejia (former Paisajes Emergentes). Today, we have an amazing video of the Aquatic Centre that Cristobal Palma shared with us.
You can check some more videos by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily:
Architect: Oscar Mesa
Location: Medellin, Colombia
Total Area: 900 sqm
Year of Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Oscar Mesa
The Girardota’s Metropolitan Coliseum Competition winners were announced. First Prize goes to the team of Juan Sebastián Larrota, Felipe Robayo, Sebastián Gaviria, AlcuboArquitectos (Alejandro Martínez, Marcela Marulanda) and G-Arquitectura (Juan David García, Natalia Mejía). More images and architect’s description after the break.
Location: Colombia – Medellin, Zona Sur Occidental – Comuna 16 Belén, Carrera 73 con calle 14
Project Team: Arq. John Octavio Ortiz; Arq. Carlos Mario Rodriguez, Arq. Andres Lujan, Arq. Carmen Hurtado, Prac. Arq. Patricia Arango
Construction: Coninsa Ramon HS.A
Project area: 4.098 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU
A renaissance through architecture has been unfolding throughout the past several years in Colombia’s second largest city – Medellin. Home to 3.5 million inhabitants it was plagued by violence in the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, through an ambitious plan headed by former mayor Sergio Fajardo, the cityscape has undergone a dramatic shift since his election in 2003. One of the defining principles of this initiative that invested millions into civic architecture and public infrastructure was to build in some of the roughest districts of the city. More details after the break.
Architects: MGP arquitectura y Urbanismo / Felipe González-Pacheco
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Designers: Felipe González-Pacheco, Alvaro Bohorquez, Alberto Aranda
Team: Juliana Sorzano, Paola Moreno, José Cohecha, Camilo Correa
Construction: Exacta proyecto total, Luis Guillermo Vallejo
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6,200 sqm
Photographs: Andrés Valbuena