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, Colombia
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,
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

El Guadual Children Center / Daniel Joseph Feldman Mowerman + Iván Dario Quiñones Sanchez

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Architects: Daniel Joseph Feldman Mowerman,
Location: Villarrica, Villa Rica, Cauca department,
Area: 1823.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ivan Dario Quiñones Sanchez

Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

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Architects: MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo
Location: Calle 165 N.8A -50 , Colombia
Architect In Charge: Felipe González-Pacheco Mejía, Álvaro Bohórquez Rivero
Design Team: María Andrea Díaz, Laura Caicedo, Uriel Rivera, María Francisca Echeverri, Camilo Correa, Santiago Suarez.
Area: 1695.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrés Valbuena

Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados

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Architects: Arquiteck & Asociados
Location: , Bogota,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Rodríguez Agudelo, Mónica Botello Agudelo, David Diaz Diaz, Daniel Giraldo Rivera, Julian Sossa Delgado, Jair Pinzon Hernández, Diego Origua Petrel
Project Area: 772 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrés Valvuena

Vigía Del Fuerte Educational Park / Mauricio Valencia + Diana Herrera + Lucas Serna + Farhid Maya

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Architects: , , Lucas Serna, Farhid Maya
Location: Antioquia, Colombia
Architect In Charge: Mauricio Valencia, Diana Herrera, Lucas Serna, Farhid Maya
Project Area: 894.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Farhid Maya

Lightweight Concrete Structure Wins Competition for New Gramalote Market Plaza

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In 2010, the town of Gramalote in Colombia was destroyed by a catastrophic mudslide, triggered by heavy rainfall and a series of small earthquakes. Now the town is being rebuilt from scratch in a new location, and the government has introduced architectural competitions for the town’s major public buildings, including a high school, sports center, a cultural center, a public market, an elderly home and a farmer center.

Architects Rodrigo Chain and Jheny Nieto have shared their winning design for the New Gramalote Market Plaza with us, a structure of 15 concrete modules that occupies a steeply sloping site. Read on after the break for more on the design.

La Leroteca / Lacaja Arquitectos

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Architects: Lacaja Arquitectos
Location: Cundinamarca,
Architect In Charge: Gloria Serna Meza
Area: 152 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila

Casa 7A / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia

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Architects: Arquitectura en Estudio + 
Location: Payandé, , Cundinamarca, Colombia
Design Team: Carlos Nuñez, Natalia Heredia
Area: 550 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Uribe

Chemical Engineering & Chemistry Building / Universidad Nacional de Colombia

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Architects: Universidad Nacional de
Location: Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
Design Team: Claudia Lucia Rueda León, Diego Andrés Rodas Ovalle, Germán Vargas Escobar, Andrés Felipe Martínez Arismendi
Associate Professor: José Fernando Muñoz Robledo
Area: 7226.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Germán Vargas Escobar, Constructor Andrés Moreno Sánchez, Andrés Felipe Martínez Arismendi, Courtesy of Universidad Nacional De Colombia, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Hurtado

Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of

As both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gather momentum in the architecture world, they also gather criticism. The 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.’

House in Chia / Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architects: Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos
Location: Institución Educativa La Balsa, , Cundinamarca,
Architect In Charge: Jairo Llano.
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jairo Llano

Richard Meier Designs Two-Tower Residential Development for Bogota

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Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled designs for their first project in Bogota: Vitrvm. Conceptualized as two towers united at the base, the new 13-story residential development will provide 36 apartments along Septima Avenue in the north section of the city.

“The project is contextually inspired by the beauty of its immediate surroundings,” described the architects. “It aims to reflect and to engage the beautiful gardens and large trees at the Chico Park and the Seminario Mayor,” one of the largest and most important seminaries in .

Crowdfunding in Architecture: Game Changer or PR Game?

The design for the 17 John Cotel in Manhattan. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network

Building off of the success of their crowdfunded BD Bacatá building in Colombia, the real estate group Prodigy Network has announced a plan to bring this same funding method to New York, with an apartment hotel in Manhattan named 17 John.

The project, a glassy rooftop extension to the existing art deco building at 17 John Street, has much in common with Prodigy Network’s past projects: the same funding method as their skyscraper in Bogotá as well as the same designer, Winka Dubbeldam, head of the practice Archi-Techtonics. Dubbeldam also previously helped them to crowdsource ideas for the future development of Bogotá in the “My Ideal City” project.

However, when applied to the USA, this funding paradigm – which is so promising in – becomes twisted beyond recognition. Upon close inspection, 17 John more resembles the standard developer’s model than anything else – and the claims of ethical superiority begin to melt away.