Fernando Botero Park Library / G Ateliers Architecture

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Architects: G Ateliers Architecture
Location: San Cristóbal, Medellín, Antioquia,
Design Principal: Orlando Garcia
Project Team: Adriana Salazar
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Orlando Garcia

BD Bacatá: The World’s First Crowdfunded Skyscraper

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?

Well, if ’s BD Bacatá building, the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, is anything to go by – the answer would seem to be yes.

More images of the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, BD Bacatá, after the break…

‘Carabineros’ Fort / EDU Medellín

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Architects: EDU Medellín
Location: Medellín, Colombia
Design Team: Juan MejiaGustavo 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

Santo Domingo Savio Kindergarten / Plan B arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B arquitectos
Location: Medellín,
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Work Team: Juan Pablo Giraldo, Juan Camilo Ramirez, Miguel Martos, Carlos Blanco
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Courtesy of Plan B arquitectos

El Caracol Kindergarten / Demos Arquitectos

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Architects: Demos Arquitectos
Location: Patio Bonito, Bogotá, Bogota,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Demos Arquitectos

House “Lago en el Cielo” / David Ramirez

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Architects: David Ramirez Arquitectos
Location: , Antioquia,
Architect In Charge: David Ramirez
Design Team: David Ramirez
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 352.0 sqm
Photographs: Camilo Duque

VIDEO: Aquatic Centre / LCLAOFFICE + Edgar Mazo + Sebastián Mejia, by Cristobal Palma

Back in 2010, we featured the Aquatic Centre for the Southamerican Games designed by LCLAOFFICE + Edgar Mazo + (former Paisajes Emergentes). Today, we have an amazing video of the Aquatic Centre that Cristobal Palma shared with us.

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Los Nogales School Chapel / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

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Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá,
Chair Design: Lorenzo Castro
Photographs: Ricardo Amado Fotografía


Family House in Medellin / Oscar Mesa

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Architect: Oscar Mesa
Location: , Colombia
Total Area: 900 sqm
Year of Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Oscar Mesa


Girardota’s Metropolitan Coliseum Competition Winner

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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.

CAI Perifericos / EDU

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Architects: Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano EDU - Taller de Diseño Gerencia de Proyectos Urbanos
Location: Medellín,
Year: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU

JWT Bogotá Headquarters / AEI Arquitectura e Interiores

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Architects: AEI Arquitectura e Interiores
Location: Bogotá,
Area: 2,300 sqm
Date: October 2011
Main Director: Marta Gallo
Design Director: Juan Pablo Campos, Natalia Heredia
Designers: Laura Rosso, Ignacio Arciniegas
Photographs: Andrés Valbuena

Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti

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Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: Santa Marta,
Design Team: Susana Somoza, Andres Sarmiento, Nestor Gualteros, Oscar Cano, Lucia Largo
Structural Engineer: Nicolas Parva
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jorge Gamboa

Belen Police Station / EDU

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Architects: EDU
Location: Colombia – , 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

Casa M / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architect: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, El Poblado Quarter,
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Project Team: Daniel Tobón, Carlos Blanco, Sebastián Serna, Ivanovha Benedetto
Project Year: 2011
Area: 360 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Gomez

Rio Cedro House / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architect: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: , Colombia
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Project Ream: Ivanovha Benedetto, Sebastián Serna, Carlos Blanco
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Sergio Gomez

Medellin’s Architectural Renaissance

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A 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.

Gimnasio Campestre / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

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Architects: MGP arquitectura y Urbanismo / Felipe González-Pacheco
Location: ,
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