Learning from the slums (1/2):literature and urban renewal

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“Slumdog Millionaire” is the movie of the year. Its story of a young guy from Mumbai’s slum of Dharavi, who manages to change its destiny through the “Who wants to be a Millionaire” game has charmed many people, including the Oscars’ jury, who awarded the movie with 8 prizes.

At the same time, the movie has created a debate around slums and how the movie portrays them. “Slumdog Millionaire” follows the mainstream vision of slums, described in the XIX century by writers like Daniel Defoe or Charles Dickens: dark, dirty places, with people packed in small rooms with no water facilities. In slums, riots are frequents, and police can hardly enter: the perfect place for criminals to hide and plan their threats to the society, and the perfect incubator for all sort of diseases.

ORDOS 100 #23: Oyler Wu Collaborative

This villa is located in plot #34 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Fayez Ahbad, Phillip Cameron, Jian Huang, Huy Le
Consulting Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Gueux’s Community of Municipalities Building / AAT

Photography: Nicolas Waltefaugle

This building designed by French architects AAT, was built in a small village close to the millenary town of Reims called Gueux. This building is made to centralize many local institutions and services in one place. a kind of “community for villages”.

Hollywood House / wHY Architecture

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wHY Architecture shared with us an interesting project for a house in Hollywood, a series of spaces contained by a single stripe, alternating between open and closed.

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Mixcoac House / FRENTE + PRODUCTORA

Architects: FRENTE / Juan Pablo Maza + PRODUCTORA
Location: Mixcoac, City,
Project Team: Juan Pablo Maza, Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles, David Ortega, Gabriela Morales, Veronica Espinosa, Jair Calderon
Constructed Area: 92 sqm
Structural Engieering: Oscar Trejo
Design year: 2004
Construction year: 2006
Photographs: Paul Czitrom y Juan Pablo Maza

Residence for a Briard / Sander Architects

Architects: Sander Architects
Location: Culver City, California,
Constructed: 353 sqm
Budget: US $500.000
Photographs:

ORDOS 100 #22: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

This villa is located in plot #12 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Peace Peres House / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

Architect: Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv,
Programme: Auditorium, Offices, , Cafe, Lobby
Construction year: 2008
Local Architects: yoav messer architects
Interior Design: Fuksas
Site work supervisor: Michal Schaffer
Client: Pares Centre for Peace
Landscape Architects: TEMA
Art Work: Mimmo Paladino
Site Area: 7.000 sqm
Constructed Area: 2.500 sqm
Photographs: Moreno Maggi

Villanueva’s Public Library / Meza + Piñol + Ramírez + Torres

Architects: Carlos Meza, Alejandro Piñol, Germán Ramírez, Miguel Torres
Location: Villanueva,
Collaborators: Andrés Rodríguez Cabra y Diana Pizano
Client: National Ministry of Culture, Casanare Government
Graphic design, logo & artwork: Santiago Piñol
Builder: UT Quimper: Ing. Camilo Blanco y Arq. Óscar Pontón
Project year: 2006
Site Area: 2,500 sqm
Constructed Area: 1,551 sqm
Photographs: Nicolás Cabrera, Alejandro Piñol

Residence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architects

Architects: LIJO RENY architects
Location: Thrissur, Kerala,
Interior & Landscape Design: LIJO RENY architects
Project year: 2007
Constructed Area: 255,5 sqm
Client: Dr. Cijo Jos and Dr. Thushara Cijo
Photographs: LIJO RENY architects

6 residential houses in Pahkli street / JVR Arhitektuuribüroo

Architects: JVR Arhitektuuribüroo
Location: Tallinn,
Architect in charge: Kalle Vellevoog, Velle Kadalipp
Design Year: 2004
Construction Year: 2005
Constructed area: 903 sqm
Number of flats: 12
Photographs: Arhitektuuribüroo

Ordino Complex / Arteks Arquitectura & Esther Pascal architect

Architect: ARTEKS Arquitectura + Esther Pascal architect
Location: Ordino, Andorra
Architects in charge: Elisabet Faura & Ester Pascal
Collaborators: Gemma Roca, Dalila Pregal, Alvaro Briceño, Malte Ruckert, Ruper Maurus, Carlos Cobreros, Cecilia Vázquez , Alex Miralles
Artistic Collaborator: Victor Pérez Porro
Structure: GETCE BEAL_ Xavier Beal Vilaginés
Utilities: Bernabé Rodriguez
Acoustics: Higini Arau
General Contractor: COIMA S.A
Constructed Area: 9,714 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute & Eugeni Pons

House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA

I like how this house uses an existing structure to hide, in both landscape and against the strong winds, creating a new habitable interior. This house by (this weeks AD Futures pick) won the Gran Prix for the Latvian Architecture Prize (2005), the Best Technology Award at the Interior Digest Magazine (outstanding implementation of a project using contemporary construction, constructive and electronic technologies, 2006) and was nominated for the (2007).

Location: Saka, Latvia
Architects: NRJA (Uldis Luksevics, Martins Osans)
Client: Una and Andris Vitolins
General Constructor: RBS Skals
Object: private house
Size: 200 sqm2
Year: 2002

ORDOS 100 #19: Work AC

This villa is located in plot #96 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Work AC / Dan Wood and Amale Andraos
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

In progress: Rennes Métropole Crematorium by PLAN 01

Architects: PLAN 01 architects
Location: Rennes Métropole, France
Project team: Jean Bocabeille, Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Christophe Ouhayoun, Stéphane Pertusier, Ignacio Prego, Dominique Vitti, Anne-Charlotte Zanassi, Julien Zanassi and Nicolas Ziesel
Project manager: Daniela Miccolis
Project year: 2005-2009
Site Area: 1,100 sqm
Budget: US $2,72 M
Photographs: © Stéphane Chalmeau

Vladimir Kaspe Cultural Center / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

Architects: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza, Gabriel Covarrubias González, Gerardo Broissin Covarrubias
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Collaborators: María Teresa de la Torre Gorráez, Carlos Rubio, Jessica Vega
Project Year: 2006
Construction: GDI / Ing. José Hinojosa
Structural Engineering: Arq. Fernando Castillo
Photographs: Paul Czitrom

Kalmar Museum of Art / Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

Architects: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter
Location: Kalmar,
Architects in charge: Bolle Tham & Martin Videgård Hansson
Collaborators: Lukas Thiel (project architect) Tove Belfrage, Erik Wåhlström, Johan Bergholm
Constructed Area: 1,594 sqm + existing
Project year: 2007-2008
Client: Municipality of Kalmar
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

The Cathedral of Christ the Light / SOM

If you haven´t heard about Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, maybe you didn´t take and Architecture History class, as they played an active role on the  International Style during the 1930s. They also developed an expertise in high rise towers and structural engineering, shaping the downtown of the most important cities in the United States – and the rest of the world. As of now is one of the largest offices in the world, with on-going projects such as the Burj Dubai, actually the tallest building in the world.

But SOM is not just high rise buildings. They have developed award winning sustainable master plans, interiors, structures, and other types of buildings.

Now we present you The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, CA, an amazing structure with a wooden/glass skin that creates an interior full of light. One of my favorite buildings of the year, already awarded with an AIA Honor Award for Architecture.

We´d like to thank SOM San Francisco for providing us all the information of this new project.

Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Location: Oakland, California,
Design Team: Craig Hartman, FAIA, Design Partner / Gene Schnair, FAIA, Managing Partner / Keith Boswell, AIA, Technical Director / Raymond Kuca, AIA, Project Manager / Patrick Daly, AIA, Senior Design Architect / Eric Keune, AIA / Lisa Gayle Finster, AIA / Christopher Kimball / Jane Lee / Christina Kyrillou / Elizabeth Valadez / Denise Hall Montgomery / Mariah Neilson / Peter Jackson / Surjanto / Gary Rohrbacher / Ayumi Sugiyama / Liang Wu / Katie Motchen / Matthew Tierney / Henry Vlanin
Structural Engineering: Mark Sarkisian, PE, SE, Structural Engineering Director / Peter Lee, PE, SE, Senior Structural Engineer / Eric Long, PE, Senior Structural Engineer / Aaron Mazeika, PE, AP / William Bond / Ernest Vayl / Feliciano Racines / Jean-Pierre Michel Chakar / Lindsay Hu / Rupa Garai / Sarah Diegnan
Interior Design: Tamara Dinsmore, Chanda Capelli, Susanne LeBlanc, Carmen Carrasco, David Lou
General Contractor: Webcor Builders
Design start: 2002
Construction Complete: 2008
Site Area: 2.50 acres
Constructed Area: 20,996 sqm
Photographs: César Rubio, Timothy Hursley, John Blaustein

© César Rubio © Timothy Hursley © César Rubio © John Blaustein

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