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Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero

  • Architects: Juan David Botero
  • Location: Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architect Designs Coordinator: Juan David Botero
  • Architects Task Force: Maria Fernanda Vasco O, Carla Cristina Gil, Jorge Adrian Gaviria, Catalina Jaramillo, Daniel Santiago Herrera, Elías José Gomez, Víctor Hugo Rodriguez, Alejandro Naranjo, Oscar Santana
  • Advisory Architect design: Carlos Mario Rodriguez
  • Area: 21000.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Isaac Ramírez Marín

© Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín

La Condesa / Plasma Nodo

  • Designer: Plasma Nodo
  • Location: Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design team: Santiago Bohórquez, Daniel Mejía, Sara Ramírez
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía

9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO

  • Architects: PLASMA NODO
  • Location: Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía

How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space

With a high-density population and a history of internal armed conflict, the city of Medellín in Colombia lacked substantial public space, but had an overwhelming amount of industrial infrastructure in place. But as profiled by The Architectural Review, recently architects and urban planners of the EPM group saw this imbalance as an opportunity, and so in the uninhabited patches of land surrounding over one hundred fenced industrial lots, the UVA or Unidades de Vida Articulada (Units of Articulated Life) program was born. Including initiatives to build public classrooms, launderettes and cafés, the UVA projects were conceived together with the local population through a series of workshops, where every resident was invited to express their vision for the new public square through writing and drawing. Medellín, existing at the convergence of several hills, provides a wide variety of unique landscapes for architects to experiment on - and through the UVA projects, EPM Group demonstrates how architecture can empower a community from the first day of design. Read more about how this project will continue to instigate positive change at The Architectural Review.

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

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

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

  • Architects: OPUS + MEJÍA
  • Location: Calle # 18-9, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Director: Edgar Mejía Escobar, Manuel Jaén Posada, Carlos Andrés Betancur, Carlos David Montoya
  • Coordinator: Santiago López Posada
  • Design Team: Carlos Cano, Juan Sebastián Restrepo, Mario Camargo
  • Area: 2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP Oficina de Arquitectura

  • Architects: FP Oficina de Arquitectura
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • 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

© Fundación Argos Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura © Fundación Argos Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura

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

This article originally appeared on Arup Connect 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.

Antonio Derka School / Obranegra Arquitectos

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

© Sergio Gómez © Alejandro Arango © Alfonso Posada © Sergio Gómez

Latin America's Top 8 Smart Cities

In this article for Fast Company, Boyd Cohen counts down the top 8 smart cities in Latin America. Using publicly available data and his own comprehensive framework to evaluate how smart a city is, he has generated a list which even he admits features a couple of surprises in the top spots. To see the list and discover what each city has achieved to deserve its ranking, you can read the full article here.

The Moravia Kindergarten / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Javier Castañeda Acero

  • Architects: Alejandro Restrepo Montoya , Javier Castañeda Acero
  • Location: Carrera 57, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Team: Javier Castañeda Acero, Alejandro Restrepo Montoya, Edison Bedoya Santamaría, Juan Esteban Parra Henao, Pablo Rico Álvarez, Jorge Andrés Arenas Betancur, Juan David Cerón Betancur, Zulay Andrea Rendón Cardona
  • Area: 950.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Sergio Gómez, Juan Felipe Gómez Tobón

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

Cities are for People: Turning Underused Spaces into Public Places

It begins with a fundamental premise: Buildings occupy only a fraction of land in cities. Just as important as physical structures, are the public spaces in between.

In many cities these spaces have long been disregarded. Today, however, we are witnessing bold experimentation and innovation coming forth from cities across the globe: cities re-using and re-imagining previously underused spaces in order to uplift communities and transform lives. 

RV House / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo + Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo

  • Architects: Alejandro Restrepo Montoya, Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo, Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Team: Álvaro Mauricio López Gómez, Juan Camilo Garcés Cuesta
  • Area: 415.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya, Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

AD Interviews Eduardo Souto de Moura On His Latest Prize

ArchDaily got the chance to briefly speak with Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura when he (along with the Porto Metro Authority) received the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design earlier this month. His design for the Metro system in Porto, Portugal garnered high praise from the jury, with member Rahul Mehrotra explaining that the project “shows generosity to the public realm unusual for contemporary infrastructure projects.” Upon receipt of the award, the head of the Porto Metro, João Velez Carvalho, thanked Souto de Moura for his efforts in this “urban revolution” and touted Porto as a destination in which people actively and enthusiastically seek out the architecture of Souto de Moura and fellow Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. 

Souto de Moura spent a few moments with us to describe both the challenges and rewards of working on a project that saw the completion of 60 new stations constructed in 10 years within the sensitive fabric of the city of Porto—a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

ArchDaily: What is your opinion of architecture prizes?

Eduardo Souto de Moura: I won’t be modest, I like describing my opinion about them because the profession is so tough and difficult that is it complicated to achieve a high level of quality. So when you’re awarded a prize it’s like a confirmation of your effort. But the other thing is that a project is not the act of an individual, it’s a collective act. When there’s a prize, the press and the people, the “anonymous people,” go see the project and talk about it, critique it. That’s what gives me the motivation to continue in the profession. And every time it gets more difficult. 

UB House / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo + Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo

  • Architects: Alejandro Restrepo Montoya, Camilo Andrés Mejía Bravo, Andrés Felipe Mesa Trujillo
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Team: Álvaro Mauricio López Gómez, Juan Camilo Garcés Cuesta
  • Area: 465.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya

Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya Courtesy of Alejandro Restrepo Montoya

Winners Announced for 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design award winners: Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia. 

When commenting on the significance of the two prize-winning projects, jury member Micahel Sorkin stated: "If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible."

More about the prize-winning projects, courtesy of the GSD:

Urban Current[s] Competition Entry / L+CC + Taller 301 + openfabric

A conceptual framework for the development of the city of Medellin, the Urban Current[s] competition proposal by L+CC (Land+Civilization Compositions), Taller 301, and openfabric considers it important to think of the river territory beyond a simple design of public space. Instead, this is seen as the opportunity to re-structure and establish a framework for the future development of Medellín. Their approach creates new principles for the development of the city by using all available resources (natural, social, economic, political, and cultural) to link the city with its history, its ecology, and the movement of people in the territory. More images and architects' description after the break.

Las Palmas House / Carlos Molina

  • Architects: Carlos Molina
  • Location: Medellín, Colombia
  • Architect: Carlos Molina
  • Photography: Carlos Tobon

© Carlos Tobon © Carlos Tobon © Carlos Tobon © Carlos Tobon