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CODE Works with Refugees to Create PLUG-IN Collective Space for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin

16:00 - 11 September, 2018
CODE Works with Refugees to Create PLUG-IN Collective Space for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz
PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz

A team of architecture students at the CODE department of the TU Berlin have built PLUG-IN, a pavilion addressing the Home not Shelter! Initiative. Built as a collaborative process between students and refugees, the pavilion was realized under the direction of Prof. Ralf Pasel and his team. PLUG-IN physically expands the living space to creates a responsive project that goes beyond housing needs. The project was specifically proposed and built for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.

PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz + 28

Agricultural School Bella Vista / CODE

11:06 - 17 July, 2017
Agricultural School Bella Vista / CODE, © Andreas Rost - CODE
© Andreas Rost - CODE

© Andreas Rost - CODE © Andreas Rost - CODE © Andreas Rost - CODE © Andreas Rost - CODE + 19

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  • Location

    Av. Santa Cruz, km 8, Bella Vista, Quillacollo, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Project Year

    2014
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Laws Behind LA's Flat Skyscrapers

19:00 - 6 February, 2012
© <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons / Pintaric
© Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric

Ever wonder why the skyline of Los Angeles is peppered with flat top skyscrapers? Or for that matter, why does such a global cosmopolitan city have so relatively few skyscrapers dotting its cityscape, the majority residing in downtown LA?

The answer lies in a section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code introduced in 1974 – Sec. 57.118.12 – “Emergency Helicopter Landing Facility.” The code stipulates that “Each building shall have a rooftop emergency helicopter landing facility in a location approved by the Chief.” The text also dictates that the helipads measure 50′x50′ in addition to a 25′ safety buffer. The resulting skyline thus far has been dominated by flat roof skyscrapers that would only make it through the planning process if in strict accordance with this code. However, a newly introduced proposal called the Hollywood Community Plan would allow skyscrapers to be constructed along the subway served “Hollywood Corridor.” In lieu of embarking on a plan that would surely result in more box type towers, an amendment has been introduced into the plan that would exempt skyscrapers within the corridor from having to conform to Sec. 57.118.12 helipad requirements. More After the break.