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ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago, © ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within Santiago, Chile that will run along the base of San Cristobal Hill and connect the city's many distinct communities. According to ELEMENTAL, the proposal - named "Metropolitan Promenade" - seeks to facilitate the use and quality of the city's public spaces.

The total project will cost about $16 million USD and will be constructed in two stages. The first is expected for March 2015 and will deal with 7.2 kilometers in the western sector of the park. The second stage, which should be ready in September 2015, will complete the following 7.3 kilometers in the eastern sector of the park.

Read the full architect's description, after the break.

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Common Sense in Sustainable Architecture

00:00 - 23 January, 2014
Common Sense in Sustainable Architecture, Elemental ultimately developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Photo: Elemental.
Elemental ultimately developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Photo: Elemental.

There are very few sceptics who would question the importance of increasing sustainability in architecture. The enhanced social value through better living conditions, physical value in a healthier and less-polluted environment, long-term monetary value via reduced operating and maintenance costs, and ethical value through fairness to future generations are self-evident.

But despite this agreement, the inertia of decision makers in finance and politics who are preoccupied with short-term cycles has slowed the pace of change, and distracts architects and engineers from focussing upon ways to integrate greater sustainable performance into their designs and projects.

Children's Bicentennial Park / ELEMENTAL

01:00 - 26 December, 2013
Children's Bicentennial Park / ELEMENTAL, © Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Perú, Recoleta, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Alejandro Aravena, Ricardo Torrejón, Víctor Oddó, Juan Cerda, Fernando García-Huidobro, Gabriela Larraín, Rebecca Emmons
  • Area

    40000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ELEMENTAL's "Half-Finished" Housing Typology: A Success in All Circumstances

00:00 - 22 November, 2013
ELEMENTAL's "Half-Finished" Housing Typology: A Success in All Circumstances, © ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

Since they first developed the typology for their Quinta Monroy project in Iquique, Chile, the "half-finished home" has become something of a signature for ELEMENTAL: they have used the technique in multiple cities in Chile, as well as their Monterrey Housing project in Mexico. The typology began life as a way of dealing with extremely low budgets, allowing governments to provide housing to citizens at incredibly low prices, but nevertheless creating homes that would provide for the needs of residents and even gain value over time. Now, they have applied the theory to their Villa Verde Housing project, published just last week on ArchDaily.

Read more about the typology, and how it has been applied at Villa Verde, after the break...

Las Cruces Lookout Point / ELEMENTAL

00:00 - 18 November, 2013
Las Cruces Lookout Point / ELEMENTAL, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Cruces, Jal., Mexico
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Alejandro Aravena, Diego Torres, Víctor Oddó
  • Area

    148.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Villa Verde Housing / ELEMENTAL

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
Villa Verde Housing / ELEMENTAL, © Suyin Chia
© Suyin Chia

© Cristian Martinez © Suyin Chia © Suyin Chia © Cristian Martinez + 35

AD Interviews: Alejandro Aravena / ELEMENTAL, Venice Biennale

12:02 - 4 September, 2012

Alejandro Aravena, Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, tells us more about The Magnet and The Bomb, their exhibit at the Venice Biennale. You can learn more about the projects presented at this installation: PRES Constitución and Calama PLUS.

Venice Biennale 2012: The Magnet and the Bomb / ELEMENTAL

17:00 - 29 August, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

An installation highly commented by the visitors of the Vernissage of the Biennale. The Magnet and the Bomb presents two projects from the Chile based practice Elemental, lead by Alejandro Aravena. These projects are urban interventions that were required for specific social issues, that have required a common ground between several stakeholders. A ticking clock bomb counts down at the entrance of the exhibit, that will last the 100 days fo the Biennale, around the same time that both these projects took.

The projects are presented over big walls of unfinished wood, with projections over them. Each project timeline appear on a wall, carved in the case of Constitución (view the PRES Constitución project), and as a series of cards inserted into slots for Calama (view the Calama Plus project).

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Chile is facing a big challenge, as the income has tripled in less than a decade, yet inequalities have remained intact. This is creating popular discontent that is accumulating pressure like a social time bomb. Equally, in order to maintain growth and remain competitive at a global level, the country must attract and retain knowledge creators. Presented here are the projects where architects were required to respond to these profound dilemmas.

INDEX: 2011 Award Winners

17:39 - 1 September, 2011

Just announced last night, the INDEX: Award winners for 2011 were unveiled highlighting five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play and Community. The award ceremony was held in the Copenhagen Opera with a diverse audience from 48 countries.

The winners of the awards propose designs that focus on vastly improving the lives of people all over the world.  The non-profit Danish design organization received nearly 1,000 nominations from 78 countries, which were narrowed down to 60 finalist designs with the five award winners announced last evening.

Receiving the INDEX: Award HOME Category was Chilean architecture firm ELEMENTAL for their project Monterrey, a revolutionary new model for social housing in Mexico. ELEMENTAL’s social housing design for Mexican citizens, provides residents with the opportunity to construct part of the home themselves. By only building half the house residents, when time, effort and resources permit, personalize the home reflecting the needs and wishes of each individual family.

Ruta del Peregrino Phase II Completed

07:30 - 6 May, 2011
Sneak Peek © Iwan Baan
Sneak Peek © Iwan Baan

Looking back at the Easter Pilgrimage 2011 at Ruta del Peregrino, the most important event of the year, we are pleased to announce the final step of the second construction phase (you can check the complete project over here).

This year, for the first time, the pilgrims were able to use the finished viewpoint by HHF Architects, offering a new way to experience the site.

The sanctuary by Tatiana Bilbao and the viewpoint by Christ&Gantenbein are under construction; their presence will mark the completion of the entire Ruta within a few months.

All images by Iwan Baan and you can check his website for the full coverage.

ELEMENTAL wins Brit Insurance Design Award

12:31 - 9 March, 2010

ELEMENTAL’s Monterrey housing development has won the architecture category in the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards.

Monterrey Housing / ELEMENTAL

01:00 - 9 March, 2010
Monterrey Housing / ELEMENTAL, © Ramiro Ramirez
© Ramiro Ramirez

© Ramiro Ramirez © Ramiro Ramirez © Ramiro Ramirez © Ramiro Ramirez + 44

Quinta Monroy / ELEMENTAL

01:00 - 31 December, 2008
Quinta Monroy / ELEMENTAL, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

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