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The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

Community Primary School for Girls / Orkidstudio

02:00 - 17 May, 2016
Community Primary School for Girls / Orkidstudio, © Peter Dibdin
© Peter Dibdin

© Peter Dibdin © Peter Dibdin © Peter Dibdin © Peter Dibdin + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kenema, Sierra Leone
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Architects Team Up with Khmer Women to Build a Community Centre with Fabric and Concrete

08:00 - 17 November, 2015
Architects Team Up with Khmer Women to Build a Community Centre with Fabric and Concrete, Courtesy of Orkidstudio
Courtesy of Orkidstudio

Using an innovative method of casting concrete in lightweight fabric molds, the architects of Orkidstudio -- along with StructureMode -- teamed up with a group of Khmer women in Sihanoukville, Cambodia to rebuild a community centre in the city’s urban heart.

The construction technique was developed and tested by engineers from StructureMode using a combination of physical testing and computer analysis software, Oasys GSA Suite, to predict the stretch of a particular fabric when concrete is poured inside. Through three-dimensional sketches the seamstresses and building team could understand the construction sequence of the form, completing the entire project in just eight weeks.

Courtesy of Orkidstudio Courtesy of Orkidstudio © Lindsay Perth © Lindsay Perth + 39

Nakuru Project / Orkidstudio

01:00 - 8 December, 2014
Nakuru Project  / Orkidstudio, © Odysseas Mourtzouchos
© Odysseas Mourtzouchos

© Odysseas Mourtzouchos © Odysseas Mourtzouchos © Odysseas Mourtzouchos © Odysseas Mourtzouchos + 23

The Mutende Project II / Orkidstudio

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
The Mutende Project II / Orkidstudio, Courtesy of Orkidstudio
Courtesy of Orkidstudio

Courtesy of Orkidstudio Courtesy of Orkidstudio Courtesy of Orkidstudio Courtesy of Orkidstudio + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chingola, Zambia
  • Project Directors

    James Mitchell, Guylee Simmonds, Gaynor Duthie, Paul Duffy, SelinaKatto
  • Design Team

    Frazer Haviz, Jonny Campbell, Tom Woodward, Roz Peebles, Emily Young, India Wills, Paul Elliot, Ellie Garrard, Hannah Wiesler Leas, Jess Robinson
  • Structural Engineers

    Structure Mode
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013