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Ortho Apartment / Fábrica Arquitetos

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Pinheiros, Brazil
  • Arquitetos: Fábrica Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 42.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

36 Architecture Firms from the Global South You Should Know

© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe

Countries that are part of the so-called “global south” have undergone many transformations in their cities and urban contexts in recent years due to the economic and social challenges they face. Urban growth, sustainable development, quality of life and health in emerging cities, and the development of their own cultural identity have been some of the issues that local architecture had to incorporate.

Young architects have understood the importance of making an architecture that is deeply rooted in their own territory while giving this architecture a clear local identity. By generating new typologies and using their own resources and materials, they have presented innovative, site-specific and, above all, solutions with a new fresh focus towards what represents them as creators of this architecture.

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CL Warehouses / VAGA

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Cesário Lange, Brazil
  • Architects: VAGA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 486.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Royal FIC Headquarters / Eduardo Borges Barcellos + Grupo Garoa

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Urban Farming: Food Production in Community Parks and Private Gardens

As urban dwellers become more aware of the environmental impacts of food production and transportation, as well as the origin and security of what they consume, urban agriculture is bound to grow and attract public and political eyes. Bringing food production closer, in addition to being sustainable, is pedagogical. However, generally with small size and other restrictions, the concerns of growing food in cities differ somewhat from traditional farming.

Urban gardens can occupy a multitude of places and have varied scales - window sills and balconies, slabs and vacant lots, courtyards of schools, public parks and even unlikely places, such as subway tunnels. They can also be communitarian or private. Whatever the case, it is important to consider some variables:

No Restaurante Tuju, projeto de vapor arquitetura + Garupa Estúdio, todos o paisagismo é feito com espécies comestíveis. Image © Pedro Napolitano Prata Cortesia de US Department of Agriculture Planter Box House / Formzero. Image © Ameen Deen Urban Farming: Food Production in Community Parks and Private Gardens + 19

Da Praça Cinema / Arquipélago Arquitetos

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Historic center, Brazil

Casa Havaí / Garoa + Chico Barros

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Sumaré, Brazil
  • Architects: Chico Barros, Garoa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2045.14 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section

Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Great school design is more than just a good piece of architecture. Particularly in vulnerable areas with poor public infrastructure, schools symbolize the role of the state and education as a transforming agent for social improvement. They can also become areas for community life, sports, courses, among other uses. Unfortunately, these projects do not always receive the attention they deserve. 

Schools require diverse and complex programs and flows, therefore, developing an educational project is one of the greatest challenges for architects. Due to the economy, rationalization, and speed of work, Brazil's largest portion of school projects are designed from prefabricated concrete elements with rigid modulations and, in rare cases, steel. But what may seem to limit at first, can actually become an exercise in structural creativity. 

In an attempt to elucidate the systems used to materialize these projects, we've selected a compilation of seven prefabricated schools in plan and section to create incredible spaces for learning. 

Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture

Within the architecture field, the relationship between design and education has gained prominence, especially when it comes to children’s education. The relationship between architecture, philosophy, and sociology is well known. Frequently, when designing, issues introduced by these fields work as tools to reflect upon the relationship between the space and the user. When we consider children’s education, we must go beyond ergonomics and think of architecture as an educational tool.

Caxambu House / Aresto Arquitetura

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Jundiaí, Brazil
  • Architects: Aresto Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 246.04
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Wish School / Garoa

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Tatuapé, Brazil
  • Architects: Garoa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1166.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

House ML / Arquipélago Arquitetos

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Paraty, Brazil

School in Joanópolis / H+F Arquitetos

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Centro, Brazil
  • Architects: H+F Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2017.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 1898

Live Biz / Studio R

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Studio R
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 60.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

House in Santo Antônio do Pinhal / H+F Arquitetos

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Santo Antônio do Pinhal, Brazil