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Medellín: The Latest Architecture and News

Future-Proofing Cities Against Climate Change

Recent extreme weather events and the acceleration of climate change, paired with decarbonization efforts that are not on track, make climate-related disruption unavoidable for urban environments, raising the issue of climate-risk adaptation. Moving past what can be done to prevent climate change, there is a strong imperative to develop strategies to prepare urban environments to cope with inevitable challenges such as sea-level rise, floods, water scarcity or extreme heat. The following discusses how cities can build resilience and adapt to undergoing and expected future climate threats.

Bryggervangen and Sankt Kjeld’s Square in Copenhagen. Image © SLAThe Oasys by Mask Architects. Image Courtesy of Genc Design StudioLinear park regenerates Mexico City's historic Grand Canal. Image © Onnis LuquQunli Stormwater Wetland Park In  Chinaby Turenscape. Image Courtesy of Turenscape+ 7

Social Urbanism: From the Medellín Model to a New Global Movement

Social Urbanism: Reframing Spatial Design – Discourses from Latin America, a new book by Maria Bellalta, ASLA, dean of the School of Landscape Architecture at the Boston Architectural College, is a welcome addition to the growing number of publications on the social justice-oriented form of urbanism, architecture, and public space emanating from Medellín and Colombia. The achievements of social urbanism have rightfully become synonymous with Medellín in the world of landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and architecture.

Contree Experience Room / Ingeniería y Diseño Digital - IDD Conconcreto

© Mauricio Carvajal© Mauricio Carvajal© Mauricio Carvajal© Mauricio Carvajal+ 30

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  91
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Estudios de iluminación, IO Mabe, Industrial Conconcreto, Mueble Ideas, Perceptual, +4

Inflexion Memorial Park / Pequeña Escala Arquitectura + Taller Alterno + Ámbito Taller

© Mateo Soto© Mateo Soto© Mateo Soto© Mateo Soto+ 24

Medellín, Colombia

The Story of How Medellin Turned Its Water Reservoirs into Public Parks

While developing a master plan for Medellin's urban lighting system, EPM, Medellin's public utility company, analyzed the Colombian city's infrastructure and nocturnal lighting system by superimposing a map of the system over a map of the city. What they found was an urban landscape blotted by "islands" of darkness.

Much to the surprise of the utilities company, the dark spots were actually 144 water tanks that were initially built on the city's outskirts; however, thanks to the progressive expansion of Medellin's city limits, the tanks now found themselves completely surrounded by the informal settlements of the Aburra Valley. Even worse, they had become focal points for violence and insecurity in neighborhoods devoid of public spaces and basic infrastructure. 

UVA La Esperanza. Image Cortesía de EPMUVA La Esperanza. Image Cortesía de EPMUVA La Imaginación. Image Cortesía de EPMUVA La Imaginación. Image Cortesía de EPM+ 23

Language Centre EAFIT University / JUMP Arquitectos

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Medellín, Colombia
  • Architects: JUMP arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Canteras de los Andes, SELCO, Titán prefabricados

Dos Maderos House / Jaime Rendon Arquitectos

© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez+ 37

Medellín, Colombia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1798
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Decorcerámica, Productos locales de Villeta

Medellín Launches International Contest to Design a Public Space in Pablo Escobar's Former Residence

With the help of Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano/Urban Development Company (EDU) and La Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos/the Colombian Architect's Society (SCA), Medellín has launched an international competition to design a space to remember and reflect on the period between 1983 and 1994.

These years were some of the most violent in the Colombian city's history. In January 1988, a car bomb with 80 kilos of dynamite exploded in front of the Monaco Building, the former home of drug lord Pablo Escobar in El Poblado neighborhood. This was the first of a series of attacks between rival drug cartels in Medellin.

Pablo Escobar's Former Residence in Medellín Will Be Demolished to Build a Public Park

After a series of failed attempts, the Monaco building in Medellín will finally be demolished at the beginning of 2019, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

The Monaco building, which was converted into a municipal asset this year, was the residence of the late drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in the El Poblado neighborhood of Medellín. In January of 1988, a car bomb with 80 kilograms of dynamite exploded in front of the building giving rise to a series of attacks between the drug cartels in Medellín.

Balmoral House / Jaime Rendon Arquitectos

© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez+ 26

Medellín, Colombia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  615
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Canteandes, Designtherapy, Energia Solar, Rouucast

What Makes a City Livable to You?

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/132839384@N08/17241901246'>Flickr user Hafitz Maulana</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageA music festival in Singapore
© Flickr user Hafitz Maulana licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageA music festival in Singapore

Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.

To be clear, Mercer is a global HR consultancy, and their rankings are meant to serve the multinational corporations that are their clients. The list helps with relocation packages and remuneration for their employees. But a company’s first choice on where to send their workers is not always the same place you’d choose to send yourself to.

And these rankings, calculated as they are, also vary depending on who’s calculating. Monocle publishes their own list, as does The Economist, so the editors at ArchDaily decided to throw our hat in as well. Here we discuss what we think makes cities livable, and what we’d hope to see more of in the future.

Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit

In 2013, Medellín (Colombia) was declared the most innovative city in the world as part of the City of the Year Competition, organized by the Wall Street Journal. It competed alongside metropolises like New York and Tel Aviv.

Although it may seem strange, this distinction is not so out there. The Antioquian capital has become one of the most advanced technological and intellectual epicenters in Colombia, not to mention the important urban development that has occurred in the city since the beginning of 2010.

The city’s mobility-orientated integrated infrastructure together with interventions of high social impact have turned Medellín into the center of the debate on the growth and development of Latin American cities. 

In the following 20 projects, tell you the story of a city that bet on urban consolidation through quality public spaces and projects that encouraged citizen management by supporting the development of marginalized areas in a process of social reconstruction, where architecture has played an important role as a spatial formulation tool.

MAMM extension/ Ctrl-G + 51-1 Arquitectos. Image © Manuela BonillaNew office of the Urban Development Company/ EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín. Image © Alejandro Arango Plaza de Cisneros / Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel + Luís Fernando Peláez. Image © Juan Manuel Peláez FreidelCivic Centre Liberty Plaza / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Gómez + 21

Medellin’s Comuna 13 Shows Why All Great Public Spaces Should Be Kid-Friendly

Jaime Lerner defines urban acupuncture as a series of small-scale, highly focused interventions that have the capacity to regenerate or to begin a regeneration process in dead or damaged spaces and their surroundings.

Rather than urban acupuncture, the intervention that took place in the rugged geography of Medellin’s Comuna 13 was like an open-heart surgery, a large-scale action aimed at bringing about physical and social change of what was once one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the world’s most dangerous city.

The bilingual guides take us through the neighbourhood, showing us the escalators that gave the intervention worldwide fame. At the same time, in one of the many refurbished squares, a CNN team records interviews with locals and foreigners who visit by the hundreds what was, until recently, an unlikely tourist destination. A drone flies over the scene, we do not know if it is operated by the omnipresent police, CNN or tourists.

Mercado del Rio / Morales Vicaria Arquitectura

© Julian Restrepo© Julian Restrepo© Julian Restrepo© Julian Restrepo+ 23

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3375
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Decorcerámica, Rolformados, Taborda Luxes

Modern Art Museum of Medellín Extension / Ctrl G + 51-1

© Federico Cairoli© Federico Cairoli© Federico Cairoli© Federico Cairoli+ 44

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hunter Douglas, Rolformados
  • Professionals: CNI Ingenieros

Funerary Garden / Taller DIEZ 05

© Luis Gordoa© Luis Gordoa© Luis Gordoa© Luis Gordoa+ 32

Medellín, Mexico
  • Architects: Taller DIEZ 05
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Concretos Apasco, Helvex, Interceramic, VALVO
  • Professionals: Home Service

How to Design a "Building that Breathes": A Sustainable Case Study of Colombia's EDU Headquarters

In the Colombian city of Medellin, a new headquarters is being constructed for the Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (Urban Development Company), combining optimal thermal performance with local urban regeneration. The new EDU headquarters is the result of a three-part collaboration between the public company, the private sector, and Professor Salmaan Craig from the Harvard Graduate School of Design who has family roots in the Colombian capital. 

Constructed on the site of the former EDU headquarters on San Antonio Park, the scheme aims to act as a benchmark for sustainable public buildings in Medellin, embracing the mantra of “building that breath."

As a specialist in materials, thermal design, and building physics, Professor Craig (EngD) voluntarily offered his service to the scheme’s realization. Below, he explains the thermodynamic challenges behind the building’s conception. 

© Alejandro Arango Estado de construcción en Abril de 2016. Image Cortesía de EDUEstado de construcción en Abril de 2016. Image Cortesía de EDUAnálisis bioclimático. Image Cortesía de EDU+ 44

Garden House / CONNATURAL

© Isaac Ramírez Marín© Isaac Ramírez Marín© Isaac Ramírez Marín© Isaac Ramírez Marín+ 28

Medellin, Colombia
  • Architects: CONNATURAL
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  550
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Andrés Ospina, Helvex, Meso