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Landmark Hotel / Plan:b arquitectos

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Medellín, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  5133
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2022
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cimbrados, Corona, Fabricaciones Santa Fe, Indural

GP Building / OA+

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  • Architects: OA+
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  989
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cerchas y Concreto, DECORCERAMICA, El Anticuario de la Construcción

Museum of Historical Remembrance of Colombia Pavilion / Yemail Arquitectura

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Medellín, Colombia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  680
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Arauco, Lumex Sas, Sutex, +1

Avignon Green Building / ALH Taller

Avignon Green Building / ALH Taller - Featured Image
© Mateo Soto

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Medellín, Colombia
  • Architects: ALH Taller
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  12000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019

Matorral Building / ALH Taller

Matorral Building / ALH Taller - Featured Image
© Luis Bernardo Cano

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  • Architects: ALH Taller
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017

Bosqueazul House / ALH Taller de Arquitectura

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Medellín, Colombia

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.

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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

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  • 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 :  SketchUp, Estudios de iluminación, IO Mabe, Industrial Conconcreto, Mueble Ideas, +4

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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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?

What Makes a City Livable to You? - Arch Daily Interviews
© 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.