Author: emeline22

In Cape Town, Urban Design Reduces Violence (“Urbanized” topic)

05/01/2014 by Jared Green

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Place : Khayelitsha, South Africa

Type/subject/tags : Urban design project

One legacy of South Africa’s fragmented, racially-segregated society has been incredible violence. To change that story, the city of Cape Town and the German Development Bank are harnessing the power of design. Through an inventive program, Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU), these players and many local non-profits are transforming Khayelitsha, one of the most dangerous townships in South Africa, into a safer, more livable place. […]


Enrique Peñalosa : Why buses represent democracy in action (“Urbanized” topic)

Place : Bogota, Colombia

Type/subject/tags : TED talk

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“An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport,” argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital… and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.”

Teatina-Quincha shelter

Place : Desierto costa sur, Peru

Type/subject/tags : Alexia León, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


“This project tackles a major issue in the emergency architecture debate: how to articulate a temporary solution with its long-run effects? Related to Le Corbusier’s maisons murondins and taking advantage of labor force and dry coastal weather, this woven bamboo and adobe structure provides a temporary shelter as light as a tent but less vulnerable. Organic materials warranty the reuse of its components and the absorption of possible debris.”

BAAN Iwan : Ingenious homes in unexpected places : Tower of David

Place : Caracas, Venezuela

Type/subject/tags : TED talk

“In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story “Tower of David,” an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Glorious images celebrate humanity’s ability to survive and make a home — anywhere.”

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

Place : Chile

Type/subject/tags : TED talk


“In this TED Talk Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the founder of ELEMENTAL, speaks about some of the design challenges he has faced in Chile and his innovative approaches to solving them. Emphasizing the need for simplicity in design, Aravena talks about three of his projects: the Quinta Monroy social housing project, through which he developed the“half-finished home” typology for governments to provide quality homes at incredibly low-prices; his “inside-out” design for the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini, which reduced energy costs by two-thirds; and lastly his masterplan for rebuilding a resilient coastline in Constitución Chile after the city was hit by the 2010 earthquake.”