#7 Inspired by Nature of Favelas – Social Housing Concept of Paraisopolis 

In 2009 a Swiss architect, Christian Kerez, started to study the phenomena of favela and its high spatial and social value. He concluded that, despite of general negative picture which is an outcome rather from extreme social exclusion than intended isolation and degradation, focusing on evaluation and implementation of valuable aspects of informal settlement could …

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#6 Urban Social Inclusion: Quinta Monroy Housing Project, Iquique, Chile

“The Chilean Government asked us to resolve the following equation: To settle the 100 families of the Quinta Monroy, in the same 5,000 sqm site that they have illegally occupied for the last 30 years which is located in the very center of Iquique(..). We had to work within the framework of the current Housing Policy, using a …

#5 Handmade urbanism and ACAIA Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

“Handmade urbanism is the way of providing urban change carried out by local residents in their own neighbourhoods or communities, with their own hands and means. It starts with the residents recognizing a problem, followed by the active realization of an idea to solve that immediate issue. Community initiatives evolve from those active gestures and …

#4 Mobility – Copenhagen’s concept of Walkability: Metropolis For People

Walkability is a term which was predominantly popularized by Danish urban planner Jan Gehl in his numerous books about importance of enhancing cities’ social factor in built environment and its implementation. One of the crucial fields of this approach is maintaining the walkable, compact urban space. In 2009 Gehl’s office together with Copenhagen city council …

#3 Living Space – Nautic Landscape of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docks

Private houses and apartments in Amsterdam’s biggest reorganized area, Eastern Docklands (Dutch: Oostelijk Havengebied), are mostly regarded as an example of experimental architecture enhancing the idea of a dense but still very unique and individual living space. The district contains 8 sub-zones with diverse housing, work and services mix and is a home for over …