This volume explores architecture and work committed to fostering cultures.How to return to a cultural dimension where dialogue and differences regain that core value of mutual growth, which has proven, time and again, throughout history, to be a natural antidote against intolerance and totalitarianism?
This volume explores architecture and work dedicated to improving the health and living conditions of disadvantaged populations and groups affected by disaster or war. The health crises that we witness on the horizon today cannot be tackled successfully unless we first solve the political problems that are the cause behind so much inequalities.
This volume explores the architecture of places of education, with particular attention to the most disadvantaged areas and communities. Education is, par excellence, the instrument that promotes collective social progress, makes individuals and communities stronger, provides an ability to overcome disasters by responding positively, avoiding the easy...
Living on the move implies a redefinition of the meaning of home, and of the architecture of the space we live in. Nomadism becomes a condition of life, a state where the boundaries are fluid, trans-nationalism and free movement a necessity. English edition.
To build a house or a place to retreat to on weekends, by one’s own means, in a remote place such as the wilderness, using recycled materials and, above all, completely off-the-grid, is perhaps one of the last dreams in today’s contemporary society; but is it still possible? English edition.
Reducing the scale of our needs, going back to smaller scale living, can have many advantages, including the recovery of one of the last horizons of luxury in our contemporary lives: time.Smaller scale designs may not be the solution, but may be a road that could be pursued in a bid to find the right balance between enjoying one’s life with what is truly...
In 2014, for the first time since the end of World War II, the number of refugees exceeds fifty million people in total. In such challenging conditions, in which the needs exceed the capacity of NGO and international organizations to provide help and support, what can architecture do? Maybe a lot, it depends on your vision of what architecture as a...
To face an emergency means to deal with problems of a different nature, some requiring immediateness, whilst others needing longer subsidence times. Sometimes it is a matter of providing housing to those who have lost theirs, other times it is a matter of safeguarding human dignity, without forgetting the importance of the memory of places». English edition.
What is do-it-yourself architecture? Self-building is a challenge not only in terms of material, economic, regulatory and bureaucratic difficulties, it is a challenge to oneself. It requires the desire and the ability to recognize one's own limits, to overcome one's own prejudices, to put aside one's own ego in favour of the ability to listen to the needs...
In this new era of disorientation and social hardship it isn’t pure formalism to rethink utopia as a type of search, anticipation and projection into the realm of future possibilities. In Boundaries Utopia promotes divergent thinking. It stimulates forward momentum, not to just a future, but to all possible futures. English edition.
Free Architecture is focused on open-source architectures, it's about the free circulation of ideas, it's about cooperation projects available over the internet under Creative Commons licenses.Open-source architecture undermines the current political and economic model, becoming a “freedom struggle” against copyrights. English edition.
«I think that one of the most interesting aspects of the reuse of containers in architecture is precisely the freedom of approach with which each deals with the design. Nothing is codified, everything has to be rewritten from scratch every time, inventing new ways of interpreting the space». English edition.
The topic of recycling, presented in this issue, is the “re-use” of materials, objects and structures, for different purposes, and in different ways from their original uses, in order to build or re-build, to provide possible solutions to problems related to the environment, and to manage waste more intelligently. English edition.
Informal settlements are a swift growing reality, which concerns almost all metropolitan centres. Slums, favelas, barrios, bidonvilles, villas miserias, baraccopoli, know no boundaries and make no distinctions between “North” and “South” of the world. English edition.
Peace is not compared to its opposite, nor is it about considering philosophical or religious meaning, or authoritarianism and its modes of expression, nor to outline possibilities in the future. It is about favouring a reading that allows the importance of the concreteness of work to emerge, of solidarity and tolerance, as well as of doubt and of...
Among the different mean of “emergency” we have chosen to focus particularly on the post-crisis reconstruction, including both natural and man-made disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, pollution, global climate change, post-war reconstructions, to those who everyday deal with an armed conflict. English edition.
Boundaries starts with the history of contemporary architecture in Africa.The signs of a possible change in progress can be felt in many places and countries of this big continent and show how the logic of the global consensus is not the only possible alternative. English edition.