Architectures for Emergencies II

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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».

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These themes are joined by others, that both for the length of the economic crisis, and for the lack of interest – or mismanagement – by institutions, policies and Non Government Organisations (NGOs), have recently gained a disturbing dimension: poverty, unemployment, housing crisis, pollution, and the crises of culture and education.

The crises of unemployment and culture are not photogenic, nor sensational, but they are no less dangerous. The sloth of their pace is not as noticeable as an exploding bomb, but funding cuts to public education, to health, and to other pivotal sectors of the social structure of a society, are creating prolific damage, perhaps even more extensive and long-lasting than any other emergency of the last decade. Today, to face an emergency also means to deal with the emergency of culture. Projects and research presented in this volume cover very different topics: from refugee camps in Jordan to DIY structures in Thailand for the Karen people, from a community centre in South Africa to the result of the lasting economic crisis, to a self-built park in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Rome.

A landscape complex and articulated, rich in food for thought, which appears, however, linked by a thin red line: the ability to work in harmony with the people for whom one is working for, cultivating curiosity, imagination, listening skills and tolerance, sometimes out of boundaries and regulations, renewing the value of diversity daily. 

With contributions from A.gor.a Architects, ARCò, Edward Burtynsky, Ian Davis, Simon Deprez, Éléonore Labattut, Timur Ersen, Deborah Gans, Melissa Hollingsworth, James Witherspoon, Elisa Maceratini, Luca Sampò, Stefano Scavino_FAREstudio, Interazioni Urbane, Riccardo Vannucci, Riccardo Vannucci_FAREstudio, Paola Vecchiato

 

Boundaries is a quarterly magazine on sustainable, socially engaged and humanitarian architecture. Each issue is monographic, with full texts in English and Italian (facing), and all articles are accompanied by notes and a bibliography for further reading. ISSN 2239-0332.

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05/11/2015

socially responsible, but also beautiful

Boundaries is a quarterly architecture magazine that presents the buildings and projects that other magazines aren't always willing to include in their pages. Sure, the occasional project in Africa makes its way into Architectural Record or Architect, but those projects (many designed by US firms for the continent) only scratch the surface on what architects are doing in places without the resources of North America or Europe. Luca Sampo's insatiable appetite for almost single-handedly presenting architecture that is socially responsible, but also beautiful, continues with these recent issues on "Architecture for Emergencies II" (the first installment on that theme is the second issue of Boundaries) and "Humanitarian Architecture." The former presents designs for refugee camps, disaster housing, mobile health clinics, schools, collective housing, and playgrounds. Like other Boundaries issues, the projects are balanced by research, positions, interviews, and books on the topic.

Given the consistent format of the magazine, the same can be said for the latter issue on humanitarian architecture, which could surely encompass architecture for emergencies, but focuses on projects run with NGOs and other organizations and often realized by volunteers. Most of the projects are schools, clinics and community centers, pointing to the importance of these institutions and the need to create places for the people who cannot build at this scale for themselves. Right before writing about these two issues, the newest Boundaries landed in my mailbox, a good sign that Sampo isn't letting up with his ambitious goal to present some of the most commendable architecture being produced today.

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01/27/2015

Très bien!

Arrivée très rapide, avec une attention particulière pour chaque commande. très bien, livre en parfait état et très intéressant.

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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.

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