Constructions: An Experimental Approach to Intensely Local

Author note: visitor Editors Michael Hensel, Christian Hermansen Cordua

The present development for developing experimental buildings is now a global phenomenon. it's been taken up world wide by way of layout pros, researchers, educators and scholars alike. There exist, although, specific and demanding traits inside this improvement that require additional research. This factor of advert takes in this job via studying the most promising trajectories during this zone, the increase of intensely neighborhood architectures. In his seminal essay of 1983, Kenneth Frampton redefined severe Regionalism by means of calling for an intensely neighborhood method of architectural layout. this present day, Frampton’s legacy is regaining relevance for a selected physique of labor in perform and schooling excited about the development of experimental buildings. might this eventually give you the seeds for a compelling and replacement method of sustainable design?

Contributors include:
Barbara Ascher, Peter Buchanan, Karl Otto Ellefsen, David Jolly Monge, Lisbet Harboe, David Leatherbarrow, Areti Markopoulou, Philip Nobel, Rodrigo Rubio, Søren S Sørensen, Defne Sunguroðlu Hensel.

Featured practices:
Renzo Piano construction Workshop, Rintala Eggertsson, store, Studio Mumbai, TYIN tegnestue.

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To reconstruct the school, which eventually became known as e[ad], Cruz gathered a group of architects, poets and artists as teachers to form a community in a cul-de-sac in Viña del Mar. Community life reinforced their conception of architecture as a way of life, a practice continued decades later in the Open City in Ritoque. The e[ad] community criticised contemporary architectural practice and education dominated by commercialism. In its place they proposed an architecture originating from, and understood as, a poetic act.

The Cemetery, located in the upper part of the gully, was designed and built by Juan Ignacio Baixas, Jorge Sánchez and Juan Purcell between 1976 and 2002. It consists of ground surfaces of common brick and compacted soil that form gathering spaces, walking paths and stairs carefully placed to highlight the gully’s fertile natural landscape. A series of landscape elements also contributes to reducing the seasonal damage of flash floods: a device for decanting sand, a frame that splits the water stream, two canals, a paving surface that carries a blanket of water, and an exit for the water that dissipates its energy.

This work falls between craft and assembly, containing elements of both, and offers an interesting instance of skill transfer and modification from one field of application to another. The Floating Compression Canopy thus aimed for a tectonic hybrid between regular and naval architecture. However, over time the rope experienced an unexpectedly large amount of creep, the system lost tension and started sagging, and eventually the structure had to be taken down. Though this could have been avoided by working with steel compression members and cables, the client and design team had made a joint decision at the outset to take this risk.

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