ELEANNA HORITI
Urban Tools
(OFL Lectures)

> Eleanna Horiti | Urban Tools. Exploring an Alternative Architectural Vocabulary

> First Edition: Summer 2016

> ISBN 9788894139433

> Language: English

> Pages: 32

> Price: € 9.00

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A somewhat meandering train of thought aiming to explore the necessity and utility in creating and developing sets of ‘peripheral’ structures and facilities to be used as urban tools, in order to target issues that have arisen or have become accentuated as a result of political and social processes. Presenting a set of examples of urban tool units either belonging to the vast and varied category of temporary shelter, or adhering to the concept of public space reinvestment, in an attempt to explore and interconnect issues such as precarity, transience and the need for shelter to the concepts of space reappropriation, the creation of contextualised infrastructure and the notion of welfare structures. Raising awareness of the existence of parallel realities within cityscapes and the gaps created in urban continuity and functionality. Raising awareness of the need for architectural proposals to not just create structures, but to initiate discussion and expand concepts in order to enable and facilitate alternative uses of urban spaces or utilities, while aiming to enhance exchange between the different strata within societies, enabling buildings/structures to become answers. A brief navigation through the urban context and the controversies surrounding the efforts to address needs imposed by transformative factors (mass migration, immigration, increase in the numbers of the shelterless) resulting from economic policies applied during the last third of the previous century and the subsequent globalisation. Acknowledging the fact that instead of real political solutions being sought, more often than not, political obligations are being transferred to the design realm. Questioning the possible existence of preemptive architecture, inasmuch as it is intended to prevent social iniquity and understanding that, as a rule, architects arrive ‘after the fact’, called upon to confront [already] established social situations/patterns.

 
CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #11
CORE Architects

> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2016

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 32

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PLAN:B ARQUITECTOS
Connections
(OFL Lectures)

> Plan:b | Connections. Five Architectural Pills
> First edition: Spring 2016
> ISBN 9788894139426

> Language: English

> Pages: 32

> Price: € 9.00

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This lecture offers five short pills of architecture (Hashima Island, Caddisfly Shelters, Opposing Neighborhoods, Exchange of doors and windows, Phenotypic Plasticity) which narrate a phenomenon or explain a concept which has been important in our architectural, academic and professional practice. It’s titled  ‘Connections. Five Architectural Pills’ .
They are all independent, but are connected in our speech; and try to work as an analgesic, stimulant or vitamin for our thoughts around the eco-social phenomenon that makes architecture. The speech moves through different topics, connecting the transformation of the island of Hashima in to a mini-city dedicated to coal extraction, with temporary shelters built by caddisflies during their larval phase using little mineral and organic fragments.
It connects the concept of phenotypic plasticity in biology with the hillside construction of two opposed neighborhoods in the city of Medellin. And it allows the description of reusing architectural fragments of demolished constructions to coexist in the same text as the tempting idea of thinking of architecture like an extended phenotype of the human body, like a big prosthesis that synthesizes specific ecosystems with genetic and behavioral necessities.

 
CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #10
Patrik Schumacher

> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2015

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 32

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CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #09
Hong Kong Now

> ISSN 2281—1311
> First Edition: 2015

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 32

> Price: € 10.00

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