When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.
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We sit down with the Chilean architect who is the director of this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. The Pritzker Prize winner explains why he thinks simple design is key to alleviating the world's biggest woes and recounts the time he quit architecture to run a bar.
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ArchDaily speaks with Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Named the 2016 Pritzker Laureate, Aravena has a large portfolio of private, public and educational projects in Chile, the USA, Mexico, China and Switzerland. But perhaps more notably, through his “Do Tank” firm ELEMENTAL he has managed to build 2,500 units of social housing, engaging in the public housing policies of governments where he works and taking an opportunistic approach to market forces to generate a powerful impact on lower-income communities.
Speakers: Alejandro Aravena, Paolo Baratta, Milinda Pathiraja (Robust Architecture Workshop), Jaeuun-Choi (Studio Jaeeun-Choi and Shigeru Ban Architects), Manuel Herz and Robert Jan van Pelt (School of Architecture, University of Waterloo)
Venice, Teatro alle Tese, 26th November 2016
16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura
26 maggio - 25 novembre 2018
Yvonne Farrell, Paolo Baratta, Shelley McNamara, Francis Kéré, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alejandro Aravena, Toyo Ito, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, Odile Decq
The curator of the Venice Biennale's 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Alejandro Aravena, explains the outline of the exhibition (28 May - 27 November 2016)
Alejandro Aravena, curatore della 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, spiega le linee generali della sua mostra
A 6 años del terremoto y tsunami de 2010 en Chile, visitamos Constitución para conocer uno de los principales proyectos de reconstrucción de la ciudad: Villa Verde, un barrio residencial para 484 familias damnificadas del 27F y empleados de la empresa maderera Arauco, diseñado por ELEMENTAL, el 'Do Tank' de Alejandro Aravena, flamante Premio Pritzker 2016.