Archinect - News 2015-07-07T11:31:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/129959041/the-many-lives-of-johannesburg-s-notorious-ponte-tower The many lives of Johannesburg’s notorious Ponte tower Alexander Walter 2015-06-19T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T12:18:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4g7njkhe0rldr3vi.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ponte saga is a classic South African story. Once a Jacuzzi-filled playground for the segregated white elite in the apartheid era, then falling into chaos in the 1990s as the wealthy fled to the suburbs, then the object of failed luxury-condo schemes, the tower is now undergoing a renaissance as an icon of Johannesburg&rsquo;s urban revitalization. [...] The hollow core began to fill with garbage and rubble &ndash; several stories high.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities & challenges Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:28:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d25dc5739511aa7796381a8844da3e5c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The slum, of course, is the hottest button in urbanism. Beneath the clich&eacute; that half the world&rsquo;s population lives in cities &mdash; and that urban populations will double by 2050 &mdash; is the fact that only bottom-up informal settlements, or slums, can absorb several billion new residents in the timeframe. [...] URBZ is notable in that it offers a third way at looking at Dharavi &mdash; as both a failure and a better path to success than stillborn smart cities or other attempts at top-down instant urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123737452/great-city-terrible-place-a-discussion-on-the-urban-future-of-india" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Great City...Terrible Place": A discussion on the urban future of India</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124892558/without-housing-reform-is-a-tower-of-david-coming-to-your-city Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City? Julia Ingalls 2015-04-09T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-12T23:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0sz7clc8us2rssg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Justin McGuirk&rsquo;s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we&rsquo;re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can&rsquo;t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his book, McGuirk analyzes numerous de facto housing solutions for overcrowded cities, including the infamous "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/327072/tower-of-david" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Torre David</a>" in Caracas, an abandoned high-rise which became an iconic squatter's structure partly because of government ineptitude and indifference.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124278840/curbing-violence-through-better-architecture Curbing violence through better architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T13:52:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qwpmxirj80iewr5l.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alastair Graham hopes Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading, an initiative of the government of Cape Town, South Africa, will end better. He calls the effort, which has been revamping areas around train stations since 2006, part of &ldquo;a package of potential solutions &hellip; either improving safety, or improving socioeconomic situation, or improving quality of life.&rdquo; The project is aimed at curbing violence by augmenting the public spaces in which violent crime frequently occurs [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121694530/editor-s-picks-406 Editor's Picks #406 Nam Henderson 2015-02-27T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T22:24:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/082z5gnoykszrpho.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published another edition of Archinect&rsquo;s <strong>UpStarts:</strong>&nbsp;featuring <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Read Architects</a>.&nbsp;Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro,&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> commented "<em>it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing</em>"</p><p><br><strong>&nbsp;News</strong><br>Architecture professor Jane Porter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121051328/she-had-got-it-razan-abu-salha-remembered-by-her-architecture-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote an essay in memory o</a>f Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.&nbsp;<strong>Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd</strong> thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "<em>a scholarship fund in her name</em>". On a related note check out <a href="http://storycorps.org/listen/yusor-abu-salha-and-mussarut-jabeen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha &ndash; one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill &ndash; recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gucsw3lpif7kzkj.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reported in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan recent talk at SCI-Arc</a> which "<em>convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;argued he "<em>is either guilty by associati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121509716/the-sudden-rise-fall-of-oregon-s-second-largest-city The sudden rise & fall of Oregon's second largest city Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:25:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/8247d7d93218e9da4b047622822abc5c.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mere utterance of Vanport was known to send shivers down the spines of "well-bred" Portlanders.&nbsp;Not because of any ghost story, or any calamitous disaster&mdash;that would come later&mdash;but because of raw, unabashed racism. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was always meant to be a temporary housing project, a superficial solution to Portland&rsquo;s wartime housing shortage.&nbsp;[...] In a few short years, Vanport went from being thought of as a wartime example of American innovation to a crime-laden slum.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/02/the-citzen-reporters-of-rios-slums-best-cityreads-of-the-week/385688/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t CityLab</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106324364/hanoi-is-it-possible-to-grow-a-city-without-slums Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums? Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T13:29:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9175aa7e40e0a6a69dd85b7d22799227.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hanoi has faced the same population pressures as other Asian cities. But thanks to vague and informal conventions, the state has been able to avoid extreme levels of disservice, even to the most impoverished new urban areas. And the construction of homes themselves has remained at least loosely connected to the regulations of the more formal suburbs. Together these factors have prevented the formation of slums as they are typically defined. But how has this come about?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T15:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T12:39:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f653057ac028b7d9c3ca786b723076b6.jpg" width="460" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hemakcheat was once one of Cambodia&rsquo;s most beloved cinemas and Meas Sopheap one of its star dancers. Today it is a notorious slum, and Meas one of hundreds who shelter there. [...] Hundreds of men, women and children shelter here, many on the ground-floor auditorium where they are shrouded in permanent darkness among hundreds of bats that screech and flap their wings constantly. [...] More waste falls from makeshift floors constructed above. The rotten stench of sewage is overpowering.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104964607/slums-siza-and-squatting-icymi-weekly-news-round-up-for-july-21-2014 Slums, Siza and squatting: ICYMI Weekly News Round-Up for July 21, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-28T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzfh9e19cqv22sx9.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In Case You Missed It, a look back at the major happenings from last week's News.</p><p><strong>Friday, July 25</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum</a>: Venezuelans initially began living in the abandoned office towers in 2007, due to the country's burgeoning financial crisis. They are now being evicted by Caracas city officials, citing safety concerns in the 45-floor building.</li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016010/row-over-olympic-cauldron-design-settled-out-of-court" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court</a>: Olympic officials settled with designers from <a href="http://atopiainnovation.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atopia</a>, who claimed the cauldron design relied heavily on their ideas without citation. While Atopia's influence has been recognized, design of the cauldron is still credited to <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, July 24</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104955739/lvaro-siza-donates-his-architectural-archives-to-institutions-in-portugal-and-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza donates his architectural archives to institutions in Portugal and Canada</a>:&nbsp;The archive will be divided up between the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the <a href="http://www.gulbenkian.pt/Institucional/en/Homepage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o Gulbenkian</a> in Lisbon and the <a href="http://www.serralves.pt/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o de Serralves</a> in Porto.</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Wat...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2014-07-25T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:44:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkgnr0n6r2prg6bv.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andre&iacute;na Contreras, a 26-year-old mother of two, lived until this week in the &ldquo;Tower of David,&rdquo; in Caracas, Venezuela, which has been described as the world&rsquo;s tallest slum, because it is situated in an abandoned skyscraper. She is among an estimated 1,150 families living in the tower who are to be removed and relocated permanently this week, seven years after the officially named Torre Confinanzas was first occupied as a result of Venezuela&rsquo;s financial crisis...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104786875/venezuelan-government-evicts-residents-from-world-s-tallest-slum Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96d737867e120b79f415648534b6c377.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world's tallest slum. Residents from the "Tower of David&rdquo; were going to new homes in the town of Cua, south of Caracas [...]. President Nicolas Maduro's government has not yet said what it will do with the tower, but one local newspaper reported Chinese banks were buying it to restore to its original purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58212662/iwan-baan-presents-torre-david-gran-horizonte-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan presents TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE in Los Angeles</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73093362/anywhere-but-here-deserted-banking-empire-turned-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80454817/the-world-s-tallest-slum-rare-look-at-an-illegal-ghetto-in-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The world's tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/103168525/a-tale-of-two-cities-mixing-the-urban-poor-into-a-rich-urban-life A Tale Of Two Cities: Mixing The Urban Poor Into A Rich Urban Life Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T13:20:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39cfe081e14ccf680bf5b2d56bcc6b74.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and rundown markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: Those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manila. Rich and poor do not much mingle. But a movement is afoot to change that. It aims to integrate the poor into the urban bloodstream, instead of shunting them from sight. For this "inclusive cities" movement, urban renewal doesn't require razing slums and markets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99766300/townships-in-south-africa-can-design-help-solve-the-housing-crisis Townships in South Africa: can design help solve the housing crisis? Alexander Walter 2014-05-14T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06ff2b58821b3de7f2cace7515738004.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the World Design Capital (WDC) website, Cape Town presents some remarkable shack design projects aimed to solve a nationwide slum problem. Yet even with more than 200 informal settlements and 600,000 residents waiting for formal housing, the Western Cape has been slow to implement the 'transformative design' it celebrates. [...] The backlog hit 2.1m units in 2013 and at least 1.9 million people (more than 10% of all households) live in shacks or other makeshift dwellings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87921656/vacation-at-a-fake-shanty-town-with-luxury-amenities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vacation at a Fake Shanty Town With Luxury Amenities</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/99303438/the-growing-middle-class-of-brazil-s-slums The Growing Middle Class of Brazil’s Slums Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:33:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c26feb65733e94d75f0d39554ae90ff.jpg" width="514" height="134" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazil&rsquo;s burgeoning middle class have an important place in the country&rsquo;s slums. This finding is part of a survey released by the newly created Instituto Data Favela which established that, in 2013, 65% of the country&rsquo;s slum-dwellers belonged to the middle class. In 2003, this proportion was 33%. [...] &ldquo;But we are not only interested in the middle class,&rdquo; he argues, &ldquo;We want to benefit all community residents through sustainable and comprehensive development, achieved through economic avenues.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80454817/the-world-s-tallest-slum-rare-look-at-an-illegal-ghetto-in-the-sky The world's tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky Archinect 2013-08-27T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:51:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z7/z77w20uimucot4qq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to the world&rsquo;s tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela&rsquo;s Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they&rsquo;ve been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas&rsquo; bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower&rsquo;s namesake, David Brillembourg.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74774513/once-unsafe-rio-s-shantytowns-see-rapid-gentrification Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification Alexander Walter 2013-06-07T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T15:08:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f7d087cfbd77047946197cbad259f7e7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new boutique hotel perched on top of one of Rio's previously most dangerous favelas is about to open. And yes, there is a jazz club and yoga, too. These are new services catering to a new kind of favela resident. "It's actually very conveniently located for my work," says Natalie Shoup, a 22-year-old American who lives in a favela called Babilonia, or Babylon. "This has a good amount of transportation to every part of the city. It's nice. It worked out really well."</p></em><br /><br /><p> On the other hand: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/29/4340348/rio-brazil-fights-crime-inequality-ahead-of-world-cup-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Remaking Rio: turning an urban dystopia into an Olympic playground </a>(<em>The Verge</em>)</p> <p> Previously on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/68859546/in-lagos-the-poorest-are-paying-the-price-of-progress In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress Nam Henderson 2013-03-05T14:00:00-05:00 >2013-03-05T18:16:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahujpgp56u0k886x.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Lagos state commissioner for housing, Adedeji Olatubosun Jeje, provided a different version of events. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a regeneration of a slum,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We gave enough notification. The government intends to develop 1,008 housing units. What we removed was just shanties.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Adam Nossiter covers recent slum clearance efforts&nbsp;led by the&nbsp;&nbsp;governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola. As Lagos aims to become a premier business center, the city&rsquo;s poor and homeless are becoming the government&rsquo;s enemy. Last week,&nbsp;parts of Badia East (with perhaps 10,000 residents) were demolished while last summer the floating neighborhood of Makoko (which was home to perhaps 30,000). In total activists estimate upwards of a million people have been forcibly ejected from their homes over the last 15 years.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64678511/medellin-s-outdoor-escalator-part-of-plan-to-remake-city Medellin's Outdoor Escalator Part of Plan to Remake City Alexander Walter 2013-01-02T13:07:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:22:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0eb244673bb4126fa280c6191c61a510.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Colombian city of Medell&iacute;n was once the murder capital of the world and ground zero for Pablo Escobar&rsquo;s cocaine cartel. But Medell&iacute;n has lately emerged as a hotspot for urban planning and innovative mass transit. The projects are part of a long-term plan to fight poverty and remake the fortunes of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Another hopeful Medell&iacute;n design initiative previously featured on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/55830183/student-works-insitu-medellin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: INSITU Medellin</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56372853/working-with-the-99-wins-a-future-cities-prize-in-venice “Working with the 99%” Wins a Future Cities Prize in Venice Alexander Walter 2012-08-31T19:13:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T18:43:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bp7gsa1pjhvuwzqn.jpg" width="514" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three winning projects were announced in the Future Cities, Planning for the 90 per cent competition: ateliermob (Portugal), Municipal Housing Secretariat of S&atilde;o Paulo (Brazil), and Interazioni Urbane (Italy). The projects are part of the exhibition Future Cities: Planning for the 90 per cent in Venice during the 13th Architecture Biennale. Ten projects were selected for the exhibition from more than 100 participants from several countries.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Portuguese practice <a href="http://ateliermob.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ateliermob</a> presents one of the three winning projects, "Working with the 99%," a case study of the progress and community work of Lisbon's self-built PRODAC neighborhood.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/171933/venice-biennale-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more Archinect News posts related to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54497621/we-live-on-that-knife-edge We live on that knife-edge... Nam Henderson 2012-07-31T10:16:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T10:15:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfv6s9inaeghfzq6.jpg" width="304" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He is one of the experts commissioned by the government to produce a "master plan" to overhaul the city's infrastructure. Singapore is his role model, and he favours big projects to clear slums and build bridges, roads and out-of-town settlements.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Joe Boyle visited Dar es Salaam, Tanzania one of the world's fastest growing cities.&nbsp;The dramatic influx has pushed the city's population up from roughly two million two decades ago to four million today, which has led to a huge growth in "informal settlements". As well as economic division in Tanzania's lop-sided economy, between a tiny super-rich elite and a vast poor majority.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/22642717/design-with-the-other-90-cities-opening-october-15-at-the-united-nations Design with the Other 90%: CITIES Opening October 15 at the United Nations Alexander Walter 2011-10-03T20:24:57-04:00 >2011-10-04T11:47:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nd/ndafuzdkqee0ed77.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Design with the Other 90%: Cities,&rdquo; the second in a series of themed exhibitions by Smithsonian&rsquo;s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum that demonstrate how design can address the world&rsquo;s most critical issues, opens October 15 at the United Nations and runs through January 9, 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/4972878/the-tower-of-david The Tower of David Paul Petrunia 2011-05-02T19:26:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:59:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/683c9a7aba4354aa41dd7305d792089b.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the early '90s Caracas dreamed of a shimmering downtown financial centre&mdash;now it's the tallest squat in the world</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104903/squatting-in-the-sky Squatting in the Sky Barry Lehrman 2011-03-01T15:13:00-05:00 >2014-07-22T14:00:11-04:00 <p>The future of cities is being lived in Caracas as 2,500+ squatter occupy an unfinished 45-story tower from the 1990s.<br><br>The squatters have jury-rigged utilities up to the 28th floor - but there isn't an elevator.<br><img alt="image" src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_2011-03-02_1046.png" name="image"><br><br>The future of cities is being lived in Caracas as 2,500+ squatter occupy an unfinished 45-story tower from the 1990s.<br><br>The squatters have jury-rigged utilities up to the 28th floor - but there isn't an elevator.<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/americas/01venezuela.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a> - check out the video!</p>