Archinect - News 2014-04-16T03:45:13-04:00 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></li> </ul> 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: INSITU Medellin</a></p> “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="" 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="" 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="" 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> We live on that knife-edge... Nam Henderson 2012-07-31T10:16:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T10:15:55-04:00 <img src="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>