Archinect - News 2016-07-27T15:24:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149954304/holistic-design-tool-homekit-takes-on-issues-of-resilient-community-and-sustainability-in-rural-colombia Holistic design tool HOMEKIT takes on issues of resilient community and sustainability in rural Colombia Sponsor 2016-06-28T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T11:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmg1wo9h810m4qf4.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://the-bac.edu/education-programs?utm_campaign=Architecture&amp;utm_medium=Editorial_Programs&amp;utm_source=Archinects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Population growth and lack of shelter are the main indicators of increased poverty in developing countries. Every year, millions of people in rural communities in tropical climates migrate to cities in search of a better life. Informal settlements proliferate on the cities&rsquo; peripheries. However, what often awaits them is misfortune: few employment opportunities, lack of clean water, crowded housing spaces, crime, and other threats to their family traditions and lifestyle.</p><p>The HOMEKIT training program educates people in rural areas to sustainably cultivate bamboo and empower their villages to be self-reliant and to meet their own shelter needs. The system reduces forest depletion and contributes to the socioeconomic infrastructure of the villages. It provides safe, dignified, highly functional homes that respond to the local environment and natural disasters, connects people with the natural systems that support them, and he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937084/medell-n-wins-2016-lee-kuan-yew-world-city-prize Medellín wins 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T16:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:42:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/puyfbgfex99vb306.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 is conferred on Medell&iacute;n, the second largest city in Colombia after the capital Bogot&aacute;. Having overcome challenges of uncontrolled urban expansion and years of violence due to social inequalities, Medell&iacute;n has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past two decades. Through bold leadership, long-term plans and social innovation, the city&rsquo;s leaders have tackled its most pressing issues and improved the economy...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a bi-annual award give to a city to honor "outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world."</p><p>Organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities, the prize comes with a $300,000 check written by the Keppel Corporation.</p><p>For more on Colombian urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128401723/medell-n-s-social-urbanisation" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n's "social urbanisation"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99077989/a-building-boom-in-bogot" target="_blank">A Building Boom in Bogot&aacute;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98089591/medell-n-miracle-or-marketing-ploy" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n Miracle or Marketing Ploy?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80455621/oma-s-masterplan-chosen-for-new-bogot-civic-center" target="_blank">OMA's Masterplan Chosen for New Bogot&aacute; Civic Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137512201/an-interview-with-bogot-based-giancarlo-mazzanti" target="_blank">An interview with Bogot&aacute;-based Giancarlo Mazzanti</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760916/2015-holcim-awards-grand-prizes-given-to-colombia-sri-lanka-and-u-s-based-projects 2015 Holcim Awards grand prizes given to Colombia, Sri Lanka, and U.S.-based projects Justine Testado 2015-04-20T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxbulor2hizn65i5.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Holcim Foundation finally announced today the three winning projects for their global 2015 Holcim Awards. Every three years, the awards competition seeks architectural design interventions that address sustainable building and construction issues worldwide. As a global competition, the Holcim Awards highlight people's different lifestyles and draws attention to their specific communal issues.</p><p>At the same time, it promotes the innovative sustainable strategies that architects and designers can create in effort to improve a community's quality of life. The Holcim Awards <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101784206/jury-members-of-the-2015-holcim-awards-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jury</a> -- chaired by Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi -- chose the three grand-prize winning teams, who each won a trophy and shared the $350,000 prize.&nbsp;</p><p>The $200,000 Gold prize went to<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.holcimfoundation.org/Projects/articulated-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park | Medell&iacute;n, Colombia"</a> by Colombian team Mario Camargo, Luis Tomb&eacute;, Colectivo720, with Juan Calle and Horacio Valencia, and EPM Group (Empresas P&uacute;blicas de Medell&iacute;n). Their proposal tra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98089591/medell-n-miracle-or-marketing-ploy Medellín Miracle or Marketing Ploy? Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T14:00:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/0375cc1f5ad4f19f5117100ee0b337e6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mainstream sources such as CNN and The New York Times have sung the city&rsquo;s praises as a stunning success story. However, now that the conference is over, there are signs that there&rsquo;s trouble in Medell&iacute;n&rsquo;s urban planning paradise.</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/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/53063570/bogot-with-pockets-of-hope-in-recent-architecture Bogotá, With Pockets of Hope in Recent Architecture Archinect 2012-07-06T14:46:00-04:00 >2012-07-06T16:20:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cd31d72a4d5dd7b9dde0351e7c9ed37.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The canopy can look like a lot of architecture for such a small project, but that&rsquo;s partly its value: to put Cazuc&aacute; on the map and create a de facto town square beside the school (made of shipping containers, serving a population in which a quarter of the children are malnourished, I was told by the school&rsquo;s principal). Now children play soccer under the canopy and clean up the square every day, and there&rsquo;s a vegetable garden with tomatoes and herbs.</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/29114280/colombia-architect-leads-bamboo-building-crusade Colombia architect leads bamboo building crusade Archinect 2011-11-29T00:02:42-05:00 >2011-11-29T17:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2b38b396dab45689171d1aea772ef4f2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss architectural historian Pierre Frey describes [Simon] Velez as a leader in the "vernacular" movement in architecture, a school of design using local materials and anchored firmly in a designer's surrounding "context." His tile-roofed, bamboo-supported structures, often with monumental overhangs, are a trademark, reflecting the sheltering function in a country with an equatorial sun and monsoon rains.</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/6587067/steven-holl-architects-unveils-design-for-bogot-colombia-building Steven Holl Architects Unveils Design for Bogotá, Colombia Building Paul Petrunia 2011-05-16T19:33:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T14:46:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ldelguqc3ljsfbaj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steven Holl Architects has just unveiled its preliminary concept design for a new Doctorate&rsquo;s Building for the Schools of Law and Economic Sciences at the National University of Colombia in Bogot&aacute;. Holl and his partner, Chris McVoy (with whom he is collaborating on the project), say the 70,000-square-foot, two-story building is intended to re-energize the original campus master plan and encourage social connections.</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>