Alfredo Brillenbourg - The Architecture of Social Investment
alfredo(brillembourg(and(hubert(klumpner( The Architecture of Social InvestmentSeptember 30, 2010
If humanity is to have a recognizable future, it cannot be prolonging the past or the present... Social distributionand not growth would dominate the politics of the new millennium” Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes, 1994
URBAN PLANET ALFREDO BRILLEMBOURG & HUBERT KLUMPNER political equator ETH NSL D-ARCH ZURICH CHAIR OF URBAN DESIGN, U-TT / CARACAS / SAO PAULO / political equatortical equator political Dirty Works, Harvard University, Christian Werthamnn, U-TT
Last Round Ecology:is a design tool BOX to build replicable,open source, modern, off-grid resilientcommunities. By weaving open sourceprototypes( Self Unit, VG, CASM,Dry Toilet etc.) , weintend to provide basic human socialservices while using resourcessustainably, and pursuing a rightlivelihood for the 1 billion living in slums.With a openly shared prototypes, we canproduce industrial products locally usingopen source design and fabrication.We see small, independent, land-basedeconomies as means to transformsocieties and address pressing worldissues of lack of services.
LONDON BERLIN PARIS DETROIT ISTANBUL NEW YORK CITY LOS ANGELES ISRAEL / TOKYO PALESTINE AMMAN HAVANAMEXICO CITY MUMBAI CARACAS LAGOS SINGAPORE RIO DE JANEIRO SÃO PAULO [PRODUCING KNOWLEDGE : READING THE CONTEMPORARY CITY]
MODERN UTOPIA [BRASILIA] URBAN CRAWL [LAGOS] INFRASTRUCTURAL DESIGN [SÃO PAULO] INSTANT CITIES [LAGOS] MICROPLANNING [SÃO PAULO] PEOPLE’S INFRASTRUCTURE [LAGOS] OIL AND THE AUTOMOBILE CITY [CARACAS] PRODUCTION AND STAGNATION [DETROIT] INFORMAL TOOLBOX [CARACAS] SUBURBANIZATION [DETROIT] TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE [CARACAS] SHRINKING CITIES [DETROIT] URBAN REGENERATION [BERLIN] LAND RECLAMATION [MUMBAI] THE WALL [BERLIN] KINETIC CITY [MUMBAI] TEMPORARY URBANISM [BERLIN] DENSITY AND PRODUCTIVITY [MUMBAI] TRAIN URBANISM [TOKYO] THE GRID [NEW YORK] TABULA RASA [TOKYO] CONNECTING THE CITY [NEW YORK] POST BUBBLE CITY [TOKYO] STREET RENAISSANCE [NEW YORK] FLUCTUATIONS OF BORDERS [ISRAEL / PALESTINE] MODERN SPECTACLE [PARIS] FACTS ON THE GROUND [ISRAEL / PALESTINE] SITUATIONIST [PARIS] SOFT ACTIVISM [ISRAEL / PALESTINE] REGIONAL URBANISM [PARIS][URBAN TOOLS]
BERLIN ZURICH ZURICH BERLIN ZURICHTHE WALL TEMPORARY URBANISMDETROITSHRINKING CITIES NEW YORK STREET RENAISSANCE ZURICH ZURICH TOKYO ZURICH POST BUBBLE CITY ISRAEL / PALESTINE ISRAEL / PALESTINE FACTS ON THE GROUND SOFT ACTIVISM ZURICH CARACAS ZURICH TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE LAGOS LAGOS LAGOS URBAN CRAWL INSTANT CITIES PEOPLE’S INFRASTRUCTURE ZURICH ZURICH ZURICH SÃO PAULO SÃO PAULO ZURICH ZURICH ZURICH INFRASTRUCTURAL DESIGN MICROPLANNING
We are not onlyinterested in urbanlife itself, but also inthe rhizome, thecomplex processesthat is not done ormade according to arecognized orprescribed form; notaccording to order;unofﬁcial, informal.
Leap-frogging:The concerns of our researchin design ,is to take on thisdebate about the moderngrowing city. However, theproblem of the modern cityﬁrst taken up by CIAM in itsattempt to deal with the“chaos” of the nineteenth-century city, then criticized byTeam 10 for its resulting“monotony” at mid-century,and is now revisited by U-TTwith the embrace ofcomplexity of the ‘informalcity’.
Debunking the Myths of Marginality ?1. Informal settlements are not the problem but the solution.All of the traditional distinctions between favelas and the rest of the city have become useless as denoters of how and where to draw the boundaries.This is not to say that the “formal” and“informal” parts of the city are indistinguishable, but that the standard ways of bifurcating the urban space in thismanner (the “cidade partida” or divided city either never applied or no longer apply. 2. Favelas can no longer be deﬁned by their “illegality”They were originally when people invaded open land on hillsides, marshes, watersheds, and roadsides), as most now have de facto tenure.3. They can no longer be deﬁned by lack of urban servicesOver time almost all have obtained access to water, sewage, and electricity.4. They can no longer be deﬁned according to the precarious construction materialsMost houses are built in brick and mortar and two stories high or more.5. They cannot even be deﬁned as “free” places to live.There is now a thriving internal real estate market for rental and purchase, with prices in the most desirable favelas of the South Zone, such as thefamous Rocinha, rivaling those of regular neighborhoods.6. Finally, they cannot be deﬁned as communities of misery or chronic poverty.Not all the people in favelas are poor and not all the urban poor live in favelas.
Lets talk today ofarchitecture as a scaledhuman association thatconnects all the socialorganisms into a work ofliving art, in which the entireprocess of work and life isincluded... something inwhich the principle ofproduction and consumptiontakes on a form of quality.Its a Gigantic project!