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Activism in Architecture

Lotus 145 (2011)

Doing great things with small interventions developed in a real context, in a concrete relationship with the given situation and to solve a common problem has become for architecture, paradoxically, an innovation that is attracting unexpected attention. Lotus presents the most interesting cases of this “innovation” to be found in many different countries.

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Camille Zakharia
A Coastal Promenade

Pierluigi Nicolin
Architecture Meets People

Alejandro Aravena
St. Edward’s Residence Hall, Austin, Texas, 2008

Alejandro Aravena
L’architettura è per i cittadini/Architecture is for the Citizens

Giancarlo Mazzanti
L’architettura nella trasformazione sociale di Medellín
Architecture’s Role in the Social Transformation of Medellín

plan:b arquitectos + Mazzanti Arquitectos
Coliseos Para los Juegos Sudamericanos, Medellín, 2008-10 

Mazzanti Arquitectos
Parque Biblioteca León de Greiff, Medellín, 2005-07

Mazzanti Arquitectos
Colegio Gerardo Molina, Bogotà, 2004-08

plan:b arquitectos + Mazzanti Arquitectos
Colegio Flor del Campo, Cartagena, 2007-09 

Udeb Arquitectos
Colegio La Independencia, Medellín, 2007

Estudio America
Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, 2007-09

José António Bandeirinha
Il processo SAAL, trentacinque anni dopo. Modelli, valutazioni e upgrades
The SAAL Process, Thirty-Five Years On. Models, Assessments and Upgrades

Rural Studio
Lions Park, Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama, 2005-10

Michael Maltzan Architecture
Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 1993-2008

Michael Maltzan Architecture
New Carver Apartments, Los Angeles, 2008-09

CS Studio Architects
Multi-Purpose Centre, Laingsburg, Western Cape, South Africa, 2002-05

Jo Noero
Architecture and Activism

Noero Wolff Architects
Daycare Centre, Delft South I, Delft, Cape Town, 2002

Noero Wolff Architects
Pelip Housing, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa,1999

University of Nottingham's Institute of Architecture
Jouberton Nursery Project 2009, Jouberton, South Africa, 2008-09

Technische Universität Graz
Kindergarten, Weilersfarm, Johannesburg, 2005-06

RWTH Aachen University
Ithuba Skills College Hall, Montic, South Africa, 2007-08

Design-Build Studio, Technische Universität Wien
Emmanuel Day Care Kindergarten, Johannesburg, 2005-06

Design-Build Studio, Technische Universität Wien
Community Centre, Nias Island, Sumatra, Indonesia, 2006-07

Peter Rich Architects
Interpretation Centre, Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa, 2005-08

Studio Mumbai
Utsav House, Satirje, Maharashtra, India, 2008

Studio Mumbai
Tara House, Tara Baoli, Kashid, Maharashtra, India, 2006

Li Xiaodong
Bridge School, Xiashi Village, Pinghe County, Fujian Province, China, 2008-09

Li Xiaodong
Yuhu Elementary School and Community Center, Lijiang, China, 2003

Zhu Jingxiang, Xia Heng
Xiasi New Bud School, Xiasi Village, Sichuan Province, China, 2008-09

Edward Ng
Un ricordo/A Recollection

Edward Ng
Maosi Primary School, Maosi Village, Gansu Province, China, 2007

Edward Ng
Village Rebuild Project, Ma’anqiao Village, Sichuan Province, China, 2008-10

Amateur Architecture Studio
Exhibition Hall, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2008-09

Amateur Architecture Studio
Decay of a Dome, Biennale di Venezia, 2010