It takes a village: collectively managed projects from all over the world
A project of significant size is rarely the work of a single man. In the 18s, rearing events are carried out from the village barnth and 19thth Century for the standard task force that a project developer is dealing with today, a build structure requires many hands on board, bringing different inputs and expertise to design and execute it.
Very often none of these additional interventions then influence the design and the decisions of the architect. A church’s needs or feedback and work skills can tell what best fits the context. Consultants and engineers from all industries can set the parameters of a particular structure and even develop new solutions to expand the range of design possibilities through the use of available materials or new technologies.
This article gives just a few examples of projects run by collectives, organizations or universities. In addition to architects, these groups are made up of various experts and members who all point out how important collective work is for creating our built environment and how joint handovers can improve the quality of life in our cities.
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The construction site is open to everyone, it gathers members of the non-profit organization and many local and international volunteers. Thanks to a partnership with a local NGO, the construction process becomes part of a training program in which 5 local and unemployed young people are involved.
In 2009, in the southern zone of the Yucatán, Mexico, a group of young students, sons and daughters of Mayan farmers from the rural community of Dzán, whose economic support consists mainly of citrus growing, was moved by their “change” from the ruthless excitement of their world led science and culture to work together to inspire the most vulnerable segment of the population: children and adolescents whose high school dropouts, drug abuse rates and lack of vocation.
With “A Factory as it Could Be” we are interested in how utopian ideas can be applied to the very practical reality of building and how building elements – and their production method – can become an expression of social, economic and political aspirations – Lewis Jones, founding member of Assemble.
Building with bamboo is also intended to promote the reputation of sustainable architecture in Ghana. In this context, the aim of the project is “to put Ghana on the world map of the bamboo” (Jörg Stamm). The project was created by the authors themselves together with local experts and workers.
The Bosphorus team is the first Turkish team to take part in the Solar Decathlon. It includes students and professors from two well-known universities in Istanbul / Turkey. Istanbul Technical University and Yildiz Technical University. The team was awarded in 3 categories in the competition. Innovation, engineering and construction, communication and social awareness.
The Voxel project created by a team of students, professionals and experts from the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities (MAEBB) of the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) Valldaura Labs. It is a quarantine cabin designed for an inmate to self-restrain. The project was designed entirely under quarantine conditions and is an architectural response to the current crisis.
In order to meet these challenges, the “Augmented Bricklaying” project is reintroducing craftsmen into a digital manufacturing process. A direct link to the digital design model can be made by visually instructing masons with bespoke digital information via a custom augmented reality user interface.
The result was fifteen projects that were presented and discussed as a group. The challenge was to bring the best ideas, discoveries, and insights from the fifteen teams into a single project.
The project was organized in two phases within a design / build framework in which the students design, plan and build in collaboration with the local community, professionals and professors.
AirMesh is the world’s first architectural structure made from 3D-printed stainless steel components and demonstrates innovative digital design and manufacturing technologies developed by AirLab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design in Singapore.
The project is the result of a nationwide interdisciplinary research initiative in Switzerland called NCCR Digital Fabrication, which aims to transform the design and construction process into architecture by integrating computer design and digital manufacturing.
Note: The texts quoted are excerpts from the archived descriptions of the individual projects that were previously sent by the architects. Further reference projects can be found in this My ArchDaily folder created by the author.
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