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Global Apartments: Studies in Housing Homogeneity By Fernando Luiz Lara
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As the 20th Century progressed, urban housing became quite homogenized throughout the world. Apartment buildings in Sao Paulo are very similar to those in Seoul, Moscow, and even Chicago. It is clear... More > that the modernist architectural vocabulary made famous by the so-called "International style" has gone much beyond corporation identity buildings and prevails in the housing sector in most of the urbanized world. According to a study supported by the United Nations Habitat (Angel, 2000), residential buildings - although varying in size, shape and construction materials - now take on one of four basic forms: the single family house, the row house, the walk-up apartment building and the high-rise. This book is the result of almost a decade of research on multi-family buildings, known worldwide as apartments. The main goal is to investigate the extent to which those buildings are or are not alike, or whether the similarities are more visual than experiential.< Less
Global Apartments By Fernando Lara
eBook (PDF): $1.99
As the 20th Century progressed, urban housing became quite homogenized throughout the world. Apartment buildings in Sao Paulo are very similar to those in Seoul, Moscow, and even Chicago. It is clear... More > that the modernist architectural vocabulary made famous by the so-called “International style” has gone much beyond corporation identity buildings and prevails in the housing sector in most of the urbanized world. According to a study supported by the United Nations Habitat (ANGEL, 2000), residential buildings – although varying in size, shape and construction materials – now take on one of four basic forms: the single family house, the row house, the walk-up apartment building and the high-rise. This book is the result of almost a decade of research on multi-family buildings, known worldwide as apartments. The main goal is to investigate the extent to which those buildings are or are not alike, or whether the similarities are more visual than experiential.< Less
Informal Texas By Fernando Lara
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This studio first and foremost challenged those assumptions that pigeonhole the definition of architecture. We started with an investigation of “the informal” and its reverse development... More > process. If the formal process is property-design-construction-inhabitation, the favela process is inhabitation-construction-(drawing?) and legal tenure. We experimented with the challenge of drawing informality. We dived into the world of “mobile homes”, the starting point of every semi-informal community in this country. And in the second half of the semester we designed public spaces and infrastructure strategies for Rancho Vista, a 300-household community with a significant degree of informality in San Marcos, TX, 25 miles from our studio.< Less
Favela Studio By Fernando Lara
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the informal construction process of the favelas is an architecture derived from our building practices but less inhibited by preconceived notions of design. in times of limited resources, fast... More > urbanization and increasing demand for shelter, such process in which the materials not only come first but arrive at the construction site before any spatial abstraction has been conceived is a challenge to our creative process. the favela studio was a semester-long exploration of informal settlements searching for creative design solutions as well as a deeper understanding of the issues at Acaba-Mundo favela, a settlement of 1200 people in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.< Less
Favela Studio By Fernando Lara
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the informal construction process of the favelas is an architecture derived from our building practices but less inhibited by preconceived notions of design. in times of limited resources, fast... More > urbanization and increasing demand for shelter, such process in which the materials not only come first but arrive at the construction site before any spatial abstraction has been conceived is a challenge to our creative process. the favela studio was a semester-long exploration of informal settlements searching for creative design solutions as well as a deeper understanding of the issues at Acaba-Mundo favela, a settlement of 1200 people in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.< Less
Informal Texas By Fernando Lara
Paperback: $49.95
Prints in 3-5 business days
This studio first and foremost challenged those assumptions that pigeonhole the definition of architecture. We started with an investigation of “the informal” and its reverse development... More > process. If the formal process is property-design-construction-inhabitation, the favela process is inhabitation-construction-(drawing?) and legal tenure. We experimented with the challenge of drawing informality. We dived into the world of “mobile homes”, the starting point of every semi-informal community in this country. And in the second half of the semester we designed public spaces and infrastructure strategies for Rancho Vista, a 300-household community with a significant degree of informality in San Marcos, TX, 25 miles from our studio.< Less
Global Apartments By Fernando Lara
Paperback: $15.97
Prints in 3-5 business days
As the 20th Century progressed, urban housing became quite homogenized throughout the world. Apartment buildings in Sao Paulo are very similar to those in Seoul, Moscow, and even Chicago. It is clear... More > that the modernist architectural vocabulary made famous by the so-called “International style” has gone much beyond corporation identity buildings and prevails in the housing sector in most of the urbanized world. According to a study supported by the United Nations Habitat (ANGEL, 2000), residential buildings – although varying in size, shape and construction materials – now take on one of four basic forms: the single family house, the row house, the walk-up apartment building and the high-rise. This book is the result of almost a decade of research on multi-family buildings, known worldwide as apartments. The main goal is to investigate the extent to which those buildings are or are not alike, or whether the similarities are more visual than experiential.< Less