Indigenous people of Brazil trying to prevent their eviction from an old indigenous museum which they have been living in for the past 7 years.
On March 22nd all of the inhabitants and their supporters were forcibly removed or arrested.
The building is being destroyed to make a parking lot :(
By Rob Gonsalves. I like the DIY eclipse in the first, and how it’s unclear in the second whether the buildings are protective or malevolent.
The European Space Agency and architect firm Foster + Partners are exploring the idea of building a Moon base using 3D printers and lunar soil.
Oh God I miss NYC so much.
“Enter Rest and Pray” - seen in the UES
How can a city add affordable apartments to a neighborhood with no room for new buildings? London architects Levitt Bernstein recently won a Building Trust competition with their new solution: pop-up modular homes inside unused parking garages.
In Hackney, a low-income neighborhood in northeast London, it’s less and less common for residents to own cars. Public transportation has improved in the city, and cars are expensive. Rows of garages sit empty, making the streets look lifeless and encouraging crime.
The design calls for pre-fab units that slip easily into unused garages and become temporary homes for homeless Londoners. The simple construction of the homes will become part of an apprenticeship program, giving some residents the unique opportunity to help build their own homes.
The design includes a bedroom and bathroom, with communal kitchens, dining, and laundry in every fifth space. By using passive building techniques, no heating or cooling is needed.
The homes are also designed to be temporary, because the neighborhood is changing and the garages may be removed for new buildings in a few years. Thanks to their modular design, the homes can easily be removed from the garages and reinstalled somewhere else.
Levitt Bernstein’s next steps will be working with local planning commissions and partnering NGOs to make the project real. In the meantime, a similar project is taking shape in Australia, where Mulloway Studios is transforming underused parking lots in Adelaide to homes for at-risk youth. Mulloway won an honorable mention in the Building Trust competition.
The Bank of America building reflecting against the Met Life building
A salvaged window house in Christiania, Denmark.
From Tiny House Blog:
A town within a city, a rebel neighborhood within a well-ordered society. This is Christiania (Freetown), Denmark, a small community smack dab in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark. Within this community are tiny houses, built by hand and with whatever materials are within reach. Christiania began in 1971 as an occupation of disused army barracks in the southern portion of Copenhagen near a lake. The 900 or so freethinking individuals who inhabit the area are a self governing community who refuse to pay taxes to the Danish government, run their own businesses and schools, live without cars on unpaved roads, build their own houses, restaurants and civil buildings and even have their own currency.
1920’s Hunting Camp in Northern Wisconsin restored by Patrick McGuire.
Submitted and photographed by Matthew Allen.