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Architectural design, lectures & workshops- Architekti bez hranic, Czechia

To enable vulnerable communities access to architectural services, research and educational resources in order to increase their resilience and reduce vulnerability people

At Czech Republic
By Architekti bez hranic - Czech Rep.
Local partners: International Centre of World development, Czech Technical University and Naděje

Architekti bez hranic (ABH) - Czechia is a nonprofit organization that brings together young architects and designers interested in public space and social architecture. ABH strive to improve the quality of public space as well as to strengthen people-to-people relationships, increase public interest in architecture-related topics, and initiate and implement projects for disadvantaged people. The contribution of ABH to improving this situation is awareness-raising and popularization activities (organizing lectures for the public, publishing and academic activities), networking with experts from other professions, initiating and implementing projects in public space.

The association is organized a long term series of lectures on actual issues related to architecture and public space. Two experts - one of the architects and urban planners and an expert in his field - are invited to the debate. Topics were following: Homelessness and Public Space, Commercialization of Public Space, Social Responsibility of Architecture, Functional Tourism, etc.  

In  cooperation  with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, ABH were in charge of organizing and implementing an e-publication about Homelessness and Public Space. The work also included a public seminar of the topic.

Under the motto „Together we will transform“, ABH co-organize an architectural workshop of participatory architecture in cc. The aim of the workshop was to prepare an alternative plan for a revitalization of the social excluded site. The town hall planned to demolish the existing houses and evict the locals. Therefore, in collaboration with experts, they have shown other strategies for the neighborhood.

The public wardrobe is another project of the association Architekti bez hranic. Thanks to donor financial support, we repair the existing and place new wardrobes in cities. The principle is simple: Leave what you want, take what you need!”

Medium / Technology / Material: workshop & Refurbishment Typology: Architectural design- lectures & workshops
Different City Experience
Public wardrobe
Wayfinding system
Architects sans frontieres Czech Republic
Wayfinding system
Underpasses gallery
Workshop participatory architecture

Building with people

Research on autoconstruction as a tool for participatory processes

At MILANO in Italy
In 2008
By Architettura Senza Frontiere Italian Network
Local partners: Triennale di Milano, Politecnico di Milano and ESEM
Donors: ANCE Associazione NazionaleCostruttori Edili

On the occasion of the exhibition “Casa per Tutti” (“Housing for all”) curated by Fulvio Irace, the cultural institution Triennale di Milano and ASF-Italia, together with the Politecnico di Milano and ESEM (Ente Scuola Edile Milanese) promoted the workshop “Building with people. Low cost technologies for developing countries”. The objective was three-fold: to learn, apply and experiment a few technologies from different low-income contexts; to physically build a few housing units that are appropriate to some of the socio-cultural-environmental contexts where ASF-Italia operates; to experience and exchange ideas on different construction techniques that are appropriable by many and can make a powerful medium to facilitate processes of participation and auto-construction of one’s own living environment.

The main reference for the technologies that ASF-Italia tested is the research promoted by the workgroup Casapartes, Cyted (Ciencia y Tecnologia para el Desarrollo): since 1997 Casapartes has been disseminating appropriate and appropriable technologies for the social production of habitat in Latin America.

The workshop was organized into two phases: theoretical seminars, aimed to circumscribe and clarify the issue of housing in low-income areas; the practical activity of building, aimed to experiment and verify technologies and building processes.

All the practical activities were held at Triennale Bovisa and, with the support of video and internet connections, they were part of the exhibition “Casa per Tutti”.

Category: Workshop Medium / Technology / Material: Low cost technologies Typology: Architectural design- lectures & workshops
working participants
wall construction
wall plastering
final result
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