What can architecture do to eradicate poverty? How can architecture assist in dealing with the scarcity of resources? How can architects work in the presence of ethnic violence? Architects Building Peace features the best stories of architects and engineers, from around the world, who have had the courage to leave the well worn path and getting involved. It is about architects who have never stopped training to be able to realize their dream: to help the poorest and disadvantaged communities in building better living conditions, and to help them become more resilient in case of natural disasters or wars; and to do it by themselves, with their own means, culture and technology.
Contributions on any aspect of these topics, on which we wish to open a wide interdisciplinary debate, are encouraged. All kinds of approaches to this topic are welcomed, from realized project, to innovative design, technologies, design studies, etc. Papers can be case studies oriented, or methodological and/or theoretical in focus.
I've reviewed Boundaries, the Italian-English magazine edited by Luca Sampo, a number of times on this blog. The last time was in April 2015, more than one year ago, so now seems like a good time to highlight the most recent issues. Below are descriptions and highlights from the last six issues, which show some thematic strands: building small and "rebuilding the future".
Wood and straw construction systems WORKSHOP, Italy, July 27-31, 2016 BAG - Beyond Architecture Group This new workshop from BAG will be held near Rome, [...]
Apartheid's Urban Legacy, in Striking Aerial Photographs by TANVI MISRA from: citylab.com An American used drones to capture the color lines still stark in South [...]
Does Makoko Floating School's collapse threaten the whole slum's future? via The Guardian Multiple award-winning Makoko Floating School was a beacon of hope [...]