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Future Architecture Platform

Project timeline

2013 – 2014



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Rio de Janeiro

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Activating Housing and Green Space

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MAS UD ETHZ Team: Valeria Erasmo, Fani Kostourou, Apostolis Tsikas and Gerhard Ungersböck

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The project is based on the idea of re-thinking dichotomies such as urbanity - nature, generic - specific, public - private, new - existing. City and nature are interlocking each other by creating situation ranging from preserved areas to small clusters in terms of quality and quantity. Public and private boundaries are complemented by an intermediate space, the collective which is programmed and maintained by the community.

The new settlement is envisioned as a highly heterogeneous environment, integrated in and connected with the existing urban fabric to create a surplus value for the entire area. Built and green, public and private, new and existing can grow together in mutual dependence.

The project has featured in the “Minha Casa Nossa Cidade: Innovating Mass Housing for Social Change in Brazil” book published by Ruby Press in 2014, edited by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl in collaboration with Something Fantastic. It has also been part of MAS UD ETHZ group exhibitions in Columbia GSAPP’s Studio-X in Rio de Janeiro, X Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale at Museu da Casa Brasileira in Sao Paulo and in MAR, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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