alejandro aravena

alejandro aravena

intro’d to Alejandro here – tweet from Cameron:

He’s right but policy dictates. We don’t have time for all talk + no trousers, approve the stateless pavilion. #d60
Original Tweet:


Refugee tents are a waste of money, says Alejandro Aravena:…

Tents are a quick response to the need for emergency shelter, but “it’s money that melts” says Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 director Alejandro Aravena.

Investing in less temporary disaster-relief shelters should be seen as “payment in advance” for a long-term solution to the world’s housing shortages, said the Chilean architect and founder of architecture studio Elemental.

so … needing to call policy irrelevant – a distraction..

irrelvant quote vinay

maybe the world’s bigger than this legal system – bunnie

deep/simple/open enough – refugee camps – hexayurtsVinay, containers et al – living spaces, rebel architects, self-organizing (baan style)

huang job security law

perpetuate ness – perhaps why we have not yet.. no one wants to let go.. of their mission..

systemic ness

perhaps radical econ.. transition into leapfrog to a nother way..

ship ables

for (blank)’s sake


his 2014 tedglobal

[i listened to this before, so actually intro’d to Alejandro here. wondering why i didn’t add him then.]

My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

the more complex the problem the more need for simplicity

case 1: cities –

3s – scale, speed, scarcity – answer in slums and farvelas – participatory design project, solution was to go in height… rather than a small house.. 1/2 of a good house…

half a house ness

channel people’s own building capacity…

6 min – slums and farvelas may not be the problem but the only possible solution…

case 2: co2 – how design can contribute to sustainability

open atrium.. better light/ventilation/seeing-others

with right frame of mind – sustainability is no more than common sense

case 3: tsunami

12 min – participatory is not some warm .. hippie.. process.. it’s not even getting right answer.. it’s making sure you have right question

there’s nothing worse than answering well the wrong question

not about money.. but coordination..t

as it could be..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


in Richard Sennett‘s building & dwelling:


in almost every settlement in which migrants have squatted or settled, something similar occurs: poor people become their own architects..


at an one moment.. the self built project is an incomplete form.. urbanism has much to learn from the ways very poor people are obliged to work w incomplete forms.. can a form be made incomplete on purpose.. by design.. rather than by necessity.. what would be gained..?

one answer in iquique, chile.. (the shell) where about 100 families had originally squatted a site called the quinta monroy.. out of small places like this, immense settlements of tens or hundreds of thousands of people are mushrooming in latin america

the chilean architect alejandro aravena launched a project to build incomplete forms..  his idea was to design half a good house which the inhabitants could fill in w their own labour, rather that provide a finished dwelling built to a lower standard.. he treated quinta monroy as a test bed for social housing..  unlike jane jacobs.. he has no fear of scaling up.. the appalling condition of the poor in his country demand a large scale solution

.. unlike mumford’s pre made garden city, this solution should involve the poor themselves as makers of their own environ.. this is the social logic behind this incomplete form..


iwan baan ness


in principle, today should be the age of the shell triumphant.. thanks to poured concrete and mass manufactured steel i beams.. we can construct building s w huge floor plates only minimally cluttered by posts or other structural obstructions..

find/follow Alejandro:

wikipedia small

Alejandro Aravena (born 1967) is an architect from Santiago, Chile. He is executive director of the firm Elemental S.A.