intro’d to Iwan via this TED.
Ingenious homes in unexpected places
In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story “Tower of David,” an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Glorious images celebrate humanity’s ability to survive and make a home — anywhere.
Photographer Iwan Baan captures the many ways people shape their shared built environment — from glossy starchitecture to handmade homes.
what’s fascinating is what happens when architects and planners leave
so imagine a city (cities) set free from govt regulations… in order to take over/redesign/upcycle their cities..
caracas venezuela, 70% of population lives in slums – took over 45 story – unfinished – tower of david..
people create their own space, remarkable to see their design decisions (none with ed in architecture/design)
organic and intuitive creation
adapt to specific way of living
there’s no such thing as normal.. people are able to adapt to any situation
in most places.. govt completely absent.. so use what they have (found materials) in amazing ways
imagine… what these ingenious communities could create themselves and how highly particular their solutions would be if given basic infrastructures they could tap into
generic.. simply doesn’t work as answer to individual needs of people
people need to be set free..
[when i think of self-organizing i can’t help but think of self-directing. and my mind often goes to the visuals/work/art that Iwaan Baan shares – like the ones above – and the ones on the self-directed page. both being/becoming/emerging the same dance/fractal. it’s like the element of unique (thumbprint) from self-directed ness keeps the self-organizing from slipping to the center of sameness/status-quo/invented vs invited. and the bumping up against, the rubbing shoulders with, the colliding, of the self-organizing, keeps the self-directed ness awake/alive to its authenticity/possibility/curiosity.]
great photos from talk in this post:
as well as the manifold beautiful photos on his site below..
Mitra shows how people can learn – if basically – left alone.
Iwan is showing how people can live/thrive – if basically – left alone. and he’s showing us multitudes….
from his about page:
Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is known primarily for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. Born in 1975, Iwan grew up outside Amsterdam, studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked in publishing and documentary photography in New York and Europe.
…His work is characterized by the portrayal of people in the architecture, the context, society and environment around architecture. He also completes documentary projects on social initiatives such as schools, libraries and community centers in Africa, Asia and Latin America..
Iwan’s ted page:
complex systems –
lots and lots of little independent systems all acting on their own agenda – and usually have emergent behavior.. when you look back and squint your eyes you go wow
invited vs invented – Jaco