stéphane malka

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intro’d to Stéphane here with his a-kamp47 (then filling gaps and bow houses.. et al):

malka dwellings

According to Malka, the rule applies to A-kamp47. And because the structure is tacked to the side of the Marseilles-Saint-Charles train station, and not sitting horizontally on the property of the nearby cultural center, it also qualifies as public space.

Hoisting shelters on a wall plays another role as well–that of visibility. While low and middle income workers might be quietly shuffled out of city centers in the spring, summer, and fall, Malka’s work turns French cities’ housing crisis into a living, breathing billboard year-round.


a vertical camping for homeless

Thinking about the problem of homelessness a reality in almost all places in the world, the architect Stephane Malka, of Malka Architecture has created A-Kamp47. The installation consists of a vertical structure with 23 stalls camouflaged military intends to bring the issue of homelessness to the surface and criticize the lack of policies to solve it in France. To Malka, however, contemporary architects have the task of adapting their designs to real needs. Therefore, besides the social discussion, the book also serves as a shelter for marginalized society in the region, providing protection from the elements of nature, vandalism and any problems they might encounter while sleeping on the street. ‘s camping vertical was only possible thanks to lightness and mobility of pop-up tents, easy to assemble, as well as opening an umbrella. However, when left alone, exposed to the cold, robberies and police beats. Hence the idea of joining them arose. As a group, they become a much more solid and secure shelter.Although a vertical structure tents seem insecure at first glance, they were fully strengthened. 

Besides the political and social provocation, A-kamp47 also raises another question. The facility was built in a wall that stands between a cultural center and a railway viaduct in the city of Marseille, France. The architect took advantage of the ambiguity of the location and situation of the work – the threshold between legality and illegality – to question: that would be public or private?

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_______________ interview.. feb 20 2013:

stephane interview

Stéphane: I mainly work with the existing buildings. What I mean is that I use existing buildings for my architecture part, where I try never to destroy the building. I work on top of them or on the edge, or in front of them, in order to modify them and to transform them in a soft way. The “existing” means using manufactured objects. It means that I am using all those elements that already exist in order to give them a new life with a new use. 

Stéphane: I took the idea of the ready-made from Marcel Duchamp whose idea is to take the object and to let it be self-sufficient. 

so Stéphane is doing what Iwan foto’d – letting things be as they are.. ness..

My solution about architecture is more about the crisis – trying to be more realistic and tending to all the needs that we have – the lack of economy and the idea of recycling, not in the way that we drop it in the green garbage but as giving them a new use.

There is Cubism now in architecture. I think as an architect you have to have a vision for the city where you live, it’s more about the context. 

If you look at it all the spots in the city, there are places that are pretty much in good view but no one pays much attention to it because it’s just like a city left over. 

..the only stuff you care about, the thing you worry about, is how you are going to welcome and give a hand to the people. 



Stéphane in..

Microtopia – Preview


oct 2014:

Bow-House Inspired by Hip Hop Is Open to Anyone

The Bow-House did not have to meet architectural building codes because it is classified as a temporary architectural installation. It may remain in place for up to a year.

The Bow-House was created to be an open space for anyone to use at no charge as a way to encourage public participation. Malka sees it as an extension of other public spaces, such as benches, sidewalks, or city squares. He wanted to give people a place where they would feel comfortable meeting because there were few other places where they could in Heerlen.

Malka’s work is intended as a political statement about socioeconomic problems and housing shortages in cities. He sees it as an act of resistance against the laws of the marketplace and the prevailing view of construction as a commodity. Malka intends to continue to build more of the temporary buildings inspired by hip hop.


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Malka Architecture / JT 20h de France2 du 29 Avril 2013

Malka Architecture / JT 20h de France2 du 2 Mai 2013



Really like these parasitical interventions by Stéphane Malka Architecte in Paris, taking advantage of prefab + law…


Stéphane Malka (@studiomalka) tweeted at 4:54 AM – 13 Oct 2017 :

Thanks cnn for the article on #ParasiteArchitecture feat #Neossmann and #PlugInCity75…

from 2017 (i think one he is referencing)

Why are designers creating parasite architecture?

In Paris, historic buildings that can’t be modified due to French heritage laws have posed their own challenge. Architect Stephane Malka has responded by filling gaps between these structures with glass, steel and wooden structuresthat serve as affordable inner-city housing.

He (CJ Lim) doesn’t, however, see parasite architecture as a “wholesale” solution to urban problems.
“These buildings are seeds of innovation to highlight issues of high rents, lack of space and homelessness,” he says.
“These projects, and many more innovative projects, can force us to rethink priorities and established dogma.
“Such projects might even force us to rethink legislation.”

links to this from 2016 – on filling gaps

Parasite properties invade Paris’ 19th century cityscape

“It’s all about filling the gaps on rooftops, underneath bridges, empty walls — all those spaces that aren’t used,” says Malka.
Perhaps most importantly, the box flats are expected to sell for 40% below market rate for property in their location.
“For me, it’s a very social thing,” says Malka. “As soon as I saw the opportunity to build upwards, I took it.”
in 2018 – linking to same article from 2017 – (Why are designers creating parasite architecture?)
Stéphane Malka (@studiomalka) tweeted at 6:57 AM on Wed, Oct 10, 2018:
Thanks @cnn for the great article !
filling gaps between these structures with glass, steel and wooden structures that serve as affordable inner-city housing.
links to the 2016 article again
cities for housing
half a house 
unauthorized home less al
a-kamp47 and filling gaps and bow houses
refugee camps .. a-kamp47 .. malka
Stéphane Malka (@studiomalka) tweeted at 8:49 AM on Mon, Feb 25, 2019:
A-Kamp47 Vertical Refugee Camp in Marseille #FlexibleSystem #UrbanStrategy #FlexibleArchitecture #ArchitecturalReadyMade #AKamp47 #LePetitParisBook #ReclaimTheCity #Reuse…


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