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Chelsea Flower Show London I UK I 2009 December 17, 2009

The Key: Chelsea Flower Show London I UK I 2009 ASF created a symbolic pavilion centrepiece for a major show garden, designed by the Eden Project, at the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show to help raise the issue of homelessness and positive change. ASF based our design on sustainability, resourcefulness, and the creative adaptation of materials that were once discarded by society as waste. These materials were transformed by people who have themselves experienced social exclusion through homelessness and who…

Building Communities #4 & #5: Salvador da Bahia I Brazil I 2009 December 17, 2009

2009 Salvador da Bahia, with more than 3 million inhabitants, was chosen as our case study because of the housing crisis it is facing and the many housing interventions in a variety of formats. Within this context we explored two very different types of initiatives addressing the housing crisis. In the first week we worked in the neighbourhood of Novos Alagados, where there has been a poverty alleviation programme called Ribeira Azul managed by the state government of Bahia and…

Small is….festival, Rugby I UK I 2009 May 18, 2009

In September ASF-UK participated in the “Small is…” Festival in Rugby. The event was organised and inspired by Michael Schumacher’s book “Small is Beautiful” and was initiated as an opportunity for the exchange of questions of international development and the planet. The themes were: Small is…Economic, Appropriate, Personal or Political. ASF-UK participated in the event and organised a workshop that looked at the notion of home and community and how we engage with the communities that we live in. Through…

Leeds Activism Festival: Leeds I UK I 2009 May 16, 2009

In June 2009 Dr. Alexandre Apsan Fediani and Naomi Shinkins presented the ASF-UK ‘building communities, Salavador da Bahia, Brazil’ workshop at the practitioners’ conference of the Leeds design activism festival. The practitioners’ conference was created to ‘give voice to designers, artists, architects, students, performers, activists, observers and users of socially and/or environmentally committed creative practices.’  The ASF-UK presentation was one of 16 exhibits from both UK based and international practitioners. The key aim of the event was to encourage the…

Designing tools of engagement: Porto I Portugal I 2009 May 16, 2009

The two day ASF-UK workshop, facilitated by Dr. Alexandre Apsan Frediani (DPU University College London, ASF-UK Associate) and Naomi Shinkins (ASF-UK Associate) in collaboration with ASF-Portugal, focused on the role of the architect in development practice. The workshop engaged with the neighbourhood Morro de Se, which is currently going through a process of gentrification. The aim was to reveal how such a process is affecting residents’ freedom to achieve their aspirations. Click here to download>>

Building Communities #3 / Osaka, Japan / 2008 December 17, 2008

During the workshop in the KitaShiba area of Osaka, participants experienced a city where public housing has been formalised. They were given opportunities to understand the after-effects of slum eradication and an effective community upgrading programme.  Working within one of Japan’s social minority communities (the Buraku), participants explored the housing solutions provided by the Minoh government and those solutions the community developed in order to cope with their change in social status and living conditions. Click to download>>

Raising awareness about homelessness: Temporary Pavilion, Oxford I UK I 2008 May 18, 2008

The design brief was developed for an undergraduate design unit at Oxford Brookes University and tried to tackle the students’ often prejudiced perceptions of the homeless community in Oxford.  Through their research students realised that not only are the homeless community segregated from the rest of society, but also from each other and this became the basis for the agenda of the winning pavilion which engaged with the brief by developing an emotional ‘walk through’ pavilion which was located on…

London Harvest Workshop: London I UK I 2008 May 16, 2008

The Harvest Workshop in East London was part of a Bovis Lend Lease Be Onsite and City Fringe endeavour and formed part of the Introductory Certificate in a Construction course offered by Education & Youth Services (EYS) and SkillsGain. Over three days participants worked with Cesare Peeren (2012 Architecten) and Jeni Burnell to harvest and build inventive furniture and fixtures made from locally salvaged ‘waste’ materials. The workshop gave participants a new perspective of what is perceived as ‘waste’. It…

Building Communities #2 / Bangkok, Thailand / 2007 December 17, 2007

There are an estimated one billion people living in unsuitable conditions around the world.  An operational definition of a slum is an area that combines, to various extents, the following characteristics; inadequate access to safe water, inadequate access to sanitation and other infrastructure, poor structural quality of housing, overcrowding, insecure residential status, and low socio-economic status of its residents.  There are a large amount of people living in informal settlements in Bangkok. The city boundary is continually expanding due to…

AIDs Orphanage Design Competition I Cape Town I South Africa I 2006 December 17, 2006

The HIV/AIDs crisis in South Africa has left 12 million orphans aged 0 to 17 (2005). The purpose of the competition was threefold: to generate ideas or a design primer to inform and inspire architects working in this field; to raise awareness about the problem of HIV/AIDs in Southern Africa and in general; to raise money towards the building of an orphanage in Cape Town. Download a pdf >>

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