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V International Urban Design Workshop

Organizers: UFPE and Architectural Association London

Role: participant and selected final presenter

This ten-day intensive urban design workshop was a collaboration between the Housing & Urbanism Programme (H&U) at the Architectural Association Graduate School, London, and the Departament of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE).

 

It took place in Recife, Brazil, in June 2015 and focused on the surroundings of the Olho D’água Lagoon, in Jabotão dos Guararapes, particularly the government plan to build a road around it, and the challenges faced by the Brazilian national housing programme, entitled “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) in this region.

 

Participants included graduate students and tutors from the two schools mixed in four teams, who were invited to develop spatial approaches to properly link housing and the production of the city, combining affordable solutions with business, educational and market housing initiatives at the site’s Southern end.

The context: the Olho D'água Lagoon and the issue of social housing

The site is amphibious, formal and informal.

The lagoon and the current road proposal around it

Existing mobility pattern and block structure.

Hydrology conditions

Notations on existing urban processes

The proposal: pilot projects 1 & 2 and Southern development.

Enabling conversation on value.

The pilot project 1: rethink the existing block structure and slab typology

Testing block strategies

Pilot project 1: the slab typology with reconfigured atrium

Pilot project 1: rethink block organization

Pilot project 1: the slab typology with reconfigured atrium

Pilot project 1: the slab typology with reconfigured atrium

Pilot project 1: the U-shape block is reconfigured.

Pilot project 2: hydrology and mobility Infrastructure.

Pilot project 2: hydrology and mobility Infrastructure

Pilot project 2: linear block in a park.

Southern development site: the territory is wet and unconsolidated

South development: business, education and market housing

South development: business, education and market housing

South development: business, education and market housing