October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
September 24, 2014 in Lecture
The lecture will describe three projects from Balestra’s interdisciplinary platform Urban Nouveau:
1. Incremental Housing Strategy in India: a method to legalize a natural construction process made by the urban poor, keeping the urban fabric of the village intact and transforming old shacks into safe living structures while bringing water, waste water removal and electricity into every home. Each house prototype is the result of a participatory design with the residents and every home is customizable by the user. The pilot project comprises 1200 houses.
2. Connecting Stockholm: a long term regional strategy for the region of Stockholm in Sweden. The tactic aims at framing the urban growth of the city and the suburbs in what Urban Nouveau calls bridge villages. These urban bridges are communities that stand in between the currently segregated pieces of the city.
3. TISA / The Informal School of Architecture: the launching of a vehicle to bring students out of the school or university building and connect them with underprivileged communities and people with hardcore problems. By interacting with locals and understanding their challenges, the students can get together to design and build incremental solutions for immediate positive change. The pilot project took place in Cova do Vapor, Trafaria, Portugal.
Filipe Balestra works in the fields of architecture and urbanism in both formal and informal workscapes through participatory design experiences. Balestra understands the human being has not yet learned to live on planet Earth, so he dedicates his work to drawing the path in the direction of our collective evolution.
10月1日、16:00より東京大学工学部1号館416号教室にて、Urban Nouveau*を主催する建築家フィリップ・バレストラ氏によるレクチャーを行います。Urban Nouveau*でのプロジェクトを中心に紹介します。
1981年ブラジル生まれ、建築家。ストックホルム王立工科大学終了後、リオデジャネイロのスラムにて小学校を建設するプロジェクトや、インドのスラム街を現地NGO、住民とともにプラン策定、改修するプロジェクト”incremental housing”を運営する。主な業績に、TED イェーテボリ出演、ストックホルム建築博物館にて展覧会”connecting stockholm”開催など。掲載誌多数。
August 23, 2014 in Pavilion
We’ve been continuing to work on the new model.
The final hight is now 3 meters.
August 5, 2014 in Pavilion
Last week, we had scaffolding set up in our lab space.
After some troubleshooting with our scanning and projection software, we are finally ready to begin the actual construction of the new model. Here are some photos of the progress!
This model will be constructed from approximately 50-60 thousand sticks.
The sticks will be dropped into a base.
Projection system indicates position for distribution.
Scanning software tracking the construction progress.
July 29, 2014 in Pavilion
We are getting ready to build our biggest mockup structure yet.
This morning some workers from the construction company came to our lab to help us set up the scaffolding for our model.
We also had some unexpected guests – a group of high school boys on a tour of Todai stopped by our lab for a brief introduction.
July 22, 2014 in Pavilion
July 3, 2014 in Pavilion
The construction material for the pavilion has changed from chopsticks to sticks of Japanese Cedar. This wood is very common in Japan. However, the Cedar trees have a 50 year lifespan, at the end of which, they must be harvested. However, much cedar is going to waste, since timber is cheaper to import. Our initiative is to utilize the scraps of leftover cedar in an attempt to reduce ecological waste within the local environment.
In order to control the aggregation of sticks, we have developed a handheld device that will coat each stick in adhesive, before dispersing it. The device is powered by a motor, which will eventually be linked to the feedback scanning system.
Integration with projector and scanning system allows us to detect the placement of sticks. As the model is being built, the scanning system will continuously feedback to the projector display.