Jean-Louis Chanéac, Parasite Bedroom, (1971)
In 1971, Chanéac installed a parasite bedroom on the façade of a regular modernist residential apartment block in Geneva, Switzerland. Chanéac’s ‘parasitic sucking cells’ are mobile, evolutionary and a complete contrast to the host building’s architectural style in every sense possible.
With this work the architect wanted to experiment with a new architectural language. Avignon-born Chanéac was one of the first to experiment with spontaneous, temporary and adaptable architectural solutions. Developed as temporary and supplementary spaces, “parasitic cells are volumetric inhabitable elements which are mass-produced by industry or spontaneously built by individuals. They can be erected in a matter of hours onto the façades of buildings as a way of creating complementary inhabitable spaces”.
For the construction of this so-called ‘La Bulle Pirate’, Chanéac used synthetic materials such as laminates, resins, glass fiber, reinforced polyester and foam. The use of these materials was totally new in an era in which concrete was the dominant construction material. Chanéac applied for a patent for these multifunctional plastic cells, which could be produced in the factory, transported by road and assembled in two hours. However, he never managed to roll out the project on a bigger scale.
A 14 page Portuguese comics anthology about parasites. With comics by 6 young artists of the New Wave of Portuguese Comics.
Afonso Ferreira, Hetamoe, Paula Almeida, André Pereira, Zé Burnay, Daniela Viçoso and Rudolfo.
I did this cover.
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A cada dia que passa fico mais interessado e fascinado com este “novo mundo” das intervenções efémeras. A fos, realizada pelo atelier espanhol (fos), é um dos exemplos mais interessantes que tenho visto.
Como podem ver nas imagens e no vídeo, os autores usaram cerca de 250 metros de fita cola amarela e a ideia foi tão simples como: preencher o “campo de luz” de um foco que iluminava o acesso a um pequeno restaurante que se localiza no famoso bairro de las letras, em Madrid.
A ideia é óptima, o efeito visual é bastante atrativo, os custos são “reduzidos” e o restaurante ficou a ganhar 500%.
Mais informações aqui.
A New York Times slideshow, with images by Iwan Baan, shows a new development in Lagos waterfront stilt-village Makoko. Nigerian architect, Kunle Adeyemi has taken a creative and collaborative approach to urban planning. Asking what the Makoko community wanted and using money from the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the United Nations, he devised a solar-powered floating school: “a low-cost three-story A-frame, buoyed by about 250 plastic barrels, with a 1,000-square-foot play area, classrooms, rainwater collection and composting toilets.” The school, which serves 100 elementary-school children, provides a pioneering prototype for Makoko housing and other potential structures.
Highrise of Holmes | James Wines
This housing structure offers apartment dwellers the unique advantages of garden space and personalized architectural identity in a multi-story condominium. The building is a steel and concrete matrix supporting a vertical community of private homes, clustered into village-like communities on each floor. One of the objectives is to offer a ‘choice, chance and change’ alternative to conventional housing blocks in the cityscape - replacing this imposed anonymity with an anti-formalist collage of indeterminacy, idiosyncrasy and cultural diversity created by the residents themselves.