“L’architecture est une histoire de frontières. Elle matérialise des rapports de dominance existants, par une division franche de l’espace. Les structures qui nous entourent s’imposent à nous de façon intrusive, pour rassurer, contrôler, contenir, séduire. Elles reflètent notre mode de vie, le conditionnant directement.
La ville est à la fois territoire et population, cadre matériel et pesanteur des rapports sociaux. C’est bien l’interaction même entre la bâti délimitant et le flux social conditionné qu’il convient d’étudier pour approcher sa réalité. Ouvrons l’enveloppe pour regarder à l’intérieur.”
Even having spent millions of dollars, they invision their new cities as modern slums, with minimum quality of life and an unbalanced urban environment.
And the Chinese haven’t arrived yet!!
In Angola, they are responsible for major new cities developments, bits of desert with no soul, no sustainability and that will empower the Chinese to take future profit from this country, also strategically, turning it the focal point for an economical incursion in African territory.
Changes were announced for the urban planning federal law, and the main point is the protection of rich agricultural sites, against a more compact and concentrated urban environment, well sustained for public transportation systems.
At the same time they try to limit and give a better use to second housing, and promote affoardable housing prices, by saying that each state should present such preventive mesures and means of conduct.
So, It’s a nice breakthrough, I think I can agree and I would vote YES, (if I could) on March 13.
The thing is, that may turn bad, if somehow there aren’t any restraining measures taken, because the less urban soil we have, the more we’re going to pay for it, but then again, that doesn’t serve the purpose of a more sustainable and compact urban environment, and I do believe that’s the main goal.
In Atlanta: A residential duplex was fabricated from 12 refurbished shipping containers.
The three-story building on the left was completed in 2007; the one on the right was added in 2011.
The above link — you can open it on YouTube here — shows a tour of the newer 1,800-square-foot container home (the one on the right). The house’s living space, located on the top floor, features an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a balcony. Energy-efficient features include rain barrels for collecting water, and window tinting and a white rubber roof membrane that help keep the building cooler by deflecting heat.
Architect Francis Kirkpatrick designed the project for owner Glen Donaldson.