24 03 2011


akshay varma

This article is towards the trends in architecture. I believe urban design is incomplete without architecture and even though during the study of urban design, we probably may not apply architecture that most of us have learnt.

But in today’s world where the rich is getting richer and the poor poorer, there are certain designers who work at these extreme levels. Here I am trying to showcase certain examples of architecture that might, in the future be considered a major part in urban design, and probably we will have to incorporate these.

These may be the future of temporary architecture in the urban design and thus might need consideration and acceptance by the policy makers and enforcers.


‘Room Room’ – crossing dialogues: for emergency architecture by Encore Heureux + G studio:

‘Room Room’ is a project that was conceived and developed by encore heureux + G studio for the recent ‘crossing: dialogues for emergency architecture exhibition held at NAMOC  (National Art Museum of China). The exhibition commemorated the first anniversary of the Wenchaun earthquake aiming to bring a broad range of social concern for reconstruction in the disaster affected areas, to raise awareness of disaster affected areas, to raise awareness of disaster prevention and mitigation. The United Nations development programme organized the exhibition.

For their concept encore Heureux + G studio looked for what we need more in critical moments of existence: when we are without roof, without place of residence, excluded from the society.

Imagine an ‘ally’ to accompany the people who reconstruct and remain with dignity.


Urban Homeless Cocoon by Hwang Kim:

Korean product designer and student of the Royal College of Art, Hwang Kim seeks to help the homeless population by distributing a folding portable urban shelter made from cardboard. The project entitled ‘cocoon’ is made from pre-folded single ply cardboard with plastic buttons that can be reduced to a smaller, flattened and more transport friendly shape.

The ‘cocoon’ project is a practical solution to providing a basic human need that comes from Kim’s philosophical backing in universal design: valuing people first and creating products that enable people to live a better life. The private shelter aims to give a little pleasure while facing the hash conditions of being homeless.

At the other extreme science has technology have reached a stage where the world is at our fingertips, and architecture is not been alien to these advancements. We design spaces that are made to custom fit with these new technologies, and thus the argument is whether, we are creating synthetic spaces or will the values of architecture and urban design have no physical implications in accentuating human life.

Will the humans evolve to be the slave of technology? The movie ‘Wall-E’, does give a glimpse of how the evolution would be if our architecture (if) evolves in the following manner:




One response

1 04 2011
Lizzie Bird

Really interesting! Just saw this about Gmail Motion - Maybe we won’t even need the digital glass?! How fun would working be if it actually existed!

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