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THRESHOLD_NEW YORK

BROOKLYN TRANSITION CENTER MURALS_NEW YORK

BAMBOO GUESTHOUSE __ MEXICO

ADOBE FOR WOMEN __ MEXICO

NIKE GAMECHANGERS SPORTS COMPLEX __ MEXICO

WASH IT NOW __ ANYWHERE

MORE THAN WORDS CAFE __ USA

ROCINHA URBAN PLANNING __ BRAZIL

GECEKONDU URBAN ANALYSIS  __ TURKEY

URBAN FARM CENTER __ TURKEY

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THRESHOLD
NEW YORK, USA . 2015 . COLLABORATION WITH HELIOTROPE FOUNDATION AND LOWER EAST SIDE GIRLS CLUB
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BROOKLYN TRANSITION CENTER MURALS
BROOKLYN, USA . 2016 . COLLABORATION WITH NEW YORK CARES
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BAMBOO GUESTHOUSE - INSTITUTO DE LA NATURALEZA DE OAXACA
OAXACA, MEXICO . 2011-2012 . COLLABORATION WITH BE ROOT STUDIO AND CASA TIERRA
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I was invited by Joao Caeiro and Fulvio Capurso from Be Root Studio to collaborate in the design and construction of a Sustainable Guesthouse for Instituto de la Naturaleza y Sociedad de Oaxaca. The guesthouse is part of a permaculture center where INSO develops sustainable ways of living.
This design uses natural, local and re-used materials such has Wood, Bamboo, Cane, Earth and a repurposed electricity post. The construction techniques are low-tech, vernacular and respond to the characteristics of the region. These techniques and materials are nowadays being susbtituted by generic technology and materials which are more expensive and highly unsustainable. The knowledge of local builders and artisans was essencial during the process as it brought a strong local identity to the project.
The project featured elements constist of rain water collectors, solar panels, green roof with local plants and composting toilets. The Composting Toilet is a traditional and sustainable system used in Mexico due to the lack of water in many regions. Stool is composted and transformed into nutrients for soil without the use of water.
 
ADOBE FOR WOMEN
SAN JUAN MIXTEPEC, MEXICO . 2011 . VOLUNTEER
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Adobe for Women is a non-profit organization run by volunteers, it is focused in creating awareness about earth construction as a sustainable and inexpensive building method. AfW acts in the rural areas of Oaxaca, Mexico where Adobe construction used to be the main construction method.
Volunteers and locals collaborated during many months on developing vernacular techniques of adobe construction while building 23 homes for single women living in precarious conditions. Together we developed multiple construction skills and actively participated in the erection of the houses from the foundations to the roof, including among other things manufacturing adobe bricks, mud floors, wall clay finishing and roof with wood structure and roof tiles. and building their own houses with local materials and low tech construction techniques.

www.adobeforwomen.pt
 
NIKE GAME CHANGERS RURAL SPORTS CENTER
SAN PEDRO APOSTOL, MEXICO . 2011 . VOLUNTEER . CONSTRUCTION TEAM
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Nike Game Changers Rural Sports Center, a project by Blaanc Architects and BeRoot studio, was a winning entry in a competition promoted by Architecture for humanity and Nike. It comprises a bamboo shadding structure for outdoor events, one soccer field/basketball court, one kayak deck, changing rooms, WCs and storage room.
I developed construction techniques firstly in a series of theorectical and practical workshops and after as part of the construction team.
The construction used local materials such as bamboo, earth and ceramic tiles. The techniques used included rammed earth and adobe walls, clay floors and wall finishes, bamboo structure and reed ceiligns among others.
 
WASH IT NOW
ANYWHERE . 2012 . TESSERACT COMPETITION - HONORABLE MENTION
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Hygiene is extremely important in society. Hygiene routines are basic measures to reduce diseases and elevate the sense of well being and social acceptance.
A network of Community Cleaning Centers throughout the city allows the homeless to take regular hygiene habits, receive hygiene provisions and get informed. Access to basic hygienic facilities is one step forward in re-integration with the society.
 
MORE THAN WORDS CAFE
BOSTON, USA . 2007 . ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY - BOSTON CHAPTER . ROLE: ARCHITECT
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More Than Words, a non-profit youth-run bookstore in Waltham, wanted to integrate a small café and reception area in their existing store.
After a series of charretes with the MTW community and volunteers my design was chosen and further developed by the Architecture for Humnity team of volunteers.
The design unites de café with the reception area and storefront to create a strong visual identity in the space.
Participatory design was a crucial part of the design process.
 
ROCINHA URBAN PLANNING
COMPETITION - 3RD PLACE . RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL . 2006 . OFFICE: JORGE MARIO JAUREGUI . ROLE: DESIGNER
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TEAM_Jorge Mario Jauregui/ Carolina Dardi/ Fabiana Castillo/ Joana Torres/ João Caeiro/ L. Suby

One of the biggest favelas (squatter-settlement) of Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha is almost a city by itself. With more than 70 000 inhabitants, Rocinha offers services, production and commerce to insiders and outsiders contributing in great part for Rio’s economy.
Identification of problems (such as informal structure and big density) but also potentialities (both economical and social) leads to a design strategy that comprises different scales: An interdisciplinary team re-organized Rocinha according to Urban Development Sectors, these are divided in sub-districts, which are themselves, divided in neighbourhoods. Each scale comprises a gesture that guarantees a new dynamic for the community.
At the scale of the Sector new centralities are created to attend all the community. Each centrality is related to a specific program like Culture and Communication; Education; Health; Services; Ecology. Sub-districts are provided with “Social Cells” that attend to particular issues related with its surroundings. In the scale of the neighbourhoods, acupunctural gestures are taken due to the density, this concerns mainly to the improvement of the existing infrastructure. Centralities, Social cells and infrastructure should be all connected and work as one organism. Thus, it is essential to redefine the concept of accessibility (not only physical) concerning transportation/roads system, water supply, border’s delimitation, garbage collection, power supply and public light, plot regulations, classification of natural risk areas, relocation housing, drainage, sewage system and reposition of green areas.
 
GECEKONDU URBAN ANALYSIS - MAPPING SPATIAL SYSTEMS
GULTEPE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY . 2004 . GRADUATION THESIS . WITH MARIEKE VAN HENSBERGEN
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Studio Border Conditions (TU Delft), advisors: Marc Schoonderbeek and Oscar Rommens

The first part of my graduation project is a research that explores informal occupation of marginal territories. Empty spaces are commonly appropriated through activities and flows of induviduals or with permanent inhabitancy and occupation of public space. I am interested in understanding how do these systems occur.
I analised this theme with a case study in Gultepe and Levent, two adjacent neighboorhoods located in Istanbul, Turkey. Gultepe is a third generation Gecekondu (squatter-settlement) and Levent is composed by a modern high-rise office towers and middle-class residential blocks.
In the 50s Gultepe was vacant public property and was appropriated by communities from the countryside that came to Istanbul looking for jobs and better living conditions. Gultepe is a direct physical result of self-organized colonization systems. My analysis is mainly focused in the informal occupation of this neglected area and the densification processes that followed the occupation.
Nowadays the land value of Gultepe and it's surroundings has changed due to the expansion of Istabul and this has created an area of contrasts: Gultepe and Levent. The different areas have been studied and compared on various themes.
The method of analyzing consists in mapping/diagramming informal facts that help the understanding of spatial/social conditions of this area. The maps and diagrams should work not only as a direct representation of something but also as a tool to find and show information beyond the evidences.

Work featured on the book Border Conditions, buy it HERE or HERE
 
URBAN FARMS CENTER
GULTEPE, ISTANBUL, TURKEY . 2004 . GRADUATION PROJECT
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Studio Border Conditions (TU Delft), advisors: Marc Schoonderbeek and Oscar Rommens

My graduation project is based on a previous urban research on the gecekondu (squatter-settlement) of Gultepe in Istanbul, Turkey.
Among all the unbuilt semi-public spaces of this neighboorhood, the ones located next to the public roads are not occupied by any activities. This is in contrast to the inner courtyards that are cared for and occupied by the dwellers.
The primary idea for the design was to stimulate uses for those areas that allow them to keep its flexible and transgressive character. These spaces should be stimulated and occupied, but with activities rather than with physical mass/permanent buildings. Thus, the proposal consists in a network of urban farms, which is an activity that regards to migrants habits and it is easily convertible into other activities.
The urban farm network is supported by a Facility Center, which is composed programmatically by a canteen, a market, urban farms, workshop areas, information spaces and classrooms. This space should demystify the physical mass - building - as being a border for activities. Once activities can be extended beyond physical boundaries, its private or public character becomes blured. Consequently, occupation of the site through mass is fragmented by occupation with activities, resulting in several open areas. These open spaces can be used as public routes to other destinations as well.
Inside the building, an idea is developed about the space that is filled or devoid of mass. The proposal is to modify the dimensions of the mass/skin of the building generating different spatial conditions. With different dimensions, the skin becomes a container of programmatic elements beyond constructive elements.
The facade is seen as a support of different elements that show signs of people’s practices. A hidden grid of small holes in the facade allows the attachment of temporary elements. This recalls the architectural approach seen in Gecekondus: One may not find any apparent logic in the arrangement of the settlements as a whole, although, even if it is not always obvious, every component of the settlement has its particular rules set by the creator.
 
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