Architecture Inspiration from Slums – Innovation or Insanity?
Architecture innovation can come from the strangest of places. There are entire sectors dedicated to innovation points like biomorphic design and form following function. It seems as though there is no end to the list of objects, ideas and styles that can inspire modern architects. Or is there?
One key area that walks the fine line between positive inspiration and political incorrectness is when designers take design ideas from controversial social – and social justice – issues.
A new concept from Master’s thesis students from Aalborg University, Denmark, ‘Favela Cloud’ takes its inspiration from the social issue of Colombian slum life in order to envision a new way of building community developments in the Santa Marta area.
The students draw from the already-built environment with its self-organisational logic and organically developing, clustered community spaces to create a flexible ‘cloud’ embodied by a community environment hovering above the built spaces.
In its submission to the eVolo design competition the first description line reads: ‘Could emergent settlement tendencies as seen in slums of the third world become more than a problem; a new way of living and an example to learn from?’...