Archis 2009 #3

Isa Andreu vs. Gropiusstadt

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In this project I undertook a series of ‘actions’ – interventions – during a week-long residency in an apartment in Gropiusstadt, Berlin. During my stay I became interested in the strong ‘ghostly collectivity’ that emanates from Gropiusstadt’s architecture and its influence on my subjectivity. I researched Walter Gropius’s initial concepts for the residential area. After […]

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Archis 2009 #3

L.A. Collective

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Supersudaca Reports #1 From Big Boxes to Little Boxes An essay by Mario Marchant Massive changes have been taking place in Latin America since the 1990s when the re-democratization process began to replace most of the continent’s military dictatorships. Regardless of the ideological orientation of the new democratic governments neo-liberal politics were implemented. That decade […]

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Archis 2009 #3

Standards, Classes, Formats

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In architecture, to use the word “standard” seems to be a taboo. Bringing up standardization in a positive context in a presentation or lecture guarantees an active participation from the public in the Q&A afterwards, reactions reaching from puzzlement, moral indignation or plain outrage. The experiences of the 1960s and 1970s in mass-produced architecture have […]

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Archis 2009 #3

Mass Housing Guide

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Hanoi, Vietnam Soon after Vietnam gained independence from France in 1954, the Soviets began to impose a strong influence on planning and architecture in the new socialist state, especially in Hanoi. Among the imported ideas were the principles of the microrayon. From the ‘60s to the ’80s, adaptations of the Russian microrayon, called a Khu […]

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Archis 2009 #3

Industrialised Building Speech, 1954

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On the extensive introduction of industrial methods, improving the quality and reducing the cost of construction Excerpts from a speech by Nikita Khrushchev at the National Conference of Builders, Architects, Workers in the Construction Materials and Manufacture of Construction and Roads Machinery Industries, and Employees of Design and Research and Development Organisations on December 7, […]

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Archis 2009 #3

Editorial

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Blockbuster A few years ago when the figures on Chinese urbanization first made it to the West little by little the general reaction was one of silent amazement. 20×20 sounded like a cultural program, but this code evidently stood for providing housing to the equivalent of perhaps twenty entire countries: cities for 400 million people […]

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