Democratic living against urbansiege By Dario Attico, Luca Iuorio, Stefano Tornieri & Massimo Triches

Democratic living against urbansiege

​​By Dario Attico, Luca Iuorio, Stefano Tornieri & Massimo Triches

Durban is a city characterized by a double urban dimension. Two sides of the area point a part of the city marked by a complex overlapping infrastructures, and by a utterly absence of public spaces. Otherwise, the other two sides point toward an inner street: a minor urban protected pattern, where its human dimension represents the fulcrum of the local social life.

The building we propose is thought as a huge defense machine. It is a sort of arena that roll up around the main daily living social space, a free-to-the-inhabitants-use inner courtyard combined with a public washing pool and signed by a change of material of the pavement.

Externally it appears like a fortified tower with a few openings and, a series of vaults of the roof protect the façade from the rainfall.

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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