Copan By Guilherme Pucci


​​By Guilherme Pucci (Jacobsen Arquitetura)


The project is created from a reflection on the future of urban areas. For a long time the central area was neglected and left aside and this type of policy lasted for many decades in many regions of the world. However the new policies indicate a rediscovery of the central area, pointing it as a new trend of the real state market. In many cities in Europe the investment made in the social and historical recovery of these areas thrived an old potential, as a consequence, these kind of solution increases the value of land and creates a strong advantage for the private initiative which acquire land and empty buildings to build new larger and more profitable structures.

Despite the attempts to control these actions the old and historical buildings end up being replaced for new ones. This type of change is what approach us from the generic city without any identity.
From this point we thought on this action and how it was related to the buildings themselves. At the end the urban density can become a violence against some buildings and most of the time nothing is made against it. For that reason we started thinking in a way to treat it as an organism that perceives, thinks and reacts to external stimulus.

The buildings pushed by a new survival instinct would create new structures born from its guts, heads, carcasses allowing them to modify elevating them to the top of their capacity. These new structures would supply the need of the market to housing, increasing the value of the urban area and, therefore, attracting new people.

The pseudo parasite would forever be part of the body, a genuine and desperate reaction that changes the perspective about the old buildings. The certainty of the originality and ideality of each work would resume the locus solus of the region, differentiationg from the other ones.

We tried to understand Copan believing that although it doesn't fit in the subject of the real state as a focus to change from what it is nowadays to a new profitable building, its context testimony of neighbors is what keeps it more alive than its materialization in fact. an example would be a warning and a carte blanche for all, a manifesto of renewal and possibility.

Therefore to understand Copan you have to look from the inside to the outside and not the other way around. Trying to understand what are its characteristics and afflictions, always wondering how it would react under different kind of interventions. The nonstandardized growth is its biggest brand, the need to reinvent it turns the curve for the orthogonal, as an artist who moves to a new phase. The formatting that creates a shelter for its inhabitants is a fear and learning, Copan know that the street is all but fears for those you love. Wood is the most organic material it could produce is the resignation and the resumption of the Brazilian past, is where it identifies its most ancient origin. The garden and the uptake of water finalize its final promise of self-sufficiency, cautious and productive resuming the role of pioneer who always belonged to him.

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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