Future Cities - Planning for the 90 per cent

A special mention was given to 3 projects, exhibited in ‘Future Cities: Planning for the 90 per cent’ in Venice during the 13th Architecture Biennial.
Celeste Network and Connecting Cultures are pleased to announce the three projects chosen for special mention in the Future Cities: Planning for the 90 per cent competition:

Municipal Housing Secretariat of Sao Paulo, Brasil - ‘Catinho do Céu Complex’

Ateliermob - ‘Working with the 99 per cent’      

Interazioni Urbane with ‘Fil Rouge_urban project’

The selectors panel:    
Anna Detheridge, Joseph Grima, Richard Ingersoll, Fulvio Irace, Mary Jane Jacob.

The International competition FUTURE CITIES. Planning for the 90 per cent accompanying event for the 13th International Architecture Biennale 2012 titled “Common ground”  was an important occasion for bringing attention to the most challenging aspects of planning a sustainable future for large majorities and minorities in ever expanding urban conglomerations.
Of the ten projects selected the jury has decided to choose in particular three projects.

Statement by the Selectors Panel:

"Municipal Housing Secretariat of Sao Paulo, Catinho do Céu Complex in Sầo Paulo Brasil for its integrated approach to planning revealing a high level of  collaboration between different actors. A highly articulated approach beginning with essential infrastructure, the  enhancement of public spaces and all through the re generation project constant networking with local communities highlights an important aspect of all future planning: the coordination of processes and practices by administrations, professionals and residents working together."

"Ateliermob, Working with the 99 per cent a participatory project in Lisbon Portugal based on a different approach which redefines the architect’s role. Ateliermob have envisaged for themselves a central function stemming from the attempt to answer a basic question: how can architects attempt to solve the many problems they see around them working for clients that  do not have the money to pay for their services. The answer they found is to place themselves at the centre of a process in which the architect becomes mediator , fundraiser,  creating an essential link between the public administration, the financial system and the community enabling the local residents without property or rights to achieve  social status and dignity."

"Interazioni Urbane,  Fil Rouge_urban project  The artistic project Fil Rouge works as a catalyst for change at a local level in the Primavalle district in Rome Italy.. It is based on several elements carefully curated and articulated by the group working together. Working in the field an initial reconnaissance and analysis of the area was carried out in order to identify the critical aspects of the area including abandoned spaces, missing sidewalks etc. Also very important is a constant attention and contact with residents and communication from the early stages with the administration, the community, passers by using a variety of different media including the simple but effective strategy of the continuous red thread."

See the 10 selected projects exhibited at the Magazzino Gardini, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy, 27 August to 1 September 2012.

More information about the call Future Cities – Planning for the 90 per cent.