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Understanding the costs and logistics of construction provides valuable insight into the architecture of a place. The R2K pavilion examines the local building culture through the design and construction of  small shelters suitable for public space in Recife for under $2000 Brazilian Reais (about US$480)

 

While we were able to find many great examples of pavilions to draw ideas from through online sources the strongest driving factor in the design process was working with cost and availability of local materials. Items such as wheel hubs which are given away in other parts of the world still hold significant value locally. Quality steel sheeting hard to come by and softwood timber is quite expensive especially if treated.

 

The prototyping process also involves striking a balance between a universal form and a custom response to the specific context.

 

The first pavilion module was built in the O Norte backyard during a week-long workshop in July 2019. The second module was built over a weekend workshop in September 2019.

Team

Lula Marcondes, Michael Phillips, Natan Nigro (facilitadores do Ateliervivo), Pedro Sá, Hugo Bresani (Apoio e produção).

Students

First Module workshop:

Lucas de Lucena Rocha, João Wanderley Regueira Neto, Julia Monteiro, Icaro Cavalcante Pessoa, Lahys Katarina de Barros Alves, Maria Costa, Hadassa Medeiros

 

Second Module workshop:

Lucas de Lucena Rocha, João Wanderley Regueira Neto, Mary Rached, Sandy Vieira da Silva, Paula Torres, Gustavo Pessoa,  Raquel Rodorigo, Luana Assis, Hadassa Medeiros, Rachael Carter

Realization

Ateliervivo and O Norte - Creative Studio, july-september 2019

 

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Brick, tile and cement construction is ubiquitous throughout the city of Recife, and the North-East of Brazil. While there exists a strong local building culture built in the use of these materials there are also inherent limitations such as a slow-paced, piece by piece on-site construction and limited spatial flexibility that prompts investigation into viable alternatives. 

 

Prefabricated timber-framed construction has not been widespread in the area and presents potential for architectural designed spaces to be produced in quantity and made available to clients who can afford to employ the services of an architect, as well as those who can not.

 

The CUBITO© (tiny cube) is proposed as a series of usable, full-scale prototypes to explore and refine demountable modular designs that respond to the climatic conditions and building use requirements of the region.

 

A 6 day workshop was held from the 2-7 July 2018 to build the first prototype at the O Norte – Oficina de Criação  workshop. A pine frame bolted to adjustable metal feet was clad with marine ply board walls and a recycled plastic corrugated roof sheeting.

 

Construction at full scale helped to develop junction solutions and an understanding of the scope of work involved. There were many learning opportunities for the team of mostly architecture students, many of whom were building for the first time. Having to solve problems on the spot, and adapting the designs as issues arose in construction offered complex but achievable challenges  for students involved.

 

The performance of the first CUBITO prototype will be monitored over time and is planned to be demounted and rebuilt for a social purpose to combine field testing and helping those in need.

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Coordination

Bruno Lima, Lula Marcondes, Natan Nigro (Ateliervivo facilitators), Diego Inglez (invited facilitator), Pedro Sá, Hugo Bresani, Lucas Izidório (Support),  Ivson Guedes (Intern), Rodrigo Cândido (Photography)

Students

Ana Pedrosa, Bianca Oliveira, David Maciel, João Wanderley, Josias Ribeiro, Julia Lumack, Larissa Fonseca, Lucas Lucena, Matheus de Araújo, Rafael Rangel, Victoria Sampaio, Yuri Nascimento

Realization

Ateliervivo and O Norte - Oficina de Criação, July 2018

 

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The Muralstudio approach explores the potential and accompanying dynamics when the traditional single author/painter approach to mural creation is divided. 

 

The painting approach involves a set of plans to be interpreted by another group akin to how architecture typically takes place  with designs being translated by builders and so embodies a number of valuable lessons for architecture students. The painting involved approximately 100 (or 1/3) of the architecture students from UFERSA.

 

The process presented students with a condensed experience in building and an introduction to a design and build way of thinking. The process posed challenges with interpreting plans, identifying priorities, managing resources (time, tools and materials) thinking ahead, making adjustments and a back and forth between details and the big picture. Students demonstrated that they were able to quickly grasp the essential concepts and readily assume ownership ensuring that very high standard outcomes were created.

 

The remote small town location presents many ideal conditions for further student driven mural projects; abundant blank walls, dry climate, a harsh but rich landscape  provide an outlet for students to develop their skills and architectural /artistic expression through small thoughtful interventions in the region.

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Team

Michael Phillips (Ateliervivo), Chico Rocha (invited facilitator)

Students

Students in the UFERSA Architecture and Urbanism program.

Realization

Ateliervivo, O Norte - Creative Studio and UFERSA, december 2019

 

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Ateliervivo was included in the Public Utility Exhibition, at the 11th São Paulo Architecture Biennial, opened in October 2017.

 

The International Design-build Workshop / Praça da Paz project  developed in the communities of Beco dos Casados and Santa Terezinha, neighborhood of Santo Amaro in Recife, was selected by the jury to be exhibited within the “new forms of actions and initiatives that tension the boundaries of architectural practice, promoting an encounter between art, education, social participation and activism ”.

 

The project was viewed in the Public Utility session, at SESC Parque Dom Pedro II, between October 28, 2017 and January 28, 2018.

Exhibition realization

XI São Paulo Architecture Biennial

October 2017 to january 2018

SESC Parque Dom Pedro II

Project

Praça da Paz, Santo Amaro - Recife, Brazil

july 2017

Realization

Ateliervivo, O Norte - Creative Studio, Ilha de Santa Terezinha Residents Association and UNICAP

 

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A rare slice of unoccupied land in the densely woven streets of the Santo Amaro favela had been safeguarded for years by local community leaders who planted trees and concreted the surface to prevent the space being lost to housing or dumping.

Ateliervivo was invited to carry out a 10 day design-build workshop to help the local community realise their aspiration of transforming the patch of land into a community space.

Community leaders guided the master-planning process with very clear and often surprising insights about what would and wouldn’t work. There was a clear consensus that a play area with equipment was needed, and would be most likely to deliver the most desirable results for positive occupation of the square.

Play equipment was designed for maximum occupation and robustness while painting was done for quick impact with knowledge of its limited lifespan in the tropics. Project elements included; a mural, painting of adjoining buildings, a see-saw, a pyramid climbing frame, a swing, concrete seating and a range plantings in beds and locally found containers.

Through ideas and inspiration generated from daily observation, and availability of materials, the project drew many references from the local surroundings. Nearby streets provided many cues regarding resourcefulness, delight, simplicity, and durability.

Eager to see a successful result, many community members worked alongside the team of Brazilian university students, offering a workshop space in the local ‘mothers club’ building, and finding many materials and tools that could assist the process. Many local children were particularly skilled at mixing concrete and boisterously augmented the labour force.

Were ten days of intervention experienced intensely with students and local residents. The project had the support of UNICAP, ARIES and FaLab Recife and facilitation of Frazer Macfarlane, Racheal Carter and Ítalo Vidal (Planteuma).

Coordination

Natan Nigro, Lula Marcondes, Micheal Phillips (coordination), Maria do Carmo Alves da Silva “Amor” (community leader), Marconi Gadelha (community leader), Vera Andrade (community leader), Clarissa Duarte, Rachael Carter, Italo Vidal, Frazer Macfarlane (facilitators), ARIES, Fablab Recife, Ficus Paisagismo, Premold (Support)

Students

Teresa Cahu, Isabelli Rodrigues, Alice Nóbrega, Poliana Muniz, Mariana Morais, Melina Lopes, Pedro Ramos, Damaris Alves Vicente, Ivison Guedes, Amanda Pires, Vinicius Gomes, Fernanda Lins.

Realization

Ateliervivo, O Norte - Creative Studio, Ilha de Santa Terezinha Residents Association and UNICAP

 

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Ateliervivo was invited by INCITI-UFPE to collaborate with an Internacional Urban Prototype Intervention in Recife, Brazil. The project was part of the urban activation process of Park Capibaribe River project and had the collaboration with local and international designers, urbanists and architects.

The intervention takes place in a bank river side of the Derby neighborhood and started from a temporary and experimental masterplan agreed previously with the local community. Alongside with some interventions, Ateliervivo guided students with design and reform an existent abandoned build site pavilion into a new space to contemplate the river landscape and chill.

The actual pavilion was built in wood beams and steel sheets and in regular conditions for use but the pinewood planks used as structural braces blocks the free circulation of people through the pavilion. The challenge was to rebuilt the structural bracing of the pavilion and open up the space for peoples free circulation as well ensuring the security of the structure and the safe use of the space. 

With pinewood planks screwed from the base of the beams, new bracing was built with acute vertical angles. Horizontal planks was attached to the beans and the new bracing to provide structural stabilization to the pavilion. 

The overall result of the two weeks workshop was a serie of interventions along of the 600m river bank. The work effort involved more the 100 people including architects, urbanists, landscape designers, researchers, artists, the local community and students. The space was open for use and occupation and INCITI researchers observe for three months to contribute for the next steps of the urban plan project.

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Team

Bruno Lima, Lula Marcondes, Natan Nigro (Ateliervivo)

Promotion

Recife City Hall, Architecture and Urbanism Council/BR, INCITI-UFPE, UNINASSAU e Alliance Française

Realization

INCITI/UFPE, october 2016

 

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Wild weekends are fast-paced  one- three day workshops with a focus on improving design and construction skills through small-scale collaborative design-build projects. The projects allow for a high level of hands-on working with materials and techniques such as woodwork, welding and concrete. Given the simplified scale the workshops are more experimental and allow for greater exploration in the use of reclaimed materials or off-cuts.

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Team

Lula Marcondes, Michael Phillips and Natan Nigro (Ateliervivo facilitators)

Projetcs

Introduciton Weldwork Workshop

Introduciton Woodworkl Workshop

Recycled woodwork

Realization

Ateliervivo e O Norte - Oficina de Criação

 

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Two experimental woodwork and metalwork furniture prototyping workshops were hosted at the A Casa do Cachorro Preto gallery/bar as an accompanying program for an art exhibition by local artist/architect Lula Marcondes

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The theme of the workshops was to explore the idea of ‘give and take’: how inspiration and resources can be drawn from the setting to create intervention furniture pieces that enhance the particular spaces they will occupy.

The challenge of the workshop was to collaboratively work through a series of design-build considerations (understanding the context, master-planning, consensus-design, prototyping, construction and final reflection) within a fast-paced 2 day timeframe.

 

Several guest artists, carpenters and metalworkers were invited to help guide the process to create elements such as benches, bar tables, bike racks and entry statements using salvaged timber, metal and paint. Over the two workshops 6 elements were created that reinforced the character and offered new amenity to the gallery and bar space.

Team

Coordination

Lula Marcondes, Michael Phillips, Natan Nigro (Ateliervivo facilitators), Diego, Fernando Ancil, Paula Santos (invited facilitadors), Rodrigo Cândido (Photography).

Students

Beatriz Bosschart, Diogo Ortiz, Jullyana Menezes, Andrea Dias, Alice Nóbrega, Leila Farina, Luciano Blanco, Pollyana Navarro, Ivanildo da Silva, Daniel Guimarães, Mariana Duarte, Frida Lemos, Cristiano Borba, Fernanda Lins, Eduarda Pires, Beatriz Bossarth, Maíra Ferraz, João Martins, Lize Cunha, Aline Menezes

Realization

Aterliervivo, O Norte - Oficina de Criação and A Casa do Cachorro Preto Art Gallery, september 2015

 

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The MuralStudio series of workshops explores the coordination of collaborative mural painting activities as a way of provide rich educational experiences as well as offer improvements to public spaces.

A workshop for a mural along a boundary wall in a neighbourhood square examined the feasibility of using predeveloped grid-based designs to paint double storey murals using minimal material and equipment within the timeframe of a single day.

A wetlands scene composed of abstracted geometric designs of local fauna and fauna was developed in the weeks leading up to the workshop. Contact with the community took place through sharing rendered images in a neighbourhood Whatsapp group.

Beginning with a brief introduction to the objectives, techniques and safety considerations participants swiftly divided into teams to collaboratively translate five designs to the walls. The simplicity and clear definition of the designs meant that the painting process could be undertaken with a high level of autonomy. In the afternoon local kids were involved in painting butterfly patterns on an existing mural.

The fast-paced process allowed for a rapid immersion into a complete creative process; from discussing the site and design, understanding materials, tools and techniques to reflecting on the final outcome and witnessing community interaction.

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Ação urbana de Design-Build (Desenho-Construção) no Alto da Sé, sítio histórico de Olinda, introduzindo estudantes à prática do desenho responsável a partir da experiência construtiva.

Link para reportagem do Diário de Pernambuco

Olinda, 2015

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Realization

Ateliervivo e O Norte - Oficina de Criação, julho de 2018

 

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