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When a natural disaster occurred in Chile, Alejandro Aravena and his team set out to rebuild the city
The architect tackles the reconstruction of a city through public participation.
Graduates in Chile transform abandoned urban lots into community spaces
Sitio Eriazo, a collective of theatre, architecture and art graduates are on a mission to restore beauty to these spaces.
Award-winning Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena on rebuilding a city after a natural disaster
Aravena’s work sits at the intersection of public interest and social impact, addressing issues of housing, public space, infrastructure, and transportation.
Andile Dyalvane, gt2P on creating The Wishing Wall
The Chilean design group and the South African ceramicist on their unlikely partnership.
Andile Dyalvane, gt2p in never-before-seen installation at Design Indaba 2017
An unexpected link emerges between the Chilean design group and the South African ceramicist.
Wacom Creatives: Alberto Montt on storytelling through illustrations
“As human beings we have an enormous capacity of assigning stories; we feel stuffed with our stories, and I love that.”
Make Care products give teens with butterfly skin back their independence
The project won Best of the Best at the Chile Design, 2017 Design Biennial.
Great Things to People (gt2P)
Chilean architecture, art and design studio Great Things to People (gt2P) experiment with digital crafting to systematise local knowledge and cultural heritage.
What if we can recreate and control lava?
gt2P, a Chilean studio investigates the material properties of volcanic lava.
Yerka: The Fort Knox of bicycles
Three Chilean engineering students dropped out of college to develop an unstealable bicycle with an integrated locking system.
An innovative new knit for outdoor wear brand Patagonia
The environmentally-conscious brand has developed a new fabric that promotes sustainability in Patagonia’s grasslands.
Bureo turn old fishing nets into skateboards
The team behind Bureo skateboards is working with fishing communities to upcycle discarded nets.
Alejandro Aravena’s UC Innovation Centre wins 2015 Design of the Year Award for Architecture
London’s Design Museum selects the Chilean’s university building over 15 other acclaimed nominees.
The good half house
Elemental in Chile is doing more than half-heartedly answering the question of social housing. Alejandro Aravena talks to Nadine Botha.
Alejandro Aravena is the principal of Alejandro Aravena Architects and the executive director of Elemental, a do-tank focusing on projects of social impact.
The essential Alejandro Aravena at DI2010
You’ll be forgiven for associating Alejandro Aravena’s architectural designs with the primitive.
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