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The playground objects we proposed for a kindergarten that houses more than 1,000 children in Ribeirão das Neves (MG, Brazil) have their imagined forms as the translation of the movements and games they sponsor: ramps, nets, ladders and climbs here are a departure point to imagine other ways to slip, climb, hide, swing, descend, go up. They are also an economically viable alternative to traditional toys and are intended to be more durable and more thought-provoking than the products on the market.

In view of the enormous amount of children in the school, the project bets on a language of large pieces of colored concrete. Robust enough to withstand the intense use to which they will be subjected, they are at once playful and functional, poetic and rational, sculptural and constructive. An infrastructural playground.

+info: 1000 Kids

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Among all the cities in the world, Shenzhen (China) probably has been the fastest growing in the last thirty years: neighboring Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta, what was a village of 30,000 in 1980 is now a conurbation of 17 million inhabitants. In this overwhelming process of urbanization, little of its history has been spared, and that is why the urban village of Nantou was elected as the main site of the next UABB, or Bi-City Biennale of Shenzhen / Hong Kong. Curated by art critic Hou Hanrou and architects Meng Yan and Liu Xiaodu, this year the event has the title of “Cities, Grow in Difference”.

Nantou is an organic enclave with hundreds of 10 or 15-story illegal buildings. From an invitation from the curators, Vazio S/A proposed an intervention in this neighborhood, or more precisely a playground in an abandoned building right in the center of the village (see red square in the photo below).

The photographer Joachim Schmid has an essay on soccer fields in Brazil (The Field, 2010) that shows that, depending on the contingencies found, football doesn’t have to be practiced in a rectangle. More than a revelation that it can accommodate to topography and non-orthogonal limits, the photos show a fantastic solid/void contrast in the middle of a dense and irregular urban fabric – certainly a favela. And they convey the idea that even in an informal neighborhood where there is great pressure for new occupations, and even if the neighboring buildings have to lean shoulder to shoulder, balancing to keep the organic geometry of this Field free — even so, this unusual and magical void will always remain empty because of its obvious importance to all of those who use it.

Photo originally published in Pise a Grama # 3.
See also Joachim Schmid.

Novo Morar
21/09/2017

NovoMorar is a platform that offers alternatives to the sameness of the current real estate products through buildings (and apartments) that prioritize the well-being of its residents, the smart economy and the city.
Novomorar is an initiative by Vazio S/A and Total Engenharia.
To know it, please visit Novomorar.com.br

BsAs Bldg.
08/09/2017

Buenos Aires building is the new project by Vazio S/A!
More information at www.novomorar.com.br

In a revealing essay about the future of the car, journalist Henry Grabar states that ”Large numbers of streets could be decommissioned and reused as promenades, parks, and sites for housing. Most downtown parking could also become obsolete. The average car is parked 95 percent of the time, and parking spots are required, at great cost, in housing, retail, and office construction.”

“(…) The Rocky Mountain Institute, a sustainability think tank in Boulder, Colorado, argues that Automated Vehicles will quickly challenge the private ownership model. In a report released in September, RMI calculates that self-driving cars will make automated taxi service in cities as cheap, per mile, as personal vehicle ownership. Jon Walker, a manager at RMI and co-author of the report, anticipates that autonomous vehicles’ superior use of road space—optimal acceleration and spacing, for example—will unleash a wave of urban transformation. Even if the number of cars on the road doubled, he argues, traffic would still move faster.”

in How will self-driving cars change cities?, Slate Daily Magazine, 25/10/2016

Continuing these arguments, the private parking will change, too. Maybe less people will own a car in the near future and therefore parking lots will have to be flexible spaces able to adapt to the future needs of driverless-car buildings and cities.

In our just finished project, the BsAs Building, we designed a parking level which is permeable, open and totally transparent vis-à-vis the sidewalk. The garage becomes a garden, a playground, a living room etc.

Anyway, irrespective of any futurology exercise, a green garage is certainly better than a gray garage.

+info: NovoMorar.com.br

“Architecture for non-architects” is a seminar organized by the coworking platform Guaja.
From August 23 to September 15, at 7:30 pm.
Tonight: round table with Fernando Maculan, Facundo Guerra, Ana Paula Baltazar and Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A).
Everyone is invited!

Can the stage of a theater – a space always flat and open – be compartmented and upright? Spiral Booths is a spiral staircase through which you can reach six micro-stages arranged at different levels of this staircase. Installed in a gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, it was Vazio S/A’s answer to a challenge posed by the museum’s curator, Abraham Thomas: to house plays for up to six actors and to sponsor an architecture capable of proposing other ways of relating stage and audience, actors and theatergoers.

+ info: Spiral Booths

+ info: 100% Minas

100% Minas has already been inaugurated and remains on show until September 17. With a focus on the latest production of designers based in Minas Gerais, it was curated by Monica Boscarino. The event takes place in an old mansion located on Rua Sapucaí, a central region marked by strong urban, political and gastronomic effervescence of Belo Horizonte, which has become a kind of cultural corridor established in a spontaneous way.

100% Minas – August 12 to September 17
Rua Sapucaí 383, Floresta, Belo Horizonte MG

Exhibition Design: Vazio S/A
Curator: Monica Boscarino
Lighting Design: Atiaia

100% Minas is an exhibition that seeks to present the brand new production of furniture designers based in Minas Gerais. Designed by Vazio S/A, the expography of the show seeks references in common elements of civil works: wooden post shores and facade mesh. Although part of the construction process of any building, such temporary components never remain and are rarely considered as elements of the final architecture.

The pinus posts serve to delimit, albeit subtly, the compartmentalization and circulation around the room. Arranged in a 2×2 meters mesh, they suggest possibilities of circulation, structure the arrangement of the objects and at the same time exalt the bars of the ceiling, on which the posts are fixed. Joining them as if in a translucent labyrinth, the planes formed by the screens define the many ambiences of the room.

100% Minas
Expography: Vazio S/A
Curator: Monica Boscarino
Lighting Design: Atiaia Design

Pop 10 Armchair
17/07/2017

Pop 10 Armchair = 10x10cm rebar mesh + 20mm curved plywood. The armchair will be part of Mostra 100% Minas, which will take place from August 12 in the old RFFSA mansion in Belo Horizonte.
+info: Vazio S/A Furniture Design

“(…) After all the indecision and dead-ends, the boxes were finally incorporated into the choreography, composing a changing stage design that was altered by the dance. The boxes were destroyed and strewn about the place like mobile objects that changed the landscape of the theater over the course of the performance. Also serving as markers of the micro-spaces that contained the dancers’ movements, these props and scenery started out almost as a city of cubes set out after an orthogonal template, only to be gradually demolished by sweeping lunges and then discarded, until the stage, jutting out over the auditorium, was left completely empty.  ”
In Carlos M Teixeira, Entre, Black Dog Publishing; 2012; 380p.

More info: Distressed

Romano Guerra Publishers and Nhamerica Platform launch the Latin America: Thoughts series on June 6, 2017 at Marieta Space (r. Maria Paula 96, São Paulo), with the presence of the authors and mediation of Fernando Lara, followed by an autograph section and chat.

“The first three books – Architecture and Nature, by Abilio Guerra, Ode to the void, by Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A) and Espaço de Risco, by Otavio Leonidio, will be released in print and e-book format in English and Portuguese.

“This month there are still the launches in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, June 14) and Belo Horizonte (Quixote Bookshop, June 20).

About the books
“First book in the series Latin America: Thoughts, Architecture and Nature, by Abilio Guerra, brings a collection of texts that point to a birthmark of modern culture in Brazil in an alternative project of modern action – where culture and nature occupy major roles -, and which, due to its discursive efficacy, metamorphoses into real features of modern Brazilian architecture.

Ode to the Void, second book of the series, brings texts by Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A) written between 1999 and 2015 and previously published in Vitruvius online journal. This republication is not a simple collection, but an organization that defines a more coherent and articulated narrative to previously isolated texts, giving light  both to simple themes – social segregation, spatial fragmentation – and unusual subjects – the weeds, emptiness, the reverse, the stilts.

“Third volume of the series, Espaço de Risco combines texts written by Otavio Leonidio from 2005. So far scattered, the texts deal with three central themes: the thinking and action of the great ideologist of modern Brazilian architecture – Lúcio Costa; the contemporary production of architecture in Brazil, represented by the works of Angelo Bucci, Christian de Portzamparc, Álvaro Siza and Lelé; and finally the complex relationship between contemporary art and architecture.

About the series
Romano Guerra Publishers (São Paulo, Brazil) and the Nhamerica Platform (Austin, United States) present the Latin America: Thoughts series, coordinated by Abilio Guerra, Fernando Luiz Lara and Silvana Romano Santos, which makes available online, in English, Spanish and Portuguese, texts on the Latin American architectural culture.”

Source: Vitruvius online journal

Hypostyle Hall
23/05/2017

New photos of visitors wandering around the Hypostyle Hall.
See also: Hypostyle Hall.

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The Argentine magazine PLOT has just published “La Grilla” (The Grid), an article about our drawings for the Misunderstandings exhibition.