Housing Surplus Project Presented at GSD

An inter-disciplinary team of students lead by  Felipe Correa (founding director SAP) and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro are working on new affordable housing prototypes for Rio Grande do Sul. Sponsored by Landinvest, a Sao Paulo based housing agency, the Housing Surplus Project explores how increased density paired with typological diversity and the introduction of collective services can redefine the domestic landscape around consolidated urban edges. The team, composed by Ryley Poblete, Ana Victoria Ciari, Maynard Leon, Miguel Lopez Melendez and Long Zuo, is conceptualizing new block configurations that can break away from the mono- functional rigidity offered by the current affordable housing delivery protocols, exploring how mixed income blocks can help construct income diversity into the affordable housing market. The prototypes will be tested on the ground by Landinvest throughout the course of the summer.


Work by Somatic Collaborative featured in Globalized Water

A collection of drawings from Somatic Collaborative, the design practice of Felipe Correa  and Anthony Acciavatti  were published in Globalized Water: A Question of Governance (Springer 2013) edited by SAP member, Dr. Graciela Schneier-Madanes. The volume presents a compilation of voices that form a unique scientific exploration of contemporary water management models and government issues.
The work samples from Somatic Collaborative highlight the significant role of water in the shaping of settlements. Through a series of case studies – from the scarcity of water in the American Desert to the overabundance of water in the Amazon Basin–the visual essay probes the time-honored relationship between water, water management, and urban form.

The Petropolis of Tomorrow out in print

Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper recently published The Petropolis of Tomorrow (ACTAR, 2013). 

In recent years, Brazil has discovered vast quantities of petroleum deep within its territorial waters, inciting the construction of a series of cities along its coast and in the ocean. We could term these developments as Petropolises, or cities formed from resource extraction. The Petropolis of Tomorrowis a design and research project, originally undertaken at Rice University that examines the relationship between resource extraction and urban development in order to extract new templates for sustainable urbanism. Organized into three sections: Archipelago Urbanism, Harvesting Urbanism, and Logistical Urbanism, which consist of theoretical, technical, and photo articles as well as design proposals, The Petropolis of Tomorrow elucidates not only a vision for water-based urbanism of the floating frontier city, it also speculates on new methodologies for integrating infrastructure, landscape, urbanism and architecture within the larger spheres of economics, politics, and culture that implicate these disciplines. 

Articles by: Neeraj Bhatia, Luis Callejas, Mary Casper, Felipe Correa, Brian Davis, Farès el-Dahdah, Rania Ghosn, Carola Hein, Bárbara Loureiro, Clare Lyster, Geoff Manaugh, Alida C. Metcalf, Juliana Moura, Koen Olthuis, Albert Pope, Maya Przybylski, Rafico Ruiz, Mason White, Sarah Whiting
Photo Essays by: Garth Lenz, Peter Mettler + Eamon Mac Mahon, Alex Webb
Research/ Design Team: Alex Gregor, Joshua Herzstein, Libo Li, Joanna Luo, Bomin Park, Weijia Song, Peter Stone, Laura Williams, Alex Yuen


SAP completes its first interim symposium

The South America Project, an applied research and design think tank tasked that focuses on issues of fast paced urbanization within the South American continent finished its first interim symposium and exhibition this past September. Hosted by the Bienal de Buenos Aires, the event brought together a large number of SAP participants who are currently developing a wide array of projects across the continent.

SAP Exhibition / Buenos Aires

SAP Exhibition / Buenos Aires
Since its launch in the fall of 2011 at Harvard, the SAP network has brought together over 131 participants from across the Americas, who are leading 23 collaborative projects in 11 countries, under the auspices of 43 public and private sponsors, SAP’s focus is to research and develop new spatial syntheses for alternative physical and experiential identities in South America’s heterogeneous hinterlands. By drawing together individuals who work in different disciplines from across the Americas, SAP combines diverse design methodologies that can create alternative models to not only visualize and evaluate the effects of fast-paced urbanization, but also to propose specific pilot projects for alternative models of urbanization in the region.

SAP Symposium / Buenos Aires

SAP Symposium / Buenos Aires

A SAP Report, which summarizes the findings of the symposium will circulate through Revista PLOT soon.

SAP  / GSD / Plot / Studio EX reception / Buenos Aires