Rebel Architecture: 6-Part Series on Global Guerilla Urbanism

floating architecture

In Working on Water, architect Kunle Adeyemi “sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria’s waterside slums” by developing and deploying a modular and scaleable form of floating architecture for the nearly 100,000 people already living on the water outside of Lagos. In a community with almost no roads and nearly entirely built on water already, he “envisages a city of floating buildings that, safe from rising tides, would allow the slum’s residents to remain within their community, while at the same time improving the quality of their lives.”

vietnamese architecture

In Greening the City, Vo Trong Nghia “attempts to return greenery to Vietnam’s choking cities and design affordable homes for poor communities.” His designs blend low-cost techniques and regional materials with local farming, open spaces, green roofs and other sustainable strategies.

high architecture

In Traditional Future, Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari “uses local building techniques to rebuild villages in the flood-stricken Sindh region.” One solution proposes building up in ways that will resist future floodwater heights of 7 to 8 feet, lofting much of each structure, as well as employing earthquake-resistant construction techniques. Finally, the last video in the sequence, The Pedreiro and the Master Plannercan be viewed via this link – it follows the story of informal builder Ricardo de Oliviera as he “struggles with the government’s plan for the future of Rio’s Rocinha favela.”