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Parasitic architecture part 2.

This is the second post of today exploring the notion of parasitic architecture. By that I mean the impromptu extension of an existing building, in a more temporary way than the “host” architecture. The following are three interesting examples.

Parasite Las Palmas Korteknie Stulmacher Architecten.

Recognizable as a bright green structure on the roof of an abandoned warehouse on Rotterdam's waterfront, the building is actually a prototype of a prefabricated home designed to wrap around and cling onto elevator shafts. The parasite relies on the host for structural as well as services support.

For further information click here.


Manifest Destiny: Claiming Space in San Francisco.

This proposal comments on the arrogance of so called “pioneers” who enter a land that already belongs to others, bringing new and alien structures as part of that conquest. Manifest Destiny, designed by Mark Reigelman, gives back a little of the bitterness that unwanted and illegal occupation inevitably brings.

The structures are glaringly out of place in their locations just as the structures of most occupying elements were, and perhaps still are out of place.

For further information click here.


Illegal architecture of Taiwan.

In rapidly growing cities, particularly where the climate is not too cold, informal and illegal development flourishes. What begins as slum housing, often transform, given sufficient time, into mature self organizing city quarters. But where that traditional process is circumvented with large scale capitalist development illegal dwellings grow on to relatively new buildings like facial hair on a pubescent youth.

These examples in Taipei create illustrate extensions, urban farms and gardens attached to various tower structures. Night markets and other places for informal social gatherings also sprout up.

Instant City is an initiative by by a collective of local architects that aim to humanize the rigid and soulless city spaces with living growing structures.

For further information click here.

Christopher C. Hill.



The references for each of the featured posts were selected from a post at Web Urbanist.

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