The March issue of Gulf Times is out and in this issue I explore how architecture can become a tool to overcome poverty.
At AKKA, our approach to architecture is an intrinsically collaborative process based on the communal creation of knowledge. Creation of knowledge, however, deals mostly with the exploration of the question and not the solution itself. As Albert Einstein once said “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only 5 minutes finding the solution.”
In this article I investigate the participatory design process that the Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Alejandro Aravena uses decisively in his projects, which is also one of the main elements of our process here at AKKA Architects. Such participatory activities create an emerging value from the synthesis of all gathered insights from different stakeholders.
Take a look my article here or below to learn more about how the participatory design process supported Alejandro Aravena’s Villa Verde Housing project in Chile to overcome issues related to poverty.
The Gulf Times is the most read newspaper in Qatar. Originally founded in 1978 in the capital of Qatar, Doha, it is one of four English language newspapers in the country.