On May 23 2018, Arq. Gabriela Anker and Arq. Gabriela Valdez spoke about the reflections on underutilized urban lots through the LAB US case study.
The project LAB US consists of the temporary reactivation of a pre-existing house to harbor a laboratory of ideas that discusses the sustainable urban development of the city of Quito. The architectonic intention of the study was to rescue the pure and apparently original geometry of the house and to exploit it.
Leppanen Anker presented with Uribe Swarzkopf the innovation of the Gaia building at the Tall Innovation conference 2018 in Chicago. The presentation showcased the Gaia Building, that has been constructed as a new landmark for the city. Comprised of a total of 15,000 square meters of mixed-use space and topped with a large roof garden, this construction is visually connected with the distant Andes mountains. The 15-story tower merges commercial opportunities on the ground floor, offices on the next four levels, and residential units the rest of the way to the top.
The Gaia Building is sited at an important intersection within the city where urban elements converge, which heavily influenced the final design. This zone includes a new metro stop, a government building, and a commercial shopping center. It is adjacent to the city park. The design and the construction process of the building utilizes a repeatable pattern system of Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) to reduce the number of construction molds used in creating the distinctive white façade.
On 19 & 20 April 2018, Lnoppen will hold the Latin America Mixed Use Expansion Summit. Host venue will be Bogotá, Colombia where one of the most important project is located “ATRIO”, the most important real estate development in Colombia in the last decade. its design will generate more than 10,000 square meters of public open space.
The Latin America Mixed Use Expansion Summit will bring together local and international stakeholders, government officials, Construction Companies, developers, architects, consultants and equipment plus solution providers to discuss the current Construction sector.
As Latins, we understand the importance of indigenous legacies like music, dances, food, arts, crafts, clothing, folk culture and traditions that have been taught through centuries to all of us. Socialization is an important part of our culture and there are specific places where people meet to reinforce the relationship of reciprocity with the earth and the communities. Markets are a good example where traditions are reinforced, with colors, sounds, history, and identity each market becomes an interpretation of the ancient shops.
Leppanen Anker interpreted today markets as tissues and fluid spaces that are intertwined virtually and physically as cultures converge with each other. Likewise, these places are like living organisms that change with seasons and needs. Keeping that in mind it was decided to create a connected space that celebrates the colors and traditions that users can experiment through the project while creating spaces that respond to the architectural program.
This project was located in Washington DC, USA.