Rebel architects: building a better world

Working on the fringes of the law, rebel architects are trying to improve peoples lives in tough areas. From floating homes to disaster-proof houses and bamboo domes, Aaron Millar meets the men and women building for their communities

While buildings may provide a utilitarian benefit (the roof over our heads that we all need), we’ve moved well beyond basic functional needs shelters with modern architecture placing aesthetics as the top priority.  Buildings have always reflected the people who dwell inside.  Though until modern times, these reflections consisted mainly of the physical needs of a certain people, but now building designs seem less concerned with physical and social needs than pure aesthetic purposes.

One Spanish architect is attempting to change the glamour filled world of architecture and create architecture that’s focused on activism and social good.  Santiago Cirugeda and his team flirt with the law as they “use rapid building techniques, recycled materials and volunteer labour on abandoned municipal land for projects that people need”.  It’s time for the creative brains of architects to use their brain power to fix the world’s problems rather than just make it pretty.


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