Below is a Pecha Kucha presentation based on Quilian Riano which Kirsty Fick did research on in order to better our information and process going forward with the Denver informal settlement.
The presentation was based on how he approaches work and obstacles in the working environment and how he graphically represents his findings
Socio-Technical Practitioners Quilian Riano. He was born in Columbia but raised in Miami. He is the founder of the company DESIGN AGENCY which is based in Brooklyn, New York. Quilian is a designer, a researcher, a writer, and a educator.
His training includes an MArch from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and a BDes (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Florida, School of Architecture.
Quilian is committed to design education, currently teaching theory-based Design and Urban Ecologies studios at Parsons, The Newschool for Design and Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development. He has also taught architectural and urban design studios at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the City College of New York.
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Design Agency is a collaborative design and research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art & activism. They initiate research into urban conflict and power dynamics and use that research to propose potentially disruptive policies, actions, architectures and designs at various scales — from pamphlets to architectures to landscapes.
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Critical Activism is a methodology that uses activism and critical discourse to open up possibilities for change in the processes by which architecture and cities are made. Critical activism also suggests that no product is ever final — designs, buildings, ecologies and urban systems demand broad and holistic community-based processes that can change over time with both constants and variables.
Design Agency explores how a critical architectural and design approach can operate in this context:
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The Java St. Garden is a collaborative garden for community engagement, education and action. The mission of the Java St Garden is to maintain and preserve an open public space for use by individuals and communities who seek to share a common, public, collective experience. The Java St. Garden is a collaborative laboratory not just for communal, political and gardening processes, but also for the design process by which the spaces and objects within it get built.
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This project is for the comprehensive research and design of a community of 50 houses, a community center, a waste water treatment plant, and a plant nursery that can serve as a prototype for safe construction in the Tijuana, Mexico. This area is known for informal housing units built by migrants looking for work in near by areas. Many of these houses are built in the riskiest and most environmentally sensitive areas. This causes risk to families, their belongings, and the larger ecosystem of the Tijuana river. The project seeks to intervene in social and ecological systems by proposing large-scale changes and by creating flexible, responsive and ever changing spaces.
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