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Old Posted Feb 18, 2016, 6:07 PM
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Will 'Parasitic Architecture' transform placemaking in cities?

Will 'Parasitic Architecture' transform placemaking in cities?


16 FEB 2016

BY KIM MEGSON

Read More: http://www.cladglobal.com/CLADnews/a...o-Malka/321773

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A simple yet radical scheme to introduce low-cost housing to dense cities could have major implications for placemaking in our urban environments. French studio Stéphane Malka Architecture have been creating prefabricated living spaces which lean on and extend from existing buildings in Paris, cantilevering over streets at unusual angles. The concept – nicknamed ‘parasitic architecture’ – is an environmentally-friendly and economical solution to creating living space in urban areas short of space for new developments.

- Steel, wood and glass boxes are quickly forged piece-by-piece in workshops before being bolted together on site and attached to their ‘host’ building. The architects partnered with construction firm Les Toits du Monde (Roofs of the World) – which provides engineering services for landlords in return for the right to attach the 3BOX structures to their buildings. The scheme allows the creation of modular housing that is 40 per cent cheaper than the real estate market price and can be adapted according to the needs of users. While so far used only for housing in Paris, there are many potential leisure uses for 3BOX-style volumes, which could bring low-cost music venues, eateries, bars, shops, sports facilities and museums to busy cities without the need to first tear down old buildings to create space.

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I like it, but it's going to be a really hard sell in a lot of places, particularly historic ones, because people will view it as trying to change the character of areas.
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It can be done nicely sometimes, but these examples are horrendous.

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Nothing says "affordable" like tacking wacky over-engineered boxes onto the sides of buildings...
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Perhaps it would be better to have those boxes on stilts above existing buildings to add density without destroying or bastardizing what's already there.
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Looks like shit.
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i LIKE IT, I THINK THE CONTRAST BRINGS A SUREEAL QUALITY TO IT.
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Fuck that shit. Fuck it with something hard and sandpapery.
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