Mike Studio / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques

first_img “COPY” Mike Studio / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida MarquesSave this projectSaveMike Studio / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDaniel Moreno FloresOfficeFollowMargarida MarquesOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesQuitoHousesEcuadorPublished on May 01, 2015Cite: “Mike Studio / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques” [Estudio Mike / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques] 01 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects Photographs 2011 CopyHouses•Quito, Ecuador ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/624062/mike-studio-daniel-moreno-flores-margarida-marques Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/624062/mike-studio-daniel-moreno-flores-margarida-marques Clipboard Architects: Daniel Moreno Flores, Margarida Marques Year Completion year of this architecture project Ecuador Houses Project gallerySee allShow lessTake A Look At Milan Expo’s 2015 Pavilions on Opening DayArchitecture NewsBrick House / Christi AzevedoSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Federico Kulekdjian, Daniel Moreno FloresConstruction:Fabián Tenorio, Jaime QuingaCollaborators:Felipe Donoso, Estefanía Jácome, Gabriela Espinosa, Daniela Espinosa, Esteban Benavides, Santiago Vaca, Claudia Ponce, Erika MeythalerCity:QuitoCountry:EcuadorMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianText description provided by the architects. It is a brick house about 50 years old, which belonged to my great grandmother, who gave it as inheritance to his grandchildren, the ground floor was given to my aunt. When she came to live in the house, she decided to make it grow, and the only side to which it could do so was downwards, two lower floors were made. Over many years they made modifications to its space, there was a process of coating after coating, several layers of carpets or vinyls on the floor, coating of plywood and carpet on the walls, and cladding of the pieces of wood with thin plywood.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe first time we entered the room to start with the renovation, we found it entertaining with Margarida to rip with our own hands, we realized that it was very easy and it was something we could do ourselves, thus we decided to start construction work inviting friends, have a few beers and eat some banana chips. So we decided to get involved and enjoy this first stage of construction, having fun with a hammer, mounted on a ladder, or simply taking off the glue. This attitude of including ourselves, is not only a working posture, but also due to the fact of not having many economic resources and having devised a strategy, to make architecture.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThis project was made at a low cost, a reason that allowed us to enhance the design with disuse, and experience from the reality of the space, with its limitations and certain rules. The commission was to clean, remove and find each of the materials to see what it really was. For example: if the wall is made of brick, it is important to see the brick!Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianOnce the house was stripped…A-As a first exercise, we used woods and doors that became formwork for the concrete prefabrication system; C-shaped pieces, placed in different positions in response to various forms of furniture.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianB-Then, the wooden floors became doors, stairs, racks, spatial boundaries or new flooring; occupying the material in different ways. The wooden beams we found were used to make spatial volumes.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanC-When removing materials or making new openings, there were dents that we left exposed to intensify the action of making the hole.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianD-The second foreign material to the house was the triplex, which was purchased at half price and taking advantage of buying it at the factory, we brought as a gift, the cut edges of the material, which is then used in containers, contributing with its texture.Save this picture!SectionWe sought an incomplete architecture… without finishes! Where the constructive logic is the one that gives the space its beauty.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianWe designed a new form of corridor, eliminating all of the mezzanine. An event that does not need us to walk to move; one is transported by a cart that moves, not only allowing you to move, but also giving you different experiences of space.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianIt was a strongly material project, showing the essence of matter, each element tells its own story, its strengths and weaknesses in its construction process, its information of the industry, the hand of the artisan, the event that happened to get its result or time. Year:  Mike Studio / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques ArchDaily Save this picture!© Federico Kulekdjian+ 20 Sharelast_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: The mismeasure of human welfare

first_imgWe now live in a topsy-turvy world, where risk-free interest rates can be negative, and where Alice in Wonderland would have felt very much at home. It was not the White Rabbit who declared that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product”, but Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the king of Bhutan, during the 1970s. US representative Hansen Clarke of Michigan commissioned a report a few years ago seeking to answer the overarching question: How should the US government institute supplemental national accounts that better reflect the welfare of the nation’s people? As the report points out, the US Department of Commerce has described GDP as “the crowning achievement” of 20th century US economic policy. In the eight decades since the introduction of US national income accounts, GDP has become the official barometer of business cycles, an indispensable measure of government performance and a leading benchmark of living standards. It has, in other words, become a de facto headline indicator of economic, political and social progress.Yet GDP was never intended for such a role. Economists dating back to Simon Kuznets, the father of US national accounting systems, have warned that GDP is a specialised tool for measuring market activity rather than national welfare. The by-products of unrestrained growth in the pollution of the air we breath and the food we eat, and the difficulties in finding clean water supplies, are a testament to that. The fastest-growing megacities in emerging markets such as Beijing and Delhi are also the most afflicted by smog. China’s astounding double-digit rates of GDP growth seen in the past are not only very difficult to sustain but also entail sacrifices in the quality of life that are increasingly seen as unacceptable.While GDP growth as currently measured may conceivably slow down in many countries to levels barely above zero, it does not mean human welfare – however it is measured – need do so. While there may be limits to GDP growth, that does not mean the welfare of any nation’s people cannot be continuously improved. Conversely, the era of zero and negative interest rates has led to owners of capital benefiting enormously at the expense of wage earners, whose incomes have not seen real increases despite GDP growth.But, if GDP alone is the measure by which governments define their objectives, it is unsurprising that the negative externalities of misplaced GDP growth in the form of pollution, increased social inequalities, the destruction of the natural environment and so on become issues governments cannot ignore. The challenge is to find an acceptable set of measures of human welfare that can provide guidelines for government policies, irrespective of economic growth. That is not just an issue for the UK but for the whole world.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Now is the time for governments to find an acceptable set of measures of human welfare, writes Joseph Mariathasan‘You can only manage what you measure’ is a self-evident axiom. But while gross domestic produce (GDP) may be easily measurable – and therefore held up as something to be managed – what the post-financial-crisis world has revealed is that, even when GDP growth has returned (albeit at low levels), it can hardly be argued that human welfare has increased.The popularity of US presidential candidate Donald Trump among working and middle-class Americans is testimony to their having seen no increase in their own circumstances despite GDP growth. In the UK, the Brexit vote was, again, a protest against the fact large sections of the population have seen no increase in perceived living standards, irrespective of GDP growth figures. For governments and political parties, focusing on GDP growth as a primary measure of success has proved to be misleading and a political failure.As the UK begins an existential debate over its long-term relationship with the European Union and its own future prospects in the wider world, it may be timely to widen the debate on the most appropriate set of metrics to measure society’s success. “GDP measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile” declared Robert F Kennedy in a famous speech given at the University of Kansas in 1968. “It can tell us everything about America except why we are proud we are Americans,” he added. “If this is true here at home, so it is true elsewhere in world.”last_img read more