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Anupama Kundoo

Building Knowledge:

An Inventory of Strategies

‘Reporting from the Front’

Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2016

Arsenale


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We’re not just talking about affordability

in terms of money here; we’re

also talking about impact on the

environment. We can’t afford to keep

building the way we do. My work is

to find alternative solutions to build

using significantly less materials, and

action them


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When the opposites in a duality work

in union, there is enrichment and

knowledge. If the quest for knowledge

is ahead of the action, there is evolution.

If the impulse of action is ahead of

reflection there can be destruction (Mahabharata).

Knowledge informs the act of building,

and building widens knowledge” .

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By helping communities to fabricate

a set of simple building components,

we can build knowledge and bring

housing back to the people” .


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Under construction...

Built with the support of

Italcementi

Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, Madrid

Eco Clay

LaminaM

Perfialsa Portugal

Grupo Modular

Jordahl

Thank you!


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Further research

Continuing her research on ferrocement technology, Dr. Anupama

Kundoo, organized a two-week student workshop at the Behrens

Halle (AEG) in collaboration with the Chair of Conceptual and

Structural design, Technische Universität Berlin including a team

of Indian masons. Some of the elements built and tested in Berlin

have travelled to Venice to be part of her installation at the Architecture

Biennale 2016. The rest have remained in TU Berlin for

conducting strength tests for further research on this material.

The ferrocement elements retained at the TU Berlin involved

different types of cement matrix and reinforcements. They were

produced for testing compressive, tensile and flexural strengths

of each variation. Two months after the workshop the results

of the experiments are still being analyzed. However a good

structural behavior was already observed. In general, the ferrocement

members delivered higher strength than expected, with

a ductile behavior. Thus, this material comprises a high potential

for the use of lightweight and economic structures.

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Links

Videos

Building Knowledge. The Process (I) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm1hPsHPvmE&feature=youtu.be

Hi-Lo: Exchanging Knowledge (II) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J13kxQLGlfg&feature=youtu.be

Nothing Stays Forever: The Life on an Installation (III) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0neKGT26uU

Urban Eco-community

https://urbannext.net/?s=anupama+kundoo&x=-1271&y=-24

Press

Financial Times. Venice Biennale of Architecture, 3 June, 2016

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&-

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Designboom. Anupama Kundoo discusses full-scale modular home

at Venice Architecture Biennale, 29 May, 2016

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/venice-architecture-biennaleanupama-kundoo-full-fill-home-installation-arsenale-05-29-2016/

The Guardian. Venice architecture biennale 2016 –

ideas for real world problems, 29 May, 2016

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/29/venice-architecturebiennale-2016-review-norman-foster

Dezeen. Anupama Kundoo uses ferrocement to create pioneering

“Lego-like” house, 14 June, 2016

http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/07/anupama-kundoo-full-fill-homesferrocement-house-model-arsenale-venice-architecture-biennale-2016/

ArcVision. Architecture biennale 2016 – Anupama Kundoo, 19 July, 2016

http://www.arcvision.org/?p=28831&lang=en


© 2016 Anupama Kundoo architects and the

photographers Design Team: Alba Balmaseda

Domínguez, Sonali Phadnis, Yashoda Joshi,

Cristina Perez Sahagun, Azzurra Brugiotti

Model building team: Students of IUAV

Venice with Enrico Bergonzoni Structural

engineers Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Mike Schlaich,

Dr.-Ing. Arndt Goldack, Dr.-Ing. Alexander

Hückler, Juan Pablo Osman Letelier Construction

Team: Aryan Builders, Pondicherry, Sekar

Sokkalingam, Munissamy Muthulingam,

Krishnamurthy Janakiraman, Saminathan

Kumar, Ponnuvel Samikkannu; Rebiennale,

Venice Institutional Partners: Chair of

Conceptual and Structural Design TU Berlin,

School of Architecture and Technology UCJC

Madrid, IAAC Barcelona, IUAV Venice Films

Marta San Vicente, Harun Farocki, Vimal

Bhojraj, Fundació Enric Miralles, Fundación

ICO, CUSP, Akshid Rajendran Photography:

Javier Callejas

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