1 to 1 Etre Nos Atelier “On Informality, Social Design and Community Empowerment”

1 to 1 seeks to underpin a humanistic social design agenda within community empowerment, environmental awareness, sustainability and hands-on experiences based on inclusive design processes mostly developed upon low income environments in costa rica. 1 to 1 represents a voice likewise many other small practices in latin america, which is working on small scale projects with big impact for specific users and communities. It is a human centred design process, which aims to present architectural practice and -issue oriented- (S.Mockbee) academic work that prefers to make rather than speaking, when theory becomes more than practice, it becomes a collective life changing experience… Hence a selection of projects are presented involving low-cost prefab systems, a handbook for social and sustainable nursery design for costa rica, day care nursery’s (based on the handbook), low income community centres, among others.

About Entre Nos Atelier

Entre Nos-Atelier referred as (french [ateljé]) handcraft workshop and entre nos from spanish ´´among us´´, is a collective-design-architectural practice based in San Jose, Costa Rica. co-founded by architects Michael Smith-Masis (Veritas School of Architecture Costa Rica, (MSC in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture) and Alejandro Vallejo (Veritas School of Architecture Costa Rica) develops projects with social impact upon an inclusive-participatory working frame with their clients. In addition a strong experimentation with alternative materials merges as a function of low cost solutions, efficient resources (use-generation) and sustainability. Their professional and academic practice includes several national and international awards, publications and lectures in various universities around the world. Most of their projects seek to promote an awareness dialogue between architecture and society, by re-evaluating methods and professions objectives. Additionally in their work an expanded definition of sustainability is explored along materials, technologies and socioeconomic resources administration; where participatory design offers practical solutions to comprehended necessities in which communities, their work and design are key protagonist for a change.

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