It is one thing, to design a building and have it stand the test of time without changing, becoming a museum in and of itself, but in this day and age architects are beginning to see the need for adaption and evolution in their work. Although we may not like it, buildings are not static things; life revolves in and around them, leaving a residue on a once pure, newly built structure. With the needs of people, and cities for that matter, constantly changing, a time has come for architecture to embrace the unpredictable needs of the masses and become flexible.

Arch2o-Favela Cloud  Johan Kure, Kemo Usto and Thiru Manickam (9)

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The Favela Cloud is a design by Johan Kure, Kemo Usto and Thiru Manickam. The conceptual proposal is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the future development of favela Santa Marta. The design proposes an alternative vision for a new way of building inhabitable structures in the area, drawing on the social and organizational qualities of the favela itself.

Arch2o-Favela Cloud  Johan Kure, Kemo Usto and Thiru Manickam (13)

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Using self-organization logic, an additive system that can grow and adapt, the development hovers above the rest of the area, utilizing the existing paths and openings of the site, creating an interesting cloud like condition.

Arch2o-Favela Cloud  Johan Kure, Kemo Usto and Thiru Manickam (7)

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Inspired by the cobogó brick, widely used in a Brazilian context, the cloud is designed to act as an urban cobogó, shading the open spaces inside the cloud as well as the public plaza underneath. The design features a set of flexible platforms for cultural functions such as a library and media space, dance studio, and learning center.

Arch2o-Favela Cloud  Johan Kure, Kemo Usto and Thiru Manickam (12)

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The hybrid program also contains new dwellings for residences. The intention for the proposal was to merge a diverse program into a flexible architectural design that can evolve according to the future need of the favela, turning it into a new landmark functioning as a communicator to the formal city.

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