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How will migration influence architecture and the city?

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El Sindicato

Migration will lead us to two ways of living that will be basically differentiated by the political and economic streams of each city or country,


On Right minded cities, high tech foldable houses will be designed to be assembled and disarmed and to ensure comfort and privacy to their users, those will even self-manage their waste and energy consumption, those will be super tents that will allow people to live without losing comfort and without contaminating. Those are houses that only a few will be able to buy and that will not solve any problem that migrants have today.


On left minded cities, public spaces will be created for transitory housing, built and regulated by the state, they will have recreation spaces and programs of economic and social insertion. Them will probably be built only in first world countries and will have a lot of bureaucracy, corruption and will generate discrimination.


The ideal will be to find middle points: Public politics that benefit private actors and people in need that encourage the creation of new ways of living within the existing urban mesh, that also stimulate the economy of cities and allow us to cohabit the city and bound, public politics that encourage an existing group of people to adopt a lightweight lifestyle that allows us to live well with less and stop being prisoners of consumerism, low tech buildings that can be replicated according to the reality of each place and user.


Almost every city of the world grows without limits and in its growth leaves abandoned or underutilized spaces within the consolidated zones. Our projects should seek the use of these buildings, conditon them to new ways of life and create living spaces for those who need it most. With these public policies and the development of projects such as “Casa Parasito” we seek to create socially, economically and environmentally conscious options for habitability.

El Sindicato was born in September 2014. We unite against the “boss-employee” way of working. We stopped working for other people and made the decision to form a collective and do our own things. El Sindicato is made up of Xavier Duque, Maria Reinoso, Nicolás Viteri ; we are a collaborative and experimental team in which we seek through architectural design, construction and urban intervention to do what we like the most inside and outside the profession. We understand architecture as a trade that is learned in the process of doing and we continue to seek the creation of spaces that educate

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