El Equipo Mazzanti (Giancarlo Mazzanti and Carlos Medellín) talk about architecture as a tool for social change. El Equipo Mazzanti sees architecture in Colombia as a scenario for promoting inclusion in society.
El Equipo de Mazzanti, the studio run by Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, designed the new Pies Descalzos School in Cartagena, Colombia: a building for the promotion of social integration in the difficult urban context of Lomas del Peyé. Mazzanti’s Pies Descalzos School in Cartagena is one of the finalists in Floornature’s international Next Landmark 2014 contest.
Giancarlo Mazzanti and Felipe Mesa have built a community centre in Medellin, Colombia which fits into a series of works sharing the common theme of a focus on social value, on the life of the city and the integration of its people. Characterised by varied repetition of a pattern, the roof is a symbol of the creative standardisation apparent in the two architects’ recent projects.
Giancarlo Mazzanti’s plan for a new elementary school is based on the idea that architecture can become a tool for the rebirth of a neighbourhood, an instrument of social cohesion and of pride in belonging to a place. If the building also offers an example of optimal use of energy resources, the project is worth a mention in the Fassa Bortolo Prize for Sustainable Architecture.
Local building materials and techniques, integration of inside and outside and social value are the key themes of the school building designed by Mazzanti and Mesa for Cartagena in Colombia. Flor del Campo is an example of the contribution architecture can make to rehabilitating the area in which it is situated.
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