Pabellón MEXTROPOLI 2018Papalote
Arquine Concurso No. 20Pavilion for the architecture festival MEXTRÓPOLI 2018International competitionMexico City 2018
Papalotes are light, flexible, and colourful structures that move freely in the wind. The proposed module takes up this concept with the intention to offer a space, which adapts to the different stages related to natural disasters. These have been examined out of their social configuration, serving as an entry for research and a guiding-principle for design. The Papalote pavilion, a space-continuum, presents various possibilities of usage for the flexible modules, creating room installations with visitors, invited stakeholders, and experts. The result is a temporary field of experimentation on the available open space, which collectively prepares the later stages of use for the flexible modules. The project emphasizes on the process and the actors, as to develop community solutions for makeshift shelters and communal rooms for three important moments or stages.
Transportation, folding, and assembly of modules
1_Before the disaster The modules serve as an information centre, in which communities and cooperatives inform about possible risks and give recommendations for action.
2_ During the emergencyThe modules are moved to different locations where help and space are needed. The modular system, based on a light paneled wooden frame construction allows residents to create accommodations within short time. Additionally, modules might also be used as a collection centre for in-kind donations or as a blood donation module in strategic locations.
3_ After the disasterThe temporary spatial constellations become catalysts for future developments with the community in-situ. The design flexibility allows the adaptation to existing structural situations and the results are diverse. Residents can use them as a shelter while rebuilding their damaged homes, returning to their familiar surroundings early on. The design supports a resource-saving, economical, and fast construction immediately after the emergency.