bottom-up architecture + urban change

I'm currently working on my Master's thesis in Architecture at Aalto University, Helsinki. My work focuses on designing for those without a voice in Phnom Penh. This is a collection of tidbits I come across during my research and trip to Cambodia.
It’s finally finished! To read my thesis “Regeneration of Two Urban Poor Communities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia” in full, click on the image or follow this link: http://issuu.com/charlottenyholm/docs/regeneration

It’s finally finished! To read my thesis “Regeneration of Two Urban Poor Communities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia” in full, click on the image or follow this link: http://issuu.com/charlottenyholm/docs/regeneration

Modern Ghana reports on this fascinating project in Nigeria, which aims to rid the environment of plastic bottles while providing raw material for construction.The bottles are filled with sand and bound together using mud and cement.
Click on the image to read more!

Modern Ghana reports on this fascinating project in Nigeria, which aims to rid the environment of plastic bottles while providing raw material for construction.The bottles are filled with sand and bound together using mud and cement.

Click on the image to read more!

Architecture has to engage not only in building for this world, but in the building of a better world. Aaron Betsky
My thesis “Regeneration of Two Urban Poor Communities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia” is almost done and will obviously be posted here in its entirety once it is submitted. Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come.

My thesis “Regeneration of Two Urban Poor Communities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia” is almost done and will obviously be posted here in its entirety once it is submitted. Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come.

The news that seems to be everywhere today: We are now 7 billion people.

Sounds like a lot. However, the amount is not really the problem. After all, even if all seven billion lived in the state of Texas, the population density would still be lower than that of New York City.

We just need to learn to consume less resources.

Land grabbing, this time in Uganda.

"A report by Oxfam, published last month, identified 227m hectares (561m acres) of land – an area the size of north-west Europe – as having being reportedly sold, leased or licensed, largely in Africa and mostly to international investors in thousands of secretive deals since 2001.” - The Guardian

Ethno-mathematician Ron Eglash studies the way cultures and math interact. In this TEDTalk he explains how the structures of African villages are based on fractals.