Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

 

A Backyard Sensory Garden

Wherever you live, a well-designed, well-maintained garden can add value to your property. If you want to change the landscaping and design of your garden it can be difficult to know where to start. You could choose a theme, a cottage garden, or something bolder like a tropical garden. A garden can also be good for health and well-being. Recently, studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of gardening, particularly for older people, those suffering from dementia, and children.
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BLACK BOX II / by Natalie Dionne Architecture

BLACK BOX II is the latest in a series of tiny additions impacting existing architecture in a big way. Conceived as a jewelry box, large openings blur the interior/exterior boundary, revealing its treasure of fine cabinetmaking work within through the playful use of complementary surface materials.
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Inflatable Architecture for Fun

When I studied architecture at Bandung Institute of Technology in the mid-90’s, I had never heard about inflatable architecture. I am afraid, It was not a important subject in the field. But now I feel that I missed something really interesting, a unique approach in the world of architecture that’s been exist for years. As a functional but not permanent architecture, the inflatable architecture is really fun. Here are some samples I found across the internet.

Ark Nova Concert Hall

The interior of Ark Nova is too good to be an inflatable concert hall, but that’s the fact. Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor, this orb-like structure has 500-seats and enables various artists to perform orchestras, chamber music, jazz, theatre, dance and art, etc. The walls of the structure are made from a stretchy plastic membrane, designed to enable quick erection and dismantling. To transport it to a new venue, the orb is completely deflated and loaded onto the back of a lorry alongside the disassembled equipment.  
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Casa AR, CDMX / by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

Casa AR is the result of remodeling and extending a residence —in a 1,000 sq m lot constructed in the 80´s— located on the west side of Mexico City. The spaces in the original project had the potential that tilted the balance on keeping most of them and working on making the modifications and extensions necessary for the new program. The public areas had ample spaces, but much reduced ones on the private areas; what lead to a mayor intervention in order to generate a wider opening and a clear visual communication among all the areas in the house.
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Headquarters of “Métropole Rouen Normandie” / by Jacques Ferrier Architecture

The headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie is a unique, memorable and fitting image on the banks of the Seine in Rouen.

What makes it so unique is how the new building fits in with the surrounding landscape of Rouen. The building’s dynamic profile contrasts with the omnipresence of horizontal designs found along the major port, while its silhouette echoes the renovated industrial buildings on the right bank. The oblique shapes are reminiscent of the silhouettes of cranes and other objects in the port and the bows of the passing ships…
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Lareau Headquarter in Napierville (Qc), Canada / by Maurice Martel architecte

To suit in while standing out is the challenge raised at the new headquarters Lareau insurance office. Settling in a rural area without aesthetic qualities, the project aims to inspire the beauty and encourage this industrial area to change by hosting more projects sensitive to design.
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6 Things You Must Consider Before Starting a Construction Project

Starting a construction project is messy, hard work, and stressful. Whether it’s a small home extension or a kitchen renovation, many things need to be considered before the project takes place. If you don’t plan the project in detail, it could hurt your finances or end up being a project that wasn’t worth undertaking at all.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you must consider before you get the project underway.

1. Do You Have Permission?

Without stating the obvious, some construction projects will require permission from local councils. Many interior projects are good to go straight from the get-go, but when it comes to building on the exterior, most of the time, permission is required. Contact your local planning office to see what sort of permission (if any) you’ll need to get started. Sometimes, even loft conversion projects will need permission and will need to follow certain regulations to ensure it’s an area of the house that’s safely hospitable.
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Revolution 4.0 / by Abdullah Ahmed N Al Dabbous

An Urban Empowerment of Cairo’s Street Children
The award-winning project is an extraction of Abdullah Al Dabbous’s Masters thesis at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

The project stresses the adaptability of Cairo’s unused urban spaces (e.g. spaces under motorway flyovers ) to meet the needs of street children and provide both learning and opportunities for advancement without uprooting them—in other words, by dealing with street children as positive economic assets rather than liabilities.
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