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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

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Category: Theories

The History of Architecture

Architecture has come far from building for shelter and survival. Before we learnt how much we could do with an imaginative mind and mathematical thinking, we built to hide from predators and extreme weather conditions. We built to survive and for nothing more.

As time passed and our brains expanded, we began to find innovative ways to improve on our building skills. Then, we started to get creative and built for the beauty of architecture as well as practicality. Today, we build for all of these reasons; shelter, warmth, stunning designs, to push the limits of our imagination and to expand on our building capability.

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Architecture’s Elements: Lighting & Shadow


Something that I remember today, when I was studying architecture, one of most important things to develop for better designs are lighting and shadow. It’s so fun when we play with them in sketching works. It doesn’t matter how we get the light whether natural or artificial, lighting is always an interesting element to play with in architectural design. Beside the shape of the fixture, the shadow effect also play the main role in order to get the best design result, are you agree with me? I think so. We can play with natural lighting under shin shines, but at night we need to play with artificial lighting such as lamp. Two factors for consideration in the world of artificial lightning are the color of light and the fixture design, we need to pick the best match to our design theme whether traditional, transitional, or contemporary.


Another important thing for designer to concern is the detail of course, we all know what Ludwig Mies Van De Rohe said: “God is in detail”, right? It’s important for us to work closely how to handle all of the detail in our building such as window, the transition between wall and floor, stairs, railing,ceiling, and many more. And don’t forget the accessories, we need to play with them as well. In this case what we need is researching product catalog available in the market, the richer design vocab we have the better, because we need more options to chose what architecture elements that match to our whole design concept – exterior and interior. There are well known design workshops and manufactures that keep producing good product for our needs such as Minka Aire, Alessi, Modern Fan Company, and many more.


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Dynamic Architecture Era, Dubai as The Pilot Project.

With dynamic architecture, the shape of building is always changing by time. It’s mean that you can take breakfast facing sunrise and having dinner enjoying sunlight without moving from your room, it is incredible idea. As you can see in the video, the first project is planed in Dubai, the city of the future. And according to video, the construction of dynamic building is 7 times faster compare to the traditional building.

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