ASF-UK Symposium: Designing In Uncertain Global Times

16:30 - 4 February, 2016

Join ASF-UK for a one day symposium to explore how built environment practitioners can respond to emerging global challenges in cities. With highly interactive sessions throughout the day, we will test and discuss different skills, approaches and knowledge that can ‘challenge practice’ in order to design in uncertain global times. The day will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of working in this sector, to network with others in this field and a chance to discover ways in which to engage with ASF-UK. The event will end with a reflection by practitioners involved in innovative forms of practice in the UK and around the world.

Anglo Colombiano Primary School Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

13:00 - 1 February, 2016
© Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +14

Casa 5 / Arquitectura en Estudio

15:00 - 28 January, 2016
© Kevin Perdomo
© Kevin Perdomo

© Kevin Perdomo © Kevin Perdomo © Kevin Perdomo © Kevin Perdomo +15

MOBO Architects Win Competition to Design Government Building in Bogotá, Colombia

12:00 - 23 January, 2016
© M.O.N.O.M.O., Courtesy of MOBO Architects
© M.O.N.O.M.O., Courtesy of MOBO Architects

MOBO Architects has won the Colombian Society of Architects’ (SCA) public competition to design an institutional building for the department for social integration in the city of Bogotá.

This Clay Brick Disperses Heat to Keep Buildings Cool

08:00 - 11 December, 2015
© Camilo Suz
© Camilo Suz

With the goal of harnessing and exploring the benefits of clay as a raw material, which is characteristic of Colombia's Cúcuta region, Architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro created Sumart Diseño y Arquitectura SAS, a studio that designs and develops sustainable architectural solutions.

One of their most successful projects is the Bloque Termodisipador BT, a ceramic block designed with an irregular cross section that allows ventilation to pass through the brick, reducing the amount of heat that enters the interior of the building.

© Camilo Suz © Camilo Suz © Camilo Suz © Camilo Suz +14

VIMOB / Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos

17:00 - 25 November, 2015
© Felipe Orvi
© Felipe Orvi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matapalo, Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Design Team

    Felipe Lerma, Juan Sebastián Saavedra, Laura Lerma, Giovanella Astudillo, Darío Conde
  • Area

    37.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Felipe Orvi, Mauricio Carvajal

© Mauricio Carvajal © Felipe Orvi © Felipe Orvi © Felipe Orvi +22

Architectural Photographers: Rodrigo Dávila

08:00 - 14 November, 2015
Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz. Image © Rodrigo Dávila
Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz. Image © Rodrigo Dávila

As part of our Architectural Photographers interview series, we spoke with Rodrigo Dávila, an architecture photographer based in Bogotá. When he was a teenager, Dávila inherited a Rolleiflex medium-format camera from his grandfather and never looked back. After working as an architect for two years and taking pictures of landscapes in his free time, Rodrigo moved to Melbourne, Australia to study photography at RMIT University. Back in Colombia, Dávila established a photography business through which he expresses his passion for design, Scandinavian architecture and contemporary buildings.

“Architectural photography works in the opposite way of designing a building. Instead of projecting in order to construct a building, a photographer analyzes the image in order to deconstruct the building and understand the architect’s intention," explained Dávila.  

Read the complete interview after the break. 

MACONDO Pavilion Architecture / Manuel Villa Arquitectos + Oficina Informal

13:00 - 27 October, 2015
© Santiago Pinyol
© Santiago Pinyol

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol +37

How 3 Award-Winning Projects Harnessed the Beauty and Power of Concrete

08:00 - 26 October, 2015

Long touted for its strength and versatility, concrete has had an integral role in construction and design as far back as the Roman times. And in recent years, concrete’s potential has reached new heights, with many companies developing innovative uses and applications for the material, ranging from concrete reinforced with bamboo to ultra-porous concrete and concrete cloth.

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards recognize architecture and construction projects from around the world that use concrete technologies in creative and innovative ways, with a focus on sustainable design and social well-being. We spoke with three of the architecture firms behind winning designs of the 2014 CEMEX Building Awards to see how concrete influenced their design and why they believe concrete to be an important construction material. 

Educational Park of Venecia / FP arquitectura

15:00 - 6 October, 2015
© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +26

La Sabana House / C.H. Rannacher + Cristóbal Roig

18:00 - 2 October, 2015
© Javier Gonzales
© Javier Gonzales

© Javier Gonzales © Javier Gonzales © Javier Gonzales © Javier Gonzales +19

Bicentennial Tower / Entorno AID + CMS+GMP

17:00 - 2 October, 2015
© Jairo Llano
© Jairo Llano

© Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano +28

What Does Germán Samper See When He Draws?

08:00 - 25 September, 2015
Germán Samper drawing. Image © Nicolás Valencia
Germán Samper drawing. Image © Nicolás Valencia

Hiding out from the gentle Bogotá rain, a cat with turquoise eyes and a black and white coat prowls along the ledge of an office hidden in the midst of lush vegetation. A large window with a wooden frame filters the light and illuminates the interior: a desk, hundreds of books, manila folders, and backlit pictures. Sitting comfortably in his chair, 91-year-old Colombian architect Germán Samper takes a pencil, presses it to the surface of a sheet of paper, and begins to explain everything he is saying by drawing for us in the most clear and simple manner possible.

Whether he's giving instructions on taking a taxi in Bogotá  or explaining the recent modifications to the historic Colsubisdio citadel, Samper -- a master of Colombian architecture -- can express ideas on paper with an ease that makes us think that drawing might be very simple, but it's really just a great trick.

Perseverance is key and Samper knows this from experience. "I don't understand why architects don't draw more if it is truly a pleasure," he ponders.

After the break, a conversation with Germán Samper and a series of unedited sketches by the Colombian architect.

Kipará Dé Embera Tourist Etno-village / Juan Pablo Dorado + Oficina Suramericana de Arquitectura

13:00 - 12 September, 2015
© Tomas Botero
© Tomas Botero

© Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero +38

Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero

11:00 - 27 August, 2015
© Isaac Ramírez Marín
© Isaac Ramírez Marín
  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architect Designs Coordinator

    Juan David Botero
  • Architects Task Force

    Maria Fernanda Vasco O, Carla Cristina Gil, Jorge Adrian Gaviria, Catalina Jaramillo, Daniel Santiago Herrera, Elías José Gomez, Víctor Hugo Rodriguez, Alejandro Naranjo, Oscar Santana
  • Advisory Architect design

    Carlos Mario Rodriguez
  • Area

    21000.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Isaac Ramírez Marín

© Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín +32

Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS

15:00 - 21 August, 2015

© Manuel Salinas © Javier García © Manuel Salinas © Taller Croquis +35

La Condesa / Plasma Nodo

13:00 - 14 August, 2015
© Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía
  • Designer

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design team

    Santiago Bohórquez, Daniel Mejía, Sara Ramírez
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +10

9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO

09:00 - 29 July, 2015
© Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +23