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This Clay Brick Disperses Heat to Keep Buildings Cool

08:00 - 11 December, 2015
This Clay Brick Disperses Heat to Keep Buildings Cool, © 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

18:00 - 25 November, 2015
VIMOB / Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos, © Felipe Orvi
© Felipe Orvi

© Felipe Orvi © Felipe Orvi © Felipe Orvi © Mauricio Sanin +45

Architectural Photographers: Rodrigo Dávila

08:00 - 14 November, 2015
Architectural Photographers: Rodrigo Dávila, 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
MACONDO Pavilion Architecture / Manuel Villa Arquitectos + Oficina Informal, © Santiago Pinyol
© Santiago Pinyol

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol +25

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

08:00 - 26 October, 2015
How 3 Award-Winning Projects Harnessed the Beauty and Power of Concrete

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 Zenufaná / FP arquitectura

15:00 - 6 October, 2015
Educational Park Zenufaná  / FP arquitectura, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +37

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

19:00 - 2 October, 2015
La Sabana House / C.H. Rannacher + Cristóbal Roig, © Javier Gonzales
© Javier Gonzales

© Javier Gonzales © Javier Gonzales © Javier Gonzales © Javier Gonzales +29

Bicentennial Tower / Entorno AID + CMS+GMP

16:00 - 2 October, 2015
Bicentennial Tower / Entorno AID + CMS+GMP, © Jairo Llano
© Jairo Llano

© Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano © Jairo Llano +39

What Does Germán Samper See When He Draws?

08:00 - 25 September, 2015
What Does Germán Samper See When He Draws?, 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.

Restaurant Il Forno / PLASMA NODO + Llano Arquitectos

02:00 - 17 September, 2015
Restaurant Il Forno / PLASMA NODO + Llano Arquitectos, © Santiago Bohórquez
© Santiago Bohórquez

Courtesy of PLASMA NODO Courtesy of PLASMA NODO Courtesy of PLASMA NODO Courtesy of PLASMA NODO +41

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

13:00 - 12 September, 2015
Kipará Té Embera Tourist Etno-village  / Juan Pablo Dorado + Oficina Suramericana de Arquitectura, © Tomas Botero
© Tomas Botero

© Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero © Tomas Botero +53

Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero

11:00 - 27 August, 2015
Casa de la Memoria Museum / Juan David Botero, © Isaac Ramírez Marín
© Isaac Ramírez Marín

© Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín © Isaac Ramírez Marín +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cl. 51 #36-66, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    21000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Isaac Ramírez Marín

Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS

15:00 - 21 August, 2015
Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS, Courtesy of Husos
Courtesy of Husos

© Manuel Salinas © Manuel Salinas © Taller Croquis © Javier García +47

La Condesa / PLASMA NODO

13:00 - 14 August, 2015
La Condesa / PLASMA NODO, © Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +21

  • Designer

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO

09:00 - 29 July, 2015
9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO, © Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Entrerrios Educational Park / Laboratorio de Arquitectura y Paisaje

11:00 - 16 July, 2015

© Jaime Andrés Orozco © Jaime Andrés Orozco © Jaime Andrés Orozco © Jaime Andrés Orozco +25

Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

04:00 - 6 July, 2015
Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)", Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Filling Station(s), the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which sought to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Third Prize: Fill Up Here / Alex Cox. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions +19

Uramita Educational Park / FP arquitectura

13:00 - 22 June, 2015
Uramita Educational Park / FP arquitectura, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Uramita, Uramita, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Area

    768.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Alejandro Arango , Courtesy of FP arquitectura