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AD Readers Debate: Living Standards, From Micro-Apartments to Favelas

12:30 - 29 May, 2016
AD Readers Debate: Living Standards, From Micro-Apartments to Favelas

The past month has seen a variety of potential topics of discussion - but when it comes to the most thoughtful comments, it seems ArchDaily users have been preoccupied with one theme: quality of life. From a discussion about micro-apartments, to a critical take on the supposedly "romantic" portrayal of favelas, and even to a prediction that soon the design of virtual reality will take precedence over the design of actual reality, it seems our readers have been thinking a lot about living conditions in many spheres of life. Read on to find out what they had to say.

Structures of Spontaneous Architecture in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro by Patricia Parinejad

18:00 - 12 May, 2016
Structures of Spontaneous Architecture in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro by Patricia Parinejad, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

FAVELAS, named after the Brazilian creeping plant ’favela’ have existed in Brazil since the late 19th century. Wretched areas of closely packed dwellings were planted in the cities, on the outskirts of the cities, and continued to spread rampantly, growing out of all control. The problem became worse around 1950 when the industrialization of Brazil led to mass migration from rural areas to the big cities. At first the municipal administration tried to resolve this problem by building social housing. Some of the favelas were bulldozed and their inhabitants were forced to resettle elsewhere. But areas of informal settlements have continued to grow. According to the Secretaria Municipal de Habitação the slum’s residents are already 22% of the population in Rio.

Interview with Toshiko Mori: “Rather Than Working With Forms, We Work With Forces”

10:00 - 25 April, 2016
Interview with Toshiko Mori: “Rather Than Working With Forms, We Work With Forces”, Newspaper Café in China. Image © Iwan Baan
Newspaper Café in China. Image © Iwan Baan

As a Japanese immigrant who has spent much of her life in the United States, the architecture of Toshiko Mori occupies an interesting space: on one hand, the material and tectonic culture of Japan is, as she puts it, her “DNA.” On the other hand, her work clearly draws inspiration from the Modernists of 20th century America, and most notably from Mies van der Rohe. In this interview from his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks with Mori (his former architecture professor) about materials, details, and the inspiration behind her work.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: You came to the US as a teenager with your parents from Japan in the 1960s. Were you interested in art early on back in Japan or was it something that you discovered already here?

Toshiko Mori: I was already interested in art as a child, always drawing, painting, making sculptures and models. I continued doing that here.

Syracuse Center for Excellence, Syracuse, NY. Image © Iwan Baan House in Columbia County, NY with Antony Gormley sculpture. Image © Iwan Baan Extension to Marcel Breuer's House in Connecticut II. Image © Paul Warchol Cultural Center in Senegal (Thread: Artists’ Residency + Cultural Center). Image © Iwan Baan +57

Connected Lighting: From Ethernet to Li-Fi Internet

09:30 - 21 December, 2015
Connected Lighting: From Ethernet to Li-Fi Internet , The Edge, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Architects: PLP Architecture, OeverZaaijer; Interior architects: Fokkema & Partners. Image © Ronald Tilleman, Philips Lighting, The Edge OVG Real Estate
The Edge, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Architects: PLP Architecture, OeverZaaijer; Interior architects: Fokkema & Partners. Image © Ronald Tilleman, Philips Lighting, The Edge OVG Real Estate

How will our buildings change when your mobile device can receive huge amounts of data flowing from the luminaires above you? Not only has LED brought us a highly efficient light source, but a promising instrument for visible light communication (VLC) as well. Therefore light will not only be a medium to support vision, but it will also be an essential means of data communication. With the low energy consumption of LED one can even set up luminaires without mains cables for the power and just install Ethernet cables. Welcome to the world of digital lighting.

Showroom for &tradition / NORM Architects

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
Showroom for &tradition / NORM Architects, © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
© Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

© Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen © Patricia Parinejad +39

"Moskva: Urban Space" Investigates the Future of Moscow's Public Realm at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
"Moskva: Urban Space" Investigates the Future of Moscow's Public Realm at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

In their collateral event for the debut of the Moscow pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the exhibition "Moskva: urban space" explores the historic development of public spaces and examines the city’s progress in the context of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning proposal for Zaryadye Park. Curated by Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow together with Kristin Kristin Feireiss from AEDES, and organized by MCA - Moscow Committee of Architecture and Urban Development, the exhibition comes at a pivotal moment in determining the future of urban development in Moscow. As Kuznetsov states, "While the face of Moscow in the past 100 years was largely determined by the architecture of its buildings, representing political and economic developments, today’s urban singularity is based on the “connective fabric” of its public spaces that have become equally important identity-makers and contributes significantly to improving the quality of urban life for its citizens." To see photos of the exhibition by Patricia Parinejad and learn more about the story behind it, continue reading after the break.

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +13

Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing / SPEECH Architectural Office

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing / SPEECH Architectural Office, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Christinenstraße 18, 10119 Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov
  • Planning, Project Management

    nps tchoban voss GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin
  • Project Team

    Philipp Bauer, Nadja Fedorova, Katja Fuks, Ulrike Graefenhain, Dirk Kollendt
  • Area

    498.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Off-grid itHouse / Taalman Koch

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
Off-grid itHouse / Taalman Koch, © Art Gray
© Art Gray

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Art Gray © Art Gray +27

Lautner House / New Theme

01:00 - 21 March, 2013
© Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad
  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    New Theme
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +25

The work of Oscar Niemeyer, by Patricia Parinejad

00:00 - 6 December, 2012
© Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

Our friend and architectural photographer Patricia Parinejad , shared with us photos of her extensive Niemeyer archives  showing the works of the Brazilian master with a particular and personal focus, capturing textures, materials, context, and the people in his architecture.

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +69

More after the break.

Green Greenberg Green House / New Theme

01:00 - 10 September, 2012
Green Greenberg Green House / New Theme, © Alen Lin
© Alen Lin

© Patricia Parinejad © Alen Lin © Alen Lin © Alen Lin +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    9400 Flicker Way, Los Angeles, CA 90069, United States
  • Design Team

    Beth Holden
  • Client

    Jill Greenberg & Robert Green
  • Photographs

JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2012
JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects, © Ludger Paffrath
© Ludger Paffrath

© Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Project Architect

    Hans Schneider
  • Project Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Wilko Hoffmann, Filipa Frois Almeida
  • Competition Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Thorsten Blatter, Marcus Blum
  • Architect on Site

    Architekturbuero Wiesler, Stuttgart with Thomas Quinten Projektmanagement, Berlin
  • Structural Engineers

    EiSat GmbH, Berlin
  • Client

    Euroboden Berlin GmbH
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Nhow Hotel / NPS Tchoban Voss

01:00 - 30 November, 2010
Nhow Hotel / NPS Tchoban Voss, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +45

AD Classics: Schwimmer House / John Lautner

01:00 - 17 November, 2010
AD Classics: Schwimmer House / John Lautner, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beverly Hills, CA, United States
  • Architect

    John Lautner
  • References

    Hammer Museum
  • Project Year

    1982
  • Photographs

"Encontro", an Oscar Niemeyer exhibition by Patricia Parinejad

12:30 - 7 November, 2010

German-Persian photographer Patricia Parinejad will exhibit a selection of photographs at the Niteroi’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Rio de Janeiro composed in the context of a comprehensive photographic essay of Oscar Niemeyer’s buildings during the last five years.

More photos from the Venice Biennale

12:30 - 15 September, 2010
© Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

A couple of weeks ago we showed you some photos of the Biennale by Marco Zanta. Today, photographer Patricia Parinejad sent us more pictures from different installations at the Venice Biennale. Check them after the break.