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. Description from the architects: The Problem The worldwide rise in the need for housing is undoubtedly one of the largest demands for sustainable architecture in the new century. Designing and constructing for comfort and quality of life is a fundamental part of architectural production of the times, and while living conditions have changed, some materials have stayed the same as they have always been.
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