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Fabian Dejtiar

Editor at ArchDaily en Español. He studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He has collaborated in various architecture offices and research projects, working on topics ranging from construction and social processes to conservation and urban planning, focusing his interests on representation, efficiency, diffusion, history and criticism of architecture. Instagram: @ fabe.de

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Universal Signage: The First Step in Making Cities More Accessible

06:30 - 15 August, 2019
Universal Signage: The First Step in Making Cities More Accessible , © Avanti Avanti Studio & Design for All Foundation
© Avanti Avanti Studio & Design for All Foundation

Of all the steps a city can take to make itself more pedestrian-friendly, developing a integral system of signage is both a quick and easy improvement that makes a world of difference--as shown by initiatives like Legible London, New York's WalkNYC, or Rio on Foot, in Río de Janeiro.

Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?

04:00 - 12 August, 2019
Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Choice of building materials and the inherent continuous reflection about the reach and capabilities of architecture are an interesting alternative way to approach this issue. The materials used in social housing should address local and economic possibilities and the real needs for access to housing in the contemporary context.

In this article, we analyze different projects published on our site to identify some of the predominant materials used in social housing, both for the formation of structures or enclosures. The intentions of this are two-fold: firstly, to create a worldwide panorama of different case studies with different construction styles from a range of geographical locations, and secondly, to provide inspiration and tools to architects to make better social housing.

Below we present 15 social housing projects and their diverse materials and construction styles.

What is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)?

04:00 - 31 July, 2019
What is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)?, © Wikipedia user: Marco Bernardini Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
© Wikipedia user: Marco Bernardini Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Since its invention in 1920, cellular concrete tackled the search for an industrial material that had similar characteristics to wood. It was lightweight, could be cut or perforated, and avoided some of its disadvantages; for instance, its water absorption and need for maintenance. Nowadays, Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) blocks are actively present in the marketplace by manufacturers like Hebel or Retak, which are building an easy to use and efficient constructive system. If you ever wondered about how to build with these masonry ingredients, it is pertinent to dig a bit deeper into the advantages of this material.

The Temperature Rise of 520 Cities by 2050 (is Grim)

07:00 - 25 July, 2019
The Temperature Rise of 520 Cities by 2050 (is Grim), Map: Crowther Lab, Fuente: Bastin et al. 2019 Plos One, Created using Datawrapper
Map: Crowther Lab, Fuente: Bastin et al. 2019 Plos One, Created using Datawrapper

The climate in Madrid in 2050 will look more like the climate in Marrakesh, Morocco today. Stockholm will feel more like Budapest, London like Barcelona, Moscow like Sofia, Seattle like San Francisco, and Tokyo like Changsa in China. 

The research "Understanding Climate Change Starting with an Analysis of Similar Cities" published in the scientific magazine PLOS ONE by The Crowther Lab of ETH Zurich, paints a grim picture of the future for the world's urban centers.

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the World, According to Copenhagenize 2019

07:00 - 16 July, 2019
The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the World, According to Copenhagenize 2019, © Copenhagenize Design Company
© Copenhagenize Design Company

It should come as no surprise that one of the most respected surveys about bicycle use comes from a Danish organization. This ranking by Copenhagenize Design Company uses a point system to compile a list of the cities looking to re-establish the bicycle as an accepted and practical mode of transportation.

Black Mirror: What Can it Teach us About the Future of Architecture?

07:00 - 9 July, 2019
© Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

Unlike its TV and film counterparts, which imagine the future as an over-populated dystopian nightmare overrun with violence and chaos, Black Mirror paints a picture of a near future that aligns far more with our current reality--and nowhere is this more apparent than in the architecture shown in the series.

Airports: Examples in Plan & Section

07:00 - 28 June, 2019
Airports: Examples in Plan & Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

Airports require architectural solutions that not only respond to the efficiency of their spaces and circulations - both operational and passenger - but also to their connection with other transport systems and terminals.

Take a look at 10 airports/terminals and their plans and section below.

Architecture Guide: 20 Must-See Works by Alvar Aalto

07:00 - 19 June, 2019
Architecture Guide: 20 Must-See Works by Alvar Aalto, Digitally Adapted Image. Image © Wikipedia User: Kulmalukko Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Digitally Adapted Image. Image © Wikipedia User: Kulmalukko Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto was a pioneer of modern architecture and design, especially in his use of organic, naturally derived materials. When he decided to embark on a career as an architect, he traveled to Helsinki, the only place where he could find academic training in the profession. His journey did not end there, however, as his work can be seen around the world. Here, we have mapped out 20 of his most notable works that must be seen up close and in-person to truly be appreciated.

10 Exemplary Ways to Represent Architectonic Construction Details

07:00 - 8 May, 2019
10 Exemplary Ways to Represent Architectonic Construction Details, Project: Altos de San Antonio Club House / Dutari Viale Arquitectos. Image via © Dutari Viale Arquitectos
Project: Altos de San Antonio Club House / Dutari Viale Arquitectos. Image via © Dutari Viale Arquitectos

The visual presentation of a project, which architects are responsible for, must effectively communicate and analyze the organization of the project's material elements. This essential creative process allows those involved to effectively identify and even modify key aspects and components of the building during all phases of its conception.

Because of the inherent challenges of material selection and other practical issues, the development of what exactly will be built tends to be relegated to the end of the design process. But a true understanding of minor yet invaluable details is among the most interesting and important aspects of the best architectural projects.

In our search for the most outstanding recent examples of construction detail representations, we've collected a series of ten drawings that celebrate different styles and approaches.

*Editor's note: the following article was written by an editor of ArchDaily in Spanish. Some project descriptions mentioned have not yet been translated into English, but we are actively working to make this information available to our global readers. 

Buying A Home: What You Should Know Before You Purchase

04:00 - 5 April, 2019
Buying A Home: What You Should Know Before You Purchase, Sihouettes for cutoutmix francescaperani. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image © Fabián Dejtiar
Sihouettes for cutoutmix francescaperani. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image © Fabián Dejtiar

Access to housing, both in the case of purchasing or renting, with any type of financing, is usually one of the most important economic investments in people's lives. It is natural to ask oneself what considerations are necessary in order to have a knowledge base before acting.

Case Study Houses: Lessons on Modern, Low-Budget and Easy to Build Living Spaces

05:30 - 25 March, 2019
Case Study Houses: Lessons on Modern, Low-Budget and Easy to Build Living Spaces, Case Study House 22. Image via Flickr user: mbtrama Licensed under CC BY 2.0
Case Study House 22. Image via Flickr user: mbtrama Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Between 1945 and 1966, the Case Study Houses program, following the Weißenhof-siedlung exposition, commissioned a study of economic, easy-to-build houses. The study included the creation of 36 prototypes that were to be built leading up to post-war residential development. The initiative by John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture magazine, brought a team to Los Angeles that featured some of the biggest names in architecture at the time, including Richard Neutra, Charles & Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen, among others.

The program's experiment not only defined the modern home and set it apart from its predecessors, but it also pioneered new construction materials and methods in residential development that continue to influence international architecture to this day. Take a detailed look at some of the program's most emblematic work together with recommendations for facing contemporary challenges. 

Sustainability and Productivity Meet in this Rural Colombian House

05:30 - 23 March, 2019
Cortesía de Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos + Estación Espacial Arquitectos
Cortesía de Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos + Estación Espacial Arquitectos

Faced with the challenge of designing housing units for rural areas south of the city of Bogotá, Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos (Colombian Society of Architects) called upon a participation of proposals with technical and spatial solutions, not only allowing the development of viable forms of productivity and growth, but also applying criteria of sustainability, efficiency and comfort.

Considering the adaptability of this architecture of the unity to the terrains situated in three varying geographies and characterised by an Andean landscape, the jury granted the first price to the team of FP Arquitectura and the second prize to Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos + Estación Espacial Arquitectos. Get to know the latter project in detail below, described by the authors. 

This Off-Site Construction System Duplicates Floors in Barcelona Buildings in 3 Days

07:00 - 22 March, 2019
This Off-Site Construction System Duplicates Floors in Barcelona Buildings in 3 Days, © Albert Argiles / Otger Rius.
© Albert Argiles / Otger Rius.

La Casa por el Tejado, a company specializing in the construction of old buildings, duplicated both the living spaces and the number of floors of an apartment building on Avenida Meridiana in the El Clot neighborhood of Barcelona. The new residences were built off-site in 12-weeks time and in accordance with the building's original dimensions and characteristics.

Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?

07:00 - 20 March, 2019
Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?, © Qingshan Wu
© Qingshan Wu

Although the ability to install home automation in a practical way is associated with new projects, it is possible to adapt previously built buildings in a relatively simple way. In both small and large renovations projects these systems can deliver automated features that responds to the requirements and needs of its users. They can also improve the habitability and comfort of its spaces, increase their security and promote long-term energy and money savings. So, what considerations must be taken into account in order to transform an regular architecture project into an "intelligent" one?

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