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Drone Photographs of Bogotá's Grand Architecture Show the "Unedited" Side of the City

14:00 - 12 February, 2018
Drone Photographs of Bogotá's Grand Architecture Show the "Unedited" Side of the City, La Biblioteca Virgilio Barco from a certain perspective inspired by the movie "Inception". Image © Camilo Monzón
La Biblioteca Virgilio Barco from a certain perspective inspired by the movie "Inception". Image © Camilo Monzón

Colombian graphic designer and creative director Camilo Monzón's Instagram account is not your average catalog of Bogotá's iconic architecture. 

Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018

08:00 - 26 December, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

The new year is almost here, and Richard Meier & Partners has four international projects that will be coming to fruition. These new multi-use building designs play with light, transparency, and volume as well as respond to their varying urban context. 

The Best University Proposals for Social Housing in Latin America and Spain in 2017

08:00 - 2 December, 2017
The Best University Proposals for Social Housing in Latin America and Spain in 2017

At the end of September, we invited our Spanish-speaking readers to send us their social housing proposals completed at a university level. Social housing is still a challenge for much of Latin America and although every year hundreds of architecture students work on projects that reflect their concerns in the social housing field, its visibility is very low and its materialization is null. At a time when the Global South has pursued its own responses to its own problems, the university response on social housing should be taken into account by the State, both of whom are interested in the common good. 

Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit

08:00 - 7 November, 2017
Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit, Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 places that every architect should visit. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], under licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 places that every architect should visit. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

In 2013, Medellín (Colombia) was declared the most innovative city in the world as part of the City of the Year Competition, organized by the Wall Street Journal. It competed alongside metropolises like New York and Tel Aviv. 

Medellin’s Comuna 13 Shows Why All Great Public Spaces Should Be Kid-Friendly

08:00 - 6 November, 2017
Medellin’s Comuna 13 Shows Why All Great Public Spaces Should Be Kid-Friendly, Comuna 13, Medellín. Image © Ingrid Truemper [Flickr], used under CC BY-NC 2.0
Comuna 13, Medellín. Image © Ingrid Truemper [Flickr], used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Jaime Lerner defines urban acupuncture as a series of small-scale, highly focused interventions that have the capacity to regenerate or to begin a regeneration process in dead or damaged spaces and their surroundings.

Smart Everyday Nighttime Design Aims to Use Light as a Means to Build Better Communities

06:00 - 28 September, 2017
Smart Everyday Nighttime Design Aims to Use Light as a Means to Build Better Communities, Research and design team, Laura Mendoza, left, (anthropologist, Despacio), and Leni Schwendinger, right, (Nighttime Design leader, Arup) teach a public lighting lesson. Universal lantern, right, community sketch lantern, left. Image © Dr. Don Slater, Configuring Light Program, LSE
Research and design team, Laura Mendoza, left, (anthropologist, Despacio), and Leni Schwendinger, right, (Nighttime Design leader, Arup) teach a public lighting lesson. Universal lantern, right, community sketch lantern, left. Image © Dr. Don Slater, Configuring Light Program, LSE

Working out of a UNESCO world heritage site in Cartagena, Colombia, Smart Everyday Nighttime Design is a research project that aims to use light as a means to build better communities. The project, spearheaded by Arup’s Lighting team with urban-lighting leader Leni Schwendinger, seeks to address nighttime activation of Getsemaní’s streets and public spaces in a bid to improve safety, stimulate the night time economy and engage with the local communities and events.

This House was Built in 5 Days Using Recycled Plastic Bricks

06:00 - 1 May, 2017
This House was Built in 5 Days Using Recycled Plastic Bricks, Construction of house made of recycled plastic bricks.. Image Courtesy of Conceptos Plásticos
Construction of house made of recycled plastic bricks.. Image Courtesy of Conceptos Plásticos

Ten years ago when Colombian Fernando Llanos tried to build his own house in Cundinamarca, he realized that moving the materials from Bogota was going to be very difficult. After mulling it over, he decided to build his house out of plastic, and after a series of trials and errors, he ended up meeting architect Óscar Méndez, who developed his thesis on the same subject, and together they founded the company Conceptos Plásticos (Plastic Concepts) in 2011. 

8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017
8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like, Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN. Image © Flickr User: [Indire], under license CC BY-SA 2.0
Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN. Image © Flickr User: [Indire], under license CC BY-SA 2.0

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO

08:00 - 23 January, 2017
How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO, "The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine
"The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine

This article, written by Svetlana Kondratyeva and translated by Olga Baltsatu for Strelka Magazine, examines the most interesting cases of the role of culture in sustainable urban development based on the UNESCO report.

The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

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