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"Our Cities are not Designed for the Disabled" According to CityLab

Although disability laws have been put in place decades ago, architects are still struggling with disability requirements. A recent article by CityLab explored how the rise of speed and efficiency-driven cities have overlooked accessibility, neglecting the needs of people who are physically unable to live or keep up with these dense neighborhoods. And while the "15-Minute City", one that allows people to walk or bike to most essential services within 15 minutes of their home, may seem as the future of built environments, it does not cater to disabled individuals or their movements.

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Open Assembly: Spanish Town Halls Shaping Community and Place

Town halls and civic architecture are defined by spaces for gathering and focused work. Located in urban centers, they bring systems and people together. As one of the most diverse nations in the world, Spain balances a respect for history with an optimism for the future. Exploring environmental, social and economic impact, town halls represent emerging Spanish design culture and local values.

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Building Culture: New Architecture Reshaping Tradition in Peru

Peru is home to a wide range of new cultural architecture. Strongly tied to the country’s megadiverse geography, Peru’s modern projects reinterpret past building techniques. Taking inspiration from the vernacular and varied landscapes, these contemporary buildings arise from long traditions rooted in ancient cultures and civilizations.

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Parking and Intermodal Station / IDOM

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  • Architects: IDOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Comfort & Sustainability in Architecture: Trends 2021

Just before the global lockdowns began in response to the spread of the widely discussed COVID-19, we met with Saint Gobain experts at their new headquarters in Paris to discuss an extensive investigation conducted in 2019, with the aim of understanding the transformations that architecture and construction have experienced in recent years. After an interesting exchange of ideas, we chose the most relevant topics to be analyzed in depth by our team of editors, resulting in a series of articles that combined the trends identified with the unexpected events that occurred during 2020, connecting them directly to architectural design.

Now, entering an uncertain but promising 2021, we took the time to stop and reread these articles carefully. How many of these trends are still valid and how much have they evolved? What new trends are likely to develop in the coming years?

Fire Doors: How to Incorporate Them Into an Architecture Project

Fire doors are doors that meet fire resistance standards and can prevent fire (or smoke) from spreading through the floors or living spaces of a building, allowing people to evacuate safely from a fire.

Cortesia de PexelsCortesia de PexelsSede Instituto BioCruces / IDOM. Image © Aitor Ortizvia Shutterstock, User: Pair Srinrat+ 11

JAjaus / beSTe arkitektura agentzia bat

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Munguía, Spain

Navarra University Clinic in Madrid / Jesús M° Susperregui Virto, Jorge Martínez Bermejo, Pablo Elorz Gaztelu

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Headquarters of the BioCruces Institute / IDOM

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Barakaldo, Spain
  • Architects: IDOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  28700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BANDALUX, Atlas Schindler, RIVENTI, Xylem, ACELEC, +50

18 Fantastic Permeable Facades

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Nguyen Thai Thach© Koji Fuji / Nacasa & Partners Inc© Pedro Nuno Pacheco© Gonzalo Viramonte+ 20

Recently, a new trend in architecture has emerged: Several of the latest projects highlighted by ArchDaily, including some winners in the Building of the Year Awards, are using permeable facades as an attractive option for their exterior finishes.

Better lighting, ventilation, and visibility are some of the advantages brought by this type of façades. Below is a selection of 15 images from prominent photographers such as Andrés Valbuena, Pedro Nuno Pacheco, and Koji Fuji Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Beautiful Vineyards From Around the World

Cortesía de Beaucastel Winery Beaucastel Winery
Cortesía de Beaucastel Winery Beaucastel Winery

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Wine production is an industry that combines robust economic activity with an extensive cultural legacy. Although there are several programs related to the wine sector, we commonly find spaces dedicated to the process of fermenting grapes into wine. However, there are a variety of duties grouped around wine production that play an important role in boosting the industry, such as tasting rooms, education centers, sales rooms, or broadcast. Below, a selection of 27 inspiring projects of wine architecture.

Beronia Rueda Winery / IDOM

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Rueda, Spain
  • Architects: IDOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3690
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aparici, Cortizo, MARAZZI, Novoferm, Equipo TRES14, +6

REE Campus in Tres Cantos / IDOM

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Tres Cantos, Spain
  • Architects: IDOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BANDALUX

Healthcare Center in Valenzá / IDOM

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  • Architects: IDOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1952
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Isozaki Atea Building / IA+B

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  • Architects: IA+B
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  79321
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BANDALUX

Musikene / GA + Atxurra Zelaieta Arquitectos

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Donostia, Spain

University of Navarra Clinic in Madrid / IDOM

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Madrid, Spain
  • Architects: IDOM
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BANDALUX