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House in Envigado / Plan:b arquitectos

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 25

Vereda El Penasco, Colombia
  • Arquitectos: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 522.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

How to Stimulate Children's Autonomy Through Architecture and the Montessori Method

Maria Montessori began to develop her educational method at the beginning of the 20th century. In general terms, the method is a scientific pedagogy that promotes an education that positively contributes to the development of children's brains, respecting their individuality and stimulating their autonomy, self-esteem, and self-confidence. 

Although the method was created in the last century, science is currently beginning to test much of the information investigated by Maria Montessori. For this reason, it is  increasingly being applied to architecture for children’s educational spaces, improving the quality of children's learning and development and providing them with better tools for their future lives.

Cadeira Cubo. Image Cortesia de Cuchi Móveis Infantis Prateleira Pega Pega. Image Cortesia de Cuchi Móveis Infantis Montessori Kindergarten / ArkA. Image © Chiara Ye Preescolar Beelieve / 3Arquitectura. Image © Leonardo Finotti + 26

40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

Due to its ability to mold and create different shapes, concrete is one of architecture's most popular materials. While one of its most common uses is as a humble foundation, its plasticity means that it is also used in almost all types of construction, from housing to museums, presenting a variety of details of work that deserves special attention.

Check out this collection of 40 projects that highlight the use of concrete. Impressive! 

36 Architecture Firms from the Global South You Should Know

© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe

Countries that are part of the so-called “global south” have undergone many transformations in their cities and urban contexts in recent years due to the economic and social challenges they face. Urban growth, sustainable development, quality of life and health in emerging cities, and the development of their own cultural identity have been some of the issues that local architecture had to incorporate.

Young architects have understood the importance of making an architecture that is deeply rooted in their own territory while giving this architecture a clear local identity. By generating new typologies and using their own resources and materials, they have presented innovative, site-specific and, above all, solutions with a new fresh focus towards what represents them as creators of this architecture.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Tomás Rodríguez © Fernando Schapochnik © Maurice Ascani + 38

Cross Ventilation, the Chimney Effect and Other Concepts of Natural Ventilation

Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon
Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon

Nothing is more rational than using the wind, a natural, free, renewable and healthy resource, to improve the thermal comfort of our projects. The awareness of the finiteness of the resources and the demand for the reduction in the energy consumption has removed air-conditioning systems as the protagonist of any project. Architects and engineers are turning to this more passive system to improve thermal comfort. It is evident that there are extreme climates in which there is no escape, or else the use of artificial systems, but in a large part of the terrestrial surface it is possible to provide a pleasant flow of air through the environments by means of passive systems, especially if the actions are considered during the project stage.

This is a highly complex theme, but we have approached some of the concepts exemplifying them with built projects. A series of ventilation systems can help in the projects: natural cross ventilation, natural induced ventilation, chimney effect and evaporative cooling, which combined with the correct use of constructive elements allows improvement in thermal comfort and decrease in energy consumption.

Hotel Click Clack Medellín / Plan:b arquitectos

© Carlos Vélez © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Carlos Vélez + 38

  • Architects: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 8723.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Ortega Mora House / Estudio Transversal

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 21

Retiro, Colombia
  • Architects: Estudio Transversal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 230.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Rural School El Hobo / FP Arquitectura

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 29

El Cármen de Bolivar, Colombia
  • Architects: FP Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 768.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

House in Sajonia / Plan:b arquitectos

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 21

Rionegro, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3204.4 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Multifamily Housing Equilibrium 1 / taller de arquitectura de bogotá

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 18

Bogotá, Colombia

House in La Esperanza / Plan:b arquitectos

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 30

Vereda El Penasco, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2604.87 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Miguel Valencia Educational Institution / Plan:b arquitectos

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 33

Verdun, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1543.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Montessori School / Estudio Transversal

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 36

Rionegro, Colombia
  • Architects: Estudio Transversal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Building 8111 / taller de arquitectura de bogotá

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 19

Bogotá, Colombia

La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 34

Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects: FP arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 7917.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Siete Vueltas Rural Educational Institution / Plan:b arquitectos

© Julián Castro © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 21

Vereda Siete Vueltas, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan:b arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1776.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Candelaria House / Llano Arquitectos

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La Estrella, Colombia
  • Architects: Llano Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 187.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

The Pride and Prejudice of Bogota's Bicentenario Park

Medellin’s renaissance is one for architecture’s storybooks. After decades of mundane violence, the city today is not only (comparatively) peaceful but a world-class architectural hub. Indeed, many cite the city’s urban development as a factor in its rebirth. But Medellin’s success sometimes overshadows that of neighbouring (and capital) city, Bogota.