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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.

Providencia Chapel / S-AR

02:00 - 26 June, 2019
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 27

CV House / S-AR + Carlos Valdez

06:00 - 24 May, 2019
CV House / S-AR + Carlos Valdez, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 49

Socially-Organized Housing: Design That Establishes Emotional Ownership

08:30 - 23 March, 2019
Socially-Organized Housing: Design That Establishes Emotional Ownership, Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok
Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok

Developed by Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andrés M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy, and Ernesto Philibert-Petit, this series of articles offers here a set of evidence-based optimal practices for social housing, applicable in general situations. Varying examples are discussed in a Latin American context. Adaptive solutions work towards long-term sustainability and help to attach residents to their built environment.

They propose, then, new insights in complexity science, and in particular the work of Christopher Alexander on how to successfully evolve urban form. By applying the conceptual tools of “Pattern Languages” and “Generative Codes”, these principles support previous solutions derived by others, which were never taken forward in a viable form. 

Ermita Guadalupe / S-AR + Comunidad Vivex

21:00 - 9 December, 2018
Ermita Guadalupe / S-AR + Comunidad Vivex, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Croc, 64200 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in charge

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza
  • Construction

    Gustavo Rojas, Comunidad de la Parroquia de San Rafael Arcángel de Monterrey
  • Client

    Parroquia de San Rafael Arcángel de Monterrey
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Catamaramometric Camera / S-AR

17:00 - 28 September, 2018
Catamaramometric Camera / S-AR, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 16

16 Mexican Projects That Use Wood in Wondrous Ways

06:00 - 28 September, 2018
16 Mexican Projects That Use Wood in Wondrous Ways, Galería IK LAB / Eduardo Neira. Image Cortesía de IK LAB
Galería IK LAB / Eduardo Neira. Image Cortesía de IK LAB

BRUMA Winery / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual. Image © Miguel Ángel Mayoral Rodríguez Casa Media Perra / Santos Bolívar. Image © Humberto Romero Treehouse Suite / Deture Culsign, Architecture+Interiors. Image © The Cubic Studio Departamentos Artia / AS Arquitectura + CO-LAB Design Office. Image © Onnis Luque + 19

Wood has been an indispensable material in the history of civilization. Different regions from around the world have used it for specific climatic conditions. Mexico, as we have mentioned on several occasions, is an extensive country where different climates, resources and ways of life fit. Therefore the application of wood in architecture has been developed in a number of ways, from its structural use to produce roofs for Mayan huts to projects that seek to revive vernacular architecture.

While the handling of this material is difficult due to its specific detail management, it presents a multitude of benefits from its aesthetic appeal, air circulation, and even smell. Take a look at 16 Mexican projects that use wood in wondrous ways. 

Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

08:00 - 27 August, 2018
Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples , Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

Faced with the challenge of designing homes on terrains with steep slopes - or in compact urban contexts that do not allow much variation in plan - several architects have experimented and proposed split-level homes to enhance the use of space, allowing, among other things, interesting visual perspectives.

These variations can be seen in numerous examples published on our site. Below, we have selected 50 examples that can help you in your next project. 

12 Women in Architecture Photography (Part 2)

08:00 - 20 February, 2018
12 Women in Architecture Photography (Part 2), © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

Is there an aspect, a recurring mark, that reveals a difference in the way that male and female architecture photographers see the world? This is, perhaps, one of those rhetorical questions often used as an argument to shed light on works produced by women and for which there is no precise answer.

Without claiming to offer an answer to this question—and in order to follow up on our first article that showcased a selection of women in architecture photography—we present here a new compilation of professionals who deserve attention for the quality of their photographic work. See our list below:

10 Innovative Ways to Use Concrete: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 10 December, 2017
© Song Yousub
© Song Yousub

Of all construction materials, concrete is perhaps the one that allows the greatest diversity of finishes and textures. The mixture of its ingredients, the shape and texture of the formwork, and the pigmentation of the materials all offer the opportunity to achieve an interesting design. This week we've prepared a selection of 10 inspiring images of innovative concrete, taken by renowned photographers such as Gonzalo Viramonte, Song Yousub, and Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.

© David Schreyer Cortesía de Moon Hoon © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Giorgio Marafioti + 12

1200 Pieces Chapel / S-AR

15:00 - 28 August, 2017
1200 Pieces Chapel / S-AR

1200 Pieces Chapel / S-AR 1200 Pieces Chapel / S-AR 1200 Pieces Chapel / S-AR 1200 Pieces Chapel / S-AR + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Category

  • Author Architects

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza
  • Collaborators

    Marisol González
  • Area

    4.25 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

9X20 House / S-AR

12:00 - 7 February, 2017
9X20 House / S-AR , © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Mexico
  • Category

  • Author Architects

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, María Sevilla
  • Collaborators

    Marisol González
  • Area

    227.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

2G House / S-AR

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
2G House / S-AR, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro, Mexico
  • Category

  • Team

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, María Sevilla, Carlos Flores
  • Engineering

    Jesús González Sáenz
  • Technical Supervision

    S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Gonzalo Taméz
  • Construction

    Gonzalo Taméz, Enrique López, Jesús Galván
  • Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

S-AR Workshop / S-AR

00:00 - 19 June, 2012
S-AR Workshop / S-AR, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Category

  • Project Team

    César Augusto Guerrero Rodríguez, Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal, María Sevilla Gómez, Carlos Raúl Flores Leal
  • Client

    S-AR
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Docet Institute / stación-ARquitectura Arquitectos

00:00 - 27 August, 2010
Docet Institute / stación-ARquitectura Arquitectos, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal + 32