Creating Vertical Gardens and Green Facades with Steel Cables

With the high population density of cities and voracious appetite of the market for every square meter, it is not uncommon for urban vegetation to be forgotten. For this reason, forests, vegetable gardens, and vertical gardens have aroused much interest and figured into a variety of different innovative proposals. Using the vertical plane to maintain plants in an urban setting is a coherent and common-sense solution, especially when there is little possibility of bringing green to the level of the people on the streets.

Greenpeace Brasil / +K Arquitetos. Image © Ana Mello Cortesia de Jakob Cortesia de Jakob Images courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia. Image © Simon Wood + 22

How Material Simulation During Design Ensures Accurate Construction Performance

With the amount of information and technology we currently have, whether from academic research or from the manufacturers of construction products themselves, there is very little room for empiricism and experimentation when we design on the most diverse scales. Even worse is when design specification misconceptions can pose huge costs and headaches. However, long before construction and occupancy of the building, it is possible to clearly understand how the construction will function thermally, its photovoltaic power generation capacity, and even how much power will be required to cool and/or heat it. There are software, tools and applications that allow you to quantify all these design decisions to avoid errors, extra costs, unnecessary waste generation, and ensure the efficiency of all materials applied.

Spotlight: César Pelli

Petronas Towers. Image © <a href=''>Flickr user einalem</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Petronas Towers. Image © Flickr user einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of Argentina-born, America-based architect César Pelli (October 12, 1926-July 19,2019). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the now-under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Red Building. Image Courtesy of StudioAMD National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, 2004. Image © <a href=''>Wikipedia user 663highland</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> São Paulo Corporate Towers / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects + aflalo/gasperini arquitetos. Image © Ana Mello Hancher Auditorium / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto + 14

Fioca's Cake Shop / Zemel+ARQUITETOS + Chalabi Arquitetos

© Ana Mello
© Ana Mello

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Santa Cecilia, Brazil

My heart beats like yours / Estudio Guto Requena

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República, Brazil

Bar Futebol Clube Pinheiros / Bacco Arquitetos Associados

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São Paulo, Brazil

Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know

In many parts of the world, more women have architectural degrees than men. However, this fact hasn’t translated past university into the working world as women continue to be underrepresented across nearly all levels of practice.

The conversation regarding women in architecture gained tremendous traction back in 2013 with the petition for Denise Scott Brown to be recognized as the 1991 Pritzker Prize winner, alongside her husband and the consequent rejection of that request by Pritzker. The Architectural Review and Architect's Journal have, since 2015, jointly presented awards to the exceptional female practitioners as part of their Women in Architecture Awards program. The swelling of these movements have helped to promote not only the role but also the recognition of women in architecture.

Urbanity / aflalo/gasperini arquitetos

© Ana Mello
© Ana Mello

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New Leisure Area for the Grande Hotel / Levisky Arquitetos | Estratégia Urbana

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Águas de São Pedro, Brazil

Avenues The Word School / aflalo/gasperini arquitetos

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Real Parque, Brazil

School Architecture: 70 Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of 70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

Morumbi Corporate / Aflalo/Gasperini Arquitetos

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Vila São Francisco, Brazil

Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht
Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht

In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind's work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials—but which he has equally adapted to conference centers, skyscrapers, and shopping malls.

Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht Jewish Museum, Berlin. Image © Mal Booth Dresden’s Military History Museum. Image © Bitter Bredt, Courtesy of Studio Daniel LIbeskind Mons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés. Image © Hufton+Crow + 18

Loft São Paulo / treszerosete

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Itaim Bibi, Brazil
  • Architects: treszerosete
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 80.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Daniel Libeskind On the Poetics of Memory and Time in Architecture

In PLANE-SITE's latest video from their Time-Space-Existence series, Daniel Libeskind describes his work in relation to Shakespeare's quote that "time is out of joint." Weaving in his philosophy regarding time, memory and architecture, Libeskind discusses his seminal works such as the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Ground Zero master plan. These ideas will be transferred to his new project named Facing Gaia, an architectural sculpture to be located in Giardini Marinaressa, which explores the connections between climate, time, space and existence.

National Holocaust Monument. Image© Doublespace Facing Gaia Sketch. Image© Studio Libeskind Mons International Cogress Xperience. Image© Georges de Kinder Modern Art Museum Vilnius. Image© Studio Libeskind + 12

Vila Rio Branco Office / Estúdio Folha

© Ana Mello
© Ana Mello

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Água Rasa, Brazil
  • Architects: Estúdio Folha
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 270.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Habitarte / Aflalo/Gasperini Arquitetos

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello + 17

Brooklin Paulista, Brazil

WT Morumbi / aflalo/gasperini arquitetos

© Leonardo Finotti © Ana Mello © Roberto Aflalo © Ana Mello + 16

Vila Gertrudes, Brazil