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How to Incorporate Gardens in Home Design

Indoor gardens can contribute important benefits to home living, ranging from aesthetic beauty to improved health and productivity. Research has shown that indoor plants help eliminate indoor air pollutants called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that emanate from adhesives, furnishings, clothing, and solvents, and are known to cause illnesses. They also increase subjective perceptions of concentration and satisfaction, as well as objective measures of productivity. Indoor gardens may even reduce energy use and costs because of the reduced need for air circulation. These benefits complement the obvious aesthetic advantages of a well-designed garden, making the indoor garden an attractive residential feature on several fronts.

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Three Garden House / tallerdea

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Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects: tallerdea
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 240.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Tiles

Square, rectangular, hexagonal, matte, shiny. It's hard to think of a more versatile flooring material than tiles. They're also known for their high durability, ease of maintenance and installation, and are among the most common choices for covering floors and walls, whether wet or not. Following are 10 common questions about ceramic tiles, and their answers:

106 · Øki / elii. Image © Imagen Subliminal Casa Chuburná / Cabrera Arqs. Image © Tamara Uribe Veramonte 1602 / Taller David Dana . Image © Alessandro Bo Okana / Arkham Projects. Image © Tamara Uribe + 22

Casa Linda Vista / 3Arquitectura

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San Nicolás de Ibarra, Mexico
  • Architects: 3Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 5059.04 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Albia Building / Landa + Martínez Arquitectos

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Monterrey, Mexico

The House of Silence / Natura Futura Arquitectura

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Quevedo, Ecuador

Guerrero House / TACHER ARQUITECTOS

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Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Architects: TACHER ARQUITECTOS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 550.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

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The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.

TM House / CDM Casas de México

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Tecoman, Mexico
  • Architects: CDM Casas de México
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 769.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Teitipac Cabin / LAMZ Arquitectura

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San Sebastián Teitipac, Mexico
  • Architects: LAMZ Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 185.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Casa GL / TACHER ARQUITECTOS

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Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects: TACHER ARQUITECTOS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 450.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

As virtudes e limites da fotografia na representação da arquitetura - cinco fotógrafos discutem

Enquanto meio de representação da arquitetura, a fotografia apresenta qualidades indiscutíveis. Com ela, é possível apresentar a um público distante obras erguidas em qualquer lugar do mundo, de vistas gerais a espaços internos e pormenores construtivos - ampliando o alcance e, de certo modo, o acesso à arquitetura.

Entretanto, como qualquer outra forma de representação, não é infalível. Na medida que avanços tecnológicos permitem fazer imagens cada vez mais bem definidas e softwares de edição oferecem ferramentas para retocar e, por vezes, alterar aspectos substanciais do espaço construído, a fotografia, por sua própria natureza, carece de meios para transmitir aspectos sensoriais e táteis da arquitetura. Não é possível - ao menos não satisfatoriamente - experienciar as texturas, sons, temperatura e cheiros dos espaços através de imagens estáticas. 

Faculdade de Biologia Celular e Genética / Héctor Fernández Elorza. Madri, Espanha. Image © Montse Zamorano Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. São Paulo, Brasil.. Image © Manuel Sá The Sales Center in Wenzhou TOD New Town / NAN Architects. Wenzhou, China. Image © FangFang Tian Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Londres, Reino Unido. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 15

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.

Casa La Blanca / Di Frenna Arquitectos

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Colima, Mexico
  • Architects: Di Frenna Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 342.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

LJ30 House / CDM Casas de México

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Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects: CDM Casas de México
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1788.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Bars and Restaurants: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

The spatial distribution of a restaurant or bar is essential to its success. Faced with this design challenge, several architects have experimented and proposed configurations that both enhance the use of space in different culinary experiences.

With this being said, take a look at 50 gastronomic establishments in plan and section to inspire your next design.

15 Projects in Mexico that Merge the Interior with the Exterior

Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera Casa Estudio Hill / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica. Image © Onnis Luque L House / Dellekamp Arquitectos. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Casa Bruma / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo + 20

One of the most important factors to consider when designing is the climate of the site. This can create difficulties when it comes to extreme climates and it is necessary to use insulation materials that adapt to changing conditions. However, when discussing Mexico and its specific climate, this can be an opportunity for architects to create microclimates and spaces that blur the transition of interiors and exteriors.

Patios have become a traditional element of design. They create interesting psychological effects that fuse the conception of the interior and exterior, the common and private. It is a way to bring sunlight and rain into the house, to open up paths and coexistences that do not occur in interiors. Below, a selection of projects in Mexico that use the patio as the main design resource.

Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

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.