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Rearrange, Paint, Cultivate: Brightening Up Your Home While Practicing Social Distancing

As cities around the world go on lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most individuals have been asked to stay at home, leaving only essential workers - EMTs and other healthcare professionals, grocery workers, bus drivers, deliverymen, and more - continuing to go out to keep the world running. Other families and individuals have found themselves spending most of their time at home, permitted to leave only to buy groceries or exercise for limited periods of time. With many no doubt searching for ways to pass the time in replacement of social interaction, we suggest several ways to brighten up your home while practicing social distancing, both improving the space you’re in and giving possible activities to pass the time.

© Marcelo Donadussi © Tres a Uno Estudio Courtesy of A'Lentil Design © Jan Vranovsky + 18

Curtains as Room Dividers: Towards a Fluid and Adaptable Architecture

Over the past few decades, interior spaces have become increasingly open and versatile. From the thick walls and multiple subdivisions of Palladian villas, for example, to today's free-standing and multi-functional plans, architecture attempts to combat obsolescence by providing consistently efficient environments for everyday life, considering both present and future use. And while Palladio's old villas can still accommodate a wide variety of functions and lifestyles, re-adapting their use without changing an inch of their original design, today, flexibility seems to be the recipe for extending the useful life of buildings as far as possible.

How, then, can we design spaces neutral and flexible enough to adapt to the evolving human being, while still accomplishing the needs that each person requires today? An ancient element could help redefine the way we conceive and inhabit space: curtains.

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud Ready-made Apartment / azab. Image © Luis Diaz Diaz PURE / Sílvia Rocio + Mariana Póvoa + esse studio. Image © Francisco Nogueira JL Madeira Office / Metro Arquitetos Associados. Image © Ilana Bessler + 48

Transformation of a Square in Mallabia / azab

© Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz + 15

Mallavia, Spain
  • Architects: azab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AISLUX, MADERGIA, Maderplay

Lookout da Cova / ARROKABE Arquitectos

© Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz + 47

  • Architects: ARROKABE Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  280
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Raw Materials: 8 Wooden Houses from Spain

Is wood the future of construction?

The history etched into Spain's wooden houses has many lessons to teach us about the role of wood in creating everything from light-weight and mobile modular homes to interior and exterior finishes. What's more, these lessons are not limited to new constructions. They apply to everything from furniture to remodels. 

Los Huertos Housing / Ensalada Works + Architecture NRA

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Sallent de Gállego, Spain

Mixtape Apartment / AZAB

© Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz + 14

  • Architects: AZAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Apartamento ready-made / azab

© Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz Apartamento ready-made / azab © Luis Diaz Diaz + 16

Bilbao, Spain
  • Architects: azab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  90
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Sancal, Cinca, HAY, Ikea, Roca +3

Marcel's Loft in Barcelona / MH.AP Studio

© Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz © Luis Díaz Díaz + 14

Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: MH.AP Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Altzaga School / azab

© Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz + 15

  • Architects: azab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2054
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

The Meurthe et Moselle Departmental Media Library / Studiolada

© Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz + 43

Laxou, France
  • Architects: Studiolada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  958
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Can Canyís House / Estudio Caballero Colón

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Capdepera, Spain

Plywood House / SMS Arquitectos

© Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz © Luis Diaz Diaz + 36

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Architects: SMS Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2045 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

For this year's Women in Architecture Awards, The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal have selected Sheila O’Donnell as Architect of the Year and Xu Tiantian to win the Moira Gemill Prize for Emerging Architecture in the 2019 Women in Architecture awards. The Architect of the Year award recognizes excellence in design specifically in the context of a recently completed project and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture is awarded to women designers under the age of 45 who show design excellence indicative of a bright future.

Bela Fisterra Hotel / CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos

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Fisterra, Spain

Moira Gemmill Prize Shortlist Announced for Emerging Female Architects

The shortlist has been announced for the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, recognizing excellence in design with an emphasis on achievements and completed projects. Part of the Women in Architecture Awards organized by The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal, the prize is named in memory of the late Moira Gemmill (former V&A director of design and director of capital programmes at the Royal Collection Trust), and offers a £10,000 prize fund to support the professional development of the winner(s).

The four shortlisted candidates hail from France, Spain, China, and Switzerland. Previous winners of the prize include Gloria Cabral, partner at Gabinete de Arquitectura (2018); Rozana Montiel (2017); Gabriela Etchegaray, co-founder of Ambrosi Etchegaray (2016); and vPPR founders Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds (2015).

Weiden Secondary School / Karamuk Kuo. Image © Mikael Olsson Orsonnens / TEd'A Arquitectes. Image © Luis Diaz Diaz Dushan Lesiure Center / Xu Tiantian. Image © DnA Shimen Bridge / Xu Tiantian. Image © DnA + 6