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Mendes da Rocha and Al Borde among Winners of the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (XI BIAU)

In Asunción (Paraguay), the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (XI BIAU) have presented the winners of the Panorama de Obras section (Projects Panorama) of this contest edition, "all faithful to the spirit of the XI BIAU: living, the inhabitant," according to the organization.

Among 997 proposed works throughout Latin America, 17 architectural works —predominantly public projects— built in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela are the winners of the XI BIAU.

Weekend House in Downtown São Paulo / SPBR Arquitetos

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Houses  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project SPBR Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    183.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

SESC Birigui / Teuba Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Parque Residencial Nelson Calixto, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Teuba Arquitetura e Urbanismo
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    7418.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

LLF House / Obra Arquitetos

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Houses  · 
São José dos Campos, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Obra Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    4090.29 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2019

Ágora Tech Park / Estúdio Módulo

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Distrito Industrial, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Estúdio Módulo
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    7917.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2019

Sesc Guarulhos / Dal Pian Arquitetos

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Brazil, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Dal Pian Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    368125.74 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2019

P.E. House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

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Houses  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    1885.0
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

DMG Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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Bragança Paulista, Brazil

RFC Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    6587.51 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

School and Daycare Projects for Different Climates

European children spend approximately 200 days a year at primary school. Even though the academic year in most parts of the world is not as long as in Europe, the place where children and adolescents spend the most time, following their own homes, is usually in educational institutions. These can be places for learning, playing and socializing, and as sad as it may be, they can also be safer places for children living in environments of abandonment, hunger, and violence, providing them with opportunities and even meals. A United Kingdom-wide survey found that the differences in physical characteristics of classrooms accounted for 16% of the variations in learning progress over the course of a year. In other words, the better a classroom is designed, the better children perform academically. According to the study, the factors that most affect children are sunlight, indoor air quality, acoustic environment, temperature, the design of the classroom itself and the stimulation within it.

François Mitterrand High School / Jean Dubus + José Luiz Tabith

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High School  · 
Setor Industrial, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Jean Dubus, José Luiz Tabith
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    12199.54 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Spotlight: Norman Foster

Arguably the leading name of a generation of internationally high-profile British architects, Norman Foster (born 1 June 1935)—or to give him his full title Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank of Reddish, OM, HonFREng—gained recognition as early as the 1970s as a key architect in the high-tech movement, which continues to have a profound impact on architecture as we know it today.

Queen Alia International Airport. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Gherkin . Image © Nigel Young Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Beijing Airport. Image © Foster + Partners + 46

Roof Waterproofing with Water: A Solution by ‘Brasil Arquitetura’

During the modern period, the buildings that used the traditional sloping roofs with tiles, draining the waters as quickly as possible, have begun to give way to the well-known 'waterproof flat roofs.' In spite of delivering a clean aesthetic to the project, allowing the use of the last slab as a space for living and contemplation, this solution can become a headache for its occupants if its execution and design are not careful. It is no accident that there have been infiltrations in famous modern buildings, such as the Vile Savoye or the Farnsworth House, designed by great masters of architecture. Currently, the civil construction industry has developed more sophisticated products and techniques that drastically reduce the chances of subsequent infiltration. However, we could say that waterproof flat slabs continue to be fragile points in buildings. The architects from Brasil Arquitetura have improved an inventive and very simple solution to avoid infiltrations in flat slabs, much used in the 70's by architects like Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Ruy Ohtake, filling them with vegetation.

Accordion Doors And Windows: Opening Façades To The Outside

As ingenious solutions for environments that require additional space and ventilation, articulated or accordion doors and windows operate by folding their leafs one over the other and onto the sides of the opening. They moving via upper and lower rails which can be embedded into masonry and allow separation and integration rooms while adding aesthetic value to the project.

This system generates a similar effect to that of a sliding door or window, but it differs in that all its leafs remain in the same plane when they are closed, giving a clean appearance to the façade.

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the discipline's lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark "poles of attraction" and a varied series of high-profile commissions that combine a sense of purpose and place.

The French Embassay, Berlin. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin,_Mitte,_Pariser_Platz,_Botschaft_Frankreich.jpg'>Wikimedia user Jörg Zägel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/borkurdotnet/5696828844'>Flickr user borkurdotnet</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Saint-Émilion. Image © Erik Saillet La  Musée Hergé, Louvain-la-Neuve. Image © Nicolás Borel + 17

New Headquarters of the Shalom Community / Brasil Arquitetura

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Itaim Bibi, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Brasil Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    4300.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2007

Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion

© Miguel de Guzmán © Hey! Cheese © Imagen Subliminal © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov + 53

The purpose of architectural photography is to show a design in the best possible way, with the artform often characterized by perspective correction and atmospheric lighting. However, few architectural photographers have experimented with other artistic disciplines. Miguel de Guzmán, Paul Vu and Jules Couartou are among those who have challenged the limits of this form of photography, generating an interesting crossover between architecture photography, fashion and performances. In their images, the relationship between space and the user is shown through a scene designed to register an effect on the viewer. The results are images which are full of creativity.