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Community Center Camburi / CRU! Architects

12:00 - 3 December, 2018
Community Center Camburi / CRU! Architects, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ubatuba - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Lead Architect

    Sven Mouton
  • Collaborators

    Reintje Jacobs, Jan Detavernier, Britt Christiaense
  • Area

    1883.68 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section

05:00 - 22 November, 2018
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Great school design is more than just a good piece of architecture. Particularly in vulnerable areas with poor public infrastructure, schools symbolize the role of the state and education as a transforming agent for social improvement. They can also become areas for community life, sports, courses, among other uses. Unfortunately, these projects do not always receive the attention they deserve. 

Schools require diverse and complex programs and flows, therefore, developing an educational project is one of the greatest challenges for architects. Due to the economy, rationalization, and speed of work, Brazil's largest portion of school projects are designed from prefabricated concrete elements with rigid modulations and, in rare cases, steel. But what may seem to limit at first, can actually become an exercise in structural creativity. 

In an attempt to elucidate the systems used to materialize these projects, we've selected a compilation of seven prefabricated schools in plan and section to create incredible spaces for learning. 

Art Gallery Catuçaba / CRU! Architects

12:00 - 21 November, 2018
Art Gallery Catuçaba / CRU! Architects, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Catuçaba, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Lead Architect

    Sven Mouton
  • Area

    1184.03 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

How Inverted King Post Trusses Allow for Large, Elegant Open Spaces

04:00 - 15 November, 2018
SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon
SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon

Inverted king post trusses are made of steel bars and cables used to reduce bending, deformation, and a trusses’ height. In other words, they are a collection of continuous beams (steel or wood) and steel cables that are positioned under the beam, supported by an upright king post. Although slender, they are suited for large spans and have small sections.

Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider + 17

Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

12:00 - 11 November, 2018
Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Yoon Joonhwan © Erieta Attali © Nguyen Tien Thanh © Pablo Blanco + 17

This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.

Guaica Residence / Padovani Arquitetos Associados

12:00 - 7 November, 2018
Guaica Residence / Padovani Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
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House Villa-Lobos / Una Arquitetos

09:00 - 4 November, 2018
House Villa-Lobos / Una Arquitetos, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

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  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Authors

    Cristiane Muniz, Fabio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographer

    Nelson Kon

Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section

08:00 - 27 October, 2018
Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section, Casa Claudios / Arquitetura Nacional. Image © Pedro Kok
Casa Claudios / Arquitetura Nacional. Image © Pedro Kok

Metallic elements have been used in architecture and civil construction for hundreds of years, either as decorative elements, coverings or even to reinforce masonry structures. However, it is only in the second half of the eighteenth century that the first bridges emerge whose structure was entirely made of cast iron. A century later, iron was replaced by a more resistant and malleable alloy, still used today in architecture: steel.

Denser than concrete, the strength of steel subverts its weight and provides greater stiffness with less material - allowing for lighter and thinner structures than those made from other materials, such as wood or concrete. It is by no means the most used material in residential architecture, however, its use has made it possible to construct some interesting - and beautiful - examples of contemporary houses:

House in Cotia / UNA Arquitetos

13:00 - 27 September, 2018
House in Cotia / UNA Arquitetos, © Bebete Viégas
© Bebete Viégas

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cotia, Brazil
  • Authors

    Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 9 September, 2018
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects

08:00 - 8 September, 2018
17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects, Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra
Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra

Landscape architecture is responsible for the transformation and resignification of the landscape, either by enriching architecture or by bringing forth the history of the site. As with buildings, when we design with vegetation it allows us to work a series of stimuli, qualities, and functions.  

Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys

13:45 - 26 August, 2018
Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys, Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice
Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice

Casa La Quinta / Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Blas Treviño, Jorge Quiroga . Image © Rafael Gamo Casas Catalinas / Agustín Lozada. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte MK5 House / ORTRAUM. Image © Marc Goodwin Unleashed Dog Spa / Square One Interiors. Image © Ihor Pona + 33

Are you a cat or dog lover? At ArchDaily we know that you're as big an animal lover as we are. They inspire us, keep us company, and in the case of architectural photography, give us an idea of a structure's scale. We previously made a collection of photographs starring cats and architecture, and we could never forget our dog-loving readers. We bring you a collection of photographs where dogs take center stage.

The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive

06:00 - 23 August, 2018
The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive, Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

Plants are excellent elements to add in architecture and built spaces. However, when it comes to indoor environments, which usually receive less natural light and ventilation, certain species are resistant to adaptation. 

Therefore, when thinking about species for indoors – be it a home, apartment or commercial space – some species are better than others. We have selected the best 13 indoor plants for your home. 

6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

18:15 - 29 July, 2018
6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro
Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro

Minutes ago in Detroit, Director Dirk Denison and 2018 MCHAP Jury Chair Ricky Burdett announced the six finalists of the 2018 edition of the Mies Crown Hall America Prize. Selected from a longer list of 31 projects announced earlier this summer in Venice, these outstanding works of architecture will compete for the top honor, the MCHAP Award, which will be announced in October. The authors of the winning award will take home $50,000 to fund research and a publication and will be recognized as the MCHAP Chair in IIT’s College of Architecture.

The six finalist buildings were completed between January 2016 and December 2017. The descriptive texts, provided by the MCHAP jury, celebrate the merits of each individual project.

CM Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

15:00 - 26 July, 2018
CM Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architect

  • Location

    Santo Antônio do Pinhal, Brazil
  • Authors

    Henrique Reinach, Maurício Mendonça
  • Coordinators Architects

    Tony Chen
  • Area

    408.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographer

    Nelson Kon

Hidden Gems of Latin American Architecture

06:00 - 19 July, 2018
Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos
Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos

Teatro Oficina / Lina Bo Bardi e Edson Elito. Image © Nelson Kon Portal del cementerio de azul. Image via Wikipedia User Elciri Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 Centro Cultural García Márquez. Image © Alejandro Ojeda Galería IK LAB / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de IK LAB + 24

Vacation time is near. Would you like to visit some of the most enchanting places in Latin American architecture? We know you're an architecture aficionado and that your passion takes you places that inspire and awe. Even though a visit to the classic tourist sites can result in an amazing trip, visiting lesser-known places can make for an unforgettable experience. It is because of this passion for parts unknown that we have compiled this list of some of Latin America's hidden architecture gems for you to consider as you plan your next trip. Keep reading for the complete list. 

45 Construction Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know

09:30 - 16 July, 2018
45 Construction Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know, Dune Art Museum. Image Courtesy of Open Architecture
Dune Art Museum. Image Courtesy of Open Architecture

For most recent graduates, it quickly becomes evident that what you learn in architecture school is not necessarily enough to become a confident architect. Some things can’t be taught in classrooms at all; instead, they're acquired through years of work on site and solving construction problems first-hand. Among the many things you learn on site are the terminologies used by construction workers that can sound like absolute nonsense to architects at first.

An architecture dictionary might seem like a superb idea, but in practice wouldn't be convenient on a construction site—unless you can memorize the useful entries out of the 25,000 terms in Cyril M Harris' Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Alternatively, here’s a more manageable list of 45 construction terms and concepts every architect should know.

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Christian de Portzamparc Selected as 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

12:00 - 11 July, 2018
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel

French architect Christian de Portzamparc has been named the 2018 laureate of the the Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for Architecture. The prize, given by by the Japan Art Association (JAA), recognized de Portzamparc for his “imaginative architectural style...known for its distinctive features such as bold designs, an artistic approach and the creativity that comes from his work as a watercolor painter.”