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Dining Rooms: Their Importance and Possibilities in Plans

The word commensality refers to the act of eating together, sharing a meal. Much more than a mere function of essential human need, sitting at the table is a practice of communion and exchange. An article by Cody C. Delistraty compiles some studies on the importance of eating together: students who don't eat regularly with their parents miss school more; children who do not have daily dinner with their family tend to be more obese and young people in families without this tradition can have more problems with drugs and alcohol, in addition to poorer academic performance. Evidently, all these issues raised are complex and should not be reduced to just one factor. But having a suitable place to have meals, free from distractions, is a good starting point for at least one moment a day that is focused on conversation and food. This is where dinner tables come in. In this article, we review some projects to classify the most common ways to deploy these important pieces of furniture.

Cobogó House / CHX Arquitetos

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São Carlos, Brazil
  • Architects: CHX Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  295
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alex Alves Gabriel, Art Final, CHX Arquitetos, Casa dos Portões, Deca, +7

Administrative Headquarters Forest Foundation Juréia-Itatins / 23 SUL Arquitetura

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Curupaiti House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

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São Paulo, Brazil

Architecture project for the 34th Bienal de Arte de São Paulo / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

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Tico RV Building / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  565
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Atelier Leopardi, Jotta esquadrias

Pina Cerâmica Studio / Alvorada Arquitetos

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Pinheiros, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, 3M, Bloco Campos, Concreserv Usina, Constrauss, +13

Paulo Mendes da Rocha Passes Away at 92

One of the biggest names in Brazilian and worldwide architecture, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, passed away at the age of 92. As his son Pedro Mendes da Rocha reported to ArchDaily, the architect was hospitalized in São Paulo due to lung cancer and passed away at dawn on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha will be remembered for the great formative role he had. His architectural creation debated life above all, raising questions and challenging ready ideas and conformity. He consolidated an influence short of language or aesthetics, formed mainly by the way of acting and thinking, in which each project was an opportunity for transformation. His ideas and designs overflowed the limits of the program, place and materiality, always bringing a new point of view to achieve revolutionary simplicity.

Lina Bo Bardi Wins Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Memoriam

Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of Brazilian architecture, was selected as the recipient of the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam of the Venice Biennale 2021 (also known as the Biennale Architettura 2021), which will open to the public on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.

Sesc Pompéia / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Pedro KokMASP / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Flagrante / Romullo FontenelleTeatro Oficina / Lina Bo Bardi + Edson Elito. Image © Nelson KonRestaurante Coati / Lina Bo Bardi + Lelé. Image © Manuel Sá+ 6

Green Interiors Trends From Around The World

There is not enough that can be said about the benefits of incorporating plants in interiors or Plantscaping. Integrating vegetation indoors serves many purposes whether practical, aesthetic or psychological. Although there are basic requirements for incorporating greenery into Homes, well thought out plant selections and placements are characteristically different across the world. By going over recent interior works, a few recurrent plantscaping design patterns arose, each reflective of distinctive climates, building styles and traditional building techniques.

While the type of the chosen plants varies depending on favorable conditions for growth and local availability, the main distinctions are related to the direct environment and display method in which the vegetation is set, as well as its intended purpose. While plants are there to offer mental wellness to some, they are essential for cooling to other or could even be meant for small scale farming.

Touches of Green. Image © Pol ViladomsVertical Greenery. Image © Minq BuiVertical Greenery. Image © Hoang LeInterior Green Courtyard. Image © Mariela Apollonio+ 33

Should Architecture Be Static? The Possibilities of Kinetic Buildings

Through shapes, colors, and the elements on their facades, many architects have sought to bring a sense of movement to works that are otherwise physically static. Santiago Calatrava, Jean Nouvel, and Frank Gehry are only a few of the masters who managed to provide a dynamic effect to motionless structures, highlighting the work in context using formal strategies borrowed from the plastic arts. In other cases, however, architects have also opted for physically kinetic structures that could bring a unique aesthetic or functional dimension to the work.

Expansion of Apartment in Brazil Building / Alvorada Arquitetos

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Grohe, Bombalanço, Brilia, Clatt, +12

From Stone Walls to Skyscrapers: Understanding Structural Masonry

The Monadnock Building in Chicago began construction in 1891 and is still in use today. The building features a somber facade without ornamentation and a colossal height - at the time - of 16 floors. It is considered the first skyscraper built in structural masonry, with ceramic bricks and a granite base. To support the entire load of the building, the structural walls on the ground floor are 1.8 meters thick, and at the top, 46 centimeters. One hundred and thirty years later, this construction system remains common and allows for the erection of taller buildings with much thinner walls, accomplishing even new architectural works economically and rationally. But what is structural masonry about, and how can designers use it in architectural projects? And for what kinds of buildings is this system most suitable?

Itsu São Paulo Store / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1776 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: GstarSoft