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Replacing Asphalt Can Build a More Sustainable and Open City

The City Prosperity Index, CPI, set by UN-Habitat, evaluates urban prosperity according to five parameters as productivity, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, quality of life, and equity/social inclusion. To a greater or lesser extent, these five factors are represented in the street pattern of every city in the world. Streets have multiple functions as the mobility of people and goods, the supply of energy, water, and information, the collection of waste, the growth of trees, plants, insects or birds, the shadow and sun radiation, the bench where to sit, the place to salute and talk with your neighbors, a playground, or the access to the bakery where you buy the bread. In this sense, streets are public and vibrant spaces, which can perform multiple functions and activities.

Houses in Colombia: Shade, Ventilation, and Nature

For houses throughout the world, the barriers between the inside and outside of houses are solid and well-defined, allowing the spaces within the home to be protected from the weather conditions outside and made comfortable for the inhabitants inside. In countries like Colombia, which sit close to the equator and enjoy a warm, subtropical climate, temperatures average just above ideal thermal comfort.

Colombian Houses: Examples of Floor Plans, Design, and Materials

For much of the world, this past year was spent within the confines of our homes, undoubtedly blurring the lines between our public, professional, and private lives and transforming our living spaces into places of work and productivity. This transformation of spaces and how they are used is nothing new in the world of architecture as countless spaces take on various roles beyond what they were originally designed for--a fact reflected in their layout, design, and the materials used within them.

Antioquia's Educational Parks: 13 Examples of Learning-Centered Infrastructure in Colombia

Educational architecture is crucial for creating spaces that, not only nurture and mold the minds of the future generations, but also provide spaces for the wider public to come and share knowledge and ideas. 

MIM Itinerant Museum of Memory and Identity of Montes de María / AEU

© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez+ 25

  • Architects: AEU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1926 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, Trimble Navigation

Ventilation and Shade: Permeable Walls in Colombian Architecture

In countries where architecture adapts to the seasons, projects must respond so that they are comfortable for the users, both in the hot summer temperatures and in the cold winter. Tropical countries, such as Colombia, are a bit luckier. The temperature of construction sites depends less on the seasons and more on where they are located geographically according to the altitude above sea level; the closer they are to the sea, the warmer it is. For this reason, it is not essential to seal or insulate the interior spaces. On the contrary, the good management of constant ventilation creates a more permeable and contextual architecture.

We have put together a series of projects with different architectural programs: local markets, health facilities, cultural, education and housing projects. They show that with different construction techniques, you can begin to control the permeability, air flow, privacy or solar heat gain. Explore each of these projects below.

El Recreo Kindergarten / DARP

© Mauricio Carvajal© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez+ 33

  • Architects: DARP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5013
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Louis Poulsen, Gerflor, Alfa, Argos, Hunter Douglas, +1

Gramalote Market Square / Niro Arquitectura + OAU | Oficina de Arquitectura & Urbanismo

© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez© Sergio Gómez+ 15

Gramalote, Colombia

Giancarlo Mazzanti on Social Spaces for Learning

Courtesy of El Equipo de Mazzanti© Sergio Gomez© Rodrigo Davila© Rodrigo Davila+ 8

PLANE—SITE has released a new film showcasing the work and ideas of Bogotá-based architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, founder of El Equipo de Mazzanti. In this video interview, Mazzanti elaborates on his experimental approach to design research and explores several of his spaces for learning. His firm is behind numerous schools and educational centers, designed to encourage playful and exploratory movement and social relations. As the video explore, Mazzanti creates scenarios for play in daily life.

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.

Dos Maderos House / Jaime Rendon Arquitectos

© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez+ 37

Medellín, Colombia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1798
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Decorcerámica, Productos locales de Villeta

Arts Center / taller de arquitectura de bogotá

© Rodrigo Dávila© Rodrigo Dávila© Sergio Gómez© Rodrigo Dávila+ 11

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2816
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Alfa, Diaco, Ladrillera Santafé, Metasa, +1

Balmoral House / Jaime Rendon Arquitectos

© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez+ 26

Medellín, Colombia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  615
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Canteandes, Designtherapy, Energia Solar, Rouucast

Lake Cottage / artek

© Juan Fernando Valencia© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez© Sergio Gomez+ 18

El Peñol, Colombia
  • Architects: artek
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aserrio madepino, Durapanel, Fiberglass, Home center, Playa Blanca

Architecture City Guide: 10 Towns in Colombia That Every Architect Must Visit

Calm and silence prevail in many of the municipalities of Colombia, where the ochre colors intermingle with the green of the landscape to preserve the colonial styles that characterize some of the architectural typologies of the place. Small urban centers that hide an incomparable beauty are the main attraction for many tourists who today travel to know these obscure places, where one can go to learn a little of their traditions and their culture, creating an almost perfect adventure, where heritage value becomes a characteristic in common.

That is why we have chosen 10 Colombian towns that highlight both the physical-spatial value and the socio-cultural value.

6 Timeless Details Using Stone

Stone is elemental to our built world. It is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) materials used in man-made habitats. The sense of timelessness in stone is attributed to its long and varied history alongside architecture. From ancient monoliths to cities to houses, the diversity of stone means that it can be used to convey a variety of expressions. Carved, polished, sedimented, stacked, preserved - the list can go on and on. The feeling stone conveys in contemporary projects usually brings with it a sense of place – a raw materiality when paired with timber or other natural materials. With that in mind, check out these 6 details of projects that stand out for their use of stone: