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Bamboo Formwork and Exposed Concrete in Architectural Projects

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

While concrete is without a doubt the world's go-to building material thanks to its durability, malleability, and ability to withstand a wide range of climates, it is also the principal source of CO2 emissions within the realm of construction. To combat this and reduce their creations' carbon footprint, many architects have begun experimenting and innovating in a bid to optimize concrete's technical qualities while diminishing its impact on the environment. Among these efforts, there are several projects that have explored the possibility of replacing traditional frameworks with more sustainable materials like bamboo, a resource that grows in abundance throughout many regions of the world and, along with having minimal environmental impact, renders high quality textured detailing on a variety of architectural surfaces.

SanBaoPeng Art Museum / DL Atelier

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Jingdezheng, China
  • Architects: DL atelier
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Rammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary Projects

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© Nic Lehoux Photography

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This week, we're highlighting a selection of the best images of projects built using rammed earth. These 15 works show the attractive aesthetic finish created by the superposition of multiple layers of compressed soil. Despite having been neglected as a construction technique for years, this type of construction is now experiencing a renaissance in architecture. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Filip Dujardin, João Morgado, and Nic Lehoux.

Post Post-Modernism: 10 Projects that Reinterpret the Movement for the Digital Age

It's no secret that post-modernism has, in recent years, experienced something of a revival. The much-maligned movement's exhuberant and joyful take on architecture is perhaps a solace in difficult moments. Or, for the more jaded among us, perhaps it simply lends itself to Instagram. 

That said, it's not quite the postmodernism that took off in the 60s. Post postmodernism is also concerned with history and context, but with contemporary spins made possible by new technologies. Installations and other temporary typologies also bring with them a fresh perspective, preserved forever on the internet for our vicarious enjoyment. But perhaps most crucially, it is no longer so wholly a reaction against the hegemony of modernism; something that the original postmodernists were fixated with. Today's postmodernism can be at once joyful and reserved, vernacular and high-tech. 

Landmark Nieuw Bergen / Monadnock . Image © Stijn BollaertTemple of Agape / Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan. Image © Gareth GardnerA House for Essex / FAT and Grayson Perry. Image © FAT© Rasmus Hjortshoj+ 70

JIXI Christian Church / XING DI

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Xuancheng, China
  • Architects: XING DI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier

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  • Architects: DL Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  660
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Art Studio of Xu Hongquan / office PROJECT

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The Garden of Forking Paths / officePROJECT

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The Treehouse / Wee Studio

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Beijing, China
  • Architects: Wee Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016