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Anti-Patterns of Social Housing in Latin America

06:30 - 15 April, 2019
Anti-Patterns of Social Housing in Latin America, <a href='https://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/cl/893152/paraisos-siniestros-fotografias-aereas-de-vivienda-de-interes-social-el-mexico'>Paraísos Siniestros: vivienda de interés social en México</a>. Image © Jorge Taboada
Paraísos Siniestros: vivienda de interés social en México. Image © Jorge Taboada

Continuing the series of articles developed by Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andres M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy, and Ernesto Philibert-Petit, in this article we'll be exploring how observations on social housing in Latin American have been approached from an outdated and antagonistic point of view. Notions and errors committed in previous studies - in some cases simply by inertia - are discussed in the Latin American context, and propose adaptable solutions focused on the long-term, urban roots of residents.

Buying A Home: What You Should Know Before You Purchase

04:00 - 5 April, 2019
Buying A Home: What You Should Know Before You Purchase, Sihouettes for cutoutmix francescaperani. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image © Fabián Dejtiar
Sihouettes for cutoutmix francescaperani. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image © Fabián Dejtiar

Access to housing, both in the case of purchasing or renting, with any type of financing, is usually one of the most important economic investments in people's lives. It is natural to ask oneself what considerations are necessary in order to have a knowledge base before acting.

Social Housing: 45 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 31 March, 2019
Social Housing: 45 Examples in Plan and Section, Casa de Repouso Morangis / VOUS ETES ICI Architectes © 11H45
Casa de Repouso Morangis / VOUS ETES ICI Architectes © 11H45

Social Housing is a principal element for a more democratic city. These housing structures provide decent dwellings for all citizens in urban areas and connect them to the rest of the city and its services. 

Case Study Houses: Lessons on Modern, Low-Budget and Easy to Build Living Spaces

05:30 - 25 March, 2019
Case Study Houses: Lessons on Modern, Low-Budget and Easy to Build Living Spaces, Case Study House 22. Image via Flickr user: mbtrama Licensed under CC BY 2.0
Case Study House 22. Image via Flickr user: mbtrama Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Between 1945 and 1966, the Case Study Houses program, following the Weißenhof-siedlung exposition, commissioned a study of economic, easy-to-build houses. The study included the creation of 36 prototypes that were to be built leading up to post-war residential development. The initiative by John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture magazine, brought a team to Los Angeles that featured some of the biggest names in architecture at the time, including Richard Neutra, Charles & Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen, among others.

Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?

04:00 - 25 March, 2019
Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?, © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Euelbenul&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">User:Euelbenul</a> - <span>Own work</span>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51360903">Link</a>. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939
© User:Euelbenul - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939

Home. Our shelter. Our private space. In an urbanized world with dense megalopolises like Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo, homes are getting smaller and more expensive than ever. If you are claustrophobic, Marie Kondo is your best ally in the quest to earn some extra space.  And even though private backyards have become a luxury for most, our data shows that single-family houses are still the most popular project type on ArchDaily. Why is this? (Especially when it seems incongruous given the reality of today’s crowded cities.) Why do some universities still insist on designing and building houses as academic exercises? Wouldn’t it be more creative—and more useful—to develop architecture in small-scale spaces? Would it be more rewarding to develop solutions on bigger scales?

Photographer Documents “Non-Social Interest” Housing in Mexico City’s Peripheries

12:00 - 23 March, 2019
Photographer Documents “Non-Social Interest” Housing in Mexico City’s Peripheries, © Zaicks Moz
© Zaicks Moz

In 2005, as a way to increase its competitiveness, the government of the state that borders Mexico City – named Estado de México– launched a program called “Bicentenary Cities,” a nod to the 200th anniversary of the Mexican Independence.  This program proposed careful land-use planning and the creation of a state structure for key population centers selected based on location, capacity for population increase, potential to host infrastructure and strategic equipment, and the possibility to create adequate communication lines to enable regional, statewide and national integration.

Socially-Organized Housing: Design That Establishes Emotional Ownership

08:30 - 23 March, 2019
Socially-Organized Housing: Design That Establishes Emotional Ownership, Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok
Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok

Developed by Nikos A. Salingaros, David Brain, Andrés M. Duany, Michael W. Mehaffy, and Ernesto Philibert-Petit, this series of articles offers here a set of evidence-based optimal practices for social housing, applicable in general situations. Varying examples are discussed in a Latin American context. Adaptive solutions work towards long-term sustainability and help to attach residents to their built environment.

Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples

04:00 - 18 March, 2019
Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples, Cabin on the Border / SO? Architecture&Ideas. Image Cortesía de SO?
Cabin on the Border / SO? Architecture&Ideas. Image Cortesía de SO?

Dense cities mean small homes. With more and more frequency we are forced to adapt to spaces within which some elements simply do not fit. As architects, these restrictions actually provide us with opportunities and remind us that our goal is to give precise solutions to specific problems. Designing with infinite number square meters and/or an unlimited budget is practically unheard of.

60 Best Residential Axonometric Drawings

04:00 - 7 March, 2019
60 Best Residential Axonometric Drawings, White Pagoda Temple Hutong Courtyard Renovation / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio
White Pagoda Temple Hutong Courtyard Renovation / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

During the professional life of an architect, the task of designing a residence can be a frequent occurrence. As the project develops, representing a vision in a determined space through a set of drawings is certainly one of the primary tasks of the design process. While the architect has a certain level of visual literacy, sometimes the client won't necessarily understand all the drawings. Going beyond the two-dimensionality of the plans, sections and elevations, axonometric perspectives are presented as an efficient instrument in the spatial representation of the project. When adding the notion of third dimension—and even though it’s presented by on a 2D sheet of paper—it gives a better understanding to those unfamiliar with technical drawings.

ArchDaily Topics - March: Home

04:30 - 1 March, 2019
ArchDaily Topics - March: Home, Courtesy of ArchDaily
Courtesy of ArchDaily

Le Corbusier’s statement, “a house is a machine for living in,” forecasted a future where the house would become an engineered product of standardized, easily-duplicable pieces for an ideal city, while also achieving its ultimate functional purpose: the well-being of its inhabitants.

How to Design Smart Homes: 8 Tips for Incorporating Domotics Into Architecture

04:00 - 8 January, 2019
How to Design Smart Homes: 8 Tips for Incorporating Domotics Into Architecture, Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA. Image © Juergen Eheim
Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA. Image © Juergen Eheim

Home automation has long been associated with high costs, a burdening assembly time, and a cumbersome process that impelled us to discard the idea of automating projects. However, these days are long gone. 

Matthias Jung's Collage Houses Redefine Surreal Architecture

05:00 - 29 September, 2018
Matthias Jung's Collage Houses Redefine Surreal Architecture, © Matthias Jung
© Matthias Jung

Matthias Jung's "Houses" series depicts finely stitched architectural facades against the picturesque landscapes of Northern Germany to create surreal architecture. Commencing as a childhood pastime in his father's photo lab, his passion for collaging has evolved into his career as a designer and artist.

Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects

11:00 - 22 July, 2018
Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects, Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office
Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

Normally, houses are divided into common areas, rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, sometimes the client demands to add other programs related to their work or hobbies, making efficient design and daily spatial distribution more complex. As architects, we are faced with an interesting challenge: to merge the private life of its inhabitants with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces.

If you are interested in designing hybrid homes, we have selected 26 houses with additions including shops, soccer fields, barns, greenhouses, and even skateparks.

Why Designing a Person's Home is the Most Challenging, Thrilling Task an Architect Can Face

08:30 - 3 April, 2018
Why Designing a Person's Home is the Most Challenging, Thrilling Task an Architect Can Face, <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/874409/caring-wood-macdonald-wright-architects'>Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell</a>. Image © James Morris
Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "Why Homes Are the Original Architecture."

6 Tips for Designing and Building a Tiny House

08:30 - 2 April, 2018
6 Tips for Designing and Building a Tiny House, <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/420623/portable-house-aph80-abaton-arquitectura'>Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura</a>. Image © Juan Baraja
Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura. Image © Juan Baraja

Tiny houses have become popular in recent years as housing prices continue to soar. Whether as an off-the-grid retreat or a way to live more simply and economically, tiny homes offer a more flexible way to live. They are even being used by charity organizations such as the Tiny Homes Foundation in Australia as a way to tackle the issue of homelessness in cities and the need for social housing. As the popularity and need for tiny homes become ever more prevalent, knowing the necessary skills to design a tiny house for yourself or a client is a useful skill to have.