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Basic Principles of Acoustics: Why Architects Shouldn’t Leave It All To Consultants

04:00 - 11 February, 2019
Basic Principles of Acoustics: Why Architects Shouldn’t Leave It All To Consultants, © ELEMENT
© ELEMENT

More than half the world’s population lives in dense urban areas. Uncomfortably loud restaurants, stores, hotels, or offices are enough to keep patrons away. When planning a meeting or even a night out with friends, we are conscious of selecting a location where we can focus and hear one another. The noisier our world gets, the more difficulty we have focusing on the sounds we actually want to hear.

How to Design for Optimal Thermal Comfort (And Why it Matters)

04:00 - 31 January, 2019
How to Design for Optimal Thermal Comfort (And Why it Matters), ZEB Pilot House - Pilot Project / Snøhetta. Image © Bruce Damonte
ZEB Pilot House - Pilot Project / Snøhetta. Image © Bruce Damonte

Have you ever found yourself losing a good night’s sleep due to an overly warm room? Or wearing four jackets and a scarf just to tolerate your office’s frigid air conditioning? Truth be told, you can’t please everyone when it comes to adjusting an indoor climate, and there is always that one unfortunate individual who ends up sacrificing their own comfort for the sake of others.

Why Your Home and Office Affect Your Mood and Health

05:00 - 24 December, 2018
Why Your Home and Office Affect Your Mood and Health, © Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elise Géhin
© Saint-Gobain / illustration by Elise Géhin

If asked about comfort, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Luxurious finishes, plush chairs and sleek interiors? Few would think of their office, and the likely culprit is a fundamental ignorance of an alternative definition of comfort. When defined as a state of physical well-being derived from the provisions that are necessary for occupants to perform space-specific tasks, it’s apparent that architects play a key role--and that comfort is not just about spaces that are comfortable for leisure activities.

Cross Ventilation, the Chimney Effect and Other Concepts of Natural Ventilation

02:30 - 20 December, 2018
Cross Ventilation, the Chimney Effect and Other Concepts of Natural Ventilation, Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon
Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon

Nothing is more rational than using the wind, a natural, free, renewable and healthy resource, to improve the thermal comfort of our projects. The awareness of the finiteness of the resources and the demand for the reduction in the energy consumption has removed air-conditioning systems as the protagonist of any project. Architects and engineers are turning to this more passive system to improve thermal comfort. It is evident that there are extreme climates in which there is no escape, or else the use of artificial systems, but in a large part of the terrestrial surface it is possible to provide a pleasant flow of air through the environments by means of passive systems, especially if the actions are considered during the project stage.

This Week in Architecture: Reduce, Reuse, Rethink

08:00 - 24 November, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Reduce, Reuse, Rethink, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the massive production of architecture today. Scroll through ArchDaily for more than a minute and even we'd forgive you for losing track of it all. But what seems like an endless scroll of architectural production doesn't quite fit with the popular movements surrounding resource sharing and community. 

Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life

04:00 - 22 November, 2018
Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life, © Beer Singnoi
© Beer Singnoi

Home automation, or Domotics, is a set of technologies applied to a residence to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. Its systems allow for efficient management of energy consumption, security, accessibility, and the general comfort of the building, becoming an important issue to consider when designing, building, and living.