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The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color

04:00 - 18 February, 2019
The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color, Center for Interpretation of The Battle of Atoleiros / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em Linha. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Center for Interpretation of The Battle of Atoleiros / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em Linha. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

When we think of concrete, the color gray generally comes to mind. The traditional mixture of concrete, which comprises cement, gravel, sand, and water may vary in color depending on elements and admixtures but naturally varies from light to dark gray. However, compounds that add pigment to the mixture are becoming increasingly prevalent and popular,  as they infuse the concrete with hues more stable than paint. These shades result from the addition of oxides:  yellow, red and their derivations (eg. brown) are obtained with the addition of iron oxide; chromium and cobalt oxide create the greens and blues, respectively. For black concrete, it is common to use black iron oxide and carbon oxide combined with pozzolanic cement.

Centro Cultural Comunitário Teotitlán del Valle / PRODUCTORA. Image © Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio Museu Cais do Sertão / Brasil Arquitetura. Image © Nelson Kon Residência Montagnola / Attilio Panzeri & Partners. Image © Giorgio Marafioti Galería Solar S. Roque / Manuel Maia Gomes. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 19

M Residence / F:Poles Arquitetura

16:00 - 13 February, 2019
M Residence / F:Poles Arquitetura, © Fabiana Santa
© Fabiana Santa

© Fabiana Santa © Fabiana Santa © Fabiana Santa © Fábio Monteiro + 27

Creek House / AR Design Studio

16:00 - 8 February, 2019
Creek House / AR Design Studio, © Martin Gardner
© Martin Gardner

© Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner + 17

Bahia Rodin Museum / Brasil Arquitetura

10:00 - 8 February, 2019
© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. da Graça, 284 - Graça, Salvador - BA, 40150-480, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz and Cícero Ferraz Cruz
  • Design Team

    Albert Sugai, Bruno Levy, Gabriel Grinspum and Rodrigo Izecson
  • Area

    3055.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2002
  • Photographs

C+C House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo

08:00 - 7 February, 2019
C+C House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 60

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Marcio Kogan
  • Associated Architect

    Samanta Cafardo
  • Interior Design

    Diana Radomysler
  • Design Team

    Carlos Costa, Eline Ostyn, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Ricardo Ariza
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Ecumenical Center / Carolina Maluhy

14:00 - 6 February, 2019
Ecumenical Center  / Carolina Maluhy, © Ilana Bessler
© Ilana Bessler

© Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rodovia Castelo Branco, Km 101,50 - Bairro Indaiatuba - Caixa Postal 234, Porto Feliz - SP, 18540-000, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Carolina Maluhy
  • Aea

    210.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

GR House / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

01:00 - 4 February, 2019
GR House / Paulo Martins Arq&Design, © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio + 40

The Unbearable Lightness of Fiber-Cement Furniture

05:00 - 31 January, 2019
Cortesia de Swisspearl
Cortesia de Swisspearl

The idea of turning cold, raw materials into elegant shapes has always fascinated artists, architects, and designers. In the Carrara marble sculptures of Lorenzo Berdini and Michelangelo, human forms were carved from heavy blocks of stones with great detail and precision. There is no difference in architecture: from taking a light volume off the floor, to leaving a small indentation between a structure and a fence, to altering the lining of a block, there are several devices to make buildings visually lighter.

Cortesia de Swisspearl Cortesia de Swisspearl Cortesia de Swisspearl Cortesia de Swisspearl + 21

House in Serra do Cipó / TETRO Arquitetura

20:00 - 29 January, 2019
House in Serra do Cipó / TETRO Arquitetura, © Jomar Bragança
© Jomar Bragança

© Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Carlos Maia, Débora Mendes, Humberto Hermeto e Igor Macedo
  • Area

    4370.1 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Bridge Experience / António Borges + Infraestruturas de Portugal + IP Património

23:00 - 26 January, 2019
Bridge Experience / António Borges + Infraestruturas de Portugal + IP Património, © João Paulo Frade
© João Paulo Frade

© João Paulo Frade © João Paulo Frade © João Paulo Frade © João Paulo Frade + 44

House Luum / Pedro Domingos

13:00 - 26 January, 2019
House Luum / Pedro Domingos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Cortesia de Pedro Domingos Cortesia de Pedro Domingos © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Cortesia de Pedro Domingos + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Bárbara de Nexe, Portugal
  • Category

  • Local team

    Estúdio ODS, Bruno Oliveira, Edite Borges
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographer

    Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Courtesy of Pedro Domingos

12 Online Courses for Architects and Students

08:00 - 20 January, 2019
12 Online Courses for Architects and Students, <a href="https://www.Vecteezy.com">Vecteezy!</a>
Vecteezy!

Online courses have gained more and more recognition in the past couple of years. In addition to the flexibility and convenience of learning wherever and whenever you want, they provide access to content from well-respected professors and colleges. In the field of architecture and construction, online courses have grown exponentially. Last year, we compiled a list that focused mainly on constructive and material techniques. This time we selected 15 online courses covering a range of subjects. We hope this selection of courses can help you with your next project.

The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry

07:30 - 11 January, 2019
The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry, © © Universal Favourite
© © Universal Favourite

3D printing itself is no longer a new technology, but that hasn’t stopped researchers and innovators around the world from coming up with new applications and opportunities. Some experiments with new materials have been driven by sustainability concerns and others are simply the result of imagination and creativity. Others have chosen to invest their time utilizing more traditional materials in new ways. Materials, however, are just the beginning. Researchers have developed new processes that allow the creation of objects that were previously impossible to print and, on a larger scale, new building typologies are being tested - including a Mars habitat!

The Environmental Cost of Cement, and What to Do About It

11:30 - 9 January, 2019
The Environmental Cost of Cement, and What to Do About It, Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Fernando Pires
Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Fernando Pires

For thousands of years, concrete has been a foundation of the built environment: the most widely used man-made material on the planet. However, as architects, and the public alike, sharpen their focus on the causes and effects of climate change, the environmental damage caused by cement has become a subject of unease.

As exhibited in a recent in-depth article by Lucy Rodgers for BBC News, cement is the source of about 8% of global CO2 emissions. The piece was written off the back of the UN’s COP24 climate change conference in Poland and found that in order to meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, annual cement emissions must fall by 16% by 2030.

An Expert Guide through MoMA's "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980"

11:00 - 1 January, 2019
An Expert Guide through MoMA's "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980", Miodrag Živković, Monument to the Battle of Sutjeska, 1965-71, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina. View of the western exposure. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.
Miodrag Živković, Monument to the Battle of Sutjeska, 1965-71, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina. View of the western exposure. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.

Since July 2018, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has hosted an exhibition exploring the architecture of the former Yugoslavia. “Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980” became the first major US exhibition to study the subject, through over 400 drawings, models, photographs, and films.

With the exhibition soon coming to an end, Martino Stierli (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA) and Vladimir Kulic (Guest Curator and Architecture Historian) have presented a 7-minute-long video guiding viewers through the highlights of the exhibition.

White Arkitekter Reinvents the Water Tower Typology with Horizontal Concave Facade

05:00 - 14 December, 2018
Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

A series of concave concrete panels hoisted on slender plank-like columns sit amongst the vast rural plains of Sweden, silently redefining the typology of an otherwise utilitarian structure. White Arkitekter's recent proposal for a water tower in Varberg is a slim horizontal structure, deviating from the typical, vertical and round design. Titled VÅGA, it features two tanks for storing water within its unique shape that may actually be better suited to its purpose.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter + 6

Anthony Saroufim Captures the Skeletal Materiality of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences

05:00 - 13 December, 2018
© Anthony Saroufim
© Anthony Saroufim

The architectural and engineering feats of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava can be admired around the world, but his City of Arts and Sciences, designed alongside Felix Candela, has remained a modern architectural marvel. Like many international visitors, Lebanese photographer Anthony Saroufim found himself inherently attracted to the highly publicized building complex with a specific, tailored angle - unraveling the relationship between the built reality and the people interacting with it.

© Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim + 12

Alvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation Through the Lens of Ronaldo Azambuja

04:00 - 4 December, 2018
Alvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation Through the Lens of Ronaldo Azambuja, © Ronaldo Azambuja
© Ronaldo Azambuja

Alvaro Siza orchestrates, like no other, the experience of the visitor in his works. By means of compressions and decompression, openings and closings, volumes, voids and light, the Portuguese architect marks the paths, points of view, and perspective of the passage of time. In this photo essay, Ronaldo Azambuja photographed the Iberê Camargo Foundation ten years after its inauguration.