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House of the Winds / Leo Romano

© EDGARD CESAR © EDGARD CESAR © EDGARD CESAR © EDGARD CESAR + 17

Houses  · 
Brazil, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Leo Romano
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district

Paris La Défense is seeking to vitalise the ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath its central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures. Located at the heart of La Défense, those spaces are very close to public transport and offer high potential due to their distinctive size and morphology. The aim is to use them to develop a new offering of activities accessible to the public – and see a lively and unusual destination emerge as a result. Paris La Défense, as the urban planner, developer and manager of the business district, is launching a competitive dialogue process. The purpose to this

House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 52

Houses  · 
São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Vitor Vilhena Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color

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

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

Houses  · 
Votorantim, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project F:Poles Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Creek House / AR Design Studio

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

Houses  · 
United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project AR Design Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Bahia Rodin Museum / Brasil Arquitetura

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

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

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Brasil Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2002

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 + 60

Houses  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Studio MK27
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Ecumenical Center / Carolina Maluhy

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

Churches  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Carolina Maluhy
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

GR House / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

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

Houses  · 
Sever do Vouga, Portugal
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Paulo Martins
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

The Unbearable Lightness of Fiber-Cement Furniture

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

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

Houses  · 
Brazil, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project TETRO Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

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

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

Installation  · 
Lisbon, Portugal

House Luum / Pedro Domingos

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

Houses  · 
Santa Bárbara de Nexe, Portugal
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Pedro Domingos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

12 Online Courses for Architects and Students

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

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

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"

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.