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San José: The Latest Architecture and News

SMAR Architecture Studio Wins International Competition to Design Silicon Valley Landmark

SMAR Architecture Studio has won the Urban Confluence competition to envision a new landmark for Silicon Valley. The Breeze of Innovation project is a forest of kinetic rods swaying in the wind creating a mesmerizing visual effect.

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Carazo Architecture Office / Carazo Arquitectura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  457
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Sylvania Lighting, Adobe, DEKA, EVENTOS CARLOS GIL, +3

CROX Designs Futuristic Vertical Park for San Jose

Design practice CROX has designed a conceptual vertical park for San Jose, California. Dubbed the San Jose Ring, the landmark project takes on a circular shape inspired by architect Lin Congran's idea of unity and historical continuity. As the team outlines, the project aims to reconnect people and nature through a huge loop, emphasizing connection through a combination of sculpture, architecture and park space.

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CDK GLOBAL Offices / modulus

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Google Releases 80-Acre "Downtown West" Campus Plan for San Jose

Google has released new details of a sprawling, 80-acre plan to transform downtown San Jose, California. Designed to be a corporate campus, the "Downtown West" development will emphasize public open space and parkland. Google intends to make the area feel less like a traditional corporate development by incorporating office space, housing, retail and other uses within a new urban neighborhood framework.

The Pavilion / Feldman Architecture

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San José, United States

KPF Breaks Ground on an Innovative Office Complex in San Jose, California

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has just announced the groundbreaking of Platform 16, an office campus in Downtown San Jose, California. Comprising three-buildings, the 1,200,000-square-foot project is an innovative complex that favors indoor and outdoor connections.

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INOUT House / Joan Puigcorbé

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San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Architects: Joan Puigcorbé
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  651
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Patios House / Rama Estudio

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San José, Ecuador
  • Architects: RAMA estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  335
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Andrés Vasco, Edy Guillen, Falco, José Pillajo, Maderas Guerrero, +1

Qalma Building / Carazo Arquitectura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  9280
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in Latin America in 2019

Vienna, Austria has been ranked as the city with the best quality of life in the world for ten consecutive years. The ranking made by multinational consultancy Mercer is dominated by Western European cities in the highest positions, while Vancouver, Canada reached third place, becoming the highest-ranking city in North America for the last 10 years.

Casa Lasso / RAMA estudio

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  • Architects: RAMA estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Andrés Vasco, José Guamán, José Pillajo, Maderas Guerrero, Willians Romero - Hierro Hogar

Adobe Headquarters Renovation / Gensler

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Van der Laat & Jiménez Construction Company HQ / Fournier_Rojas Arquitectos

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Revere, Euromobilia, Macopa

Twix House / Studio RED

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San José, Costa Rica
  • Architects: Studio RED
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aceros Roag, METALCO, Panacor

ONE Apartment Building / JSARQ

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  • Architects: JSARQ
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Extralum, Veneta Cucine, Lesco Wood

The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

As anyone who has recently attempted apartment-hunting in a major urban area will know, reasonably-priced housing can be difficult to come by for many and salaries don’t always seem to match the cost of living. This gap is contributing to housing crises in developed and developing countries worldwide. People are simply being priced out of cities, where housing has become a commodity instead of a basic human right. Financial speculation and states’ support of financial markets in a way that makes housing unaffordable has created an unsustainable global housing crisis.

Earlier this year the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey was released for 2017, revealing that the number of “severely unaffordable” major housing markets rose from 26 to 29 this year; the problem is getting worse. The study evaluates 406 metropolitan housing markets in nine of the world's major economies and uses the “median multiple” approach to determine affordability. By dividing the median house price by the median household income of an area, this method is meant to be a summary of “middle-income housing affordability.”

Cottage La Angela / Estudio Cella

San José, Argentina
  • Architects: Estudio Cella
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  130 Area:  130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

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