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Patios House / Rama Estudio

© Jag Studio © Jag Studio © Jag Studio © Jag Studio + 40

Houses  · 
San José, Ecuador
  • Architects: RAMA estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 335.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Qalma Building / Carazo Arquitectura

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 34

Apartments  · 
San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Architects: Carazo Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 9280.0 m2
  • 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

© Jag Studio © Jag Studio © Jag Studio © Jag Studio + 42

San José, Ecuador
  • Architects: RAMA estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 350.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Adobe Headquarters Renovation / Gensler

© Emily Hagopian Photography © Emily Hagopian Photography © Emily Hagopian Photography © Emily Hagopian Photography + 36

San Jose, United States
  • Architects: Gensler
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Van der Laat & Jiménez Construction Company HQ / Fournier_Rojas Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 21

San José, Costa Rica

Twix House / Studio RED

© Ricardo Chaves © Ricardo Chaves © Ricardo Chaves © Ricardo Chaves + 25

Houses  · 
San José, Costa Rica
  • Architects: Studio RED
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 250.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

ONE Apartment Building / JSARQ

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 18

Residential  · 
San José, Costa Rica
  • Architects: JSARQ
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

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

Extension  · 
San José, Argentina

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INOUT House / Joan Puigcorbé

© Jordi Miralles © Jordi Miralles © Jordi Miralles © Jordi Miralles + 59

Houses  · 
San Jose, Costa Rica

Ticollage City / Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

Curated and commissioned by German Architect / Urbanist Oliver Schütte and Dutch Anthropologist / Economist Marije van Lidth de Jeude, Costa Rica's first pavilion at the Venice Biennale focuses on a competition-winning project for the new Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, a project which illustrates the "vicious circle of social segregation and spatial fragmentation in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica (GAM)."

Read the curators' description and take a virtual tour of the Costa Rica Pavilion after the break.

Evergreen Valley College / Steinberg Hart

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 15

San Jose, United States
  • Architects: Steinberg Architects

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B / Fentress Architects

© Ken Paul © Jason A. Knowles © Nick Merrick © Ken Paul + 20

Airport  · 
San Jose, United States

Containers of Hope / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

© Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner + 16

Houses  · 
San Jose, Costa Rica

Video: eCloud Sculpture at San Jose International Airport

Taking inspiration from the behavior and volume of an idealized cloud, Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas, and Aaron Koblin created eCloud an interactive sculpture for the San Jose International Airport. The dynamic liquid crystal scultpure hangs from the ceiling displaying weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. eCloud is constructed from polycarbonate tiles appearing as transparent and opaque depending on the pattern which is in constant motion transforming every 20 seconds.

Never Never Land House / Andres Jaque Arquitectos

© Miguel  de Guzmán © Miguel  de Guzmán © Miguel  de Guzmán © Miguel  de Guzmán + 11

Houses  · 
San José, Spain

Mixed Use Tower / Moho Architects

Spanish firm Moho Architects are currently in the schematic design phase of a mixed use tower for San Jose, Costa Rica. The tower, whose programmatic elements will range from commercial and retail spaces to offices and hotels, aims to create a strong model of sustainability for the region that will promote eco-friendliness.

More images and more about the tower after the break.