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Staircase: The Latest Architecture and News

Explore the Changes of Time and Space in the 1980s Through the Memories of Chinese Young Architects

Sigmund Freud, the author of “The Interpretation of Dreams” and the founder of Psychoanalysis, once argued that, “A strong experience in the present awakens in the creative writer a memory of an earlier experience (usually belonging to his childhood) from which there now proceeds a wish which finds its fulfillment in the creative work.

Lessons from UN-Habitat: How to Design Spaces For and With the People?

The Un-Habitat or the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development, whose primary focus is to deal with the challenges of rapid urbanization, has been developing innovative approaches in the urban design field, centered on the active participation of the community. ArchDaily has teamed up with UN-Habitat to bring you weekly news, article, and interviews that highlight this work, with content straight from the source, developed by our editors.

Discover in this feature the first lesson to learn from UN-Habitat, on how to design with and for the people. In order to create great public spaces, the only secret is listening to the community. Questioning “how can we design together”, this article presents cases in Ghana, Brazil, and India, focusing on street, market, and open public spaces implementation projects, where interventions took on participatory approaches and involved local residents from the beginning of the process.

Mind the Step - Jardim Nakamura, São Paulo, Brazil. Image Courtesy of UN-HabitatMind the Step - Jardim Nakamura, São Paulo, Brazil. Image Courtesy of UN-HabitatChild Play Spaces in Malata & Nima Markets - Accra, Ghana. Image Courtesy of UN-HabitatChild Play Spaces in Malata & Nima Markets - Accra, Ghana. Image Courtesy of UN-Habitat+ 48

Cabins in Bosques de Mar Azul / Estudio Nómade

© Luis Barandiaran© Luis Barandiaran© Luis Barandiaran© Luis Barandiaran+ 31

Mar Azul, Argentina
  • Architects: Estudio Nomade
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  154
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Hormigon pasalto, Trimble Navigation

Casa en la Huerta / WOHA by Antonio Maciá

© David Frutos© David Frutos© David Frutos© David Frutos+ 26

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  229
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Finsa, Sido Madera

Housing for the Elderly: Examples of Independent and Community Living

Architecture is constantly changing and adapting to new needs, which are linked to social, economic, technological, political, and demographic changes. In this sense, the aging population is one of the most outstanding changes of the 21st century: The increase in life expectancy and the decrease in fertility rates mean that the older population is increasingly numerous. How can architecture help to provide a better quality of life, promote the autonomy, dignity, and well-being of the elderly?

© Paul Ott© Petra Rainer© Eugeni Pons© René Rissland+ 31

Punta Chilen House / Baltazar Sánchez

© Nico Saieh© Nico Saieh© Nico Saieh© Nico Saieh+ 27

Ancud, Chile
  • Architects: Baltazar Sánchez
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

The Last House / Arnau estudi d'arquitectura

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Weekend Shelter / Agora Arquitectura

© Joan Casals Pañella© Joan Casals Pañella© Joan Casals Pañella© Joan Casals Pañella+ 19

  • Architects: Agora Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  40
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Persiana Barcelona, Barnacork

“La Dolce Mela" Agritour Farmhouse / studio raro

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  • Architects: studio raro
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  230
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Adventurous Global School / Orient Occident Atelier

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong+ 20

El Porvenir Children Center / Taller Síntesis

© Mauricio Carvajal© Mauricio Carvajal© Mauricio Carvajal© Mauricio Carvajal+ 28

  • Architects: Taller Sintesis
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2620
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Acoustic 43, Argos, Calypso, Cubiertas & Aluminios, Cubiertec, +3

Tanzhaus Zürich Cultural Center / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

© Simon Menges© Simon Menges© Simon Menges© Simon Menges+ 30

  • Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Geberit, Sika, Deutsche FOAMGLAS®, HERAKLITH, Kone, +22

17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project

Cortesía de Olgooco Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh© Tomas Balej© Fran Parente© Christian Richters+ 18

Guardrails and handrails are two elements that are often confused. While the first is used to close a space and prevent a person from falling, the second is a support bar for balance. Normally standard solutions are used for both elements, but with an attractive design, they can become standout details in a project.

For inspiration on materials, structures, and details of guardrails and handrails, here are 17 notable examples.

A Collection of Herzog & de Meuron's Striking Staircases

Stairs aren't only a means of vertical circulation. Through their might and scale, this building element can easily become the protagonist of a space. From afar one can observe the movement of people; from within the staircase the viewer is treated to new angles and perspectives of the building.

The prominence of staircases in the work of 2001 Pritzker Prize winners Herzog and de Meuron underscore the belief that risers and treads are never solely an element of circulation—they are generators of dynamism and rhythm that influence the essence of their projects.

How to Calculate Spiral Staircase Dimensions and Designs

Spiral staircases save valuable square meters because they occupy a much smaller area than a conventional staircase. With daring shapes and diverse configurations, they can also be iconic objects in projects. However, the design of these staircases requires careful attention so that you can prevent an uncomfortable or dangerous outcome. Although BIM software simplifies this process, it's always important to understand the restrictions and the underlying concepts.

How to Calculate Staircase Dimensions and Designs

© José Tomás Franco
© José Tomás Franco

This question can be basic and you may know the answer, but it's always good to remember some elementary calculations that help us to streamline the design process.

As we know, a staircase consists basically of a series of steps, which in turn consist of a tread (the horizontal part, where the foot will rest) and a riser (the vertical part). Although it can vary in its design, each step must also have one or more landings, handrails, and a small nosing. The latter protrudes from the tread over the lower step, allowing to increase its size without adding centimeters to the overall dimensions of the staircase.

Check the effective formula developed by French architect François Blondel, which allows you to determine the correct dimensions of a comfortable and efficient staircase according to its use.

Yellow House / Aguilo & Pedraza Arquitectos

© Nico Saieh© Nico Saieh© Nico Saieh© Nico Saieh+ 11

Zapallar, Chile
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  104
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: VEKA, Hunter Douglas, MK