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Leonmarcial’s Installation at the Venice Biennale 2021 Celebrates the Dialogue Between Architecture and the Environment

September 7, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

Peruvian architectural firm leonmarcial arquitectos has been invited to take part of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale with an installation at the Arsenale as part of the “As New Households” exhibition space. Titled Interwoven, the installation encourages the action of sharing and celebrates the exchange between homes and their environments through architecture.

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Aerial Photography of Houses in Ecuador: Visualizing a Building From Above

August 9, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

Capturing aerial photographs allows raising awareness of a project feature usually complex to capture using traditional methods. Based on the technological opportunities offered by small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, architecture photographers have begun to explore new ways of capturing a project in order to expose design decisions such as implantation, dialogue with the environment, or the relationship with nearby buildings.

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Architecture of Transitions: BAAG’s Installation for the 2021 Venice Biennale

July 16, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

Can architecture foster better relationships between people, creating an equalized and respectful use of space? Can tools be designed that strengthen the bonds between humans and objects? BAAG (Buenos Aires Arquitectura Grupal) studio explores the architectural elements that mediate between people and objects, the natural and artificial, public and private, individual and collective, and humans and other living things.

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Flocking Tejas: BASE Studio’s Exhibit for the Venice Biennale 2021

July 15, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

How does systemic thinking and generative design contribute to new forms of convivence? Can they become tools to connect tradition and identity in a modern way? Can they help to design customizable architectural strategies that offer locally accessible solutions? Can they contribute to the creation of dignified spatial experiences that can be replicated on a mass scale? 

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The Peruvian Pavilion in the 2021 Venice Biennale Seeks to Transform Fences into Tools for Integration

June 29, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

“Playground: Artifacts for Interaction”, by curator Felipe Ferrer, aims to transform the fences surrounding Peru’s public spaces into tools for social integration. The project proposes removing the gates enclosing public spaces throughout Lima  and Peru’s other urban centers, inviting residents to freely enter and interact with the spaces. By removing these “security” mechanisms, which really serve as tools of segregation, and installing benches, playgrounds, and soccer fields, the project aims to divert all the energy, time, and resources put into installing fences and channel it into bringing new life to these public spaces. 

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Argentine Axonometries: 30 Works of Architecture Put Into Perspective

June 23, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

As Francis D. K. Ching explains in his book Architectural Graphics, unlike the traditional, two-dimensional orthographic drawings used to represent layouts, sections, and floorplans, which only allow a project to be glimpsed through a series of fragmented images, axonometries, or axonometric projections, offer unique, simultaneous three-dimensional views of a project with all the depth and spatiality of tried and true technical illustrations.  

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Public Waterfront Pools : 10 Aquatics Facilities Bordering Rivers and Oceans

June 22, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

At first glance, building a pool right beside another body of water seems a little redundant. After all, why would someone choose to swim in a pool when they have a river or ocean to enjoy? However, for people with limited mobility and younger more inexperienced swimmers, natural bodies of water can prove both daunting and dangerous. Pools not only provide a controlled, secure space for them to enjoy aquatic activities, they also provide a connection with the surrounding landscape.

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Brutalism in European Schools and Universities, Photographed by Stefano Perego

June 14, 2021 Belén Maiztegui 0

In his book “The New Brutalism in Architecture: Ethical or Aesthetic?,” Reyner Banham establishes what he deems the semantic roots of the term ‘Brutalism,’ explaining that it comes from one of the ” indisputable turning points in architecture, the construction of Le Corbusier’s concrete masterpiece, la Unité d’habitation de Marseille. It was Corbusier’s own word for raw or rough-cast concrete, “Béton brut,that made Brutalism a mainstay in architectural jargon and, in many ways, the term, as well as the architecture it described, flourished.” In the book, Banham highlights the historical milestone marked by Corbusier’s Unite d’ Habitation and the socio-political context that shaped it. In steel-starved post-World War II Europe, exposed concrete became the go-to building material within the burgeoning Brutalist movement, which quickly defined itself by its bare-bone, rugged surfaces and dramatic, geometric shapes.