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Transforming Clay Into Structure: How Ceramics Are Used in Construction

June 29, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

Ceramic fragments and figures found at the Neolithic site of Mureybet, in Syria’s Middle Euphrates valley, indicate that clay and fire work date back to the 7th millennium BC. This means that dealing with ceramics is one of the oldest activities in human history. More than 9,000 years later, ceramic, and all its derivatives, has become one of the most used materials in construction, being used at different times, from structure to finishes.

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Architecture and Nature: How Architecture Can Draw Inspiration From Natural Elements

June 22, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

Nature is often used as an inspirational source for architecture. Whether from its shapes, the extraction and use of its materials, or even the incorporation of physical and chemical processes in the technologies used, it is always relevant to look for relations between the built environment and the natural environment. Of the many ecosystems present on planet Earth, the oceans represent most of the surface and hold stories, mystiques, symbols and shapes that can be referenced in architecture.

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The Different Cartographic Projections and What They Mean

June 13, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

Cartography consists of the flat, simplified and conventional geometric representation of the earth’s surface, presented in the form of maps, charts or blueprints. Because it is a two-dimensional representation of something that is three-dimensional, all representations undergo some kind of deformation, so that the choice of a method takes into account not only technical aspects, but also political ones.

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Escaping From Ceramics: Ideas for Bathroom Coverings

June 6, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

If, on the one hand, bathrooms have a certain rigidity when we think about the layout and their spatial arrangement, it is in the floor and wall coverings that this logic is inverted. With the wide variety of models and patterns available on the market, ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are often used to give quality and identity to space. At the same time, the ease of access to ceramic and porcelain tiles, as well as their ease of installation, end up conditioning our choices, making it difficult to think of other finishing possibilities for these areas.

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Burnt Cement vs Porcelain Tile: Resignifying Aesthetics in Architecture

May 23, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

The concept of aesthetics goes back to the Greek civilization and refers to perception through the senses. Despite being a philosophical concept, in architecture, aesthetics is used to translate architectural ideologies and concepts from the set of constructive elements, forms and materials, being intrinsically linked to the physical shape of a building and, therefore, bound to a social, economic and political context. In addition to a discussion of tastes, architectural aesthetics is a source of historical reading and analysis.

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Reading Spaces: The Book as an Architectural Element

May 11, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

Far beyond basic training, reading is a leisure activity that is part of modern society. Whether outdoors, in squares and parks, at home or even at work, this habit, which improves reasoning ability and mental health, already had large spaces dedicated to books in palaces and mansions. We selected 15 projects that demonstrate the different ways of integrating reading at different scales and architectural programs.

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From the Maid’s Room to the Outskirts: How Does Architecture Respond to the Social Changes of Domestic Work?

May 9, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

The maid’s quarters are “with their days numbered”, although they still find a place in the new luxury apartments. The information is from a report published in Folha de S. Paulo in March of this year, which says that in 2018 less than 1% of domestic workers, mostly black women, lived on the premises of their employers – a low number when compared to the 12% of 1995. With the decrease in the number of professionals residing in the employers’ homes, the “maid’s room” would gradually be no longer part of the architectural plans of Brazilian housing buildings.

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Culture and Architecture in America: Housing Projects in Pan-American Union Countries

May 3, 2022 Giovana Martino 0

The end of the 19th century in the Americas is marked by a wave of historical disputes and political transformations that have as a backdrop the search for a national identity. The period records a series of conflicts and disputes for the independence of what we now know as sovereign countries and republics. In this context, the Pan-American or Spanish-American movements emerged, which, despite having different political influences, aimed at the unification of all the territories of the American continent.