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Queer Spaces: Why Are They Important in Architecture and the Public Realm?

September 21, 2022 Jullia Joson 0

The queer crowd has always been present, finding ways to exist, gather, and celebrate. Although their visibility hasn’t always been highlighted throughout history due to the consciousness of having to submit to heteronormative and strict mass normality in the past, doesn’t mean they previously didn’t have their own spaces to call their own. Queer spaces, past and present, have been categorized as strong, vibrant, vigorous, and worthy of occupying their own place in history, filling in as safe places for identifying individuals, places of social gathering, entertainment, and even offering community housing; therefore, there will always be a need for queer spaces.

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Paul Clemence Captures BIG’s Hôtel des Horlogers in Le Brassus, Switzerland

September 12, 2022 Jullia Joson 0

In a recent photo series, Paul Clemence turns his lens toward Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) Hôtel des Horlogers, located in the Swiss Village of Le Brassus in Switzerland. Previously known as Hôtel de France, which opened in 1857, Audemars Piguet reimagined the project. BIG, an international studio known for avant-garde architecture and experimentation, continues to see this claim to its end through the design of a compact structure made up of five floors, with its rooms connected in a single zig-zag path. Designed in collaboration with the Swiss design firm, CCHE, a futuristic structural form featuring layers of long ramps was assembled for Audemars Piguet’s vision of a luxury hotel.

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Clinging to Familiarity in the Metaverse: Are We More Likely to Accept Architecture When it Looks Familiar?

September 6, 2022 Jullia Joson 0

We live in a world where the experienced, remembered, and imagined, as well as different moments in space and time concerning the past, present, and future are inseparably blended. As of recent, we are being offered various mediums to gain access to other planes of existence, utilizing immersive technologies like virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), creating a pathway to the metaverse in which we are transported to spaces that are capable of feeling more ‘real’ than anything we presently experience.

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The Future of Architecture: Imagining a World Where Buildings are Constructed from Living Materials

August 27, 2022 Jullia Joson 0

Can you imagine a world in which the built environment around us is 3D printed from living materials? That buildings will germinate, bloom, wither, produce new kinds of material, and eventually return back to the soil? To Grow a Building is a performative lab space that 3D prints – in real time – a live structure. The project presents a new approach to integrating flora into the design process, by developing a novel material for 3D printing, through which seeding is an inseparable part of the fabrication process. To Grow a Building is a gate into a future world in which there are people who build buildings, and there are people who grow them.

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Plattform: A Spotlight on Modernist Residential Architecture in Norway

August 13, 2022 Jullia Joson 0

Modernist architecture came about in the early 20th century as a response to large-scale changes in technology, construction, and society; particularly through the use of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete. The style was typically associated with the function of buildings from an analytical viewpoint, rational use of materials, the elimination of ornamentation, and openness to structural innovation.

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How Japan Utilizes Capsule Hotels to Achieve Both Functionality and Rich Staying Experiences

July 10, 2022 Jullia Joson 0

The capsule hotel is typically representative of the image that many people have of Japan, combining dense use of space, technical ingenuity, and a futuristic vibe. Capsule hotels, also known as pod hotels, are one of Japan’s best-known and unique types of lodgings. Typically located around major public transportation hubs in large metropolitan cities, they target individuals looking for a low-budget, single-night stay.