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Los Angeles, Wildfires and Adaptive Design: Greg Kochanowski on Creating New Futures

September 16, 2021 Eric Baldwin 0

Great design is rooted in responsive and adaptive approaches. For architect and landscape architect Greg Kochanowski,  equitable design solutions should critical issues, such as climate and housing. As Partner and Design Principal at GGA, Greg an active researcher focusing on resilient environments that create synergies between natural systems, culture, infrastructure, and development.

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The Qinchang Village Town Hall / Studio 10

September 16, 2021 Yu Xin Li 0

The Qinchang Village Town hall is located directly to the east of the Qinchang Village CPC Community Center in Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo, Henan Province. It is the second phase of the Qinchang Village CPC Center Complex. While Phase I on the west side accommodates mostly non-profit community services programs and ceremonial spaces, the east side focuses on the introduction of small local businesses as well as cultural and recreational programs, including a store selling local farm produce and handicrafts souvenirs, a small café, a restaurant, a gallery as well as a children’s library. The space here is both a medium and a “generator” to create potential employment and start-up business opportunities for the villagers, exploring an “innovative and sustainable” model of the economic and cultural revitalization of the rural communities.

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How to Design the Perfect Acoustic Enclosure: Comfort in Flooring, Ceilings, and Walls

September 16, 2021 Dima Stouhi 0

As our cities densify and building types become more and more mixed-use, we tend to spend a lot of time in noisy environments. When we think about acoustic comfort, we rarely think of places like restaurants, venues, and big offices; places with a lot of people, machinery, and background noise. The quality of sound can entirely change the experience of people in an interior space, and improving the space’s acoustic quality relies on treating all surfaces, from walls to ceilings, and flooring. In this article, we will present a variety of solutions for ceilings, flooring, and walls, their different combinations, and a simple guide of how to apply them correctly in public spaces without compromising the aesthetic of the interior.

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RIBA Announces 2021 Stirling Prize Shortlist

September 16, 2021 Dima Stouhi 0

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the six shortlisted buildings contending for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize. Celebrating its 25th year, the award is given to the United Kingdom’s best new building. The selected buildings demonstrate “the innovation and ambition that lies at the heart of exceptional architecture”, varying from a city mosque in Cambridge to a remote bridge in Cornwall and a vibrant gathering space in Kingston.

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Thompson Center Design Competition Announces Winners

September 16, 2021 Andreea Cutieru 0

The Chicago Architecture Center and the Chicago Architectural Club have announced the three winning designs for the 2021 Chicago Prize Competition, which called for innovative adaptive reuse proposals that would grant a new life to the iconic Illinois Thompson Center. The winning proposals designed by Perkins&Will, Eastman Lee Architects, and Solomon Cordwell Buenz represent alternative visions for the future of the Postmodernist landmark.

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Home Gardens: Residential Projects That Embrace Agriculture

September 16, 2021 Equipe ArchDaily Brasil 0

Since before the first industrial revolution, sociologists, historians, and urban planners have been addressing the relationship between the city and the countryside, but this debate has become more pressing nowadays with the spread of megacities, typically with a population of more than 10 million people. With more and more people living in urban areas, it is imperative to think of solutions for food production within cities, thereby making cities more independent from rural areas, which have historically been responsible for the supply of food to the entire planet.

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Architecturally Integrated Bunk Beds: Material and Design Tips

September 16, 2021 Olivia Bartolini 0

It is a common misconception that bunk beds – which are sleeping spaces elevated above floor-level – are used exclusively for the bedrooms of children and teens. While bunk beds are a great solution for younger kids and older kids alike, the practical aspect of bunk beds which gives ample sleeping space while saving on floor space, makes them great for a variety of purposes and applications. With a rise in density and the majority of people living in large urban centers making use of increasingly smaller living spaces, there has come a push towards modularity in interior architecture. For this reason, bunk beds and lofted sleeping areas have become a great solution to maximize square footage. 

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The Story of Gardening / Stonewood Design

September 16, 2021 Alexandria Bramley 0

The Story of Gardening museum is located on the edge of a small woodland area within the wider visitor attraction at The Newt in Somerset. The museum is set underground with a long glazed elevation opening onto the adjacent woodland. The roof is grassed and is inhabited by the estate deer herd. The museum has as low a visual impact as possible as one approaches it. The approach is dramatic. The woodland floor descends from the museum forming a dell at a lower level. This topography provides the setting for a treetop walkway. The walkway, called “The Viper”, starts its journey at the museum roof level and winds its way through the trees.

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Last Chance for a Slow Dance Covered Public Space / Behark

September 16, 2021 Agustina Coulleri 0

This is how Fugazi’s song, Last Chance for a Slow Dance, began, and that was the feeling we had at the beginning of what was finally going to be the last stage in the construction of Larrabetzu’s little aterpe. Several years had passed before, those of the toughest crisis, with different projects for different use proposals, archaeological interventions, some unexpected events and even a contractor unable to carry out the intervention to a successful conclusion. Before resuming the works, the building had to be redesigned again, to leave it the same it was at the beginning, but solving the problems generated in the disastrous first phase of its construction. It was indeed the last chance for a slow dance.