Architecture News

I always saw works of architecture as cultural and political symbols of the local area, as well as works of art. Historical civilizations (either still existing or not) are often identified and recognized by their surviving architectural achievements, in both structures and detailing. To me, architecture shows how buildings and structures are able to express powerful social forces of any era. Each building type, style, and movement embody the attitudes of our relationship with nature, our social relation with other people, the importance of the individual person or group, the value of the advances in science and technology, and the role of politics in our world. This interest led me to pursue a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M (as well as a minor in Art/Architectural History) and a Master of Architecture from UT-San Antonio. I’ve been fortunate to have interned and worked with architecture firms in San Antonio and Chicago (the mecca of American architecture; in my opinion), and be able to teach architecture classes while in the process of completing my academic studies.


  • Ash House / R2 Studio Architects November 19, 2019 10:00 AM
    The existing building is an Edwardian semi-detached house located on a triangular plot along the river Quaggy. This unusual shape allowed space for development on the side while leaving three distinct garden spaces around the house, to the front, side, and rear. The idea was to build a two-story side timber extension which opens up a better connection to these garden spaces while creating an architectural contrast to the existing building. Given the proximity to the riverside, there are large mature trees all along the side and rear boundary, creating a green curtain around the gardens and giving access to longer views in between onto the borrowed landscape beyond.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Why Does Venice Flood, and What is Being Done About It? November 19, 2019 7:45 AM
    Throughout November 2019, Venice has been inundated with the city's worst floods in half a century. Photographs and videos spread across the world showing the city’s iconic St Mark’s Square underwater, with a 2-meter-high surge threatening irreparable damage to historic sites such as Saint Mark’s Basilica. While the city has been battling rising water levels since the 5th century, the recent floods, set against the context of climate change, have spurred debate about how coastal cities are vulnerable to rising sea levels, and how the damage can be mitigated against.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • What is Glued Laminated Wood (Glulam)? November 19, 2019 7:30 AM
    Glued Laminated Wood (Glulam) is a structural material manufactured through the union of individual wood segments. When glued with industrial adhesives (usually Melamine or Polyurethane resin adhesives), this type of wood is highly durable and moisture resistant, capable of generating large pieces and unique shapes.
    Audrey Migliani
  • OMA Unveil Major Education Masterplan in Dubai November 19, 2019 7:05 AM
    OMA / Iyad Alsaka have unveiled their design for a major educational masterplan in Dubai. Designed for the Government of Dubai Knowledge Fund, on a site located in the centre of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), the scheme aims to be the world’s largest free zone dedicated to higher education.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Public Toilets in Zuzhai Village / cnS November 19, 2019 7:00 AM
    The landscape toilet in zuzhai village, Tangkou Town, Kaiping is located in the famous hometown of overseas Chinese and the central part of Kaiping City, the hometown of Diaolou. The design site is located in the original site of the old public toilet in zuzhai village. The old materials after the demolition of the old public toilet are reused to complete the double regeneration of the old public toilet and the old materials.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Luxembourg Becomes First Country to Make All Public Transit Free November 19, 2019 6:30 AM
    Luxembourg is set to become the world's first country to make all of its public transportation free. The newly re-elected prime minister Xavier Bettel and the coalition government have announced that they will lift all fares on trains, trams and buses next summer. Taking aim at long commutes and the country’s carbon footprint, the new move hopes to alleviate some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Brick House / Diego Arraigada Arquitectos November 19, 2019 6:00 AM
    A regulatory requirement of the city of Rosario that requires the use of bearing brick walls up to the height of twelve meters is the starting point of this research work on bearing masonry and common brick as a basic building unit. Additionally, the decision to work with exposed masonry responds to a contextual continuity with the city's buildings, the use of the expertise achieved by the local workforce and the low maintenance of its surfaces.
    Daniel Tapia
  • 2019 RAIC International Prize: Siamak Hariri on Designing the Bahá’í Temple of South America November 19, 2019 5:00 AM
    This year, the Bahá’í Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects of Toronto was selected as the winner of the 2019 RAIC International Prize, by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The prize celebrates a “single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality, and inclusiveness”.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Lisbon City Guide: 24 Places to See in Portugal’s Capital November 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Selected the European Capital of Culture in 1994 and Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2017, Lisbon has been the destiny of tourists from many parts of the world over the past years. With thriving cultural programming, the city hosts important events related to art, music, movies and architecture. The Lisbon Architecture Trienniale and the Open House – event that coordinates free guided tours to remarkable buildings in cities around the world – are some of these relevant events in the architectural field, responsible to disseminate, discuss and reflect on issues of the area.
    Susanna Moreira
  • Retina House / Arnau estudi d’arquitectura November 19, 2019 3:00 AM
    An old red Massey Ferguson like Grandpa Joan's still works the land. In this fast-paced world, there are still ancient landscapes where the fumes of the neighbouring houses are important and accompany you in winter; corners of happiness where orchards outside the walls and on the banks of the river are nicely kept. This is the story of a family refuge where one can enjoy nature and simple things; of a time machine that wants to keep this precious landscape forever unchanged.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Holiday Cabin / Lendager Group November 19, 2019 2:00 AM
    Sustainable luxury holiday home build of wood wasteDiscreetly hidden between the trees in the hills by the beach, Copenhagen based Lendager Group have created wooden holiday home designed using upcycled materials. The five connected buildings with glass facades are built according to the circular principles and designed in respect of the pristine natural surroundings – just a one-hour drive from Copenhagen - the capital of Denmark.
    Pilar Caballero
  • WISTIK Library & Kindergarten / TOOP architectuur + Steven Vandenborre Architects November 19, 2019 1:00 AM
    Eksaarde, a village part of the City of Lokeren needed a new recognition point. A place to gather. A place where one could meet. The program: a kindergarten and a library. Close to the villages’ center, family houses, schools, an elderly home, the site rather feels like a park. We wanted to create a project, very subtle embedded in the park. A building that feels like it was already there but above all, one that was open to the public. Even more, a building that creates opportunities to meet. The program of the building feels at first sight very contradictory. At one side the library. A place that is rather quiet but open. At the other side the kindergarten. Very strictly regulated but noisy and playful.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Huateng Headquarters / Leeko Studio November 19, 2019 12:00 AM
    Located in Zhouquan Town, Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province, Huateng Headquarters is adjacent to Chongxin Highway where there are many factories in the surrounding area and heavy traffic of trucks. Considering this, Leeko Studio hopes to build an office area brimming with natural light and wind that embodies the spirit of the tranquil Chinese landscape garden in noisy environment.
    Collin Chen
  • Axis House / T-Square Design Associates November 18, 2019 11:00 PM
    This single family house is located at a newly developed housing area on a mountain top, looking down on the city that spreads below.  The unique shape of the site like a Japanese fan, part of it being a steep hill led to come up with two axis to be set on site and the plan was made according to these two axis.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Inside Out House / Takeshi Hosaka Architects November 18, 2019 10:00 PM
    This is a project of a house for a married couple and two cats, located in Tokyo. The project had started based on the idea that humans and cats live in a same house, rather than cats living in a house designed for humans — and finally this idea brought out a concept: “a house inside which you feel being outside.”
    Karen Valenzuela
  • Bailian Group Fashion Center YanQingLi / Stefano Boeri Architetti November 18, 2019 9:00 PM
    "Preservation and restoration of excellent historical buildings should give consideration to both protection and utilization. On the premise of protecting the value of excellent historical buildings, reasonable use of their architectural functions should be made to explore their social value and realize sustainable utilization. “Said Stefano Boeri, founder architect of Stefano Boeri Architetti.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Arup Sydney Offices / HASSELL November 18, 2019 8:00 PM
    A relentless pursuit of technical excellence, a commitment to pushing boundaries and consistently challenging norms have been the driving forces in engineering firm Arup’s new Sydney Australia, office. In a long-standing collaboration between design and engineering, HASSELL partnered with Arup to create a workplace where the exchange of knowledge and skills through learning and experimentation – central tenets of Arup’s work culture – are not only facilitated but lived by all.
    Daniel Tapia
  • ECO-SANDWICH® House / University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture November 18, 2019 7:00 PM
    The First ECO-SANDWICH ® House is a unique example of a holistic and innovative approach to sustainable architecture. The house is the first of twelve planned passive house energy standard multi-family houses in the green area of City of ​​Koprivnica in Croatia, within the program of social housing. The First ECO-SANDWICH ® House is also the World`s first application of ECO-SANDWICH ® wall system.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Denton Corker Marshall Studio / Denton Corker Marshall November 18, 2019 5:00 PM
    After 35 years, we outgrew our studio at 49 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Spread over five small floors, we needed a new contemporary workspace with high connectivity, high flexibility, and good daylight and amenity. Level 19 in the IM Pei classic modernist tower at Collins Place, allowed us to consolidate onto a single floor. We asked ourselves the question – how do you make a design studio out of a corporate office shell? The building offered a traditional, central core floor plate of 976m2, with great daylight from large framed windows, giving a decidedly non-corporate feel.
    Daniel Tapia
  • Roriz Social Sanitary Facilities / pema studio November 18, 2019 4:00 PM
    The study focused on public use sanitary facilities, in need of urgent intervention. A previously degraded and dysfunctional space whose requalification is based on three fundamental principles: the space functionality, the limit budget imposed and respect for the context, spirit and history of this place.
    Pilar Caballero