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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.

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  • Social Impact: Architecture Building Space for Empathy June 4, 2020 7:35 AM
    Architecture shapes how we live and come together. Amidst a pandemic and protests around the world, architects and designers are speaking out to condemn injustice and build space for empathy and understanding. In listening, they are looking to how we live together, and in turn, how we can create a more equitable and just world.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Wellesley College Global Flora / Kennedy & Violich Architecture June 4, 2020 7:00 AM
    GLOBAL FLORA reimagines how the design of a sustainable greenhouse can enhance global interdisciplinary science education and deepen a public understanding of nature. The Global Flora botanical facility expands the 1920 vision of Dr. Margaret Ferguson who argued for plant biology as a central part of science education and encouraged students to “listen to” plants and learn through hands-on interdisciplinary experiences.
    Paula Pintos
  • Rockwell Group Releases Design Strategies for Outside Dining post COVID-19 June 4, 2020 6:30 AM
    David Rockwell and his team at Rockwell Group proposed an open streets initiative, a template for outdoor dining, in order to help bars and restaurants reopen post-pandemic. The design strategies illustrate practical solutions to make everyone feel safe.
    Christele Harrouk
  • Ginkgo Tea House / MADAM + Hexia June 4, 2020 6:00 AM
    In the outskirts of Jiaxing, Hangzhou (CH), the Gingko Tea house brings together nature and architecture, a place to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with an enchanting view to the forest.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Aedas Creates a new Benchmark for Urban Renewal in Shenzhen, China June 4, 2020 5:30 AM
    Aedas is planning a regeneration project for Luohu, Shenzhen’s oldest urban district. A future model for high-quality economic development, the regeneration of the city of Luohu will be a gateway to economic growth. Designed in collaboration with Shenzhen Hehua International Engineering and Design Co., Ltd., the Shenzhen Luohu Chauanbu Street Shanty Town Redevelopment Project is a winning competition entry.
    Christele Harrouk
  • London Design Biennale and Chatham House Announce Initiative to Design for Crisis June 4, 2020 5:00 AM
    The London Design Biennale and Chatham House announced a new call for designers to address issues of crisis around the world. Called Design Resonance in an Age of Crisis, the initiative aims for radical design solutions to critical problems across four key areas: Health, Environment, Society and Work. The announcement follows the news that the Biennale has been postponed until 2021.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Solar Lighting for An Affordable, Sustainable Future June 4, 2020 4:30 AM
    Today, the image of solar power is evolving from an alternative to traditional energy sources to being viewed as a cost-effective solution. Installation of solar-powered lighting does not require the complicated infrastructure, trenching, and wiring expenses necessary for electrical hookups. Long-term maintenance and operational costs are reduced through the use of easy-to-clean panels, electronic components, LED luminaires, and recyclable batteries.
    AEC Daily
  • Tips for Using Rainwater in Architectural Projects June 4, 2020 4:00 AM
    The total amount of water on our planet has, theoretically, stayed the same since earth's formation. It's possible that the glass of water you drank earlier contains particles that once ran down the Ganges River, passed through the digestive system of a dinosaur, or even cooled a nuclear reactor. Of course, before it quenched your thirst, this water evaporated and fell as rain millions of times. Water can be polluted or misused, but never created or destroyed. According to a UNESCO study, it is estimated that the Earth contains about 1386 million cubic kilometers of water. However, 97.5% of this amount is saline water and only 2.5% is fresh water. Of this fresh water, most (68.7%) takes the form of permanent ice and snow in Antarctica, the Arctic, and in mountainous regions. Another 29.9% exists as groundwater. Ultimately, only 0.26% of the total amount of fresh water on Earth is available in lakes, reservoirs, and watersheds, where it is easily accessible for the world's economic and vital needs. With the population steadily increasing, especially in urban areas, several countries have already had severe problems with providing the necessary amount of drinking water to their populations.
    Eduardo Souza
  • Tactical Urbanism: Reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19 June 4, 2020 3:30 AM
     
    Bruno Moser, Theo Malzieu & Paula Petkova
  • Hotel Bauhofstrasse / VON M June 4, 2020 3:00 AM
    Hotel Bauhofstrasse is a consistent sustainable building with eyes on the future. Due to sensitive urban integration next to historic buildings the hotel contributes to the revitalization of the surrounding district. By choosing the trendsetting construction principle of wooden room modules it sets standards regarding ecology, efficiency, construction period and quality. The modules were produced in Austria, transported to Ludwigsburg and installed on site within five working days. The shingling with white Eternit plates does not reveal that this is a wooden building. The surfaces in the interior remain visible in their inherent construction and thus provoke a special atmosphere.
    Andreas Luco
  • Cantina di David Restaurant / Design Brendan Bakker June 4, 2020 2:00 AM
    Design Brendan Bakker completes the transformation of Italian Fine Dining restaurant "Cantina di David" in the historic heart of Utrecht City. Located in a magical 13th century wharf cellar along the famous Oudegracht Canal. The special character of the cellar made it possible to create a unique design, in which the concept of "Italian fine dining" is expressed in each detail. The experience of the space and the design is a combination of timeless elegance with luxurious and modern materials, warm in color.
    Andreas Luco
  • We're Looking for ArchDaily's Next Managing Editor June 4, 2020 1:30 AM
    We are hiring! ArchDaily's Content Team is constantly working for our readers from all over the world in a platform that operates in four languages —Spanish, English, Portuguese and Chinese Mandarin. Our main goal is to ensure that the most important discussions about architecture and the city reach the maximum possible global audience.
    Nicolás Valencia
  • Bitonic House / Zhucun Design June 4, 2020 1:00 AM
    Site planningWe divided the entire building into a front and rear building in a courtyard-like configuration similar to China. The front building is for the public domain and the main funded member families, and the rear building is for other family members and ancillary spaces. The semi-open air spa area serves as its transition space. The atrium between the two buildings provides sunlight and green plants and can be brought into the activities of family members.
    罗靖琳 - Jinglin Luo
  • QKids ENglish Center / Crossboundaries June 4, 2020 12:00 AM
    Background. Qkids, a hugely successful online education platform, known for its high-quality online English courses to so far to more than 800,000 students, has over the past years spent lots of resources and efforts in developing a narrative game-based online curriculum to spur and stimulate the kids' curiosity in learning, consequently helping them to grow into small global citizens. Its current venture is the expansion from online into off-line teaching, and the establishment of Qkids English Centers, aimed at 4-12 years old children who live in Chinese first-tier cities. These study centers are to reflect - just like the online platform - the Qkids educational philosophy of providing a long-lasting, immersive, and fun learning experience. The first one to be opened is located in Xiamen, China.
    罗靖琳 - Jinglin Luo
  • Spiral House / I.R.A. June 3, 2020 11:00 PM
    Narrow city type site shape that can be said to be one of the best in Tokyo. It is a detached house for two couples who are required to meet all the conditions such as roads, frontage, terrain, and directions, and the restrictions imposed by them.
    Hana Abdel
  • Chipakata Children’s Academy / Susan Rodriguez + Frank Lupo + Randy Antonia Lott June 3, 2020 10:00 PM
    The Chipakata Children’s Academy is a new primary school in Zambia, Africa. It is the first initiative of the 14+ Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit organization established in 2012. The design for the new school has realized the Foundation’s mission to develop, build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities. The site in Chipakata Village is approximately 100 kilometers east of Lusaka, Zambia’s largest city.
    Cristian Aguilar
  • Dynamic Living Experience in Nnorthern Israel / Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects June 3, 2020 9:00 PM
    different, innovative and dynamic living experience in northern Israel - This home, which stands in one of the pastoral areas of northern Israel, features an innovative and groundbreaking design which redefines the residential experience. It provides its owners with a different, innovative and dynamic living experience which can be sensed in each of its spaces.
    Hana Abdel
  • Residence OW / ST design studio June 3, 2020 8:00 PM
    Two owners with completely different lifestyles want a space tha extremely pure and simple. One of the owners with architectural background hopes that the overall configuration can be unique.
    罗靖琳 - Jinglin Luo