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.


  • Bamboo Formwork and Exposed Concrete in Architectural Projects October 26, 2020 5:00 AM
    While concrete is without a doubt the world's go-to building material thanks to its durability, malleability, and ability to withstand a wide range of climates, it is also the principal source of CO2 emissions within the realm of construction. To combat this and reduce their creations' carbon footprint, many architects have begun experimenting and innovating in a bid to optimize concrete's technical qualities while diminishing its impact on the environment. Among these efforts, there are several projects that have explored the possibility of replacing traditional frameworks with more sustainable materials like bamboo, a resource that grows in abundance throughout many regions of the world and, along with having minimal environmental impact, renders high quality textured detailing on a variety of architectural surfaces.
    Belén Maiztegui
  • Call for Entries: Designing for Adaptability With Modular Wood Construction October 26, 2020 4:30 AM
    Buildings are static. They serve the purpose they have been designed for. But when cities grow and the needs of the community change, this becomes a problem. Modular construction with engineered wood products like Kerto LVL are the solution, because they enable adaptable, sustainable and cost competitive designs. It is time to provide solutions to the changing needs of our cities. Time to create an urban adaptation. The Urban Adaptation Competition challenges architects and students from around the world to find a way to create multi-purpose buildings that can adapt to the changing needs of urban communities. During the life cycle of a building, requirements can change dramatically due to changes in demographics, culture or politics. Over time, a community might need less office space and more kindergartens instead, or vice versa.
    Rene Submissions
  • Report: How Do Architects and Industry Professionals Specify Materials and Products? October 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    This past June we published a survey called "How do Architects and Industry Professionals Specify Materials and Products”. The objective was to better understand architects’ behaviors and needs during the specification stage of their design processes.
    Pola Mora
  • More Than a PR Campaign—Diversity and Inclusion Through Action in Architecture Firms October 26, 2020 3:30 AM
    Every company across the country is talking about “diversity” and “inclusion”—but what actions are actually being taken to address the issues? In May, following the death of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, conversations were had, statements issued, and boxes checked. But achieving diversity and inclusion will involve addressing long-term, systemic issues that cannot be solved with a black square on Instagram or a carefully crafted statement from a PR department.
    Gavet Douangvichit
  • Ivory House / Ruang Raya October 26, 2020 3:00 AM
    Originally designed as a weekend getaway villa, Ivory House is configured with more than fifty percent of its space as open area where family can spend time together. The name of the house itself come from its mainly white finishes that is applied to create relaxing moods and enhance its open space concept as this color can give the extra spacious feel. The house also features two dry garden that are located in the living area of the ground floor to support this relax and refresh concept by creating some zen space as a neutralizer from what has been busy days in dense city.
    Pilar Caballero
  • 53W53 Apartments / Ateliers Jean Nouvel October 26, 2020 2:00 AM
    Hines, the international real estate firm, together with development partners Goldman Sachs Investment Group and Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group, today announced the opening of the first model residence at 53 West 53, the gracefully tapered, 1,050-foot-high residential condominium tower adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street. The 36th-floor residence is designed by André Fu and his Hong Kong-based design studio AFSO, who are behind some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and restaurants.
    Paula Pintos
  • Apartment 05 / Betillon & Freyermuth Architects October 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    Since a ski accident, the client is in a wheelchair. Touched with 4 limbs, he had to negotiate with his handicap to rebuild himself, until he became an athlete. He is a member of the French Olympic Quad Rugby team.
    Andreas Luco
  • SculptureCenter / Andrew Berman Architect October 26, 2020 12:00 AM
    The building housing the SculptureCenter was constructed as a repair facility for locomotives in 1918. It had served most of its life as an industrial space. Maya Lin had performed a light renovation to get the SculptureCenter into the space. Our initial brief for this project called for the design of a fire stair to provide egress from the cellar level of the SculptureCenter.
    Valeria Silva
  • Himitsujanai Kichi / Itsuki Matsumoto (Aichi Institute of Technology Graduate School) + Ehime Architecture and Design Office October 25, 2020 11:00 PM
    This is a project for which a 23-year old graduate student did the preliminary design and design development. It is a work of collaboration created with local young architects and artisans. Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture is a city known for Dogo Onsen. The area enjoys a mild climate thanks to the Seto Inland Sea, and with hot springs as a tourist resource, it is ranked as one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Japan. Since 2014, art events have been held as part of the town revitalization strategy, and this facility was built for the 2019/ 2020 edition of the art project to provide a base for those activities. It is a small-scale, public architecture also used as a community hub.
    Hana Abdel
  • Studio Chnitala / Studio Chintala October 25, 2020 9:00 PM
    A design practice built on the philosophy of “simplicity and honesty”, Studio Chintala begins each project by asking what it means to its users and the context. With the aim to create spaces and experiences that discover the soul of the project, the function and the emotions of the people that interact with it. The studio believes that design is problem-solving, the process of finding the simplest and most logical solutions. Beauty is merely a by-product of the inherent simplicity and honesty of the design.
    Valeria Silva
  • L House / NH Village Architects October 25, 2020 7:00 PM
    Keyword: Nuclear family, library, interactive common space, oval-shape holes’ façade design, natural light and wind ventilation, surrounding green environment. The main idea of this project is to create a common space like a library, full fill with natural light and greenery in the house where people can be working and studying together and evoke many interactive activities. The house located in a street corner in Long Bien district, Hanoi, Vietnam. The owner is family of young couple with 2 small children.
    Andreas Luco
  • St. Miquel 19 Refurbishment / Carles Oliver October 25, 2020 5:00 PM
    Refurbishment project built with € 18,000 budget that aims to bring empty homes back into use for people in housing need, which is a huge problem right now at tourist areas like Mallorca island. 
    Rayen Sagredo
  • SanBaoPeng Art Museum / DL Atelier October 25, 2020 3:00 PM
    Tradition and inheritanceSanbao Art Museum is located in Sanbao village, a scenic place not far from the Central city of Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China. In the past decade, porcelain artists were attracted here to build their own studios. Thus a nascent, dynamic, porcelain-centric hub is thriving and magnetizing even more talents to migrate here what comes along is their great passions and dreams in inheriting the tradition of porcelain art. Most of the industries here are porcelain related, causing a highly competitive environment, it will take great ingenuity and endless efforts to be the best.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Manuel Valente House / ateliermob October 25, 2020 1:00 PM
    On the 17th June 2017 a major wildfire started at Pedrógão Grande and spread through the forest to Figueiró dos Vinhos, Castanheira de Pêra, Sertã, Penela, Góis and Pampilhosa da Serra affecting around 500 houses (259 of which were primary homes). 64 people died trying to escape the fires.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Carmelo560 Building / OYTO Arquitetura, Planejamento e Construção October 25, 2020 11:00 AM
    CARMELO560 was conceptualized, developed and built by architects, which resulted in a more sustainable architecture – environmentally, socially and economically speaking. Abundant natural light and cross ventilation in all areas, balconies on the west front, recycled water, a green rooftop, photovoltaic power for common areas, and the use of greener materials were some of the strategies adopted.
    Andreas Luco
  • Calicanto House / REA Studio October 25, 2020 9:00 AM
    Calicanto House was an exercise in reinterpreting a single-family home within a gated community in Mexico, based on the opportunity to change the usual "restrictions" requested in this model of urbanization, normally in front of and behind the private plots. In this case, negotiations were held with the municipal authorities to remove the rear restriction, bringing the construction to the boundary of the land. As a result, a large central courtyard was generated, which is the articulating element of the project.
    Andreas Luco
  • How We Change the Earth: Human Transformations on the Planet as Seen from Above October 25, 2020 7:30 AM
    Human impacts on Earth are a common issue nowadays, and many people say that there is no turning back. Climate crisis, greenhouse gases, exploitation of natural resources, production of solid waste and atmospheric pollution are some of the most pressing issues that the global community must address if we want to ensure a sound future for the next generations. These topics can be viewed in full-color and high-definition in the new book Overview Timelapse: How We Change the Earth, by Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty, which compiles 250 satellite and drone photographs of places on Earth that are in constant transformation.
    Romullo Baratto
  • 12 Housing Units / a/LTA October 25, 2020 6:00 AM
    On the border between Saint-Servan and the Bouvet basin of the port of Saint-Malo, the project should connect two environments : one urban, the other port. This small, sober and discreet architecture is an important part of the port identity of this changing district. Inspired by the image of the docks of yesteryear, it frees itself from them to play with skewed lines and offer chiseled volumes, precious and contemporary prisms.
    Andreas Luco