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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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  • Webster Terrace / TEAL April 23, 2017 1:00 PM
    Webster Terrace was a distinguished modern movement house built in three stages. It had an open plan living/dining/kitchen with a distinctive sloped ceiling extending into a mono slope cantilevered roof.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Treepedia - MIT Maps and Analyses Tree Coverage in Major Cities April 23, 2017 12:00 PM
    Researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab have launched a new platform using Google Street View data to measure and compare the green canopies of major cities across the world. Treepedia, created in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, is an interactive website which allows users to view the location and size of their city’s trees, submit information to help tag them, and advocate for more trees in their area. In the development of Treepedia, the Senseable City Lab recognizes the role of green canopies in urban life, and asks how citizens can be more integral to the process of greening their neighborhoods.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Finding Love in the Sand: The Instinctive Architecture of the Pufferfish April 23, 2017 9:30 AM
    How much effort are you willing to put in to attract that special someone? The humble Japanese pufferfish, just twelve centimeters long when un-puffed, almost certainly has you beat. To attract the best fish in the sea, male pufferfish spend at least seven 24-hour days completing an intricate mating ritual that involves swimming their bodies into and through the seafloor to form ridges and trenches in the sand. If they pause too early, the entire ordeal gets washed away by currents.
    Isabella Baranyk
  • THE CLOUDS / PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects April 23, 2017 9:00 AM
    Entirely clad in bricks, THE CLOUDS marks the completion of the surrounding ecodristrict, offering a reinterpretation of Paris courtyards that connects Rue des Cévennes with the park that lies in the centre of the district. The two architects imagined this walkway to favour gentle circulation on the lot, which was envisioned from the very beginning as a pedestrian oasis and a pioneer biodiversity program. The design of the project offering 109 apartments within the Boucicaut ZAC relies on two solutions to lessen the impact of the project’s high density:
    Valentina Villa
  • Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set" April 23, 2017 8:00 AM
    Dutch architectural firm, Studio Komma, in collaboration with concept-developer The Men of Foam, have won the Lot 2 Urban Lab Challenge, with their proposal, ZIP2516. Located in The Hague, The Netherlands, in an upcoming living and working district, the project “seeks to create an iconic building that is an accelerator for the transformation of an industrial area into a new energetic urban district.”
    Sabrina Santos
  • La Vinya / Studio RHE April 23, 2017 5:00 AM
    Studio RHE has completed a unique four bedroom villa, La Vinya, at the edge of the world famous PGA Catalunya golf resort. Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in northeast Spain, the PGA Catalunya Resort incorporates two open championship standard golf courses with a recently curated collection of architectural villas. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Cité Internationale Paul Ricœur / Hérault Arnod Architectes April 23, 2017 2:00 AM
    The plot is located at the interface between two very different urban logics: on one side, a modern district made up of wide public spaces and large-sized buildings, on the other, the historical town-centre consisting of smaller slate-roof buildings. One of the project’s challenges is to articulate the traditional city and the modern city scales, using both the organisation of its volumes and the layout of its functions.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Anston Architectural / Dan Gayfer Design April 22, 2017 8:00 PM
    Anston Architectural make bespoke concrete products for designers of exterior space. They leased a retail space in the eclectic, industrious and now desirable inner Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford and then approached Dan Gayfer Design to design an interior that showcased their premium product.
    Valentina Villa
  • What can Latin America Learn From WOHA's Green Skyscrapers? April 22, 2017 4:00 PM
    WOHA's first exhibition in Latin America, Garden City Mega City: WOHA's Urban Ecosystems presents over two decades of WOHA's international designs. With its inauguration at the Museum of the City of Mexico during the MEXTRÓPOLI International Festival of Architecture and City, the exhibition proposes the introduction of biodiversity and lively public spaces into vertical, climate-sensitive highrises within megalopolises.
    Karina Zatarain
  • Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year April 22, 2017 2:00 PM
    Steven Holl Architects has released updates on four of its latest projects slated for completion this year. The projects, located in the United States and the United Kingdom, include two university arts buildings, a community library, and a cancer support center.
    Sabrina Santos
  • Cima House / Garza Iga Arquitectos April 22, 2017 1:00 PM
    Sustainable and smart; this house is one of opposites; breaching the gap between last century's construction methods and next century's technology and ideology. 
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Topio7’s Revitalisation of Former Cemetery Merges Urban Park and City in Athens April 22, 2017 12:00 PM
    A competition for the transformation of a former cemetery in Nikea, just west of central Athens, has been won by Greek firm Topio7, with a proposal that creates a revitalized public park as a result of “a mutual osmosis between the park and the city”. A number of green buffer zones – “the elastic limit” – are utilized to frame a procession-like journey from the bustle of the city to the calm of the park’s landscape.
    Osman Bari
  • A Glimpse of the Forward-Thinking, Humorous Work of Cedric Price April 22, 2017 9:30 AM
    Samantha Hardingham's recently-published work, A Forward-Minded Retrospective: Cedric Price Works—1953-2003, traces the architect's career through a comprehensive collection of his drawings and renders. The exhaustive two-volume work acknowledges Cedric Price not just as the entertaining novelty he is often regarded as, but as a great mind who was ahead of his time. While the vast majority of work produced during his lifetime was never built, Hardingham draws out the radical genius behind such projects as the hybrid office complex-highway "Officebar," a zoo restaurant whose column-less interior paved the way for its later conversion to a giraffe habitat, and many others—built and unbuilt.
    Isabella Baranyk
  • CFB Borden All Ranks Kitchen and Dining Facilities / FABRIQ Architecture + Zas Architects April 22, 2017 9:00 AM
    The Curtiss and Vickers facilities are two new dining facilities intended to replace the dozen or so disparate ones currently being used at CFB Borden. These would integrate into the base’s masterplan of a pedestrian campus and nearly all diners would reach it by foot.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Spotlight: James Stirling April 22, 2017 8:00 AM
    British architect and Pritzker Laureate Sir James Stirling (22 April 1926 – 25 June 1992) grew up in Liverpool, one of the two industrial powerhouses of the British North West, and began his career subverting the compositional and theoretical ideas behind the Modern Movement. Citing a wide-range of influences—from Colin Rowe, a forefather of Contextualism, to Le Corbusier, and from architects of the Italian Renaissance to the Russian Constructivist movement—Stirling forged a unique set of architectural beliefs that manifest themselves in his works. Indeed his architecture, commonly described as "nonconformist," consistently caused annoyance in conventional circles.
    James Taylor-Foster
  • Cycling Center / Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects April 22, 2017 5:00 AM
    10- 15 years ago the topic of mobility gained momentum in the Hungarian contemporary architecture. Many young architects realised that a major  task of the next generation of architects/enginiers and urban designes will be the redefinition and reshaping of the existing urban infrastructure.  Architecture and mobility will have implications not only on the traffic systems (means of traffic) of the 21st century, they will have impact on social spaces, public parks, as well.
    Sabrina Leiva
  • Sørenga Sjøbad / LPO arkitekter April 22, 2017 2:00 AM
    The middle part of the Sørenga pier has a new park area that extends into a beach. Around the whole pier a new harbour promenade culminates and extends into a wooden floating jetty with diving boards a 50-metre pool with lanes, and a 200 sq metre seawater pool. The beach and sea water pool is exposed to the fjord and has a wide view out to the Hovedøya island and over the city centre, with the new Barcode area and the Oslo Opera house. The new areas offer opportunities for water related activities in summer and is in use as a recreational area throughout the year. The 50-metre sea pool allows for training and competitions, and there is a diving tower, seating and open-air showers. The floating structure and all elements are covered with a timber decking, a materiality that binds the jetty and harbour promenade together.
    Cristobal Rojas
  • Juhyangjae / KDDH April 21, 2017 10:00 PM
    This house placed in Gyo-dong, Gong-ju, Chung-nam with alley. And other building near by this house. The site shape is longer north to south. So, clients were likely to exposure by the outside people eye.
    Valentina Villa
  • Dock 45 / Spacefiction studio April 21, 2017 8:00 PM
    The clients brief asked for a nightclub to be designed on of the most prime properties in the city of Hyderabad.  It was to be a place which would draw people inside upon the first glance. The client wished to have a nautical theme inside out, from food to architecture. The idea of container architecture although suitable, posed an intriguing challenge is it possible to evolve an expression that presents the illusion of container architecture; equally exciting; without any of its flaws.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Center for Women in Masai / C-re-aid April 21, 2017 7:00 PM
    Vernacular architecture in Tanzania is quickly disappearing due to modern influences. Years ago Maasai were forced into sedentary lifestyle after living as nomads for many generations.
    Valentina Villa

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