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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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  • How Urban Planning Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change January 17, 2019 7:00 AM
    Cities are hotter than surrounding areas because of a climate phenomena that is known as the urban heat island (UHI). While scientists have studied this effect for decades, new information has recently come to light that points to the way we arrange our cities as a key contributor to raised temperatures. The results could help city planners build our future cities better.
    Taahirah Martin
  • Morehampton Mews / ODOS architects January 17, 2019 6:00 AM
    Situated on a tight laneway, these four mews houses give little away to the street of their interlocking light filled floor plates. The exterior expression of the development responds to its immediate context in which the front elevation is designed with elegant proportions of a juxtaposition of solid, timber n screens and recessed entrances.
    Pilar Caballero
  • New York City's Chrysler Building is Up for Sale January 17, 2019 5:00 AM
    New York City's famed Chrysler Building is up for sale for the first time in over 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the art deco office tower’s current owners officially placed it on the market, though the building's value has yet to be released. Designed by William Van Alen, the building was bought by Tishman Speyer in 1997. As an iconic part of the New York skyline, the building is admired for its distinctive ornamentation based on Chrysler automobiles.
    Eric Baldwin
  • WOHA's Singapore Design Orchard Nears Completion January 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    Singapore’s creative community will soon be thriving as one of the city's buzziest projects, Design Orchard, nears completion. Designed by Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA, the 2350 sqm green project has been under construction since early 2018, and will officially be accessible by the public on the 30th of January, 2019.
    Dima Stouhi
  • BURSA / balbek bureau January 17, 2019 3:00 AM
    It is difficult to describe BURSA in one word. It is not just a hotel or a restaurant, not a bar or an art gallery. It is all of the above, a bespoke hotel complex fitted comfortably into a mix of centuries-old buildings in historical and cultural center of Kyiv – Podil.
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Funenhof / Arons en Gelauff Architects January 17, 2019 2:00 AM
    This project for eight family houses is situated near the Funenpark in the city centre of Amsterdam. The site is a small courtyard, behind a former school building turned into housing. These 8 single family houses are built on the location of a demolished small factory, which was used as a workspace and studio for a media company. The hidden and enclosed space reminds us of the typical Amsterdam courtyards from the middle Ages. The new intimate courtyard is designed together with Hosper Landscape Architecture and the inhabitants of the school. The owners have a small private outside space and the rest is communal space.
    Clara Ott
  • Arch House / FRARI - architecture network January 17, 2019 1:00 AM
    At the end of 2018, Maria Fradinho designs and builds her own office and home, on a 940 m 2 lot, located on the outskirts of Ílhavo, Portugal.The land is located "by the door" of Vista Alegre, a place beloved by the architect, whose name is due to its origin, Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory, one of the most important industries in the region, and the country. It is in this factory that the author is inspired, because "that place so requested."
    Rayen Sagredo
  • Striped House / Wutopia Lab January 17, 2019 12:00 AM
    Wutopia Lab was given the task by tourism company Aranya to revamp their concierge room near their offices to change it into a “striped” tourism information center.
    Collin Chen
  • Y House / Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects January 16, 2019 11:00 PM
    Trees create fresh air and shade which help human spirit to relax; and in religious sense the tree also has life. Trees play an important role in human life, so we need to understand the importance of trees and respect their lives as well as respect the natural world. Our design called "Y house" is a way of co-living that people, trees and nature live sustainably together.
    Paula Pintos
  • River View Service Stations / Atelier Z+ January 16, 2019 9:00 PM
    The East-bound “River Viewing Service Station” is a series of service stations located in the public space of the eastern bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The 22 stations are distributed in the entire east coast between Yangpu Bridge and Xupu Bridge. There’s a service station every kilometer, which is aimed to provide citizens with rest spaces and public toilets. The project originated from the first River Viewing Service Station completed in September 2017 at Lujiazui northern riverside and the renovation and design of the second River Viewing Service Station completed in December 2017 in Qiantan Leisure Park.
    舒岳康 - SHU Yuekang
  • Porous Manifold as a Japanese Tearoom / F.A.D.S. + Ryumei Fujiki + KOU::ARC January 16, 2019 8:00 PM
    Breathing architecture like a living-thing:This temporary art work is a nested structure with a two-tatami space embedded in ten foot square hut. The use is a Japanese traditional tearoom. We constructed it by ourselves. It was exhibited in Echigo-tsumari Art Triennale 2018 in Japan. In this exhibition, architects were asked to respond to the theme of how to overcome the concept of homogeneous space which was dominant in the 20th century. It is distorted homogeneous space to create irregularities by the random pattern of the skeleton and proposed an art-tecture with many holes which are open and close as necessary to communicate with the outside like living things. 
    Paula Pintos
  • Shoreham House / Tim Spicer Architects January 16, 2019 7:00 PM
    The existing house located in the leafy surrounds of Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, was originally designed by British Architect Hugh Tuffley in the early 2000’s. The renovation and addition needed a sensitive, well considered approach to create unity between the old and the new, without an obvious signature of new Architects. The design intent was to update what was already a beautiful house, yet make it feel like it had all been built at the same time.  
    Martita Vial
  • Big And Tiny / Zooco Estudio January 16, 2019 5:00 PM
    Launched in July 2018, Big and Tiny is a unique enrichment space in Santa Monica that fosters productivity, creativity, and community for both parents and kids. It is the first integrated learn, play and work space with entrepreneurial parents in mind. We bring the flexibility of traditional co-working spaces to child care.The mission of the company is to support and empower our vibrant community of parents by helping them integrate their personal and professional lives. Based on this premise, Big and Tiny was designed with both adults and children in mind.
    Pilar Caballero
  • AD Classics: Aarhus City Hall / Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller January 16, 2019 4:30 PM
    In 1941, at the height of World War II in Western Europe, the city of Aarhus, Denmark achieved an unusual architectural feat. It finished construction on a brand new city hall that was to be a beacon of democratic governance while the city lay under direct Nazi occupation. Designed four years earlier by the heralded duo of Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, the Rådhus survived the war and became an internationally recognized classic of Danish modernism.
    David Langdon
  • Jewish Documentation and Research Center of Mexico (CDIJUM) / Ezra Cherem Behar & Alan Cherem Hamui January 16, 2019 4:00 PM
    This project comes from the necessity of the whole of the Jewish Community in Mexico to keep and preserve its history in a safe and public place. Built on a small area beside the existing 1930´s Rodfe Sedek Synagogue in the resurgent Colonia Roma in Mexico City, the new building serves as the pathway to enter the old, which gains a new purpose functioning as a museum and a library of documents that show relevant information about the Jewish culture, especially in Mexico.
    Pilar Caballero
  • Maple Street School Preschool / BFDO Architects + 4Mativ Design Studio January 16, 2019 2:00 PM
    Maple Street School, a LEED-Gold preschool designed collaboratively by BFDO Architects and 4Mativ Design Studio, occupies the second floor of a new mixed-use development in Brooklyn. The program called for three interconnected classrooms with an emphasis on social gathering spaces. Large sliding partitions, a shared multipurpose room, and roof play space allow for a variety of interactions among groups of children. The choice of maple for floors, walls, and ceilings, as well as for built-in and freestanding furniture, gives the space warmth and visual unity, and alludes to the school’s name. Touches of color frame the openings between rooms in unexpected and playful ways. At the entry, a maple pegboard with colorful pegs entertains children, while their parents are occupied at the front desk.
    Martita Vial
  • Zero Waste Lab 3D Prints Street Furniture from Household Plastic Waste  January 16, 2019 1:00 PM
    The New Raw has launched the Zero Waste Lab in Thessaloniki, a research initiative where Greek citizens can upcycle plastic waste into urban furniture. Part of the larger Print Your City project, the project utilizes a robotic arm and recycling facilitates to create custom furniture pieces that close the plastic waste loop. The initiative aims to use flakes from recycled products to redesign public spaces within the cities.
    Eric Baldwin
  • Casa La Blanca / Di Frenna Arquitectos January 16, 2019 12:00 PM
    A lattice screen fading in the white walls by day, at night a screen of light and shadows is presented on the façade of Casa la Blanca. One of the typical Mexican lattices, widely used for decades in the State of Colima, within its cities and on the coast to protect itself from the intense sub-humid warm climate and its strong climatic changes. It is used as a skin to protect the house, giving privacy, security, effects of light and shadow indoors and outdoors.
    Daniel Tapia
  • World's Largest 3D-Printed Concrete Pedestrian Bridge Completed in China January 16, 2019 11:00 AM
    The world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge has been completed in Shanghai. Designed by Professor Xu Weiguo from the Tsinghua University (School of Architecture) - Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture, the 26.3-meter-long bridge was inspired by the ancient Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China.
    Niall Patrick Walsh
  • Shortlisted Projects Announced for the EU Mies Award 2019 January 16, 2019 10:30 AM
    The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The Prize, for which ArchDaily is a media partner, has seen a jury distill 383 nominated works into a 40-project-strong, celebrating the trends and opportunities in adaptive reuse, housing, and culture across Europe.
    Niall Patrick Walsh

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