The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

Located in Qom, Qom Province, Iran, the Salariyeh Residential Building — designed by Heram Architects — opened this year, and aspects of the region’s religious beliefs include “privacy” and “lack of visibility from the exterior into the building.” Both of those guidelines are used in the decisions made in urban planning and creating relationships in the local neighborhood. In addition, usually when projects are built in this region … Continue reading The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

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The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio

Located in Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, MUSK Architecture Studio’s project examines what could be possible when contemporary living collides with high-heritage value neighborhoods. In this case, there is a ~33ft x ~65ft (10m x 20m) corner site with a domineering red brick and terracotta-roofed Edwardian era home that has excellent neighborhood curb appeal, but is lacking in its amenity for the those who actually LIVE IN THE HOUSE. Continue reading “The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio”

African Palladio, WiFi Moochers, BLOPS2 Memes & Starrcade – WIRed #23

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The Future is SO BRIGHT……

This week on WIRed #23 (JORDAN!), Palladio’s architectural style found in AFRICA, WiFi moochers better beware, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 memes, and the brief story behind NWA Starrcade!   Continue reading “African Palladio, WiFi Moochers, BLOPS2 Memes & Starrcade – WIRed #23”

Find Palladio’s Influence On Freed American Slaves’ Homes

St Paul Episcopal Church, 1853, Caldwell, Liberia. Photo: Max Belcher 1978

What do you think of when you hear the name Andrea Palladio? No who understands architectural history can answer.  OK, you can answer; better yet, I’ll answer.  Palladio — himself influenced by Roman and Greek architecture– was an Italian architect who is often widely regarded as the father of Western architecture.  His style, design influence, and teachings are summarized in his architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, which gained him wide recognition. Palladio’s impact reached beyond typical locations, as this exhibit — “Genealogies” by photographer Max Belcher — points out at the newly-renovated Palladio Museum.  Some examples of the Italian architect’s encroaching influence includes the homes built by freed American slaves upon returning to Africa.   Continue reading “Find Palladio’s Influence On Freed American Slaves’ Homes”

China’s Dilemma of New Construction vs. Architectural Legacy/Heritage

The art and method of reusing building materials from older buildings for newer building is nothing new; the Romans harvested construction materials from older structures to build new monuments, just as later Roman monuments were harvested for new construction in medieval times.  This strategy, from the “pro” side, of considering the “design-science of the life of buildings” rather than just the “art of building” was a suggestion of futurist Steward Brandt.  A problem, the “con,” that could arise from that is the structures that could have been deemed culturally and historically significant were razed for the sole purpose of new construction.  Granted, the importance of historic preservation may or may not have been as important then as it is today, but now it has become a legitimate alternative, guideline, and preference in architecture.  Unfortunately for China, according to an article in Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects, they may have fallen into the “con” category.

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