When designing public spaces such as retail buildings or transportation hubs, circulation is no longer the only priority; while circulation efficiency is still a critical design element, there's another component just as relevant in contemporary times which is the... Read More
The successful urban image of the city is the result of the deliberate accumulation of independent elements intertwining with each other. While architecture talks micro-scale, urban design integrates the macro-scale connectivity of buildings, roads and public realm... Read More
With infinite benefits such as improved air quality, aesthetic improvement, reduction of urban heat island effect and energy efficiency, building structures are now covered with greenery. From the freestanding trellis system of green facades to the in-built wall mo... Read More
When one thinks of fiberglass in architecture, the first thing that comes to mind is insulation; but fiberglass has many other architectural uses, some unknown to most architects. Whether it's used on the structure or as a complimentary embellishment, this material... Read More
Over the last few decades, wood burning systems morphed from a simple heating method to a redefined technological innovation centering on a focal point of reducing emission and increasing heating efficiency. When choosing a wood burning appliance, factors such as p... Read More
Due to the recent innovation of the facade technology, structural glazing systems have reached new heights with its glass and steel ensemble. One cannot undermine the beauty of the exposed minimal structural system as it exhibits refined craftsmanship with its high... Read More
Building in indigenous zones can be very sensitive. Sometimes in trying to honor an ancient culture, you end up mangling their heritage, and making a wrong decision that could enrage a whole community; and by ignoring them completely, can lead to a big disservice t... Read More
Interactive systems were all the hype during this festive season. Some of the recent emerging technologies yield a functional crossover with architecture. Mostly responsive systems, technology has provided an innovative outlet for the transformation of architecture... Read More
Kinetic architecture is my favorite of the three when it comes to making a project look "festive".I feel like Interaction Design (user experience design, UX) should be integrated to all sorts of projects, including homes, and it's a topic I'd like to explore more since it could have so many applications.
Wood veneer is a beauty in itself with its exceptionality in texture, color, figure and grain. Determined by the cutting method of the log relative to its growth rings as well as the selection of the veneer species, most architectural components are aesthetically e... Read More
Through the ages, humans have been trying to reach the very heavens through architecture. But why do we aim to touch the sky? There have been, and are, many reasons human beings erect high buildings; those reasons go from the utilitarian to the esoteric, and unders... Read More
A desert environment is hostile by nature; building in the desert means having to prepare your design to withstand extreme sunlight and heat, and relentless cold temperatures- all in one day. Nature inspired solutions Even if it seems impossible to live in such a... Read More
The roof is probably one of the most, if not the most important part of a building as it protects everything inside a building - including its occupants. The roof truss is a strong, triangulated framework usually made from timber and provides support for a roof. Tr... Read More
The modern urban park is not only considered a focal point of a neighborhood, but also a node for social interaction of the public realm - the residents and visitors of the community. Such design strategies would include principles of open spaces and recreation, ch... Read More
Providing a range of architectural benefits, this low-maintenance and corrosion-resistant building material produces a multitude of applications from the small kitchen to towering skyscrapers. A powerhouse material on its own with the inert ability to be transforme... Read More
You've heard of air, noise and water pollution numerous times but light pollution is less known. This type of pollution which is defined as poorly installed light using inefficient lighting or excessive lighting, not only masks views of the night sky but also cause... Read More
Earth construction is one of the oldest building methods around. Now that architects around the world are more concerned than ever with climate change and green alternatives, choosing this eco-friendly and cheap source is looking very appealing- but still very unkn... Read More
The Windhover Contemplative Center (https://www.modlar.com/inspiration/rammed-earth-architecture/#windhover-contemplative-center) is technically out west in Palo Alto, California outside of a desert setting. It seems to be doing well! Granted, its lowest temperature doesn't reach freezing... 1 More Answer
For a while now, wineries have been becoming more than storage units and factories: they embody the spirit of the wine they produce, they display the concept the winery is trying to sell. Wine is more than just a beverage, it's an experience, which is why many wine... Read More
Acoustical comfort in the office not only pertains to the specific materials used to mitigate the physical sound but also the ability of a workspace to conduct concentrative, interactive and confidential work. Such cases would be to find the equilibrium with findin... Read More
From structural to aesthetics, the various functions and practical applications of wood in architectural buildings such as churches, government, residential and commercial structures will always be underrated. Starting from the traditional, conventional wood frame... Read More
In reference to the conventional construction method of two-way flat slab, such need for longer spans and heavier loads necessitate the increased slab thickness for the deflection limit. The increased slab thickness then turns the dead load into the main design loa... Read More
Architecture can't exist without engineering, as much as some would like to think otherwise- thanks to engineering, our buildings stand strong and many seemly impossible things become possible. But, can architects do an engineer's job? Can engineers do an architect... Read More
Visual Merchandising is the art and science of subtle selling technique incorporated with architectural and design methods in the retail industry. A silent salesperson in itself, the aesthetics of pop-up retail spaces or leasable stalls speaks to the users from th... Read More
From the integration of passive design measures and energy efficiency, use of alternative water sources, selection of construction materials for healthy indoor environment, consideration of lower embodied energy materials, and finally, to the restoration of ecologi... Read More
Allow only live-work car-free developments (equipped with broadband) to remove traffic congestion loads on urban infrastructure and undermine the car fetishism associated with middle class aspiration. Use only materials available locally that are not required to be transported by diesel truck, or made remotely in factories. That promotes loca...
One of the hardest climates to build for is a cold one; the wrong design could leave you with a cold home, dripping walls, peeling paint, colds and other mishaps. Architecture can be used as a tool to make homes better equipped to bear it. Below are some ways archi... Read More
Thermal resistance and condensation. Are these subjects that need to be discussed on an Architect website. Surely they are both basic subjects that all architects, architectural technologist, designers and product developers should know about and are basic subjects through all architectural educationa. . It is basic knowledge.
Exquisite and an elegant material per se, the veined and fine-textured compressive marble ranges in application from residential to commercial, from interior to exterior, and from slabs to veneer tiles. Marble blocks or panels are usually cut, handled, packaged, sh... Read More
An emerging construction design trend deviating from the conventional methods, space frame technology marries the three pillars of architecture - utilitas (function), firmitas (structural) and venustas (aesthetics). Known for its lightweight structure, the spatial... Read More
When it comes to ventilating an apartment, especially if it's small, you hit a couple of bumps. Houses are easier to ventilate, because they have more design options available; houses can make use of their roofs to ventilate using pressure differences and solar chi... Read More
Floating houses could be an answer to big-city population problems: cities like London, Tokyo and Shanghai, with plenty of water around and little room to spare, could benefit from this method of building. It could also provide a solution for cities prone to inunda... Read More
With all the hype regarding the use of automation in 21st century homes and the looming concerns regarding the global environment, understanding the smart materials from a product context entails us to move from micro to macro perspective. What can smart materials... Read More
Pixelated surfaces can add a lot of character to a project, giving it movement and visual depth. Any surface can be pixelated, as long as its structural stability isn't compromised. There are different ways to designing a pixelated surface, that vary from strictly... Read More
Pixels add a second skin/layer to the buildings giving it a unique appearance. Pixelation on building facades provides endless opportunities to be creative with the design where openings can be used to let light in or let plants grow out. Also, pixelation can be done on a widde variety of materials from concrete to wood & metal etc.
A large number of people spend a tremendous amount of time inside an office, and the design and layout can affect not only their mental health but their physical health too. Long gone are the days of grey cubicle offices, as more and more companies over the world a... Read More
To add up to that, Sick Building Syndrome is an occurrence wherein building environment suffers from poor indoor air quality, thereby causing hazards to occupant health. Not only can we consider the optimal thermal temperature and the heat radiation of appliances used, we also have to take note of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by...
An indoor garden may include something as simple as plants on a shelf to an entire living wall, such as the three-story indoor vertical garden of an office building in Elche, Spain, or the living wall in Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Whether in... Read More
Another thing to consider is the plant response from a lamp. There are different kinds of lamps with associated plant responses. Such example would be a high intensity discharge deluxe mercury (HG) or metal halide (MH) lamp contributing to the slow elongation of stems, development of multiple side shoots, expansion of green foliage and flower...
Treehouses usually remind us of two things: childhood getaways and whimsical fantasy creatures living in the forest. Nowadays, building on trees is not relegated to fantasy or child's-play; the appeal of having a vast view and an less invasive, immersive natural ex... Read More
I watch "Tree House Masters" on Animal Planet, most of which takes in the well being of the trees themselves and Mr. Nelson seems to realize if you kill the tree so goes the house. With this in mind he has devised a way to let the trees breathe and move and grow without restriction of the build. 2 More Answers
No longer the fifth wall.. Yesterday, ceilings inspired human kind and architects. Ceilings would be an architect's gateway to the heavens. Of course, back then, they had the space. Nevertheless, the perfect example is Jeronimos Monastery in Spain. Their ribbed vau... Read More
The ceiling is the part of a room that is sometimes overlooked. However, there are many different ways that you can create visual interest in a room just by adding a design to the ceiling alone. Updating the look of a room by transforming a plain ceiling is fairly... Read More
Sometimes we have to build very close, next to or in a delicate surrounding; it could be an historical site or ruin, a protected building or even a natural setting that could easily be ruined by the wrong design proposal. We have to ask ourselves, what's the best w... Read More
I agree with all the different methodologies to either blend or contrast with the surroundings. But when blending in, I think it's also important to consider proportions of fenestrations, datum lines and articulation of other elements in elevation before one decides to either blend or contrast. Also, thinking of programming of what is happeni...
Organic structures, shape-wise, are the opposite of orthogonal ones: they often don't follow straight lines and shapes, which makes them a little more difficult to achieve using traditional methods of construction and retail materials. That being said, organic stru... Read More
From translucent to opaque, the color choices for concrete are endless, thereby allowing you to achieve different looks with colored concrete. Colored concrete can be made to look like different materials such as brick, slate or even tile and colors can range from... Read More
Stamped Concrete Concrete stamps, which are made of polyurethane or metal, have inlaid designs that are available in various decorative patterns and textures. The stamps may also be made to look like other building materials such as stone, wood or brick, or have a... Read More
Concrete is a versatile and durable artificial stone which is made by mixing aggregate and water. It can be cast to form almost any shape and is used not just to build structures, but for driveways, built-in furniture, roads, sidewalks, dams and bridges. Concrete i... Read More