exhibition untill the 30th June 2014 at Architekturzentrum Wien : text and photos via Domus
With the jointly conceived exhibition “Think Global, Build Social! Architectures for a Better World” the Architekturzentrum Wien and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum direct their attention to the question of contemporary architecture’s social responsibility.
“Think Global. Build Social!” shows current examples of an alternative, socially committed architecture which, with minimum financial expenditure but a great deal of initiative and creativity, attempts to improve the living conditions of people in less privileged areas of the world.
finally a prefab “passive house” that actually looks good. this pop-up house by Multipod Studio, Marseille in france, can be erected in just 4 days and with only a screwdriver (and a couple of hands i’m guessing) they say it is low cost and fills all the requirements for being a passive home. I would live in one without a doubt. AT.
The houses Olga Baeta (1956-57) and Rubens de Mendonça (1958- 59) by João Vilanova Artigas
essay by Lauro Cavalcanti : photos by Leonardo Finotti : Domus magazine
The houses for Olga Baeta (1956-57) and Rubens de Mendonça (1958- 59) belong to the second phase of the work of João Vilanova Artigas (1915-1985), the most important modernist architect of São Paulo. They were done at a particularly active moment in Brazil’s history, a time that saw the competition for and the construction of the new capital, Brasilia. The country was experiencing an intense phase of democracy under the guidance of Juscelino Kubitschek (1902-1976), president from 1956 to 1961. It was, however, a contradictory democracy in that the Communist Party continued to be outlawed, a status to which it had been relegated in 1947 by a Superior Electoral Court decision, under the accusation of being an instrument of Soviet domination. In terms of architecture, there was an intense, ongoing debate about how the profession might best contribute to the social transformation of the country.
I have posted about Can Lis before, but when i saw on one of my favourite blogs, somewhere i would like to live, these wonderful pictures, i had to post again. this is my kind of architecture to a tee. in all it is a traditional building of the area made our of the local stone, with just enough architectural details and a wonderful use of space, that doesn’t make the building stand out, yet fit into its surroundings and become a wonderful family home, and place to live. and who could pic a better position. Andrew
Casa Baladrar by langarita-navarro arquitectos via somewhere i would like to live
The scattered and trans-European city that the mountainous coast of Alicante has become, houses a heterogeneous population that is drawn to the sun, the sea, the temperate climate, the convenient public services and the leafy greenery. The promise of relaxing and hedonistic experiences captivates both seasonal tourists and long-term residents who see their expectations fulfilled amongst jasmine and bougainvilleas. The project draws from this context and is designed to meet the demands of multiple families in the summertime and as a haven for retirees the rest of the year.
The house rests on terraces that were once used for farming, which resolve the steep gradient of the terrain. The plot’s sloping nature means that there are some spectacular views of the sea from its upper reaches, while the lower portion looks over a wooded streambed that carries water into a pebble-strewn cove. The house takes advantage of the views and the breeze and makes the most of the uneven terrain and vegetation for the creation of small areas where activities can take place simultaneously, day and night. The existing trees were preserved and new species added in an effort to conquer the promising exuberance of local flora. The interior spaces are arranged in a cascade, with common areas on the upper floor adjoining the terraces with their views, and bedrooms on the lower floor with access to the garden and swimming pool. The detail proposed for the openings eliminates all presence of glass when they are drawn back, transforming the house into an enormous porch that provides continuity between outside and inside activities. The building uses the thermal inertia of the concrete and stone to its advantage, combining it with the lightness of the avocado green latticework and the glass tiles to create a cool and well-ventilated atmosphere. The house’s geometry and mineral quality reflect the impressive Peñón de Ifach and respond to a desire for time travel, with a minimum amount of maintenance.
this beautiful work by Li Hongbo, of thousands of pieces of paper, glued and sculptured, has been captured by new york based kid guy collective. photos via art odyssey
Casa in S. Francisco da Serra by GSMM : photography by FG+SG Fernando Guerra
with a similar form, but quite the opposite feeling to the last project shown here, this house in portugal is a beautiful contrast with the surrounding nature. by GSMM ( Giorgio Santagostino from milan and Monica Margarido from lisboa ) this house is a simple yet very clever space in whcih to feel cool in the portugal heat.