Posts Tagged: housing

Multiple Discovery, Idea Theft, or Tweaking?

Having an original idea is everything in architecture. Its history is one of innovations and breakthroughs; of new ideas, materials, and applications. Originality is what distinguishes architecture from ordinary building construction, where the ad nauseam repetition of sameness is business-as-usual. Builders can copy with impunity, but

Multiple Discovery, Idea Theft, or Tweaking?

Having an original idea is everything in architecture. Its history is one of innovations and breakthroughs; of new ideas, materials, and applications. Originality is what distinguishes architecture from ordinary building construction, where the ad nauseam repetition of sameness is business-as-usual. Builders can copy with impunity, but

Adam’s House in Paradise

A cluster of 1960s courtyard houses in Lambeth, London. The courtyard house may be ancient, but it is still contemporary and modern. This became apparent to me on a recent trip to London, during which I was fortunate enough to

Adam’s House in Paradise

A cluster of 1960s courtyard houses in Lambeth, London. The courtyard house may be ancient, but it is still contemporary and modern. This became apparent to me on a recent trip to London, during which I was fortunate enough to

Pool Typology

We’ve all seen that famous aerial photograph of an American Southwest suburb in which each and every house has a swimming pool set in a lush, green, perfectly trimmed back lawn. This is the Spanish Northeast version: more compact, and with “clean

Pool Typology

We’ve all seen that famous aerial photograph of an American Southwest suburb in which each and every house has a swimming pool set in a lush, green, perfectly trimmed back lawn. This is the Spanish Northeast version: more compact, and with “clean

Power to the People: Andrés Jaque activist-architect

[originally published in Mark Magazine #29] The office of Andrés Jaque Arquitectos Still on the shy side of 40, Andrés Jaque is a leading member of a new generation of Spanish architects that is emerging onto the international scene, a

Power to the People: Andrés Jaque activist-architect

[originally published in Mark Magazine #29] The office of Andrés Jaque Arquitectos Still on the shy side of 40, Andrés Jaque is a leading member of a new generation of Spanish architects that is emerging onto the international scene, a

Top-Down Tower, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, by R+B Arquitectes

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #27] Social housing is among the most regulated–and least glamorous–areas of architecture. While all housing is normally subject to a set of minimum room dimensions, social housing is additionally governed by stringent maximum dimensions which

Top-Down Tower, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, by R+B Arquitectes

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #27] Social housing is among the most regulated–and least glamorous–areas of architecture. While all housing is normally subject to a set of minimum room dimensions, social housing is additionally governed by stringent maximum dimensions which

Optimization Takes Command: Angelo Roventa’s Elastic Dwelling

[originally published in ST/A/R special issue 23 catalogue for the Vienna MAK exhibition “The Game of the Mighty: Heidulf Gerngross archistrates Franz West’s Nageltower. With Hofstetter Kurt and Angelo Roventa”] Architect Angelo Roventa operating his Elastic Dwelling prototype at the MAK,

Optimization Takes Command: Angelo Roventa’s Elastic Dwelling

[originally published in ST/A/R special issue 23 catalogue for the Vienna MAK exhibition “The Game of the Mighty: Heidulf Gerngross archistrates Franz West’s Nageltower. With Hofstetter Kurt and Angelo Roventa”] Architect Angelo Roventa operating his Elastic Dwelling prototype at the MAK,

Two Optimistic Architecture Yearbooks: a comparative analysis

[originally published in Annuel optimiste d’architecture 2008 / Optimistic Architecture Yearbook 2008, Les Éditions de la French Touch. Book can be purchased online here] One of the interesting things about architectural yearbooks is that they provide a snapshot, or to

Two Optimistic Architecture Yearbooks: a comparative analysis

[originally published in Annuel optimiste d’architecture 2008 / Optimistic Architecture Yearbook 2008, Les Éditions de la French Touch. Book can be purchased online here] One of the interesting things about architectural yearbooks is that they provide a snapshot, or to