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Broadcasting Architecture Worldwide

Living on the Graveyard / Marc Prosman Architecten

21 February 2024 @ 12:00 pm

A residential building has been designed in Haren, Groningen. The design consists of seven spacious apartments, a shop, and an underground parking garage. The building is situated at the beginning of a shopping street, between a church and a cemetery, and surrounded by small-scale buildings. The new structure needs sensitive integration into the surroundings.

Tea Leaf Market of Zhuguanlong / THAD SUP Atelier

21 February 2024 @ 10:00 am

Zhuguanlong Township in Shouning County, Fujian Province of China, where the Tea Leaf Market is located, was a tea-rich but poverty-stricken region with vast tea fields and a moso bamboo forest in its mountains. To boost the local tea leaf trading economy, the government and villagers proposed a multi-functional tea leaf market near a bus stop. It could also provide the villagers with a quality public space for gathering, leisure activities, and sharing business opportunities. As a result, a big open space with a large span was built with local materials, craftsmen and building technologies. It could be flexibly used throughout the year with low maintenance costs. Apart from seasonal tea leaf trading, it can serve multiple public purposes. (farm produce trading, festival celebrations, weddings, funerals, outdoor film projection, and children's activities) 

Small Bars and Restaurants: 14 Projects Less than 50 m2 in Latin America

21 February 2024 @ 7:30 am

When designing spaces with reduced dimensions, adopting an efficient configuration and distribution is crucial for the user experience and the smooth development of activities and tasks to be carried out. In the case of bars and restaurants, numerous architecture and interior design professionals strive daily to meet the needs of clients, employees, and employers, considering everything from necessary installations and technologies to services, atmospheres, and furniture suitable for the type of gastronomy to be consumed.

House in the Beskids / RS + Robert Skitek

21 February 2024 @ 7:00 am

The investment plot is located in the picturesque landscape of the Beskid Żywiecki Mountains, on an area with a steep slope and surrounded by a forest.

Unites States Plans to Create A Nationwide Definition for Zero Emissions Buildings

21 February 2024 @ 6:30 am

In an effort to find effective strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, the Biden-Harris administration has released a draft of a new legislative initiative that strives to impose a National Definition for Zero Emissions Buildings. Overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the draft proposes a standardized and verifiable base for defining the common minimum conditions for such buildings, as well as pathways for transparent verifications by public and private entities. DOE has now launched a ‘request for information' asking for feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories and other stakeholders before finalizing

Jubilee Terraces Residence / Spacefiction Studio

21 February 2024 @ 6:00 am

Context: Jubilee Hills is a hilly, up-market residential neighborhood in Hyderabad, India. It is filled with large, opulent residences, most of which are more vanity projects of its influential inhabitants than climate or context-sensitive structures. As such, every building, in an attempt to appear distinct and more striking in its immediate surroundings, made this neighborhood an amalgamation of a misfit mix of architectural styles from every when and where. Character, if any, comes from the undulating hilly roads, the rocky terrain, and the consistent presence of large trees, especially the Yellow flame trees (Peltophorum pterocarpum), compared to the other neighborhoods of Hyderabad.

Thom Mayne Presents "Constructing the Spontaneous" in Vancouver, Canada

21 February 2024 @ 5:30 am

The Pritzker-winning architect Thom Mayne is presenting his display “Constructing the Spontaneous” in the Paul Kyle Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Known for his contributions to architecture and design, the architect founded Morphosis in 1972, embodying his philosophy of architecture as an ever-evolving, dynamic process. Mayne’s latest display features his artworks, diving into the intricate relationship between cutting-edge technology and timeless human expre

Architecture Classics: Normal Superior School N°1 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento / Mario Soto and Raúl Rivarola

21 February 2024 @ 5:00 am

If you find yourself in the city of Leandro N. Alem, Misiones, and you want to visit a landmark work of Argentine architecture, anyone will be able to point you to the location of the renowned school designed by architects Mario Soto and Raúl Rivarola.

Who Should Win the 2024 Pritzker Prize?

21 February 2024 @ 4:30 am

After the Hyatt Foundation announced that the 2024 Pritzker Prize be revealed on March 5 at 9 am EST, speculation has ignited regarding which architect or architects will receive architecture's most prestigious award. The Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered to be "the profession’s highest honor," has been granted annually, since 1979, by a jury, to a living architect or architects with significant achievements to humanity and the built environment.

How to Size the Optimal Kitchen Island: 5 Essential Tips

21 February 2024 @ 4:00 am

A correctly sized kitchen island is more than just a functional architectural element—it's a key component of kitchen design. Beyond its primary functions, a well-sized kitchen island can serve as a versatile space adaptable to various household needs by enhancing workflow efficiency, providing additional storage, fostering social interaction, and contributing to the overall space aesthetics.


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weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design

From the urban tapestry of Los Angeles to a sustainable city

23 November 2023 @ 12:27 pm

Los Angeles, often hailed as the entertainment capital of the world, is not only a hub for the film and music industries but also a fascinating canvas of urban design. The city's architectural landscape reflects a rich tapestry woven with threads of history, culture, and innovation. As one navigates the vast expanse of Los Angeles, it becomes apparent that the city's design is a dynamic fusion of tradition and modernity.[...]

A Connecticut home with a green roof and minimal site impact

15 August 2023 @ 6:30 pm

Meeting the challenge to gently place a home into a valley below the access road and adjacent to a scenic river, Weston Residence is both a primary residence and an award-winning example of minimal site impact architectural design. [...]

Rivian R1T is the best glamping truck on the market

15 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm

The new Rivian R1T pickup is the fabulous EV glamping truck you didn’t know you needed. This unique EV truck has all kinds of features you need, plus a few you never even thought of. Come along on our test drive of the Rivian R1T and decide for yourself if this is your next daily driver. [...]

Here are the latest sustainable construction materials

14 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm

According to the U.N. Environmental Program, the construction industry is not making enough efforts to achieve net-zero emissions. While all sectors are making efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the construction sector is still to get an organized strategy. Today, up to 50% of the world's climate change is caused by the construction sector. The same industry is responsible for up to 40% of the pollution in water bodies. These figures just go to show, how significant the construction industry is in regards to environmental impact.[...]

Best cut flower varieties for a sustainable home garden

14 August 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Cut flowers sounded easy when I started gardening. Just plant some flowers and then cut them, right? Well, there is a lot more to it than that. Cut flowers are often grown from specific varieties that tend to have long, sturdy stems and big, beautiful blooms, and each variety has its own tips to keep them healthy. It also can be hard to find the right varieties in sustainable versions. [...]

University Mass Timber Pavilion was designed by students

11 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm

Nestled on the Rice University campus, amid multiple microhabitats and surrounded by green, you will see a small pavilion that looks a bit like an ancient Greek temple. But this pavilion was carefully crafted to have a modern design. It's sustainable, beautiful and an example that might just inspire campuses around the world.[...]

Travel to the ancient beauty of Machu Picchu, Peru

11 August 2023 @ 3:30 pm

Our group sat in a circle at a 15th century Inca site. We each held three coca leaves glued together with llama fat and concentrated on protection, prosperity and a balanced life. A young shaman named Lucas alternately prayed in Quechua and explained things to us in Spanish, both translated by our guide Wilfredo Huillca. The shaman added quinoa, corn, confetti and other symbolic items to Pachamama, the Andean earth mother. Fortunately, modern rituals substitute animal cookies for alpaca sacrifices.[...]

Biophilic building enhances biodiversity in the neighborhood

10 August 2023 @ 6:30 pm

Kaiserstraße is a new residential building currently under construction in Blumenau, Brazil. The project is designed by Alencar Arquitetura and aims to harness connections between residents and the natural world.[...]

The first agricultural community of its kind in Ontario

10 August 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Humans living in harmony with nature and with each other is really the goal of sustainable, environmentally-friendly design. And it is hardly a hip and modern idea, not unless you think the Stone Age is trendy. Long ago, people banded together in groups to live and work together as one community, rather than as individuals. Now, Castlepoint Numa is bringing this ancient idea into the modern era with an innovative design.[...]

These are 5 industries being propelled by 3D printing

9 August 2023 @ 8:26 pm

When 3D printing first took off, it was difficult to imagine how diverse the field would grow. Nowadays, the realm of additive manufacturing is growing daily. In particular, five sectors are advancing rapidly as a result of developments in additive manufacturing. These are healthcare, food, fashion, motorsports and aerospace. Based on estimates, it is believed that soon these industries will incorporate 3D printing as a key component of their operations.[...]


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Design,Architecture, Interiors, Furniture & More

Luxury Beach Getaway Can Slide Away From Eroding Coast

7 February 2023 @ 4:47 pm

A weekend beach retreat is a fabulous thing no matter where you are in the world, but on some beaches in New Zealand it can also be a dangerous thing. On the Northern New Zealand coast, the tide is quickly stealing away the beach and making homes there dangerously untenable.Because of the coastal erosion The post Luxury Beach Getaway Can Slide Away From Eroding Coast first appeared on Dornob.

Tropical Perfection: Miami Beach House Has Its Own Swimmable Lagoon

7 February 2023 @ 4:47 pm

If you were making a checklist of all the things you’d have in your fantasy beach house, what would they be? A heated saltwater pool that could be used year-round? Check. Long stretches of sliding glass doors that erase the boundary between indoors and out? Check. How about a sunken conversation pit The post Tropical Perfection: Miami Beach House Has Its Own Swimmable Lagoon first appeared on Dornob.

Refab Fire House: Modern Home Retrofit in an Aged Station

7 February 2023 @ 4:47 pm

This house is all about sequence - a faded brick shell gives way to spaces mixing old and new, which in turn lead into ultramodern interiors deep within this former fire station compound. The heart is a blend of black, white and glass - a private modern retreat tucked like a nesting doll in a rich historic The post Refab Fire House: Modern Home Retrofit in an Aged Station first appeared on Dornob.

Tokyo Urban Farm: Eat While Watching Your Food Grow

7 February 2023 @ 4:46 pm

Offering some green relief in a dense and brightly-neoned cityscape, these mini urban farming cubes add visual relief and interest but also provide a functional habitat supplying an adjacent restaurant.Simple iron frames enclose full glazing on all sides so passers by or diners can watch from any side. The post Tokyo Urban Farm: Eat While Watching Your Food Grow first appeared on Dornob.

Skinny Little Mini-Home Has an Even-Smaller House Inside!

7 February 2023 @ 4:46 pm

There are small homes, then there are smaller homes ... then there are super-skinny, ultra-mini houses inside of homes. The strange starts on the outside but quickly works its way to the interior. For starters, the whole (larger) home is sandwiched between thick and solid concrete slabs that rise straight The post Skinny Little Mini-Home Has an Even-Smaller House Inside! first appeared on Dornob.

Modern Mobile Log Cabin … or Portable Prefab Pile of Logs?

7 February 2023 @ 4:44 pm

Anything but your conventional log cabin home, one might see this structure atop a mountain or on a lake and and think it a pile of rough-cut wood logs rather than a cleverly camouflaged modular living and work space.Designed by Hans Linberg, the 'logs' are merely a wood building facade covering a prefabricated The post Modern Mobile Log Cabin … or Portable Prefab Pile of Logs? first appeared on Dornob.

Pop-Up Prefab Porch Shelter

7 February 2023 @ 4:44 pm

Whether you are looking to add an office, pool cover, spare garage or community space to your yard, this may be a perfect fit: an elegant, durable but ultimately also portable structure for expanding your enclosed space. It's a bit like a temporary modern addition or a pop-up porch, but it looks a lot The post Pop-Up Prefab Porch Shelter first appeared on Dornob.

Odd House Adapts to Irregular Site with Computer Mapping

7 February 2023 @ 4:44 pm

Computer software enabled architects to design a highly unusual faceted concrete home for a difficult, hilly building site. The post Odd House Adapts to Irregular Site with Computer Mapping first appeared on Dornob.

Rolling Home: 1948 Bus Remodeled into Handcrafted Abode

7 February 2023 @ 4:43 pm

Two years after it went up on Craigslist with the simple description "runs, drives, stops, registered," a 1948 Chevy bus became a bohemian hand-crafted home by the name of Ophelia. Freelance surf-craft builder Ryan Lovelace renovated the interior, which already featured a microbus extension on top, to The post Rolling Home: 1948 Bus Remodeled into Handcrafted Abode first appeared on Dornob.

Sweden’s Treehotel Offers Offbeat Lodgings in Cozy Forest

7 February 2023 @ 4:43 pm

When you hear the word "Treehotel," you might imagine a woodsy getaway that evokes the charms of childhood nostalgia — and while the Treehotel in Sweden does indeed incorporate lodgings into trees, it's immediately clear that these are far from ordinary treehouses. In reality, it's an assortment of The post Sweden’s Treehotel Offers Offbeat Lodgings in Cozy Forest first appeared on Dornob.


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The Garden Landscape Guide

Floral tribute to QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1926-2022: flowers from the people

13 September 2022 @ 12:27 pm

A wonderful floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II was made by host of British people and overseas visitors. The first bunches of flowers were laid outside the gates of Buckingham Palace almost as soon as her death was announced. London’s florists rose to the occasion and the carpets of flowers spread to the gates of […]

Where is this garden, famous for its sub-tropical planting?

7 February 2021 @ 12:52 pm

The clue may be unhelpful! Please click this link to find the garden’s identity, to see its place on  a  map and to watch a video about the gardens

Geoffrey Jellicoe, Jordan Peterson, post-Postmodernism and Metamodernism

20 October 2020 @ 7:03 pm

Garden designers and landscape architects have had an uneasy relationship with “styles” for two centuries. In the nineteenth century it was a central issue, with much talk of: the superiority of the ‘English’ style to the ‘French’ style the ‘Gardenesque’ style the ‘Formal’ style and the ‘Informal’ style. In the twentieth century, led by Modernist […]

River Thames Landscape and Gardens

6 October 2020 @ 12:47 pm

Jane Webb published The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century in 1827 and, through it, met her future husband, John Claudius Loudon. A pioneering sci-fi novel, it envisages London in 300 years time. In different ways, Jane and John had shared interests in gardens and futurology. This passage from  The Mummy envisages the Thames’ […]

Landscape architecture podcasts

3 July 2020 @ 6:27 pm

See podcast list on Landscape Architects Association website

2019 Chelsea Flower Show Garden Designs

12 October 2019 @ 6:44 pm

While admiring the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show, I thought of a name for an emerging style of garden design. The primary characteristic of  the Belief Style is a new view of Nature: as simultaneously endangered, life-enhancing and in need of conservation by and for humanity. Perhaps it will earn a place on the Gardenvisit chart […]

Tour of Persian Gardens

18 February 2019 @ 6:46 am

The Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is a non-profit organization specialized in the area of Cultural Landscape and the only institution in Iran that focuses on cultural landscapes interdisciplinary. The Association’s mission is to strengthen the role of cultural landscape in sustainable development in Iran and the Middle East region, by building the capacity of all […]

James Veitch and Sons nurserymen and garden designers

8 February 2019 @ 7:58 am

Veitch’s Chelsea nursery ceased trading in 1914, rather appropriately for the greatest horticultural firm in British history. It was founded in the eighteenth century  and in the nineteenth century took advantage of peace, prosperity and sea power to engage in plant collecting on a world scale.  It brought 1281 new plants into cultivation and undertook […]

Gardens of the Château de Vullierens

6 February 2019 @ 4:30 pm

We are pleased to welcome the gardens of the Château de Vullierens to the Gardenvisit guide. Just inland from Lac Lemen (Lake Geneva) it looks south to the Alps and Mont Blanc. Four important styles of garden design have influenced the layout. When first built, as a strongly fortified house, it was set in a […]

Stupas, conservation, heritage, historic gardens in Ladakh

16 July 2018 @ 12:26 pm

Heritage conservation is founded on a modernist view of the supremacy of reason and science over faith, religion and belief. This leads to the conservation policy of detaching objects from their cultural contexts and freezing them in time. If the culture that produced the object has died, this may be justifiable. But a different policy […]