16 CAD Files of Skylights and Light Tubes Available for Your Next Project

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GGL single standard install into natural slate © Velux GGL single standard install into natural slate © Velux In the spirit of supporting our readers’ design work, the company Velux has shared a series of .DWG files with us of their different roofing windows models. The files can be downloaded directly from this article and include great amounts of detail and information.

Check the files below, separated into 'Pitched Roofs', 'Flat Roofs' and 'Light Tube'.

Pitched Roofs

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GGL single standard install into low profiled tile © Velux GGL single standard install into low profiled tile © Velux

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GGL combi standard install into natural slate © Velux GGL combi standard install into natural slate © Velux

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GGL coupled standard install into plain tile © Velux GGL coupled standard install into plain tile © Velux

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GGL combi standard install into profiled tile © Velux GGL combi standard install into profiled tile © Velux

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Flat Roofs

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CVPCFP extension install into timber flat roof © Velux CVPCFP extension install into timber flat roof
CVPCFP standard install into timber flat roof © Velux
TCR TCF © Velux
TLF flexible sun tunnel into slate © Velux
TLR rigid sun tunnel into slate © Velux
TWF flexible sun tunnel into tile © Velux
TWR rigid sun tunnel into tile © Velux
TTK TTC Hard finished ceiling © Velux
TTK TTC Hard finished ceiling © Velux
TOC Open ceiling installation © Velux
TTK TTC Tile ceiling installation © Velux
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Saint-Gobain Announces Winners of the 14th Edition MultiComfort House Students Contest

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© Saint-Gobain © Saint-Gobain Students from South Africa, Belarus, and Germany have been chosen as the winners of the 14th edition MultiComfort House Students Contest, a contest created in 2004 and organized by Saint-Gobain. Entrants were to develop a project based on the principles of the multi-comfort concept, that is, "an optimum indoor environment ensuring the right level of fresh air, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort provided in a sustainable and energy efficient manner," as explained by the organizers. In close collaboration with the Department of Planning of the Municipality of Dubai and the Dubai Properties Group, Saint-Gobain presented the challenge of designing a cross-cultural community project in the cultural village of Dubai, on the shores of the Al Jaddaf inlet. Considering Dubai's hot and humid climate, the students had to find a way to reconcile reducing the energy consumption of the refrigeration and ventilation systems without compromising any of the comforts
First Place: Vahin Parmananda + Mthokozisi Sibisi / KwaZulu-Natal University, South Africa. Image © Saint-Gobain
Second Place: Veronika Supruniuk / Brest State University, Belarus. Image © Saint-Gobain
Third Place: Tobias Bretz + Dill Khan / Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany. Image © Saint-Gobain
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Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Reflect Architectural Learning Environments

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© Pati Núñez Agency © Pati Núñez Agency While 2016's Golden Lion-winning project 'The Unfinished' surveyed architecture after the construction crisis, this year's Spanish pavilion will explore architecture's future through the eyes of researchers.  The 'becoming,' an exhibition curated by Spanish architect Atxu Amann, opens its doors to the works and productions of architecture students developed between 2012 and 2017. According to the curators, "becoming makes an allusion to a vector of the future, with a common educational background in the 'EscuelaS,' which extends to other learning experiences in space and time, in dialogue with other disciplines."
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Starting from a series of 55 adjectives that rate the proposed architecture in the open competition, "becomingaccommodates heterogeneous proposals and reflections on architecture and revindicates learning environments as a space for architectural creation and criticism.

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"Among the eclectic selection inside the pavilion you will see proposals that critically review the

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Latin America’s First Earthship is a Sustainable School Built from Found Materials

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via Earthship Biotecture / Tagma via Earthship Biotecture / Tagma Seeking to combine traditional education with the responsible use of resources and the development of sustainable human relations, the first sustainable public school in Latin America was created. Designed under a constructive method developed by the North American architect Michael Reynolds, who has now built such schools around the world. The 270 square meters building is on the coastal portion of Jaureguiberry, Canelones and was raised in only seven weeks. Its construction is made up of approximately 60% recycled materials (covered with plastic and glass bottles, cans, cardboard) and 40% of traditional materials. From the architects. The Earthship, as Reynolds calls it, seeks to make the most of the energy of the sun, water, wind, and earth. To do this, the surroundings are sensitive to the orientations, opening to the north to make the most of light and solar energy through a wide glass corridor that
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Carme Pinós Will Be the First Spanish Architect to Design Australia’s MPavilion

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Carme Pinós. Image © Livio Matticchio Carme Pinós. Image © Livio Matticchio The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that the fifth edition of the MPavilion will be designed by the Spanish architect Carme Pinós. The MPavilion 2018 will be the first public work commissioned to a Spanish architect in Australia and will be the successor of the pavilion designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten in 2017. The 2017 pavilion received more than 117,000 visitors and hosted 477 free events over 133 days. On the choice of the Australian foundation, Naomi Milgrom stressed that Pinós' career "honors the responsibility of architecture to serve a community, by creating spaces that place human experience and environment at the center of her designs."
MPavilion 2017 diseñado por OMA. Image © John Gollings MPavilion 2017 diseñado por OMA. Image © John Gollings
Since its first edition in 2014, the MPavilion has received 351,000 visitors and its fifth edition—to be inaugurated on October 8, 2018—expects to repeat the
CaixaForum Zaragoza / Estudio Carme Pinos. Image Courtesy of Estudio Carme Pinós
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Carme Pinós Will Be the First Spanish Architect to Design Australia’s MPavilion

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Carme Pinós. Image © Livio Matticchio Carme Pinós. Image © Livio Matticchio The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that the fifth edition of the MPavilion will be designed by the Spanish architect Carme Pinós. The MPavilion 2018 will be the first public work commissioned to a Spanish architect in Australia and will be the successor of the pavilion designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten in 2017. The 2017 pavilion received more than 117,000 visitors and hosted 477 free events over 133 days. On the choice of the Australian foundation, Naomi Milgrom stressed that Pinós' career "honors the responsibility of architecture to serve a community, by creating spaces that place human experience and environment at the center of her designs."
MPavilion 2017 diseñado por OMA. Image © John Gollings MPavilion 2017 diseñado por OMA. Image © John Gollings
Since its first edition in 2014, the MPavilion has received 351,000 visitors and its fifth edition—to be inaugurated on October 8, 2018—expects to repeat the
CaixaForum Zaragoza / Estudio Carme Pinos. Image Courtesy of Estudio Carme Pinós
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Bjarke Ingels: “No Matter How Wonderful a Building Is; If There Is No Client, It Doesn’t Get Built”

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Bjarke Ingels en la pasada edición del Congreso Internacional de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño UDESIGN 2017. Image Cortesía de UDEM Bjarke Ingels en la pasada edición del Congreso Internacional de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño UDESIGN 2017. Image Cortesía de UDEM In just 13 years since its inception, Danish firm BIG has earned world renown for its inventive architecture and its founder, Bjarke Ingels, has become one of the most popular names in the architectural world. However, with success comes criticism; BIG has been called out by some critics for what they believe is the "infantilization of architecture," referring to their designs as isolated, self-admiring and solely photogenic. On her most recent visit to Spain, Spanish journalist Anatxu Zabalbeascoa spoke with Ingels about the impact of the Danish office on architecture and how their work wavers on a tightrope between "breakthrough projects for the world of the powerful" and "a face for people who are not happy with existing architectural models."
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How to Install Ventilated Facades Using Wooden Panels

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Cortesía de Parklex Cortesía de Parklex This vertical cladding for facades is a high-density laminated panel, composed of a core of paper fibers -compressed at high temperature and pressure- and an outer coating highly resistant to weathering and UV radiation. The wood used in the panels has been treated with Everlook®, a component that - without the need for maintenance - extends the useful life of the panel and the stability of its color regardless of weather conditions. To generate a ventilated facade with these panels, each unit must be installed on vertical profiles, producing an uninterrupted airflow behind the panel. Here's how to do it. To ensure its correct operation, the panels must be separated from the wall by profiles, installed vertically and forming a ventilated chamber of ≥ 20 mm. To allow air circulation in the chamber, the air inlet and outlet must be located correctly.
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Residencia en Varese / Franzetti Primi Architetti Associati - Varese, Italia. Image Cortesía de Parklex
Residencia en Varese / Franzetti Primi Architetti Associati - Varese, Italia. Image Cortesía de Parklex
Residencias Teega en Puteri Harbour / Liu & Wo Architects - Johor Bahru, Malasia. Image Cortesía de Parklex
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Museo y Bodega del Cognac Alliance 1892 / TOTEMENT | PAPER - Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrado, Rusia. Image Cortesía de Parklex
Museo y Bodega del Cognac Alliance 1892 / TOTEMENT | PAPER - Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrado, Rusia. Image Cortesía de Parklex
Residencia Golden View / Workshop AD - Anchorage, AK, Estados Unidos. Image Cortesía de Parklex
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Architecture and the Bare Body: 15 Spaces for Healing, Relaxing and Bathing

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© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott Spas, swimming pools, and saunas are spaces to which we turn in search of positive experiences, especially healing and sanitation. What characterizes all of these spaces is a requirement to wear little clothing--or even none at all--meaning that these spaces have very different expectations regarding nudity, privacy, and the human body when compared to other forms of architecture. From the point of view of design, nudity requires specific spatial conditions, forcing architects to think carefully about details such as the opacity of materials and the dimensions of space. With this in mind, this week we present a selection of the 15 best images of healing spaces, captured by renowned photographers such as Kevin ScottClément Guillaume, and Marcello Mariana.

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Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés

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Fez House / Álvaro Siza Vieira

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Jack Hobhouse

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Astoundingly Colorful Chilean Sunset Captured In Timelapse Photo Series

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With over 10,000 followers, Juan Cristóbal Lara's (@eljuancri) Instagram account has become a go-to photographic essay of Chile's capital city, Santiago. His images show an urban area in which the giant Andes mountains, the city's hills, and the Mapocho River are the stars of the show. As the buildings and natural elements harness and reflect the changing light of the sun, Santiago has certified itself as one of the most photogenic cities around. To commemorate the end of 2017, Lara published his first timelapse—a video filmed over a period of days that shows the Santiago sunset from the San Critóbal and Calán hills.
See more of Juan Cristóbal Lara's work on Instagram and Facebook. Technical Specs Camera: Nikon D7500
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Archetypal Landscapes: 10 Projects From The Barozzi / Veiga Workshop in Chile

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The second edition of the workshop organized by the School of Architecture (EA) of Universidad San Sebastián (Chile) had as main guest the Spanish architect Alberto Veiga, founding partner of Barozzi / Veiga and author of projects such as the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin and Ribera del Duero Headquarters. In addition to engaging in a series of debates with the participants of the workshop, Veiga had a public conversation with the Chilean architect Pedro Alonso (winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale 2014) and shared the studio’s work and reflections on architecture in a master lecture.

A total of 10 teams from different schools of architecture in the country came together for the 2017 version of this initiative, reaching a total of 67 participants among students and instructors. Seeking to favor the production of projects capable of promoting debate, each day of the workshop dealt with

[E1] Universidad de las Américas. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E2] Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E3] Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E4] Universidad Central. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E5] Universidad de Chile. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E6] Universidad Diego Portales. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E7] Universidad Mayor. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E8] Universidad San Sebastián – Sede Concepción. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E9] Universidad San Sebastián – Sede Puerto Montt. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
[E10] Universidad San Sebastián – Sede Santiago. Image Courtesy of Facultad de Arquitectura USS
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Housing Construction in Argentina Uses Recycled PET Bricks

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Cortesía de Fundación Ecoinclusión Cortesía de Fundación Ecoinclusión The Fundación EcoInclusión - winner of the first prize in the regional competition Google.org Challenge - is an Argentine non-profit organization that was born in 2015, from the hands of a group of young people that promote the construction of a fairer, equitable and sustainable society. Located in the Alta Gracia city, province of Córdoba, Ecoinclusión works in the reduction of PET bottles waste with the production of bricks made of plastic residues destined to the construction in vulnerable sectors, with the aim of generating environmental and social impact and cultural participation in the communities. 
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The bricks have the technical certification granted by the UN-Habitat Secretariat. They were developed and patented by Ceve-Conicet. Twenty bottles of recycled plastic are needed to produce a brick, which has characteristics like those of a clay brick, but with better performance as a thermal

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Students Build a Suspended Bamboo Pavilion With 3D Printed Joints

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The Academy Bezalel students' bamboo project, in Jerusalem, is a proposal that approaches the construction in real scale and the experimentation with materials as an important driving force of architectural design.

The project, a suspended bamboo pavilion, can be reused with different configurations in different places with its joints made up of ropes and 3D printed pieces.

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© Barak Pelman © Barak Pelman

From the architects. Located at the entrance courtyard of the Architecture Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, the Bamboo Pavilion welcome visitors, students, and faculty with an inspiring play of shadows and lights, and invites them to engage with the hanging bamboos while challenges their perception of being "inside" and "outside". 

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The Pavilion is a result of a Design-Build summer studio that focuses on actual building and experimenting with materials, as an important driving force of architectural design.

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The Best University Proposals for Social Housing in Latin America and Spain in 2017

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At the end of September, we invited our Spanish-speaking readers to send us their social housing proposals completed at a university level. Social housing is still a challenge for much of Latin America and although every year hundreds of architecture students work on projects that reflect their concerns in the social housing field, its visibility is very low and its materialization is null. At a time when the Global South has pursued its own responses to its own problems, the university response on social housing should be taken into account by the State, both of whom are interested in the common good. 

Out of 116 proposals received from Spain and 11 Latin American countries, this selection of 20 ideas represents the different challenges and state of the problems in social housing. While some approach Colombia's post-conflict scenario for rural inhabitants, some propose answers to the insertion of social housing
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Image © Daniel Vanegas + Tatiana Cantor
Image © Daniel Vanegas + Tatiana Cantor
Image © Marcos Gómara
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Image © Sofía Cordero Brümmer
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Image © Pedro Vázquez
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Image © Pedro Vázquez
Image © Celina Pittaro + Camila Nicolet + Mailena Fahy
Image © Celina Pittaro + Camila Nicolet + Mailena Fahy
Image © Celina Pittaro + Camila Nicolet + Mailena Fahy
Image © David Puin Neira
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Image © Liza Breuer + Ana Segura
Image © Liza Breuer + Ana Segura
Image © Liza Breuer + Ana Segura
Image © Diego Lacazette + Sebastián Hermosilla + Jesús Chuquipoma
Image © Diego Lacazette + Sebastián Hermosilla + Jesús Chuquipoma
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Image © Marco Febre
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Image © Yuri Chamblas
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Image © Indira Melo + Elizabeth Monga
Image © Indira Melo + Elizabeth Monga
Image © Indira Melo + Elizabeth Monga
Image © Alan Miuliz
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Image © Eliezer Torres
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Image © Accel Alexis Apolo Andino
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Image © Luciano Civitate + Juan Bidart + Ignacio Bianchini
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Image © Bianca Apolinario + Guido Salinas +Fernanda Mozó
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Parametric Design Helped Make this Street Library Out of 240 Pieces of Wood

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© Emanuil Albert © Emanuil Albert Downtown Studio's latest design for a street library in Bulgaria, that utilizes the tools of parametric design to create a wooden structure that is light and transportable. The project, a natural undulating form that develops in a semicircle, is constructed by a series of wooden modules that provide a public space with shelves to store and share books. From the architects. “Rapana” is the first street library in Varna, Bulgaria created by a team of young architects and designers.
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Nowadays young people’s lives are almost entirely based on digital consumption and this decreases the popularity of books among this generation. A team of architects and designers (Yuzdzhan Turgaev, Boyan Simeonov, Ibrim Asanov and Mariya Aleksieva) decided to do what they can to partly solve this issue by building a street library.

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Varna is a city located by the

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This Wood Pavilion is Supported Entirely Through Origami Folds

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As part of Concéntrico 03, architects Manuel Bouzas Cavada, Manuel Bouzas Barcala and Clara Álvarez Garcí designed a temporary exhibition pavilion in the Escuelas Trevijano Plaza, with the objective of “making the unclear, transparent, and the heavy, light." A paper sheet alone does not sustain itself, but when formed in a series of precisely folded sheets, they are capable of sustaining not only themselves but also much greater forces. With the same logic, a wooden panel does not sustain itself but when formed as a series of precisely folded wooded panels, it has the capacity to sustain not only itself but to support much more. An example of this is the information pavilion at Concéntrico 03.
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© Josema Cutillas  © Josema Cutillas

The idea is simple; we want to generate an icon, an attractive exhibit that seeks to stir curiosity and catch the attention of the city´s inhabitants. But

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Learn to Design an Urban Block With This Set of 50 Cards

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© a+t designing cards © a+t designing cards We know perfectly well that learning in architecture and urbanism can take on multiple forms. Just think of all the modeling, drawing, plans, theoretical classes, workshops, 3D models and even virtual reality exercises. In this same line, the team at a+t architecture publishers have put together a collection of cards that seek to facilitate the designing of an urban block with 50 design styles.  Each card measures 13 x 8 cm and is printed on both sides, with a version in English and Spanish. Also, each design includes its axonometric profile, general layout, shade patterns, use coefficient and total built space in both meters and feet. 
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The creators at a+t research group see the set as “50 strategies for organizing spaces”, or, “50 reflections about the use of space." As the team explains, their size allows for architects to

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Serious Question: Do Architects Learn Enough About Construction and Materials?

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Have you ever visited a worksite and thought, "Wow, this contractor knows a lot more about construction than I do"? Have you had to change your original design because it was too difficult to construct or because it exceeded the budget? Do you think you're good at creating well-designed, efficient spaces but you're not so good when it comes to resolving the project's details?

Chances are you've found yourself in one or more of these situations, especially if you are a recent graduate. And depending on where and how you were educated, most students learn about construction and materials as it relates to the particular projects they are designing in school. Some people dedicate their career to the construction side of things--choosing classes, studios, and jobs that are focused on more technical, real-world training; others decide to focus their studies on urbanism, landscape architecture or the history of

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PRÁCTICA and Daroca Arquitectos’ Mixed Housing Complex to Develop Malaga’s “Green Block”

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A competition for the innovative design of public housing in Malaga has been won by Spanish firms PRÁCTICA and Daroca Arquitectos, whose proposal offers a new housing typology based on energy efficiency, sustainability, and urbanization from a human and ecological perspective. Titled Al Sur, the 15,196 square meters development transforms Malaga’s “Green Block” urban plan, combining social housing, free market units, and commercial areas.

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The block reduces vehicular circulation, forming a highly pedestrian-friendly zone, thus “proposing a new model of pedestrian city”. Buildings are arranged to maximize daylighting and illuminate pockets of public space and include 76 social housing units in addition to 40 rentable units.

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Volumetrically, the buildings on the site are dictated and oriented by the site’s natural climatic conditions,

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