These Reflective Bricks Seek to Return Natural Light to Dense Neighborhoods

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© Nathanaël Abeille © Nathanaël Abeille French designer, Nathanaël Abeille's metalized pieces in 'Proyecto Reflexión' shows how a building could reflect sunlight and share it with another building in some of the narrow spaces of Villa 21 de Barracas, Buenos Aires. These "metal bricks" came about as a combined team effort with architects Francisco Ribero and journalist Cecilia Fortunato. Review the full project after the break.
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'Proyecto Reflexión' was born in 2013 in the hands of French designer Nathanaël Abeille, who came from France after working in Jean Nouvel's office, to investigate the lack of light in narrow streets of Buenos Aires.

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During his 6 months in the capital of Argentina, he developed, in collaboration with Carlos Muniagurria –an engraving specialist– a process of metalizing common bricks to produce a certain reflection when exposed to sunlight, with the objective of taking advantage of solar energy and distributing it in

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22 Projects Named Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018

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Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image On Saturday in Santiago, Chile, the Prix Versailles Committee announced the continental winners of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture. Ten winning projects in Central America, the South and the Caribbean and twelve in North America are awarded in four categories: storesshopping mallshotels and restaurants. In May, built projects in Africa and Asia will be awarded in Algiers and Beijing. The European winners will be announced in Paris.

Check a gallery of the continental winners projects, below.

Continental Winners Central America, the South and the Caribbean:

Restaurants

Restaurants - Prix Versailles Central America, the South and the Caribbean 2018
Ateliê Wäls / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados. Image © Daniel Mansur
STANDARD 69 / CAPÓ estudio. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte
Norton Restaurant / BLOCO Arquitetos. Image © Haruo Mikami
Japan House São Paulo / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © FLAGRANTE
Tierra Chiloé Hotel / Mobil Arquitectos. Image © Nico Saieh
Il Mercato / Landa + Martínez Arquitectos. Image © Documentación Arquitectónica
Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young
Ixi’im Restaurant / Jorge Bolio Arquitectura + Lavalle + Peniche Arquitectos + Mauricio Gallegos Arquitectos + Central de Proyectos SCP. Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón
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22 Projects Named Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018

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Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image On Saturday in Santiago, Chile, the Prix Versailles Committee announced the continental winners of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture. Ten winning projects in Central America, the South and the Caribbean and twelve in North America are awarded in four categories: storesshopping mallshotels and restaurants. In May, built projects in Africa and Asia will be awarded in Algiers and Beijing. The European winners will be announced in Paris.

Check a gallery of the continental winners projects, below.

Continental Winners Central America, the South and the Caribbean:

Restaurants

Restaurants - Prix Versailles Central America, the South and the Caribbean 2018
Ateliê Wäls / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados. Image © Daniel Mansur
STANDARD 69 / CAPÓ estudio. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte
Norton Restaurant / BLOCO Arquitetos. Image © Haruo Mikami
Japan House São Paulo / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © FLAGRANTE
Tierra Chiloé Hotel / Mobil Arquitectos. Image © Nico Saieh
Il Mercato / Landa + Martínez Arquitectos. Image © Documentación Arquitectónica
Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young
Ixi’im Restaurant / Jorge Bolio Arquitectura + Lavalle + Peniche Arquitectos + Mauricio Gallegos Arquitectos + Central de Proyectos SCP. Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón
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Landscape Representation: The Role of Architectural Plans in Parks and Public Spaces

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Parque Zaryadye Plan / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro Parque Zaryadye Plan / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro Frequently imperceptible to the inhabitant, the architectural plans of landscape designs are unquestionably the best tool for understanding certain relationships between elements and the strategic organization of the work. They are therefore an essential part of any good architecture project. The distribution and type of vegetation, topography levels, the relationships between the preexisting urban or natural context, the possible routes and incorporated activities, and the materiality and the dimensional precision required for its construction are some of the considerations that are usually reiterated in this type of representation. The result permits the communication of intentions in an organized way, while clearly exposing the concerns of the authors; for this reason, we invite you to review a series of different examples of architectural plans of public spaces that enables a comprehensive approach to the role of each project. + Şışhane Park
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Memorial Bologna Shoah Plan / SET. Image via SET
Planta de Parque de Piedra Tosca / RCR Arquitectes. Image Cortesía de RCR Arquitectes
The Park of Music Plan  / Costa Fierros Arquitectos. Image via Costa Fierros Arquitectos
St Johannesplan & La Plaza Konsthall Plan / White. Image via White
Plaza Urdanibia Plan / SCOB. Image via SCOB
Plaza Mayor de Almazán Plan / CH+QS arquitectos. Image via CH+QS arquitectos
Calafell Castle Aqueological Park Plan / BQC Arquitectes. Image via BQC Arquitectes
Plazas de Puigcerdà Plan / Pepe Gascón. Image via Pepe Gascón
Plaza Huerto San Agustín Plan / Jaramillo Van Sluys Arquitectura + Urbanismo. Image via Jaramillo Van Sluys Arquitectura + Urbanismo
Plaza Santa Clara Plan / Municipio del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito. Image via Municipio del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito
Born Market area plan / Vora. Image via Vora
Plaza de Cisneros Plan / Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel + Luís Fernando Peláez. Image via Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel + Luís Fernando Peláez
La Loma Del Calvario Plan / Ariasrecalde. Image via Ariasrecalde
Täby Torg Plan / Polyform. Image via Polyform
Planta de SEOULLO Skygarden / MVRDV. Image Cortesía de MVRDV
 Infancy Bicentennial Park Plan / ELEMENTAL. Image via ELEMENTAL
Promenade Plan / Enota. Image via Enota
Plaza Israel Plads Plan / Sweco Architects + COBE. Image via Sweco Architects + COBE
España Library Park Plan / Giancarlo Mazzanti. Image via Giancarlo Mazzanti
Plaza de las Artes Plan / Brasil Arquitetura. Image via Brasil Arquitetura
Park ‘n’ Play Plan / JAJA Architects. Image via JAJA Architects
Desert Plaza In Barakaldo Plan / NO.MAD. Image via NO.MAD
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This Curated List of Art Museums Showcases Buenos Aires’ Exhibition Architecture

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The Intricate, Undulating Brickwork at Eladio Dieste’s Cristo Obrero Church in Uruguay

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© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte Gonzalo Viramonte has released a series of photographs that focus in on the use of bricks by engineer Eladio Dieste in his Atlántida Cristo Obrero church.  Viramonte shows us the essence of the project with an artful register that places the serial yet simple material element (the brick) at the forefront. This gallery also celebrates the potential and versatility of bricks by highlighting the artfully geometric interior and exterior spaces and the apertures that allow natural light to cast upon the walls, floors, and other surfaces. 
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16 Details of Impressive Brickwork

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Michael Reynolds to Build Sustainable Public School in Argentina

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The sustainable school built by Michael Reynolds in Uruguay. Image via Earthship Biotecture / Tagma The sustainable school built by Michael Reynolds in Uruguay. Image via Earthship Biotecture / Tagma After a successful project in Uruguay—the first in Latin America—it's now Argentina's turn to build its first sustainable public school. The design will use the recycled materials of "garbage warrior" Michael Reynolds, the founder of Earthship Biotecture, and will be constructed as part of the program "A Sustainable School" in the unique biosphere of Mar Chiquita, in the Province of Buenos Aires, from March 1 to 28. Read on for more information about the new project. A Sustainable School is an initiative from the Uruguayan non-profit organization Tagma, in partnership with Earthship Biotecture, that aims to build a sustainable public school in every country in Latin America to create a network of symbolic examples in the region. In this case the Municipality of Mar Chiquita, in the southeast of the province of
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Protection and Preservation Policies are Fundamental for the Rescue of Abandoned Architecture in Argentina

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In 1956, the government of the young

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The Architecture Student Through 15 Comic Strips

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As a young architecture student looking for a way to take his mind off schoolwork, architect/artist Tristán began drawing comics that drew inspiration from what he knew best: architecture school. Settling on the protagonist of the architecture student, he created a full series of comic strips focusing on the day to day routine of architecture students and teachers.

The comics take on moments from the life of architecture school, from the stresses of pulling all-nighters to the realities of dealing with clients in the professional world. By creating these strips, Tristán aims to shed some light on the complexities of being an architecture student – not forgetting that humor can sometimes be the best medicine for what ails you.

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Low-Budget Urban Garden Uses Local Materials to Bring Quito’s Community Together

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The social design from Natura Futura Arquitectura for a greenhouse in the warm subtropical climate of Nayón, Ecuador, the proposal approaches the use of local material resources in the construction of low-budget productive structures for the development of the collective. 

The project, materialized with bamboo, wood and greenhouse plastic, is based on the basic geometrical figure of the triangle, proposing sectors with different levels of illumination for different types of farming.

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From the architects. 'Huertomanias' is a space to motivate the scope of the autonomy of persons who have had difficulties going back the labor market because of stigmas associated with mental health problems. It is an urban garden, that promotes work and income, within a framework of respect for the subjectivity and a production model that defies the typical models in our society. It offers organic and

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10 Exemplary Ways to Represent Architectonic Construction Details

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10 Projects That Feature Striking Steel Trusses

Understanding the structural aspects of architecture is an inherent task of the architect; sufficient structural knowledge allows designers to propose ideas such as large structural elements which offer an interesting response to a project's needs.

Steel trusses are an example of such a response, which demonstrate an ability to define spaces and structures that are truly complex and interesting.

Below is a list of 10 inspirational projects that use metal trusses as an essential element of design.

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA

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    CETICOM Jaén / ER Arquitectos + non Arquitectura

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    Cinepolis Headquarters / KMD Architects

    © Michael Calderwood © Michael Calderwood

    San Wayao Community Sports Center / CSWADI

     

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      River Place / Paul F. Hirzel

      © Jim Van Gundy © Jim Van Gundy

      Harvest School / Zendejas Arquitectos + Marván Arquitectos + Martinez Arquitecto

      © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

      AH House / SEINFELD Arquitectos

      © Juan Solano © Juan Solano

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      How Earthbags and Glass Bottles Can ‘Build’ a Community

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      A design by C-re-a.i.d. for a Maasai village in northern Tanzania, is a morphological response to the imposed need to settle, using sustainable, local and accessible materials to redefine its construction culture. The project is built by a series of earthbags and glass bottles that in addition to generating private and comfortable spaces, allow a quick and easy construction.
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      From the Architects. C-re-a.i.d. -Change Research Architecture Innovation Design- is a non-profit organization operating in northern Tanzania since 2012. Through experience and analysis, we uncovered a rapid changing building culture, poor living situations and the use of unecological materials. We explore the possibilities of architecture to promote long-term ecological and affordable building.

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      Our projects are located in different villages in the surroundings of Moshi, one of them being Maji Moto - a Maasai village. Tanzanian government decided to restrict the nomadic lifestyle

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      The History of One of the Best Theaters in the World: Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

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      via CC0 Public Domain via CC0 Public Domain Considered as one of best buildings for opera in the world, the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires is internationally renowned for its acoustics and its heritage value, showcasing the Italian and French influence on cultural architecture in Argentina. It is situated in a privileged location of the city´s downtown, between the streets Cerrito, Viamonte, Tucumán, and Libertad. Inaugurated on the 25th of May in 1908, it had a significant impact and is considered one of the most emblematic historical monuments of the country.
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      The Colón operated in two different buildings: it was first located in front of Plaza de Mayo between the years 1857 to 1888, it was then moved in front of Plaza Lavalle, where one of the city´s most important railway stations was located.

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      See How This Lightweight, Collapsible Aluminum Structure is Built

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      © Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma The geometric design of the 'Protostar Pavilion' for the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a morphological response associated with the iconic brand logo: a three-pointed star. The project is a removable metal pavilion, made up of a series of folded aluminum plates that besides generating a light structure, allow for a quick and easy construction.  Description from the Architects. The Protostar Pavilion is in its constant state of metamorphosis and is presented in a specific instance frozen in time. The design process itself challenges the conventional thinking of materials and their properties. The process embraces high-end digital design and fabrication tools from the concept design to prototyping and fabrication stage. 
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      During the installation process, the fabrication team utilized the ease of material and technology as an advantage in terms of assembly and structuring. The folded aluminum plates and flaps act as

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      See How This Lightweight, Collapsible Aluminum Structure is Built

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      © Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma The geometric design of the 'Protostar Pavilion' for the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a morphological response associated with the iconic brand logo: a three-pointed star. The project is a removable metal pavilion, made up of a series of folded aluminum plates that besides generating a light structure, allow for a quick and easy construction.  Description from the Architects. The Protostar Pavilion is in its constant state of metamorphosis and is presented in a specific instance frozen in time. The design process itself challenges the conventional thinking of materials and their properties. The process embraces high-end digital design and fabrication tools from the concept design to prototyping and fabrication stage. 
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      During the installation process, the fabrication team utilized the ease of material and technology as an advantage in terms of assembly and structuring. The folded aluminum plates and flaps act as

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      6 Timeless Details Using Stone

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      Stone is elemental to our built world. It is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) materials used in man-made habitats. The sense of timelessness in stone is attributed to its long and varied history alongside architecture. From ancient monoliths to cities to houses, the diversity of stone means that it can be used to convey a variety of expressions. Carved, polished, sedimented, stacked, preserved - the list can go on and on. The feeling stone conveys in contemporary projects usually brings with it a sense of place – a raw materiality when paired with timber or other natural materials. With that in mind, check out these 6 details of projects that stand out for their use of stone:

      01. Villanueva’s Public Library / Meza + Piñol + Ramírez + Torres

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      02. House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines
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      30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations

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      VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS Communicating ideas through imagery are central to the design process. In client presentations, site visits, or public exhibitions, we are required to represent important aspects clearly to the receiver, who is often not an architect. Furthermore, producing detailed architectural drawings can allow us to identify and modify certain aspects of the design.  Diagrams and charts, because of their non-spatial characteristics, are often neglected until the last moments of the design process, however, they can be a useful tool for analysis and organization. Taking the time to think and articulate these elements yield positive results, from understanding and organizing a design process to providing an unexpected change of idea. In an effort to enhance the graphics and diagrams in architectural representation, check out this series of case studies to help you boost the visual, analytical, organizational
      Biblioteca Central de Seattle. Image via OMA + LMN
      Centro Cultural Mariehøj. Image via WE Architecture + Sophus Søbye Architects
      Museo de Arte Nelson-Atkins. Image Cortesía de Steven Holl Architects
      Nest We Grow . Image via College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
      Biblioteca Central de Seattle. Image via OMA + LMN
      Edificio Jardín Hospedero y Nectarífero. Image via HUSOS
      Museo de Arte Nelson-Atkins. Image Cortesía de Steven Holl Architects
      Casa Rural. Image Cortesía de RCR Arquitectes
      A/D/O. Image via nARCHITECTS
      Edificio de Antropología Tozzer. Image Cortesía de Kennedy & Violich Architecture
      Nest We Grow . Image via College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
      Quito Publishing House. Image via Estudio A0
      Centro Cultural La Gota - Museo del Tabaco . Image via Losada García
      The Interlace. Image © OMA
      Energy Living . Image via M+ Group
      The Stealth Building . Image via WORKac
      Mountain Dwellings. Image via BIG & JDS
      Mountain Dwellings. Image via BIG & JDS
      Casa YAS. Image via Estudio Arzubialde
      Edificio ONEMI . Image via Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos
      VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS
      Casa Scout. Image via BAAG
      Taller de Arquitectura en el desierto. Image via Jorge Losada
      NASA Orbit Pavilion. Image © STUDIOKCA Architecture
      Colegio Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz. Image via Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa Soler
      Pabellón Josey de la Fundación Dixon Water. Image via © Lake Flato Architects
      Edificio Jardín Hospedero y Nectarífero. Image via HUSOS
      Casa Meztitla. Image via EDAA
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