Late last year, a scaffolding structure rose to abut the facade of the popular La Concordia market plaza in Bogotá—but the building wasn’t under construction. The three-story framework—a temporary intervention developed by architecture studio colab-19 with the Colombian Society of Architects and Taller Architects—was part of a city-sponsored campaign to support COVID-safe civic life during the lockdown. As colab-19, architect Alejandro Saldarriaga (MArch II ’21) and urban designer German Bahamon designed the U-shaped La Concordia: Amphitheater to host a flexible program of outdoor dining, retail, and entertainment, all open to the public.
In the midst of the rural Thar desert, the Complex Will Include a Women’s Cooperative, Exhibition Space and Girl’s School Opening This Summer with Female Empowerment at its Core.
The following description is courtesy of the architects. Sitting atop numerous acres in the heart of the mystic Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India, stands The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School – a fantastical oval sandstone structure that blends seamlessly into the arid landscape. Set to open in July 2021, the school will serve more than 400 girls, from kindergarten to class 10, that live below the poverty line in the region where female literacy barely touches 36 percent.
The team at London-based studio Hopkins architects presents its newly completed khor kalba turtle and wildlife sanctuary. situated on one of the most sensitive and biodiverse nature reserves in the UAE‘s gulf, the project is defined by a cluster of rounded volumes that creates a sanctuary for rehabilitating turtles and nurturing endangered birds, connecting with local initiatives and expertise.
Hopkins architects-designed turtle and wildlife sanctuary will provide education and visitor facilities to encourage environmental awareness and engagement with conservation programs. the work will revive the environmental significance of the critical work being undertaken by the environmental protected areas authority (EPAA), who commissioned the project. the sanctuary will serve as an operational base for research and the monitoring of the protected kalba reserve’s natural resources, as well as those of the UAE’s wider east coast area.
An assembly of female role models, ready to share their wisdom and empower other architects. Women are extraordinary designers, yet the architecture profession lags behind our potential and we owe it to ourselves to step up and to take pride in our ambitions.
In the words of Helen Reddy “I am woman, hear me ROAR!”
More than half the world’s population lives in dense urban areas. Uncomfortably loud restaurants, stores, hotels, or offices are enough to keep patrons away. When planning a meeting or even a night out with friends, we are conscious of selecting a location where we can focus and hear one another. The noisier our world gets, the more difficulty we have focusing on the sounds we actually want to hear.
Since the beginning of time, our ears have warned us of approaching danger. While their function remains the same, the dangers of today are different than they were in the past. Unwanted sounds can have serious health effects such as: hearing loss, cardiovascular disease high blood pressure, headaches, hormonal changes, psychosomatic illnesses, sleep disorders, reduction in physical and mental performance, stress reactions, aggression, constant feelings of displeasure and reduction in general well-being.
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In the fall of 2015, the city of Portland, Oregon, declared a state of emergency on housing due to the high number of homeless individuals living on the streets.
The lack of affordable housing and the city's overburdened shelters led to a range of possible ways to combat the problem—but it was inspiration from the houseless community themselves ("houseless" is a preferred term within the community) that led to the start of an innovative solution. In the spring of 2016, a group called the Village Coalition—made up of advocates, activists, and houseless individuals—joined forces with several student fellows and faculty Sergio Palleroni and Todd Ferry from the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID), a research and action center within the Portland State University's School of Architecture. Working together, they created the POD Initiative (Partners On Dwelling) to address houselessness in the city. They observed that the houseless community had been establishing their own informal "villages" around the city. As a result, the group reached out to the greater architecture community, asking them to apply their skills to design cost-effective, efficient, and attractive homes for the project.