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019: Architectural Fees

Architectural Fees are a mystery to most people and there is no shortage of methods that architects charge for their services. How do you make sense of the options, which method works best for you, and how do you provide a method that suits the needs of both the architect and their clients.

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Before we get into today’s topic, I should let everyone know that Andrew and I attended the International Builder’s Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Las Vegas from March 19 through March 22nd. I had some advisory board meetings to attend and Andrew came along because this is singularly the most amazing design and construction show in the country. We decided to take advantage of being in the same place at the same time and we recorded today’s podcast from inside one of the show homes that was built in the Professional Builder Show Village.

savioz fabrizzi

savioz fabrizzi
bornet house . ollon savioz fabrizzi architectes . photos: © Thomas Jantscher this former barn constructed of rubble masonry is in the centre of the village of ollon, which is densely built-up. _ the ground floor is a single space, broken up by a utility area. the living room is to the west, next to … Continue reading savioz fabrizzi

Photographer Yueqi “Jazzy” Li Captures the Dynamism of Mexico City's UNAM Campus

© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li

Although the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), south of Mexico City, is home to the well-known O’Gorman murals, it is, in fact, the campus itself, that is quite intriguing. Walking through UNAM, individuals find themselves in an architectural display of modernist buildings that date back 70 years, along with open courtyards, hidden walkways, and pavilions. Uniquely, the campus buildings have a little bit of everything: bold geometry, openness, abstraction, humanistic design, permeability with nature, decaying masonry walls, local lava rocks used as walls, and pavers throughout the campus.

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Alexandra Palace / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

© Keith Armstrong © Keith Armstrong
  • Structural Engineers: Alan Baxter & Associates
  • Theatre Design: Charcoalblue
  • Acoustics: Max Fordham
  • M&E: Max Fordham
  • Quantity Surveyors: Mott MacDonald
  • Surveyors: John Burke Associates
  • Fire Engineers: The Fire Surgery
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
  • Client: Alexandra Palace
  • Internal Joinery – Stairs, Panelling, Doors: Suffolk & Essex Joinery
  • Architectural Metalwork – Stairs, Balustrades: Wilcox Fabrications

Brazilian Houses: 9 Examples of Residential Vernacular Architecture

Wattle and daub house. Image © Pedro Levorin Wattle and daub house. Image © Pedro Levorin

The regional expressions of a country’s culture are vital in helping us understand the relation between context and specific conditions of social manifestations. These nuances and singularities inside the realm of construction are translated into what can be called vernacular architecture. Although it has always existed, this universe of local exemplars of architecture with their particular materials, techniques and regional constructive solutions came to be well studied in the second half of the twentieth century in Brazil, in a project that traced national architecture history, headed by Lucio Costa.

It is a type of architecture that, besides being an undeniable knowledge that is passed down through generations, it is usually highly sustainable as it incorporates low energy materials and local techniques with solutions made to be passively adapted to the local climate and conditions.

Just as in most countries, vernacular architecture in Brazil is predominantly residential. Learn more about the different residential typologies, from North to South, that have contributed to forming regional identities in the country.

Oca (or Oga)

AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee

© David Shankbone © David Shankbone

It may be the single most important architectural detail of the last fifty years. Emerging bravely from the glassy sea of Madison Avenue skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan, the open pediment atop Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s 1984 AT&T Building (now the Sony Tower) singlehandedly turned the architectural world on its head. This playful deployment of historical quotation explicitly contradicted modernist imperatives and heralded the mainstream arrival of an approach to design defined instead by a search for architectural meaning. The AT&T Building wasn’t the first of its type, but it was certainly the most high-profile, proudly announcing that architecture was experiencing the maturation of a new evolutionary phase: Postmodernism had officially arrived to the world scene.

Teahouse in Jiuxing Village / gad · line+ studio + Greenton Architecture Design

© Yilong Zhao © Yilong Zhao

Corpo Santo 6 / Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitetura

© Alexander Bogorodskiy © Alexander Bogorodskiy
© Alexander Bogorodskiy © Alexander Bogorodskiy

Text description provided by the architects. The building in question has its access made by two streets at different levels, the main access being through Rua do Corpo Santo and the secondary through Rua do Ferragial, which is at a height of 7 meters. This difference originates two semi-buried floors, below the ground of Rua do Corpo Santo.

Kiranpani / Mette Lange Architects

© Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson
© Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson

Text description provided by the architects. In the old Portuguese colony Goa, India, architect Mette Lange has designed a house for her family, after spending almost 10 years traveling and studying the local architecture in Goa. It includes traditions for atrium courtyards and large loggias covered by big beautiful low tiled roofs which give shade for the sun and shelter for the heavy rains. The local houses are often built with bricks, made out of the local red laterite stone - the same color as the red soil of Goa. Lange has in Kiranpani worked with the traditions, but simplified it and put it together differently.

House with a Brick Veil / Studio Lotus

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner