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Accordion Doors And Windows: Opening Façades To The Outside

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

As ingenious solutions for environments that require additional space and ventilation, articulated or accordion doors and windows operate by folding their leafs one over the other and onto the sides of the opening. They moving via upper and lower rails which can be embedded into masonry and allow separation and integration rooms while adding aesthetic value to the project.

This system generates a similar effect to that of a sliding door or window, but it differs in that all its leafs remain in the same plane when they are closed, giving a clean appearance to the façade.

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Stonehenge Secrets? MIT’s 25-Ton Boulders Can Be Moved By Hand

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

Enormous monolithic structures weighing as much as 25 tons are tilted, rotated and wiggled across a room by a single person in a new experiment by researchers at MIT, giving us a look into how the process might have been carried out by ancient peoples. “Walking Assembly” uses concrete masonry units (CMUs) to demonstrate how ancient knowledge could still be used to this day “to better inform the transportation and assembly of future architectures,” the creators explain.

022: Residential Construction Costs

In the beginning, when you are starting to plan your budget for building a new house, residential construction costs are not that complicated unless you really want to make them that way. There are some general broad stroke pieces of information that if you know them, you will not be surprised when it comes time to plan your budget.
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Since all these costs can be screwed up in any number of ways, take all this information with a grain of salt. It would seem reasonable to assume that masonry construction in the border states, with the amazing amount of readily available skilled labor, will cost less than masonry construction somewhere in non-border states. Texas is also a right-to-work state and we don’t face some of the typical cost issues that unionized states enjoy. So now that I have my disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk numbers!

What do we know about plumbing?

When we hear the word plumbing, we automatically think of the plumber or plumber who is in charge of repairing a sink, uncovering toilets or Drain Rescue but is it limited to that?

Projects of great magnitude are being developed, where different areas of construction are involved; either masonry, reinforcers, painters, electricity, air conditioning, plumbing, etc. The plumbing or plumbing in our country is strictly regulated by the Technical Board of Engineering and Architecture (JTIA) and it is this, who defines the people who can practice this profession.

The field of plumbing is very broad, we can see professionals who build, those in charge of maintaining and those in charge of making designs. According to JTIA, the plumber installer and plumber are responsible (under the supervision of another professional with more experience in the area) responsible for developing the construction of plumbing systems.

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

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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.

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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.