I graduated a couple of years ago and during our days in the studio, we were taught some basics of architecture and the tools that would help us put forth our ideas to an audience.
At that time, people across India had just begun to accept the large role that technology had begun to play in the field of architecture and the acceptance of a parametric design where curves and surfaces were governed by something more than just ‘gut-feeling’.
‘Rebel Architecture’ was a documentary series produced by Doha based Al Jazeera that showcased architects from around the world engaging in practices that break away from the stereotypical genre of architecture and focus on creating spaces that enhance the community and society.
In Ho Chi Minh City, architect Vo Trong Nghia is working to solve problems caused by the population crisis and the dwindling green spaces in Vietnam.
With Vietnam occupied by a ginormous number of motorcycles, pollution levels have skyrocketed and residents are at high-risk. To add to the woes, the architecture of the city has failed to reflect a much needed upgrade to face the fast changing society.
Vo Trong Nghia has been shaping his work to reflect his appreciation for natural ventilation and the implementation of green spaces, both, inside and outside the built space.
With the ‘House for Trees’, the emphasis has been on generating a dialog with the green spaces by moving them above the living spaces and creating a canopy that shades the site. Over the years, Vo Trong Nghia has become an acclaimed architect for his use of bamboo and implementation of green spaces within each of his works.
In the ‘Wind and Water’ bar, the entire structure was conceived as a bamboo dome that sits around a moat of water, without the use of any steel or concrete.
One of the most remarkable projects carried out by the architect is the low-cost housing designed on the banks of the Mekong Delta. The houses are made entirely of pre-fab concrete with an infill of leaf panels.
By rigorously enforcing a type of architecture that focuses more on the environment while still meeting the end goal of consumerism opens up an extensive array of options for how we are going to design our cities and how the masses are going to occupy and build spaces in the future.
I love WordPress! I’ve been running my website on this platform for almost four years and can’t seem to think of moving elsewhere. On several occasions, I find myself navigating to Squarespace or Photoshelter and ogling at their beautifully designed themes however momentarily. These services are beautifully crafted for the full-time photographers and artists but for someone like me, the customization options and the ease of use of a service are prime.
Therefore, I’ll remain loyal to WordPress, regardless of all the bells and whistles the other services showcase. The entire platform is easy to navigate, gets frequent updates and bug fixes, has a great support forum and help with any form of functionality is always one plugin away…
Finding solutions to urban issues is always a great thing to do. What’s even better is when architects, planners and visionaries make use of existing infrastructure and amenities to improve the urban fabric and the social conditions of neighborhoods and cities.
UPDATE: New York’s Lowline park recently got approval from the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer which means that soon, the underground park project will be a reality. While the Metropolitan Transit Authority had shown interest in the space last fall, the Lowline team was awarded conditional use due to the high community impact such a space would have.
In the near future, Lowline would become one of the first of a kind underground parks in the world!
Found this video about base-jumping and the tragic story of two best friends, Matt Blanc and Ian Flanders.
The story is a shift from the typical GoPro features and presents a combination of GoPro and other archival footage.
Over the last two years, I’ve been reading about and finding so many amazing and interesting places on the map that it puts the entire scale and diversity of the planet into perspective. Taking into account how we understand and interact our planet and immediate environment, this series: Earth Panoramas, will aim at looking at various land-forms, cities and natural features from the sky – a perspective we rarely get to enjoy.
With developments on the architecture front taking place at a much faster pace than before, it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to do a post that reflects on the practice and the state of architecture. Doha based Al Jazeera had produced a series called ‘Rebel Architecture’ that revolved around the lives and works of certain architects from around the world, who have moved away from the typical practice typology onto one that involves contributing to society in a fashion that greatly respects the profession and context.
I plan to write this as a series that would cover every architect that was featured, in an individual article. When I look back at what every one of them have achieved, it is inspiring to see how little spaces and small projects go a long way in creating meaningful architecture. You don’t have to be a big-banner firm nor do you need to have your hands full with a dozen commissions. What the ‘rebel’ architects go on to highlight is the impact that meaningful, functional architecture can create.
The Falcon 9 recently made its second landing on the barge Of Course I Still Love You, to the surprise and amazement of the entire Space X team and millions watching from around the world. With the Falcon 9 achieving what it did, humanity has taken another step in their quest to understand space and the universe and what lies beyond.