Archinect - News 2016-07-24T08:59:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149954304/holistic-design-tool-homekit-takes-on-issues-of-resilient-community-and-sustainability-in-rural-colombia Holistic design tool HOMEKIT takes on issues of resilient community and sustainability in rural Colombia Sponsor 2016-06-28T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T11:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmg1wo9h810m4qf4.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://the-bac.edu/education-programs?utm_campaign=Architecture&amp;utm_medium=Editorial_Programs&amp;utm_source=Archinects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Population growth and lack of shelter are the main indicators of increased poverty in developing countries. Every year, millions of people in rural communities in tropical climates migrate to cities in search of a better life. Informal settlements proliferate on the cities&rsquo; peripheries. However, what often awaits them is misfortune: few employment opportunities, lack of clean water, crowded housing spaces, crime, and other threats to their family traditions and lifestyle.</p><p>The HOMEKIT training program educates people in rural areas to sustainably cultivate bamboo and empower their villages to be self-reliant and to meet their own shelter needs. The system reduces forest depletion and contributes to the socioeconomic infrastructure of the villages. It provides safe, dignified, highly functional homes that respond to the local environment and natural disasters, connects people with the natural systems that support them, and he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-05T08:15:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hp45n92ofqtv5hwy.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A shortlisted finalist in the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126383916/the-oscars-of-architecture-world-architecture-festival-opens-call-for-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture&nbsp;Festival</a> awards, <a href="http://archinect.com/crgarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRG Architects</a>' Bamboo Skyscraper is not only noteworthy for its unusual choice of material, but its vision of what constitutes a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13491/skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Instead of focusing on a single prominent tower, the design is a cluster of gradually rising volumes that interconnect and share a central vertical core. Stainless steel is used for joint material between the high-tensile-strength <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/60509/bamboo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bamboo</a> tubes, while <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/79033/beijing-cubism-how-etfe-revolutionized-the-bubble" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EFTE</a> is used for the facade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a57ekxlmq6so04c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1werj48f14ljdbcg.jpg"></p><p>Sustainability drove the initial design concept, as did a desire for fostering greater public space and communal interactions within the cluster. According to a statement by CRG, "It is up to artists, designers and architects to find an answer to the question how current technology can breathe new life into the urban environment and into public domain."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3x0d8yjecz3wths6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/lyba1fcw7ocxa1q3.jpg"></p><p>The 247,000 square meter complex, which boasts office, entertainment, and hotel/residential spaces, also has a helix slope for bicycle access.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture Bali’s fascinating bamboo architecture Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T12:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jwwbpuc7szxyqov.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was a time when you could not be poor enough, or rural enough, to want to live in a bamboo house,&rdquo; says Ibuku founder Elora Hardy. A former print designer for Donna Karan, Hardy now leads an Indonesian firm that creates innovative, luxurious structures out of cheap, sustainable, plentiful bamboo. In a talk at the TED conference last week, Hardy&nbsp;wowed the audience with spectacular images that defy traditional notions of house shapes and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Ibuku on the firm's <a href="http://archinect.com/ibuku" target="_blank">Archinect profile</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107401989/bamboo-architecture-for-dystopian-times Bamboo architecture for dystopian times Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d764ec048c664598d8ecb02d1abacb0.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Extraordinary as it is, Big Bamb&uacute; is not unique. The Starns&rsquo; project is part of an increasingly popular trend of installations emerging at the intersection of art, architecture, and activism. Hand-built and naturally sourced, these works employ aspects of sculpture, design, and performance to address a wide range of social, spiritual, and environmental deficiencies. They have been loosely gathered under the somewhat paradoxical term &ldquo;natural architecture,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75977995/bamboo-lakou-wins-the-architectural-association-s-2013-foster-partners-prize ‘Bamboo Lakou’ Wins the Architectural Association’s 2013 Foster + Partners Prize Alexander Walter 2013-06-27T17:29:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:54:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fj/fj8ypagh7pg1v4bc.jpg" width="514" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's Architectural Association School of Architecture and Foster + Partners have announced the winner of the 2013 Foster + Partners Prize, presented annually to the AA diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure. The recipient is selected jointly by the AA and Foster + Partners at the end of each academic year. This year&rsquo;s prize has been awarded to John Naylor, of Diploma Unit 16, for his project &lsquo;Bamboo Lakou&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74981649/pulse-pavilion-in-macau Pulse Pavilion in Macau Alexander Walter 2013-06-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T19:37:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wysipb38dt49kp91.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We have received images of Pulse Pavilion, a fascinating temporary structure designed and built by third- and fourth-year undergraduate architecture students at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau. The design team was led by guest professors Kristof Crolla (Laboratory for Explorative Architecture &amp; Design Ltd. / LEAD) and Dannes Kok. Pulse Pavilion was open to the public at Plaza Sai Van, adjacent to Macau Tower, from June 1st until today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/29114280/colombia-architect-leads-bamboo-building-crusade Colombia architect leads bamboo building crusade Archinect 2011-11-29T00:02:42-05:00 >2011-11-29T17:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2b38b396dab45689171d1aea772ef4f2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss architectural historian Pierre Frey describes [Simon] Velez as a leader in the "vernacular" movement in architecture, a school of design using local materials and anchored firmly in a designer's surrounding "context." His tile-roofed, bamboo-supported structures, often with monumental overhangs, are a trademark, reflecting the sheltering function in a country with an equatorial sun and monsoon rains.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>