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Transitional Architectures #3: Thinking, working and writing with Yona Friedman

TRANSITIONAL ARCHITECTURES Collective learning and cross media practices Event 3: THINKING, WORKING AND WRITING WITH YONA FRIEDMAN Manuel Orazi, Architectural Historian and Professor at the University of Ferrara Manuel, in […]

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#Unfollowed is a symposium about wellbeing in architecture, seen from different perspectives. These perspectives are seldom discussed in our architectural education, even though they are valuable for our architectural education. […]

Transitional Architectures #2

Chair of Methods and Analysis and Explore Lab invite you to participate on their second Transitional Architectures event and discuss about processes of collective learning and cross media practices. This […]

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From World Expo to Expo World

From World Expo to Expo World

Marthe van Gils

Although World Expo’s appearance changed drastically over the past 150 years, the colonial power structure on which it is based is still visible today. At the Expo nations represent themselves by the means of architectural pavilions that do not allow for any interrelation, which quickly fall into stereotyping, and in this way do not promote an inclusive worldview. This project aims to contribute with an inclusive architectural model for an Expo of the World, by creating pavilions that allow for reflection and introspection across the globe, exposing both the internal versatility and contradictions of the everyday, and the fundamentals shared on earth.

Demystifying Abstraction

Demystifying Abstraction

Deyan Saev

Abstraction plays a central role, as both a language and an essential tool for design.Serving as a way of extracting information, architects often rely on abstraction to define and solve complex design problems. However, the steps behind the process of abstraction itself are rarely explicitly taught or discussed in architectural education. As a result, inexperienced architects often do not have a clear idea of how best to apply this process in their own work. The aim of this research is to put forward a teaching model that would help and guide beginner architects to better understand and use abstraction as a method of generating effective concepts. This model is reflected in the process through which I go about designing an extension to the National Library of Bulgaria in Sofia

The ice rink of the future

The ice rink of the future

Eline Stubert

Due to climate change, the ice skating sport is forced to be practiced indoors. These buildings, called ice rinks, have an image of great energy consumption and waste. By building these rinks we are contributing to climate change even more. Their typology includes  closed facades and they are build in the cheapest way possible, which gives them an industrial look, mostly implemented in industrial areas.  The location and appearance of these buildings aren’t generating high visitor numbers.

Due to their unattractiveness and high energy bills these rinks will be unprofitable from the moment they are build till the end of their lifetime.  This downwards spiral needs to be stopped.

During my graduation project I want to find ways to make an ice rink energy neutral, and incorperate these solutions into my design proposal of a new ice rink. Which shows the value of the ice skating sport and makes it more accessible to the common public.

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