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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.

Floating Modular Community

Floating Modular Community

Yafim Simanovsky

Urban populations in coastal contexts suffer increasingly from both environmental and spatial risks in the 21st century. Major flooding events, storms, fires, landslides and earthquakes coupled with the unorganized urban fabric located at the locations most at-risk to these hazards render millions of people extremely vulnerable.
The negative effects in terms of economic opportunity, environmental safety and infrastructural stability are particularly evident in major urban agglomerations where the urban poor suffer from lack of housing, sanitation, clean water, and legal status.
Specifically in Manila, a third of the city’s inhabitants are considered urban poor and live either in slums or in informal housing conditions. The city is an exemplary case of a developing metropolis with multiple water features and geographical conditions which faces the mentioned urban failures and risks in parallel with natural hazards on a yearly basis.
New typologies and solutions need to be sought to understand how to deal with issues of urban land, infrastructure, housing and sanitation, and improved resilience.
As land and flooding are the two core elements which effect all other conditions faced by the urban poor, the design asks how can new land that does not flood be designed as a floating module for a self-sufficient community in the flood-risk context of Manila, Philippines, in order to provide the urban poor population with the means to improve their lives through a more resilient spatial environment.
The design includes strategies both constructional and typological, as well as infrastructure of waste and water management and energy production, so that it will offer an economically and feasibly comparable and sufficiently developed alternative to current practices.

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