All posts tagged: architecture

TEDTalk Sacred Space

WATCH: How do you build a sacred space?

Beautiful TED talk from the architect of a Ba’hai temple. To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.  

Suryagarh Heritage Hotel India

A heritage, sustainable hotel in Jaisalmer, India (1 of 2)

I didn’t have any expectations when I heard there was a heritage fort hotel in Jaisalmer. But I was blown away when I got to Suryagarh. I kept looking for something that was newly constructed on this property, something that would break my eye. But nothing did. My host in India was Manvendra Singh Shekhawat, a INKTalks Fellow and traditional architecture enthusiast. Photographed below with James, who traveled with me from Bali. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s  largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort.  Above my bed there was a roof made of cut stone, just stone on stone to make this incredible roof. It was an amazing experience. If you get to Jaisalmer, stay in this hotel. They dug a huge pond to …

Green Village Bali

A dream of 108 houses to go with Green School

Living in Green Village  is a unique opportunity to let your kids walk to school through the forest rather than commute 45 minutes or more each day. We are very committed to this dream of a green community right next to Green School. Come and be a part of it. There are houses available for sale and available for rent through the Green Village. -JH Green Village  stands for a community and a lifestyle for those who care about nature and appreciate its magnificence. Its real estate offerings are more than just unique properties; they are a promise of a sustainable future. Set along the terraced slopes of the Ayung River in Bali, Green Village is a master-planned community of eighteen dramatically unique homes, hand-constructed by the Ibuku team. Each home is custom designed and rigorously engineered to embody the inherent strengths and versatility of bamboo. Located within walking distance from Green School, Green Village encompasses all of the architectural innovations, sustainable principles and artisan craftsmanship of the world famous campus. A few of the Green Village homes …

China's round earthen houses

How to build a tiger proof house

John went to visit the earthen round houses of Yuchang. Amazing houses, closed on the outside with no windows until the 3rd floor because of stories of tigers coming into the houses and killing people. -JH From the Wikipedia page: Yuchanglou (裕昌樓) is a five-storey tulou located at Nanjing County, Shuyang Town, Xiabanliao Village. It was built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu family clan. It is one of the oldest and tallest tulou in China. Yuchanglou has been nicknamed the “zigzag building”, because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight and perpendicular, but zigzags left and right. It was built that way due to an error measuring the building materials. But in spite of this apparent infirmity, this tall tulou withstood 700 years of natural elements and social turmoil.   Yuchanglou’s outer ring is 36 m in diameter and boasts five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor, 270 in total. Each of the 25 kitchens on the ground floor at the back half of the circle has a private water well beside its …

China travels

Travels in China with the Sustainable Rural Construction Forum

It was a shock to be invited to speak at a conference on rural sustainability in a small village in China, but I was strangely drawn toward it coming from a small village myself. When I arrived, it was beyond expectations. I was lost to the stereotype many people have of big cities and the idea that China is ‘gone’. China is far from gone. There are villages with a hundred houses and only 8 families left. I visited one of these places, but now people have moved in and are building libraries and restaurants; there is so much opportunity to get out of the big, ugly cities and move back to these amazing old buildings that are still there as are other things. The Chinese people are hungry to get back to the country. I was shown pictures of other villages I didn’t visit that made me dream. One is a two hour walk to reach; only 8 of 80 houses are inhabited. It’s an opportunity to inhabit these villages with new ideas, with organic agriculture, …

The Bamboo Architecture of Green Village

Geobeats video on the Green Village. Green Village in Bali, Indonesia is an architectural gem – a dream like setting.  Built by the design team, Ibuku, a company that strives to create residences where people can maintain an ‘authentic relationship with nature’. Green Village is constructed completely of bamboo, including the stairs, cabinets, walls and furniture. The designer’s website states “new treatment methods have given bamboo a capacity for long life. We harvest and treat all of our own bamboo, selecting for density and maturity, then lab test to confirm its integrity”. The buildings are nothing short of beautiful spectacular. Surrounded by lush, jungle-like greenery, circular doors and floor-to-ceiling windows open to the gorgeous outdoors. The design gives a wide open, one-with-nature feel to the residences. Bamboo stalks appear to serve as intricately placed architectural posts, while the stairs and railings depict hand carved, unique pieces of structural art.

WATCH: Bjarke Ingels- Hedonistic sustainability

Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. At TEDxEast he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant. Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels’ architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building’s occupants and surroundings.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) is an architectural prize established by Aga Khan IV in 1977. It aims to identify and reward architectural concepts Big range of marijuana kits that are available in our online shop would let you clean your body from marijuana toxins as well as to pass the marijuana drug test without complications. that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community development and improvement, restoration, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment. Find Out More

MEET: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG – is a Copenhagen based group of 85 architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. Historically the field of architecture has been dominated by 2 opposing extremes. On one side an avant-garde full of crazy ideas. Originating from philosophy, mysticism or a fascination of the formal potential of computer visualizations they are often so detached from reality that they fail to become something other than eccentric curiosities. On the other side there are well organized corporate consultants that build predictable and boring boxes of high standard. Architecture seems to be entrenched in two equally unfertile fronts: Either naively utopian or petrifying pragmatic. We believe that there is a third way wedged in the no mans land between the diametrical opposites. Or in the small but very fertile overlap between the two. A pragmatic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective. In our projects we test the effects of scale and the …