Discovering India’s ancient stepwells

Discovering India’s ancient stepwells Victoria Lautman’s travels sound like something straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. Armed with a humble little point-and-shoot camera (“Well, I’m sliding in horrible pits, I need to be able to hold it in my teeth”) the Chicago-based adventure-journalist travels across India hunting for ancient, unexplored ruins. Lautman’s favorite pastime, or “obsession” as she calls it, is finding stepwells, large often cavernous wells in which water may be reached Read more […]

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CITE: The $1 billion city that nobody calls home

In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand. Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home. The CITE (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) project is a full-scale Read more […]

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“Vernacular of terror” a view on defensive architecture

Anti-homeless spikes: ‘Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city’s barbed cruelty’ Story by Alex Andreou was born in Greece and has a background in law and economics. He runs the Sturdy Beggars Theatre Company and blogs at Sturdyblog. Twitter: @sturdyalex More than 100 homeless people are “living” in the terminals of Heathrow airport this winter, according to official figures – a new and shameful record. Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have warned that homelessness in Read more […]

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Do architects develop a new rolling home concept

Do architects develop a new rolling home concept Lithuanian practice do architects is currently developing a home concept called the ‘rolling home’. Situated in an ideal environment on a green plain next to the ocean in svencelė, lithuania, the housing prototype departs from the traditional orthogonal-walled constructs and introduces a new form of living within the infinitely cyclical circle. the wood-clad sectional pipes are oriented in the same direction with the transverse facades featuring Read more […]

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Prince Philip Residence

Prince Philip Residence by Thellend Fortin Architectes This project involved the expansion of a spacious single-story Outremont residence built in the 1960s. Situated on a site with a steep incline and majestic view, the two-floor expansion was designed to offer a generous window on the horizon. The architectural concept involved the addition of living spaces in the form of a long ribbon situated laterally to and in line with the contours of the existing structure. This ribbon folds and Read more […]

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