The Tech Apple turns greener.

Jerry Yudelson, president of the Portland, Oregon-based Green Building Initiative, likens sustainable architecture to sex. “It’s all about performance, not promise. Show me your numbers,” Yudelson says. A few years ago, Yudelson, together with German architecture critic and professor Ulf Meyer, asked hundreds of owners of the highest-rated new green buildings around the globe to…

Why do we need public spaces ?

A good city needs urban public place as much as it needs any other urban infrastructure. Some public spaces like Times Square in New York have become a part of the city and life of the people that these places have become synonymous with the cities. Public spaces is not only about parks,gardens and green…

Is your building beautiful ?

‘The Architecture of Happiness’ One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and sadness is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we’re surrounded by. And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as thoughtless, even self-indulgent. The book ‘Architecture of Happiness’ starts from the…

Nature:Architecture:Humans

Architecture has always been the medium to bridge gaps. It plays a vital role in bridging the distance between human beings and nature. Architecture should be in harmony with nature and people,encompassing the needs of the people. It is all about human needs,benefit and comfort rather than the aesthetic beauty. TOYO ITO, Japanese architect and…

Are Architects now Doctors ?

While you can’t always account for the mood of users, or their good and bad days, you can create an aesthetic that emphasizes the right mood for the space. Three basic design techniques – colour, typography and space are key components for establishing the mood of a space. Moods are an extension of emotions. This…

GREEN ROOF: A thing of the future.

  Humans have physiological reactions to natural beauty and diversity, to the shapes and colours of nature, especially to green, and to the motions and sounds of other animals,” (quote by Frederick Law Olmstead, Dramstad, 1996).  Greenroofs can help to visually ease the stress created by a lack of greenspace in urban communities.  By intertwining culture and…

IS RELIGION AND ARCHITECTURE INTERRELATED ?

Sacred architecture (also known as religious architecture) is a religious architectural practice concerned with the design and construction of places of worship and/or sacred or intentional space, such as churches, mosques, stupas, synagogues, and temples.
   The history of architecture is concerned more with religious buildings than with any other type, because in most past…

ARCHITECTURE IS FROZEN MUSIC

Music always exists complimenting other art forms. Never can you find music stand alone.On the surface, music and architecture are opposites. While music is invisible, architecture is visible. And while music is made from vibrating air, architecture is made from concrete, steel, and glass.                  But look a…

Best Architects on the Planet

We all know about Louis I Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and several other architects who have given us the best architectural gifts in the history of mankind. Many great personalities have contributed greatly in the field of architecture. But this article, is not about any of them. No it is not even about…

Skyscraper

Are you planning to move your house soon and cannot decide whether to live in a skyscraper or a villa? Skyscrapers are said to be the essence of the city adding to the city’s skyline but as developers continue to build up, it begs the question: what effect does living in skyscrapers at heights have…

A NEW FLOATING ERA

Global warming is become a major threat to our planet. What accompanies this disaster is the rise in sea levels due to melting polar ice caps. Coastal cities and towns are under threat and so are low lying lands. So, as we cannot grow gills and swim we are bound to find new ways to…

APPLYING NEUROSCIENCE TO INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE

NEUROSCIENCE Meaning: As the term indicates, Neuroscience is the science related to the nervous system. According to Macmillan Publishers Limited (2015), Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary science that is concerned with the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. It encompasses the evolution, development, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, anatomy and pharmacology of…

Times Change, People Change, Architecture Changes

This article concerns, directly or indirectly, the transforming approach to flexible and versatile architecture which has developed progressively throughout the last several years. This has produced an alternative to the logic of conflict and contradiction explored by Deconstructivist architects: flexible, curvilinear, pliant architectures that meet the requirements of design tactics of fluidity, viscosity and connection….

The secret romance of modern Architecture

Architecture has been since ages the art of infrastructure, design and evolution in structural psychology. It has allowed us to enhance our perspective of the world by creating insanely well-done forms and figures around the main cities in the world. Nowadays, you can find that main buildings have an emotional meaning behind them as well…

Sustainability – Fun not Boring

When we hear the word sustainability, we often envision a strict or policy-bound activity. In terms of architecture, one may see it as a disciplined and uninteresting approach to design, filled with technical details which strip the design of any ‘fun’ characteristic. However, there is no rulebook that dictates each and every aspect of sustainable…

Do you know your future ? 

So what will the architecture of the future look like? Well, technological advances will affect the way architecture looks, but technological progress does not have a direct relationship with societal progress, and it’s societal change which most deeply impacts architectural form. There will be an eventual shift away from steel and glass towards new materials….

Sustainable Materials for Building

One of the easiest ways for architects to begin integrating sustainable design principles in buildings, is by carefully selecting environmentally sustainable building materials. Usually, the price tag is a primary concern when comparing similar materials or materials designated for the same function. However, rated price of a building component represents only the manufacturing and transportation…

Is it time to redesign and FengShui your house? 

Vastu Shastra is a traditional system of architecture followed by the Hindus and is literally translated as sciences of architecture and is composed of specific rules, regulations and directions, written by sages of the Vedic times. Vastu in Sanskrit means anything that exists and shastra means system. It is considered that the house has a…

Effects of Physical Environment on Child Development

There is a growing awareness internationally of the importance of early learning, its impact on the individual child, and the wider implications of early learning on the social and economic capacity of communities and nations. Alongside teacher and program quality, the physical environment is seen as a critical partner in a child’s cognitive, social and…

Three Ways Neuroscience Can Inform and Improve Architecture

Architecture is a circus of emotions and perceptions. How we react to structures matters the most, over any other technical aspect. Because architecture is a science of perception and perception belongs to the brain, therefore we, architects, play with your emotions. This is something not taught in college/university but fundamental. Light, forms and space determine…

Importance of Designing a School for development of Children.

   The environment of a school plays an active role in children’s development,including the way they learn. Many psychologists suggested that the environment is a ‘third teacher’, which has the power to speak to children and stimulate them.    The influence of the environment is known by architects and landscape architects.School building and grounds can…

Affair with Spaces – The Church of The Light

Tadao Ando is one of the architect’s whom I believe is adept at bridging architectural spaces and the human power of conception, through his designs. Morphological preferances are made so as to create definite effects on place and people. An example of his great works is the Church Of The Light in Osaka, Japan. In…

Architecture – A Remedy

Singapore, known for its clean and green environment, usually has clean air in all parts of the country. However, each year, there comes a time when the air pollution index is at levels which every citizen dreads. It is during the period when farmers in Indonesia are busy clearing their farmlands and fields, that the…

A Touch of Architecture

The sense of touch is perhaps the most underrated sense according to psychologist Martin Arvidsson of Stockholm University in Sweden. In spite of being the elementary sense, we often disregard its true significance in our daily lives. The act of touching, or as we call it, feeling something is indeed extremely fundamental to humans as…

Design for Our Senses

Our senses give us the ability to understand our surrounding environment and space when in full consciousness. They are responsible for the processing of the built as well as sociological environment by means of physiological and psychological evaluation. Perception of space is directly proportional to the physical as well as psychological capacities of the user….

Sustainable Spaces with Psychological Connotation

Nelly Ramzy is Studying Historical Architecture to learn about Biomimetic Models with Biophilic Qualities Architects have long taken inspiration from Nature. They borrowed the shapes and proportions of natural forms ever since as they strived to achieve aesthetic perfection. In Ancient Egypt columns were modeled on palm trees and lotus plants, so were classical orders…

To Change or Not to Change

The sun rises the calendar flips My room brightens yet I’m engulfed in darkness Onwards the hour and minute hand ticks I drag myself here I drag myself there Yet my soul feels stuck in the same madness My eyes linger at the window I hope my blink catches a new sight It is but…

Cognitive Value of Architecture

Architecture in the form of built environment plays an important role in our lives. Humans establish a relationship with elements in their natural as well as artificial environment over a period of time. In fact some might even become fixated over a building or a structure almost instantaneously. Scores of people have fallen in love…

The Human Mind : The Real Purpose for Architecture

Architecture was as anonymous to me a few years ago as neuroscience is, today. Sure I drooled over buildings, structures, bridges, etc and watched all the documentaries religiously. But I also realised that every one of them had a unique reasoning for me to like or dislike them or a part of them. This could…

The Theory Of Interior Spaces.

In many Asian countries people have no qualms about spending big bucks for a Feng Shui consultant to evaluate their offices or houses with flow of energy to make sure this will increase or affect their fortune. But modern day architects do not believe in Feng Shui or Vastu Shastra (In India). Now, with the rise of…