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A review of retrofit interventions for residential buildings in hot humid climates
Buildings consume 40% of resources around the world, low energy building is fast becoming a major component of sustainable development. However, limiting the concept of low energy buildings to new builds will only undermine ...
La representación urbanística de los espacios informales. Las villas miseria de Buenos Aires (1947-1965)
(Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2020)
In this article we aim to redefine the notion of informal space through the analysis of their cartographic representations as produced by urban planners. To this end we undertake a historical review of three key planning ...
Speedrunning and the digitized body
(Design Computation, 2020-06-08)
Diplorasis is a mirrored corridor that replicates a funhouse-mirrored room. The participant who enters this ‘funhouse’ space is not prepared for what is in store. The participant’s likeness is secretly reproduced while he ...
Borders of Precincts: Unpacking the Politics of White Neighbourhood Identities in the Post‐Apartheid Black City (Johannesburg)
The relationship between a middle income white precinct in Melville and the post-apartheid predominantly black city of Johannesburg are still seen as separate entities. This poses a threat to the democratic production of ...
The absent spaces in the European city, as a stitching system of the urban infrastructure and the collective in the contemporary city
(Taylor and Francis, 2020)
Hans Ulrich Orbrist interviews the architect Rem Koolhaas about the Berlin Wall. He answers: “The Berlin Wall as architecture was for me the first spectacular revelation in architecture of how absence can be stronger than ...
Shantytowns, Housing and State Order: The Plan de Emergencia in 1950s Argentina
(Taylor and Francis, 2020-03-26)
In September 1955 in Argentina a coup d’état backed by a heterogeneous coalition of military and civil actors overthrew the elected government of Juan Domingo Perón and set out to profoundly alter most of his policies. One ...
Towards Energy Efficient Buildings in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities
(American Research Institute for Policy Development, 2020-01-20)
The need to enhance people’s wellbeing by reducing CO2 emission has necessitated global efforts towards reducing energy consumption by buildings, which is responsible for nearly 45% of world’s energy consumption. Energy ...
Utopian Governance and the 'Smart' City
The critique centred on the controlling of bodies through emerging forms of digital surveillance can be extended to the wider information networks of the ‘smart’ city. Definitions of ‘smart’ cities are reminiscent of ...
Digitally stitching stereoscopic vision
Practiceopolis: Stories from the Architectural Profession
With the increasing specialisation in the process of contemporary building production, the value and the role of architects have come into question in construction discourse. From literature about architects losing leadership ...