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The Best Architectural Websites

The Top Architectural Websites in the World That sounds pretty important doesn’t it? At the very least it sounds comprehensive … it suggests an extensive and exhaustive collection of the best architecturally themed websites in the world. I’m not sure if that is this list but it is my go-to list of websites. Compiling a list of the top architectural websites is far more difficult than it sounds, particularly if there isn’t any particular manner of evaluation employed other than these are the sites that I go to the most often. I don’t have a blog roll on my site, something that I struggle with continually for excluding. So let’s get to it – in no particular order, Life of an Architect’s Favorite Websites: John Hill’s A Daily Dose of Architecture was the first architectural bog that I started reading. I discovered the BUILD website a few months after starting my own. What is there to say about the ArchDaily website? Architechnophilia is an aggregate site and a really good one at that.

Design Observer 40 inspirational architects websites showcased - Aurora Share on Tumblr Great designs of architects’ website are something of a paradox. Many website designs that we’ve seen created by architects are either obnoxious uses of flash or crucially, so minimal and sparse it hurts – or nightmares to navigate. Perhaps its the fact that architects fancy themselves as aesthetic and artistic connoisseurs – and in this pursuit, the message more often takes secondary place to the visuals – the reverse of what works really well on the web. We’ve also seen a few architecture firms who fancy themselves as web designers themselves, attempting the craft themselves, and often failing miserably. So – here follows a collection of the best architects sites that we’ve found from around the web. We’ve categorised this collection into sites with and without Flash, as the debate on appropriate use of Flash wagers on, architects sites in particular seem to be unable to avoid its allure. Flash sites Rafael Vinoly URL: Consarc Design Rick Mather Snohetta

Architecture News - World Architects, Building News | Building architecture + urbanism - Aurora De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is a multicultural neighborhood that is home to people from 129 different countries. The city district wanted to boost community life in the neighborhood. The authorities therefore chose a building which combines swimming pools, a therapy pool, fitness, aerobics, a sauna and steam bath, a party centre, café and childcare alongside a fast food restaurant (jobs for the unemployed in the neighborhood). Each individual element attracts different target groups, so the entire population will be able to use it in the end. Now, with its green façades and roof, Sportplaza Mercator marks the start and end of the Rembrandtpark. The building was designed as a city – a society in miniature – inside a cave.

Architectural Digest Quake-proof, zero-emission ‘All Seasons Tent Tower’ | Designbuzz : Design ideas and concepts - Aurora Developed as a part of the Mercedes-Benz hotel tower competition for the city of Yerevan, Armenia, the “All Seasons Tent Tower” from OFIS Architecture is a quake-proof building, which is capable of resisting gravity load and the forces resulting from earthquakes. Featuring two terraced cylindrical towers, accommodating a restaurant, pool, spa and fitness center and bar in the higher tower, the tent tower integrates photovoltaic cells into the atrium roof to generate solar power. Presenting a dominant view from the city, the next-gen architecture also houses a hotel and apartments, together with a business center, shops and garage. Wrapping the terraces in high performance skin to reduce the solar gain in summers, the All Seasons Tent Tower makes use of a pipe system with embedded concrete slab that not only allows cooling without draft problems in hot weather but also provides heating during the chilly winter. Via: Designboom Mar 6

Archinect | Connecting Architects Since 1997 5 most beautiful palaces in the world | Designbuzz : Design ideas and concepts - Aurora The palace represents the royal residence of the emperors with a remarkable traditional architecture. Some of the historic palaces are not just status symbols but are also used as a platform for parliaments, hotels, office buildings and museums. Palaces portray the social values of culture and time in which they were constructed. For this reason, archeologists and tourists are fascinated in exploring this beautiful architecture. 1. Chambord is located in France. 2. The Potala palace is situated on Red mountain in the centre of Lahsa valley. 3. The Summer Palace is considered as one of the best preserved royal gardens in China. 4. This palace also known as Amba Vilas Palace, was the royal residence of Mysore Wodeyars. 5. The Forbidden City is located in the heart of Beijing.

World Architecture News, Official Home Page, architecture news, architecture jobs What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Cooperative Society? - Aurora Advantages of Cooperative Society 1. Easy to form: The formation of a cooperative society is very simple as compared to the formation of any other form of business organisations. Any ten adults can join together and form a cooperative society. The procedure involves in the registration of a cooperative society is very simple and easy. 2. Unless and otherwise specifically debarred, the membership of cooperative society is open to everybody. 3. In most cases, the liabilities of the members of the society is limited to the extent of capital contributed by them. 4. In Cooperative society members are provided with better good and services at reasonable prices. 5. The cooperative society is managed by the elected members from and among themselves. 6. A cooperative society cannot be dissolved by the death insolvency, lunacy, permanent incapability of the members. 7. The operation carried on by the cooperative society economical due to the eliminations of middlemen. 8. 9. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

plusMOOD No. 570 - 2012.1024 Trees are fundamental to urban landscapes and natural ecosystems. Wood from trees is a fundamental material for architecture. The tension between wood in living trees, and wood in buildings and other products, is arguably at an all-time-high on planet Earth. This is especially true in North America, where primary harvest of irreplaceable primeval forest, having swept across the continent during the last 300 years, is still underway. In the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada, even as fierce political battles rage over the logging or conservation of the last few percent of older forests on public lands, vast acreages of once-vibrant forest in private industrial ownership is being stripped and scoured rapidly. Wood is beautiful, used well in our homes, shops, and offices. What would it take to use wood from the Pacific Northwest, the world's largest softwood lumber-producing region, in a truly sustainable, green way? Sustainable Timber

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