Monday, November 30, 2009

фотография > 'photos by martin'

Check this blog out. Its cool!
No, it is NOT only about Santorini.
(There is also a permalink under фотография)

Friday, November 27, 2009

deconstructing hafeez contractor

In Hafeez Contractor’s factory, hundreds of architects and draftsmen sit elbow to elbow to churn out buildings. From morning to night, their sole purpose is to draft and design the innumerable rough sketches that originate from Hafeez, who has a good view of the office exit. As a result, employees do not attempt to leave before dinner. When a project is over they immediately begin work on the next. There are no milestones, only more buildings to make. People here do not linger. They have been taught to respect time. The act of endless production has stripped them of most ideologies, bar one: the client’s happiness comes above all else. Here, the architect is as the dictionary defines him: a person who designs buildings. This is not about form follows function, or less is more, or envisioning habitats. The factory’s patrons know the worth of a buck, and they do not care much for architecture as art. Which is why they come here. They like their costs minimised, and design amplified. ............

Read on 
(Via Urban Architecture India)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ink of sri lanka (book #12)

Couldn't have a look yet. But no, it is NOT a book on Sri Lankan Tattoos!

Check out Archt. Tilak Samarawickrama’s book on his 'non architectural' artistic expressions.

Also you can check out what architectonic have to say about this book and a couple of other books.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

sigiriya museum (cSLa #17)

Sigiriya Museum by Archt. Chandana Ellapola (thanks Anonymous)

There is a web site as well. But not online yet (as of Nov 3rd)
Photographs by Mora 3rd year students

Sunday, November 8, 2009

transforming abandoned bunkers into eco hostels

There are reportedly over 750,000 abandoned concrete bunkers scattered throughout Albania,  ....... (read on here)
Are we also up on the deal?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Currently it is estimated that one half of the world's population—approximately three billion people on six continents—lives or works in buildings constructed of earth. And while the vast legacy of traditional and vernacular earthen construction has been widely discussed, little attention has been paid to the contemporary tradition of earth architecture. Author Ronald Rael, founder of provides a history of building with earth in the modern era, focusing particularly on projects constructed in the last few decades that use rammed earth, mud brick, compressed earth, cob, and several other interesting techniques

The Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts was designed by Taller de Arquitectura—Mauricio Rocha (via
Also check out the works of  Rick Joy

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