Stone House | Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam | Featured Houses | Architectural Record

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A couple with two children wanted their house in a residential neighborhood in northeast Vietnam to be made of stone, wood, and other natural and local materials.

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As CityCenterDC Nears Completion, Washington Revisits Century-Old Height Restrictions – News – Architectural Record

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The 2.5-million-square-foot development was granted a height bonus by the city and its architect says the project is better because of it.

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Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people | Video on TED.com

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Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses?

fc3arch‘s insight:

Interesting Concept; Wonder what the insurance companies and lawyers think about this?

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Building ‘eats’ smog – CNN.com Video

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Mexico City has a pollution problem. So why not have buildings that eat smog? CNN’s Nick Parker has the story.

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Mexico City has a pollution problem. So why not have buildings that eat smog? CNN’s Nick Parker has the story.

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This Gadget Turns Your iPad Into A Projector | ZAGGblog

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Scratch proof your gadget with the invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG. It’s not your typical screen protector. Covers and protects over 3500 devices.

fc3arch‘s insight:

Go for it if you have $250 burning a hole in your pocket!

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20 Things We Wanted To Steal From Comic-Con 2013

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Hotels around the San Diego area book up approximately 8 years before Comic-Con dates are even announced. We were lucky enough to get sent out courtesy of The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card f…

fc3arch‘s insight:

One of each, please.

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Modern Means

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“Recently I had a conversation over dinner with a potential client. Whoa, dinner, aren’t we a baller… hey, he offered to pay, otherwise it would’ve been coffee! He’s considering building a new….”

fc3arch‘s insight:

What is modern architecture, and what does modern mean? It varies from architect to architect, but for me and what I strive for in my work, modern architecture embodies:

Simple massing/ form/ details with a clear expression of varying massing/ form/ details.

Minimal use of the unnecessary and reduction, or elimination, of frivolous wishes.

Open floor plans with minimal enclosure to encourage user interaction.

Versatile spaces serving varied purposes throughout the day/ owners need/ life span of the structure.

Connected to natural resources visually, tangibly, and through sustainable building/ life-cycle operations.

PS For the record, modern architecture can have a gable roof.

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