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"To each project, irrespective of type, we bring an interest in the personal and collective histor...

Vo Trong Nghia

"In areas with many rocks I will design works with stone; in areas with pretty coloured clay I will...

Gregory Burgess

"In a way our buildings are ourselves. Their gestures to the world reflect our human responsiveness...

David Salmela

"Design is about making great things happen in any situation, regardless of the constraints.” A...

Jun Aoki

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Sayings Worth Quoting, Quotations Worth Sharing


Instant Suburb of Prefabs Hits New York

By Andrew Blum

"Maybe the general public won't go to an architecture show, but they'll always go to a show about other people's houses"

-- Barry Bergdol, curator

...Prefab is "modernism's oldest dream," curator Barry Bergdoll says. Since the industrial revolution, architects have been in thrall of the idea that houses could be built in factories, like any kind of widget. But reality hasn't been extremely cooperative. Whether because of conservative public tastes, unachievable economies of scale, or designers' less-than-stellar business acumen, their utopian visions have mostly remained fantasies...>>>Read More

Illustration: Kerry Roper. (Photo source: Wired.come)


Le Corbusier museum puts noted architect's paintings on display

By Eliane Engeler, Associated Press Writer

...Le Corbusier initially was skeptical toward the collectors he saw, but warmed up when Weber presented them to him and he realized they had a genuine interest in his work. He turned to her and said, "Heidi Weber, I'm very happy to know my children are in good hands with you," she recalled...>>>Read More

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"Architecture is not just about making good buildings and solid, it's also about telling stories in some way"

-- Renzo Piano (Source)

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A Building That Blooms and Grows, Balancing Nature and Civilization

Published: September 23, 2008

...if you want reaffirmation that human history is an upward spiral rather than a descent into darkness, head to the new California Academy of Sciences, in Golden Gate Park, which opens on Saturday. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano on the site of the academy’s demolished home...>>>Read More

(Photo source: Tim Griffith, New York Times)


The Knowledge File: Architecture

If you want to build your knowledge about architecture, these ten lesser-known facts should help to provide a solid foundation

The Romans used concrete too
Concrete is associated with 1970s tower blocks...

Brunelleschi was the first 'starchitect'
Containing four million bricks and weighing 37,000 tonnes...

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"Architecture is not building. Architecture is about building"

-- Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinatti Art Museum.

Visions of architecture, practical and inspired

By Roderick Conway Morris

...the national pavilions - which have responded in various ways to Betsky's title - are an absolute feast, enriched by the presence of many bright young contributors as well as talented, independent-thinking veterans, skeptical of modish nostrums. >>> Read More

Biennale Architecture  Out There: Architecture Beyond Building 

by Aaron Betsky 

The 11th Architecture Biennale, entitled Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, points out what should be an obvious fact: architecture is not building. Buildings are objects and the act of building leads to such objects, but architecture is something else. It is the way we think and talk about buildings, how we represent them, how we build them. This is architecture. More generally, architecture is a way of representing, shaping and perhaps even offering critical alternatives to the human-made environment. In this world it is not enough to keep the rain out, create room for office cubicles, or fit into a context that either changes continually or becomes artificially frozen.>>>Read More

"When I think about architecture, images come into my mind. Many of these images are connected with my training and work as an architect"

-- Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect

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Swiss architect wins the 20th Annual Praemium Imperiale Award in Architecture

Peter Zumthor sees architecture as images in his mind and some of those images belong to his childhood memories. To Zumthor, memories are reservoirs of the architectural atmosphere and images that often found its way into his thinking process.

As for me, I've often liken memories to some sort of directories or folders that are made up of multi-levels of hidden neurons in my brain.They are my present's mode that link back to my past that is frozen in time. They appear to me according to my present interests; just like keying a specific phrase or word on a "google" search bar - requesting my "memories" to bring forth what I want.

I believe that the ability to imagine myself in place frozen in time, is a profound way for me to look at things from a subliminal perspective that constantly reminds me of my very existence.

Kolumba, Art Museum of the Archbishopric Cologne by Peter Zumthor. (Photo source:


“Architecture in the 20th Century was very much about creating contrast between the building and its context but in the 21st Century, buildings should blend in with its environment”

 -- Kengo Kuma

A Conversation with Kengo Kuma

Established Japanese architect, Prof. Kengo Kuma speaks to FIVEFOOTWAY about how to make architecture.

Established Japanese architect, Prof. Kengo Kuma was in Singapore as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series organised by the National University of Singapore in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Architecture. Scheduled to speak about the subject of “Anti-Object”, Kuma’s lecture was filled to the brim with students and architects alike.

Prof. Kengo Kuma spoke to before the lecture and chats about the state of Architecture today. >>> Read More


"there is a continuing need for the creation of festal places on the dwellings, places where individuals come together and affirm themselves as members of community, as they join in public enactments of the essential:celebrations of those central aspects of our life that maintain and give meaning to existence"

-- Karsten Harries, architectural critic

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A week had passed. It was 6.30 am last Sunday morning at the end of a three-day holiday cum working weekend. It had been raining cats and dogs for the past two days in Taiping, a town that had lived up to its reputation as the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. The sun was barely above the hills when the rays of sunlight broke the dawn of the misty morning. I put on my jogging sneakers and headed on to the valley of Maxwells Hill. From there, it would take me approximately 45 minutes of uphill walk before reaching my destination - Sasanarakkha, a Buddhist sanctuary nestled in the tropical foliage of once a durian plantation.

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