Topographic Suture: Ricardo López & Dinorah Martinez

Topographic Suture: Ricardo López & Dinorah Martinez // The atelier objective was to analyze the terrain from the biggest scale that would have an impact on the city, which meant studying the Basin of Mexico. This is the name given to the region of four valleys in the central part of the Mexican territory, which not only contains Mexico City but also other federal states. To study it properly distinct binomials that create city were assigned: water, landscape, urban and infrastructure. Our project studies the binomial of water and landscape, understanding the effect of the ever-growing metropoli against what used to be the dominant natural environment.

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RISE: Greg Sheward

RISE: Greg Sheward // New York City’s population has continuously been on the rise, expected to reach 9 million people over the next 23 years. The need for affordable housing is playing a predominant roll in this growth. This increasing need for housing provides an opportunity for housing to play a prevailing role in the advancement of architecture. Housing has fallen victim to the standardization of the New York City building code.

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Brasilia Elevated: Kyung Kuk Kang

Brasilia Elevated: Kyung Kuk Kang // Brasilia: vast-scale, planned capital city inaugurated by the president Kubitschek in 1960, is the city built for automobiles following the modernist city planning principles. Wing-Axis highways that run through the entire city from north to south, Superquadra apartment neighborhood units which serve huge portions of citizens who live distant apart, the city Brasilia was designed to have an efficient circulation around the city with segregation of different sectors.

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Dramatic Structure: Jonathan Forbes

Dramatic Structure: Jonathan Forbes // “My proposal is conceptualised around the notion of storytelling as a methodology of design practice and reconciliation with the first people. Through the telling’s of the “dreamtime” the first people could craft stories through verbal communication. Therefore how can we craft a story through a physical sense? The SoBE attempts to embrace this ideology to create a physical and meta-physical narrative for the students and staff who occupy it, creating a more personalised and intimate experience.”

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Quick Response System: University of Nebraska Student Work

Quick Response System: University of Nebraska Student Work // QRS (Quick Response System) was fueled in part by the ideas of the first project as well as a quote from Rem Koolhaas at the 2016 AIA convention. “Architecture is a profession that takes an enormous amount of time. The least architectural effort takes at least four or five or six years, and that speed is really too slow for the revolutions that are taking place.”

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