Japan: Architectural Resilience

Located in East Asia, Japan is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean and has 126 million people who suffer through multiple earthquakes every year. The Japanese archipelago is situated in an area where several continental and oceanic plates converge, which is why it experiences earthquakes and tsunami waves frequently. Over the past decade, more than 200 thousand people have died, 500 thousand have been injured, and thousands of families have lost their homes in three devastating earthquakes i

An architectural review of Mont Saint-Michel, Commune in France

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mont Saint Michel is an island commune in Normandy in France. The island is about a kilometre away from the country’s north-western coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. Its area is 100 hectares (247 acres), and its population is 32 (2017). It is one of Europe’s most memorable sights set in the mesmerizing bay where Brittany and Normandy meet, drawing the eye from afar. Historically, the island has served as a fortification since ancient times a

A journey through Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Located in the heart of Istanbul is the oldest and largest covered market globally, surrounded by shops covered in roofs and domes. Every day, thousands of visitors and shoppers from all over the world visit the Grand Bazaar, which is popular and historically significant. With a 30,700 thousand square meters market area, the Grand Bazaar is true to its name. Located along 62 covered lanes, it is home to more than 4,000 shops selling everything from apparel to home décor to dishes associated with

Architecture – An Everlasting Relationship with Users

The Tale of Architecture begins with its Users At the dawn of humanity, man hid from dangers in caves and primitive safe spots. With time, humankind learned how to use Mother Nature and built homes, which resulted in the development of architecture. Not only did it affect the surroundings, but it also affected humans. Today, architecture is viewed as an art form. Architectural achievements have served as symbols of society throughout history, representing values, successes, and eventually the

Book in Focus: Architecture as Space by Bruno Zevi

The iconic work (first published in 1948 in Italian, translated in 1957, and revised in 1974), Architecture as Space, by Bruno Zevi, depicts the history of architecture in light of its essence as space, animating and illuminating architectural creations so that their beauty-or indifference-is revealed. Aside from commercial and residential buildings, temples, palaces, and cathedrals, Zevi discusses structures such as fountains, columns, and monuments, subjecting them all to aesthetic, cultural a

How does the new normal affects architecture as a career

According to the source of World Bank Blogs, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused an estimated 900 million people to remain at home. Architects and designers have been asked to work remotely to prevent the virus from spreading through the workplace and study space. It is undoubtedly a new experience for many architects. Over the past few years, we have observed how architects, manufacturers, innovators, and educators have digitally exchanged architectural designs, ideas, and experiences. Still, unpr

Ricardo Bofill Passes Away at 82

Ricardo Bofill, the Spanish architect who dedicated his life to designing wild postmodern buildings, has died at age 82. One of the most influential architects and urbanists in the modern design world, Ricardo Bofill, stands at the forefront of creating practical city plans. Born in Barcelona in December 1939, the legendary architect began studying at an architecture school in his home city. One can read a Bofill building as if it were a piece of art, a carefully considered layering of form and

How can architects designers create safe spaces for kids with autism

A space is arranged according to the user’s requirements to create an environment in design. Any design concept begins with an understanding of the user’s needs. Designers usually use the sound, visual, and tactile characteristics of space to convey the essence of the space to users and facilitate the purpose and activities of space, particularly for special needs users. Considering the different purposes for each space, it reconsiders more when it comes to accessible spaces for the disabled. C

Past, Present and Future: School Architecture

Forces outside the curriculum shape classroom design to create the best learning environment. With academics, administrators, and open learning trying to grasp how design affects learning, classrooms have evolved significantly from one-room schoolhouses. For blended learning to be effective, it was understood that the system architecture of schooling and the physical architecture of schools itself must be rethought from the start. Dating back to the open-plan movement of the 1970s, any activity

Mountain and Cloud Cabins by Wiki World and Advanced Architecture Lab: Floating in Nature

The Yichang area of China is not hidden in the taiga, but is set in a green expanse with shadowed forests and open skies above. A futuristic reflective mountain and cloud cabins with pointy roofs emerge from these dense forests. Designed as a scattered hotel, Mountain & Cloud Cabin comprises 18 wooden units that function as hotel rooms, a cafeteria, and a pool set in the countryside overlooking the Blue River in Hubei Province. Occasionally, mist shrouds the structures, giving the project the na