The Definition of Architecture

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Architecture is… difficult to define, and even architects get confused when asked to come up with an unambiguous definition. If you are looking for an answer with two lines underneath, you might find it here (or not). Whether your first association is: “architecture is… fancy modern building-design”, or “… the collective human heritage of built environments throughout the world” you might reconsider. This is an attempt to explore the wealth … Continue reading

What do you do for a living?

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Recently I’ve met a lot of interesting people. Just last week I was inspired by Lucky Linda who lectured on finding your life purpose. I’ve met an interior designer who organizes self-improvement courses, a graphic designer who works as inspirator for her colleagues, a doctor who recently published book about diet and nutrition, a hairdresser working as a musician, and an architect who paints pictures. It may say something about … Continue reading

Back to Earth – The World´s Oldest Building Material

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Throughout the history of mankind earth has by far been the most commonly used building material. Anyone with a piece of land have it, and it requires no huge transportation costs. With a shovel and some manpower, people throughout the ages have dug out caves, made earthbricks, rammed earth walls, and developed other ways to build with this abundant material. The picture above shows the Fairy Chimney Hotel in Turkey. … Continue reading

What is Architecture?

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Architecture is… difficult to define, and even architects get confused when asked to come up with an unambiguous definition. If you are looking for an answer with two lines underneath, you might find it here (or not). Whether your first association is: “architecture is… fancy modern building-design”, or “… the collective human heritage of built environments throughout the world” you might reconsider. This is an attempt to explore the wealth … Continue reading

Climate Adapted Buildings – The Modern Paradox

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One of the major functions of a building is to provide shelter from the climatic rigors, which may vary tremendously throughout the seasons and across the world. A building must be adapted to the local climatic conditions. The skin of the building The outer layer of a building compares to the layer of skin on the human body in many ways. It breathes, perspires, cools you down, and heats you … Continue reading

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