architecture without context

Contextualism in architecture refers to the visual relationship of a building about its surroundings. Architecture is the single unit interwoven into an urban fabric. Added collectively, these interconnected units engage a dialogue concerning the culture, time and history of a place. Contextualism creates an environment where memories of a place are collected together.

the power of a concept

Architecture can simply be defined as a form of an art. It requires the combination of both technical and aesthetic approaches. Property developers require the assistance of an architect, who can figure out the perfect balance in between these two factors. An architectural concept is an abstract or generative idea around which the project will […]

(un)made in China exhibition in Shanghai

The Xubeihong foundation project proposed by AQSO has been selected for the exhibition ‘(un)made in China, architecture undone in the P.R.C’. The retrospective aims to celebrate the best missing Chinese projects from the last decade.

the people’s urbanism

Last Saturday 22th took place in Hong Kong the presentation and discussion entitled ‘The People´s Urbanism’, an event organized by AP+E about bottom up approaches part of the last edition of the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (UABB).

from policies to design

Modern urbanism involves several disciplines beyond architecture and sociology. Often the rules guiding urban development are established taking into account economic and political factors. In a complex scenario where the future of urban areas is more difficult to predict, how policymakers can take into account public participation?

contract administration

In addition to the Faculty Management determined by the local regulations, project management coordinates the agents involved in the works not directly dependent from the main contractor.

the illusion of weightless architecture

High-tech advancements in structural engineering give birth to the reality of intricate architectural designs. Building typologies now exceed what was once compromised because of traditional methods. The advent of Information Age will continuously break ground for the optimisation of structural systems. As innovations surge, the potential for growth in the industry provides more opportunities.

the blink

A 1993 study by the American social psychologists Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal considered in what way less information would affect the accuracy of predicting teacher evaluation by college students. The study shows that the information conveyed in a glimpse can be just as important as the information gathered over a much longer period. This […]

singular concepts

2012 bjdw


mark magazine

(un)made in China

interdisciplinary is not multidisciplinary

computer-generated imagery

the process

handover and as-built documentation

Iberian architecture in Beijing

3×3 projects in contexts

learning from Dashilar

lecture at the Global Pioneer design forum

design workshop

value engineering


arquia proxima 2012

a map of hutopolis


round table at 751

special mention for atienza hall

technical reports

AQSO launches urban research Hutopolis

communicating design with 3D prints

massing study

identities in comparison

old is new at Today Art Museum

our analysis of the Chinese market for El País

physical models

lecture at the Dashilan design hop

conservation and urban diversity

unmade in China

a map of hutopolis

the value of unconventional thought

tierra de cultivo in Gorizia


furniture and accessories

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC

the significant value of design in real estate


next stop: hutopolis

glass magazine #11

city visions

Lisbon Architecture Triennale