Each typology is characterized for some particular spatial requirements. We have explored innovative designs in a vast range of architectural programmes.




the significant value of design in real estate

Good design might be treated as a qualitative aspect at first, but when incorporated into the real estate market, it opens a whole realm of possibilities in the quantitative aspects. Studies show that the integration of design in real estate development indeed reaps its rewards in the financial terms if appropriately used.

identities in comparison

What is the influence on urbanism when a planned economy shifts to a new model of development? How to promote an urban evolution based on soft elements? Can social interactions catalyse strategies of urban regeneration?

transformations

Transformations, a dialogue about the evolving city is the title of a documentary recently presented by AQSO at the 2013 Beijing Design Week. The movie is conceived as the conclusive chapter of the Hutopolis reseach program launched in 2011 for studying the urban changes on Chinese cities.

contemporary city limit

Possibly the first idea of a limit in the historic city was defined by its own walls, which were systematically exceeded and rebuilt to maintain a defensive system. When traditional space evolves and becomes overgrown, urbanism emerges as a discipline, the city is transformed and its limit transforms with it. The increase in population and […]

lecture at the Dashilan design hop

Giannantonio Bongiorno, curator of the exhibition ‘Next stop: Hutopolis‘, presented together with Luis Aguirre Manso the contents of the research that will start next fall about the Chinese urban conditions.

possible architecture

The project for a music centre in Soria has been selected for inclusion in the ‘Arquitecturas posibles’ exhibition organized by agoras.arq. The exhibition will be held in the MUVa Museum, Santa Cruz Palace, Valladolid, Spain, from October 3rd.

architecture for millennials

Millenials are constantly redefining concepts that have always been taken for granted. They are known for finding new ways of socialising, working and even defining their relationships. The way they live and interact with the built environment is not an exception.

(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.

wavescape

The old ambition of producing a really moving architecture succeeds when it responds to the site and brief requirements. The proposal for the thematic pavilion of the 2012 Yeosu international exhibition has a focus for the people to experience and understand this liquid element through the specific place in which it is located: the ocean.

hotel lobby, the new social space

Gone are the days when the lobby is just a transition from the outside realm to the guestroom. Halls are now the social hub – the heart and epicentre of a hotel. Guests are savvier, more informed and crave for something more substantial than the comfort their clean guest rooms can give. Travellers steer away […]

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.

our analysis of the Chinese market for El País

El País correspondent in China has interviewed Luis Aguirre to learn more about the architecture market in China and the opportunities it offers to Spanish architects.

China’s construction: designing the future

China’s construction industry has been a driving force in the nation’s economy since the early 80s. The country is experiencing an unprecedented exodus of population from rural areas to cities. The urban population has increased half a billion since 1980 and 300 million people are expected to live in cities by 2030. Shanghai and Beijing […]

room 21

acoustical design in auditoriums

city visions

nature in architecture: choosing the right tree

a map of hutopolis

special mention for atienza hall

the value of unconventional thought

process

3×3 projects in contexts

city roots

master planning

social club completed in Tabuyo

aqso and cca awarded for Liuzhou museum

fixed furniture and fittings

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

E9 forum in Santiago de Compostela

lecture at the Iterate workshop

W salon opening

30×1

learning from Dashilar

the people’s urbanism

reinterpreting the traditional courtyard house

tierra de cultivo in Gorizia

a map of hutopolis

designing with big data

architecture against noise

starchitecture and cityscape

architects at work

urbanization process in China

the controversy of flat roofs

open arte-fact exhibited in Beirut

striking ship-like hotel proposed as new Shoreditch landmark

(un)made in China

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC

analysing the customer journey

REmodelling

key elements of the contemporary urban language

plug and play

prefabricated construction in Anguix

urban design

how to use your building

unmade in China