AHRA 2021 Conference

We recently joined the 18th Annual International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference (AHRA 2021), an online event hosted by Loughborough University, in which the main theme was ‘Region’. People from different countries participated and brought diverse discussions involving the topic.

In the context of COP26, we have been frequently questioned about the future of our planet, in specific, how the construction sector will respond to the objectives for 2030 to reduce its impact on climate change. With this in mind, our group developed an incoming article exploring traditional design features of Northeast Brazilian Architecture towards the Design for Adaptability and Sustainability (DfAS) in the context of Critical Regionalism. We discuss how these traditional features integrated with contemporary strategies can be a path for present and future architecture. We had the pleasure to write the article with Dr. Fernando Diniz Moreira from the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Brazil.

During the event we had the opportunity to present an overview of this paper in Parallel Section 3 (Adaptation 1) with two excellent researchers: Larissa Garrido and Professor Blaine Brownell. Larissa’s paper focused on Tactical Urbanism in the specific case of …

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The ultimate flexible building

The Possible – The Art and Science of Buildings & Cities (Image 1: Artwork by Hunky-dunky).

More than ever, we need buildings that can bend to whatever the future brings. But flexibility itself has always been a malleable concept. Can it be pinned down?

Also check it out Flexible Buildings: the problem with mixing layers (different parts of a building evolve at different speeds, so it makes sense to keep them separate).

Download the full PDF edition of issue 07 of The Possible (see Pages 62 and 74).


Pensou em Obra Magazine

We were invited to the Brazilian Magazine ‘Pensou em Obra to write about Adaptability.

During the quarantine period, buildings such as football stadiums, for example, became temporary field hospitals to assist in relieving the health system. It prompted a fundamental question of ‘How do we effectively adapt our current infrastructure especially large-scale buildings to better respond to fluid healthcare needs during extreme hazard situations, whether a pandemic, war or climate change?