building reuse

mmoomii  asked:

Dear Archy, I'm currently doing a redevelopment project of a slum area. To fund for the project, local govt decided to insert shopping mall on site to attract funding/investment. Any interesting shopping mall concept that you can recommend? Thanks!!

Personally, I think people still like the experience of walking down the street window shopping in an are with people, plazas and plenty of stores and restaurants like Bond Street (above) but here are some mall ideas for you to consider.

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anonymous asked:

Have you heard of the new Asbury Hotel in NJ? If so, do you have any thoughts on its design?

To be honest I had to do some research. I like the idea of reusing a building, in this case and abandoned Salvation Army retired officers’ residence, for a new use to revitalize Asbury Park, New Jersey. I wish the architects had taken the structure and give it new life on the exterior but it seems that the best part of the design are the new interiors, here are some images.

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GREYSTONE PARK IS FALLING DOWN.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  It’s being torn down by, as Richard Nickel would say, “stupid men”.  I now have it on good authority from multiple sources that the Greystone Park State Hospital Kirkbride building is currently undergoing demolition.  This comes as a bit of a shock to me; publicly, the State of New Jersey said demolition would commence in April.  But it looks like corrupt developers and corrupt governor Chris Christie wanted to make sure that none of the preservation groups looking to make a final effort to save the building have the chance.  It was a political parlor trick, and it worked.  This is very sad for me; I’ve made dozens of trips there, slept in the building over a dozen times, shot models there, had great times with great friends.  It’s sad for the other travelers who saw the insides of her, or enjoyed walking their dogs around the exterior.  It’s sad for those that never got the chance.  But mostly, it’s a travesty against history; the 1876 building was a prime candidate for adaptive reuse, and several proposals for preservation were ignored by the state.  The hospital where Woody Guthrie was visited by Bob Dylan, with its nearly 130 year history, will soon be nothing but a pile of rubble.  They don’t build ‘em like this anymore.  Shame on you, myopic New Jersey.  Shame on you, corrupt developers padding the pockets of politicians.  Shame on you, you double-dealing blowhard Chris Christie.

“Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water, and stupid men.”  –Richard Nickel

anonymous asked:

(i'm the anon from /post/121323582828) Well the building was already given to me but I can modificate it a little bit if necessary. It's not building reuse, since it's an empty lot, and the building must be placed in it just like that! thanks for your previous answer by the way :)

You need to make an analysis of the site including the sun’s path, prevailing winds, urban and natural landmarks, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation. How these elements affect the site will provide you with the clues of where and how the building should be located. Check how these clouds affect the building located behind! (JKG!)

Originally posted by laterooms

anonymous asked:

Do you have any resources regarding pre-industrial architecture and where/how certain kinds of structures or materials were used? (I'm trying to get a feel for what kinds of buildings people could/would reasonably build in a marshy/tropical area versus on the plains versus near an ice cap, etc...) Thanks!

Hmm. This was a bit of a tough one.

Hopefully, that will get you started.



Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico

Here are some pictures I took from my trip two years ago.

The pyramid at Izamal is massive. And I mean, massive. When I went to visit I went up this small path (first picture) and did not realize I was going up the actual pyramid. I thought the pyramid on top was the Izamal pyramid (second picture) situated on a hill (third pyramid). Another tourist informed me that the hill was the pyramid and it blew me away. I’ve included a screenshot from Google Earth to show how big it is. The rest of the pictures are from me poking around the other sides and realizing just how huge this thing was. 

Apparently the nunnery across the way was made from reused building materials from a second pyramid just as massive as this one that the Spanish destroyed.

From Wikipedia

Izamal is an important archaeological site of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is probably the biggest city of the Northern Yucatec Plains, covering a minimal urban extension of 53 square kilometers. Its monumental buildings exceed 1,000,000 cubic meters of constructive volume and at least two raised causeways, known by their Mayan term sacbeob, connect it with other important centers, Ruins of Ake, located 29 kilometers to the west and, Kantunil, 18 kilometers to the south, evidencing the religious, political and economical power of this political unit over a vast territory, of more than 5000 square kilometers in extension. Izamal developed a particular constructive technique consisting in the use of megalithic carved blocks, with defined architectonical characteristics like rounded corners, projected mouldings and thatched roofs at superstructures, which also appeared in other important urban centers within its hitherland, such as Ake, Uci and Dzilam. The city was founded during the Late Formative Period (750-200 B.C.) and was continuously occupied until the Spanish Conquest. The most important constructive activity stage spans between Protoclassic (200 B.C. - 200 A.D) through Late Classic (600-800 A.D). It was partially abandoned with the rise of Chichen Itza in the Terminal Classic (800-1000 A.D.) until the end of the Precolumbian era, when Izamal was considered a site of pilgrimages in the region, rivaled only by Chichen Itza. Its principal temples were sacred to the creator deity Itzamna and to the Sun God Kinich Ahau.


Needed a school set for my legacy hood, and I decided to put a considerable amount of effort into it so that I could reuse the building for multiple scenes. The upper floor is not yet finished, but the ground floor is.

It’s also missing a couple of key areas, like a gym, and a library, but my canon for the private school is that it’s built university-campus style, with separate buildings for certain subjects. Inconvenient, but it gives the school a ‘look how much money we have, we can afford multiple buildings’ vibe, and I like that.

anonymous asked:

hey there! i'm an arch student and i have this assignment in which i have to place a predesigned building in a predetermined lot given by the teachers; do you have any advice in what i should take into consideration or how i should manage it? ps amazing blog!

Which one you need to choose first? Do you get to choose the building or the site or are both given to you? 

Not sure what is the lesson in this assignment as one of the most important influencers of any design is the site. Are we learning about building reuse or how to fit a square in a circle? You have me intrigued but I must say without a better understanding of the goal is impossible to give you any pointers. ps thanks!

Originally posted by just-for-grins

anonymous asked:

Just wondering that how could you enter a lab without gloves? I seen on a lot picture that you are without gloves or you are in dirty, probably contaminated gloves. Do you want to get cancer?!

Thanks for your question! 

At first I would like to let you know, that if I/we work with hazardous compounds what are toxic/corrosive/mutagen/ect., we use gloves, face shield and other stuff for our protection. If there is a picture where no gloves are on my/others hands, it is probably because the compound what is toxic is inside and not outside of the flask. We would not like to die from chemicals, swear me(:

The second thing is, that the university where I am is currently out of money and there are no gloves in the building, so we reuse gloves. Yes, as you red it, we use it one day and again another day till it tears apart.

And the thing about cancer… “In the 19th and early-20th centuries, benzene (a known human carcinogen) was used as an after-shave lotion because of its pleasant smell.”. Well, we work with toxic compounds, but since they are in flasks and bottles and we do not drink them or use them as an after-shave lotion, the exposure to them is near to 0.