Bridge School, China / Li XiaoDong Atelier

Architect                          : Atelier Li XiaoDong
Location                           : Xiashi, Fujian Province, China
Client                                : Xiashi Village
Project Year                  : 2008
Area                                  : 240.0 sqm

The “Bridge School” bridges the two parts of the small village of Xiashi that lie on either side of a small creek that runs through the village. The structure is created by two steel trusses that span the creek with the space between them housing the functions of the school. Suspended from the structure and running below it is a pedestrian bridge for the people of the village to use. 

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Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Bangladesh / Marina Tabassum

Architect                                        : Marina Tabassum
Location                                          : Dhaka, Bangladesh
Client                                                : Sufia Khatun
Area                                                   : 754m²
Completed                                     : 2012

Ventilation and the play of light make this neighbourhood mosque a refuge for spirituality. After a difficult life and the loss of her husband and near relatives, the client donated a part of her land for a mosque to be built. A temporary structure was erected. After her death, her grand-daughter, an architect, acted on her behalf as fundraiser, designer, client and builder to bring the project to completion.

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Friendship Centre, Bangladesh / Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury / URBANA

Architect                   : Kashef Mahboob + URBANA

Location                    : Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Team                          : Anup Kumar Basak, Sharif Jahir Hossain, Motiur Rahman, Amrul Hasan

Area                           : 2897 sqm

Year                           : 2011

 The Friendship Centre is a training facility for a non-governmental organisation in the flatlands of rural, northern Bangladesh, near the Brahmaputra-Jamuna River. Friendship has done transformative work in the region and the people who are trained here live in the floodplains of the river, on land that floods almost annually, and on sandbars that are destroyed every time the river is in spate. 

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Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore


Architects                       : WOHA architects
Location                           : 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333
Project Type                  : Commercial, Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Offices
Status                                : Completed
Scale                                   : >10,000m²

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The Architect’s Portable Handbook: First-Step Rules of Thumb for Building Design

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Fully updated with the 2009 IBC International Building Code, this practical guide delivers the key data you need in every step of an architectural project–from initial planning and estimating through design and completion. The Architect’s Portable Handbook, Fourth Edition, provides the latest code and cost information, along with a wealth of easy-to-follow diagrams, charts, tables, and checklists for building materials, components, and assemblies. This is a must-have on-the-job companion for every design professional. This book covers the topic on

  • Land planning
  • Grading and drainage
  • Soils
  • Site improvements
  • Landscaping and irrigation
  • Green architecture
  • Concrete
  • Masonry

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Graphic History of Architecture

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What is a hammer-beam roof? Where does a voissoir fit in an arch? What churches did Nicholas Hawksmoor design? Now architecture students and others interested in the history of the built environment can consult a single reference book to find the answers to these and to hundreds of other questions, quickly and in the form most easily comprehended: clear and logical drawings. There are 2000 drawings in this book covering the history of Western architecture from Egypt through Wright, Saarinen, and Fuller. Continue reading Graphic History of Architecture

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