The dark side of the Building Code

Every building code is designed to keep people safe and improve their lives, but often the code imposes a negative impact on the potential quality of a place.

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 12/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 12/24

Multi-purpose Performance Hall: Our goal is to make a structure that can accommodate a variety of performance types for the Bamiyan River Valley…

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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 9/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 9/24

A cultural center has a unique opportunity to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to appreciate a culture. For this proposal we bring together the rich culture of the Bamiyan people of Afghanistan in one complete composition that embraces the culture, the landscape and the core beliefs all humans share, in physical form.

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[theory] Teetering towards fulfillment or ruin…

[theory] Teetering towards fulfillment or ruin…

I’m in the market to buy a new house and I’m looking all over Brooklyn to find the right combination of things that will protect my investment, yet the neighborhoods around where I live are very mixed, some are great and, expensive, Read more

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 7/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 7/24

To celebrate and embrace the heritage and culture is what this project is about, thus, to provide a place for this to happen in a setting that can accommodate very large crowds…
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[architecture] Building Brick Neighborhoods

[architecture] Building Brick Neighborhoods

Based on the previous post, lets look at what defines a neighborhood.  Certainly in most neighborhoods there is an implied center, perhaps a linear street filled with shops, that becomes the focus of people’s daily needs.   Read more

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 4/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 4/24

Our cultural center composition takes advantage of this unique hill-top peninsula overlooking the Bamiyan valley below by affording every interior space a view…
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[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 3/24

[architecture] Afghan Cultural Centre 3/24

One can think of all the primary public spaces as being organized around a circular courtyard ‘open-air atrium’, including the the Auditorium which is also connected via the ‘Bamiyan Stair Bridge.’ Read more