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The roof plane provides another canvas for architectural expression, and while the union of architecture and landscape on an elevated plane is in some ways one of the ultimate expressions of modern architecture, it simultaneously references longstanding vernacular traditions. With the ability to passively regulate building temperatures, reduce the heat island effect in urban settings, and provide critical habitat for birds and insects, the rooftop garden also stretches our notions of the interplay of the built and the natural. In this journal entry, we wanted to highlight the remarkable work of several designers.

Projects include Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial Museum by the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, Staedel Museum extension by Schneider+Schumacher, Metal footbridge in Czech Republic, Intercontinental Sanya Resort by WOHA Architects, Can Ras by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Hyunam House by IROJE Architects & Planners, Cretto di Burri by Alberto Burri, The Apartment House by Formwerkz Architects, Antinori Winery by Archea Associati, Apfelhotel by noa*, 'Aloni' Residence by DECA, and Hilltop Gallery by Deep Architects

Happy New Year! Always in search of inspiration, we are exploring the use of white and neutral colors as a canvas or backdrop for pops of vibrant color. Not only do muted colors exude a sense of calm, the play of light and shadow is exaggerated, and the intensity and color of the sunlight throughout the day transforms the hue and saturation of the walls and paving in dramatic fashion. Here's to a bright and colorful new year!

Projects include Cap de Barbaria Villa by LUV Studio, Casa Grande by Lado Blanco Arquitecturas, Casa Maiora by Studio Andrew Trotter, Parque Natural Huentitan by SPRB Arquitectos, Grotta e Carrubo by Margherita Rui, and pool mosaic by Pierre Mesguich

In this post, we are exploring the concept of movement as expressed through materials, light, texture, apertures, water, and planting. As designers, how do we create spaces which cause the eye to travel, only resting on a deliberate punctuation in the landscape or within a built structure? What type of experience does this create? What types of activities does this encourage?

Projects include the Pause pavilion by Ashari Architects, LUUM 24 residential complex in Tulum by Noxx Studio, TECLA 3D-printed clay home by Mario Cucinella and WASP, Bamboo Pavilion by ZUO Studio, church by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Pigeon Tower in Esfahan, Torre Del Homenaje by Jimenez Torrecillas, Forests of Venice pavilion by Kjellander + Sjoberg and Folkhem, Ruins Studio by Lily Jencks Studio, photo of rice fields in Yunnan, China by Isabelle Chauvel, and photo of mudflats in Xiapu, China by Carol Yuen

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