When you tap an Instagram geolocation, the nine most popular posts in that location float to the top. Sometimes, there's an uncanny similarity to these posts: near-identical pictures of smoothie bowls, tiled floors, or neon signs. In part, a place’s popularity on Instagram is a domino effect—one person posts a picture of a mural (Wynwood Walls, anyone?), and then everyone does. But a new Instagram Design Guide from Valé Architects suggests that some design features might be inherently more Instagrammable than others. Valé’s guide is interesting for its quasi-scientific analysis of Instagram aesthetic, but it also has real implications in the architecture world; a building’s popularity on social media (in this case, its Instagramability) can influence its perception in the non-digital world. Here are some of the traits that Valé says make a space successful on Instagram:
As architects we are often conflicted: what do we do when we have clients who want really big houses, houses that by any measure surpass anything they could really need? How do we walk them back from the idea that they need 3,500 square feet of home for a family of four?
On one hand, we want to design it for them. In fact, a bigger project keeps us employed and financially solvent much longer. On the other hand, how do we reconcile that with the idea of sustainability and the architect's responsibility to promote it?
To complicate things, builders don't want to build small houses, either. The smaller the house, the harder it is to find someone reputable to construct it. I have worked with contractors who won't even consider projects that are under $2 million.
I don't know why we as Americans feel like we need an excessive amount of space in order to survive and live comfortably. I have designed homes for people with rooms I know they will never use. Yet, they still have to maintain it, heat it, cool it, etc. In other words, the costs don't end with the construction.
When it comes to cleaning your home and trying to achieve the most out of the cleaning chores, you cannot do it without paying close attention to your cleaning tools and supplies. It may seem a little counterintuitive, but the fact is cleaning equipment needs cleaning too. In order for your supplies to be put in their best use and perform effectively, they need to be cleaned and disinfected, just like everything else.
A lot of people ignore this action and only take upon cleaning their supplies in mid-use time, which brings up discomfort and additional effort. By cleaning regularly and replacing your cleaning materials you will achieve better end-cleaning results when doing chores and increase the life of your supplies.
- Architects: SAU Taller D’Arquitectura
- Location: Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Spain
- Area: 40.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Adrià Goula
- Collaborators: Marc Busquets
- Client: Familia Caballeria Tor
Text description provided by the architects. The ceiling of concrete joists was in a poor state of repair and the roof and brick openwork supports were neither waterproof nor ensured the desired climatic performance, prompting the following intervention: The entire roof was replaced with a single element, a Pratt truss, that forms the structure and restores the entire section, gaining 19 m2 of loft space.
O Ponta da Piedade es una formación rocosa que se extiende a lo largo de la costa de Lagos en la región portuguesa del Algarve. El grupo de rocas de 20m de altura, consisten en tocas amarillentas areniscas.
Las formas que se han generado por efecto del oleaje, son laberínticas, dando lugar a nombres sugerentes: Cueva del amor, catedral, el fantasma…que varían según la luz del día. Así mismo se forman lagos naturales dentro de las propias excavaciones generadas por la erosión.
La Boca do inferno se encuentra en la costa oeste de Cascais en Portugal. El nombre se deriva de la sensación provocada de las olas al batir dentro de la formación rocosa, que provoca cierto temor.
La roca que forma la Boca do inferno está compuesta por carbonatos, los que, debidos a la acción del oleaje se ven erosionados continuamente, provocando formas caprichosas. Por otra parte el agua de lluvia que contiende dióxido de carbono disuelto, provoca la disolución de los carbonatos también. Con todo este proceso, finalmente se forman grutas y cavidades que provocan la amplificación del sonido del mar.
La formación comenzó siendo una gruta, como indican la mayor parte de estudios. Esta gruta se derrumbaría debido a la acción del oleaje, y su destrucción provocaría la cavidad que conocemos hoy en día.
La imagen de la Boca do Inferno es la de una caverna llena de espuma, que provoca una percepción directo sobre la fuerza de la naturaleza y su capacidad de tallar el paisaje.
For the second time in 4 years, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Building is ablaze. The BBC reports that the fire began at 23:00 BST and it has engulfed a large portion of the building. Thankfully no casualites have been reported, but one eye-witness said the building is ”going up like a tinderbox.”
- Architects: Elenberg Fraser
- Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
- Builder: Icon Construction
- Area: 55500.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Cieran Murphy
Text description provided by the architects. The proposal was to enhance the connection between the site and the spectacular views of the Brisbane River and the city center to the north. Oxley + Stirling sits on a picturesque bend between two reaches of the Brisbane River. Harnessing the unique outlooks across to the CBD and botanical gardens formed a building that would not work anywhere else. With the opportunity to create views for days, we could see that this exemplar of riverside architecture called for a touch of yesterday’s grandeur. Sometimes it’s best to return to the classics.
- Architects: balloon architekten ZT-OG
- Location: Krankenhausgasse 1, 8280 Fürstenfeld, Austria
- Lead Architects: Iris Rampula, Konrad Promitzer
- Other Participants: gaft-Lichtdesign, Eugen Schöberl
- Interior Designer: ARGE Morawetz – Zinganel, Wolfgang Wimmer
- Clients: Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft KAGES, KIG Krankenanstalten Immobilien GmbH
- Area: 41.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Schreyer David