A New Guide by Architects Explains What Makes a Space "Instagrammable"

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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:

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The Case For A Smaller House: Talking Clients Out of The Big House They Want to Build

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Courtesy of Henry Louis Miller Courtesy of Henry Louis Miller

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.

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Cleaning your cleaning supplies

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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.

Tool cleaning:

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Casa Aleix I Mariona / SAU Taller D’Arquitectura

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© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula
  • Collaborators: Marc Busquets
  • Client: Familia Caballeria Tor
© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

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.

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Juarránz&deAndrés

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Casa Mirasierra . Madrid Juarránz&deAndrés . photos: © Miguel Fernández-Galiano . + archdaily Nowadays, life demands a really flexible architecture beyond the strictly functional one. The archetypal being of the house is to become the stage for each act of the daily life of its inhabitants: from the ordinary to the extraordinary ones. Casa Mirasierra … Continue reading Juarránz&deAndrés
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Ponta da Piedade

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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.

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Boca do inferno

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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.

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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.

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Headquarters For Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park / Aedas

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Is Burning Again

2 days 9 hours ago
Image <a href='https://twitter.com/81Rocco/status/1007755133336346626'>via Twitter user @81Rocco</a> Image <a href='https://twitter.com/81Rocco/status/1007755133336346626'>via Twitter user @81Rocco</a>

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.”

For more information see the BBC and The Guardian.

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Miki Motohashi

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Miki Motohashi
Renovation k . Tokio MMAAA Miki Motohashi Architects And Associates . photos: © Daisuke Tanuma . + architecturephoto House refurbishment in Meguro-ku, Tokio. _ 1990年代に建てられたマンション住戸の改修。 既存のプランニングはいわゆる分譲マンション的で、一定サイズの寝室群、居間などの諸室がなるべく数多く、全体の面積に応じて詰め込まれたものだった。今回の施主一家は夫婦と子2人の典型的な核家族ではあったが、ライフスタイルや子どもの年齢を鑑みて、どちらかと言えば個々のプライベートなスペースを確保することよりもお互いに目が届くことが重要であったので、なるべく不要な壁は撤去しておおらかに空間を繋げている。 特に改築前は慣習的な幅員のただの廊下だった場所が、トイレや収納を撤去することで間室とも言えるスケールの場となり、主室と室を繋ぐ機能を表象する 「廊下」の意味を曖昧なものにしている。このように「廊下」を「間室」化し室として並列させた結果として、全体が連続する室の総体として空間の流動性が生まれている。
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Oxley + Stirling / Elenberg Fraser

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© Cieran Murphy © Cieran Murphy
  • Architects: Elenberg Fraser
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Builder: Icon Construction
  • Area: 55500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Cieran Murphy
© Cieran Murphy © 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. 

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The Walk-in Camera Obscura at Fürstenfeld Regional Hospital / balloon architekten ZT-OG

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