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  • House of Hope (Barbados) by Gordon Ashby

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    House of Hope by Gordon Ashby

    House of Hope (Barbados) by Gordon Ashby

    A unique house. Two Bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, Living, Dining, Kitchen and Family. The house evolved in the design process to be the intersection in plan of three primary shapes- circle, rectangle and triangle. Concrete block but treated with coral render to define volumes. Read more >>>

  • Architecture Caribbean Celebrates its First Anniversary (20th June 2010)

    Posted on June 20th, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments

    Architecture Caribbean Celebrates its First Anniversary

    Architecture Caribbean Celebrates its First Anniversary

    Architecture Caribbean would like to thank all our members, readers, subscribers, supporters, designers, artists, students, and the entire design community in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the rest of the world. Read our anniversary message here >>>

  • Why is art important to society?

    Posted on May 23rd, 2010 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    Art in society

    Art in society

    Architecture Caribbean asks Caribbean artists, “Why is art important to society?” Here are some of their responses..

    “Art sometimes tells a story of an event that is topical or historical, it illustrates fantasy and reality and is most times is inspired by society itself. Art allows us to escape into dreamy landscapes or provokes our thoughts with abstract and often controversial compositions. However, mostly ART allows us, as a society, to share, understand, accept and enjoy.”

    Peter Sheppard

    Read the entire interview here >>>

    Tell us what you think of their responses and what is your answer to the question…”Why is art important in society?”

  • Architecture Caribbean’s Flickr contributors.

    Posted on October 16th, 2009 Architecture Caribbean No comments

    Caribbean Architecture
    Caribbean Architecture

    Caribbean Architecture originally uploaded by Paul Venn. If you know the name and location of this building, you’re more than welcome to comment and let us know.

    Punta Figura Lighthouse
    Punta Figura Lighthouse

    Punta Figura Lighthouse in Arroyo, Puerto Rico originally uploaded by Bolivar Rodriguez

    Cartagena: Plaza de los Coches
    Cartagena: Plaza de los Coches

    Cartagena: Plaza de los Coches in Cartagena originally uploaded by Zug55. More on Plaza de los Coches>>>

  • Dalian Shide Stadium, China by NBBJ

    Posted on September 23rd, 2009 Vernelle 2 comments
    Dalian Shide Stadium

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    NBBJ’s recent competition entry for a new stadium in Dalian, China challenges the typical stadium typology of a dramatic skin which shields those outside from those inside. The concept according to NBBJ is “an open-ended ‘garden’ design which welcomes external interaction; creates public space and invites visitors to breath in the surrounding nature.”

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    The structure and form of stadiums in the past and have are always about a dominant façade, dominant roof, and dominant structure. Examples include:

    • Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, USA,
    • Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium
    • Mound Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
    • Telstra Stadium, Sydney

    The original site for the new stadium (a new one is being sourced) was set beside the ocean with mountains as the backdrop to the stadium. Instead of closing off those outside from those inside, the concept “welcomes external interaction, creates public space and invites visitors to breathe in the surrounding nature.” The shorter sides of the stadium allow views to public plazas, the ocean, and mountains. The longer sides of the stadium fold up from the landscape as planted walls.

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    Dalian Shide Stadium

    The imagined conversation between the mountains and the ocean seems almost poetic, and I can see it. Since the site for this stadium is an open one (open parkland setting), having the walls “fold up” from the landscape into planted ones can make a positive contribution to the environment. The façade does not seem to be properly composed just yet; and having the stadium completely hidden behind the planted walls is a valid strategy. I would have preferred to see those walls rise from berms in the landscape however. The planter walls seem like a monstrous barrier. If there were mounds, larger mounds rising from the landscape meeting these planted walls, the scale of the wall would read better, reinforcing their concept of interaction with nature so that it melts away into the surrounding landscape. The roof proposed will be a flexible system of cables and fabric which will “flutter above the fans.”

    I like the concept and the renderings sell it. I see their concept of openness to nature. What do you think of the design?

    Links: NBBJ, World Architecture News

  • Interview with Caribbean Architect – Outram Hussey

    Posted on September 16th, 2009 Architecture Caribbean No comments
    Outram Hussey (left)

    Outram Hussey (left)

    Outram Hussey
    , AIA, Assoc. JIA, is a Jamaican born Architect who has been in the field for 36 years. In addition to having his own firm, he is a professor at his Alma Mater Howard University. His passion for the Arts and Sciences and other creative endeavors inspired him to study Architecture. In Part 1 of his interview with Architecture Caribbean, Outram gives his insight into the profession both as an Architect and an Educator. Here is a portion of the entire interview.

    Architecture Caribbean: Who is Outram Hussey?
    Outram Hussey: A lucky guy having an understanding wife and blessed with four wonderful children.

    AC: Where did you study?
    OH: University of Technology (Jamaica) & Howard University (Washington, DC).

    AC: Have any other professions or types of work interested you?
    OH: Teaching Architecture, Real Estate Development and Construction.

    AC: Who are your favorite architects (International and Caribbean) and what do you admire about their work?
    OH: Le Corbusier, Gropius (the Bauhaus years) and Wright because their passions compelled them to be different and to experiment. Mc Morris Sibley Robinson in the early years when every project was of a different stamp. Structure was integral and beautifully expressed. Also Wilson Chong, a man that truly understood the nature, power, strength and grace of concrete and the poetics of structural concrete.

    AC: What skills are needed to be an architect?
    OH: Integrity first and all else after. Good communications skills, good diplomatic skills, good leadership skills, but all rests ultimately on knowledge of your craft. The ability to create form and space, to understand what materials want to do and be, to understand the tectonic nature of things etc. Survival also rests upon financial and legal abilities.

    AC: Why do you continue to teach?
    OH: At first, I believed that it was because I was contributing to the profession and to the lives of young people. Our profession is very demanding and is intolerant of lesser abilities. It can also be tough. When I realized that these young men and women had to enter in and be successful, my focus changed. My mission is to prepare them, to do whatever it takes to ensure that they are fully equipped to stand their ground in the profession, and to be a success.

    AC: What are the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher?
    OH: It’s in seeing a student enter into a successful practice. Inviting me to their weddings, keeping me up to date on their projects, talking about fees, administrative and contract issues. Seeing pictures of their children and knowing that you were and still are a part of it.

    AC: What is a possible positive response that Caribbean Architects can offer to the current economic downturn?
    OH: Use the time to retool for a sustainable future. High energy costs create opportunities for design. Limited water resources create opportunities for design. Livable sustainable environments create opportunities for design. If architects through their designs can reduce energy/material imports significantly, the corresponding benefit to the country would be equally significant. Architects have the power to make significant contributions to the local economy, probably more than any other professional group.

    AC: How do you think the role of the architect will change over the next twenty-five years?
    OH: Architects must be more assertive, inventive and creative to reap the benefits of the future. It will be all digital, communications of ideas and integrations of systems and information will take center stage. Ideas is the currency that architects trade, it always was, is and will be tomorrow. To be successful, buildings will not only have to be aesthetically pleasing, but they will also be required to perform to very exacting environmental specifications. In other words, the designer of a plane knows that the design must conform to aerodynamic laws. Those laws dictate the shape. It will become increasingly the same for architects in the future, as buildings are shaped to capitalize on environmental forces and systems.

    AC: What advice would you give to students entering the field of architecture?
    OH: Seek to be financially independent. I do not subscribe to the service mentality and philosophy. Architecture is not only about design; it’s about construction and the creation of communities. You are the only person in all of academia and the learned professions that is master of the built environment. None other has the breadth of education. Many seek to encroach on the turf, but architects own it. I encourage students to assume their rightful position.

    AC: What advice would you give to those currently in college studying architecture?
    OH: Architecture is demanding. It is the only school in universities that go 24/7. Not Medicine, not Law, not Engineering. Learn you craft well and assume your leadership role in society.

    AC: What do you think about Architecture Caribbean and its goal to highlight Architecture and the Arts in the Caribbean and other parts of the world?
    OH: For the peoples of the Caribbean, let them see the value of architecture and how it can contribute to their lives, communities and to the success of their region. To those outside the Caribbean, the same, but let them see that Caribbean Architects can bring a particular rhythm and tempo to their lives through form, color, spaces and its relationship to nature and natural breezes. This is an asset. Sell it. And to you the Editor…bold move…much needed…and Good Luck!

    Read entire interview>>

    Stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview when Outram Hussey discusses his design philosophy, his firm and sustainable design with Architecture Caribbean.