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How Can We “Grow” Architecture Part I

GROW

Can we grow architecture?

This is a powerful term and can be implemented into all forms of design, however today we focus this word around architecture and how it can be implemented.

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Grow

As designers it is important, especially in this decade, to pay attention to creating structures that include eco-friendly, sustainable methods, while still mastering the incredible aesthetics. In this article, we look at ways of improving living at a better cost while focusing on sustainability — reuse.

Discover some creative, interesting natural building materials that can be used to create the perfect eco home:

HEMPCRETE

Have you ever heard of HempCrete? This material is much like concrete, only it is made from the inner fibers of a hemp plant. Hemp is a fast-growing and replaceable plant that, mixed with lime and water, can be used to create thermal and biocompatible walling. This results in a strong lightweight material which is fireproof, waterproof, and well-insulated.

Take a look at the use of HempCrete in Cape Town

MYCELIUM

100% natural, Mycelium is a building material of the future. It incorporates the root structure of fungi and mushrooms. This is then used to grow around other natural materials such as straw in form or cut up corn stalks and hemp, and then when dried over a couple of days, it results in the creation of strong, durable, lightweight bricks.

CARDBOARD

Cardboard, incredibly popular in the design world, grants designers no limit. As with everything, it has its pros and cons, but could it be utilized to construct a building? The answer is yes.

The sky is the limit

Cardboard can be protected from weather conditions effectively with the use of breathable, waterproof film. Finished with wooden cladding boards, it can be ultimately weatherproof. It is a great way for an architect with the aim to construct according to sustainability, cost, and approaching urban areas.

Cardboard extends itself even more in a creative way of fulfilling many design elements by its use for interiors, objects such as architectural models, tents, even fashion – the sky is the limit.

Ever popular party in Portugal, Boom Festival had outstanding eco-friendly approaches throughout the event. From well-designed luxury cardboard tents (known as the cardboard village) to compost toilets and use of solar energy to power the event. Below is a link to the Cardboard Village and view more of their approaches here: Boom Festival Environmental Approaches

Cardboard Village - Boom Festival 2018
Cardboard Village – Boom Festival 2018

Another great example of cardboard housing is the “Wikkelhouse” in Amsterdam by Fiction Factory. There are many ways in which sustainable design can be implemented, don’t be afraid to “go green.”

It’s the future.

Design for Change

Architectural Design, amongst all other types, has the ability to be “life-changing” and better yet, able to change the world. Many designers often focus on aesthetic features and generating some form of income.

Design falls into two categories: aesthetic design and problem-solving design, although problem-solving design can still be aesthetically pleasing. 

AESTHETIC DESIGN

This refers to how we think and feel about a product or design. The first impression plays a big role here when something is nice to look at therefore aesthetically pleasing. A common example of aesthetic design is certain high heels and their visually appealing style, opposing to the endless pain women go through wearing them. As someone once said, “beauty is pain!” 

Below are the three categories of aesthetics:

VISUAL AESTHETICS

This is visually appealing design consisting of elements such as colour, pattern, shape, balance and texture. Humans are very visual therefore designers often aim to create things that are beautiful and nice to look at.  

MATERIAL AESTHETICS

These are the materials used in the design with elements such as texture, weight, comfort and shape. This refers to the sleek design of the new watch you just bought or your new jacket that you shouldn’t have bought, but couldn’t resist. 

SOUND AESTHETICS

This refers to the sounds of the design. For example comparing two different speakers. Another example is the start of the engine of a car. You will hear the difference of sound. 

PROBLEM-SOLVING DESIGN

In order to solve problems with any form of design, you need to have a strong understanding of whats happening around you. Following social media, the news and conducting research can help gain some insight. Some of the main topics to target with design (for change) are:

HOMELESS

In the past, designers have creatively approached homelessness with design strategies to supply shelter and housing. How can you as a designer approach this? 

NATURAL DISASTERS   

Think of ways to act after a disaster. For example, there was an earthquake resistant school designed in Thailand. Prevent fires by designing communities surrounded by fire breaks. 

ENVIRONMENT

How can we conserve the planet with design? Think green design, recycling, sustainability. Solar powered designs have become a very effective approach. 

CRIME

Crime is a global issue. Architectural design can be utilized to create safer environments. Cities can be designed in ways that are better for surveillance. 

Think bigger remember that your idea could change someone else’s life. Collaborate with other designers and address social/environmental issues. Create projects. Design for change.

Live to Learn | SELF TAUGHT YOGI

Loosen up your mind before you loosen up your body.

I am a self-taught Yogi as of 2 years now (and growing) and it has had a powerful impact on my life both physically and mentally. I started yoga during an emotional stage in my life where I was struggling with, okay I’ll be honest here, a break-up, and I felt that I needed to switch off for an hour or two each day.

I had always seen others doing yoga and I assumed it was never for me. Turned out, I was just clueless! There is more to yoga than you know, it healed me and helped me through one rocky road. So grab a mat and listen up!

Yoga is EPIC. Heres why:

  1. You don’t have to practice it alone. Get your pets involved or your friends, get a yoga buddy!SELF TAUGHT YOGI
  2. Insomniac? Me too! Don’t be a night owl. Yoga is extremely calming and helps us relax our muscles. After a few weeks, it can make a dramatic improvement on sleep.
  3. Kick the depression. The practice of mindfulness in meditation is proven to increase serotonin levels and give you a boost!
  4. Back pain can be treated through yoga if done correctly. Please note that professional advice and classes are highly advised for this as back pain can be worsened in some cases.
  5.  Cure that hangover. There are poses such as fish and plow that can improve metabolism and create more balance in the body causing you to feel more refreshed.
  6. Those that suffer from Arthritis can practice yoga to maintain strength and flexibility.
  7. You can yoga it up ANYWHERE. Literally. Tarryn Hardwicke
  8. Health and wellness, in general, is improved. You are guaranteed to start feeling better mind, spirit, and body.
  9. FACT: Dating apps ranked those who mentioned “yoga” in their profiles, most attractive. BELIEVE IT, BABY.
  10. It has the ability to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress included. These factor in heart disease.

I began my yoga journey with this lovely lady Adriene

Maybe you too could benefit from her videos, however, I would suggest starting off with classes! I hope that you join this journey, it truly is beautiful.

Tarryn Hardwicke

20 Simple Life Hacks

Life can be made a lot easier simply by doing certain things, should you make the time and effort. It’s important to make the most of every day and be grateful for it. Check out a few points below that may be helpful in adding more light to your life!

  1. Make a bucket list
  2. Do something you have never done before
  3. Look at the stars
  4. Realise that you are amazing!
  5. Set a goal with a deadline
  6. Clean your home
  7. Write 20 things you LOVE about your life
  8. Exercise
  9. Stop complaining
  10. Wake up early
  11. Grow a plant
  12. Focus on giving, less on getting
  13. Find time for yourself
  14. Stop expecting others to make you happy
  15. Learn something new
  16. Travel
  17. Volunteer
  18. Face a fear
  19. Make a new friend
  20. Have trust

If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time!

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

We finished high school and many of us said: “Yeah, I know what I want to do!”

Some of us, however, felt as lost as we were our entire high school career, if not more. We then had options of A) A gap year to figure yourself out, get to know what you love and what you don’t. B) Parents push you into studies because (well you’re lost as hell) or C) Work immediately

Taking a gap year can be good or bad, depending on the type of person you are. Don’t let the party absorb you, use your time wisely. Travel if you can, and see what is out there. The world is full of opportunities and we won’t know if we don’t push to see them! Why not teach English or Aupair in a foreign country? How about teaching snowboarding in the snow – get those skills on point first people! There is so much to experience. Should you not have the option to travel, start a hobby or three. Find your passions slowly.

Sometimes your parents guide you into something. Sometimes this can work out beautifully but it can also turn out a waste of money or an unhappy career. Remember that everything you do will only expand your knowledge and add to that brilliant CV.

To work immediately after college is brave and admirable. Maybe you’re working towards those savings for your future studies. Network constantly and you will eventually land up where you need to be.

Ask yourself:

  1. What are your goals in life? Career | Health | Friends/family | Bucket list
  2. If there was no limit, what would you want to accomplish?
  3. What are your current passions, hobbies?
  4. What do you dislike?
  5. Are you willing to work hard enough to get where you want to be?
  6. What are the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve your dream career?
SURF | YOGA | LEARN | TEACH | TRAVEL | NETWORK | DANCE | SING | CREATE | DESIGN | BUSINESS |FLY | SAIL | HEALTH

GO FOR IT