Learn from what’s built. Such was the strategy pursued by the French studio of Patrick Schweitzer in designing the new faculty of architecture in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. After an analysis of the place and its history, up went a complex of two levels, in itself a pedagogical tool because of the local skills and resources used, including lava rock and rammed earth. In this way, students will be in direct contact with vernacular architectural tradition. The upper floors of the thirteen irregular prisms with orange roofs contain classrooms, while downstairs are laboratories, workshops, the auditorium, and administration, arranged around garden zones. Besides injecting respect for and intergration with building traditions into the design repertoire of new generations of architects, the project minimized impact on the environment during execution.
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an
architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works
and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English
texts placed side by side.
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story,
works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013
on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed
on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details),
heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.