Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

8/12/2016 路 3 min read 路 1K 路 2
To beBee in English and 5 more
Zaha Hadid - 'The Queen of the Curve'

Zaha Hadid - 'The Queen of the Curve'

I have long been a fan of Zaha Hadid and was saddened by her untimely death earlier this year. Her eye catching, thought provoking futuristic designs inspired many debates. 聽The latest project completed in the UK since her death is a new permanent...

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

I found her a refreshing change to many architects who do v. blocky generic buildings. Glad you enjoyed the article Dean Owen!

9/12/2016
Dean Owen

Dean Owen

Very curvaceous designs. I suspect that the buildings have good Feng Shui although I am no expert. Thanks for bringing Zaha Adid to my attention. Her life and works will be celebrated for centuries to come I hope.

9/12/2016
Javier 馃悵 beBee

Javier 馃悵 beBee

29/6/2018 路 4 min read 路 ~10 路 7
To Architects and 10 more
Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

28/6/2018 路 4 min read 路 ~10
To The Naked Architect and 10 more
Why Round Buildings are Better

Why Round Buildings are Better

I've been doing some research into Resilient Housing, right from the start I was convinced that a round house would be the way to go.聽 Our Ancestors often built round houses - take Igloos, Teepees, African Mud Brick Huts, Yurts and European...

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

Thanks Ivonne Teoh - thanks for the inspiration - great ideas for more articles - round houses in Chinese Architecture, traditional Chinese Architecture and also Feng Shui...

13/11/2018
Ivonne Teoh

Ivonne Teoh

Very beautiful designs (the modern ones) Claire. Round shapes are better for Feng Shui as well. Square or rectangular houses have sharp corners which allow "poison arrows" to point in our direction. I read about Chinese ancient round houses as well. They've been preserved as part of the history & culture.

13/11/2018
Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

6/6/2016 路 2 min read 路 +100 路 3
To Architecture and 6 more
Should I use Hemp to build my House?

Should I use Hemp to build my House?

Did you know that buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the world? Hemp 聽can be used to make many things including furniture, walls, shelves, and now Hempcrete which is an alternative to concrete. 聽 Hempcrete 聽is...

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

Thanks Richard, I think one of the problems we have to over come in SA is that it is still illegal to commercially produce hemp. Although this should soon change....

20/6/2016
Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

Thanks Richard, as Hemp grows so quickly and doesn't need extensive irrigation or pesticides I really believe it's a viable solution for the housing shortages here in SA.

8/6/2016
Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

4/6/2016 路 3 min read 路 +100
To Architects and 2 more
Renovation versus New Construction: Which is Greener and Better for the Environment?

Renovation versus New Construction: Which is Greener and Better for the Environment?

The process of new construction, with all of the advanced green building systems, is often faster than renovating an existing structure. But when you factor in having an existing building and infrastructure, which then has the biggest impact...

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

4/6/2016 路 3 min read 路 +300
To Architecture and 2 more
Are Green Buildings more Expensive to Construct?

Are Green Buildings more Expensive to Construct?

Green homes built over the last 15 years have proven that it doesn鈥檛 have to cost more to build green. 聽The major variables are typically聽:- what is the experience of the architect/builder, how early in the design process were green building...

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