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Mina; The City of Tents | Via

Mina is a small city located inside a low lying valley in the province of Makkh, in western Saudi Arabia, about 8 km to the east of the Holy city of Mecca. Inside the 20 square km valley, tents cover every open space, as far as the eye can see, neatly arranged, row after row. It is in these tents Hajj pilgrims stay overnight during the five days of each Haj season. For the rest of the year, Mina remains pretty much deserted.

There are more than 100,000 air-conditioned tents in Mina providing temporary accommodation to 3 million pilgrims. The tents measure 8 meters by 8 meters and are constructed of fiberglass coated with Teflon in order to ensure high resistance to fire. Originally pilgrims brought their own tents which they would erect in the flat plains of Mina. After Hajj is over, the tents would be dismantled, everything packed and taken back. Then sometime in the 1990s, the Saudi government installed permanent cotton tents relieving pilgrims of the burden of having to carry their own camping equipment. But after a massive fire that swept through the tent city killing nearly 350 pilgrims in 1997, the current permanent fire-proof city was built.

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Classic Chinese Ancient Buildings Cutaways Li Ganlang [via]

"Li Ganlang 2005 onwards started drawing, anatomical drawings to show the Chinese construction Shi Jingdian construction law, showing Chinese cultural characteristics of various buildings, covered wood constitutive temples, pavilions, towers, gates, caves, bridges, houses and so on five Shiyu Zuo building. By Yuan-Liou Publishing Company."

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Light Walls House

Located in Toyokawa city, the “Light Walls House” is a wooden house imagined by Japanese studio mA-style architects. White, minimalist and decorated with plants, this building has a structure which allows the light to reflect on the ground and on the walls in order to create patterns thanks to a trick of shadows and rays.

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Segas Tech School
Stephanie Crombie, 2014





Since its closure in 1949, the vacant Segas Office Building in Croydon has been the subject of numerous speculative fantasies, but all have failed to materialise. Despite being caught in the middle of the ‘Mid-Croydon Masterplan’, its Grade II listed status has made the reuse of the building commercially unviable, resulting in its exclusion from the current vision for the town.
In the next 20 years, Croydon - an ‘Opportunity Area’ - will be the focus of rigorous redevelopment, with the total reconstructionof much of its existing building stock. In 2018, the retail giant Westfield will subsume Croydon’s town centre into a new mega- complex, creating the ‘largest mall in Europe’.
While its listed status will temporarily ensure the survival of the building, its ability to compete with forthcoming developments has been severely compromised. This project will speculate on the future of Croydon’s town centre to identify opportunities for a radical reprogramming of the Segas Building – soon to be one of the town’s last vestiges of 20th Century heritage. 

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Segas Tech School

Stephanie Crombie, 2014

Since its closure in 1949, the vacant Segas Office Building in Croydon has been the subject of numerous speculative fantasies, but all have failed to materialise. Despite being caught in the middle of the ‘Mid-Croydon Masterplan’, its Grade II listed status has made the reuse of the building commercially unviable, resulting in its exclusion from the current vision for the town.

In the next 20 years, Croydon - an ‘Opportunity Area’ - will be the focus of rigorous redevelopment, with the total reconstruction
of much of its existing building stock. In 2018, the retail giant Westfield will subsume Croydon’s town centre into a new mega- complex, creating the ‘largest mall in Europe’.

While its listed status will temporarily ensure the survival of the building, its ability to compete with forthcoming developments has been severely compromised. This project will speculate on the future of Croydon’s town centre to identify opportunities for a radical reprogramming of the Segas Building – soon to be one of the town’s last vestiges of 20th Century heritage.