Today there is a conflict in the nature of materials for building in the industrial society. Use only biodegradable, low energy consuming materials, which are easy to cut and modify onsite. For bulk materials Alexander suggests ultra-light weight concrete and earth based materials like tampered earth, brick, and tile. For Secondary materials use wood, gypsum, plywood, cloth, chicken wire, particle board, corrugated iron, lime plasters, bamboo, rope and tile.
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Assilah Eco Village
The shape of a building has a great effect on the relative degrees of privacy and overcrowding in it, and in turn has a critical effect on peoples comfort and well being. There is widespread evidence to show that overcrowding in small dwellings causes psychological and social damage. The feeling of over-crowding is largely created by the mean of point-to-point distances inside a building. In small buildings, don't cluster all the rooms together; instead string out the rooms one after the other, so the distance between rooms is as great as it can be. Use the long thin plan to help shape outdoor space on the site. (Alexander 1977)
If people question the purpose of ornamental features in today's architecture then Scarpa's work merits careful study, for he has brought functional detail back into architecture. His most famous works below demonstrate his attention and appreciation of craft which reveal the smallest of details.
In the Tomba Brion, Scarpa uses ornament to translate ideas of growth and decay and invite the user to meditation. For example, thin metal elements embedded in the concrete walls are used to direct the user's gaze.
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The Querini Stampalia also shows a careful wedding of new and old with rich detail and water as its main theme.