Hotel Xcaret Mexico Offers Rich Experiences to Reconnect With Nature and Local Heritage Through Its Eco-Integrating Architecture – Press Release

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico – November 30, 2020 – (

​As travel begins to make a gradual comeback, a common trend amongst those who have resumed travel is vacations that incorporate authentic experiences respective and reflective of the natural environment. Situated by the lush Riviera Maya jungle, Hotel Xcaret Mexico invites travelers to reconnect with nature through its unique, eco-integrating architecture, combining natural elements with an unparalleled aesthetic. 

Equal parts style and substance, the eco-driven property features 900 spacious suites, multiple swimming pools, world-class spa, and 12 distinct dining destinations, including Ha’ Restaurant led by Michelin star Chef Carlos Gaytán, an adults-only restaurant with its own surcharge. Additionally, thanks to its All-Fun Inclusive® concept, guests to Hotel Xcaret Mexico have access to Grupo Xcaret’s nature parks and tours and are privy to airport transfers, concierge services, unlimited Wi-Fi, among other perks.

Additionally, the AAA Five-diamond resort features carefully curated architecture and

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Experience Barcelona From Home With This Virtual Art and Architecture Tour

As with most European countries, Spain — once among the hardest hit by coronavirus — remains closed to tourists from the U.S., as well as several other countries. With the streets of Barcelona less crowded than usual, two virtual tour companies have teamed up to give viewers a glimpse at the finished and famously unfinished architectural works of Antoni Gaudí that can be found in the city.

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On Jan. 6, 2021, A Virtual Tour Live and World TV Streming Tours will host a free public event on Facebook, allowing people to discover the beauty of this Mediterranean capital city, including its famous buildings and parks. Throughout the virtual presentation, which will focus on the art and architecture of Barcelona, viewers will see and learn about the most emblematic works of Antoni Gaudí: Park Güell,

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Always striving to achieve the best at Ryder Architecture

As part of our ongoing series, ‘Inspiring Growth’, in conjunction with Ward Hadaway, we’re talking to some of the region’s fastest-growing businesses and shining a light on their incredible successes.

Here, Ryder managing partner Mark Thompson reveals how a never-ending desire for improvement has fuelled growth.

“‘That’ll do’ just isn’t good enough,” says Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder and North East Local Enterprise Partnership board member, reflecting on the relentless attention to detail that the award-winning practice places on everything they do, from design to client service.

It’s an approach that serves them well. Established in 1953 and headquartered in Newcastle, Ryder now has offices around the world, and continues to grow, employing over 250 people globally and working with many more through the international Ryder Alliance, a group of like-minded specialists.

Mark continues: “We can always do better. It’s about continually looking to improve, not resting on your

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Can Good Architecture Exist Without Modulation?

Can Good Architecture Exist Without Modulation?

In the Genesis flood narrative, Noah built an ark after a call from God, who decided to flood and destroy all life on Earth due to the misbehavior of humanity. Only Noah’s family and a couple representatives of each species of animals could enter the huge vessel and save themselves. In the bible, the ark is described in the exact measurements of 300 cubits in length by 50 cubits in width by 30 cubits in height. This was a unit used at the time based on the length of the forearm, measured from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow. A Dutchman who has devoted himself to building a replica of Noah’s Ark, without success in finding a correspondingly accurate value in the

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Nigeria: Borno Killings Raises Serious Questions On Nation’s Security Architecture – Governors’ Forum

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has condemned the killing of over 40 rice farmers in Garin Kwashebe, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

The forum, in a statement by its Chairman and the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Kayode Fayemi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, described the attack as morally reprehensible.

He said that the attack brought back ugly memories of several dastardly attacks on soft targets in the state.

Fayemi noted that the farmers were attacked while harvesting their produce totally oblivious of the danger that awaits them in nearby bushes.

He said that the method was consistent with the senseless bombings of busy markets, bus stations, schools and abattoirs whenever the terrorists felt overpowered by the security operatives.

“This sad narrative raises serious questions on the general security situation in the country and around the capability of the

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From Architecture School to Practice: How Famous and Emerging Figures Made the Transition

From Architecture School to Practice: How Famous and Emerging Figures Made the Transition

Architecture school is a place of experiment and a testing ground for innovative ideas. The academic work and student projects can bring to light the focus of an entire career, shape the backbone for an architectural theory, and crystalize values. How do their studies and formative years reflect on the later work of different architects? Taking a journey along decades, we explore the transition from architecture school to practice, the reverberance of academic explorations and early projects in the work of several architects and practices, highlighting the different pivotal steps that have shaped the beginning of their architectural journey.

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Throughout different decades, particular socio-economic environments shaped the opportunities available to young architects. As Natalie de Vries stated: “It’s much

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Sampling India Through Architecture Of Balkrishna Doshi And Artwork Of Rina Banerjee

With COVID-19 making international travel an unappealing venture for many, those desiring the stimulation of exotic locales without adding a new stamp to the passport must find opportunities where the exotic comes to them. Domestic audiences seeking a taste of India are in luck thanks to a pair of exhibitions which now happen to coincide with the nation’s celebration of Diwali.

Chicago’s Wrightwood 659 hosts the first U.S. exhibition of Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi (b. 1927, Pune, India). “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People,” illuminates Doshi’s melding of Modernism with traditional Indian techniques and forms, yielding a body

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Kurt Hollander photographs “shimmering architecture” in Colombian rainforest city

American photographer Kurt Hollander’s latest photo series focuses on the aluminium-clad homes in the Colombian city of Quibdo, which he has termed shimmering architecture.

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The collection of photos documents a series of buildings in the city of Quibdo, located within the rainforest in west Colombia, that are clad with self-adhesive aluminium sheeting to protect them from the local climate.

Hollander first spotted the shimmering architecture from an aeroplane on his way to visit Quibdo.

a castle on top of a building: Kurt Hollander photographed the aluminium-clad homes in Quibdo

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Kurt Hollander photographed the aluminium-clad homes in Quibdo

“On a two-week-long escape from the pandemic lockdown in Cali, my current city of residence, I travelled to Quibdo, a rainforest city in Colombia populated mostly by Afro-Colombians and indigenous people,” said Hollander.

“As I was flying in, the sun broke through the clouds and dozens of buildings wrapped in self-adhesive asphalt with an

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Online offerings to be presented in conjunction with architecture exhibit in Chicago | Visual Arts


Pictured is a display from the exhibit “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.

A fascinating exhibit titled “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” is the latest display housed at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.

Due to the current closings of museums and other public venues in Chicago, the exhibit, which is to run through Dec. 12, is not able to be enjoyed by “live” visitors now. Architecture fans can take part in virtual programs, however, which are being held in conjunction with the exhibit.

Balkrishna Doshi, who is in his 90s, is well known in India and is a Pulitzer Prize-winning architect.

“Not too many people know of him in Chicago,” said James D. McDonough, executive director of Alphawood Foundation,  a group which helped make the exhibition’s display possible in Chicago.

“It was important to bring (some) of his architecture to America and bring to

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Scottish Panoramas: V&A Dundee, architecture, Mary Quant, video games, Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar North

Opened in September 2018, the V&A Dundee has brought both architectural prestige and tourism bucks to Scotland’s fourth-largest city and put a new gloss on its self-appointed nickname – the City of Discovery.

The moniker, of course, refers to the Dundee-built ship of that name, launched in 1901 and used by Scott and Shackleton on their first journey to the Antarctic. But with the opening of the first V&A outpost outside London the name took on other vistas of meaning. Now it means discovering world class design. Discovering what a difference a bold and striking addition to a built environment can make to the look, feel and even morale of a city. Or, at the very least, discovering a new and inspiring place to have lunch or to park yourself and your laptop as you sup a flat white.

At once enigmatic and abstract but also decidedly boat-shaped, the building

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