Gallery: INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sus...

Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto of LIKEArchitects create architecture with humor, subjectivity, and a focus on using sustainable building materials and maximizing energy-efficiency. In the past we've featured their gorgeous frozen trees made from plastic bags and their pop-up prefab bar made from re-usable containers and LED lights. We recently talked to Diogo and Teresa about their architectural philosophies, the challenges and rewards of sustainability, and performance architecture. Read on for a look at some of LIKEArchitects' most innovative and exciting projects!

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create?

LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural project.

Our production and research is based in ephemeral pop-up interventions, urban provocative structures and innovative social architectural systems. We are conscientious that our architectural objects exist in a context that is not only physical but also socio-cultural, political and economic.

Our production is based on low-cost actions: to do as much as possible with the few available resources. We are always trying to improve our processes and our results as well as reducing the financial costs involved. At the moment, we are focused on “ready-made performance architecture”: societal and sustainable customized architecture made out of re-interpreted modular non-constructive elements.

We are very careful in the material we use in our temporary designs – they must be re-usable and easily recyclable. In our light design, we try to always use LED technology as it has the maximum luminous efficacy and thus saving energy. Moreover, to be sustainable is also to be affordable. We want to reach better achievements with less financial resources.


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