Loft in Bratislava / gutgut

© Peter Čintalan

Architects: gutgut
Location: Bratislava,
Architect In Charge: Lukáš Kordík, Štefan Polakovič, Samuel Zeman, Jana Benková
Area: 105.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Čintalan

Three Self-Healing Materials That Could Change the Future of Construction

The aggregate of this concrete contains bacterial spores that fill in any cracks in the material. Image © UCL, Institute of Making/Robert Eagle via flickr

Buildings, regrettably, don’t last forever. Until recently, the only way to increase a building’s lifespan was ongoing maintenance, which can be expensive, time-consuming and in the case of infrastructure such as bridges or roads, inconvenient. Beyond that, periodic replacement of the entire structure was an option, however this is clearly not a sustainable solution, especially considering the amount of CO2-releasing concrete used in modern construction.

But in the 21st century, another alternative is emerging. This article on CityLab uncovers three self-healing that could significantly extend the lifespan of a construction, including Erik Schlangen‘s asphalt that re-sets itself with a dose of induction heating, concrete developed at TU Delft (and elsewhere) that patches up cracks with the help of its living bacterial aggregate, and a recent discovery by MIT scientists that some metals have self-healing properties.

Read the article in full here, or carry on after the break for our own coverage of Erik Schlangen and TU Delft’s work in self-healing materials.

David Chipperfield’s “Sticks and Stones” Toys with Van Der Rohe’s Bones in Berlin

© Gili Merin

In Berlin, Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie has begun a new phase today with the opening of David Chipperfield’s intervention, a prologue to the imminent restoration which the famed British architect is about to undertake. Completed in 1968, the gallery was Mies’ last project and his final masterpiece; for nearly fifty years, nobody dared to touch it – until now. Marking this event is a large, site-specific installation, created by Chipperfield as an attempt to engage Mies in a spatial experiment (or perhaps a last, apologetic tribute to the 20th century master) moments before he is about to embark on a mission which will, inevitably, transform Mies’ ultimate legacy.

MIT Beaver Works / Merge Architects

© John Horner

Architects: Merge Architects
Location: 300 Tech Square, 300, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Architect In Charge: Elizabeth Whittaker
Project Architect : Anne-Sophie Divenyi
Area: 4875.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Horner Photography , David Bragdon

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

1. Iwan Baan Torre David #2, 2011 Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery

Currently on exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery in London is Constructing Worlds, an exploration of from the 1930s to now. The exhibition brings together over 250 rarely seen works by 18 leading photographers who have demonstrated the medium’s ability to look beyond simple documentation of the built world and reveal wider truths about society. Learn more about the exhibition after the break.

First Look: MVRDV Completes Largest Covered Market in the Netherlands

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’s very own, MVRDV has completed the Netherlands’ first covered market: the Markhal Rotterdam. Unlike any other market in the world, the Markhal presents a new urban hybrid that unites a market hall with housing.

Within the hollow core of the 228-unit, “horseshoe-shaped” residential building is an expansive, 40-meter-tall public market, offering 96 fresh food stalls, 8 restaurants and supermarket. Colorful murals cover the arch’s vaulted interior, peering through the largest single glazed cable net facades in Europe, which enclose the market.

This sense of transparency and openness was key, as the Markhal is the driving force to the rejuvenation of the Laurenskwartier area and hopes to attract thousands of visitors each year.

A look inside, after the break.

Şışhane Park / Begüm Öner

Courtesy of Begüm Öner

Architects: Begüm Öner
Location: Istanbul,
Design Team: Orkun Beydagi, Cibeles Sanchez Llupart, Leo Pollor
Architecture And Urban Design: SANALarc, Murat Sanal, Alexis Sanal
Area: 30000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Begüm Öner

Wim Wenders. Image ©  European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010
Wim Wenders. Image © European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

‘Cathedrals of Culture’ Proves To Be “Limited” & “Internalised”

The highly anticipated 3D film series Cathedrals of Culture has now opened around the world. Directed by Wim Wenders and a team of five other acclaimed directors (Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin and Karim Aïnouz), the collection - according to The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright - “feels more like a series of vapid promotional videos.” Arguing that in most of the films (with the exception of Michael Madsen’s) the narrative is lost in favour of cinematic shots, “Cathedrals of Culture presents a limited and internalised view of what architecture is, a fault perhaps driven by the obsession with the 3D camera. [...] It has a self-satisfied, sometimes cultish, air that makes you feel like you’re taking part in some collective brainwashing exercise.” Wainwright concludes that Living Architectures is the best place to go. See some of their films featured in ArchDaily’s 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014.

Kindergarten in Stabio / Studio WE

© Alexandre Zveiger

Architects: Studio WE
Location: , Switzerland
Engineer: Edy Toscano Engineering & Consulting
Area: 1848.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alexandre Zveiger

Paris Zoological Park / Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés

© Claud Cieutat

Architects: Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés
Location: 53 Avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 ,
Research Adviser: Mikaël Mugnier (Landscape architect)
Project Manager: Camille Piot (Architect) and Renaud Riboulet (Landscape architect)
Year: 2014
Photographs: Claud Cieutat, Martin Argyroglo, Mikaël Mugnier

Hotel Golden Holiday in Nha Trang / Trinhvieta-Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki

Architects: Trinhvieta-Architects
Location: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province,
Architect In Charge: Trinh Viet A, Naoya Sakamaki, Le Hoai Phuong
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

House in Atsugi / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: , Kanagawa,
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Takumi Ota

“Briefly”: a Documentary About Design’s Least Significant Piece of Paper

When we evaluate the work of architects and designers, we often treat it as if the design was created in a vacuum. It’s easy to forget that the vast majority of designs emerge from a collaboration between the designer and their client, and when it comes to the design’s success the input of the client can often be as important as the work of the designer. This creative relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, yet it is usually held together by a single document: the brief.

Released today, this half-hour documentary by director Tom Bassett entitled Briefly takes a long hard look at the brief, with architects Frank Gehry and David Rockwell, industrial designer Yves Béhar, illustrator and author Maira Kalman, marketing executive John C Jay and creative executive John Boiler all pitching in their experience with creative briefs, and recounting stories where, for better or for worse, the brief had a major effect on their work.

More on the documentary after the break

Bow House / Edwards Moore

© Fraser Marsden

Architects: Edwards Moore
Location: VIC, Australia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fraser Marsden

Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric
Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric

Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline

Helicopter landing pads will no longer be required atop new buildings in Los Angeles, California. The rule’s elimination, which was announced yesterday by the city’s mayor and fire chief, allows architects the freedom to break away from LA’s “boxy” skyline. “I want to see innovative design,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I want to see good design, but we’re going to take the handcuffs off of you when we ask you to do that. I want neighborhoods to look good, and I want our buildings to look iconic.” You can read more about the change, here

Locales Roca / BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

© Manuel Ciarlotti

Architects: BBC Arquitectos, Sol Loustaunau
Location: Tucumán 668, , Río Negro Province,
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Manuel Ciarlotti

Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image Courtesy of BFI

Seven humanitarian initiatives have been nominated for “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award,” the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the $100,000 prize is awarded each year to scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world using innovative solutions to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

Among this year’s finalists are a floating health clinic in Lake Tanganyika, a comprehensive coastal resiliency plan for the Northeastern Seaboard, and a waterfront regeneration plan for the Makoko/Iwaya community. 

The 2014 Finalists are…

New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

WHAT: With its fifth biennial competition and exhibition, the AIANY New Practices Committee is proud to recognize six emerging architecture and design firms working in New York City. These firms will be featured in an exhibition opening on October 1 at 6pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. This year, the opening of New Practices New York 2014 will also kick off Archtober 2014, Architecture and Design Month.