The Hombroich Foundation Presents “Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015″

Casa das Historias – Museu Paula Rego / . Image © Luis Ferreira Alves

From April 18 until August 24, 2015, the will showcase the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Spanning from his early career in 1980 to the present, the exhibition will explore de Moura’s influential style through models, plans, sketches and photographs. Celebrating such dynamic works as the reconstruction of the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria do Bouro in Amares and the the football stadium Estádio Municipal de Braga, highlighted projects will tell the lifelong story of de Moura’s designs.

Courtesy of Maruf Raihan
Courtesy of Maruf Raihan

Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism

Maruf Raihan, founder of Bangladeshi graphic design firm Studio Biporit has created an infographic tracing the career of Muzharul Islam, widely recognized as the Master Architect of South Asian Modernism. The timeline begins with Islam’s birth in Murshidabad in 1923, spanning from his first major project— the Central Library at the University of Dhaka, in 1953— to his last, the World Bank Office in Dhaka in 1987. Also documented are his numerous academic and architectural milestones, including extensive international publication and exhibition. Highly legible and amply illustrated, the infographic concludes with an entry noting Islam’s death in 2012, at the age of 88. The full-sized graphic can be viewed here.

SG House / José António Lopes da Costa

© Manuel Aguiar

Architects: José António Lopes da Costa
Location: Rua de Oliveira de Azeméis, 3700 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: , Tiago Meireles
Co Workers: Filipe Ribeiro
Year: 2009
Photographs: Manuel Aguiar

Rehabilitation of the National University Library / ANMA

© Vincent Fillon

Architects: ANMA
Location: Place de la République, 67000 ,
Area: 18800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

PlayHouse / Street Monkey Architects + Bjerking

© Robin Hayes Photography

Architects: Street Monkey Architects, Bjerking
Location: Värmdö, Sweden
Architect In Charge: Cage Copher (), Thomas Björk ()
Area: 175.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robin Hayes Photography

Courtyard House / Studio JCI

© Scott Norsworthy

Architects: Studio JCI
Location: , ON,
Structural Engineering: LMS Engineering
Area: 392.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy

© Arash Nemati Hayati, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Utah via XSEDE
© Arash Nemati Hayati, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Utah via XSEDE

How Supercomputers are Shaping the Future of our Cities

What possible use could architects have for a supercomputer? Well, of course it would be nice to produce that ultra-high-quality render in a matter of seconds rather than hours – but this post on the XSEDE blog recounts another use that is (arguably) much more important. XSEDE, an organization that helps researchers by providing them with access to supercomputers, has been working with a group from the University of Utah’s Mechanical Engineering Department to simulate wind flow in cities, with the ultimate aim of providing architects and engineers with the tools to reduce wind tunneling effects, improve energy efficiency and lower pollution. Find out more about the research project here.

Courtesy of Ittyblox
Courtesy of Ittyblox

Help Fund Ittyblox’s 3-D Printed Miniature Cities

 

Ever wanted your very own Flatiron Building to sit on your mantelpiece? What about a Guggenheim for your desk, or a block of London apartments for your side table? Ittyblox, a Dutch company based in Den Bosch, is determined to make this dream a reality, 3D printing 1:1000 models of iconic buildings and city blocks. The models are printed in full color and designed to slot into modular baseplates, which can be arranged into complete cityscape dioramas. Buildings currently in production hail from London, MiamiNew York, and Chicago, with a new building added each week. 

Still in its early days, Ittyblox is seeking support on its Kickstarter page, here. Backers will receive limited edition postcards, renders, or building models, with rewards varying depending on donation amount. For more information, head to Ittyblox’s website.

Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects’ Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

“In this film, we hear various viewpoints about how ABW impacts the work environment at GLG,” explains ’s Adam Goss. “How technology enables the user, the psychology behind seating choice, how this new style of working helps achieve the company goals, and how, above all, the architectural design fosters all of this in an efficient and choreographed manner.”

Kalasataman Huvilat Townhouses / PORTAALI architects Ltd + ArkOpen Ltd

© Photos Tuomas Uusheimo

Architects: PORTAALI architects Ltd,
Location: Antareksenkatu 10, 00540 Helsinki,
Architect In Charge: Juha Kämäräinen
Area: 1955.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Photos Tuomas Uusheimo, Studio Halas

Colorful Illustrations of Tel Aviv’s Eclectic Facades

27 Nahalat Binyamin St.. Image © Avner Gicelter

Take a virtual walk down the streets of Tel Aviv with these illustrations of the city’s facades by graphic designer Avner Gicelter. “My aim is to capture the unique essence of the building’s features in my illustrations, using a minimal set of graphic elements,” he explained. “After the building’s illustration is done I choose a background color out of a palette and a typeface that will reflect what I refer to as a Tel Avivian atmosphere.”

Gicelter first had the idea to capture the unique architecture in ’s city center when apartment hunting in 2013. “I got more interested in the building’s facade than in the apartments we were looking at,” he said. Since then he has illustrated over 70 different buildings.

Check out some of Gicelter’s illustrations after the break and visit his website to learn more. His illustrations are also available for purchase on Etsy.

Chandigarh Under Siege: Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex Threatened by Housing Development

Chandigarh’s Palace of the Assembly in the foreground facing the High Court in the background. Image © Flickr CC user Eduardo Guiot

Dr. Vikramāditya Prakāsh is a professor at the University of Washington and the founder of the Chandigarh Urban Lab. In the following article he discusses the past, present and future of ’s vision for Chandigarh, explaining the reasons behind the petition he started against a new residential development to the North of the city.

Le Corbusier’s famous Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India is about to be ruined by the construction of a gaggle of towers to its immediate north. The new project, called ‘TATA Camelot’, is being developed by TATA Housing, the real estate wing of TATA Group, a major multinational and one of ’s largest industrial companies. TATA Camelot’s 27 proposed towers, each between 13 and 36 storys tall, will not only destroy the architectural and urban design integrity of the Capitol, they will also disrupt the fragile Himalayan ecology of the area. In the contest between development and preservation, it is the larger public good and the long term perspective of the ecological that must be prioritized.

Difficult Run Residence / Robert M. Gurney Architect

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , VA, USA
Project Architect: John Riordan, LEED AP
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Courtesy of Building Trust
Courtesy of Building Trust

Building Trust to Host Live Build Workshop in Laos

This April, non-profit organization Building Trust will host a Live Build Workshop in Laos, in partnership with the local Free the Bears Fund rescue centre. Participants are invited to work with the Laotian local community and Free the Bears staff to construct a design a sustainable merchandise store. It is envisioned that the store will allow Free the Bears to sell merchandise that will in turn fund their ongoing bear conservation projects in Laos and beyond. 

The workshop will take place between April 18 and May 2 in Tat Kuang Si Park, approximately 30-kilometers from the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang. It is the latest in a series of humanitarian projects organized and executed by Building Trust. Learn more about the project and learn how you can get involved, here. You can view our previous coverage of Building Trust’s Live Build Workshops here

AD Classics: Fagus Factory / Walter Gropius + Adolf Meyer

via Wikipedia Commons

The Fagus Factory is one of the earliest built works of modern architecture, and the first project of . The commission provided Gropius with the opportunity to put his revolutionary ideas into practice, and the stunning rectilinear volume with its primarily glazed façade would guide the course of through the coming decades.

Mesh Temporary Bar / fala atelier

© Ana Luisa Soares, António Lopes

Architects: fala atelier
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ana Luisa Soares, António Lopes

Vlassides Winery / Eraclis Papachristou Architects

© Nikos Louka

Architects: Eraclis Papachristou Architects
Location: Koilani,
Design Team: Eraclis Papachristou, Yiannos Tsiolis
Area: 900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nikos Louka, Erieta Attali

Nisala Villa / Nath Rankothge & Associates

© Ajantha Ranaweera

Architects: Nath Rankothge & Associates
Location: ,
Area: 282.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ajantha Ranaweera