Tropism of Wild Flower / L’EAU design

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Architects: L’EAU design
Location: 49-27 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, , South
Architect In Charge: Dongjin Kim
Year: 2012
Photographs: Park Wan-soon

“Belong Here” guerrilla art campaign. Image Courtesy of WIA EP Inspiration Award
“Belong Here” guerrilla art campaign. Image Courtesy of WIA EP Inspiration Award

UDM Student Awarded “WIA Emerging Professional Inspiration Award” for Community Outreach

“At some point, we all forgot that we belong to each other.” These powerful words helped land Samantha, an M.Arch. student at the University of Detroit Mercy and Fellow in the Challenge Detroit Urban Revitalization Program, the ninth annual WIA EP (Emerging Professional) Inspiration Award. Praising Samantha for her work behind the “Belong Here” guerrilla art campaign, the award was given to the student for demonstrating a “great capacity for leadership, an unwavering passion for the profession of architecture, and a willingness to contribute to society.” Learn more about the award, here

How Americans Get to Work

Interactive: How Americans Get to Work. Image Courtesy of flowingdata.com

In the US, most people drive alone to work. This isn’t surprising, considering car culture has been a staple of American life since the end of World War II. However, with the potential of high speed rails making way in California and the push for public transit in many other states, it will be interesting to see how this map may (or may not) change over the next decade.

This interactive infographic, provided by flowingdata.com, illustrates the work-related usage rates for all varying modes of transportation throughout every county in the US. Click here to see.

Holiday Cottage / Tóth Project Architect Office

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Architects: Tóth Project Architect Office
Location: Kapuvár,
Architect In Charge: László Tóth, László Papp, Frigyes Schalling
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects’ Yuhang Opera

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Coinciding with their tenth anniversary of the Royal Danish Opera, Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans for a new Chinese Opera house in . The project, sited in “the middle of a lake, on display to the entire city,” will serve as the centerpiece of an expansive new cultural district north of Hangzhou. It’s design, described by Henning Larsen to be more “playful” than the Copenhagen Opera, will feature a unique geometric facade and sloping roof, backdropped by a waterfront recreational park.

From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman

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Despite his significant impact on architecture through both built and theoretical works, most studies of Peter Eisenman‘s career focus on either one aspect or the other. In “From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of ,” Stefano Corbo attempts to redress this balance, connecting themes in the design and the theory of the influential architect across the many stages of his 50-year career. The following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction, giving a brief overview of the chronology of Eisenman’s career and the ideas that have influenced him over time.

All of the different moments characterizing Eisenman’s trajectory imply different phases, different projects, different programmatic manifestos and, above all, an evolving notion of form. To approach the complexity of his discourse means dealing with form in all its declinations: formalism, de-composition, deconstruction, and weak form. Each of them has constituted the mutant epidermis of Eisenman’s theoretical corpus, based on philosophical references and provocative statements.

Thanks to his ability to connect with the cultural tendencies of the time, Eisenman has explored different territories: first, structuralism and Chomsky’s linguistic theory; successively, Derrida and Delueze’s post-structuralism, passing through the influence of Colin Rowe’s formalism, and his recent interest in the return to autonomy as theorized by Pier Vittorio Aureli. At the same time Eisenman has always played a central role in influencing and manipulating the American architectural debate, due to his propagandistic activity, first with the IAUs (Institute for Architecture and Urban studies), and then with the magazine Oppositions.

Zeimuls, Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia / SAALS Architecture

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Architects: SAALS Architecture
Location: Krasta iela 31, Rēzekne, LV-4601,
Architect In Charge: Rasa Kalnina, Maris Krumins
Design Team: Ansis Auzins
Area: 4400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars

Accelerate@CERN Offers Residency and Chance to Create Physics-Inspired Architecture

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The practice of architecture has always been intertwined with the study of physics, both in structure and aesthetics. As the nuances of physics become better understood, architecture has the opportunity to grow and change, such as in Herzog and de Meuron’s particle physics-based designs. In the interest of nurturing the relationship between these two fields, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Department of Arts of the Federal Chancellery of are teaming up to offer the Accelerate@CERN Austria award. Read on to learn more.

Firestation Berendrecht / Bovenbouw

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Architects: Bovenbouw
Location: Kruisweg 22, 2040 ,
Architect In Charge: Dirk Somers, Eline Aerts, Sidse Hald
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Evolution Ground Alfortville / NP2F

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Architects: NP2F
Location: , France
Area: 2050.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Antoine Espinasseau, Courtesy of

A House for Nature and People / YLAB

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Architects: YLAB
Location: Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South
Architect In Charge: Jinok Yang
Area: 429.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Trapkay_Junghoon Kim

Archiculture Interviews: James Kunstler

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“Suburbia has… several destinies.” Author and social critic is one of several contributing speakers in Arbuckle Industries‘ groundbreaking documentary Archiculture. In the latest extra from the film, Kunstler provides his perspective on the modern housing sector and the shift from city life to suburbia, specifically examining the decline of the city as a result of political upheaval. Additionally, he postulates how architecture will evolve in the future and offers his ideas for overcoming America’s suburbia-centric ways by drawing inspiration from the past, advocating that young designers focus on tectonics to shift back to a smarter built environment.

Quixote Village. Image © Leah Nash for BuzzFeed
Quixote Village. Image © Leah Nash for BuzzFeed

Tiny-House Villages: Safe Havens for the Homeless

As the need for smart housing solutions rises, so does the appeal of tiny-house villages, not just as shelter for the homeless, but as a possible look to the future of the housing sector. The new article, Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness? by Tim Murphy, takes a closer look into the positive and negative aspects of these controversial communities, as well as their social and political ramifications so far. Through interviews with residents of several tiny-house villages, Murphy investigates the current impacts they have had on the homeless populations within major American cities, and questions how the lifestyle will evolve in the future. Read the full article, here.

MBF house / archiNOW!

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Architects: archiNOW!
Location:
Design Team: Alessandro Gazzoni, Marcello Dellarosa, Stella Andriani, Luca Foschi
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of archiNOW!

Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin

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Commissioned by the Urban Planning Bureau, Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and Archiland International (AI) have unveiled their competition proposal for the Bolong 3D Movie and Mediatek in Tianjin.

Envisioned as part of a new media park slated for construction in the city, the building’s design is playful and contemporary, offering visitors a “series of unique spatial experiences.” Learn more about the project and view selected images from the proposal after the break.

Ten New Findings From the Sciences that Will Revolutionize Architecture

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In their latest book Design for a Living Planet: Settlement, Science, and the Human Future, Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros examine recent developments in that will inform and possibly even radically alter the future of architecture. The following is an adapted series of excerpts that summarizes the content of the book.

Architecture has always concerned itself with the future, and with the implications of findings from the sciences — as well as their practical applications to architectural craft. Today we do indeed see very exotic computer-designed aesthetic surfaces, splined forms, and generative schemes. To a non-scientist, this work might appear ultra-scientific and “modern”. We also see the symbolism of a turbulent, fractured Universe, wherein old ideas of meaning are facing anguishing post-modern challenges.

But from a modern physicist’s perspective, this architecture is still mired in the past.

Tappen / Joliark

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Architects: Joliark
Location: Mariehäll, Bromma, , Sweden
Architect In Charge: Per Johanson
Design Team: Stina Johansson, Amanda Hedman
Area: 5750.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Joliark/Torjus Dahl, Courtesy of Joliark

Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015
Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015

Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

In collaboration with The Model, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd, and Sligo City Council, the Institute of Technology Sligo has launched “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” an international architecture competition inspired by Yeats’ eponymous poem of 1892. Part of Yeats2015, the competition prompts practitioners to propose an intervention for the Irish island of Innisfree, combining “Yeats’ poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas.” Work may be submitted individually or as part of a team, and must be received by March 12. The winning design will be constructed on the island before June 13, in time for what would have been Yeats’ 150th birthday. See more information about the competition and download the project brief here.