Kalasataman Huvilat Townhouses / PORTAALI architects Ltd + ArkOpen Ltd

© Photos Tuomas Uusheimo

Architects: , ArkOpen Ltd
Location: Antareksenkatu 10, 00540 , Finland
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 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 Tel Aviv’s city center when apartment hunting in 2013. “I got more interested in the building’s 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

’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 Le Corbusier’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 India’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 , 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

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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: Porto,
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

The Oeko-Center Administrative Building / Steinmetz De Meyer

© Catherine Thiry

Architects: Steinmetz De Meyer
Location: Montée de Pfaffenthal, 2328 ,
Area: 1347.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Catherine Thiry

OVO / Camilo Rebelo

© Office archive

Architects: Camilo Rebelo
Location: Fideris,
Current Room Area: 20,8 sq.meters
Previous Room Area: 39,1 sq.meters
Year: 2014
Photographs: Office archive

Renovation in Durbuy / PIQUE

© Peter Jahnke

Architects: PIQUE
Location: , Belgium
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Jahnke

Share Your Ideas for a Livable City with the Walking Visionaries Awards

Share Your Ideas for a Livable City with the Walking Visionaries Awards

Walk21 Vienna has launched its Walking Visionaries Awards, a challenge that invites people from around the globe to explore the many ways walking can be implemented into our daily lives to support sustainable and livable cities. Submit a solution now through April 30, 2015 for a chance to participate in the Walk21 Conference in ViennaAustria in October 2015. 30 winners will receive a free ticket to the conference and given the chance to meet leading professionals and share their ideas with other visionaries through mediums such as lectures, round table discussions, and workshops. Additionally, the winners’ solutions will be published in the conference documentation. Selected by both public opinion and a jury vote, winning submissions will be announced in June 2015. For more information or to submit an idea, visit walk21vienna.com.

Westport River House / RUHL WALKER Architects

© Peter Vanderwarker

Architects: RUHL WALKER Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

Images Released of Tadao Ando’s First NYC Building

© Noë & Associates and The Boundary

Tadao Ando has unveiled his first New York building. An “ultra-luxury” condominium project known as 152 Elizabeth Street, the 32,000-square-foot building will replace an existing parking lot with a concrete structure comprised of seven residences – all of which will be “treated as custom homes” and “individually configured.”

“Part , part jewel box, the building makes a strong yet quiet statement with a façade comprised of voluminous glass, galvanized steel and flanked by poured in-place and a living green wall that rises the height of the building,” says the architects. The green wall, measuring 55-feet-high and 99-feet-wide and spanning the entire southern façade, is expected to be one of the largest in New York and will be designed by landscaping firm M. Paul Friedberg and Partners.

Veterinary Clinic Masans / domenig architekten

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Architects: domenig architekten
Location: Chur,
Area: 1145.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of domenig architekten

Archiculture Interviews: Bill McDonough

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“What I’m trying to look at is how do we make humans supportive of a natural world, in the way that the natural world is supportive of us?” In the latest installment of Arbuckle Industries’ Archiculture , architect, educator, environmentalist, and author discusses some of the challenges and themes he has seen in our built environment. He focuses on environmentalism in architecture through the lens of carbon neutrality and the problems with that principle. He goes on to address some of his solutions, including a Cradle to Cradle design approach which changes the way environmental problems are tackled.

Emerson Process Management / HGA

© Don Wong

Architects: HGA
Location: , MN, USA
Architect In Charge: Chuck Cappellin, PE, LEED AP
Design Principal: Victor Pechaty, AIA
Project Team: Dan Peterson; Matt Dunbar; Dave Kippen, AIA; Chris Willette; Dana Hlebichuk, AIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Don Wong