Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames

The latest iteration of the design proposed for Victoria Embankment. Image © / Picture Plane

A proposal to create a floating swimming pool in the Thames river will step up a gear tomorrow, as Studio Octopi will present their design for the Thames Baths at the Guardian’s World Cities Day Challenge. Originally created as part of the Architecture Foundation’s competition to design ways to reconnect Londoners with the river, the Thames Baths design has gained momentum over the last year, with a recent iteration of the design proposed for London‘s Victoria Embankment.

More on the design after the break

Preston Bus Station to Become a Youth Centre Under New Proposal

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A proposal to ensure the future of Preston Bus Station could see part of the structure converted into a youth centre, as part of a £23 million renovation. The proposal by the building’s owners, Lancashire County Council, involves halving the number of bus bays used by the structure to 40, freeing up the western end of the building for other uses, including a sports hall, climbing wall, art centre and outdoor sports pitches.

In addition to the youth centre, the £23 million budget covers renovation to the existing structure and improvements to the surrounding highway. Funding for the proposal will come partly from the council and partly from Youth Zone.

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The NSA Muscle: Conversations Exploring Pioneering Projects in Digital Architecture

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The NSA Muscle, an interactive inflatable structure built in 2003 that responded to touch and presence by changing its shape, is the latest subject explored in the Canadian Centre for Architecture‘s series on pioneering projects of digital architecture. Joining a roster of influential names including Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry and Chuck Hoberman, this e-book recounts a conversation between Greg Lynn and the author of the project Kas Oosterhuis of ONL [Oosterhuis and Lénárd]. The ‘breathing’ structure was covered by a grid of ‘muscles’ that contracted and relaxed in response to external stimulus, combining commercial pneumatics and virtual control in new ways to prototype an new kind of interactive architecture.

Discover the story by downloading NSA Muscle for free after the break.

Ice Kraków Congress Centre / IEA + Arata Isozaki & Associates

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Architects: Ingarden & Ewý Architects, Arata Isozaki & Associates
Location: ,
Collaborating Architect: Jacek Ewý
Main Architect: Krzysztof Ingarden
Architects: Jacek Dubiel, Sylwester Staniucha, Dariusz Grobelny, Piotr Hojda, Sebastian Machaj, Grzegorz Miąsko, Joanna Bielawska-Ząbek, Olga Jasiak, Bartosz Kardaś, Piotr Kita, Tomasz Koral, Jakub Wagner, Anna Biskupska-Sperka, Sławomir Janas, Hiroyuki Mae, Agata Staniucha, Krzysztof Stępniak, Maciej Szromik, Jacek Szuba, Maciej Wierzbiński, Maja Wilczkiewicz-Janas, Tomasz Żełudziewicz, Marta Brańska, Joanna Domagalska, Sylwia Gowin, Łukasz Kępski, Jakub Turbasa, Bartosz Haduch (competition) IEA project administration: Renata Skowron
Team: Yoko Sano, Tadayuki Uchida
Area: 36720.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ingarden & Ewý Architects + Arata Isozaki & Associates

House In Oxfordshire / Peter Feeny Architects

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Architects: Peter Feeny Architects
Location: Oxfordshire,
Design Team: Peter Feeny, Matthias Thum, Ondrej Mundl, Richard Hood, David Max Phillips, Jose Soto
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafael Dubreu

Reform of Two Places / Cifuentes Olivier Arquitectes

© José Hevia

Architects: Cifuentes Olivier Arquitectes
Location: , Balearic Islands,
Architect In Charge: : A. Martín, J. Moya, C. Oliver, A. Reina
Collaborators: S. Villamarín, A. Rubido
Area: 153.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia

The Digit / Anagram Architects

© André J Fanthome

Architects: Anagram Architects
Location: New Delhi, Delhi,
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: André J Fanthome, Ayush Prakash

66MRN-House / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Location:
Team Directors: Diego Molina & Maria Arango
Area: 924.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Concave Roof House No.2 / Jun Yashiki & Associates

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Architects: Jun Yashiki & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Jun Yashiki
Area: 244.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

Downtown Des Moines. Image © Flickr CC User Jason Mrachina
Downtown Des Moines. Image © Flickr CC User Jason Mrachina

BIG and Morphosis Among Six Shortlisted for Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters

Kum & Go has enlisted six internationally renowned practices to compete for design of its new $92 million headquarters planned for Des Moines, Iowa: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Bohlin Cywinski JacksonMorphosisRenzo Piano Building WorkshopSafdie Architects, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The 24-hour convenience store chain plans to select an architect by mid-November. The 120,000-square-foot corporate office will be built on the north side of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, between 14th and 15th streets.

Narrabeen House / CHROFI

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Architects: CHROFI
Location: North Narrabeen NSW 2101,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Whitbread

Three Finalists to Develop Strategies for Vacant Land Reuse in New Orleans

NOLEX. Image Courtesy of VAI

Three finalists have been selected to move forward in the Van Alen Institute (VAI) and New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s (NORA) “Future Ground” open ideas competition. Each will be provided with a $15,000 stipend to investigate and develop long-term design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse in New Orleans.

“Too often, vacant land has been seen only as a remnant of or absence within the 20th century city,” described the VAI. “Today, with a critical mass of designers, policymakers, scholars, artists, activists, and residents creating pilot projects, thoughtful studies, and new kinds of urbanism on abandoned properties, it is possible to imagine this land as an integral part of the future city.”

John McAslan Selected to Design New Infrastructure System for Dhaka

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John McAslan + Partners (JMP) has won an international competition to design 16 elevated stations and a depot for ’s 20 kilometer metro line. The $3 billion, three-phased project will connect ’s residential district in the north to the business center in the south. It is part of a wider urban plan to decentralize urban growth from the center to satellite communities.

All stations are planned to open by 2022 and will serve an anticipated 505,000 passengers per day by 2025.

Another image of a proposed JMP-designed Dhaka metro station, after the break. 

Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Lira Arquitectos Asociados
Location: Pucón, Pucón, Araucanía Region,
Architect In Charge: Raimundo Lira, Daniel Marín
Constructor: Ramón Salazar
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados

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Benedetta Tagliabue Appointed as Newest Pritzker Prize Jury Member

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Barcelona architect Benedetta Tagliabue has been appointed as the newest and ninth member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury, joining Martha Thorne (executive director), Peter Palumbo (chair), Alejandro Aravena, Stephen Breyer, Yung Ho Chang, Kristin Feireiss, Glenn Murcutt, Juhani Pallasmaa and Ratan N. Tata.

As Tom Pritzker, president of the Hyatt Foundation described, Tagliabue was chosen for her “deep and international knowledge of the best in architecture today” which will bring “new perspectives” to the jury. 

“The has become the award that points out the most important directions in architecture,” stated Tagliabue. “For more than 35 years, quality in architecture at all scales and regardless of firm size has been the outstanding value of the prize. I feel incredibly honored to be part of the jury and I am looking forward to sharing ideas and beautiful moments with my colleagues.” 

More on Tagliabue’s selection, after the break. 

Ohio State Researcher Team Invents Combined Solar Cell and Battery

Nanometer-sized rods of titanium dioxide (larger image) cover the surface of a piece of titanium gauze (inset). The holes in the gauze are approximately 200 micrometers across, allowing air to enter the battery while the rods gather light. Image Courtesy of Yiying Wu, The Ohio State University

A new developed by researchers at Ohio State University has the potential to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of generating and storing the sun’s energy. Led by professor of chemistry and biochemistry Yiying Wu, the team has created a combined solar cell and lithium storage battery with an efficiency of electron transfer between the two components of almost 100%, in a design which they believe will reduce costs by up to 25%.

“The state of the art is to use a solar panel to capture the light, and then use a cheap battery to store the energy,” Wu said. “We’ve integrated both functions into one device. Any time you can do that, you reduce cost.”

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Sambade House / spaceworkers

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Architects: spaceworkers
Location: Penafiel,
Principal Architects: Henrique Marques & Rui Dinis
Collaborating Architects: Rui Rodrigues, Sérgio Rocha, Rui Miguel, Vasco Giesta, Pedro Silva
Engineering: Lino Correia Engenharia
Finance Director: Carla Duarte – cfo
Project Area: 1177 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Built Reminders of a Former Time: Europe’s Dissolved Border Crossings Photographed

Border: Austria / Czech Republic. Image ©

Citizens of central , perhaps uniquely in the world, are used to a life of no borders and free movement between nations. Following two devastating wars fought primarily on European soil, the formation of the early European Union in the 1950s paved the way for a more liberal, less isolated continent. It was not until the signing of the Schengen Treaty in 1985 (which came into effect in 1995) that the majority of borders were truly dissolved and travelling between nations, cultures, and communities became as simple as walking down the road.

Ignacio Evangelista’s series of photographs entitled After Schengen examine the remnants of the old, abandoned crossing points that still exist across the Union. No longer necessary to maintain a country’s independent sovereignty, and almost twenty years since the revolutionary pact was ratified, these palimpsests of border control remain as striking today as when they when delineated the closed boundaries between nations.

See a selection of the collection after the break…