Aperture / Admun Design & Construction Studio

© Parham Taghioff

Architects: Admun Design & Construction Studio
Location: , Tehran,
Architect In Charge: Shobeir Mousavi, Amir Reza Fazel
Design Team: Fatemeh Kargar, Mohsen Fayazbakhsh, Ramtin Haghnazar
Project Team: Majid Rahmati, Bahareh Ahmadnia
Presentation Team: Mostafa Karbasi, Niousha Ghasem
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Parham Taghioff

Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley
Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley

Spotlight: William Pereira

Winner of the 1942 Acadamy Award for Best Special Effects, William Pereira (April 25, 1909 – November 13, 1985) also designed some of America’s most iconic examples of futurist architecture, with his heavy stripped down functionalism becoming the symbol of many US institutions and cities. Working with his more prolific film-maker brother Hal Pereira, William Pereira’s talent as an art director translated into a long and prestigious career creating striking and idiosyncratic buildings across the West Coast of America.

TU/e Students to Build Leonardo da Vinci’s Bridge Out of Ice

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Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will attempt to beat the world-record for the longest open span attained by an ice structure by constructing an ice bridge inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Following a yearly tradition of exhibiting architecture made from ice, the  is anticipated to span an astounding 50 meters. If the team succeeds, they will shatter the school’s previous record set in 2014 when students built an ice dome spanning 30 meters.

Read on after the break for more on the massive ice bridge.

Suburban Dwelling / Roberto Benito

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Architects: Roberto Benito
Location: , Cordoba,
Project Area: 295.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

How to Build Your Own Furniture Using LEGOs for the Formwork

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Since its creation in the first half of the 20th century, the LEGO brick has come to be used for much more than its original purpose as a children’s toy.

We’ve seen LEGOs used to create replicas of classic architecture, urban interventions, virtual games and even an entire house. Now, a new video highlights the bricks’ potential as a formwork for creating . The bricks’ ability to be easily assembled and disassembled makes for an efficient and easy-to-create formwork, which when filled with and left to set creates these incredible, textured nesting tables.

Watch the video above for a tutorial on making the tables — does anyone dare try it themselves?

Architects And Coding: Why You Should Treat Your Software Like Your Smartphone

In 2014 renowned Dutch politician Neelie Kroes, then a commissioner for the European Union, stated that coding should be taught in elementary school in the Netherlands, arguing that “Coding is the reading and writing of the future” and that if the Dutch didn’t incorporate it into their education system it would fall behind school systems in other countries. The reactions to both Kroes’ statement and Michael Kilkelly’s article “5 Reasons Architects Should Learn To Code” were quite similar. Those already capable of writing code agreed; many who have never even seen, let alone written any script responded negatively. Many reactions to Micheal Kilkelly’s article covered the same ideas: “There’s no time!” “Coding is not designing!” Or just plain, “No!”

A Rememberance Site – Parc des Glacis / 2/3/4

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Architects: 2/3/4
Location: Parc des Glacis, 25000 Besançon,
Project Manager: Agate Mordka
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

Courtesy of The Graham Foundation
Courtesy of The Graham Foundation

“Lina Bo Bardi: Together” Opens at The Graham Foundation

From April 25 through July 25, 2015, the Graham Foundation will host an exhibition at its Madlener House showcasing the vision of Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Known for her emphasis on social modernism and expressive use of materials, Lina Bo Bardi: Together explores her legacy through her collected works, as well as that of other artists paying homage to the architect and striving to generate new conversations about her designs. Curated by Noemi Blager, the exhibition features photographs, films, and artistic objects reflecting Bo Bardi’s diverse work and immersion in Brazilian culture. Read on for more details. 

Zen Sushi Restaurant / Carlo Berarducci Architecture

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Architects: Carlo Berarducci Architecture
Location: Via degli Scipioni, 243, 00192 , Italy
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Shopping Center Pivovar Děčín / Studio acht

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Architects: Studio acht
Location: , Czech Republic
Design Team: Václav Hlaváček, Ben Hoek, Sybren Hoek, Petr Topolovský, Nermin Fehimovič, Pavel Jakoubek, Jiří Jabůrek, Vlastimil Osouch, Kateřina Ambrožová, Jana Tomšová, Majda Šnajdrová, Lina Procházková
Area: 32420.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandra Timpau

Lac de Vioreau Leisure Center / Guinée et Potin Architects

© Nicolas Pineau

Architects: Guinée et Potin Architects
Location: La Boustière, 44440,
Architects In Charge: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolas Pineau, Stéphane Chalmeau

Markafoni.com Headquarters / Habif Architecture

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Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: İstanbul,
Design Team: Hakan Habif, Cagri Kaan Cetin
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

Groove @ Central World / T.R.O.P + A49 + SDA + FOS

© Spaceshift Studio / Pirak Anurakyawachon, Aranyarat Prathomrat

Architects: T.R.O.P, A49, SDA, FOS
Location: Bangkok,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio / Pirak Anurakyawachon, Aranyarat Prathomrat

Delve Into “The Possibilities of Perception” with Satellite Photo Art by ULTRADISTANCIA

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Hovering high above the earth’s surface and presenting a serenely distant view of the terrain we inhabit, ULTRADISTANCIA is the latest photographic project from Argentinian artist, academic, and veteran traveller Federico Winer. The experimental series uses “the marvelous screens of Google Earth” to present stunning images of environments both built and natural.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Pedro Moran 3851 / MMCV

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Architects: MMCV
Location: Villa Devoto, , Argentina
Project Architects: Sergio Mizraji, Jacquelin Cicchinelli
Project Director: Andrés Gagliardi
Site Director: Patricia Barragán
Project Area: 992.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Daniela Mac Adden

The 17 Top Architect-Designed Products at Milan Design Week 2015

Re-launch of Meinhard von Gerkan’s Berlin Chair / gmp architekten. Image © Peter Schumacher, Stuttgart, Germany

The 54th edition of Milan Design Week (also known as Salone del Mobile) recently came to a close. In celebration of its success, we have compiled a list of the most talked about architect-designed products showcased this year. Take a look after the break to see new products from Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, and more.

Pizzikotto / Andrea Langhi Design

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Architects: Andrea Langhi Design
Location: Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

via LA Johnson/NPR
via LA Johnson/NPR

Diana Agrest Named One of NPR’s “50 Great Teachers”

Hailed as one of “50 Great Teachers” by NPR, ivy-league architecture professor Diana Agrest’s out-of-the-box teaching methods have brought her to the forefront of studio academia. A testament to her instruction, her students have gone on to attain some of the most prestigious awards for creative pursuits, including the Pritzker Prize and the MacArthur “genius grant.” With her belief that architects’ work should be informed by multiple disciplines, Agrest has developed a teaching style to push the boundaries of traditional studio culture and challenge her students to explore the built environment through various lenses, particularly film. Read NPR’s full article on Agrest, here.