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While interest in tall timber buildings continues to grow, there still remains one obvious concern: combustibility. So how safe are timber structures really? Arup Connect spoke with Robert Gerard, a fire engineer in Arup’s San Francisco office, to find out how high-rise wood buildings take fire safety into account.
Architects: AH Asociados
Location: Echavacoiz, Grupo Urdanoz, s/n, 31009 Pamplona, Navarra, Navarre, Spain
Architect In Charge: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Marcos Escartín Miguel, Mikel Zabalza Zamarbide
Design Team: Patricia Biain Ugarte, Esperanza Marrodán, María José Alonso, Xabier Eskisabel, Eduardo Ozcoidi Echarren, Michel Aldaz García-Mina, Javier Gironés
Photographs: Imagina2 visualization studio
Foster + Partner’s controversial renovation plans for the New York Public Library (NYPL) are currently in a state of limbo while the city decides their course of action. Foster’s proposal for the 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years.
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, Now on View at MoMA
Frank Lloyd Wright was deeply ambivalent about cities—“A parasite of the spirit is here, a whirling dervish in a whirling vortex,” he wrote of the growing American metropolis in his 1932 book The Disappearing City.
The new exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, examines his divided opinions and radical new ideas for skyscrapers and for the urbanization of an American landscape titled “Broadacre City.” On view is the spectacular 12-foot-by-12-foot model of the project, which merges one of the earliest schemes for a highway flyover with an expansive, agrarian domain, as well as a selection of the major architect’s drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models. Wright’s fascinating vision is paired with his innovative structural experiments for building a vertical city. Projects, from the early San Francisco Call Building (1912) to Manhattan’s St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers (1927–31) to a controversial mile-high skyscraper, engage questions of urban density and seek to bring light and landscapes to tall buildings.
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.
Images: Pedro E. Guerrero. I’m an Architect (detail). 1947. Gelatin silver print. © 2014 Pedro E. Guerrero Archives; Frank Lloyd Wright. Broadacre City (detail). Project, 1934–35. Model in four sections: painted wood, cardboard, and paper. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
Taipei Flower Wholesale Market, Taiwan International Flower Trade Center Large Site For Cut Flowers Market / H.P. Chueh Architects & Planners
Architects: H.P. Chueh Architects & Planners
Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
Area: 29,700 sqm
Photographs: AdDa Zei
“How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap?” A small part of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub has been opened to the public, and the critics aren’t impressed. According to the New York Times’ article by David Dunlap, the buildings “chunky fixtures” and “rough workmanship” “detract from what is meant to be breathtaking grandeur.” Read more, here.
Trimble Buildings Group have recently released SketchUp 2014, the latest version of its 3D modelling platform for architects, engineers, design and construction professionals. With “more than 30 million unique activations in the past year”, SketchUp is claimed to be the most widely used 3D modeling software in the world today. The latest incarnation of the simple tool features a new 3D Warehouse and some interesting integrations into the world of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
UPDATE: SO-IL has broke ground on UC Davis’ new campus art museum. Completion is slated for 2016.
The University of California, Davis has selected emerging New York-based practice SO-IL to design a new campus’ art museum, which is envisioned to be a “regional center of experimentation, participation and learning.” SO-IL, selected from three finalists following an intensive five-month design competition, will collaborate with San Francisco-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and national construction firm Whiting-Turner to complete the project.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi believes the winning design has turned the traditional notion of museum design inside out, as SO-IL’s concept will engage visitors with a sequence of interconnected interior and exterior spaces that are defined by curved glass walls and capped with a 50,000 square foot steel canopy. At night, the “Grand Canopy” will illuminate from within, establishing a new focal point for the campus and beckoning drivers along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.
Originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Big Data, Big Questions“, this article by Alex Marshall examines what is arguably the most important aspect of smart city design: not how they will be created, but who will create them. He finds that, though an apparently new phenomenon, smart cities are just like their forebears in that they are built primarily by political will, not microprocessors.
Not long ago, I bought a beetle-shaped piece of silicone and metal that slips into my pocket and keeps track of how much I walk. Called a Fitbit One, it’s essentially a gloriﬁed pedometer. The device’s shell is jammed with hard- and software that lets it talk to my computer and iPhone. It sends me attaboys! on its tiny screen and, most importantly, the gadget talks with my spouse’s Fitbit, which allows us to compete with each other.
The Fitbit is not on anyone’s list of smart-city phenomena, but I would argue for including it, because it’s changing my relationship with the streets I walk in New York City. It also illustrates the pervasiveness of smart technology, and its limitations. For all its coolness—and it is cool—my device is doing something digitally that had already been done well mechanically, and at a lower price. A lot of the smart-cities technology is like this—it’s changing how we do things, but often not what we do.
Read on for more about the changes brought about – or not brought about – by smart cities after the break
Following the news last year that five teams had been shortlisted to redesign and reimagine the grounds of London’s iconic Natural History Museum (NHM), five anonymous concept images have been unveiled. The brief called for proposals to “reshape the Museum’s grounds and reinvigorate its public setting” with an aim to creating “an innovative exterior setting that matches Alfred Waterhouse’s Grade I listed building and the award-winning Darwin Centre for architectural excellence, whilst also improving access and engaging visitors.”
Read on to see the competing teams, including individual concept images from BIG, Stanton Williams and Feilden Clegg Bradley.