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11 Vernacular Building Techniques That Are Disappearing

07:00 - 20 February, 2017
11 Vernacular Building Techniques That Are Disappearing

"Vernacular architecture can be said to be 'the architectural language of the people' with its ethnic, regional and local 'dialects,'" writes Paul Oliver, author of The Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of The World’. Unfortunately, there has been a growing disregard for traditional architectural language around the world due to modern building technology quickly spreading a “loss of identity and cultural vibrancy” through what the Architectural Review recently described as “a global pandemic of generic buildings.” People have come to see steel, concrete and glass as architecture of high quality, whereas a lot of vernacular methods including adobe, reed or peat moss are often associated with underdevelopment. Ironically, these local methods are far more sustainable and contextually aware than much contemporary architecture seen today, despite ongoing talks and debates about the importance of sustainability. As a result of these trends, a tremendous amount of architectural and cultural knowledge is being lost.

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/34501870@N00/7344205654'>Flickr user Ashwin Kumar</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/2849255440'>Flickr user seier</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrispark1957/4858624932/'>Flickr user chrispark1957</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarah_c_murray/4846710439'>Flickr user sarah_c_murray</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> +12

Spotlight: Louis Kahn

08:00 - 20 February, 2017
Spotlight: Louis Kahn, Salk Institute. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamsjung/3021667238/'>Flickr user dreamsjung</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Salk Institute. Image © Flickr user dreamsjung licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Louis Kahn (February 20th 1901 – March 17th 1974) was one of the United States' greatest 20th century architects, known for combining Modernism with the weight and dignity of ancient monuments. Though he did not arrive at his distinctive style until his early 50s, and despite his death at the age of just 73, in a span of just two decades Kahn came to be considered by many as part of the pantheon of modernist architects which included Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.

RAAAF is Breaking Habits With a Vision of a Home Without Chairs

06:00 - 20 February, 2017

Dutch studio Rietveld-Architecture-Art-Affordances (RAAAF) has unveiled its latest installation ‘Breaking Habits’ at the Mondriaan Fund for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. Breaking Habits envisages a domestic environment without chairs and couches, exploring a model of diagonal living through a system of flexible carpets.

skinnySCAR / Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman

05:00 - 20 February, 2017
skinnySCAR / Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman, Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman
Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman

Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman +37

Wedding Oasis: Call for Entries

05:00 - 20 February, 2017
Wedding Oasis: Call for Entries

YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and Corradi s.r.l. announce Wedding Oasis, an architectural competition aiming at the design of outdoor living structures to enhance the high potential of historical sites like the Castello of Rosciano (Central Italy). The international jury is made of outstanding personalities such as, among the others, David Chipperfield Architects and Will Alsop. A total amount of € 20,000 in cash prize will be awarded to the winner proposals.

Wedding Oasis: Call for Entries Wedding Oasis: Call for Entries YAC, architecture, competition, contest, outdoor, castle Wedding Oasis: Call for Entries +11

Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos

03:00 - 20 February, 2017
Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos, ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG ©  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    2560 Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Pedro Gadanho, Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay
  • Team

    Rodolfo Reis, Joana Barrelas, João Falcão, Ariadna Nieto, Miguel Travesso
  • Area

    1750.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Villa Agava / Driss Kettani Architecte

02:00 - 20 February, 2017
Villa Agava  / Driss Kettani Architecte, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23

KS Kindergarten / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro + Kids Design Labo

20:00 - 19 February, 2017
KS Kindergarten / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro + Kids Design Labo, © Taku Hibino / HIBINOSEKKEI -  Youji no Shiro
© Taku Hibino / HIBINOSEKKEI - Youji no Shiro

© Taku Hibino / HIBINOSEKKEI -  Youji no Shiro © Taku Hibino / HIBINOSEKKEI -  Youji no Shiro © Taku Hibino / HIBINOSEKKEI -  Youji no Shiro © Taku Hibino / HIBINOSEKKEI -  Youji no Shiro +23

Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou

16:00 - 19 February, 2017
Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou, The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu
The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu

London-based firm Tonkin Liu has released images of its competition-winning Trade Centre in Zhengzhou, China. The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will comprise of five mixed-use towers swooping out of a ring-shaped podium. Inspired by the nearby Songshan mountainscape, the scheme aims to celebrate the city’s origins as it rockets into a high-tech future.

A family of five towers creates an urban mountainscape. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A responsive facade creates a heavy base, and lantern-like tips. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A ring-shaped podium contains a soft landscaped garden. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A family of mixed-use towers with responsive facades and vertical gardens. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu +8

The Parametric Process Behind the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie's Auditorium

14:00 - 19 February, 2017
The Parametric Process Behind the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie's Auditorium, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Of all its bells and whistles, the focal point of Herzog and de Meuron’s latest successful endeavor, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, is arguably the central auditorium, as explored in this new article by WIRED. An incredible example of the possibilities of parametric design, the hall is comprised of 10,000 individual acoustic panels that line the walls, ceilings, railings and balconies. Each of the panels consists of one million “cells” of varying dimensions, created to help define the sound within the space.

Green and Sustainable Learning Campus Peer / Bekkering Adams Architects

13:00 - 19 February, 2017
Green and Sustainable Learning Campus Peer  / Bekkering Adams Architects, © Scagliola/Brakkee
© Scagliola/Brakkee

© Scagliola/Brakkee © Scagliola/Brakkee © Scagliola/Brakkee © Scagliola/Brakkee +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Peer, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Juliette Bekkering, Monica Adams
  • Project Team

    Frank de Vleeschhouwer, Zuzanna Kuldova, Perry Klootwijk, Esther Vlasveld, Edwin Nipius, Pia Fischer, Stefania Masuino, Magdalena Strak, Philip Mannaerts, Jan Pieter Bos, Frank Venhorst
  • Area

    18000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

LOHA Releases Design Methodology Book

12:00 - 19 February, 2017

LOHA (Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects) has recently released Amplified Urbanism, a book about its design methodology, which is “rooted in creating fluid interaction between public and private spaces, emphasizing social and civic connections, and harnessing existing ecological and infrastructural patterns.”

Through this publication, LOHA aims to present projects it has developed based on these principles, as well as to provoke discussion about issues in Los Angeles and the wider architectural field.

In order to highlight the book “as a creative process that begins in the studio, and when implemented in the built environment, catalyzes positive connections,” LOHA has collaborated with filmmakers Spirit of Space on a short film.

These Intricate Architectural Models Will Change How You See Their Famous Full-Size Counterparts

09:30 - 19 February, 2017
These Intricate Architectural Models Will Change How You See Their Famous Full-Size Counterparts, © James Ewing, Courtesy Columbia GSAPP
© James Ewing, Courtesy Columbia GSAPP

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Kenneth Frampton on the Art & Artifice of Architectural Models."

For decades, students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation signed up for Kenneth Frampton’s legendary class, Studies in Tectonic Culture. The course tasked students with creating realistic representations of buildings “as a pedagogical exploration of the history of architectural tectonics”—and the models long spilled into the hallways of the architecture school before being hidden away in the archives.

Now, the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery has decided to pull some of these models out from obscurity and display them in a whole new light for the show Stagecraft: Models and Photos, which opened February 9th. Produced during the 1990s and early 2000s, the models are of significant 20th-century buildings around the world, from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samuel Freeman House to Peter Zumthor’s St. Benedict Chapel.

Pixelmatters HQ / Pixelmatters

09:00 - 19 February, 2017
Pixelmatters HQ / Pixelmatters, © Armazém Criativo
© Armazém Criativo

© Armazém Criativo © Armazém Criativo © Armazém Criativo © Armazém Criativo +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. dos Aliados, 4000 Porto, Portugal
  • Woodwork

    Guilhermino Oliveira
  • Construction Management

    André Oliveira, Ana Gomes
  • Area

    360.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Adjaye's National Museum of African American History & Culture Photographed by Brad Feinknopf

08:00 - 19 February, 2017

via GIPHY

After its opening in September last year, the now completed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture can be seen in full swing, thanks to these new photoset taken by photographer Brad Feinknopf. Designed by Adjaye Associates, the 420,000 square foot building houses numerous galleries and collections, as well as a theater. Maintaining a strong connection to America’s engrained African history and roots through its bronze filigree envelope, the museum asserts a subtle presence in the landscape, coexisting alongside the Washington Monument and National Museum of American History.

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf +58

Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects

05:00 - 19 February, 2017
Kalasatama School and Day Care / JKMM Architects, ©  Studio Hans Koistinen
© Studio Hans Koistinen

©  Studio Hans Koistinen ©  Studio Hans Koistinen © Mika Huisman ©  Studio Hans Koistinen +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Juha Mäki-Jyllilä
  • Partners

    Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen
  • Area

    8480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Studio Hans Koistinen , Mika Huisman, Courtesy of JKMM Architects

Modular House DublDom / BIO-architects

02:00 - 19 February, 2017
Modular House DublDom / BIO-architects, © Max Badulin
© Max Badulin

© Max Badulin © Ivan Ovchinnikov © Max Badulin © Ivan Ovchinnikov +24

Adidas Concept Store 'DAS 107 by kasina' / URBANTAINER

20:00 - 18 February, 2017
Adidas Concept Store 'DAS 107 by kasina' / URBANTAINER, © Young Kim Indiphos
© Young Kim Indiphos

© Young Kim Indiphos © Young Kim Indiphos © Young Kim Indiphos © Young Kim Indiphos +65