Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6. 

BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

11:00 - 11 February, 2016
© Lourdes Legorreta
© Lourdes Legorreta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Torre BBVA Bancomer, Juárez, 06600 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    LegoRogers (colaboración entre Legorreta + Legorreta [ahora LEGORRETA ®] + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners)
  • Area

    188777.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Lourdes Legorreta, Mark Gorton, Ma. Dolores Robles Martínez G

© Lourdes Legorreta © Mark Gorton © Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta +20

5 Ways Architects Are Redefining Craftsmanship For a Postdigital Age

09:30 - 11 February, 2016
La Voûte de LeFevre sculpture. Image Courtesy of Matter Design
La Voûte de LeFevre sculpture. Image Courtesy of Matter Design

Craftsmanship is one of those topics which it seems almost everyone has a strong opinion. But while many lament the fact that traditional craft practices have been in decline since the industrial revolution, today a new generation of architects and designers have set about redefining and updating the notion of craft to include the most modern design and fabrication techniques around. In this article, originally published on Autodesk's Line//Shape//Space publication as "5 Ways Architects and Postdigital Artisans Are Modernizing Craftsmanship," Jeff Link explores some of the traits that connect these pioneers to the craftsmen and women of a bygone era.

Craftsmanship in the digital age is hard to define. For some, craftsmanship evokes a purity of style, a preference for the handmade over the machine. For others, it recalls the Craftsman architecture of early-20th-century homes: overhung gabled rooflines, wide sheltered porches, detailed handiwork, and an ineffable Norman Rockwell sense of bygone Americana.

But regardless of one’s intuitive understanding of the term, the notion of craftmanship is evolving. Increasingly, the age-old knowledge of woodcarvers, masons, and other craftspeople is embedded in an intelligent design process using geometric computer models and machine fabrication to develop new crafts and architectural métiers—from gravity-defying furniture assemblies to complex workflows for robotic automatons. These innovations have helped place architects alongside craftsmen at the center of a revival in “maker” culture, which, for example, is in vivid display in handmade marketplaces such as Folksy and Etsy.

So what exactly is digital craft? And what does it look like in the work of top designers? Here, innovative architects identify five things postdigital artisans are doing to transform craftsmanship.

Jardines del Sur House / DX Arquitectos

09:00 - 11 February, 2016
© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +19

Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016 Announces 14 Associated Projects

08:00 - 11 February, 2016

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale has announced the list of 14 Associated Projects that will be included in the upcoming 4th edition, The Form of Form. The projects were selected from 73 proposals, 29 of which were from international participants. "These 14 events will expand the main program and present captivating ideas on venues that highlight the diversity of Lisbon's landscape," noted chief curator André Tavares. 

Aiming to "stimulate and deepen the debate around a large spectrum of contemporary views on today's architectural practice," Form of Form seeks to "highlight currents of thought important for the production of architecture in a social context in constant transformation." 

The 14 Associated Projects to be featured are:

The Guardian's Rowan Moore Names 10 Best Concrete Buildings

06:00 - 11 February, 2016

“Concrete has the ability to be primitive and technological, massive and levitating, to combine the properties of steel with those of mud,” says Rowan Moore in his list of The 10 best concrete buildings created for The Guardian. Through examples spanning three continents, Moore unites old standbys with unexpected wonders, all of which show the varied possibilities inherent in mixing water, aggregate, and cement. In a list that incorporates examples from Classical times to the present, Moore establishes concrete’s unique ability to adapt to different times, styles, applications, and treatments.

Examples by Le Corbusier, Álvaro Siza, Lina Bo Bardi, and Marcel Breuer demonstrate that concrete is anything but workaday or utilitarian. Moore’s list affirms that a material simultaneously strong and light, durable, sustainable, and fire-resistant, can scarcely be considered anything short of miraculous. Of course, ten buildings can only provide an abridged version of concrete’s possibilities, and Moore cheekily apologizes for some of the obvious omissions. Check out the full list here.

Stelzhamerschule Linz / KIRSCH Architecture

05:00 - 11 February, 2016
© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus +13

Damien Hirst is Extending His Historic London Home – Downwards

04:00 - 11 February, 2016
Hanover Terrace, London (designed by Sir John Nash) of which Hirst owns a portion
Hanover Terrace, London (designed by Sir John Nash) of which Hirst owns a portion

Damien Hirst has outgrown his 14-bedroom, nineteenth century London home. As reported by Hyperallergic, Hirst is in the process of enlarging his villa – downwards. In the spirit of the London 'super-basement' trend, for which the Royal Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea first took opposition to in 2014, the Turner Prize-winning artist's plans appear to be some of the most ambitious yet. The proposed subterranean warren of rooms—including a sauna, a steam room, a cargo elevator leading to a double height "art room", and an 82-foot long swimming pool—will all be excavated from his half-acre back garden. Although the plans have faced local opposition the artist's "lair", designed by Purcell, is now set for construction.

Espace Culturel de La Hague / Peripheriques Architectes + Marin + Trotti Architects

03:00 - 11 February, 2016
© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia     © Sergio Grazia     © Sergio Grazia     © Sergio Grazia     +41

Open Call: Contribute to Egypt's Venice Pavilion Exhibition, "REFRAMING BACK//IMPERATIVE CONFRONTATIONS"

02:30 - 11 February, 2016

Alejandro Aravena’s statement “Reporting from the Front” for the 15th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia invites the national pavilions to share experiences about architecture that through intelligence, intuition, or both at the same time, are able to escape the status quo - presenting stories that, despite the world's difficulties, have proven successful. The head of Urban Harmony-Egyptian Ministry of Culture has announced that "REFRAMING BACK//IMPERATIVE CONFRONTATIONS" has been selected to represent Egypt at the Biennale di Venezia 2016. The project team, led by Architect Ahmad Hilal and composed of Eslam Salem, Gabriele Secchi, Luca Borlenghi and Mostafa Salem, is trying to explore various stories of Architecture narrating the difficulties and challenges in the Egyptian built environment.

Traditional Wooden House Reconversion / ArhiBox

02:00 - 11 February, 2016
© Bogdan Pop
© Bogdan Pop
  • Architects

    ArhiBox
  • Location

    Vultureni 407595, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Mihai Racu, Calin Lada
  • Area

    214.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Bogdan Pop · Photographer Profile, Calin Lada, Mihai Racu, Courtesy of ArhiBox

© Calin Lada © Bogdan Pop © Mihai Racu © Bogdan Pop +16

Victory Heights Primary School / R+D Studio

22:00 - 10 February, 2016
© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Design Team

    Shikha Doogar, Shridhar Rao, Rachita Malhotra, Neha Yadav, Aditi Bhatia, Anshul Kapoor, Samiksha Khanna, Harshat Verma, Mudit Gupta, Aarushi Kalra, Sanchit Arora, Shreya Gera
  • Area

    6160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +19

HOF / Integrated Field

20:00 - 10 February, 2016
© Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Bang Chak, Khet Phra Khanong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10260, Thailand
  • Area

    286.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +32

Closed Worlds Exhibition to Open at Storefront for Art and Architecture

19:30 - 10 February, 2016

On Tuesday, February 16th, Storefront for Art and Architecture will open Closed Worlds, an exhibition curated by Lydia Kallipoliti that presents an archive of 41 living prototypes of closed resource regeneration systems built over the last century. The archive represents an unexplored genealogy of closed systems in architectural practice. The exhibition will also feature Some World Games, a virtual reality installation by Farzin Farzin that presents a contemporary 42nd

B85 + B90 / Building Bloc design

19:00 - 10 February, 2016
© Jared Sych
© Jared Sych

© Jared Sych © Jared Sych © Jared Sych © Jared Sych +23

Wall Cloud / Sasaki Architecture

17:00 - 10 February, 2016
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +16

Vote Now: Staircase Design Competition

15:30 - 10 February, 2016
EeStairs Staircase Design Competition
EeStairs Staircase Design Competition

UPDATE: The shortlisted entries have been announced and public voting is open until February 15th! Cast your vote here.

International staircase design specialist, EeStairs - has launched the second edition of its Staircase Design Competition. Open to anyone who wishes to participate - the entries will be shortlisted by a panel of expert judges before the winners are decided by public vote in February 2016. In March, two cash prizes of £2,000 each, will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony.

EeStairs is on the hunt for individuals who will look beyond staircases and balustrades as functional components of architecture, but instead combine practicality and artistic imagination to create truly outstanding designs.

Flat Renovation in the Eixample of Barcelona / M2arquitectura

15:00 - 10 February, 2016
© José Hevia Blach
© José Hevia Blach

© José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach +14