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Barber and Osgerby's Installation Throws Caution to the Wind for The London Design Biennale

08:00 - 25 September, 2016

In this video from CNN Style, London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby discuss Forecast, a wind-powered installation they created in collaboration with V&A Museum for the first London Design Biennale. With the intent to help city residents find their way “at a time of turbulence,” the installation responds to the Biennale's theme "Utopia by Design." 

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Soviet Modernism on Your Smartphone: This Research Group is Raising Funds for a Crowdsourcing Mobile App

07:10 - 25 September, 2016
Slovak Radio building, Bratislava, Slovakia. Built 1967-83. Architect: Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič, Barnabáš Kissling. Photo by Dumitru Rusu. Image © BACU
Slovak Radio building, Bratislava, Slovakia. Built 1967-83. Architect: Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič, Barnabáš Kissling. Photo by Dumitru Rusu. Image © BACU

Recent years have seen a rapidly increasing interest in the architecture of the former Soviet Union. Thanks to the internet, enthusiasts of architectural history are now able to discover unknown buildings on a daily basis, and with the cultural and historical break caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union, each photograph of a neglected and decaying edifice can feel like an undiscovered gem. However, often it can be difficult to find more information about these buildings and to understand their place in the arc of architectural history.

That was the reason behind the creation of Socialist Modernism, a research platform started by BACU - Birou pentru Artă şi Cercetare Urbană (Bureau for Art and Urban Research) which "focuses on those modernist trends from Central and Eastern Europe which are insufficiently explored in the broader context of global architecture." Socialist Modernism already consists of a website on which BACU has cataloged a number of remarkable and little-known buildings. However, now the team is raising funds on Indiegogo's Generosity platform for the next step in their research project. With this money they hope to create an app on which users can add new sites and buildings to the database.

Bus stop in Tajikistan, built in the late 70s. Photo by Dumitru Rusu. Image © BACU 25 May Sportcenter, now the Sportsko rekreativno poslovni centar, Belgrade, Serbia. Built 1973-75. Architect: Ivan Antic. Photo by Dumitru Rusu. Image © BACU Housing complex, Manhattan, Wroclaw, Poland. Built 1968-1973. Architect: Jadwiga Hawrylak-Grabowska. Photo Dumitru Rusu. Image © BACU Public utilities building for telephone and postal services, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Built 1966-69. Architect: Vasile Mitreaphoto. Photo by Dumitru Rusu. Image © BACU +43

La Cité Des Arts / L´Atelier

05:00 - 25 September, 2016
La Cité Des Arts / L´Atelier, © Hervé Douris
© Hervé Douris

© Hervé Douris © Hervé Douris © Hervé Douris © Hervé Douris +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Denis, Réunion
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Rosenberg Golan and Ricky Home / SO Architecture

02:00 - 25 September, 2016
The Rosenberg Golan and Ricky Home / SO Architecture, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein

© Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein +15

The Stepped Roof / Had Architects

20:00 - 24 September, 2016
The Stepped Roof / Had Architects, © Arch-exist Photography & Wuyu Visual
© Arch-exist Photography & Wuyu Visual

© Arch-exist Photography & Wuyu Visual © Arch-exist Photography & Wuyu Visual © Arch-exist Photography & Wuyu Visual © Arch-exist Photography & Wuyu Visual +14

Take a Tour Inside Shanghai's Cultural Hotspot

16:00 - 24 September, 2016

Take a walk through the Hub Performance and Exhibition Center, designed by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, in the dynamic Hongqiao District of Shanghai, China. The video, produced with Pedro Pegenaute, showcases the Center's nature-inspired interior, featuring dramatic lighting and views framed by walnut- and oak-covered aluminum branches recalling forest canopies. 

Sam Jacob Studio "Resurrects" Unrealized Adolf Loos Mausoleum in London Cemetery

14:00 - 24 September, 2016
Sam Jacob Studio "Resurrects" Unrealized Adolf Loos Mausoleum in London Cemetery , © Sarah Duncan
© Sarah Duncan

Sam Jacob Studio has created a replica of Adolf Loos’ unrealized 1921 mausoleum in Highgate Cemetary, London, which is home to the graves of Karl Marx and Malcolm McLaren, amongst other notable figures.

© Harry Mitchell © Sarah Duncan © Sarah Duncan © Harry Mitchell +6

5 Initiatives That Show the Rise of Open Source Architecture

13:30 - 24 September, 2016
5 Initiatives That Show the Rise of Open Source Architecture

In architecture, perhaps the most remarkable change heralded by the 20th was the radical rethinking of housing provision which it brought, driven by a worldwide population explosion and the devastation of two world wars. Of course, Modernism’s reappraisal of the design and construction of housing was one part of this trajectory, but still Modernism was underpinned by a traditional process, needing clients, designers and contractors. Arguably more radical were a small number of fringe developments, such as mail-order houses in the US and Walter Segal’s DIY home designs in the UK. These initiatives sought to turn the traditional construction process on its head, empowering people to construct their own homes by providing materials and designs as cheaply as possible.

In the 21st century, the spirit of these fringe movements is alive and well, but the parameters have changed somewhat: with a rise in individualism, and new technologies sparking the “maker movement,” the focus has shifted away from providing people with the materials to construct a fixed design, and towards improving access to intellectual property, allowing more people to take advantage of cheap and effective designs. The past decade has seen a number of initiatives aimed at spreading open source architectural design--read on to find out about five of them.

400 Grove / Fougeron Architecture

13:00 - 24 September, 2016
400 Grove / Fougeron Architecture, © William Timmerman
© William Timmerman

© William Timmerman © Joe Fletcher © William Timmerman © William Timmerman +30

Comic Break: "Overnight Renderings"

12:00 - 24 September, 2016
Comic Break: "Overnight Renderings", © Architexts
© Architexts

Murphy’s Law, right? The thing is, since technology moves so fast, chances are you’re using slow and/or outdated hardware to build and render your models. Of course, those software crashes always get you when a client needs to see your work. And yet, when you tell the bosses you need better hardware, or updated software, they often scoff and lecture you about the costs. Perhaps one day they’ll understand the struggle of the production staff, but it seems like for now, not so much. So, good luck at the office today, hopefully, everything will work.

Versailles Saint Quentin University Students Headquarters / Fabienne Bulle architecte & associés

09:00 - 24 September, 2016
Versailles Saint Quentin University Students Headquarters / Fabienne Bulle architecte & associés, © Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie +24

Proctor and Matthews Architects Releases Plans for Residential Development in Canterbury

08:00 - 24 September, 2016
Proctor and Matthews Architects Releases Plans for Residential Development in Canterbury, Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects
Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects

Proctor and Matthews Architects have released its plans for 140 homes in the first development phase of Mountfield Park, a major urban extension of Canterbury, England as a 21st-century garden city. 

Inspired by the local landscape and vernacular forms, namely nearby courtyard farms and the site’s existing landscape of hops fields and fruit orchards, this first phase of the development will feature six residential clusters with houses interconnected around an orchard landscape. These clusters will be configured as a series of stepped terraces, in response to the site’s topography.

Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects Courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects +9

Taggart House / Nest Architects

05:00 - 24 September, 2016
Taggart House / Nest Architects, © Todd Watson
© Todd Watson

© Todd Watson © Todd Watson © Todd Watson © Todd Watson +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57, United Kingdom
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Trefpunt / atelier PRO

02:00 - 24 September, 2016
The Trefpunt / atelier PRO, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Herenweg, 2361 Warmond, The Netherlands
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Folly House / The Busride Design Studio

22:00 - 23 September, 2016
Folly House  / The Busride Design Studio, Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio
Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio

Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Area

    5500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of The Busride Design Studio

House of Stones / Ospace Architects

20:00 - 23 September, 2016
House of Stones  / Ospace Architects, © Tze-Chun Wei
© Tze-Chun Wei

House of Stones  / Ospace Architects © Tze-Chun Wei House of Stones  / Ospace Architects © Tze-Chun Wei +20

Woven Thread Pavilion / NUDES

19:00 - 23 September, 2016
Woven Thread Pavilion / NUDES, Courtesy of NUDES
Courtesy of NUDES

Courtesy of NUDES Courtesy of NUDES Courtesy of NUDES Courtesy of NUDES +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Founder & Principal Architect

    Nuru Karim
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of NUDES

Seagull House / Indigo Arquitectura

17:00 - 23 September, 2016
Seagull House / Indigo Arquitectura, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

© Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Estrada, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Author Architect

    Leonardo Jiménez
  • Interior Design

    Indigo Arquitectura/ MAD Living
  • Area

    290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs