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MIT Researchers Develop 10-Material 3D Printer Capable of "Smart" Printing

04:00 - 1 September, 2015

In the latest of a series of technological developments which are expanding the capabilities of 3D Printing, researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a 3D printer that is capable of handling up to 10 materials simultaneously, and uses a process called "machine vision" to dramatically increase the variety of objects which the printer can produce.

NCARB Names 13 US Architecture Schools for Integrated Licensure Initiative

15:34 - 31 August, 2015
NCARB Names 13 US Architecture Schools for Integrated Licensure Initiative , © Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has named the first 13 accredited architectural schools to implement the "Integrated Path Initiative." Each selected school has proposed a pre-graduation curriculum that would provide students with the necessary mix of education, work experience, and opportunities to complete the Architect Registration Examinations (ARE) to achieve licensure before graduation. The initiative was spearheaded by NCARB to shorten the time it takes for US architects to get licensed. 

The 13 accepted schools represent "a wide range B.Arch and M.Arch programs in nine jurisdictions, including both public and private institutions," says NCARB. These schools are:

David Adjaye: "Architecture Cannot be Autonomous"

12:25 - 31 August, 2015
David Adjaye: "Architecture Cannot be Autonomous", © Adjaye Associates
© Adjaye Associates

"I believe that for architecture to be emotionally relevant to people, that there has to be a connection, [that] there has to be a relationship, that architecture cannot be autonomous. If it's not connected to the lives of people, the histories of people, I think there's a problem." In a recent interview with Aljazeera's Lisa Fletcher, British architect David Adjaye discusses his recent work and how the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History will serve as a "negotiator" on racial tension in the US. Read the full interview, here

Venice Biennale Announces Theme for 2016 Event: "Reporting From the Front"

08:50 - 31 August, 2015
Venice Biennale Announces Theme for 2016 Event: "Reporting From the Front", Alejandro Aravena. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Alejandro Aravena. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

The Venice Biennale has announced the theme selected by 2016 Biennale director Alejandro Aravena. Titled "Reporting From the Front," next year's Biennale will be an investigation into the role of architects in the battle to improve the living conditions for people all over the world. The theme aims to focus on architecture which works within the constraints presented by a lack of resources, and those designs which subvert the status quo to produce architecture for the common good - no matter how small the success.

Christian de Portzamparc’s House of Dior in Seoul Mirrors Ethereal Clothing Designs

06:00 - 31 August, 2015

Architect Christian de Portzamparc has completed construction on the new House of Dior in Seoul, South Korea. The building, which houses designs by Christian Dior, is based off of watercolor paintings and the concept of experimentation with light and shadows.

Infographic: The History and Future of Solar Energy in the US

14:00 - 30 August, 2015
Infographic: The History and Future of Solar Energy in the US, Courtesy of New Jersey Institute of Technology
Courtesy of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Texas and clean energy are hardly considered synonymous. However, as uncovered by a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Texas has emerged as an unexpected leader in solar power, with $1 billion now being invested in solar energy infrastructure with an aim to produce up to 12,500 megawatts of solar electricity by 2029. To mark this important moment in US energy production, the New Jersey Institute of Technology has produced this infographic revealing the benefits (and drawbacks) of solar energy for the average American consumer, including everything from the history of solar energy to incentives available for solar systems nationwide. Read on to view the infographic in full.

YO! Home Offers a Compact, Transformable Living Space

12:00 - 30 August, 2015

With the cost of space rising in city centres everywhere, YO! Home by Simon Woodroffe provides a possible solution – a transformable, modular living space. Acting as a reinvention of the traditional studio apartment, YO! Home is a 40 square metre living space with movable features to create the impression of a much bigger home. Read more about this London apartment project after the break.

Interior View. Image Courtesy of YO! Interior View. Image Courtesy of YO! Interior View. Image Courtesy of YO! Interior View. Image Courtesy of YO! +11

Semi-Finalists for Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

14:00 - 29 August, 2015
Semi-Finalists for Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced, The 2014 winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, SCAPE's Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Image © SCAPE
The 2014 winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, SCAPE's Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Image © SCAPE

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced 15 semi-finalists for its 2015 Fuller Challenge, which calls for “innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems."

As the 8th cycle of the competition, this year’s Fuller Challenge drew the strongest application pool to date, receiving entries from 136 countries. Out of the many entries, one winner will receive a $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of their design.

The proposals were evaluated by the Challenge Review Committee, which focused on how the works are “visionary, comprehensive, anticipatory, ecologically responsible, feasible, and verifiable.”

The 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge semi-finalists are:

Designnobis’ “Tentative” Provides Compact, Individual Living Spaces for Disaster Victims

12:00 - 29 August, 2015
Designnobis’ “Tentative” Provides Compact, Individual Living Spaces for Disaster Victims , Exposed Interior View. Image Courtesy of Designnobis
Exposed Interior View. Image Courtesy of Designnobis

Addressing the displacement of people by natural disasters, Designnobis has created Tentative – a compact, all-in-one, deployable emergency shelter. Designed by Designnobis founder, Hakan Gürsu, Tentative was honored with a Silver Award in the Social Design category of the A' Design Award 2014-2015 and has been nominated for the 2015 Design Index and World Design Impact Prize 2015 by ICSID. Read more about this emergency shelter after the break.

Build a Life-Size LEGO Structure with these Modular Plastic Blocks

14:00 - 28 August, 2015
via Wired
via Wired

LEGO enthusiast Arnon Rosan has created a full-scale, interlocking "LEGO" block that allows users to quickly assemble life-size structures. The LEGO-like "EverBlock" is a modular system of polypropylene blocks with raised lugs that can be stacked to form furniture, installations or even emergency shelters. As Wired reports, the blocks come in 14 colors, three sizes - full (one-foot-long), half (six-inches), and quarter (three-inches) - and vary in weight from a quarter to two pounds.

"Each module is designed to connect easily with the parts above and below, using a pressure fit which creates a strong link between blocks. Because of its unique lug system, you can stagger EverBlocks in 3" increments, to create all types of patterns," says EverBlock.

Curatorial Team Selected for US Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 28 August, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for US Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, The U.S. Pavilion from the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
The U.S. Pavilion from the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

After a selection process involving over 250 submissions, the curatorial team for the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale has selected 12 teams of architects to produce the US exhibition: The Architectural Imagination. The Architectural Imagination will speculate possible architecture projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally.

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Explores Reykjavík's "Growing Success"

04:00 - 28 August, 2015
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Explores Reykjavík's "Growing Success", Reykjavík, Iceland. Image © Erik Junberger
Reykjavík, Iceland. Image © Erik Junberger

For this week's The UrbanistMonocle 24's "guide to making better cities," Andrew Tuck and David Plaisant broadcast a Reykjavík special with a series of reports from the Icelandic capital. They explore how this city marks its spot on the world map, looking at its high-quality new museums alongside its growing cultural and culinary scene. With around one million tourists visiting the city last year, th Reykjavík is experiencing a boom in popularity — which some describe as "maybe too much". With only around 300,000 inhabitants, Monocle 24 asks how the world's most northerly capital is coping with this growing success.

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets for the RISING Conference September in Copenhagen

18:00 - 27 August, 2015
GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets for the RISING Conference September in Copenhagen

In less than four weeks, Copenhagen will turn into a big playground for everyone with an interest in architecture and urban design. As RISING Architecture Week unfolds around the theme Growing Cities, more than 50 events throughout the city will explore new ways of thinking about architecture and the future of cities. Movies, walks, bike-rides, runs, boat-trips, swimming, and talks with the themes "Why We Love Trees", "Temporary Urban Spaces, and "Architecture in a Circular Economy," are just a few of the many events.

Among the city-events, RISING will host a 2-day conference at PapirØen (Paper Island). At the RISING conference, you will meet with a big, international audience, develop and exchange ideas across borders, while connecting with future partners. Keynotes and discussants as well as a number of interactive showcases and activities will take you on an educational journey. Your involvement will complete the debates.

Instagram Breaks Away from the Square

13:53 - 27 August, 2015

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The "perfectly proportioned" Instagram square has redefined the way people photograph their world. Starting today, Instagram users are no longer required to adhere to the square; landscape, portrait and even panoramas can all be uploaded onto Instagram - making it easier for architects to photograph their buildings. This means you no longer have to rely on finicky third-party apps to upload your uncropped images. Keep in mind, the images will appear as centered-cropped squares on your Instagram profile. However, in the live feed photos of all shapes and sizes will be shown in full. Read Instagram's official statement for more on the change. 

Obama to Cast Global Search for Chicago Presidential Center Architect

12:18 - 27 August, 2015
Obama to Cast Global Search for Chicago Presidential Center Architect, Sites under consideration for the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Image © OPLSouthSide.org
Sites under consideration for the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Image © OPLSouthSide.org

In May, the University of Chicago was selected to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. Now referred to as the Barack Obama Presidential Center, the building's task force is expected to cast a global call in search of an architect. As the Chicago Tribune reports, officials sent a request for qualifications to a select group of architects yesterday, although others are welcome to submit. All those interested must send their credentials by September 16. 

"The foundation and its advisers wanted to present the president and first lady with a strong and broad list of options," a foundation spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune. "We are looking at architects who represent a broad range of approaches and styles, but who all have a position of eminence within the architecture profession and have achieved some degree of public recognition."

50 Things You Didn't Know About Le Corbusier

06:00 - 27 August, 2015
50 Things You Didn't Know About Le Corbusier, © Willy Rizzo
© Willy Rizzo

You know him for his round glasses, affinity for concrete and undying love for modernism, but do you really know Le Corbusier? Le Corbusier led his life not just as the 20th century's most influential architect, but also as an artist, socialite and theoretician. Taught by architects August Perret and Peter Behrens, criticized by the likes of Jane Jacobs and celebrated worldwide, Le Corbusier's legacy is undeniable. Dabbling often with controversy, Le Corbusier preferred the mantra “Architecture or Revolution,” designing structures that have been dubbed "anti-humanist." While some propose that his buildings collectively become a UNESCO World Heritage site, many call for their demolition. 

Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

05:30 - 27 August, 2015
Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems, The lobby of Hotel Okura. Image © Monocle
The lobby of Hotel Okura. Image © Monocle

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

Watershed Materials Hopes to Make Cement-Free Concrete Blocks a Reality

18:30 - 26 August, 2015
Watershed Materials Hopes to Make Cement-Free Concrete Blocks a Reality, A design by Dorman Associates using Watershed Blocks. Image © SkyHawk Photography - Brian Haux
A design by Dorman Associates using Watershed Blocks. Image © SkyHawk Photography - Brian Haux

Concrete blocks. Ever since manufacturers developed techniques to make them cheaper than traditional clay-fired bricks, concrete blocks have been one of our most ubiquitous construction materials. However, this ubiquity comes at a price: worldwide, the production of concrete accounts for around 5% of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and concrete blocks (as opposed to in-situ concrete or concrete panels) contributes a significant portion of these emissions.

To curb these runaway carbon emissions, a California-based company called Watershed Materials is developing alternatives to the traditional concrete block which uses less cement, dramatically reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced; they even have a product in the works which they hope will offer a widely applicable concrete block alternative which uses no cement at all.

Sustainable private residence by Arkin Tilt Architects. Image © Ed Caldwell A design using Watershed Blocks by Atelier Hsu. Image © Mark Luthringer A design using Watershed Blocks by Atelier Hsu. Image © Mark Luthringer A sustainable residence by Arkin Tilt Architects using Watershed Blocks. Image © Ed Caldwell +13