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UNESCO Launches Design Competition for Bamiyan Cultural Centre in Afghanistan

As Afghanistan begins its second decade of democratic governance after nearly 30 years of political instability, through the funding from the Republic of Korea, has teamed up with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, to build a Cultural Center close to the boundaries of the Bamiyan World Heritage property. With the realisation of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Afghans have the opportunity to recapture their heritage, to create a new impact on a historical site and to foster a positive relationship between their struggles and their hopes.

“This new architectural programme can challenge cultural barriers, reaffirm Afghanistan’s remarkable ancient history and enforce culture as a foundational component to Afghan national identity and peace-building,” states UNESCO.

Career Insights: IE School of Architecture & Design

Career prospects in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Interior Design have changed profoundly in nearly half a decade. We believe that practices that are global enough are finding great opportunities in this evolution, and that professionals that are excellent in design and in business are thriving.

We would like to share the stories of some of the Alumni from IE School of Architecture & Design. Join us next Thursday, November 27th at 17:00 (Madrid Time) for a special Online Career Insights Session in which you can meet them and hear about the great experiences they are living in our demanding 13-month master program and find out how the program is creating a positive impact in their careers.

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Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

In partnership with La Sapienza University, Progetto Forti and Rome municipality, (YAC) is launching a competition to redesign one of the treasures of Rome: Forte Portuense.

How can former military architecture be transformed into a leisure time and cultural focal point? The aim is to look for ideas worth triggering urban redevelopment, social cooperation and tourism.

This architecture will become part of a network of leisure time facilities a hair’s breadth away from the very core of Rome.

What is Evidence Based Design Journal?

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Performative spaces must now be designed to evolve as rapidly as the needs of those that occupy them. This new publication provides detailed design strategies, case studies and the latest advances in the use of new technologies to illustrate the ways in which evidence can be integrated into the design process. 

Driven by enormous advances in ICT, the world is experiencing a period of unprecedented social change—one that has placed extraordinary demands on our built environments, and on our understanding about how they work for the people that actively occupy them. The impact of social interaction on our health and sense of wellbeing is now also recognised as a significant driver in the design of new environments and the need for ongoing research.

IE School of Architecture and Design’s SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

New models are emerging, redefining how we work, shop and learn in different environments that impact our everyday lives. IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize is a challenge for young architects and designers worldwide that are able to foresee how work, retail and learning environments will evolve in the next decade.

If you’re interested in being a part of the challenge, there’s still time. The registration period is open until October 27, and proposals are to be presented in a digital story board (A1 horizontal format- PDF or JPG; < 10megas). Registrations should be made individually.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admittance to Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments  from IE School of Architecture & Design, for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • 30% scholarship over the tuition fees
  • Full-time paid professional internships in top tier companies and design firms such as UNStudio, Arup or O+A Studio.

For more detailed information, visit the Competition website.

IE School of Architecture & Design focuses on training skills in design, innovation and management, expanding the boundaries of traditional architectural education. IE welcomes students who seek challenges and aspire to become leaders in the dynamic world of architecture and design. The IE community is comprised of 47,000+ graduates that represent more than 90 countries worldwide.

IE School of Architecture and Design Announces SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

IE School of Architecture and Design announces IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize for young architects and designers worldwide, seeking to attract top architecture and design talents to invite them to take part in the IE Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments starting next February 2015.

DIY Materials Concept Wins Troldtekt Award 2014

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115 entries from 39 countries! This was the number of architectural and design students who entered this year’s international concept competition – the 2014. The EUR 5,000 prize was won by three students from Escuela Superior de Arquitectura in Guadalajara (Mexico) for their project Troldtekt Raw. The jury was so impressed with the overall quality of the entries that three special prizes were also awarded, while a further four projects received honourable mentions.

From Touring With Skrillex to Building A Community: A Musician-Turned-Designer Builds “Beautiful Things”

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Before starting down the arduous path of the life of a designer, those who have been there before you will insist on one thing: you must be passionate about what you do. Music brought Nathanael Balon to California, where he ended touring with his neighbor Sonny Moore (you probably know him as Skrillex). But 40 days into his second world tour he woke up wishing he were doing something else. Nathanael dreamed of building.

His desire to “build beautiful things” culminated in the creation of WoodSmithe, a company that designs and constructs retail environments, window displays and trade-show booths. Get a glimpse into Nathanael’s courageous move in the short video above and read on to find out about a group of people who have made bold decisions to follow their dreams.

AA Summer DLAB :: WHITE

Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in ‘white’ for its 2014 cycle, as a starting point to investigate natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces. ‘White’ becomes the means of looking into extreme natural conditions which it is associated with. Concepts of emergence, differentiation, and complexity shape the theoretical framework of this investigation. Natural structures of differing scales are observed, which are then abstracted and interpreted into elaborated design proposals. The computational process of Summer DLAB is based on generative design algorithms, as can be seen in natural growth patterns such as the Lindenmayer system and fractal theory. These concepts are carefully interwoven with interaction and participatory design in order to create full-scale working prototypes.

One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park campus and revolves around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention which unifies the design goals of Summer DLAB.

AA Greece Visiting School / Folded Force

AA Visiting School is a mobile workshop series which travels and reaches cities outside the country’s capital. It functions as a ‘satellite’ of education that promotes the Architectural Association’s exclusive, intensive form of teaching and learning around the country. AA VS aims on visiting a different city each year and construct a single large-scale model which will act as an active nod of communication among the various locations. In 2014, the School will initiate its design agenda with an architectural approach that is focused on the aspect of connection. The city of Patras which is the starting node of AA VS was chosen by the European Commission to be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2006. The concept of the event revolved around the main theme of “Bridges” and “Dialogues”, drawing benefit from the city’s rich history and its position as a “Gate to the West”, to underline the essence of the productive interaction of culture and civilizations in Europe. The AA Visiting School will investigate how well existing buildings with various sightlines and variant spatial grammars perform according to human perception. In sync with the flexible and adaptive concept of parasitical structures, the research focuses on the making of transformable large-scale creations that accentuate prominent architectural features of existing buildings. The research looks at how cultural factors, personal preferences, experiences, and expectations can lead to the transformation of architectural parasitical structures.

The Oxymore: Angularity That Belies Comfort

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JeanNouvelDesign, the studio led by French architect , presented their new collection of furniture during Paris Design Week. Among them is the Oxymore chair, designed by JeanNouvelDesign and produced by specialty group-seating manufacturer Figueras International Seating. This fetishistic chair, a result of research conducted at the Figueras Design Centre, has a singular cubic appearance that provides extreme comfort, softness. It is precisely this unapparent relationship between look and feeling that gives the seat its name—since an oxymoron means a union of contradictory elements.

Troldtekt Acoustic Panels: Sustainable certification

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Presented by Troldtekt

Sustainable building is about more than the environment. The three leading certification schemes in this sector – LEED, BREEAM and DGNB – embrace a wide variety of criteria ranging from indoor climate to waste management.

All three schemes are relevant: LEED is the American certification scheme for buildings, BREEAM is the British version and DGNB is German. However, multinational companies with foreign subsidiaries often stick to just one scheme (as it was the case of Danish based Vestas). Denmark has also launched a national adapted version of DGNB. 

So, having the right information for these standards can be very helpful when specifying and certifying buildings. With this mind, Troldtekt asked engineering consulting firm Ramboll  to analyse and document their acoustic panels, to have the precise data on how they contribute points for these three leading certifications within sustainable building: LEED, BREEAM and DGNB.

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Since 1885, Troldtekt has been manufacturing acoustic panels  made of entirely natural materials, which have been used in the first Danish building to achieve Platinum LEED certification, the Vestas Technology R&D Centre in Lem in western Jutland. Designed by Danish firm aarhus arkitekterne a/s, the Vestas building features Troldtekt lighting that has been integrated in Troldtekt acoustic ceiling panels.

”Troldtekt is excellent for controlling the acoustics. The panels also contribute to the general sustainability of the building and to the overall aesthetics with their delicate wood wool structure which produces a warm Nordic look”
- Michael Green, project architect with aarhus arkitekterne.

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Documentation for the contributions to the LEED, BREEAM and DGNB Denmark schemes is just one of Troldtekt’s sustainable initiatives in 2012. Earlier in the year, Troldtekt achieved Cradle to Cradle certification in the silver category for its acoustic natural panels. The Danish Technological Institute is currently preparing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Troldtekt’s acoustic panels.

Facts: How Troldtekt contributes to Sustainability

The Ramboll report states that Troldtekt contributes with points for LEED, BREEAM and DGNB Denmark within the following focus areas:

  •  Life cycle costs
  • Acoustic indoor climate
  • Atmospheric indoor climate and toxicity
  • Psychological indoor climate (art)
  • , including:

- Life cycle assessment
- Regionality
- Renewability and reuse
- Recycled content
- Procurement of materials
- Fire safety
- Construction site waste management 

You can see examples of these products used in other buildings, and more technical details at the Troldtekt library.

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

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The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural events, as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in Switzerland during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs.

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Temple University’s Master of Architecture Program

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Temple University’s Master of Architecture program is now accepting applications for fall of 2013. Located in Philadelphia, a thriving cultural center with a vibrant community of architects and designers, the program connects students with leaders in the profession, including local practitioners and prominent national educators.

The Master of Architecture program of the Tyler School of Art is housed in the new architecture building within Temple University’s Center for the Arts, where students and faculty work alongside colleagues from Fine Arts, Music and Dance, Film and Media Arts, and Theater. The architecture building has state of the art equipment for digital fabrication and studios and labs for all of the department’s programs.

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The Silver Café / Arca Architects

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Award-winning architectural firm Arca Architects is based in central Manchester, , and headed by architect John Lee. Arca’s Silver Café on the Morecambe Bay in transformed the face of a quiet seaside town with a space that is both visually appealing and tactilely exciting.

The Silver Café won the 2009 Small Scale Commercial Award from the Manchester Society of Architects (MSA), and it was a finalist for two coveted Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2000.

Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

4th International Holcim Forum “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

Experts from all continents will meet in Mumbai at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – April 11-13, 2013. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will advance concepts on how construction needs to be re-invented and aligned with principles of sustainable development.

The focus of the three-day conference will be on the ongoing economic challenges in many parts of the industrialized world driving a paradigm shift. Governments, companies and individuals are all becoming aware that although sustainable development incurs costs, it also offers considerable economic potential. The Holcim Forum includes workshops and site visits and will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), and chaired by architect Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, together with co-chair, engineer Battula K. Chakravarthy, IIT Bombay.

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Oklahoma 93 / C Arquitectos

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Architects: C Arquitectos
Location: , México
Architect in Charge: René Caro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Onnis Luque