BIG and Heatherwick’s Google HQ to be Built with Robots

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Google’s proposed California headquarters will be built with robots, according to the most recent planning documents received by the City of Mountain View Council. As the Architects’ Journal reported first, the documents detail BIG and Heatherwick Studio‘s plan to construct the canopy-like structure’s interiors with a team of robotic-crane hybrids known as “crabots.”

These crabots would, in theory, establish a “‘hackable’ system for the building of the interior structures,” says the documents, that would allow for limitless, easy, and affordable reconfiguration of space throughout the building’s life.

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Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase

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The Dubai Design District (d3) has tapped Foster + Partners to design its masterplan’s second phase. Spanning one million-square-feet, the new development will be a “Creative Community” that will serve as a ”thriving cultural epicenter” within d3, and an “incubator” for emerging designers an artists.

“This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows Dubai’s design scene to flourish from within,” says Gerard Evenden, Studio Head at Foster + Partners.

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Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

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Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark ‘poles of attraction’ and a varied series of high profile commissions that combine a  sense of purpose and place.

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Has Technology Diminished Our Understanding Of Public Space?

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In an article for the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott argues that “technology has scrambled the lines between public and private.” He questions whether, in an age of “radical individualism” spurred on by our fascination with solitary communication, our collective understanding and appreciation for the public, civic space has been diminished. Kennitott foreshadows that “one thing is certain: We will live in more crowded spaces, and we will increasingly live indoors, cocooned in climate-controlled zones with a few billion of our closest friends” as rapid urbanisation merges with the changing climate.

Perhaps we are entering a new age of radicalism individualism, in which the very idea of enjoying together is giving way to something more anarchic and carnivalesque. Silence was once prized as a mark of success in many public spaces, including libraries, museums and concert halls; the vibrancy of many of those spaces, today, is measured by noise, hubbub and laughter.

Read the article in full here.

Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston’s Greenway

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Janet Echelman‘s latest aerial sculpture has been suspended 365 feet above Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. On view through October 2015, the monumental installation spans 600 feet, occupying a void where an elevated highway once divided the city’s downtown from its waterfront.

“The sculpture’s form echoes the history of its location,” describes Echelman. “The three voids recall the ‘Tri-Mountain’ which was razed in the 18th-century to create land from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enabled the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life.”

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Car Talk Deems Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Car a Complete Failure

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has written a scathing review on Buckminster Fuller‘s three-wheeled Dymaxion Car, 81 years after its unveiling. The famed architect and inventor, known best for his geodesic dome, hoped to revolutionize the car industry with a three-wheeled, 20 foot-long, “highly aerodynamic” reinvention of the car.

Despite Bucky’s optimism, the “innovative” Dymaxion was a complete failure, says Car Talk author Jamie Lincoln Kitman. “You’ve pushed shopping carts with broken casters that handle better,” said Kitman, following a Dymaxion test drive (an experience Norman Foster considered to be “extraordinary”). Read Car Talk’s full review, here.

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University of Chicago Selected to Host Barack Obama Presidential Library

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According to Forbes, the University of Chicago has been selected to be the official home of the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The proposal, selected over sites at Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be built in the city’s South Side Hyde Park, near a home owned by the Obamas.

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Call for ArchDaily Interns: Summer 2015

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 is in need of a select group of awesome, architecture-obsessed interns to join our team for Summer 2015 (June – August)! If you want to spend your days researching/writing about the best architecture around the globe – and find out what it takes to work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…

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‘The Listeners Project’ Create Four Short Films In London’s Former BBC Television Centre

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The Listeners Project, a small London-based initiative that works with young filmmakers in unique architectural spaces to develop and create short films, have taken residence in the former BBC Television Centre. The building, designed by Graham Dawbarn of Norman & Dawbarn in the late 1940s, has an iconic plan that resembles a question mark. The centre, which was once the beating heart of the majority of the British Broadcasting Company’s television production, was listed in 2009 before it was finally vacated in 2013.

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eVolo’s 20 Most Innovative Skyscrapers

Cloucity / Juerg Burger, Ge Men, Qingchuan Yang, Yin Li, Wei Hou. Image Courtesy of

In the celebratory spirit of its recent 2015 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo has compiled a list of the contest’s most innovative submissions. 20 skyscrapers from 13 countries rose above the rest in terms of their unorthodox forms and imaginative solutions to socio-environmental issues. The avant-garde designs, which range from self-sustaining micro-climates to extensive sky-bound bicycle networks, address the cultural, social, and sustainable contexts of the future through groundbreaking means.

See all 20 innovative skyscrapers after the break.

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Spotlight: Aldo Rossi

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Ada Louise Huxtable once described him as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) was known for his drawings, urban theory, and for winning the Pritzker Prize (in 1990). Rossi also directed the Venice Biennale in 1985 and 1986 – one of only two who have served as director twice.

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3 Winners Announced for Bangkok Fashion Hub Competition

1st Prize: Ilya Pugachenko, Andrey Sayko, and Alla Aniskova. Image Courtesy of HMMD

The winners of the international design competition ”Bangkok: I am Fashion Hub“ have been unveiled. Entrants were challenged with the task of unifying the functions of a community center, library, exhibition theater, and public space within a cohesive venue in Bangkok for both the local and international fashion communities.

Of the original entries, three winners were selected by an international jury based on their adherence to several design factors including conceptual clarity, creativity, integration within the existing urban fabric, and feasibility as a center for fashion. The winning designs, from Malaysia, Russia, and France, garnered monetary prizes ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Check them out, after the break.

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Open Call: PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon Architecture

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In order to effectively guide and improve the development and construction of the low-carbon pilot zone and to strength its international influence, Public Art Center, under the request from the Planning and Construction Management Office of International Low-carbon City and SEZ Construction and Development Co., Ltd., has organized an international competition for the PINGDI Pilot Zone – the urban design for the zone’s one square kilometer and the architectural design for its 0.1 square kilometer. The number in PINGDI 1.1 is the numerical sum of one and 0.1 square kilometers, and also represents the improvement and exploration of the low-carbon development method.

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MoMA’s Barry Bergdoll On “The Politics And Poetics Of Developmentalism” In Latin American Architecture

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On display until July 19th, MoMA‘s Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980” is an attempt to bring the architecture of this global region, and this time period, to a greater audience after decades of neglect by the architectural establishment. Curated by Barry Bergdoll, the exhibition effectively follows on from ’s last engagement with the topic of Latin American architecture, way back in 1955 with Henry-Russell Hitchcock‘s exhibition “Latin American Architecture Since 1945.” In an intriguing interview, Bergdoll sits down with Metropolis Magazine to talk about why he is revisiting the topic after so many years (or, indeed, why MoMA took so long to do so), and explains his ambitions to elevate the featured works and to frame Latin America itself as “not simply as a place where the pupils of Le Corbusier went to build, but a place of origins of ideas.” Read the full interview here.

Take A Look At Milan Expo’s 2015 Pavilions on Opening Day

The USA Pavilion’s 7,200-square-foot vertical farm. Image © Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

’s global commercial fair, Milan Expo 2015 opened today. The six month event, expected to attract nearly 20 million visitors, is showcasing 54 national pavilions, among a number of corporate and multinational installations, all focused on “Feeding the Planet” and promoting their national cuisine. Pavilions by Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, SPEECHDaniel Libeskind and many others will remain on view through October 31.

Take a look at some of the fair’s most talked about pavilions on opening day, after the break.

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You Can Now 3D Print With Sketchfab

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In response to one of their most frequent user requests, browser-based 3D model platform Sketchfab has now partnered with 3D Hubs, the world’s largest 3D printer network, to introduce a 3D print ordering feature that works directly from its viewing window. With a globally-distributed network of 15,000 print hubs in their network (250 of which support full-color printing), CEO Alban Denoyel says that 3D Hubs is the “closest to achieving this vision” of locally-based manufacture that bypasses transport costs – which he believes is “one of the most important promises of .”

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10 Ways to Improve Architecture Competitions

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In conjunction with the release of the results of their “Design Competition Survey”, the Van Alen Institute have put forward 10 propositions for the improvement of design competitions. Accompanied by a series of vibrant graphics, the propositions can be read after the break.

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RIBA London Announces ‘Work In Progress’ Themed Line-Up For LFA 2015

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The branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have unveiled a series of events themed along the lines of ‘Work In Progress’ for the 2015 Festival of Architecture. The festival, which is a month-long celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice taking place at venues across the capital, will open in next month. The RIBA ’s chosen theme “will explore the changing nature of work, and workspace, as well as its impact on, and role in, the continued evolution of .”

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