San Rocco’s Single Edition ‘Book Of Copies’ In Circulation

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Earlier this year San Rocco, recipients of the inaugural Icon Award for Emerging Architectural Practice of the Year in 2013, published a limited single-edition run of a new publication: the San Rocco Book of Copies. Within five volumes of 4120 pages lies what they describe as “a database comprised of images that may be copied in order to produce architecture; a receptacle of a collective form of knowledge that we can provisionally call ‘architecture’.”

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NJIT Graduates Create A Biodegradable Pavilion For Sukkahville 2014

Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez

In the annual Sukkahville design competition in Toronto, entrants are challenged to reimagine the sukkah, a structure that the competition organizers describe as a “symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life,” traditionally built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that the Jews spent wandering the desert. For the 2014 competition, New Jersey-based graduates Michael Signorile and Edward Perez created “Reflect.Reveal.Rebirth,” a structure that responds to this challenge to create a transient space for contemplation by utilizing a biodegradable skin.

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Archiculture Interviews: Jess Zimbabwe

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“We as a species assign value to people based on the environments we ask them to live in. And I think most people are worth more than a lot of the environments that we ask them to live, work, attend school and shop in.”

In the latest Archiculture interview from Arbuckle Industries, architect and planner Jess Zimbabwe discusses the power of design and its role in politics. As former director of Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Zimbabwe shares examples of proactive mayors who’ve used architecture as a way to spur economic development in their communities and help shape an environment worthy of its inhabitants. 

Two New Books Claim Le Corbusier was a “Militant Fascist”

, by Willy Rizzo. Photos via Le de la Photographie. Image © Willy Rizzo

Shocking allegations have surfaced in two new books that claim Le Corbusier was a “militant fascist.” Although the architect’s connections with a collaborationist regime in France have been known for some time, the authors claim new evidence reveals the depths of his sympathy toward Nazi activity.

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Open Call: Prize Searches for World’s Best Public Library

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Applications are once again open for world’s best public library award. As part of the Danish Agency for Culture‘s Model Program for Public Libraries project, the prize aims to generate new ideas about how the design of public libraries can change to meet the changing needs of today’s society. Considered libraries must “take digital developments and local culture into consideration” and “welcome a diversity of population groups with an open and functional architectural expression in balance with its surroundings and a creative use of IT to improve user experiences.” Learn more about the prize (here) and submit a library, here. Candidates for the “Public Library of the Year Award” have until June 15, 2015 to apply.

Spotlight: Jan Kaplický

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Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. Working with partner Amanda Levete at his suitably named practice Future Systems, Kaplický was catapulted to fame after his sensationally avant-garde 1999 Lord’s Cricket Ground Media Centre and became a truly innovative icon of avant-garde architecture.

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AIA Names 10 Most Impressive Houses of 2015

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the recipients of the 2015 Housing Awards. Currently in its 15th year, the are designed to “recognize the best in US housing design” and “promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.” This year, the jury awarded ten designs in three categories. See them all, after the break.

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Living Building Challenge Now Fulfills LEED Energy and Water Requirements

Living Building Challenge certified: Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory. Image © Flansburgh Architects

The Living Building Challenge will now fulfill the energy and water requirements for LEED. As the U.S. Green Building Council announced, this marks an important step in the ’s mission to make an accessible platform that complements other construction rating systems.

The USGBC’s decision essentially equates the two systems in the fields of water and energy efficiency, recognizing projects that meet the Living Building Challenge’s standards within these areas as equivalent to LEED standards. By doing so, it encourages a spirit of collaboration toward sustainable goals across competing rating systems.

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Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC’s Innovation Award

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture‘s Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects‘ origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

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A Look at China’s “Nail Houses”

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China‘s rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called “” continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of “progress.” Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

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From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in , a vibrant guide to Hancock’s home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney’s architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon’s Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy’s building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

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Rem Koolhaas: “Soon, Your House Could Betray You”

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In the latest of a series of polemical arguments against smart citiesRem Koolhaas has penned perhaps his most complete analysis yet of the role that emerging technologies and the way they are implemented will affect our everyday lives, in an article over at Artforum. Taking on a wide range of issues, Koolhaas goes from criticizing developments in building technology as a “stealthy infiltration of architecture via its constituent elements” to questioning the commercial motivations of the (non-architects) who are creating these – even at one point implicating his other erstwhile recent interest, the countryside, where he says “a hyper-Cartesian order is being imposed.” Find out more about Koolhaas’ smart city thoughts at Artforum.

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Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Awards

Shortlisted: Abode, Great Kneighton / Proctor & Matthews. Image © Tim Crocker

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Hawkins\Brown, Proctor & Matthews, Allies & Morrison, and AHMM. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

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Open Call: Our Future With/Without Parks 2105

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The Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (JILA) will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in May 2015, and is pleased to host an international competition for design proposals envisioning future Tokyo with/without parks in 2105, 90 years from today.

The competition invites students and young practitioners in design, planning, research, and related fields to rethink the raison d’etre of the park, one of the greatest urban inventions for modern society, and to propose innovative visions for future with/without parks. Online registrations close April 24, 2015. You can learn more and apply, here.

Robert A.M. Stern to Build Britian’s Most Expensive Flats

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If approved, Robert A.M. Stern will build ’s most expensive flats. Aiming to replace a 1960s car park and a number of other buildings in city’s Mayfair district, the £2 billion “Audley Square House” apartment block is being commissioned by Phones4U billionaire John Caudwell.

As BD Online reports, Caudwell abandoned an already approved £300 million Foster + Partners scheme in favor of Stern’s neo-classical design, saying he chose the New York-based architect for his “ability to design high-quality buildings that do not stand apart from their surroundings but rather fit in comfortably amongst their neighbors.”

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Milan Expo 2015: Wolfgang Buttress Completes UK Pavilion’s “Virtual Beehive”

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Wolfgang Buttress‘ “pulsating” beehive is one of the first pavilions to complete for the 2015 Milan Expo. Serving as the UK’s contribution, “BE,” the “virtual hive” is designed to highlight the plight of the honeybee and offer an “immersive sensory experience” that leaves visitors with a “lasting flavor of the British landscape.”

Comprised of a 14-meter lattice structure, made from 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel, the domed structure sits at the end of a meandering wildflower meadow that leads visitors to the “hive.” Once inside, a sensory composition of audio and visual effects will mimic the activity of an existing beehive in Nottingham. 

A look inside the beehive, after the break. 

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C.F. Møller Designs Denmark’s Largest Sewage Pumping Station

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C.F. Møller has unveiled designs for Denmark‘s largest sewage pumping station. Planned to be built on Copenhagen‘s Kløvermarken, the new building will serve as an independent counterpart to the site’s historic 1901 pumping station, originally designed by city architect Ludvig Fenger.

According to the architects, the brick station aims to “set new standards for large-scale sustainable utilities in Danish cities,” while “closely integrating itself into the dense urban context.” It will be built as a circular structure – the optimal shape of an underground pumping well – and feature two rainwater harvesting green roofs, a distinctive set of 24 meter-tall pressure towers, and two recreational “gardens” for employees.

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A Rare Look Inside OMA’s CCTV Building in Beijing

Since the building’s construction concluded in 2012, images of OMA’s Headquarters have permeated the media. But inside views of this mutant skyscraper — characterized by a soaring 72 meter cantilever — have remained rare. Until now, that is. Images originally published by International Design and shared on WeChat by 广电独家 reveal the interior of OMA’s CCTV Headquarters, including Emmy-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen’s news studios. 

Take a peek inside the meeting rooms, hallways and control centers of CTBUH’s 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide. 

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