Visual Permeability Pavilion / Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Team

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Recently completed as part of a digital fabrication course at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, the Visual Permeability Pavilion was designed and built as part of their end of the year show and graduation ceremonies. The purpose of the pavilion is to provide multiple spaces for relaxation, contemplation, and social interaction. The group members included Luis Alarcon, Aaron Berman, Michael Georgopoulos, Eun Ki Kang, Dayeon Kim, Nicole Kotsis, Jeeun Grace Lee, Aaron Mark, Hylee Oh, and Steven Sanchez. More images and their description after the break. (more…)

O’ Mighty Green / STAR strategies + architecture

Sustainable Cenotaph for Isaac Newton – Boullée, 1784: © , 2011

The Rotterdam based design team STAR strategies + architecture has shared with us their recent project, O’ Mighty Green, a critical piece about Green – washing and especially about the abuse of “Green” in architecture. Additional images and text can be seen after the break.

Recreational Center / Olgga Architects

artefactorylab, Olivier Campagne

We are featuring yet another competition entry from Olgga Architects this week, this time their second place proposal for a Recreational Center in ’ 20th arrondissement. Further images and a description from the architects after the break.

International Graphic Design Center / Olgga Architects

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The French design team, Olgga Architects, recently placed second in the competition to design the International Graphic Design Center in , . Images of their proposal in addition to a press release narrative from the architects can be viewed after the jump.

Subdivision / Michael Hansmeyer

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When we came across the work of Michael Hansmeyer, we were struck by the complexity and the seemingly delicacy of his work.   Educated as an architect and computer programmer, Hansmeyer intends to create a new kind of architectural expression using the mathematics of algorithms.   “On the one hand, their [algorithms] computational power can address processes with a scale and complexity that precludes a manual approach. On the other hand, algorithms can generate endless permutations of a scheme. A slight tweaking of either the input or the process leads to an instant adaptation of output. When combined with an evaluative function, they can be used to recursively optimize output on both a functional and aesthetic level,” explained Hansmeyer.  His Subdivision project features geometrically intricate surfaces that create an artistically articulated variety of columns.   The 2.7 meter high columns are fabricated as a layered model with sheets 1mm thick.

More about the process after the break. (more…)

Water Box / Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates

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South based Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates was recently awarded third place in the Water Box competition for their roaming proposal. Additional images of their project in addition to a full description can be viewed after the break.

Habitat Make Us Blind / Espai MGR

Courtesy Bernat Ivars + Manuel Lopez

The Spanish duo of Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez of Espai MGR has shared their latest work, Habitat Make Us Blind, a series examining the potential of reprogramming vacant lots in downtown . Further text describing the project and more images are available after the break.

Hello Mongol (HM VER 1.0; ABSORBING GER) / Seoul Manifesto

diagram 01: adopting acordian system to get mobility

Seoul Manifesto, a group of young architects in Seoul, , are known for designing projects with the objective of making structures with better social responsibility. In their project, Hello Mongol / HM VER 1.0 / ABSORBING GER, their goal is to make a mobile structure which can achieve two different goals, making an alternative residence for desertification of Mongol and stirring up the public’s attention for the problem. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

Forum Oeiras / CVDB Arquitectos


CVDB Arquitectos has shared with us their proposal for the Oeiras Forum in Oeiras . Follow after the break for additional images and a brief narrative from the architects.

Spiretec / STL

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STL Chicago has shared with us their latest project, Spiretec, a Mixed Use IT campus in the region of . Additional images and a brief description from the architects after the break.

July August Heat / DI Bernhard Gruber


DI Bernhard Gruber has devised a creative proposal for a new typology of playground systems for harsh weather climates such as Tel-Aviv . Read more about this conditioned micro climate playground and additional images of the project after the break.

Excess Heights / Reality Cues


Reality Cues has shared with us their unique idea for the handling of consumer waste and the physical possibilities they imagine stemming from this condition. Images of Excess Heights in addition to a brief narrative description after the jump.

String Theory / Department of Unusual Certainties


Department of Unusual Certainties [DoUC] recently completed a submission to the Network Reset, Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace, competition hosted by Mas Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club. Participants were asked to look at the urban scale and propose a framework for the entire boulevard system as well as provide answers and visualize the interventions at a smaller scale that can directly impact its potential users. Through images, diagrams and drawings the work should express what are the soft or hard, big or small, temporary or permanent interventions that can reactivate and reset the Boulevard System of . DoUC’s proposal focused on filling Chicago’s Emerald Necklace with a framework of posts, beams, ropes and counterweights  - to produce a pick-and-choose- method of program management. Images of their entry and a description can be seen after the jump.

ICEWALL / Yushiro Okamoto

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As a part of ’s 150th anniversary celebration, a student competition was held for a installation to become part of the festivities. Yushiro Okamoto‘s winning proposal, ICEWALL, has recently been completed and has been submitted to share with us here at ArchDaily. Follow after the break to browse through a large collection of photographs of the project.

Arnsdorf Concept Store / Edwards Moore

Photography / Tony Gorsevski

Edwards Moore recently completed a temporary concept store for Arnsdorf womens label, the system, composed entire of tights, set to create a sculptural setting for the boutique clothing store. For more images of the installation and a brief description from Edwards Moore, follow after the jump.

Architects’ Week / Tulane School of Architecture

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Architects’ Week is a longstanding tradition of the Tulane School of Architecture as a weeklong, design and build, group project.  It is a unique occasion for students to work not only with a proven designer, but also with fellow students. The exact form that it takes varies from year to year. In 2010, A-Week groups created information kiosks for New Orleans. The year before was an exploration in rethinking the bench. This year the project brief was a bit different. The project brief, images and descriptions of each student project and the winning design after the break.

Habitat for Urban Wildlife / Ifat Finkelman_Ofer Bilik Architects

Courtesy Ofer Bilik Architects

Tel-Aviv based designers, Ifat Finkelman_Ofer Bilik Architects, have submitted their competition winning entry, a Habitat for Urban Wildlife, which repurposes existing Israeli water towers. Additional images and a description of both the project and the competition after the break.

Warehouse for Architectural Recycling (W.A.R.) / Department of Unusual Certainties

W.A.R. Section

Department of Unusual Certainties was recently awarded honorable mention for their submission to Conditions Magazine’s Tell Them What They Need Competition, a competition which asked people to come up with alternatives for architectural competition practice. Their submission “Warehouse for Architectural Recycling (W.A.R.)” proposes a global institution which archives competition submissions and auctions them off to potential buyers elsewhere.  A re-purposing of loser ideas. Follow after the jump for a comprehensive description of W.A.R. from DoUC.