Eliciting Environments | Actuating Response

Current computational, sensing and fabrication technologies provide new opportunities for architects and designers to embed intelligence and responsive behavior directly into architectural matter. Such design tactics not only elicit new sensibilities and socio-aesthetic desires, but also instrumentalize new understandings of hierarchies, networks and organization of building systems controls. Responsive technologies play a critical role in advancing the evolving relationships between humans, constructed environments, administrative controls and natural systems. Systems that mitigate human-machine-environment interaction are evolving to encompass more complex methods of collecting and managing data that can produce subtle differences in feedback and response. 

From surveillance strategies to user-initiated interaction and hackable surfaces to locally controlled responsiveness within design processes, the computerization of our environment provokes a series of critical questions about technology and design-thinking. New technologies directly affect design methodologies and thus design education. ELICITING ENVIRONMENTS | ACTUATING RESPONSE will engage the practitioners who are defining future possibilities for sensory intelligence in architectural design, to present, discuss and speculate on the role and potential for actuated responsiveness in imminent built environments.

For more event details please click here. For registration please click here.

Title: Eliciting Environments | Actuating Response
Website: http://elicitingenvironments.org/
Organizers: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture
From: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 
Until: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 
Venue: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture
Address: College of Fine Arts, , 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

Plumber: Is This Not A Pipe? – Launch of Volume 37

Launch of Volume #37: “Is this not a pipe?”.

With the participation of Benedict Clouette (), Jeffrey Inaba (), Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Mahadev Raman (ARUP), Hilary Sample (MOS).

“Pipes are the physical remainder of life in buildings.” With contributions by Juan Herreros, Neil Denari, Andrés Jaque, Matthias Schuler, and many others, Volume 37: Is This Not A Pipe poses the age-old question: Tube or not Tube?

The issue will be available for purchase at the discounted rate of $10.

We cannot beat Banham, but we can update you on what happened since 1972, when Rayner Banham published his seminal The Architecture of the Well Tempered EnvironmentC-Lab did extensive new research on the relation between installations, buildings and architecture…

“Architecture relies on machines. They make the structures of our cities liveable.”

Life in buildings is supported by pipes. Ducts, conduits, water mains, and cables support biological and social life in spaces that are today held together by air-conditioning, electricity, and telecommunications as much as by form and materials. But while pipes and the machines they connect are part of buildings, they are often left out of architecture.

It’s fascinating to see how architects dealt with pipes in history and what challenges they face today. How did Mies van der Rohe solve this issue, what was Norman Foster’s approach and what does someone like Bjarke Ingels have to say on this? They’ve come up with all sort of strategies, from deceitfully transparent buildings seemingly without any mechanical installation, to faux ‘oil refineries’ showcasing the machinery that makes the mechanism tick. The latest strategy is trying to do away with installations altogether and make the building itself perform without mechanical support: smart ‘downgrading’.

This issue of Volume presents C-lab’s research – which will also be a part of next year’s Venice Biennale in Rem Koolhaas’ Fundamentals show – and includes contributions by Mark Wigley, Kiel Moe, David Gissen, An Te Lui, Phil Bernstein, Filip Tejchman, John Hejduk and James Stamp. Also interviews with Matthias Schuler, Neil Denari, Christian Kerez, Bjarke Ingels, Tom Wiscombe, Andrès Jaque, MOS, Juan Herreros, Philippe Rahm, Mahadev Raman, Florian Idenburg and Lothar Schwedt.

Volume #37: Is This Not a Pipe?
160 pages
Binding: Soft-cover
ISBN 978 90 77966 372
Price: € 19.50
Release: November 2013
Editor-in-chief: Arjen Oosterman
Contributing editors: Ole Bouman, Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley
This issue’s editor: Jeffrey Inaba
Design: Irma Boom and Sonja Haller
Publisher: Stichting Archis

AA Visiting School: Tehran – The Third Place-Urban Machines

Courtesy of AA Visiting School

UPDATE: To apply please refer to the AA website, http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/tehran.
The Architectural Association has two full scholarships so you can attend the AA Visiting School in , .
Please mention that you’re applying for the ArchDaily Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is February 28. 

Tehran, Iran’s capital, ranks among the world’s fast-growing cities. In the early 1940s, Tehran’s population was about 700,000. By 1966, it had risen to 3 million and by 1986 to 6 million. Today, the metropolitan area has more than 10 million residents. This explosive growth has had environmental and public health consequences, including air, water pollution and the loss of arable land and public realm. The ever increasing land value makes developments and the replacement of urban open space and easy choice. With the disappearance of open public plaza, by traffic islands and motorways the predominant public space left in the city is its many traffic arteries.

With a young population and the Cars as the main mode of transport in the city, the many highways of Tehran come to a grinding halt during rush hour.

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Architecture Otherwhere – Durban 2014

On the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s re-birth, the UIA Congress will celebrate the African profession as a meaningful contributor to world architecture and thought leadership in city development; as well as the continent’s contribution in the affairs and evolution of architecture globally.

Architects, engineers, designers, technologists, planners, thinkers and writers from all over the world will gather, with the public, for a week of lively and challenging talks, workshops, and happenings.

South Africa’s concerns are strongly linked to Africa’s concerns. 2014 acknowledges the link between urgent human need for housing, infrastructure, basic services, employment and social development are acknowledged as being strongly linked to political decisions and economies. UIA 2014 is an opportunity for African architects to make their mark in the debate that perceives poverty eradication as a first unavoidable step in human progress. 2014 will explore how architects might play a pivotal role in addressing social inequalities. 2014 also explores concepts of sustainability through links to OTHER global initiatives and refers to COP 17 (Built Environment Charter) and RIO+20 (Soil Programme) – with a focus on urbanisation and the agricultural opportunities in and on the peripheries of cities.

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TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

TEX-FAB extends its reach to Austin, this year adding the University of Texas School of Architecture as a member organization. In doing so, the UT SOA is supporting the largest and most complete event to date with Michel Rojkind as our Keynote lecture with 6 speakers and 4 moderators. Moderators will delve into techniques to highlight the differences between working methods, while within the workshops, session leaders will further develop those topics as functional methods for the production of design solutions.

As an intensely focused symposium which expands the workshop offerings from Grasshopper, Revit to Processing and newer productive methods, the scope and range is truly substantial. In addition the UT SOA will concurrently exhibit the SKIN competition fabricated winner and entries. SKIN is generously supported by the A. Zahner Co. in the fabrication of 3xLP by Christopher Romano and Nick Bruscia.

For more information and registration, please click here.

Title: Skin: Digital Assemblies
Website: http://www.tex-fab.net/event/tf5/
Organizers: TEX-FAB
From: Wed, 19 Feb 2014
Until: Sun, 23 Feb 2014
Venue: UT School of Architecture
Address: 310 Inner Campus Drive, The University of at Austin, Austin, TX 78705, USA

The Architectural League Spring Events

The Architectural League announced their Spring 2014 calendar of . ‘First Friday’ are held at the offices of the hosting firms. It started January 10 with Toshiko Mori and future participants include COOKFOX Architects, SHoP Architects, and GLUCK+.

‘Current Work’ lectures are held at The Cooper Union and are co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. The lectures will start this Thursday, January 23 with Richard Meier, and future lecturers include Yung Ho Chang, Farshid Moussavi, and Sou Fujimoto.

For more information on the events, please go to ’s official website.

AA Exhibition: Third Natures

The Golden Dome, Tokyo

Third Natures presents 15 years of speculations, projects and built proposals by the Madrid- based duo of Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda and their collaborators, ranging from the beginnings of the practice in 1997 to their latest works, completed in 2013. In total, 26 projects are shown through drawings, models, objects and photographs. All this material is organised according to laws of affinity and connection, in an attempt to convey the vast range of the projects and their main field of operation – the space of mediation between people, objects, natural species and built environments. 

The title for this collection draws on a term first coined during the Renaissance to refer to a new type of garden that created a new and hitherto unknown reality – a ‘third nature’ – with a radical new materiality that was constructed through cultural connections. In the same way, the practice explores how cultural materials can be assimilated and then given back to the world in the form of proposals with strong links to contemporary society. Their approach, both critical and celebratory, is based on the emergence of new, extreme and unexpected forms of beauty. For further details, please click here.

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2014 Glenn Murcutt International Master Class

The Glenn Murcutt Architecture Master Class in has become an major annual event on the international architecture calendar. Started in 2001, architects and senior students from sixty-five nations around the world have now traveled to to participate in the two-week residential studio based program.

The intensive two-week design studio program involves a design project undertaken in groups and culminating, at the end of week two, with a design presentation by participants and a critique by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors. The studio program, associated lectures and supporting equate to 150 hours high-level study at postgraduate level. The spirit of the event is that participation is the focus and there is no formal assessment. A certificate of satisfactory completion will be issued to all participants completing the program. Professional institutes and universities internationally have, over the years since its inception, accepted this event as gaining professional development or academic credit points.

As there are only 32 places available applications are assessed on credentials and merit, with preference to early applicants. For complete details on the event, please click here.

Title: 2014 Glenn Murcutt International Master Class
Website: http://www.ozetecture.org/masterclass/glenn-murcutt-master-class/
From: Sun, 06 Jul 2014
Until: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 
Venue: Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre
Address: Shoalhaven Heads NSW, Australia

Current Work: Richard Meier

Richard Meier & Partners–Jesolo Lido Condominium, Jesolo, Italy | Photo: Roland Halbe

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Richard Meier will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with a moderator and fellow partnersBernhard Karpf, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon in honor of fifty years of independent practice.

Recent projects completed by Richard Meier & Partners include the Arp Museum in Germany; the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse in China; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; and United States Courthouses in San Diego and Islip, .  Currently under construction are offices in Rio de Janeiro; a hotel complex is Jesolo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv; a resort in South Korea; two residential towers in Tokyo; and the first phase of a master plan for downtown Newark.

For more information please click here.

Title: Current Work: Richard Meier
Website: http://archleague.org/2014/01/richard-meier/
Organizers: The Architectural League NY
From: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:01
Until: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:00
Venue: The Cooper Union
Address: 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA

Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature

The Sahara Forest Project. Courtesy The Sahara Forest Project Foundation

In February 2014, The Architecture Foundation will present Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature, the first ever solo show of Exploration, a thought-leading architecture and design practice working in the field of biomimicry.

A striking 3D printed installation will showcase a selection of four projects and prototypes from the studio’s cutting-edge research on sustainable, nature-inspired design, including two new, previously unpublished designs. Study models, sketches and specially commissioned short films introducing Exploration’s projects will be presented alongside a myriad of natural specimens that inspired the designs – offering unique insight into the studio’s practice of learning from nature in order to deliver future-facing solutions for architecture, systems design and materials production that address the major challenges of our age.

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City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects Exhibition

Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles presents City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects. The exhibition opens with a reception and panel discussion on Wednesday, January 29, and Steven Holl will give a public lecture on Thursday evening, January 30. The exhibition runs through March 9, 2014.

This new exhibition of the work of Steven Holl Architects presents six urban projects in China, designed with particular focus on shaping public space, natural green strategies, hybrid programs, structure and light. Included are three built works: Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, and Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, as well as three yet to be built works: Porosity Plan in Dongguan, Eco-City in Tianjin, and the Qingdao Culture and Art Center. Concept watercolors of each building will be on view along with project models and construction documents. Also featured are short videos of the built works. The exhibition is arranged chronologically from 2002-2013 through the rooms of the Schindler House, making physical the journey through a decade of thinking.

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Supertall, Supergreen – Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event

Tianfu Proposal, Chengdu, China. PHOTO CREDIT: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Join architectural historian Judith Dupré and renowned architects Adrian Smith and Rick Cook to explore the latest environmental innovations in skyscrapers. The look of cities is changing as designers and builders realize that the best tall buildings arise from working, as the ancients did, hand in hand with nature. Tapping into the elemental forces of the sun, wind, and water, today’s green skyscrapers are pushing the extreme frontiers of environmental, structural, and creative possibility. That sensibility is also strengthening bonds between architects and engineers who, more than ever, are joining forces to find aesthetically pleasing, environmentally astute solutions.

In the book SKYSCRAPERS: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings, Judith Dupré takes us on a chronological tour—spanning 125 years and circling the globe—of the world’s tallest buildings, designed by such star architects as Adrian Smith, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, Morphosis, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Breathtaking full color photographs capture the buildings’ monumental scale and larger-than-life personalities, while the book’s design and oversize format mirrors the shape of its subject. Admire such classic masterpieces as the Chrysler Building, Willis (Sears) Tower, and the Transamerica Pyramid, and fall in love with the newest skyscrapers, including the Shard of , International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in Mecca.

Title: Supertall, Supergreen – Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event
Website: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/01/15/supertall-supergreen-judith-dupr%C3%A9-adrian-smith-and-special-guests-archite
Organizers: New York Public Library
From: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:00
Until: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:00
Venue:
Address: New York Public Library, 5th Ave at 42nd St, New York, NY 10018

361° Conference 2014: Architecture and Identity

The 361° Conference, an initiative by Indian Architect & Builder to create a relevant platform for dialogue on architecture in , will take place on February 19th to the 21st in . This year’s edition, based on the theme of “Architecture and Identity,” will include renowned speakers, including Steven Holl and Dr. B V Doshi. More details, after the break…

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Sign Up Now for Porto Academy 2014

For the second year in a row, Indexnewspaper will organize ‘Porto Academy’ at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in from the 21st to the 28th of July 2014.

The academy will consist of a weeklong in which students will have the chance to work closely with: Antón Garcia-Abril, Cecilia Puga, Diogo Seixas Lopes (Barbas Lopes), Emilio Marin, Jan De Vylder (Vylder Van Vinck Tallieu), José Paulo dos Santos, Nuno Valentim, Paulo Providência, Smiljan Radic and Tetsuo Kondo. Participants will attend twelve lectures from those architects as well as three master classes from Valerio Olgiati (and two more architects soon to be revealed). 

Porto Academy will take place in the FAUP’s famous building, designed by Álvaro Siza. More details, after the break…

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Athens – CIPHER CITY / Revolutions

What would happen if a structure could transform in real‐time? AA Visiting School embarks on its’ third cycle to address issues of change, adaptation and interaction in the design of an enclosed volume. In this time of social, economic, and environmental uncertainty, it’s a quality for the built environment to regard transformation as a way of practice.

Revolutions have occurred through architectural history and vary widely in terms of design methods and fabrication techniques. Focusing on inspiring natural form‐finding techniques, AA Athens VS works towards producing a large‐scale interactive prototype that alters in real‐time the perception of interior space.

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Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA / Photo © Philippe Ruault

Opened to a full house, last year, at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto, Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, explores the elegant, and oftentimes, elusive intersection between the aesthetics of architectural form and the technicality of structural design, through the lens of earthquake engineering. Curated by Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng and founded/curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, this exhibit emerged from their research on the resiliency of emergency shelters and civil protection buildings, such as schools and hospitals, in earthquake zones throughout the world.

Envisioned as a “science center” for design, the exhibition, which is tailored not only for the architecture and engineering communities, but an invested public as well, will feature full-sized seismic technology utilized in buildings, architectural and structural models, seismic testing videos, including clips from Tomas Koolhaas’ new documentary titled REM, and a 500N shake table from North American Wave Spectrum Science and Trade Inc.

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MEXTRÓPOLI: The First International Festival of Architecture & the City

Building upon its 15 years of experience, the Arquine Conference presents MEXTRÓPOLI, a festival that will position as an epicenter of architecture and a leader in creative transformation.

MEXTRÓPOLI is a critical project that will encourage and promote culture, urban regeneration, and the artistic heritage of city.

MEXTRÓPOLI will host over 30 academic, cultural and tourist activities, held principally in the historic center of the city.

MEXTRÓPOLI invites the public to connect to the city in six different ways:

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Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition

Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition will be held December 12-13, 2013 at Tsinghua University in City. Jointly sponsored by School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Tsinghua Holdings Human Settlements Construction (Group) Co., Ltd, Editorial Office of Eco-city and Green Building (ECGB) magazine, the Summit will bring together eight award winning Asian architects to share their design thinking and key projects on creative sustainability. Keynote speakers include Vo Trong Nghia, Principal Architect of Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Shigeru Ban, Founder of Shigeru Ban Architects.

The exhibition will cover various sustainable projects, namely WNW Bar and Dailai Conference Hall by Vo Trong Nghia, Beitou Public Library and Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions by Bio Architecture Formosana, Green School at Bali in Indonesia by John Hardy, A House for all Seasons by John Lin, Innhouse and KPMG-CCTF community centre by Dr. Lin Hao, Paper Church and Post Tsunami Housing for Kirinda Sri Lanka, House of Outlook by Prof. Kazuo Iwamura and other projects.

More than 500 developers, designers, architects, academia experts and government officials are expected to join the Summit, providing a feast of splendid architectural works, dialogue among renowned Asian architects, sharing of views of green design for the future.

Title: Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition
Organizers: Tsinghua University
From: Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Until: Fri, 13 Dec 2013
Venue: Tsinghua University
Address: Haidian, Beijing,