Call for Papers: 5th issue of HORIZONTE

Cover - Issue #4

HORIZONTE, a journal for architectural discourse just announced its latest Call for Papers for their 5th issue dealing with the topic “Fetish”. The journal is an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort of students from the School of Architecture, the School of Design and the School of Media Studies and is an independent student organization at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, . For more information, please visit their website here.

The Psychology of Home

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The psychology behind what we consider or value to be our homes presents some interesting concepts. While it is easy to answer the question “Where are you from?” when someone is asked “Where is for you?” the resulting answer may be influenced by a variety of perceptions of what really is. A recent article entitled The Psychology of Home: Why Where You Live Means So Much discusses such implications. Read more after the break. (more…)

PLAT Journal 3.0 / Rice University School of Architecture

From unforeseen endings come dramatic beginnings. Plat 3.0, an independent architectural journal published by students at Rice School of Architecture, invites projects, images, essays, and manifestos, which explore the discursive opportunities that emerge in the wake of collective disruption. In a time characterized by rapidly shifting and perpetual crises, contingencies and opportunities to innovate emerge.

Such moments lay the ground for radical change. Free from the constraints of the established doctrine, architectural and urban practice find new frontiers where experimentation is not only allowed, but demanded—where temporary breakdown establishes new, lasting thresholds for design and research. More information after the break. (more…)

Playhouses by SmartPlayhouse

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The SmartPlayhouse children`s houses are authentic pieces of design work inspired by contemporary architecture. A modern and comfortable space that provides the children with their own private and safe place to play, developing their creativity and ability to share. Built with the highest quality materials and very resistant to rough weather , they give children their own place to play, organize themselves and invite friends over. It`s a place where they can socialize, share with others, express their creativity, mature and have great experiences. It makes a great gift for the holiday season! Check them out here. More images of playhouses can be seen after the break. (more…)

Video: Skyline / Melissa Godoy Nieto

Melissa Godoy Nieto transforms this interior space with a series of city skylines installations made from hand-dyed yarn. This first installation represents the skyline. Melissa Godoy Nieto is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institued and is co-founder of The Poetry Club Art Space.

Help MASS Build Capacity

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MASS Design Group is encourage everyone to help, in any way, in their efforts to design, build, and advocate for buildings that improve health and strengthen communities. Architects have a unique ability to affect change by producing Well-Built Environments, those that are efficient, effective, and empowering. By applying architectural thinking to the full project delivery process we can engender social and political affects that help fight social inequity. For more information and to find out ways you can help, please visit their website here.

An Architectural Christmas

Vitra, Ginger bread Vitra Haus

During these days we have received close to a thousand seasonal greetings from architects, photographers and editorials around the world. We are very grateful to have collaborated with an amazing group of professionals, who mixed creativity and humor on their e-cards.

Enjoy a selection of these e-cards, including this nice Ginger Bread Vitra Haus, along with Snøhetta, SOM, , BIG, CEBRA, and more!

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Trees of the Architects

Via The All Nighter

We found this great image from The All Nighter – a tumblr dedicated to students who want to share and prospective students who would like to know about the architecture studio experience. The ArchDaily team would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

DIY: Gingerbread Geodesic Dome

Our friends at Inhabitat have shared with us this DIY tutorial on how to make the awesome, Gingerbread Geodesic Dome by Scout Regalia. The LA-based design firm has created templates and recipes for you to purchase, guaranteeing a structurally sound and tasty dome. You may use this video as inspiration for your own creative gingerbread house, or you can order the set for $25. Enjoy designing your edible holiday structures. Cheers!

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part Three

For those of you still in search for some last minute gift ideas, we present to you part three of the 2011 ArchDaily Holiday Gift Guide. We hope this provides you with that last bit of inspiration to finish your holiday shopping. In case you missed our previous guides, view Part One and Part Two for more gift ideas that is guaranteed to please any architect.  (more…)

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part Two

Lets be honest, being an architect results in a whole lot of sitting. Whether we are sitting down with a client or sitting in front of the computer, the chairs we surround ourselves with are an important detail in the everyday routine of an architect. ArchDaily has created a list of a few favorite chairs we wouldn’t mind spending our life with. We feel it is important that every architect has a well designed chair that keeps the legs from falling asleep as well as some designer eye-candy for the office. There are many fantastic chairs in this world, so please, share with us your favorite! (more…)

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Part One

ArchDaily Gift Guide Picks: Part One

Let’s face it, finding that perfect gift for an architect can be a difficult task. We are a unique breed with particular taste. This is why ArchDaily has put together a series of three holiday gift guides for architects. We have included the gifts we use, love, and hope to find under our tree. What’s on your holiday wish list this year?

Continue reading for product details.  (more…)

Building the Rotterdam

Courtesy of Ruud Sies

De Rotterdam is a unique multifunctional building on the shores of the river Maas on the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) of . Its remarkable mix of functions makes this building a true vertical city.

By following the construction for 4 years (January 2010 – end of 2013), Ruud Sies presents a photographic report on a very special project in the development of Rotterdam, one that also forms a link to the Wilhelminapier as a historic spot. The full report can be viewed here. More images after the break. (more…)

Call for Submissions – Conditions Issue #10: GOSSIP

Issue #9: New Knowledge - New Practices?

What is the function of gossip in architecture? Let’s face it, architects don’t openly criticize or debate each other’s work in public; they prefer to gossip within their chosen networks, aiding social bonding through subtle passive aggression. Gossip has always been around in architecture as one of the oldest ways of sharing, maneuvering and convincing. But how does it manifest itself today within the instant culture of internet and social media?

These are the questions Conditions Magazine is hoping you will be able to answer through an abstract design for their new, upcoming issue. More information on the call for submissions after the break. (more…)

Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia Volumen 1 / Brusselssprout

Brusselssprout recently launched their new book, Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia Volumen 1. To consider compiling an encyclopedia (of any kind) in post-Wikipedia times is an exercise in emotional withdrawal. From a position of bewilderment and confusion, they choose to act by producing and employing another tool from the land of the naive and outdated, represented by encyclopedic work, devoid of all logic and meaning considering current cultural and speed. What the first edition Dubai graphic and visual encyclopedia presents is a reality that acts as a counterpoint to all the excess of attempts to decipher and understand Dubai. Attempts that are mostly unable to uncover items that shed light on the question ‘What’s it all about’?

Ashoka: 20 challenges for 20 entrepreneurs

Ashoka is the world’s largest community of social entrepreneurs, and has supported thousands of groundbreaking social innovators over the last 30 years (read more at McKinsey).

Currently, is looking for outstanding entrepreneurs that can improve our world by focusing on 20 challenges, some of which are very related to our profession:

Housing

  • You want to meet the huge need for affordable, high quality homes – 25 million in India alone – by leveraging both business and social entrepreneurs.
  • You are passionate about low income communities gaining access to market-based affordable housing and a dignified life.
  • You want to create a complete ecosystem where housing is not just about four walls and a roof but about a place called – where family, community life, business and sustainability originate.

Design

  • You see the huge potential of design to shape a better world.
  • You will lead a global network of designers and creatives who will transform the development of products, services, processes, and strategies for the good of society.
  • With a designer’s toolkit, you will work at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and science, technology, sociology, philosophy, and engineering.
You can check the rest of the challenges to see if you have what it takes and if it they fit with your passion, and if you think that you have the potential apply to become part of a global change.

Thessaloniki Water Transport Piers Proposal / Giannikis SHOP

From the water towards the Pier

Giannikis SHOP won the honorary mention in the national architecture design competition for the Water Transport Piers in Greece. Four Piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) are designed so that each Pier is composed of three elements: the floor, the pavilions and the inflated pneumatic structure. The main goals for this competition proposal were functionality, economy and innovation. More images and project description after the break. (more…)

Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain / Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth

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Authors: Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth
Location: , Germany
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

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