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Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings

08:00 - 17 October, 2017
Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings

After 10 years of exploring the world and making LEGO interventions to city walls and masonry in disrepair, artist Jan Vormann invites you to contribute to the ongoing project Dispatchwork. Vormann began making these toy-block repairs in Bocchignano, Italy, and since has made colorful additions to Tel Aviv and Berlin. 

Jan Vormann has visited nearly 40 cities across Europe, Central America, Asia, and the United States. Some of the installations use a handful of toy bricks while some have used up to 20 pounds.

This Brick Arch Installation Dissolves in the Rain to Leave a Mortar Skeleton

09:30 - 14 October, 2017
This Brick Arch Installation Dissolves in the Rain to Leave a Mortar Skeleton, © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj
© EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj

Sometimes known as the “Island of the Gods,” Jeju Island in South Korea is characterized by its volcanic rock, stunning waterfalls, and warm, tropical climate. Here, life is integrated with nature and the architecture is in harmony with the landscape. Dissolving Arch, a weather-specific installation by stpmj, responds to the island’s tropical environment. The structure began life as a solid brick vault, which then slowly dissolved in the hot and rainy periods of Jeju to produce a light, porous skeleton made of the remaining mortar which connects people with nature.

© EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj + 20

5800 Individual Bamboo Poles Stand Tall as a Lightweight Transportable Theater

06:00 - 13 October, 2017
5800 Individual Bamboo Poles Stand Tall as a Lightweight Transportable Theater, © Rick van der Bent
© Rick van der Bent

Studio Akkerhuis' bamboo design for a mobile theater proposal off the Netherlands coast addresses the characteristics of the material in the construction of light, resistant, accessible and transportable structures.

The project, a compact space similar to a small amphitheater, allows reuse with different configurations in various places with its joints made up of ropes and screws.

© Studio Akkerhuis © Studio Akkerhuis © Studio Akkerhuis © Studio Akkerhuis + 25

Students Design Temporary Furniture for Victims of Displacement

08:00 - 12 October, 2017
Students Design Temporary Furniture for Victims of Displacement, © Jani Luukkonen
© Jani Luukkonen

Ten third-year furniture design students from Finland's Lahti University of Applied Sciences - Institute of Design, created temporary living solutions using only plywood and corrugated cardboard. Low cost, quick and easy fabrication, with no tools necessary: Rehome is a solution for recent catastrophes, such as natural disasters and the ongoing refugee crisis, which leave many people displaced from their homes.

© Jani Luukkonen © Jani Luukkonen © Jani Luukkonen © Jani Luukkonen + 16

Temporary Porcelain Clad Pavilion Addresses The Notion of Ornamentation in Architecture

06:00 - 11 October, 2017
Courtesy of Alexander Wolhoff
Courtesy of Alexander Wolhoff

The Pavilion d’Eau, designed by EPFL architecture student Alexander Wolhoff, was constructed in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The pavilion is a product of six months of research, prototyping, and coordination with different local and academic organizations done in conjunction with LHT3 labs. The exterior of the octagon pavilion has a structural aesthetic, while the interior -- only accessed by wading in the water -- is ornamental, clad in handmade ceramic tiles.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site municipality of Saint-Saphorin en Lavaux allowed for the temporary pavilion in the waters of Lake Geneva. The project is designed to touch the landscape lightly, not affecting the natural lake bed. The pavilion is comprised of materials including lake stones, wood, and porcelain tiles. To ensure a minimal and reversible impact on the site, the footings of the pavilion are made of seven gabions, metal cages filled with stones collected from the lake.

Courtesy of Alexander Wolhoff Courtesy of Alexander Wolhoff Courtesy of Alexander Wolhoff Courtesy of Alexander Wolhoff + 20

New Map Celebrates New York City’s Brutalist Concrete Architecture

06:00 - 10 October, 2017
© Jason Woods for Blue Crow Media
© Jason Woods for Blue Crow Media

Finally, a brutalist map of New York City, thanks to London-based publisher, Blue Crow Media. The Concrete New York Map marks the tenth map in the architectural guide series, highlighting over fifty of The City’s finest concrete buildings.

Not often thought of as a brutalist capitol, the concrete jungle is filled with remarkable buildings by Breuer, Pei, Rudolph, Saarinen, Wright, alongside lesser-known works, mapped out, photographed, and paired with a description of the building. The map is edited by Allison Meier, and adorned with Jason Woods’ photography and is the perfect pocket guide for any architect or brutalism lover.

Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Blue Crow Media + 8

3 Different Ways to Use a Shipping Container on Your Next Project

06:00 - 9 October, 2017

Recycling material in architecture is becoming increasingly valued in order to enable the creation of sustainable projects. Certainly, naval containers have been one of the elements that have gained prominence in recent years for the design of private and public buildings that respect the environment. In addition to the ecological appeal, containers are a viable choice due to the speed and ease of assembly, the option of a cleaner construction site, or even the different design solutions that this material provides. With their standardized sizes, it becomes possible to create a modular structure that allows infinite possibilities of intervention, so that it suits different uses.

We have gathered here 20 examples of works that adopt the use of containers and some tips that will certainly help you on your next project.

10 Contemporary Portuguese Houses

08:00 - 3 October, 2017

Housing is certainly one of the most interesting themes that present itself to the architect, after all designing a residence allows the study of the usage and customs of human beings according to their culture, desires and daily life. Each project brings a new customer and, with it, an unprecedented challenge.

Through the ten selected projects, it is possible to see the inventiveness of the architects and how each work distinguishes itself from the other through the colors, geometry, relation with surroundings or even the way in which it innovates when proposing a new daily life to its inhabitants. 

Experience Contemporary African Architecture Beyond Stereotypes

06:00 - 2 October, 2017

Africa is a diverse continent with different contexts that go beyond the stereotypes imagined and propagated by those who do not know it. These stereotypes also cover the architectural field. African architecture is always remembered for its beautiful vernacular projects or works by Keré, but other languages developed by architects on the continent are almost forgotten. 

For this reason, in order to increase the panorama of contemporary architecture built in Africa, we have gathered here a selection of buildings that have been realized in fourteen different countries. Be inspired by the eighteen selected projects below. 

Espresso Yourself With This Brutalist Coffee Machine

16:00 - 1 October, 2017
Espresso Yourself With This Brutalist Coffee Machine, Courtesy of Montaag
Courtesy of Montaag

Architects and coffee go hand in hand. The aesthetic of the espresso maker has become a mundane part of the morning ritual. The designers at Montaag are changing that with the release of AnZa  a show-stopping espresso maker made of concrete. After four years of prototyping and testing, the espresso maker is equipped with high-tech functionality for important things, like remotely brewing your cup as an incentive to get out of bed. 

Courtesy of Montaag Courtesy of Montaag Courtesy of Montaag Courtesy of Montaag + 12

Pop-In, Pop-Out, Pop-Up: Collapsible Street Cinema Uses Film to Reflect on Soviet Russia in Venice

08:00 - 30 September, 2017

Designed for the V-A-C Foundation, Venice-Based Israeli architect Omri Revesz’s adjustable Street Cinema rests lightly next to a canal in Venice, Italy, expanding, contracting, opening, and closing as its program changes. 

Acting as a social gathering point during the day and an open-air cinema at night, the structure was open for the 74th Venice Film Festival as part of the V-A-C’s Venice Art Biennale 2017 exhibition Space Force Construction – a reflection on the centenary of the Soviet Revolution.

© Nicolò Zanatta © Nicolò Zanatta © Nicolò Zanatta © Nicolò Zanatta + 22

Suspended LED Lighting Installation Projects The Pulse of City Life in Stockholm

08:00 - 28 September, 2017
Suspended LED Lighting Installation Projects The Pulse of City Life in Stockholm, © David Svensson
© David Svensson

Designed by David Svensson, a total of 400 meters of a neon resembled warm white LED from GE is a work of art representing the pulse of city life in busy Stockholm station. 

The project, a piece of suspended light, is built by metal profiles and a ceiling where the warm and white light of a series of LED strips is projected, in the quest to represent the basic visual language of the line. 

What’s Your ArchDaily Story?

07:15 - 28 September, 2017
What’s Your ArchDaily Story?, Members of the ArchDaily Editorial Team . Image © Daniela Galdames
Members of the ArchDaily Editorial Team . Image © Daniela Galdames

In the entryway of ArchDaily’s Headquarters, there is a framed, handwritten note from a student in Australia, Alice McLeod. This is something that we have cherished as a company with a very specific mission. She writes,

I grew up in a country town in Victoria, Australia. I lived 3 and half hours drive from a city. My closest library has 5 books in the “architecture & design” category. I had no access to the world and history of Architecture. Your website opened that world up to me. I found my passion and education through ArchDaily. In January I moved to Melbourne to begin  my first year of my Architecture Degree. I have never been happier.

Open Source Plan for a Modular Urban Gardening Structure Offers a Flexible Design for Locally Grown Food

08:00 - 26 September, 2017
Open Source Plan for a Modular Urban Gardening Structure Offers a Flexible Design for Locally Grown Food, © Daniel Ruiz
© Daniel Ruiz

As a response to the fast-paced city life, GrowMore is an urban gardening modular design with endless configurations to suit even the most unexpected of spaces. Designed by Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum, the modular building kit provides an opportunity for social interaction and locally grown vegetation, reminding people to pause and connect with nature.

© Daniel Ruiz © Daniel Ruiz © Daniel Ruiz © Daniel Ruiz + 13

Installation Showing the Perspective of a Self-Driving Car Aims to Evoke Empathy for Artificial Intelligence

09:30 - 25 September, 2017
Installation Showing the Perspective of a Self-Driving Car Aims to Evoke Empathy for Artificial Intelligence, Courtesy of Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin
Courtesy of Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin

Driver Less Vision, an installation at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism by Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin, is an immersive 3D video experience comprised of spatial scans of Seoul, projected into a dome and paired with surround sound. The supporting audio is the internal monologue of a personified autonomous vehicle, driving through the streets of a future Seoul, Korea. The installation transports vierers to the front seat of the autonomous vehicle, providing a new perspective of traversing cities—through the car’s point of view.

Courtesy of Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin Courtesy of Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin Courtesy of Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin Courtesy of Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Perlin + 9

Meet the Mobile Dwelling Space Named B.O.B.

08:00 - 24 September, 2017
Meet the Mobile Dwelling Space Named B.O.B., © Adam Shilling
© Adam Shilling

Three M. Arch. candidates at Montana State University, Jonathan Chavez, Kimball Kaiser and Adam Shilling, won an Undergraduate Scholars Program research grant which they used to fund their design-build project: B.O.B., the Backyard Office Box. B.O.B. is a kit of parts which, when put together, create a 150-square-foot dwelling space. The design team, also known as Tr3s, wanted their project to be adaptable to a variety of sites and users. B.O.B. can function as an additional space to already existing projects or standalone as a temporary shelter. 

© Adam Shilling © Kimball Kaiser © Kimball Kaiser © Kimball Kaiser + 19

This Tiny House Was Built as the Set of a Movie (Then Burned to the Ground after Filming)

16:00 - 23 September, 2017
This Tiny House Was Built as the Set of a Movie (Then Burned to the Ground after Filming), Cortesía de Alfredo Thiermann Riesco
Cortesía de Alfredo Thiermann Riesco

Architect Alfredo Thiermann has recently collaborated with Chilean Filmmaker Marialy Rivas in her latest film “Princesita." The film will be premiered next week at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Alfredo Thiermann’s practice has been long involved in the interaction of architecture with other medias (Artifact Nr. I  Dynamics of the Void Noise Tower ) and here is the result of his last collaboration with “Fabula Productions," also known for Pablo Larrain’s academy- nominee ”No” and Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria."

Which Building Has the World's Fastest-Moving Elevator?

09:30 - 23 September, 2017
Which Building Has the World's Fastest-Moving Elevator?, via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The targeted maximum wait time in office building elevators is 20 seconds—it just feels like 2 minutes when you’re in a rush. But how quickly are the elevators actually moving?

The fastest installed elevator reaches speeds of 67 feet per second (20.5 meters per second), or 46 miles per hour (73.8 kilometers per hour) in the Shanghai Tower. Not only does the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower boast the fastest elevator, but also the longest continuous run of 1,898 feet of the 2,073-foot tower (578.5 of 632 meters), as revealed in a recent study by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). At these speeds, you can reach the 119th floor in 55 seconds.

via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat + 6

The 15 Most Popular Architectural Materials & Products of 2017

09:30 - 22 September, 2017

What are the best construction materials and products on the market? Which are the most popular? Thanks to the activities of our readers, we're beginning to find some answers to these questions. Combining the use of two ArchDaily tools, many of our readers have saved their favorite architectural materials and products—directly from our catalog—into their personalized My ArchDaily folders.

We have investigated the data from the first 6 months of 2017 to identify and share the most popular products from our catalog with you. What do these products have that make them so popular? Would you apply them on your next project?

Breathtaking Italian Views Framed in Wood

08:00 - 16 September, 2017
Breathtaking Italian Views Framed in Wood, © Lorenzo Massimiano
© Lorenzo Massimiano

With the common goal across their portfolio of enhancing the landscape, Camposaz has designed a tourist information pavilion in Roccamonfina, Italy. The wood pavilion is sited just off of a pedestrian path, overlooking the adjacent public park with stunning views of the nearby mountains, a driver in the design.

Construction Diagrams Construction Diagrams Construction Diagrams Construction Diagrams + 32

Small-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Made Simpler by Studio Bas Van der Veer

06:00 - 15 September, 2017
Small-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Made Simpler by Studio Bas Van der Veer, Courtesy of Studio Bas van der Veer
Courtesy of Studio Bas van der Veer

Earlier this month, Studio Bas van der Veer, the Dutch product design studio, unveiled its design for a rain barrel at the three-day fair, spoga+gafa 2017, in Cologne. Van der Veer, a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, initially designed the product – then titled ‘A Drop of Water’ – as part of his thesis in 2009, for which he not only won the prestigious René Smeets Award for best project at the school’s Graduate Galleries exhibition but was also shortlisted for the Melkweg Award. Over the years, the design won numerous accolades, including the Journées des Collections Jardin - Innovation Award, and the Tuinidee Award.

Courtesy of Studio Bas van der Veer Courtesy of Studio Bas van der Veer Courtesy of Studio Bas van der Veer Courtesy of Studio Bas van der Veer + 12

A Modular Wooden Bench Forms the Backbone of this Awesome Undulating Walkway

14:00 - 10 September, 2017
A Modular Wooden Bench Forms the Backbone of this Awesome Undulating Walkway, © Zeenah Mohammed Ali
© Zeenah Mohammed Ali

This modular design developed by the students of the Department of Architecture Sciences at Ryerson University proposes a public space to sit and relax that works as an extension of the walkway, appropriating and giving a new meaning to the parking spaces in the streets of Toronto. 

The project, with a natural wave form, is built by a series of Accoya wood modules, which allow easy storage, reuse, and reconfiguration. 

© Zeenah Mohammed Ali © Zeenah Mohammed Ali © Zeenah Mohammed Ali © Zeenah Mohammed Ali + 35

This Innovative Cooling Installation Fights Soaring Temperatures in New Delhi

14:00 - 9 September, 2017
This Innovative Cooling Installation Fights Soaring Temperatures in New Delhi, © S. Anirudh
© S. Anirudh

This installation is a bespoke attempt to simplify and reinterpret the concept of air-conditioning, understanding that standardized solutions may not be universally applicable given the constraints of cost and surrounding environment. Using computational technologies, the team at Ant Studio has reinterpreted traditional evaporative cooling techniques to build a prototype of cylindrical clay cones, each with a custom design and size.

© S. Anirudh © S. Anirudh © S. Anirudh © S. Anirudh + 17

From Brunelleschi to Today, This Documentary Tracks the Evolution of Architecture in Tuscany

09:30 - 9 September, 2017

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to the Italian region of Tuscany to view works of architectural mastery. Renowned architectural figures such as Michelangelo and Brunelleschi transformed Tuscan cities to be stages of cultural rebirth during the 14th-17th century. These times, however, have passed. Today, Tuscany is faced with problems such as the decline of suburbs, abandoned buildings, and property speculation. The modern Italian architecture scene is in decline, and the country is experiencing an oversupply of architects, requiring many to emigrate in search of work.

Can the spirits of these Renaissance architectural masterminds be emulated today in modern Tuscany? This is exactly the topic that cultural association 120g explores in their new documentary, Tuscanyness. The film depicts how this nature of cultural rebirth is alive today through the architects born and educated in the Tuscan region. Here, emerging architects have the unique opportunity to listen to the teachings of the past to inform the architecture of the future.