Video: Jan Wurm and Lukas Verlage Discuss Arup’s “Solarleaf”

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In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.

Is It Time For the Anti-LEED?

seems to prioritize “Gizmo Green solutions” such as the photovoltaic panels on Ronald Lu and Partners’ Zero Carbon Building. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners

Steve Mouzon, a principal of Studio Sky and Mouzon Design, is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which hosts Project:SmartDwelling. The Guild’s non-profit affiliate is the Guild Foundation, which hosts the Original Green initiative

The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today. Getting a LEED rating is slow, difficult, and expensive, and the rating is skewed heavily to Gizmo Green solutions that are completely ignorant of where the building is being built, and for whom. We need the opposite sort of system today: one that is intelligent about where a building is built and who it’s being built for, and that is fast, friendly, and free so that anyone can use it.

House in Futrono / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: , , Los Ríos Region,
Project Area: 464.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alberto Browne, Roland Halbe

Rem Koolhaas: How the Age of the Decision Maker Impacts Building Design

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How does contemporary architecture differ around the world and what causes these differences? In this video of a discussion between Rem Koolhaas and Nest C.E.O Tony Fadell at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, Koolhaas gives some interesting insights into his experience with decision-makers around the world. Watch the video above and read Vanity Fair’s full article here to learn more about this seldom-considered factor in building design. 

The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb
The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb

Helsinki Announces Competition for City Centre High Rises

The city of Helsinki has announced plans for a design and build competition for a new commercial and residential district in Pasila, near the city centre. The competition, which calls for 8-10 buildings of 15 stories or more, will be part of the city’s drive to make Pasila the “second centre of Helsinki,” with a total of 150,000-200,000 square metres of residential and office space planned for the district. Read on after the break to find out more about the competition.

NH House / Marc Rifà-Rovira

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Architects:
Location: 08569 , Barcelona, Spain
Project Area: 167.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jaume Prat, Jordi Comas, Courtesy of Marc Rifà-Rovira

‘People’s Palaces’: Behind The Scenes at Mecanoo’s Upcoming Exhibition in Berlin

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Mecanoo have shared with us a behind the scenes look at their upcoming at Berlin’s Aedes Architecture Forum, entitled People’s Palaces. Presenting some of the Dutch practice’s recent public buildings, such as the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize nominated Library of Birmingham and the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum in Texel, the Netherlands, the timing of the exhibition also celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary. Founded in 1984, continues to develop a strong reputation for libraries, as well as cultural spaces and performance venues. This exhibition specifically traces the impact of ’s public buildings on local communities.

Home 11 / i29 interior architects

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Architects: i29 interior architects
Location: ,
Area: 230.0 sqm
Photographs: Ewout Huibers

School Complex in Chermignon / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

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Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
Location: Chermignon,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Jean-Michel Landecy, Nicolas Sedlatchek

M Plaza / Manifesto Architecture

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Architects: Manifesto Architecture
Location: 31-1 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, , South Korea
Executive Architect: Dong-il Architecture
Area: 110300.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

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Architects: Jun Aoki & Associates
Location: Ginza, , Tokyo,
Area: 1475.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano

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USC’s ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation

Thursday, October 23 will mark the opening of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2014 Design Agency conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Hosted by faculty Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, and David Gerber, the conference will exhibit and share a broad spectrum of design and research that highlights innovation in architecture through a focus on design and computation. Headliners include Pritzker laureate Zaha Hadid, SimCity creator Will Wright and computational architect Mar Fornes. More information and the complete press release, after the break.

Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

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Architects: Team Green Architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Sian Taylor, Mark Read
Area: 156.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sam Hartnett

Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series

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LEGO® has unveiled the latest buildings to join their architecture series: the Lincoln Memorial and the New York City Flatiron Building. Both will be released in 2015. 

The Lincoln Memorial, a national monument honoring the 16th President of the United States, was designed by Henry Bacon and features a sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, is a landmark Manhattan skyscraper designed by Daniel Burnham Frederick Dinkelberg.

The news was released following the grand opening of a new LEGO® Brand Store adjacent to the Flatiron. 

More images of the new LEGO® sets, after the break. 

Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos

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Architects: Najas Arquitectos
Location: Gonzalo Endara Crown, EC170124, Ecuador
Design: Esteban Najas Raad
Project Area: 7000 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced

Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam

Winners have been announced for the 2014 LEAF Awards. Spanning 14 categories, including best refurbishment of the year (pictured above), all winning projects “demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.” 

See which project landed Jean Nouvel top honors, after the break.

2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

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Architects: Moore Ruble Yudell
Location: 2802 Pico Boulevard, , CA 90405, USA
Area: 42263.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Linden

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure

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Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY has constructed a light-weight, ultra-thin self-supported shell structure augmented by artist Jana Winderen’s engineered sounds at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in City. Now on view through November 21, the “Situation Room” presents itself, as Storefront describes, “a vibrating sound experiment that that aims to transform architecture into animated sensible form.”

“The overall form is an aggregate of twenty spheres of incremental diameters, combined to create an envelope of experiential tension, a sort of sublime dialogue between the comfort of the known and an uneasy interaction with the unknown,” described Fornes. “The resultant morphology resonates with a series of distributed transducers and lighting sources playing out through streams of porosity derived from structural stress flows across the elements.”

More images and information about the “Situation Room,” after the break.