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LOHA’s Latest Supportive Housing Complex Curbs LA’s Increasing Homelessness

08:00 - 16 February, 2017
LOHA’s Latest Supportive Housing Complex Curbs LA’s Increasing Homelessness, © Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
© Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

With ever-increasing rates of chronic and veteran homelessness amongst low-income households, Los Angeles’ pressing demand for affordable social housing is being addressed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, with their design of MLK1101 Supportive Housing, which has just begun construction.

Working in collaboration with non-profit Clifford Beers Housing, LOHA’s intention is to focus on health and community within a comfortable environment. This is achieved through a number of strategies, including exposing the building towards the street to integrate the building into the neighborhood creating strong community ties.

Southwest View. Image © Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Axonometric Drawing. Image © Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects © Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects © Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects +13

Tirana 2030: Watch How Nature and Urbanism Will Co-Exist in the Albanian Capital

06:00 - 16 February, 2017
Tirana 2030: Watch How Nature and Urbanism Will Co-Exist in the Albanian Capital, Bird's eye view of the regenerated city centre. Image Courtesy of Attu Studio
Bird's eye view of the regenerated city centre. Image Courtesy of Attu Studio

In 1925, Italian designer Armando Brasini created a sweeping masterplan to transform the Albanian capital city of Tirana. Almost one hundred years later, the Tirana 2030 (TR030) Local Plan by Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has been approved by Tirana City Council. Collaborating with UNILAB and IND, Boeri seeks to define a new era in the country’s capital, incorporating controlled development, advanced infrastructure, green corridors, and an enhancement of the city’s architectural heritage.

A layered strategy approach aims to usher in a new era for the city. Image Courtesy of Attu Studio Aerial view of the city centre masterplan. Image Courtesy of Attu Studio Green space within the city centre will be tripled. Image Courtesy of Attu Studio The Elbasan-Krrabe Valley will produce, store, and distribute clean energy. Image Courtesy of Attu Studio +19

Parterre One / Focketyn Del Rio Studio

05:00 - 16 February, 2017
Parterre One / Focketyn Del Rio Studio, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +34

Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities', Illustrated (Again)

04:00 - 16 February, 2017
Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities', Illustrated (Again), Zobeida. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen
Zobeida. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen

Lima-based architect Karina Puente has a personal project: to illustrate each and every "invisible" city from Italo Calvino's 1972 novel. Her initial collection, which ArchDaily published in 2016, traced Cities and Memories. This latest series of mixed media collages, drawn mainly using ink on paper, brings together another sequence of imagined places – each referencing a city imagined in the book.

Invisible Cities, which imagines fictional conversations between the (real-life) Venetian explorer Marco Polo and the aged Mongol ruler Kublai Khan, has been instrumental in framing approaches to urban discourse and the form of the city. According to Puente, "each illustration has a conceptual process, some of which take more time than others." Usually "I research, think, and ideate over each city for three weeks before making sketches." The final drawings and cut-outs take around a week to produce.

Zaira. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen Diomira. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen Dorotea. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen Fedora. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen +16

House L27 / DIONISO LAB

03:00 - 16 February, 2017
House L27 / DIONISO LAB, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beiriz, 4495, Portugal
  • Author

    José Cadilhe
  • Team

    José Cadilhe, Emanuel Fontoura
  • Area

    256.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Maunula House / K2S Architects

02:00 - 16 February, 2017
 Maunula House / K2S Architects, © Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

© Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman © Mika Huisman +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Metsäpurontie 4, 00630 Helsinki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen
  • Area

    3100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Landform House / A61architects + YYdesign

22:00 - 15 February, 2017
Landform House  / A61architects + YYdesign, © Ilya Kruchinin
© Ilya Kruchinin

© Ilya Kruchinin © Ilya Kruchinin © Ilya Kruchinin © Ilya Kruchinin +46

Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD

20:00 - 15 February, 2017
Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD, © Wu Jiming
© Wu Jiming

© Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming +35

NJ Villa / TOUCH Architect

19:00 - 15 February, 2017
NJ Villa / TOUCH Architect, © Chalermwat Wongchompoo
© Chalermwat Wongchompoo

© Chalermwat Wongchompoo © Chalermwat Wongchompoo © Chalermwat Wongchompoo © Chalermwat Wongchompoo +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    40 Thanon Nawamin, Khwaeng Khlong Chan, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand
  • Principal Architect

    Setthakarn Yangderm, Parpis Leelaniramol
  • Contractor

    OKCON Co., Ltd
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Santa Rosa Park / FD Arquitectos y Urbanistas

17:00 - 15 February, 2017
Santa Rosa Park  / FD Arquitectos y Urbanistas, © Eleazar Cuadros
© Eleazar Cuadros

© Eleazar Cuadros © ​Aldo Facho Dede  © Eleazar Cuadros © Eleazar Cuadros +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Rosa District, Peru
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuel Zubiate
  • Area

    11852.42 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photos

    Eleazar Cuadros, ​Aldo Facho Dede

2016 Rio Olympic Sites, Six Months Later: Abandoned, Looted and Neglected

16:00 - 15 February, 2017
2016 Rio Olympic Sites, Six Months Later: Abandoned, Looted and Neglected, Via Bored Panda
Via Bored Panda

A mere six months after the torch was snuffed, the Brazilian Olympic sites that once hosted scores of locals, tourists, and athletes in a global celebration of athleticism and camaraderie now lie in ruin. This "ghost town" cost Brazil around $4.6 billion plus an estimated $1.6 billion in budget overages, according to reports by the Financial Times and Quartz

In stories recently published by The Guardian, Business Insider, Mashable and Bored Panda we can see the heartbreaking reality and aftermath in the disused venues. 

Winning a Next Generation Prize Kick-Started my Career

15:42 - 15 February, 2017
Winning a Next Generation Prize Kick-Started my Career, Courtesy of LafargeHolcim
Courtesy of LafargeHolcim

The following three video testimonials explain why you should participate in the International LafargeHolcim Awards. 

Copine / Olson Kundig

15:00 - 15 February, 2017
Copine  / Olson Kundig, © Rafael Soldi
© Rafael Soldi

© Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    6460 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Kirsten Murray
  • Area

    3289.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 375,000 Images for Unrestricted Use

14:15 - 15 February, 2017
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 375,000 Images for Unrestricted Use, © Wikimedia CC user Fcb981. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
© Wikimedia CC user Fcb981. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Looking to add a beautiful piece of art to your render to really sell your project? Look no further.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its new Open Access policy, which releases over 375,000 images of artworks from their expansive collection for free download, with absolutely no restrictions under copyright law – meaning you are completely free to copy, remix, or distribute any image for any use, including commercial.

Richard Meier & Partners' Teachers Village Looks to Revitalize Downtown Newark Through Education

13:30 - 15 February, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners' Teachers Village Looks to Revitalize Downtown Newark Through Education, © Tekten
© Tekten

Richard Meier & Partners has completed 3 new mixed-use buildings as part of their “Teachers Village” master plan in downtown Newark, New Jersey. The development, led by RBH Group, centers around two Charter Schools completed by Meier & Partners in 2013, to provide a variety of retail spaces and 123 residential units marketed specifically at teachers.

© Scott Frances © Scott Frances © Scott Frances © Scott Frances +31

W38th Residence / RUFproject

13:00 - 15 February, 2017
W38th Residence  / RUFproject, © John Sinal
© John Sinal

© John Sinal      © John Sinal      © John Sinal      © John Sinal      +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area

    3880.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Rural Houses Refurbishment in Trebilhadouro / André Tavares

11:00 - 15 February, 2017
Rural Houses Refurbishment in Trebilhadouro / André Tavares, © Arménio Teixeira
© Arménio Teixeira

© Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Aldeia do Trebilhadouro nº112 - Roge, 3730-704 Vale de Cambra, Portugal
  • Area

    897.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Biomimicry with Steel Sheets: Designing "DNA" Into Materials Can Create Architecture that Shapes Itself

09:30 - 15 February, 2017
Biomimicry with Steel Sheets: Designing "DNA" Into Materials Can Create Architecture that Shapes Itself, X-POD 138 pavilion structure, currently installed at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. Image Courtesy of Haresh Lalvani
X-POD 138 pavilion structure, currently installed at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. Image Courtesy of Haresh Lalvani

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Haresh Lalvani on Biomimicry and Architecture That Designs Itself."

It’s the holy grail for any biomimicry design futurist: buildings and structures that use generative geometry to assemble and repair themselves, grow, and evolve all on their own. Buildings that grow like trees, assembling their matter through something like genomic instructions encoded in the material itself.

To get there, architecture alone won’t cut it. And as such, one designer, Haresh Lalvani, is among the most successful at researching this fundamental revision of architecture and fabrication. (Or is it “creation and evolution”?) He employs a wildly interdisciplinary range of tools to further this inquiry: biology; mathematics; computer science; and, most notably, art.

Xurf Curved Space, 2008. Image Courtesy of Haresh Lalvani Xurf Ripples, 2007. Image Courtesy of Haresh Lalvani This self-shaping example from 2009—with its variable openings—has implications for building facades, ceilings, and wall systems. Image Courtesy of Haresh Lalvani A number code laser-cut into this GR FLORA series from 2012 established the self-shaping process. As Lalvani's team changed one number of the code, the perimeter edge increased in relation to the area of the surface, and it crumpled. Image Courtesy of Haresh Lalvani +11