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How Air Conditioning Helped Shape Architectural History (For Better or Worse)

09:30 - 16 May, 2017
How Air Conditioning Helped Shape Architectural History (For Better or Worse), © <a href='http://www.cwcs.co.uk/'>CWCS Managed Hosting</a> via <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/122969584@N07/13778436885'>Flickr</a> licenesed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© CWCS Managed Hosting via Flickr licenesed under CC BY 2.0

This article originally appeared on Curbed as "How air conditioning shaped modern architecture—and changed our climate."

During a conversation with the New Yorkera window washer who worked on the Empire State Building says that some of his toughest moments have been cleaning the trash that tenants toss out the windows. In his many years working on the Depression-era skyscraper, he’s wiped numerous half-empty coffee cups off window panes, and even scraped 20 gallons of strawberry preserves from the building’s facade. Tossed out in the winter, it stubbornly clung to the outside of the skyscraper.

Cracking a window open in a skyscraper seems like a quirk, especially today, when hermetically sealed steel-and-glass giants offer the promise of climate-controlled comfort. But ever since Chicago’s Home Insurance Building, considered one of the first skyscrapers, opened in 1884, the challenge of airflow, ventilation, and keeping tenants cool has been an important engineering consideration shaping modern architecture.

The great commercial buildings of the modern era owe their existence, in many ways, to air conditioning, an invention with a decidedly mixed legacy.

AN House / Studio Guilherme Torres

09:00 - 16 May, 2017
AN House / Studio Guilherme Torres, © MCA Estúdio
© MCA Estúdio

© MCA Estúdio © MCA Estúdio © MCA Estúdio © MCA Estúdio +23

  • Archietects

  • Location

    Maringá - Floriano, Maringá - PR, Brasil
  • Architect in Charge

    Guilherme Torres
  • Team

    Rafael Miliari
  • Area

    1006.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Corian Dominated Custom Kitchen Island

08:00 - 16 May, 2017
Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Corian Dominated Custom Kitchen Island, via Zaha Hadid Design
via Zaha Hadid Design

Through a revisiting of Zaha Hadid's MAXXI Museum of Art in Rome and Heyder Aliyev Center in Baku, as well as the practice’s exploration of materiality and composition, Boffi_Code Kitchen is a custom kitchen island created by Zaha Hadid Design and Boffi, an Italian furniture company founded in 1934.

“Boffi_code offers customization to the highest standards, tailoring individual solutions with selected materials, finishes and cabinetry,” explains Zaha Hadid Design. “The Boffi_Code Kitchen by Zaha Hadid Design marries exceptional detailing and design with functionality, carefully chosen materials, and traditional craftsmanship.”

3XN Reveals Design for Extension of Silkeborg Museum

06:00 - 16 May, 2017
3XN Reveals Design for Extension of Silkeborg Museum, Courtesy of 3XN Architects
Courtesy of 3XN Architects

3XN Architects have released design plans for a new contemporary extension of the Historical Silkeborg Museum in Denmark. The museum houses some of the oldest and well-preserved bog bodies in the world: The Tollund Man and Elling Woman. Through the 1,858 square meter extension that includes a contemporary “roofscape” rising from the marshland, the design seeks to build a stronger identity for the museum through its architecture.

Interior Exhibition Space Design Model with Site Courtesy of 3XN Architects Plan of Silkeborg Museum with Extension +8

PURE / Sílvia Rocio + Mariana Póvoa + esse studio

05:00 - 16 May, 2017
PURE / Sílvia Rocio + Mariana Póvoa + esse studio, © Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira +44

YAC Announces the Winners of Castle Resort Competition

04:00 - 16 May, 2017
YAC Announces the Winners of Castle Resort Competition, Courtesy of YAC
Courtesy of YAC

YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and Marlegno s.r.l. announce the winners of Castle Resort, the international architectural competition launched last November in cooperation with the Italian Government. The aim of this contest of ideas was to convert a medieval fortress into an exclusive tourist facility combining architecture and nature in order to enhance the historic and landscape value of this dream location in Roccamandolfi, in Southern Italy.

House with 11 Views / Marc Koehler Architects

03:00 - 16 May, 2017
House with 11 Views  / Marc Koehler Architects, © Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +19

Bamboo House / VTN Architects

02:30 - 16 May, 2017
Bamboo House / VTN Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

Bamboo House / VTN Architects © Hiroyuki Oki Bamboo House / VTN Architects © Hiroyuki Oki +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Principal Architect

    Vo Trong Nghia
  • Associate Architect

    Kuniko Onishi
  • Area

    217.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

DEAR FARM / VIVA Architecture

02:00 - 16 May, 2017
DEAR FARM / VIVA Architecture, © Koen Broos
© Koen Broos

© Koen Broos             © Koen Broos             © Koen Broos             © Koen Broos             +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    5111 Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Sylvie Bruyninckx, Isabelle Verbruggen, Elvia Gonzalez Costas
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Tropical House Urveel / Design Work Group

22:00 - 15 May, 2017
Tropical House Urveel / Design Work Group, © Photographix
© Photographix

© Photographix © Photographix © Photographix © Photographix +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saniya Hemad, Gujarat 395006, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Dinesh Suthar
  • Design Team

    Bharat Patel, Jitendra Sabalpara, Sonakshi Berlia, Bhavika Suthar, Vishakha Jain, Chirag Katrodia
  • Area

    900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Boundary / Wei Yi International Design Associates

20:00 - 15 May, 2017
Boundary / Wei Yi International Design Associates, © Hey! Cheese
© Hey! Cheese

© Hey! Cheese © Hey! Cheese © Hey! Cheese © Hey! Cheese +35

Singapore International School of Bangkok - Phase II / Plan Architect

19:00 - 15 May, 2017
Singapore International School of Bangkok - Phase II / Plan Architect, © Panoramic Studio
© Panoramic Studio

© Panoramic Studio © Panoramic Studio © Panoramic Studio © Panoramic Studio +47

Glass Link House / Robbie Walker

17:00 - 15 May, 2017
© Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +22

Indonesian Village Receives Technicolor Makeover with Just $22,000 of Paint

16:45 - 15 May, 2017
Indonesian Village Receives Technicolor Makeover with Just $22,000 of Paint, Image by Instagram user arieprakhman
Image by Instagram user arieprakhman

Seeking to liven up their town and make a splash in the realm of tourism, the small village of Kampung Pelangi, Indonesia, has undergone a vivid, multicolored transformation. The brainchild of 54-year-old junior high principal Slamet Widodo and inspired by similar efforts in other Indonesian towns, the entire repainting was done for just 300 million Indonesia Rupiah (about $22,500 USD).

Authoral Restaurant / BLOCO Arquitetos

15:00 - 15 May, 2017
Authoral Restaurant / BLOCO Arquitetos, ©  Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

©  Haruo Mikami ©  Haruo Mikami ©  Haruo Mikami ©  Haruo Mikami +24

  • Architects

  • Localization

    Brasília, Federal District, Brazil
  • Arquitetos Responsáveis

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco
  • Area

    262.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Aga Khan Awarded The 2017 Architectural League President's Medal

14:20 - 15 May, 2017
Aga Khan Awarded The 2017 Architectural League President's Medal, Bait Ur Rouf Mosque / Marina Tabassum, winner of a 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Image © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Rajesh Vora
Bait Ur Rouf Mosque / Marina Tabassum, winner of a 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Image © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Rajesh Vora

The Architectural League of New York has announced the recipient of its 2017 President’s Medal: His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aga Khan Award in Architecture – an annual award established to celebrate building concepts that have successfully addressed the needs of Muslim communities from around the world.

The Architectural League’s highest honor, the President’s Medal is awarded annually to recognize individuals for an extraordinary body of work in architecture, urbanism, art, or design. The medal will be presented by League President Billie Tsien at a May 18 dinner in New York.

Thorvald Ellegaard Arena / Mikkelsen Arkitekter

13:00 - 15 May, 2017
Thorvald Ellegaard Arena / Mikkelsen Arkitekter, © Søren Aagaard
© Søren Aagaard

© Søren Aagaard © Søren Aagaard © Søren Aagaard © Søren Aagaard +15

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Releases New Design for University of Chicago's Rubenstein Forum

12:00 - 15 May, 2017
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Releases New Design for University of Chicago's Rubenstein Forum, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The University of Chicago has unveiled new renderings of its planned David M. Rubenstein Forum that show major changes to the buildings’ form and relationship to the site. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the new scheme shows a more homogeneous structure featuring a uniform zinc and glass facade that will help to better signify the distinct “neighborhoods” located within the 8-story tower.