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3D Printing Moves Into the Fourth Dimension

00:00 - 11 October, 2013

While most of us are grappling with the idea of 3D printing, Skylar Tibbits - computational architect and lecturer at MIT - is spearheading projects towards a fourth dimension. Transformation, Tibbit claims, is an uncharted capability that enables objects - straight off the printing bed - to assemble themselves, changing from one form to another. "Think: robots with no wires or motors." Tibbits exhibits how a single strand - embedded with predetermined properties - can fold from a line to a three dimensional structure. "I invite you to join us in reinventing how things come together."

The Medic's House / AR Design Studio

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
The Medic's House / AR Design Studio, © Martin Gardner
© Martin Gardner

© Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Andy Ramus, Laurent Metrich
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Danish Summer House / Powerhouse Company

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Danish Summer House / Powerhouse Company, © Åke E. Son Lindman
© Åke E. Son Lindman

© Åke E. Son Lindman © Åke E. Son Lindman © Åke E. Son Lindman © Åke E. Son Lindman +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zealand, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge

    Charles Bessard
  • Design Team

    Charles Bessard, Lotte Adolph Bessard, Ted Schauman, Kristina Tegner, Peter Nilsson
  • Project Leader

    Lotte Adolph Bessard
  • Structural Engineering

    Ove Heede Consult ApS
  • Energy Consultancy

    Ellehauge & Kildemoses
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Could a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Revolutionize Healthcare Design?

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Could a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Revolutionize Healthcare Design?, A render from Aditazz's entry to the Small Hospital, Big Idea competition. Image Courtesy of Aditazz
A render from Aditazz's entry to the Small Hospital, Big Idea competition. Image Courtesy of Aditazz

This article, originally posted in Metropolis Magazine as "Derek Parker's Third Act," tells the story of Aditazz, a Silicon Valley design startup founded by Deepak Aatresh, an entrepreneur with a background in silicon chip manufacturing. Now in collaboration with Derek Parker, a renowned veteran with six decades of experience in healthcare design, the pair could be set to revolutionize the way that hospitals are designed and built.

In June 2011, Derek Parker boarded a plane at San Francisco International Airport. The veteran health-care architect was headed to San Diego to deliver the most improbable presentation of his illustrious, six-decade-long career. For six months, he had worked as a consultant with a Silicon Valley design start-up called Aditazz. Shortly after Parker signed on, the new company had entered Small Hospital, Big Idea—a design competition launched by Kaiser Permanente. The first round, in which the firms remained anonymous, drew more than 400 entries. Eight of the nine shortlisted firms invited to San Diego were industry heavyweights. The ninth, to everyone’s surprise, was the unknown Aditazz.

Mogadouro`S Bus Station / Cannatà & Fernandes

00:00 - 11 October, 2013
Mogadouro`S Bus Station / Cannatà & Fernandes, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    5200 Mogadouro, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Fátima Fernandes And Michele Cannatà
  • Design Team

    André Lira, Bruno Marques, Filipe Afonso, João Moura, Marta Lemos, Miguel Meirinhos, Nuno Castro
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Shortlist Announced for LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences

00:00 - 11 October, 2013
Shortlist Announced for LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences , Team C. Image Courtesy of LSA / RIBA
Team C. Image Courtesy of LSA / RIBA

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have unveiled five shortlisted proposals for the new £90 million Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS) in London's Aldwych. The competition, which has attracted designs from the likes of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and OMA, will be the school's "biggest ever building project" and is set to "transform" the world-leading institution. Other entrants include Hopkins Architects, Grafton Architects, and Henegham Peng Architects. See the anonymous proposals after the break...

AD Classics: The Ford Foundation / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
© Ezra Stoller/Esto
© Ezra Stoller/Esto

Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo established their own practice in 1966, after heading the firm of Eero Saarinen for several years. The Ford Foundation Headquarters is regarded as the pair's first major success, a combination of Roche's unique ideals and Dinkeloo's innovative structural solutions. They introduced an office typology in which employee interaction extended beyond departments and levels, reaching even to the public. 

© KRJDA © KRJDA © KRJDA © Richard Anderson +16

Lucie Aubrac School / Laurens&Loustau Architectes

00:00 - 11 October, 2013
Lucie Aubrac School / Laurens&Loustau Architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toulouse, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Marc Laurens, Pierre Loustau
  • Design Team

    Joanne Pouzenc, Laurent Didier
  • Project Management

    OTCE Organisation
  • Construction

    GBMP
  • Building Contractor

    Ville de Toulouse
  • Area

    2425.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

House in Vila Boim / Intergaup

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
House in Vila Boim / Intergaup, Courtesy of Intergaup
Courtesy of Intergaup

Courtesy of Intergaup Courtesy of Intergaup Courtesy of Intergaup Courtesy of Intergaup +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Boim, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Vieira da Fonseca
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Intergaup

Urban Villa / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Urban Villa / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects, © Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg +20

Gelb House / Bruce Norelius Studio

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Gelb House / Bruce Norelius Studio, Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio
Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio

Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Builder

    Glynn Design Build
  • Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

    Tom KundigCollection : Earless Cabinet Pull
  • Lighting

    Birchwood Kelsey LED
  • Area

    1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2A

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2A, Illustration portraying Heliocentrism theory of Nicolaus Copernicus. Image Courtesy of Iryna1, Shutterstock.com
Illustration portraying Heliocentrism theory of Nicolaus Copernicus. Image Courtesy of Iryna1, Shutterstock.com

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theoryin a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter, part one of Chapter Two, outlines the scientific approach to architectural theory. If you missed them, make sure to read the introduction and Chapter One first.

In order to discuss any supposed contributions to architectural theory, it is necessary to define what architectural theory is. A theory in any discipline is a general framework that:

(1) explains observed phenomena; 

(2) predicts effects that appear under specific circumstances; and 

(3) enables one to create new situations that perform in a way predicted by the theory. 

In architecture, a theoretical framework ought to explain why buildings affect human beings in certain ways, and why some buildings are more successful than others, both in practical as well as in psychological and aesthetic terms. 

Stone Respect / Dom Arquitectura

01:00 - 10 October, 2013
© Victor Solis
© Victor Solis
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Carnota, España
  • Architect in charge

    Pablo Serrano Elorduy
  • Interior Designer

    Blanca Elorduy
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Victor Solis

© Victor Solis © Victor Solis © Victor Solis © Victor Solis +18

Nectar Restaurant / R79

01:00 - 10 October, 2013
© David Cervera
© David Cervera
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 32 334, Montes de Ame, 97115
  • Architect in Charge

    Roberto Ramirez Pizarro
  • Design Team

    Daniela Álvarez, Cristina Madera, Gerardo Trejo, Eduardo Vadillo
  • Area

    208.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera +19

Mirador Pocuro Building / SEARLE PUGA arquitectos

01:00 - 10 October, 2013
Mirador Pocuro Building / SEARLE PUGA arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Marcela Puga W., Juan Francisco Ossa B., Rodrigo Searle G.
  • Project Area

    3,518 sqm
  • Photographs

House in Buchupureo / Alvaro Ramírez + Clarisa Elton

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
House in Buchupureo / Alvaro Ramírez + Clarisa Elton, Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton
Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton

Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buchupureo, Cobquecura, Biobío Region, Chile
  • Project Area

    55.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton

Proar Clinic / Rafael Iglesia

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Proar Clinic / Rafael Iglesia, © Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto +8

  • Architects

    Rafael Iglesia
  • Location

    Avenida Italia, Rosario, Argentina
  • Team

    Arq. Pedro aybar, Arq. Pablo temporini, Arq.Guillermina iglesia, Franco comba
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photography

    Gustavo Frittegotto

Keep Talking Kanye: An Architect's Defense of Kanye West

01:00 - 10 October, 2013
Keep Talking Kanye: An Architect's Defense of Kanye West, Kanye West being interviewed by Zane Lowe for BBC One.
Kanye West being interviewed by Zane Lowe for BBC One.

I may be in the minority among my peers, but I want Kanye West to keep talking. Despite the many who despise, disparage or dismiss him—unwilling or unable to properly digest what he’s saying, consuming bite-sized quotes and late-night parodies instead of engaging him in intellectual discourse—I want him to keep talking.

As a black man and an architect (one of about 2,000 in this country who can claim membership to both those groups), I am particularly cognizant of the Truman Show wall that exists between architects and recognition, and between black architects and acceptance. West's recent interview with Zane Lowe administered reflections on design, architecture and the creative process in a dosage too high for most to swallow. I am tripping over myself with fear and excitement at the prospect of having such a powerful mouthpiece for a generation of black architects and designers who share his frustration and connect with his message.

Why? Because when Kanye West talks, people listen.