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Odintsovo 2020 Eco-City Proposal / de Architekten Cie.

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
Odintsovo 2020 Eco-City Proposal / de Architekten Cie., Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.
Courtesy of de Architekten Cie.

With the potential to become one of the most attractive cities in the greater Moscow region, the proposal by de Architekten Cie. for Odintsovo integrates dispersed urban fragments and the landscape into a harmonious whole. By injecting the iconographic urban fabric, cultivating existing greenery, enabling forest to penetrate to the center, forming green rooms, and greening (planting trees) on existing boulevards, the scale of the city is formatted on a human scale. More images and architects' description after the break.

4 Tips for a Lean, Mean CAD Team

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
4 Tips for a Lean, Mean CAD Team, © Gili Merin
© Gili Merin

This article, by Shaun Bryant, CAD consultant, comes to us via our friends at Autodesk’s Line//Shape//Space publication.

In my previous article, I mentioned that I had been a CAD manager in a past life and that there were many hats I used to wear. One of these hats was training manager for the CAD department. I was the guy who liaised with HR, organizing and budgeting for the training my CAD employees needed. The big question was, what sort of CAD training did they need? Did I send both permanent and agency (freelance) CAD employees to take the courses, or did I let the agency folks fend for themselves? No matter what, they are your CAD team and everyone should get the same training, but the agency guys should be careful of their tax position when accepting training from a client under contract. All of this has to be taken into account when you have a finite training budget to spend. 

But training on CAD software is imperative. Your CAD employees need to be the best on the software they use and not develop bad habits. They need the core training, plus the experience, plus supplemental training on new versions as they are released. (Each year in the case of Autodesk, right?)

Get the 4 Tips to Getting the Best CAD Team you can, after the break...

Study Reveals US States with Highest Pay, Most Equality

00:00 - 10 July, 2013
Study Reveals US States with Highest Pay, Most Equality, Surprisingly, Hawaii was revealed to have both a very high number of architects, and high levels of pay. Image via Shutterstock
Surprisingly, Hawaii was revealed to have both a very high number of architects, and high levels of pay. Image via Shutterstock

Figures released last month by the National Endowment for the Arts offer telling insight into the architecture profession across the US, with a helpful breakdown of the representation of various demographic groups.

The data, collected between 2006-2010, reports the number of architects in each state and their race, gender, age and income. The data reveals which states have the highest/lowest income, the best/worst gender discrepancies, and also offer insights into the average age and races of architects, per state. 

Read more about what the NEA statistics reveal after the break.

IXSIR Winery / Raed Abillama Architects

00:00 - 10 July, 2013
IXSIR  Winery / Raed Abillama Architects, Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects
Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Byblos, Lebanon
  • Area

    1848.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects

Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects Courtesy of Raed Abillama Architects +23

Shield House / Studio H:T

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
Shield House / Studio H:T, © Raul Garcia
© Raul Garcia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Denver, Colorado
  • Area

    3250.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia © Raul Garcia +15

AD Classics: The Plug-In City / Peter Cook, Archigram

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
AD Classics: The Plug-In City  / Peter Cook, Archigram , by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives
by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives

AD Classics presents you with great buildings of the past, providing inspiration and motivation for architects to design for the future. But why must inspiration only come from poured concrete and erected walls? For this edition of AD Classics, we share a work, the Plug-In City, by the avant-garde group Archigram. Though never built, their projects and ideas provoked  debates, combining architecture, technology and society; when Plug-In City was proposed in 1964, it offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism, reversing traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.  

More on this radical project after the break...

by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives +15

School complex in Rillieux-la-Pape / Tectoniques Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
School complex in Rillieux-la-Pape / Tectoniques Architects, © Renaud Araud
© Renaud Araud
  • Architects

  • Location

    45 Rue Fleury Salignat, 69140 Rillieux-la-Pape, France
  • Landscaping

    Itinéraire Bis
  • Wood structures

    Arborescence
  • Translator

    John Doherty
  • Area

    5034.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Renaud Araud © Renaud Araud © Renaud Araud © Renaud Araud +20

Passive House Hradec Králové / Echorost Architekti

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
Courtesy of Echorost Architekti
Courtesy of Echorost Architekti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
  • Authors

    Jiří Pavlíček, Jaroslav Hulín
  • General Contractor

    Asting CZ
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Echorost Architekti

Courtesy of Echorost Architekti Courtesy of Echorost Architekti Courtesy of Echorost Architekti Courtesy of Echorost Architekti +20

Spicebok Offices / Nendo

00:00 - 10 July, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +12

Gap House / Pitman Tozer

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
Gap House / Pitman Tozer, © Nick Kane
© Nick Kane
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bayswater, London, England, UK
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane +14

"Women In Architecture" Dollars, Hours Away From Reaching Campaign Goal

00:00 - 10 July, 2013
"Women In Architecture" Dollars, Hours Away From Reaching Campaign Goal, Courtesy of Metalocus.es
Courtesy of Metalocus.es

UPDATE: "WIA" has now reached its goal. A group of women fed up with the state of architecture today have started a campaign to transform the profession, to "redefine the ideas of success and compensation within our discipline [..., to create] healthful trends both within the academy and profession with real life/work balance [..., and] create more women leaders within the discipline." As they put it: "We want an approach appropriate to this century." The campaign, run by Nina Freedman, the Director of Projects for Shigeru Ban Architects, and Lori Brown, an architect, author and associate professor at Syracuse University, needs to earn only a few hundred dollars more to reach their $7,000 dollar goal. However, only 35 hours remain - if you're interested in learning more, check out their video here.

House At Zimmerberg Bottom / Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
House At Zimmerberg Bottom / Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, © Jürg Zimmermann
© Jürg Zimmermann

© Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann +21

Southlands Residence / DIALOG

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Southlands Residence / DIALOG, © Kristopher Grunert
© Kristopher Grunert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Principal-in-Charge

    Alan Boniface
  • Project Architect

    Vance Harris
  • Intern Architect

    Adrian Politano
  • Structural

    Equilibrium Consulting Inc
  • Landscape

    Hapa Collaborative
  • Geotechnical

    Horizon Engineering
  • Kitchen Design

    Modulnova
  • General Contractor

    Treeline Construction
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert +19

Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ilhavo, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    José Mateus, 
Nuno Mateus
  • Work Team

    Ricardo Guerreiro, Fábio Cortês, Ana Fontes, Baptiste Fleury, Luís Marques, Sofia Raposo, Sara Nieto, Héctor Bajo
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +33

School of Earth & Space Exploration / Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Center for Meteorite Studies, South McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
  • Executive Architects

    HDR Architecture, Inc
  • General Contractor

    SUNDT Construction
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +26

Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects / Jeanne Gang

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects / Jeanne Gang

From the Publisher. One of the foremost architects working today, Jeanne Gang is widely recognized for her innovative and independent practice. Studio Gang Architects confronts pressing contemporary issues and seeks to answer questions that exist locally but resound globally. The firm’s work is exemplified by recent projects such as the Aqua Tower in Chicago, an 82-story high-rise, which critic Paul Goldberger described as “reclaim[ing] the notion that thrilling and beautiful form can still emerge out of the realm of the practical.”

Sketching in the Digital Age: More Relevant than Ever?

00:00 - 9 July, 2013
Sketching in the Digital Age: More Relevant than Ever?, Courtesy of Arup Connect
Courtesy of Arup Connect

Our friends at Arup Connect spoke with Matt Williams, a leader of the façade engineering group in Arup’s Americas region and one serious sketcher, about the role of sketching in the digital age. The following interview, originally titled "To Sketch or Not to Sketch," discusses how sketching enables communication and how our over-reliance on technology isn't really as efficient as we may think. 

One of the things we’ve been trying to develop in the façades group is people who can relate to the architect, developing and responding to the key architectural requirements. Having come from an architectural background myself, historically there seems to be a bit of a conflict, if that’s the right word, between architects and engineers. There shouldn’t be, though. Everyone wants the same thing at the end of the day: a successful project.

Read the rest of the interview, after the break...

Alex Monroe Studio / DSDHA

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
© Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    37 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU, UK
  • Area

    310.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +10