The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture

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With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, and everything else. More information after the break.

Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects

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Architect of Record: Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects
Project Location: , Texas, USA
Project Team: Maurice Jennings, Walter Jennings, Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, David Pullium
Consultants: HP Engineering (MEP), Myers-Beatty Engineering (Structural)
Project Area: 1,080 square feet
Project Year: 2010
Photographs:  Walter Jennings

Busan Opera House Proposal / Nabito Arquitectura

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The new Busan Opera House, designed by Nabito Arquitectura, will put the city on the international map, allowing it to become part of the network of world renowned opera houses. As another node in the network, the I-Opera, the title of their project, will not only be integrated on an international level, but it will also serve as a landmark on the local level. It will be present in the collective memory of the people of Busan and also be a part of their daily life experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Win a copy of Blueprints of the Star Wars Galaxy

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Last week we presented you the book Blueprints of the Star Wars Galaxy, an amazing compilation of over 200 highly detailed architectural drawings created for all six films of the Saga.

The book will be limited to only 5,000 prints in english, and thanks to ArchDaily and Epic Ink Books you can win a copy!

To win this 35-pound book (priced at $500) all you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

Mark Magazine #33

We recently received the newest edition of Mark Magazine. Number 33 offers in depth looks of several  projects ArchDaily has previously featured such as: Sunset Chapel by BNKR Arquitectura, iGuzzini Illuminazione Spain Headquarters by MiAS Arquitectes, Villa Geldrop by Hofman Dujardin Architects, the 3D Athletics Track by SubarquitecturaHelicopter Building by Stephane Maupin & Nicolas HugonHouse in Nasu by Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & AssociatesHouse in Sunami by Kazunori FujimotoMerida Factory Youth Movement by Selgas CanoMetropol Parasol by J. Mayer H. ArchitectsInside House & Outside House by Takeshi Hosaka ArchitectsAtelier Tenjinyama by Ikimono Architects, and The Termite Pavilion by Rupert Soar. If you enjoyed these features you’ll want to pick up this copy of Mark. There are several more project featured and an interview with structural engineer Niccolo Baldassin who has worked with Frank Gehry, Tom Mayne, and Renzo Piano.

Summer Retreat / RRA

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Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA)
Location: , Norway
Project Area: 130 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

URBANbuild / Tulane University

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Check out a preview we spotted on PublicInterestDesign of Tulane University’s School of Architecture URBANbuild program, a total collaborative effort of “individuals, organizations, and businesses committed to revitalizing ’ rich cultural and architectural heritage.” Working with Professor Byron Mouton, Make It Right and Neighborhood Housing Services of , students have designed and built several LEED-certified homes such as 04 featured in the clip.  This particular residence is situated in Central City of and completely breaks with the traditional “shotgun homes” that line the streets.  The young homeowner, Tami, appreciates the students’ talents and abilities to go beyond what the neighborhood, and even the city, is comfortable with to create a new urban identity.  Challenged by Mouton to introduce new ideas, the students have created a beautiful residence that they can certainly be proud of and one that Tami loves   View her story and a bit of the project’s journey in the video.

University of Arizona Poetry Center / Line and Space

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Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: , Arizona
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 18,000SqFt
Contractor: Diversified Design and Construction
Structural Engineer: Turner Structural Engineering
Civil Engineer: Presidio Engineering
MEP Engineer: Kelly, Wright, and Associates
Electrical Engineer: R.A. Alcala & Associates
Landscape Architect: Design Collaborations
Photography: Robert Reck, Henry Tom, Jared Logue


Vienna Design Week 2011

The Vienna Design Week, now in its fifth year, is ’s most important international design festival. From 30 September – 9 October 2011, it will bring some of the best designers of our time to the Austrian capital while simultaneously fostering talents of tomorrow. The festival is diverse in content – comprising the areas of product design, industrial design, and furniture design.

With exhibitions, venue-specific installations, theme specials, talks, and of course plenty of opportunities to party and network, is an attraction not only for the international design scene. It most explicitly aims to appeal to a wide public audience in Vienna, including international guests: in cooperation with many partners – museums, institutions and companies – the whole city becomes a platform and a showcase for design. The does not have the character of a trade fair, but instead offers a variety of venues and approaches specific to Vienna. More information on the event after the break.

Busan Opera House Proposal / Task Architects

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Based in Egypt, young architecture firm Task Architects shared with us their proposal for the Opera House competition. With the largest port in the country, makes for one of the most important cities in Korea as the project is located in the newly developed area of the north port. Therefore, they wanted to create an Icon. A monument that would shift the vision of the locals and international visitors alike. The design would create new experiences for each visitor in order to be welcoming and inviting to become the city’s vision of future development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

RG House / Estudio Arquitectura Hago

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Architect: Estudio Arquitectura Hago
Location: ,
Quantity surveyor: Ángel Risco Ceniceros
Engineer: Estudio Sinergia
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 265,07 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Pesqueira Calvo, Estudio Arquitectura Hago

CCA 2011-2012 Exhibitions and Public Programs

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Among the exhibition highlights this coming fall at the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) is Imperfect Health, which premieres on October 25th, 2011 and will be on view until April 1st, 2012.

Imperfect Health, the latest in a series of thematic investigations produced by the CCA, examines how architects, urban and landscape designers are critically responding to society’s increasing concern with health issues. Presented in the main galleries of the CCA, the exhibition is curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator. More information on the events after the break.

AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger

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The Trellick Tower is an iconic structure located in west , England. It has gone through numerous phases of public perception, most notably its notorious nickname as the “Tower of Terror.” Designed as social housing for the local council, it features numerous unconventional design elements. Architect Erno Goldfinger, drew inspiration from the modernist principles of Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation for the tower’s dwelling units.  More details after the break.

Periscope / VW+BS

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Architects: VW+BS
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 700 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of VW+BS

“Unfinished Spaces” Portrays Vindicated Architects of Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools

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“Unfinished Spaces” is a critically acclaimed documentary about the ambitious design and construction of the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, or National Art School in Havana, Cuba in 1961, which was to feature schools of ballet, modern dance, music, drama and plastic arts. The university was the brain child of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara who wanted to establish a prestigious, cutting-edge arts university for the people of Cuba. The project was abandoned due to cut funding and ideological differences, but the three architects responsible for the design, Ricardo Porro,  and , were still excited when in March 1999 they were called to lay out a budget to preserve the languished schools.

Read on for more on the history of the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte and images of the campus.

Nettleton 195 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA
Location: , South Africa
Mechanical Engineers: Spoormaker & Partners
Electrical Engineers: MAC Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,005 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SOATA

Video: New York City Visualized Through Smart Shoes

based interaction designer Cooper Smith has created an amazing series of videos documenting pedestrian travel within Manhattan. By tracking the paths of 1000 Nike Plus (Nike’s new smart running shoe) runs, he was able to produce and distill a wide variety of data. The results are quite elegant in terms of graphics, and offer insight into the patterns of urban travel. For more videos visit Cooper’s website.

The Key to South Korea’s Future Growth

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After many years of political turmoil, has now gained enough economic stability to begin working on its goals of becoming the world’s next major international business hub. This stability has allowed large Korean companies to travel to foreign countries, constructing some of the tallest buildings in the world. Now, however, these companies are taking their designs to their own soil by strategically focusing on areas that will allow for the greatest opportunities for future development. One such area is the city of . More on this city’s development after the break.