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Summer House / General Architecture

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
Summer House / General Architecture, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nannberga, Sweden
  • Project Architect

    Erik Persson
  • Design Team

    John Billberg, Fabian Blücher, Josef Eder, Olof Grip
  • Constructor

    Ingemar Johansson, Rita Bygg
  • Client

    Erik Persson
  • Area

    76.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson +21

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World's Most Expensive Construction Market

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
Hong Kong Tops Charts as World's Most Expensive Construction Market, Hong Kong © Flickr User Chris Lee. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Hong Kong © Flickr User Chris Lee. Used under Creative Commons

EC Harris’ 2013 International Construction Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative construction costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

'Conflict and Convergence: Urban informality in Latin America' Symposium

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
'Conflict and Convergence: Urban informality in Latin America' Symposium, Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Presented by the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the 'Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America' Symposium aims to explore how recent experiences in cities such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others, can serve as examples for multidisciplinary models to urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world. Taking place October 4th at 5:00pm until October 5th at 10:00am, the event will bring together participants representing a wide spectrum of disciplines and seeks to generate a conversation between professionals and academics to analyze the goals, methods, achievements and opportunities in Latin America. For more information, please visit here.

A Photographer's Journey Through Zumthor Valley

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
A Photographer's Journey Through Zumthor Valley, Courtesy of Felipe Camus
Courtesy of Felipe Camus

Our friend and architectural photographer Felipe Camus recently embarked on an architectural pilgrimage to the valley of the Rhein. Located in the Graubünden region in Switzerland, the valley boasts many of the seminal works of Pritzker Prize Laureate Peter Zumthor, all within a 60-kilometer radius. Born in Graubünden himself, Zumthor designed the works in relation to their location and time by paying special attention to details and materials. As a result, the works all present Zumthor’s unparalleled skills of craftsmanship and his uncompromising integrity. 

Join us for a special AD Architectural Mountain Guide, including a detailed map, photos and descriptions of Zumthor’s works, after the break….

Courtesy of Felipe Camus Courtesy of Felipe Camus Courtesy of Felipe Camus Courtesy of Felipe Camus +137

Vittra School Södermalm / Rosan Bosch

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
© Kim Wendt
© Kim Wendt

© Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt +24

Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto, © Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Mercaderes Kalea, 36, 31171 Asiáin, Navarre, Spain
  • Architect

    Iñigo Esparza
  • Collaborators

    Jesús Corera Gutierrez, Proinalsa Proyectos de Ingeniería
  • Builder

    Espacios Habitables Sagardoy Hnos, S.L.
  • Area

    157.59 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Berta Buzunariz

© Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz +22

Innovative Prototyping @ Dynamic Fields – Responsive Architecture Workshop Results

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
Innovative Prototyping @ Dynamic Fields – Responsive Architecture Workshop Results, Project 86. Image © Studio F64
Project 86. Image © Studio F64

The Innovative Prototyping @ Dynamic Fields – Responsive Architecture Workshop, which took place in Bucharest, Romania July 16-29, resulted in five innovative prototypes. The workshop was benefited by the presence of Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, founder of AA Design Research Lab London and one of the most important figures in the world of computational design. The workshop’s purpose was the understanding of how the advancement of digital technology is helping architects respond to the complexity of the environment surrounding them. The five prototypes (Turbillon, Interactive Field, Dynamic Muqarnas, Project 86 and Wind Mapper) are to be exposed in the near future at different fairs or events. More images and information after the break.

reSITE 2013: Collaborative Ideas For More Livable Cities, Workshop Results

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
reSITE 2013: Collaborative Ideas For More Livable Cities, Workshop Results, Courtesy of reSITE
Courtesy of reSITE

One of the most important parts of the second annual reSITE festival, which is aimed to change the city to a place suitable for life, was an international multidisciplinary workshop with students from all over the world.

The workshop, co-organized by a ARCHIP - Architectural Institute in Prague, was held from June 21st to 23rd. It was tutored by renowned expert Cecil Balmond from Balmond Studio. The workshop participants were selected by an international jury from a number of people from various fields - architects, designers, cultural managers, programmers, designers and representatives of other specializations, to create multidisciplinary teams. These teams of researches colaborated for three days on a design concept of the future mobile pavilion, which will become a distinguishing feature of the festival in the upcoming years.

Watch an interview with Cecil Balmond during the workshop, his complete lecture and the workshop results after the break.

The Controversy Regarding The Restoration of Eileen Gray's E-1027

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
The Controversy Regarding The Restoration of Eileen Gray's E-1027, Image via Flickr. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Image via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons

The Wall Street Journal recently detailed the complex history of E-1027, the house which Eileen Gray designed with her lover Jean Badovici in Southern France: from the murals which Le Corbusier painted on the walls (without Gray's permission) to the murder that happened there in 1996 to the restoration that has been going on for over a decade (a supposed "massacre" of the original). You can read the full article here.

Cabo House / Vanguarda Architects

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
Cabo House / Vanguarda Architects, Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects
Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Nordelta, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Alejandro Amoedo
  • Area

    452.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects

Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects +13

Autostadt Roof and Service Pavilion / Graft Architects

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
© Tobias Hein
© Tobias Hein
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stadtbrücke, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Graft Gesellschaft
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein +21

The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, ©  Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiang Ning Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
  • Associate in Charge

    Cai Chun Yan
  • Project Team

    Wang Yan, Guo Peng, Fu Ying
  • Graphic Team

    Christine Neri, Siwei Ren, Ivo Toplak
  • Product Team

    Brian Lo, Nicolas Fardet, Chen Xiaowen
  • Area

    495.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  Pedro Pegenaute ©  Pedro Pegenaute ©  Pedro Pegenaute ©  Pedro Pegenaute +9

Casa Altamira / Joan Puigcorbé

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
Casa Altamira / Joan Puigcorbé, Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé
Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica
  • Collaborator

    Carolina Pizarro
  • Area

    802.0 m2
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé

Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé Courtesy of Joan Puigcorbé +21

Screen House / K2LD Architects

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
© Patrick Bingham Hall
© Patrick Bingham Hall
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Project Team Members

    Ko Shiou Hee . Leong Lai Ping . Gan Ren Ying . Joseph Lee
  • Area

    590.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall +27

VIDEO: 40 Years On, The Lessons of PREVI

00:00 - 28 August, 2013

The students of the MSArch in Landscape and Urbanism program at Woodbury University in San Diego have shared this video on Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda (PREVI): a late 1960s social housing experiment in Lima, Peru, which, backed by the Peruvian government and the UN, involved the best social housing architects of the day.

The designs, part of the later, more humanist strain of modernism, were intended to allow families - who were used to holding complete control over the construction of their own homes - to appropriate the houses. However, they were also designed to imply how future construction might prevent the proliferation of chaos present in previous slums. The video asks how residents feel about their experimental homes today, questioning the success of this design strategy, 40 years after the project's completion. 

Find out more about the outcome of the PREVI experiment, after the break...

House in Greenwich / VOLPATOHATZ SA

01:00 - 28 August, 2013
© Richard Glover
© Richard Glover
  • Architects

  • Location

    Greenwich, Australia
  • Design Team

    Marco Volpato, Nicole Hatz, Axel Eichler, Frangiska Skiadas
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover +23

Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle, grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle
grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle

Designed by Buro AD and SPECTACLE for this year’s CityVision Competition, their Rio de Inverso proposal critically addresses the historically cyclical attempts by urban planners to impose order post ex-facto on Rio de Janeiro's informally created, complex and spatially rich urban fabric. With the theme of the competition ‘sick and wonder (wonder and disgust),’  the architects demonstrate how the city was the arena for a continuous struggle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Casa 45 / Alex Plana

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Casa 45 / Alex Plana, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +22