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AIA 2013: Citizen Architect

00:00 - 22 June, 2013
Cameron Sinclair at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver © ArchDaily
Cameron Sinclair at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver © ArchDaily

“When you build a beautiful building, people love it. And the most sustainable building in the world is the one that’s loved.” - Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity

Cameron Sinclair is a man who sustains his passion for helping improve the world, one project at a time, by tapping into the skilled enthusiasm of like-minded architects from all over the globe. Since co-founding of his non-profit organization with Kate Stohr in 1999, Sinclair and his interdisciplinary teams of citizen architects have provided shelter for more than two million people worldwide. 

Under his leadership, Architecture for Humanity’s infectious mantra has inspired thousands to join its cause every year, allowing the organization to expand at an unbelievable rate and become the exemplar of public interest design. Considering this, it is no surprise that Sinclair was selected to be the keynote speaker on day two of the 2013 AIA National Convention. 

As his speech continued the momentum of yesterday’s inaugural presentation, in which TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie shared his success story of “doing well by doing good,” Sinclair urged architects to hold close the true value of their profession. 

Learn what Cameron Sinclair believes to be the true value of architects after the break.

'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Competition Entry / H Architecture

01:00 - 22 June, 2013
'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Competition Entry / H Architecture, Courtesy of H Architecture
Courtesy of H Architecture

The Incubator Matrix: Live/Work/Play proposal for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition consists of a facility for a new industrial ecosystem to revitalize downtown Detroit. Designed by H Architecture, their design is a live/work station for high-tech start-up companies and creative young artists to continuously challenge each other and spark innovation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

+ node / UID Architects

01:00 - 22 June, 2013
+ node / UID Architects, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiroshima, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Keisuke Maeda
  • Area

    116.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of UID Architects

Courtesy of UID Architects © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +14

Hachioji Tree House / Airscape Architects Studio

01:00 - 22 June, 2013
Hachioji Tree House / Airscape Architects Studio, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +19

Video: IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects

00:00 - 22 June, 2013

Shigeru Ban Architects shared with us their timelapse video for their latest construction, the IE Paper Pavilion. Made up of 173 paper tubes, this temporary structure is located in the grounds of IE’s Madrid campus and will be used to host executive education events and other activities. The structural design is eminently efficient. It took only two weeks to build, is based on sustainability objectives, and there was a requirement that it be a temporary construction. For more information on the project, please visit here.

Rossend Montané School / GGG

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
Rossend Montané School / GGG, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sant Pere Molanta, Olèrdola, Spain
  • Architect In Charge

    Gustau Gili Galfetti
  • Area

    2791.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +15

Child School at Can Nebot / Rahola Vidal

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
© José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Eivissa, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Víctor Rahola Aguadé
  • Area

    512.0 m2
  • Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +10

Mixed-Use Building in Paris Winning Proposal / SOA Architectes

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
Mixed-Use Building in Paris Winning Proposal / SOA Architectes, Courtesy of SOA Architectes
Courtesy of SOA Architectes

Constructing on such a vast area in the very heart of Paris, where nothing has been built yet, calls for an encounter between the remote and the present. With the challenge to produce architectural continuity and convergence to determine the new architectural style of the site, this winning proposal by SOA Architectes aims to establish familiar ties with its environment. It is not only about unveiling what is already present in the urban unconscious of the Tolbiac district but also about inventing a new way of telling its story. More images and architects' description after the break.

Designers Don't Get Science (And That's A Dangerous Thing)

00:00 - 21 June, 2013
Designers Don't Get Science (And That's A Dangerous Thing), Santiago Calatrava's Bodegas Domecq. Image © v=L. Alberto Ramos
Santiago Calatrava's Bodegas Domecq. Image © v=L. Alberto Ramos

This article, by Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros, originally appeared in Metropolis Mag as "Science for Designers: The Meaning of Complexity." 

Today’s designers seem to love using new ideas coming from science. They embrace them as analogies, metaphors, and in a few cases, tools to generate startling new designs. (Computer algorithms and spline shapes are a good recent example of the latter.) But metaphors about the complexity of the city and its adaptive structures are not the same thing as the actual complexity of the city. The trouble is, this confusion can produce disastrous results. It can even contribute to the slow collapse of an entire civilization. We might think that the difference between metaphor and reality is so obvious that it’s hardly worth mentioning. And yet, such confusion pervades the design world today, and spreads from there into the general culture. It plays a key role in the delusional expectation that metaphors will create reality. 

Psychiatrists speak of this as an actual disorder known as “magical thinking”: if our symbols are good enough, then reality will follow. In the hands of designers, this is very dangerous stuff. 

More after the break...

Hameau de Plantoun / Agence Bernard Bühler

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
© Vincent Monthiers
© Vincent Monthiers

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers +12

Health Faculty of San Jorge University / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
Health Faculty of San Jorge University / Taller Básico de Arquitectura, © José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Universidad San Jorge, Autovía Mudéjar, km. 299, 50830 Villanueva de Gállego, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Pérez-Herreras, Francisco Javier Quintana De Uña
  • Design Team

    Edurne Pérez Díaz De Arcaya, David Santamaria Ozcoidi, Leire Zaldua Amundarain, Daniel Ruiz De Gordejuela Telleche, Irene Ajubita Díaz
  • Building Company

    San Jorge Ute
  • Building Engineer

    Carlos Munilla Orera
  • Area

    8853.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas +26

New Forest House / PAD studio

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
New Forest House / PAD studio, Courtesy of PAD Studio
Courtesy of PAD Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    New Forest National Park, UK
  • Project Architects

    Perring Architecture and Design
  • Design Team

    Wendy Perring, Darren Bray
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PAD Studio

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In Progress: The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
In Progress: The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ Leadenhall Building became the tallest building in the City of London when it topped out on June 18th. The 50 story tower opposite Lloyd’s of London rises to a height of 224.5 meters 802 feet), its slender form creating its own distinctive profile within an emerging cluster London. The building’s tapering profile is prompted by a requirement to respect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, in particular from Fleet Street. The building comprises a number of distinct architectural elements that provide clarity to the composition both as a whole and as a legible expression of its constituent parts. These elements include the primary stability structure, the ladder frame, the office floor plates, the northern support core, the external envelope and the public realm.

More images and video of The Leadenhall Building after the break...

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Courtesy of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

The condition for this proposal by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition is very unique and original since two distinct buildings, library and fine arts museum, should coexist in one site. For the architectural design that fulfills this exclusive condition, the architects applied the notion of "Taiji", the verity of yin and yang that has existed since the ancient era of Chinese history. In this new design, the spatial arrangement of library and art museum are planned to confront and interact at the same time, giving the positive effect to each other. More images and architects’ description after the break.

How to Start a Practice

00:00 - 21 June, 2013
How to Start a Practice

"Successful practices have launched in earlier recessions, and will do so in this one. It is wise, however, to be armed with as much knowledge as possible", concludes BD's most recent research paper "How to Start a Practice... and Keep it Running". The document, containing advice on every aspect of setting up a practice, from naming it to chasing late payments, aims to provide just that knowledge.

Read more about 'How to Start a Practice' (including how to get a 50% discount) after the break...

Saboten Beijing The 1st / Doyle Collection

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
© Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc
© Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc

© Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc +19

Winner of Concurso Centro Cultural Chapultepec / Javier Mosquera González

00:00 - 21 June, 2013
Winner of Concurso Centro Cultural Chapultepec / Javier Mosquera González, Courtesy of Javier Mosquera González
Courtesy of Javier Mosquera González

Designed by Javier Mosquera González, the Winner of the Contest for the Cultural Center of Chapultepec, pretends to act as a lighthouse of culture, including intermediate spaces, high rise gardens and a sequence of solid and filtered spaces.

House 1005 / Stephenson ISA Studio

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
House 1005 / Stephenson ISA Studio, Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio
Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

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