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House Liebmann / Daffonchio and Associates

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
House Liebmann / Daffonchio and Associates, Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates
Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates

Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates Courtesy of Daffonchio and Associates +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Principal Architect

    Enrico Daffonchio
  • Project Architect

    Leigh Maurtin

House In Iizuka / Rhythmdesign

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
House In Iizuka / Rhythmdesign, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Iizuka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kenichiro Ide
  • Design Team

    Kenichiro Ide, Mariko Shimada
  • Area

    69.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss "Time Space Existence" at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss "Time Space Existence" at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

The much anticipated Time Space Existence collateral event at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale brought together a diverse group of 100 architects from six continents in an "extraordinary combination." Summoned by the Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation, the exhibitions the architects were asked to produce documents current developments and thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts of Time, Space and Existence. Featuring well established architects next to lesser known practices, they all share a "dedication to architecture in the broadest sense of their profession."

Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects, Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects
Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at Anagram Architects, a New Delhi based architectural firm.

Led by Madhav Raman and Vaibhav Dimri, Anagram Architects is a growing studio that works in architecture, installation, urban design and material innovation. The firm is often experimental in nature, and each project is developed with a distinct, independent framework. Beyond architecture, Anagram Architects has also designed objects and installations with a strong, cohesive sense of material, detail and execution. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Gairole House: Volume and brick courses. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects Kindred House: Pergolas. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects 3D Model: SAHRDC. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects Vaansa: Under construction. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects +24

Syrian Refugee Camp Becoming Impromptu City

00:00 - 27 July, 2014
Syrian Refugee Camp Becoming Impromptu City, Aerial View of Zaatari Refugee Camp. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia
Aerial View of Zaatari Refugee Camp. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

As the Syrian civil war continues to rage, more and more Syrian citizens are emigrating across the border to refugee camps in Jordan.  While these camps were intended to be temporary, the sheer number of people they support and the uncertainty of when the Syrian crisis will end has leant them a sense of permanence.  This article from the New York Times takes a look at how Syrian refugees are prompting urban development and what this means for the future of refugee camp design.

Zuckerman Museum of Art / Stanley Beaman & Sears

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears
Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144, United States
  • Design Team

    Betsy Beaman, AIA, Steve Denton, RA, Clay Cameron, Josh le Francois, Brian Peterka, Brenda Dietz and Chris Bowles

Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears +17

Queen Street Residence / Tzannes Associates

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
© Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks +17

Jalisco Federal Judicial City / TACHER Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
© Mito Covarrubias
© Mito Covarrubias
  • Architects

  • Location

    Anillo Periférico Sur Manuel Gómez Morin, Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Project Architect

    Arq. Alberto Tacher, Arq. Sara Tamez, Arq. Oswin Guzmán
  • Design Team

    Arq. Daniel Zepeda, Arq. Mónica Rivera, Arq. Jessica Tirado.
  • Project Area

    149727.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Mito Covarrubias, Gerardo Cárdenas, Alejandro Fournier

© Gerardo Cárdenas © Gerardo Cárdenas © Gerardo Cárdenas © Gerardo Cárdenas +22

Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014, Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two parts of the installation strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders.

Presented by the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, the installation "takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue, and represents a quintessential product of topical international dialogue while at the same time offering its own unique interpretation of the dynamic between tradition and modernity." See images of the pavilion and enjoy a statement from the curators after the break.

Super Alloys / WAM Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Super Alloys / WAM Arquitectos, © Adrián Llaguno
© Adrián Llaguno

© Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    66350 Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Roberto Romero, Tania Coronado, Rocío González
  • Landscape Design

    Ecotono Urbano
  • Structures

    Eduardo Cristo
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

House Kamperland / Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
House Kamperland / Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Veere, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jacq. de Brouwer
  • Design Team

    Cees de Rooij, Kees Paulussen
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Le Meridien Zhengzhou / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Le Meridien Zhengzhou / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +16

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 6

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 6, Bagsværd Church, by Jørn Utzon, is commonly cited as an example of "Critical Regionalism." However, according to Salilngaros' Unified Architectural Theory, "Critical Regionalism" does not go far enough in removing architecture from the influence of Modernist principles. Image © Flickr User seier + seier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/
Bagsværd Church, by Jørn Utzon, is commonly cited as an example of "Critical Regionalism." However, according to Salilngaros' Unified Architectural Theory, "Critical Regionalism" does not go far enough in removing architecture from the influence of Modernist principles. Image © Flickr User seier + seier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter discusses the extent to which architecture can be considered successful, i.e. adaptive to its specific locality. Although recognizing the merits of “Critical Regionalism,” Salingaros here explains why that framework is not enough to analyze architecture in terms of its environmental, cultural and emotional impact. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Suppose that we have successfully documented and catalogued all form languages, including those from vernacular traditions, past times, and contemporary practice. A scientific approach requires the next step, which comprises both analysis and classification. A catalogue is a useful store of information, but it is only the beginning of a systematic study.

What do some form languages have in common, and on what qualities do some of them differ? One measure is their degree of complexity, as documented by the length of description of the form language. Another is adaptation to locality. How far does a form language justify itself as being regional? Here, regional is the opposite of universal. 

It is therefore useful to classify form languages by how much they adapt to a certain locality. If it does adapt, each language will, of course, adapt to its own specific locality: what we measure is how good that adaptation is. Success of adaptation is measured if buildings are energy efficient in the low-tech sense, so that the majority population can profit from them. By contrast, high-tech energy efficiency may be very useful, but it usually relies upon imported technology and materials, and is thus global, not regional. 

WAF Reveals Shortlist for Wood Excellence Award

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
WAF Reveals Shortlist for Wood Excellence Award, The Tent/ a21studio. Image Courtesy of a21 studio
The Tent/ a21studio. Image Courtesy of a21 studio

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the shortlist for its first Wood Excellence award, which will honor a project where wood is an integral part of the design. Out of over 40 projects considered, WAF has selected eight for the shortlist, including a21studio’s “The Tent” and “Salvaged Ring,” as well as DSDHA’s “Alex Monroe Studio” and the University of Hong Kong’s “The Pinch.” 

Competition Entry Proposes Colorful Duo of Museums for Budapest

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Competition Entry Proposes Colorful Duo of Museums for Budapest, Exterior of the Architecture Museum. Image © IaN+
Exterior of the Architecture Museum. Image © IaN+

Italian design firm IaN+ has put forth their vision for a pair of museums along the Dòzsa Gyorgy Boulevard in Budapest, Hungary for the Liget Budapest International Competition. Connected by a central foyer, the two exhibition spaces will be based on a common grid of structural concrete walls whose cells will form galleries. One of these museums will be devoted to photography, the other to architecture, and each building, while similar in appearance, is designed to best accommodate the work they will display.

Architecture Museum Exterior. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Exterior. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Gallery. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Circulation Space. Image © IaN+ +9

Sorocaba House / Estudio BRA arquitetura

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Sorocaba House / Estudio BRA arquitetura, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sorocaba, Brazil
  • Authors

    André Di Gregorio e Rodrigo Maçonilio
  • Project Area

    127.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Pedro Kok

Sufficiency – Inside the Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Sufficiency – Inside the Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Sufficiency. The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Sufficiency. The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale focuses on the idea of sufficiency, and its role in creating sustainable and modest architecture.

In a statement, one of the Pavilion curators, Lim Teng Ngiom, writes that “while sufficiency suggests a modest but adequate scale of living, it can be reduced to only the necessity required for survival extended on a personal or collective autonomy. On the precept of sustainability it can be measured by one’s carbon footprint, or in construction it can suggest minimum building footprint or optimum structure.”

To represent the idea of sufficiency, the curators chose to display works on collapsible pet cages, which have "just enough space for existence." Several of the pet cages are clamped together to form a suspended beam, creating a "fundamental component of architecture." Additional works are displayed on pet cages that are sitting on the floor. 

Enjoy photos from the Pavilion and a statement from the curators after the break…

ME House / Otta Albernaz Arquitetura

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
ME House / Otta Albernaz Arquitetura, © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz
© Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz

© Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz +29