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AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates, Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts © Jorge Salcedo / Shutterstock
Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts © Jorge Salcedo / Shutterstock

Kresge Auditorium, designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, was an experiment in architectural form and construction befitting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s focus on technology and innovation. This feat of sculptural engineering serves as a meeting house and is part of the cultural, social, and spiritual core of MIT’s campus. Kresge Auditorium is one of Saarinen’s numerous daring, egalitarian designs that captured the optimistic zeitgeist of Post-war America.

© Massachusetts Institute of Technology ©  Flickr user 庶民小文™ © Flickr user gomattolson Sections looking east and north +29

BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum

00:00 - 3 April, 2014
BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum, © BIG. Image Courtesy of National Building Museum
© BIG. Image Courtesy of National Building Museum

The National Building Museum (NBM) has announced that BIG has designed a 61x61 foot maze to be housed in the building's grand atrium from July 4th to September 1st of this year. According to the NBM's website, the labyrinth's Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze's periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center. From the core, then, visitors receive a view of the entire layout - and a better understanding of how to get back out.

According to Bjarke Ingels, "The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" Of course, those uninterested in the challenge of figuring out the maze can peek down on it from the Museum's second and third floors - but where would be the fun in that?

More images, diagrams and drawings after the break!

Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +27

  • Architect

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristóbal Fernández, Francisca Ruiz, Rodrigo O´ryan
  • Area

    120 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio, Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Varshavskoye Shosse, 28А, Moscow, Russia, 117186
  • Design Team

    Ruslan Aydarov, Anna Timofeeva, Irina Sigova
  • Area

    748.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects, © Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring +19

Split House / JVA

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Split House / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Asker, Norway
  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014

00:00 - 3 April, 2014
Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014, SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold
SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York have announced that Austin+Mergold have won “Folly 2014” – an annual competition among emerging architects to design and build a large-scale project for public exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City – with their project SuralArk, an installation that is "part ship, part house."

The annual “Folly” program strives to give emerging architects and designers the opportunity to build public projects that explore the boundaries between architecture and sculpture. This year's proposal beat out 171 submissions from 17 countries; it was selected by a jury made up of Chris Doyle, Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park; Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; Lisa Switkin, James Corner Field Operations; and Ada Tolla, LOT-EK.

SuralArk will open on May 11th through August 3rd. Learn more about the project after the break.

An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities, Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I'm interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I'm not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +26

Nine Bridges Country Club / Shigeru Ban Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Nine Bridges Country Club  / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Shigeru Ban Collaborator: KACI International, Inc.
  • Client

    CJ Group
  • Area

    20977.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Call for Submissions: Thresholds 43

00:00 - 2 April, 2014
Call for Submissions: Thresholds 43

Gasp! What provokes this reflex that leaves one short of breath? More than just a sudden turn of events, for discourse to move from gossip to scandal there have to be stakes. Reputations, profits, and history-by-the-winners are on the line. 

Summer house Grøgaard and Slaattelid / Knut Hjeltnes

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
Summer house Grøgaard and Slaattelid / Knut Hjeltnes, Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes
Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes

Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes +20

The Battle for the Skies Over London

00:00 - 2 April, 2014
The Battle for the Skies Over London, Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

In response to the recent study by New London Architecture, which found that there are currently over 230 tall buildings either planned or under construction in London, an argument is brewing over the UK capital's sudden, seemingly uncontrolled, growth. 

The most vocal reaction to all of this has come from Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, who has teamed up with the Architects' Journal to launch a campaign calling for more rigorous planning and public consultation when it comes to tall buildings. The campaign has support from 80 signatories, a list that reads like a 'who's who' of British architecture, including architects, planners, politicians, developers and artists as well as a range of civic societies.

Read on for more reaction to London's tall building boom.

B25 House / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
B25 House / PK Arkitektar, © Rafael Pinho
© Rafael Pinho

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Anja Schröter and Andrew Burgess
  • Consultants

    Conís Verkfræðiráðgjöf, Verkhönnun
  • Area

    457.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Kolmio+LIM / Yusuke Seki

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
Kolmio+LIM / Yusuke Seki , © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +16

Omenapuisto Day-Care-Center / Hakli Architects

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
Omenapuisto Day-Care-Center  / Hakli Architects, © Jussi Tiainen
© Jussi Tiainen

© Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen © Jussi Tiainen +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Helsinki, Finland
  • Architectural Design

    Seppo Häkli, Matti Tervonen
  • Area

    890.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

What If Dubai's Next Tower Were an Architecture School?

00:00 - 2 April, 2014
What If Dubai's Next Tower Were an Architecture School? , Courtesy of Evan Shieh, Ali Chen
Courtesy of Evan Shieh, Ali Chen

BLUE TAPE, the winning proposal of an international competition to design an Architecture School adjacent to the American University in Dubai, “is a vertical re-imagining of the typical architecture school typology.” Submitted by USC alumni Evan Shieh and Ali Chen, BLUE TAPE, which transforms a horizontal pin-up space into a vertical 'conceptual connector,' is inspired by USC's 'Blue Tape Reviews' (their method of pinning up work for design reviews).

First 3D Printed House to Be Built In Amsterdam

00:00 - 2 April, 2014

“The building industry is one of the most polluting and inefficient industries out there,” Hedwig Heinsman of Dus Architects tells The Guardian's Olly Wainwright, “With 3D-printing, there is zero waste, reduced transportation costs, and everything can be melted down and recycled. This could revolutionise how we make our cities.”

Working with another Dutch firm, UltimakerDus Architects have developed the KamerMaker (Room Maker), a 3D Printer big enough to print chunks of buildings, up to 2x2x3.5 meters high, out of hotmelt, a bio-plastic mix that's about 75% plant oil. The chunks can then be stacked and connected together like LEGO bricks, forming multi-story homes whose designs can be adapted according to users' needs/desires. For Dus' first project, they've taken as inspiration the Dutch canal house, replacing hand-laid bricks with, in Wainwright's words, "a faceted plastic facade, scripted by computer software."