Iwan Baan: 'The Way We Live' Exhibition

00:00 - 20 February, 2013
Tokyo #1, 2006, Digital C-Print, 54 x 36 inches (137.2 x 91.4 cm) / © Iwan Baan
Tokyo #1, 2006, Digital C-Print, 54 x 36 inches (137.2 x 91.4 cm) / © Iwan Baan

Opening tonight, February 20, at 6:00pm PST at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los AngelesIwan Baan's 'The Way We Live' exhibition features captivating large-scale images of urban, architectural, and home environments that capture Baan’s singular vision. Baan’s artistic practice examines how we live and interact with architecture, focusing on the human element, which brings buildings, intersections, and public gathering places to life. Running until April 13, this is Baan's first solo exhibition at the gallery. More information after the break.

Nordic Cool 2013 Forum Talk by Bjarke Ingels

00:00 - 20 February, 2013
Courtesy of The Kennedy Center
Courtesy of The Kennedy Center

As part of the Nordic Cool 2013 Forum: Designing Nature: Art & Architecture in Cities and Public Spaces exhibition, which is on now until March 17, Bjarke Ingels, the internationally acclaimed Danish architect and founder and principal of BIG, will give a forum talk on February 24. At this free event, located at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Ingels will share to the audience his views on development and challenges of sustainable design. Through a series of award-winning design projects, Bjarke and BIG have developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. More information after the break.

New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
Courtesy of Arkitema
Courtesy of Arkitema

Courtesy of Arkitema Courtesy of Arkitema Courtesy of Arkitema Courtesy of Arkitema +8

Extension of the IUFM school in Lyon / Atelier de la Passerelle

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
© Jérome Ricolleau
© Jérome Ricolleau

© Frenchie Christogratin © Frenchie Christogratin © Frenchie Christogratin © Jérome Ricolleau +10

City Green Court / Richard Meier & Partners

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Guillermo Murcia © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +11

Spectrum Residential Ensemble / Re-Act Now

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
© Andrei Margulescu
© Andrei Margulescu

© Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu +21

Why Pitting the Sexes Against Each Other Won't Close the Gender Gap

00:00 - 20 February, 2013

An article published in The Telegraph last week has been getting a lot of negative attention for its headline: “For safer, prettier cities pick a woman to build them.”

Oh dear. It’s certainly hard to get past that third word - prettier. The Globe and Mail lamented the word’s “sexist twinge.” A blogger for bricksandclicks suggested that the unflattering adjective “would never have headlined in an article about male architects.” And as Kristen Richards, the Editor-in-Chief of ArchNewsNow.com perfectly put it in her Newsletter: “‘prettier’?!!? this headline wins our groaner-of-the-year award.”

But, groan-worthiness aside, it seems rather unproductive to spend time poking at “pretty,” when the central thesis of the article is so darned sexist in itself - for women and men architects alike. 

Housing in Tres Cantos / R&AS

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
© Liven Photography
© Liven Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Ricardo Saldías Barreneche
  • Design Team

    Carlos Rubio Carvajal, Enrique Álvarez-Sala
  • Technical Architects

    Vicente Arenas Benitez, Pedro Valiente Bravo, Javier Sáenz Neira
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Liven Photography © Liven Photography © Liven Photography © Liven Photography +23

ABI Reports Six Consecutive Month of Growth and Best Conditions Since 2007

00:00 - 20 February, 2013
ABI January 2013 via Calculated Risk
ABI January 2013 via Calculated Risk

Reflecting the strongest growth since November 2007, the January Architecture Billings Index (ABI) surged to a score of 54.2 - a sharp and welcomed increase from December’s 51.2* mark. Released by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the ABI is a leading economic indicator of construction activity that reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. By remaining above 50, January’s score illustrates the six consecutive month of growth for the United State's design and construction industry. This trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon, as the new projects inquiry index accelerated beyond last month's reading of 57.9 and reached a score of 63.2.

“We have been pointing in this direction for the last several months, but this is the strongest indication that there will be an upturn in construction activity in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “But as we continue to hear about overall improving economic conditions and that there are more inquiries for new design projects in the marketplace, a continued reservation by lending institutions to supply financing for construction projects is preventing a more widespread recovery in the industry.”

Review the ABI Highlights in greater detail, after the break...

New Shoots Childrens Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects
Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Architect in Charge

    Phil Smith
  • Design Team

    Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
  • Structural Engineers

    McNaughton Consulting Engineers
  • Area

    650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects

Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects +16

Films & Architecture: "North by Northwest"

09:30 - 19 February, 2013

Our latest movie in our Films & Architecture series is another ’60s classic, this time by the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. In North by Northwest we see a New York in the heyday of its architectural glory, with one scene taking place at a newly constructed United Nations building. In fact, the last scene takes place in a “house” that, under Hitchcock’s instructions, was meant to seem designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (in reality, the house was just another set design). The film shows a variety of urban spaces, and puts special emphasis on the contrast between the densities of  urban and rural realms.

As always, enjoy and comment!

Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© Juliana Sohn
© Juliana Sohn
  • Architects

  • Location

    2450 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Dan Gallagher
  • Design Principals

    Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
  • Project Manager

    John Chow
  • Team

    Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn +6

El Solell School / Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • Location

    CEIP El Solell C/ Alberes s/n La Palma de Cervelló 08756 Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Glenda Puntel, Andrés Martínez de la Riva, Oriol Raventós
  • Structure

    Eskubi-Turró arquitectes
  • Installations

    K2 Consulting, Eduard Bou
  • Builder

    Construcciones Caler
  • Promotor

    Generalitat de Catalunya - GISA
  • Area

    3929.0 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +19

RIBBON / Komada Architects' Office

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© Toshihiro Sobajima
© Toshihiro Sobajima
  • Architects

  • Location

    Niigata-Shi, Niigata, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
  • Structural Engineering

    Yamabe Structural Office
  • Site Area

    160 sqm
  • Area

    172.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Toshihiro Sobajima

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima +16

House in Coiros / Bals Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
©  Héctor Santos-Díez
© Héctor Santos-Díez

©  Héctor Santos-Díez ©  Héctor Santos-Díez ©  Héctor Santos-Díez ©  Héctor Santos-Díez +20

Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L'Aquila

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© Marco Caselli Nirmal
© Marco Caselli Nirmal

From the architect. In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the four anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a Renzo Piano-designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of the medieval city. 

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

More after the break...

© Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal +24

SESCAM / FPC+BGT Estudio de Arquitectura

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toledo, Spain
  • Design Team

    Fernando Pardo Calvo, Bernardo García Tapia
  • Rigger

    R7 Consultores
  • Engineering

    NB-35
  • Installations

    INTEINCO
  • Collaborators

    Stefano Presi, Stefania Albiero, David Marsinyach Ros ,Elena Castillo Viguri
  • Budget

    21,919,828.74 €
  • Client

    Consejería de Sanidad de la Junta de Comunidades de Castilla
  • Area

    20283.57 sqm
  • Year

    2009
  • Photography

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +18

AADD House / Helder de Carvalho

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +20