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HOf - Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition Entry / ETT Architecture

As the winner of ‘Environmental Quality Mention’, the proposed scheme for the HOf – Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition is conceived of an intricate weave of the ‘farm’ and the ‘dwelling’. Drawing from the traditional Indian courtyard typology, the project, designed by ETT Architecture, enables community living (and farming) through a modular, scalable model that offers residents the benefits of low purchase cost, flexibility to expand as per means, and the potential of skill development and employment through self-build. More images and architects’ description after the break.

David Adjaye Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture

Dror’s Radical Vision for a Net-Positive Island Community

© Dror
© Dror

The government of Turkey is considering the possibility of constructing a second canal in Istanbul that would result in carving out one billion cubic meters of soil from Turkey’s main land. In response, Turkish developer Serdar Inan has commissioned New York designer Dror Benshetrit to design a proposal that would reconstitute the soil into an innovative, net-positive community for 300,000 residents off the shore of Istanbul. Inan’s only wish is that the proposal blends “innovative design ideas, state of the art technology and cultural legacy with inspirations from the work of chief Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan”. After six months of exploratory, interdisciplinary discourse with a team of experts – such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Buro Happold, Shoji Sadao from Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects – Dror has unveiled his radical vision this weekend at Istanbul Design Week. Check it out after the break.

Foster + Partners break ground on Shanghai mixed-use centre

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has broke ground on the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, new dynamic mixed-use community centered on a four-hectare public park in the heart of Shanghai Hongqiao CBD. The large-scale urban plan that extends from Shanghai’s main station and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces. Continue after the break to learn more.

Feilden Clegg Bradley selected to renew Southbank Centre

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg

Today, the Southbank Centre announced its appointment of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) as lead architect to refurbish and renew the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex. The UK-practice beat OMA, Heneghan Peng, Allies & Morrison, Eric Parry, van Heyningen & Haward and Grimshaw Architects to the job (see shortlist here). A formal appointment will be made after the statutory 10-day standstill period in accordance with EU regulations. Rick Mather, Southbank Centre’s Masterplan Architect and a member of the selection panel, said: “We heard a huge amount of high quality and serious thinking demonstrating six quite different approaches to this part of the site. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s proposals won because they best understood the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex and how it can be enjoyed and used more effectively. I look forward to seeing their designs develop over the coming months.” Learn more after the break.

Architects in Conversation: Jeanne Gang + Paul Goldberger

Visionary architect, MacArthur Fellow and National Academician Jeanne Gang joins Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and architecture critic Paul Goldberger as part of the Academy’s annual Architects in Conversation series. Together they will discuss Studio Gang’s past, present, and future projects, as well as Gang’s role within the important architectural tradition of Chicago. The talk will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6:30pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets and for more information, please visit here.

The 4 Apps Every Architect Should Download Now

The results are in!

After publishing our 10 Best Apps For Architectsgetting your comments, and then polling your votes on Facebook, we are finally ready to introduce our new (and improved) list: The 4 Apps every architect should download now! And we mean now. Trust us.

Find out the 4 contenders who stood out from the pack (and a full list of other awesome Apps) – after the break…

Update: ABI September

via Calculated Risk
via Calculated Risk

We are happy to share on the beginning of this working week that the Architecture Billings Index has moved into positive territory for the first time in five months! The drastic three-point leap has launched the ABI to 50.2, up from last month’s 48.4, and the new project inquiry index moved to 57.2, up from mark of 56.3.  As we have reported previously, the ABI is our profession’s economic indicator and any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings.  Regionally, the South leads with 52.2, followed by the West with 51.2, Northeast at 45.5, and Midwest at 45.3.  In terms of architectural sectors, multi-family residential and institutional place above 50 while institutional, commercial/industrial, and mixed practice all remain above 46.  “Until the economy is on firmer ground, there aren’t likely to be strong increases in demand for design services,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “In the meantime, we can expect to see design activity alternate between modest growth and modest decline.” We hope this positive score will let your Monday be a little bit merrier.

Platform of Arts and Creativity / Pitagoras Arquitectos

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos Location: Guimarães, Portugal Design Team: Fernando Sá, Raul Roque, Alexandre Lima, Manuel Roque Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Jose Campos

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

Video: Sagrada Familia / Moment Factory

A huge creative and technical challenge was recently undertaken by Moment Factory. They were invited by the City of Barcelona and the City of Montreal to create the first sound and light spectacle to be projected on the complex façade of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This 15 minute-long multimedia show, using video mapping techniques and their X-Agora playback system, was presented within La Mercè Festival in Barcelona this weekend. The inspiration: to realize Antonio Gaudi’s dream. The architect wished for the façade to be full of colors.

Happy World Architecture Day!

From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons
From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons

World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of every October, was set up by the Union International des Architects (UIA) back in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat” (not coincidentally, today’s also the United Nations’ World Habitat Day). To mark this occasion, take a moment to consider the potential of architecture – and, indeed, socially-conscious architects – to transform the lives of human beings across the globe. If you need some inspiration, look back on the amazing Public Interest Design (PID) projects we’ve featured over the years – including dozens of Architecture for Humanity projects – as well as our PID infographic and editorial on the Inevitable Rise of Public Interest Design. It may be easy to forget in the daily grind, but take today to appreciate the great work you do, and the potential it has to better our world. Architects of the world – Enjoy your Day!

Street Seats Design Challenge

Design Museum Boston recently announced the call for entries for Street Seats Design Challenge — an international outdoor furniture design challenge that will culminate in new waterfront seating, an outdoor design exhibition, and a walking tour around the channel. The Fort Point Channel links the waterfronts of downtown and South Boston – the seam between the Financial District and the emerging Boston Innovation District. o=Open to local and international artists, designers, and enthusiasts, Street Seats falls into the stated goals for the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan, a 2002 vision to establish the Fort Point Channel as the next great (public) place in the City of Boston. Submissions are due no later than February 1. For more information, please visit here.

Zero Space & VIP Lounge / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga Lighting Consultant: Susaeta Prolighting Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

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Black on White / Parasite Studio

  • Architects: Parasite Studio
  • Location: Timisoara, Romania
  • Design Team: Attila Wenczel
  • Co-Authors: Claudiu Toma, Maja Baldea
  • Electrical Engineering: Electric Eye
  • Site Surface: 878
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Attila Wenczel

© Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel

Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau

Dental Bliss / Integrated Field Co.,Ltd

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