Selecting the most outstanding projects in sustainable construction from several thousand submissions will be the challenging task of more than fifty leading experts on sustainability. The jury members for the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition include architects Bjarke Ingels (Denmark), Keller Easterling (USA) and Michel Rojkind (Mexico) – all independent experts of international stature engaged in the sustainable development of society, building processes, construction materials, and building projects.
Entries in the USD 2 million competition are evaluated using five “target issues” to define sustainable construction. Three of these stem from the triple bottom line of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The two remaining issues pay homage to contextual and aesthetic impact, along with innovation and transferability. A series of five jury panels will meet in June/July 2011 in each of the five world regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
Architects: ADA – Atelier de Arquitectura
Location: Leça de Palmeira, Porto, Portugal
Main Architect: Jorge Teixeira
Project Manager: Alberto Dias Ribeiro
Main Contractor: Constexpert
Structural Engineering: EngiPortugal
Electrical Engineering: Apotema
Hidraulics Engineer: Luis Ferreira
Environmental Engineer: Engitek
Acoustics Concultant: Engitek
Project Area: 650 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
The Optic Garden functions as a sculpture on a traffic island celebrating the 2010 World Cup and marking one of the major routes to the inner-city match venues. The project was commissioned by the Johannesburg Development Agency as part of a citywide public art program leading up to the 2010 World Cup.
Be sure to take a look at the video, drawings, and photographs following the break.
Architects: 26’10 south Architects
Project Team: Anne Graupner, Thorsten Deckler, Stephen Reid, Carl Jacobs, Sue Groenewald
Artist: Maja Marx
Photographs: John Hodgkiss
Back on September we featured the Soumaya Museum designed by LAR + Fernando Romero. The museum will house a diverse collection of international painting, sculpture, and object art from the 14th century to the present, including the world’s second largest collection of Rodin sculptures.
Brazilian photographer Fran Parente shared with us some great photos taken in Mexico City. See them all after the break.
A passage from Susan Sontag’s groundbreaking book, On Photography haunts me:
A photograph is both a pseudo-presence and a token of absence. Like a wood fire in a room, photographs—especially those of people, of distant landscapes and faraway cities, of the vanished past—are incitements to reverie (p. 16).
This comes close to explaining my fascination with portraits. It is not necessarily the subject’s fame that draws me to these images. In fact, the portraits selected for this essay were chosen because they did not immediately communicate the aura of fame. They weren’t distorted by fame’s messy narrative.
Portraits of contemporary architects are so self-consciously calculated. Like cover art, they are created to communicate certain attitudes, like confidence, knowledge, and power, toward an audience. Both photographer and image-savvy architect-subject are aware of how to manipulate photography to greatest effect.
Portraiture in architecture has thus become celebrity photography. Everyone knows how to behave now, have for decades. When a superficial marketing intent tries to communicate the depth of a person it becomes difficult to trust the resulting image. There is a giant yawn between this premeditated intent and the clichéd pose that obscures the person in the frame.
Architects: ZGF Architects LLP
Location: Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
General Contractor: Sellen Construction
Developer: The Hammes Company
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Mechanical Engineer: CDi Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Coffman Engineers
Civil Engineer: DOWL Engineers
Landscape Architect: SiteWorkshop, Seattle
Owner, Medical Office Building: Frauenshuh Healthcare Real Estate Solutions
Project area: 250,000 sq. ft.
Photographs: Doug Scott
Parson’s New School of Design and the Dean’s Office present The Design and Existential Risk Lecture Series. The event will take place at the Kellen Auditorium at 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street in New York City, 6pm – 8pm. The lecture is open to the public, but be adviced that seating is limited. Annie Kown and Adriana Young of The New School GPIA, Crisis Networks along with Michael Chen and Jason Lee of Pratt School of Architecture, Crisis Fronts are scheduled to speak with Mathan Ratinam, who is Assistant Professors at Parsons SDS and Coordinator of the Humanitarian Design Platform.
The Design and Existential Risk Lectures are a series of conversation with leading thinkers, designers and educators who are critically questioning, through their practice and in their classrooms, the ways in which design thinking engages sustainability and human survival. The issues addressed include: energy availability, resource wars, emerging diseases, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and post-singularity systems collapse, and global catastrophic risks.
The lectures explore what design can do now and in the future to respond to these extreme existential planetary risks in near term, mid term, and long term time frames. Visit http://designexrisk.wordpress.com for more information.
Architects: Studio za arhitekturu d.o.o.
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Collaborators: Bernarda Silov, Morana Vlahović, Tajana Derenčinović Jelčić, Andreja Dodig, Petar Reić, Simona Sović Štos, Zorana Zdjelar
Contractor: Tehnika d.d.
Structure: Studio K d.o.o.
Mechanical Installations: Arhingtrade d.o.o.
Electrical Installations: Arhingtrade d.o.o.
Sewage and Water Supply: Arhingtrade d.o.o.
Fire protection: IB-inženjering Belobrajić d.o.o.
Acoustics: AVC d.o.o.
Project area: 18,000 sqm
Project year: 1999 – 2009
Photographs: Sandro Lendler, Filip Beusan, Jasenko Rasol, Studio HRG, Damir Fabijanic
Architects: Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Collaborator: Francesco Ugolotti
Engineer and Construction Manager: Antonio Pinto
Copper: Asa cobres e zinco, Sousa Alves
Metal Structure: Lisopatamar
Glass: Alves Glass
Client: Ministery of Culture of Portugal
Project Year: July-Sept 2010 (Construction Nov 2010)
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
The Smooth Building is located in a residential area called San Pedro Garza Garcia in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, a place of beauty with an excellent location that gives a gorgeous sight of the Sierra Madre Oriental at its South facade. The challenge of this project was to design an office and a house in the same lot taking advantage of the maximum space of every single area. For this reason it was necessary to mix the uses of house and office between the four levels, obtaining the best location for each space inside of the building.
Drawings and photographs of this project after the break.
Architects: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza
Location: Nuevo León, México
Project Team: Paula Campos Legorreta, Rodrigo Ambriz, Carlos Rubio Martinez
Mecanical Engineering: EA Ingeniería
Project Area: 1,100 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Czitrom