“From the point of view of Physycs, right now we don’t know what energy really is. We have no evidence that energy comes in small quantities, like drops. What we do know is that all matter is energy in repose and that energy is manifested in lots of forms that are interrelated by numerous mechanisms of conservation.”
Richard P. Feynman, Feynman lectures on physics 
We are all concerned about energy. But when trying to understand all the implications of the energy in our daily life, we rarely go beyond our spending on electricity bills. If you are an architect or engineer it is possible that you pay special attention to this subject while adapting your projects to current standards.
Architects: Atelier Feichang Jianzhu - Yung Ho CHANG
Location: Shanghai, China
Project architect: Liu Lubin
Project team: Wang Siuming, Liu Yang, Shi Chao, Qiu Yukui
Client: Shanghai Qingchen Real Estate Development Co., LTD.
Constructor: Zhejiang Shunjie Construction Group Co., LTD
Interior design: Li Weimin
Project area: 19,495 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2010
Photographs: Atelier Feichang Jianzhu
Imagine a vibrant, connected and green Kansas City region. Highlighting local communities, Imagine KC discuses how members of the community are working together to provide a more sustainable and vibrant place to live, work and play. Episode 2: Energy Efficiency and Conservation aired in January and is the latest of the 12 part series from Kansas City Public Television.
Tune in March 24th at 7:30 p.m. for Episode Three: Quality Places and Vibrant Centers. More information about Imagine KC following the break.
Curatorial practice as it emerged during the twentieth century is being extensively recast. The tremendous change in the status of the object, of culture, of the various disciplines, or information and education, implies an inevitable transformation of the curator’s role and competencies. A renewed interest for curatorial practice has recently emerged within the field of architecture.
The CCA is launching new curatorial opportunities: the Young Curators Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program.
Find our more about the programs at the CCA official website.
The Ghost Architectural Laboratory is the research facility of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited. It is an education initiative designed to promote the transfer of architectural knowledge through direct experience – project-based learning taught in the master-builder tradition – with emphasis on issues of landscape, material culture, and community. For two weeks every summer builders, students, engineers, architects, and professors converge on MacKay’s property to partake in a design/build intership. The one featured here is Ghost 7, the first permanent Ghost project.
Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited
Location: Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Project Team: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Peter Blackie
Structural: Campbell Coumeau
Builder: Gordon McLean, Warren Mcally
Project Area: 2,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: James Steeves
Here is a submission for the Spiretec 2011 Competition in Greater Noida, Delhi, India by young architect, Adham Selim and his team. Spiretec is a 62,750 square meter mixed use area that is part of an IT office complex, spread across approx 85,000 square meters of land; with a built potential of approx 1,75,000 square meters. The project is in Greater Noida in Delhi, India.
More on this project after the break.
The Lighthouse Christian School (LCS) was a beacon of goodwill even after a deluge washed away its pre-school in May 2010. Although few had lost more than the school community, LCS leaders hung a banner amid the ruins that read, “Southeast Nashville Recovery. How can we help?”
“At their time of greatest need, the LCS community was helping other flood victims rebuild their homes, so it was an easy decision, an honor actually, for us to give them a hand,” says architect John Abernathy, founding partner at DA|AD of Nashville. Abernathy and his firm were recruited to design and oversee the pre-school building’s resurrection, featured on the popular US TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
This project is located on a steep rocky waterfront parcel on the west shore of San Juan Island in Washington. An existing house was already on the accessible location; the only remaining spot for the Studio was on a rocky shelf above and behind the residence.
More on the Weaving Studio after the break.
Architect: Prentiss Architects
Location: San Juan Island, Washington, USA
Project Team: Geoff Prentiss, Kozo Nozawa
Structural Engineer: Perbix Bykonen
Builder: Lowe Construction
Project Size: 1,250 sqf
Photographs: Jay Goodrich and Prentiss Architects
We are sharing this with you in response to the Japan earthquake earlier today. Building earthquake resistant structures is an ongoing challenge and Japan is continually designing for and sensitive to its earthquake prone location. Their research includes the E-Defense Shake Table in Japan which is one of the most prominent shaking tables associated with earthquake engineering research.
Structures such as the Yokohama Landmark Tower utilize earthquake resistant techniques incorporating a flexible structure to absorb the force of earthquakes. Also a simple roller bearing technique is often integrated into a design, isolating the base of a building and providing protection of various building and non-building structures against potentially damaging lateral impacts of strong earthquakes. Sometimes this metallic bearing support is adapted to provide seismic isolation for skyscrapers and buildings on soft ground.
For more information on the workshop, you can contact Eyad Jumaa at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check some of the projects we’ve featured by Eric Owen Moss right here, and don’t miss the great interview he gave us in his office!
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is hosting an exhibition of Palladio’s drawings, giving new insight into the use of drawings as a tool to record, develop and disseminate his ideas. Curated by Guido Beltramini, in collaboration with Charles Hind, Palladio at Work will be on view in the museum’s Octogonal Gallery from March 3 to May 22, 2011.
More on the exihibition and on Andrea Palladio after the break.
The Maryhill Overlook, the only structure in the Sitings Project to be completed, lies on a bluff above the Columbia River Gorge within a vast landscape of barren grasslands marked by basalt scarps—a harsh environment exposed to extreme weather and dramatic swings of light.
Project description, images and drawings after the break.
Architect: Allied Works Architecture
Location: Goldendale, Washington, USA
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Corey Martin
Client: Maryhill Museum of Art
Project Year: 1998
Photographs: Courtesy of Allied Works Architecture