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Floating Barn Proposal / NRJA

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of NRJA
Courtesy of NRJA

Floating Barn is a lakeside residence designed for long Latvian summers. The two-story house features living spaces, a bathroom and a small deck on the first floor, and a sleeping area is located on the second floor. By using one material for both walls and roofs, a homogenous look is achieved. The pontoon base of the house features storage tanks for clean water, filtered graywater and fuel.

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The Wall House / FARM

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks
© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Team

    Tiah Nan Chyuan, Lee Hui Lian(FARM), Kurjanto Slamet (KD Architects)
  • Collaborators

    KD Architects, Locus Associates with Base6 and Terre Pte Ltd
  • Area

    1116.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks © Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks +25

Multipurpose Room for Pius XII Private School / Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Multipurpose Room for Pius XII Private School  / Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi, Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
  • Architects

    Laboratorio Urbano de Lima – Pablo Díaz Mora + Carmen Rivas Lombardi
  • Location

    Lima, Perú
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi

Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi Courtesy of Laboratorio Urbano de Lima + Carmen Rivas Lombardi +18

'Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments' Exhibition

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
'Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments' Exhibition, Courtesy of Renzo Piano Foundation
Courtesy of Renzo Piano Foundation

Taking place June 27 - August 2, Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Foundation and generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, 'Fragments' is an exhibition of more than thirty years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. More information on the exhibition after the break.

"Star" Architects: The Story of 4 Architects who Made It in Hollywood

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
"Star" Architects: The Story of 4 Architects who Made It in Hollywood, Courtesy of Erik Butka, Meagan Calnon & Kathryn Anthony
Courtesy of Erik Butka, Meagan Calnon & Kathryn Anthony

In recent years, high profile news outlets like The New York Times and CNN have featured architects’ struggles by citing the dire unemployment statistic of 13.9% for recent graduates, the highest of any college major.  Many architecture firms are still reluctant to hire new full-time members to their team, and all too often students and recent graduates remain without work. Since approximately 40% of architecture graduates pursue work outside of the architectural profession, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) currently reports 26,850 students enrolled in accredited architecture programs, we can assume that over the following years 10,000 students trained as architects will forge their own path in a variety of other occupations.  

One of the most creative, high profile fields that can offer an architect a wide range of positions is the film industry. And, in fact, those with architectural backgrounds have been making the transition into the filmmaking industry for decades.  Our timeline showcases a sample of those with an architectural education who have enjoyed enormous success in the filmmaking industry over the last 80 years as actors, set designers, or directors. 

You can read more about their stories (including how Jimmy Stewart went from architecture to acting), after the break...  

China Plans to Move 250 Million into Cities by 2025

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
China Plans to Move 250 Million into Cities by 2025, The old buildings under these high-rises in Chongqing have been marked for demolition. © Justin Jin for The New York Times
The old buildings under these high-rises in Chongqing have been marked for demolition. © Justin Jin for The New York Times

The Chinese government is pushing forward with a plan that will move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. The government has been bulldozing ancient villages, temples and open-air theaters as well as paving over farmland to make way for mega-cities that will raise the number of city-dwellers in China to nearly the total urban population of the US

To find out how and why this is happening, keep reading. 

Seeking: Designer for Stadium, No Experience Necessary

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
Seeking: Designer for Stadium, No Experience Necessary, Image via www.wbez.org
Image via www.wbez.org

Amid fears that an initial proposal for a DePaul University stadium wouldn’t adequately fit in its residential context, The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) seeks architects without experience in sports design to propose alternative designs. The MPEA hopes to draw top architects to the project, who, with their fresh-eyed approach, will then collaborate with specialized stadium designers later in the process. A similar approach to solicit proposals for a revamp of Navy Pier was used in 2011.

Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition, Courtesy of Linda Farrow + BOFFO
Courtesy of Linda Farrow + BOFFO

BOFFO, with eyewear brand Linda Farrow, just launched their latest Building Fashion competition which asks participants to design and build a temporary store in New York City for the iconic eyewear brand. Exploring the intersection of architecture and fashion through integrated store and exhibition design, a shipping container, near New York City's Meatpacking district, will be redesigned inside and out providing a unique glimpse into the work of vibrant and acclaimed designers. This third annual installation series aims to once again push the limits of temporary architecture and the language of retail design.

BOFFO Building Fashion will also showcase design installations that push the limits of temporary architecture and retail spaces through fashion and architecture collaborations. The installations will be open to the public December 4-24. The deadline for project submissions is July 14. For more information, please visit here. Check out their video after the break.

Love Architecture Festival 2013

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
Love Architecture Festival 2013, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

Architecture has a role in daily life. It is all the places and spaces we live and work in. It is the buildings, streets, squares and odd little corners that make up our daily environment. This year's Love Architecture Festival, put on by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), aims to celebrate architecture and engage the general public with architecture and the built environment - to reveal what makes great architecture, old and new. Taking place June 21-30 at various locations in the UK, typical events during the festival include exhibitions & films, walks & tours, family fun events, film screenings, and more. For more information on the events, please visit here.

Chungha Building / MVRDV

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Co-Architect & Project Management

    InC Design
  • Consultants

    Ain Construction, 1’st Structure, Total LED and M&S Ceramic
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +16

Condesa DF / JSª

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Condesa DF / JSª, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de México, México
  • Proyect Team

    Javier Sánchez, Jorge Ambrosi, Carlos Malagon, Giovanni F. Oteiza, Juan Carral, Mario Nájera, Julien Barnabé, Patricia Aceves
  • Interior Design

    IMH, India Mahdavi Hudson
  • Structure Design

    Colinas de Buen, S.A. de C.V.
  • Illumination

    Noriegga Iluminadores Arquitectónicos, Ricardo Noriega
  • Construction

    JSª/ Javier Sánchez
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2005
  • Photography

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +37

Self-Sufficient House / Pieter Brink

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Courtesy of Pieter Brink
Courtesy of Pieter Brink
  • Architects

  • Location

    Het Holtien, Dwingeloo, Nederland
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pieter Brink

Courtesy of Pieter Brink Courtesy of Pieter Brink Courtesy of Pieter Brink Courtesy of Pieter Brink +29

Alegria / Agence Bernard Bühler

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler
Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler

Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler +13

+ Pool Launches 'Tile by Tile' Kickstarter Campaign

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
+ Pool Launches 'Tile by Tile' Kickstarter Campaign, © Family, PlayLab
© Family, PlayLab

+ Pool, the ambitious project to float a public swimming pool in New York's East River, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund "Tile by Tile," what will be the largest crowdfunded civic project to date. Those who back the pool will be rewarded by having their name engraved on one of the pool's 70,000 tiles.

+ Pool will filter the river water to give users a clean, safe yet natural environment to swim in and provide space for all types of "swimmers, bathers and hanger-outers" in each of its four sections. The current campaign's primary aim is to fund an in-situ floating test lab which will, for the first time, prove the feasibility of filtering river water by testing various potential filtration systems.

Read more about the + Pool and the growing trend towards crowdfunding after the break...

Helsinki Central Library Winning Proposal / ALA Architects

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
Helsinki Central Library Winning Proposal / ALA Architects, © ALA Architects
© ALA Architects

ALA Architects have just won the design competition for the new Helsinki Central Library with their entry “Käännös”. Located in the heart of Helsinki, the 16,000 square meter library building will consist almost entirely of public spaces and will offer a wide selection of services. It will serve as the new central point for the city’s impressive public library network and is slated to open in 2018. More images and architects' description after the break.

British Council Launches Open Call for First Ever Exhibition of Antarctica Architecture

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
British Council Launches Open Call for First Ever Exhibition of Antarctica Architecture, Halley VI, Copyright A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey
Halley VI, Copyright A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

In order to illustrate the ingeniuity and innovation of contemporaray architecture, the British Council and curated by the Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica has declared an open call for an international touring exhibition that will feature architecture of Antarctica.  With one of the most extreme and desolate environments on the planet, the facilities must be laboratories and residences for scientists working in this distant terrain. The exhibition will feature five designs for Antarctica research stations: British Antarctic Survey's Halley VI by Hugh Broughton Architects; Princess Elisabeth Antarctic by International Polar Foundation; Bharati Research Station by bof Architekten / IMS; Jang Bogo Korea by Space Group; and the Iceberg Living Station by MAP Architects.

House in Madrid / A-cero

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
House in Madrid / A-cero, © Jacobo España
© Jacobo España
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Director

    Joaquín Torres
  • Architect Partner

    Rafael Llamazares
  • Area

    2840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jacobo España © Jacobo España © Jacobo España © Jacobo España +21

Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities Exhibition

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities Exhibition, © Chair Brillembourg & Klumpner, ETH Zurich + Iwan Baan
© Chair Brillembourg & Klumpner, ETH Zurich + Iwan Baan

Organized by ETH Zurich Department of Architecture and Urban Design, with Alfredo Billembroug & Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank, the 'Torre David - Informal Vertical Communities' exhibition is an adaptation and evolution of the installation on Torre David that was presented at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia, where it was awarded the Golden Lion. Taking place at Aedes Berlin from July 12-August 29, the Torre David project will be presented in an extended format and will include new research on the intersection between verticality and informal communities. More information on the exhibition after the break.