KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten were awarded first place in the international competition for the Qingdao Science and Technology City the company’s design for the approx. 600-hectare site in the north of the port city of China. The primary objective of the project was to create a sustainable urban living space for the 100.000 inhabitants, in which a high quality of life with ecological equilibrium is achieved. Come back after the break for more about this project.
Most design and building processes relay on pre-determination and accuracy, plus an efficient coordination of data input leading to a physical realization representing previously conceived ideas as closely as possible. Parametric and generative design add an extra element of “objective” formulae playing role of legitimizations of designer’s intentional design, while the choice of data pools, algorithms or auto-generative formulae is in fact another intentional element.
The new Pulpit Rock mountain lodge, the winning design competition entry in 2004, accommodates twenty-eight guest rooms, a café, a restaurant and a conference room. The lodge is situated at the trail-head leading up to The Pulpit Rock, the sheer cliff cantilevering over the Lysefjord.
Designed by Marc Fornes (THEVERYMANY), nonLin/Lin Pavilion is a prototype which engages in a series of architectural experiments referred to as text based morphologies. Part of the FRAC Centre permanent collection in Orleans, France the prototypes, beyond their visual perception of sculptural and formal qualities, are built forms developed through custom computational protocols. The parameters of these protocols are based on form finding (surface relaxation), form description (composition of developable linear elements), information modeling (re-assembly data), generational hierarchy (distributed networks), and digital fabrication (logistic of production).
A complete project description, photographs and drawings following the break.
The Mobile Hospital by Kukil Han is designed to provide immediate aid in hard hit disaster stricken areas. Conceptualizing a modularized container medical treatment center, Han’s Mobil Hospital can either function individually or as a larger modular unit. Deliverability of the units by ground or via helicopter if the situation calls for it, provides a shorter response time to emergency areas.
More renderings of the Mobile Hospital following the break.
Cecil Balmond of Balmond Studio and Charles Jencks have developed the winning design, Star of Caledonia, for the border crossing between England and Scotland at Gretna. Aiming for a 2014 completion date (just in time for the Commonwealth Games hosted in Glasgow) the design of this contemporary landmark sculpture will draw inspiration from Scotland’s scientific heritage and will feature a series of S-curves marking the cross of St. Andrew.
After perennial design and construction phase the congress center of the new city administration of Hangzhou, China is completed. The concept and design of the facade was made by Peter Ruge Architekten in collaboration with Prof Wang Xiaosong from DBH GmbH. Completed images of the facade and a brief description from the architects is available after the break.
The IAA library building, by Symbiosis Designs LTD, emerged out of a necessary garden meant to provide students with a fundamental epiphany shedding, enabling foresight and inviting them to contribute to humanity. “Legacy Garden” is a vast reflective pool with a river stone bed flooded with water only on the special occasion of graduation day.
Architects: Symbiosis Designs LTD
Location: Amman, Jordan
Project team: Khalid Nahhas, Husam Aldibis, Jawad Hamdan
Structural engineer: DIMCO
Mechanical engineer: Spectrum Mep. Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: Spectrum Mep. Consulting Engineers
Client: (IAA) The International Academy – Amman
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 4,200 sqm
Renderings and Photographs: Courtesy of Symbiosis Designs LTD
Ross Ching’s video takes a look at a car-free Los Angeles, something unimaginable for a city that is so automobile dependent. But last weekend people had no choice as the heavily traveled 405 was closed. Carmageddon as it was called was part of a $1 billion dollar reconstruction project, including installation of an HOV lane and upgrading of some on/off ramps. The 10 mile section of the freeway was anticipated to be closed for 53 hours from midnight on July 15th until 5am July 18th however the construction ended a bit earlier. Tshirts were sold, apps were produced, and viral videos were all part of the epic closure of the 405.