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Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects, Courtesy of Nakahira Architects
Courtesy of Nakahira Architects

Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tsu, Mie, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masaru Nakahira
  • Store Design

    Shunji Watanabe
  • Area

    225.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Archibot to Print CAD Data "Error Free" onto Construction Sites

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Archibot to Print CAD Data "Error Free" onto Construction Sites, Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Han Seok Nam
Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Han Seok Nam

Archibot, a project currently being developed by South Korean architectural designer Han Seok Nam, aims to "revolutionize" how architects and contractors work on construction sites by printing digital CAD plans onto the ground "error free." Having recently been granted a patent, the robot seeks to avoid the human errors associated with interpreting information from construction documents. 

According to Nam, a contractor "will be able to grasp exactly where the door and the wall needs to be constructed by having the construction documents be printed directly onto the site without measurements. Errors will be easily detectable since the construction document can be directly compared to a life-size print out directly on the construction site." It would be "just like following a map and driving towards a destination."

See a video of the robot at work, after the break...

S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects , Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects +13

Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces, Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects
Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects

In honor of those celebrating Easter Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking places of worship from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. From vast, open halls, to intimate places of prayer and contemplation, these works are sure to spark your appreciation for divine architecture. See them in all their glory, after the break...

USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill © Balthazar Korab Church of the Light / Tadao Ando © Naoya Fujii    Holy Redeemer Church / Menis Arquitectos Saint Martin Church / Jean Dorian  © Fabrice Fouillet +15

Herzog & de Meuron Complete First Project in Brazil: Morro Arena

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron Complete First Project in Brazil: Morro Arena, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron. Exterior.
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron. Exterior.

This last Wednesday, April 9th, Herzog & de Meuron opened its first project in Brazil - Morro Arena - located in the city of Natal. With a capacity for 350 people, the arena features multipurpose rooms for dancing, classrooms, a terrace overlooking the sea, locker rooms and a sports court.

The project is the first finished part of a broader urban plan for the region developed by the Swiss Office in partnership with the Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição in 2009.

2014 Canadian Urban Design Award Winners

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
2014 Canadian Urban Design Award Winners, Jiigew - By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker
Jiigew - By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Urban Design Awards, a biennial competition recognizing projects that contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Canadian cities, were recently announced by the Royal Institute of Canada (RAIC), Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Eight individuals, organizations, and firms - including Perkins + Will for a masterplan in Edmonton - were recognized for their urban design efforts in categories such as Community Initiatives and Civic Design. For information and images on the winning entries, read on after the break.

House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +16

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +12

Easter Eggs Designed By Architects

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Egg by Marc Fornes & Theveryman. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt
Egg by Marc Fornes & Theveryman. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt

In honor of Easter Sunday, we decided to follow-up on the news of Faberge's Big Egg Hunt and round-up some of the Easter eggs designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Ling, Two One Two, and more.

Enjoy them all in the gallery after the break!

Egg by Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by Zaha Hadid. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by OVO / fourfoursixsix. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by David Ling. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt +10

Vídeo: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians

00:00 - 19 April, 2014

Well-designed, protected bike lanes are not only the desire for riders, but a necessity for cities to offer sustainable transport. Bikes sales are on the rise and it is imperative that cities meet the growing demand. As Portland-based planner Nick Falbo describes: "If your city is designed so that you may bike instead of drive, it would be a happier, healthier place to live." With that in mind, Falbo has revealed a systematic proposal that can make the intersections safer for bicyclists, cars and pedestrians.



Fours steps for safer crossings, after the break...

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure. 

These shopping "embassies" will be grouped along the mall axis in a manner resembling a traditional European neighborhood. At the same time, the roofs of the shops will be utilized as restaurant space, and will be connected to each other by elevated footbridges. This is intended to create a unique, multi-level promenade which the architects describe as "an exterior landscape that is air-conditioned and unified beneath the glass canopy of the mall."

Strasbourg School of Architecture / Marc Mimram

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Boulevard du Président Wilson, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +19

Boogertman Wins Competition to Design Educational Centre in Kenya's Karura Forest

00:00 - 19 April, 2014
Boogertman Wins Competition to Design Educational Centre in Kenya's Karura Forest, Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners
Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners

South African-based practice Boogertman + Partners has recently won a competition to design a new education centre for the Karura Forest Environmental Education Trust in Kenya's Karura Forest ReserveThe centre, situated on around fifteen acres of a former sports club, will be surrounded by the closed-canopy forest close to the Kenya Teachers Training College, the International Center for Research in Agro-forestry and the United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters

Located in the northern part of Nairobi County, bordering the Muthaiga, Gigiri and Runda residential areas, the centre will seek to educate people on the many species of plants, birds, insects and mammals to be found within Karura's diverse landscape.

American Standard / SPACE

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
American Standard / SPACE, via SPACE
via SPACE

via SPACE via SPACE via SPACE via SPACE +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Coyoacán, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Humberto Soto
  • Area

    1500.0 m2

Vision42 Design International Competition

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Vision42 Design International Competition

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. 

Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don't Add Up

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don't Add Up, Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru
Competition: Office Design for Startup, Singapore. 1st Prize: Cristian Traistaru, Romania. Image Courtesy of Cristian Traistaru

Originally posted on ArchNewsNow as "Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?", this article by Michael J Crosbie examines the furore around crowdsourcing websites such as Arcbazar, explaining why the criticisms against it just don't stack up.

A few weeks ago, ArchNewsNow carried an article from the Orange County Register about the increasing popularity of “crowdsourcing” architectural design. You might already be familiar with the crowdsourcing concept: using the Internet to gather solutions to virtually any problem or task from people all over the world. The idea has been used to generate solutions to provide clean drinking water in third-world countries, to creating entire websites such as Wikipedia. Such activities are generally regarded as “disruptive,” in the parlance of the moment, in that they offer alternative ways of achieving a result that has traditionally been accomplished through other means. (ArchNewsNow is “disruptive” in the sense that it offers an alternative outlet for architectural news that impacts the traditional architectural publishing world of print media.)

Read on to find out why this "disruptive" new trend is nothing to fear

La Salle Cuernavaca University Annex Building / GBF taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
La Salle Cuernavaca University Annex Building / GBF taller de arquitectura, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Sergio R. Salas, Francisco Ramírez Díaz, Pedro Estrada Herrera
  • Project Area

    2300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower, Aerial. Image © Luxigon
Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.