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IFSante / WONK architectes

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
IFSante / WONK architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue Nelson Mandela, 59160 Capinghem, France
  • Engineering

    Projex Ingénierie, Diagobat, Daniel Caucheteux
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +38

Light Matters: Seeing the Light with James Turrell

00:00 - 4 June, 2013
Light Matters: Seeing the Light with James Turrell, James Turrell: Roden Crater, East Portal. 2010. Photograph by Florian Holzherr, www.architekturfoto.net
James Turrell: Roden Crater, East Portal. 2010. Photograph by Florian Holzherr, www.architekturfoto.net

Light matters, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

From early nocturnal studies in a lonely hotel room to transforming a volcano in the world’s biggest landscape art project to, most recently, lighting up the Guggenheim in New York, the American artist James Turrell is driven by  his fascination with light. He explores perception for visual experiences where light is not a tool to enable vision but rather something to look at itself. 

More Light Matters, after the break…

James Turrell: Roden Crater, East Portal. 2010. Photograph by Florian Holzherr, www.architekturfoto.net James Turrell: Afrum I (White), 1967. Projected light, dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection, Gift 92.4175.  © James Turrell. Installation view: Singular Forms (sometimes repeated), Solomon R. Guggenheim. Museum, New York, March 5–May 19, 2004. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. James Turrell, American, born 1943. The Light Inside, 1999. Neon and ambient light. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum commission, gift of Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson. © James Turrell. James Turrell: Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © James Turrell. Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF. +10

Mar Surf Center of Somo / Javier Romero Soto Arquitecto

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
© Javier Azurmendi
© Javier Azurmendi

© Javier Azurmendi © Javier Azurmendi © Javier Azurmendi © Javier Azurmendi +40

Seascape House / Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
© Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa +18

Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Project Team

    Liu Lubin, Wang Lin, Weng Jia, Wang Xiaofeng, Wan Li, Liang YIfan, Zhao Ye
  • Constructor

    Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University CO.LTD Nanjing University Of Technology Advanced Engineering Composites Research Center
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin +25

Naegok V house / jhy architect & associates

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
© Kyung sub, Shin
© Kyung sub, Shin

© Kyung sub, Shin © Kyung sub, Shin © Kyung sub, Shin © Kyung sub, Shin +39

River Room / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
© Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chelmer, Brisbane, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Shaun Lockyer Architects
  • Design Team

    Jen Lambkin, Corinne Bolton
  • Area

    292.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +15

Calatrava to Build World's Most Expensive Transportation Hub

00:00 - 3 June, 2013
WTC © Joe Woolhead
WTC © Joe Woolhead

The World Trade Center Complex in Lower Manhattan is slowly progressing, now more than a decade after 9/11.  The Memorial was unveiled on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, while the Freedom Tower is well on its way to completion, proudly displaying the spire that was mounted just a few weeks ago.  The site still is - and will be for many years to come - a maddening array of construction equipment, scaffolding and cranes that are working busily at the various components of WTC's rebuilding.  Yet while all this development is moving forward, the cost of the construction is ballooning.  

According to an article in The Observer, the site now boasts one of the most expensive office buildings in the world - the Freedom Tower - and one of the most expensive parking garages in history - the Vehicle Security Center.  And to add to this grandiose display of New York City's perseverance over tragedy, Santiago Calatrava's Transit Hub - Port Authority's PATH station to New Jersey - has become an exceedingly controversial point of contention for its skyrocketing budget, now reported at $3.47 billion still two years away from completion.  This may be one of the most expensive transportation hubs in the world, considering that its passenger volume does not justify this expense as much as its location might.  

Join us after the break for more.

The Mapdwell Project: Determining Optimal Solar Power on Rooftops

00:00 - 3 June, 2013
The Mapdwell Project: Determining Optimal Solar Power on Rooftops, Screen Shot of Mapdwell Solar System Platform
Screen Shot of Mapdwell Solar System Platform

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort of researchers, academics, and professionals from MIT from a range of fields - design, building technology, engineering, environmental sciences, finance, and computer sciences - to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information of sustainable practices. 

The Sustainable Design Lab at MIT collaborated with design studio MoDE (Modern Development Studio), which designed the online viewer. 

The fundamental goal of Mapdwell is to deliver a tool that enables communities to make informed decisions about how to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyles through community awareness, and access to information about energy efficiency and smart development.

More details on this tool after the break.

SUE 006 Housing / Urban Platform

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
SUE 006 Housing / Urban Platform, © Marc Detiffe
© Marc Detiffe

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +20

Green Valley Project Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
Green Valley Project Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Just this past Thursday, schmidt hammer lassen architects, East China Architecture and Design Institute, and Shanghai Expo Construction Development Company celebrated the ground breaking for, and start of construction of, the new Green Valley project on the site of the former 2010 Shanghai Expo. Located immediately next to the iconic Chinese pavilion, the architects won the international competition to design this 50,000-square-meter project last year. This project aims to become a new central urban development in Shanghai, integrating new sustainable solutions in both the urban design and the individual buildings on the site. More images and architects' description after the break.

Brampton Soccer Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
Brampton Soccer Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +29

ASU Health Services Building / Lake|Flato Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
ASU Health Services Building / Lake|Flato Architects, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Health Service Building, 451 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
  • Architect of Record

    Orcutt Winslow
  • Area

    34500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Sports Hall Zehlendorfer Welle / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
Sports Hall Zehlendorfer Welle / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter +11

NP House / NoArq

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
© Arménio Teixeira
© Arménio Teixeira
  • Architects

  • Location

    Famalicão, Portugal
  • Author

    José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira
  • Area

    490.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Arménio Teixeira, Courtesy of NoArq

© Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira +32

Richard Rogers Joins Preservation Efforts for Preston Bus Station

00:00 - 3 June, 2013
Richard Rogers Joins Preservation Efforts for Preston Bus Station, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

As reported by BDOnline, Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has announced his support in the long-standing battle to save England’s Preston Bus Station from demolition. In a letter to the English Heritage, Rogers described the 1969 brutalist landmark as “truly a major modern building and an outstanding piece of 20th century architecture” that is in dire need of refurbishment. 

“Preston Bus Station is not only admired internationally, but it also continues to be fully functioning. It is a critical transport hub,” he stated. “I would encourage you to consider listing the bus station and support a much-needed refurbishment.”

Arxiu Històric Municipal D’Elx / Julio Sagasta + Fuster Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo
  • Architects

  • Location

    CV-8615, 03206 Elche, Alicante, Spain
  • Team Manager

    Julio Sagasta Sansano + Francisco Fuster Selva
  • Clients

    Ajuntament d’Elx + Conselleria de Cultura Generalitat Valenciana
  • Project Area

    2377.0 sqm
  • Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo +46

2014 AIA National Convention Call for Educational Proposals

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
2014 AIA National Convention Call for Educational Proposals, Courtesy of AIA
Courtesy of AIA

Change—both collectively as a profession and individually as architects—is essential in three critical areas: culture, community, and commitment. Architects have the power to influence a broader societal culture that appreciates architecture and understands the value of an architect. Reflecting the Institute’s repositioning to serve the needs of our diverse membership, education content is to be relevant and emphasize practical application to support the needs of all members of the profession, particularly our emerging professionals and small firm owners in the areas of leadership, management, project delivery, and technology.

With that being said, the AIA is inviting articulate subject matter experts who can engage and connect with the design community in support of the Institute’s repositioning to submit a proposal for an educational program at the AIA National Convention in Chicago. The convention will take place June 26-28, 2014 in Chicago. The Call for Submissions are due July 1. For more information, please visit here.