Interface “Reconnect Your Space” Competition Invites Designs for Humans’ Deep Seated Love of Nature

01:00 - 6 February, 2013

Some people love New York. Others fancy London, Sydney, or Hong Kong. While preferences for cities are split, science says that all of us may in fact be hard-wired to love the natural world. Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ: TILE), the world’s largest manufacturer, designer and marketer of carpet tiles, today launched a global competition named “Reconnect Your Space” that calls for architectural, interior or urban landscape design entries that put this affinity for nature, or biophilia, at the forefront.  Biophilic design incorporates natural elements into manmade environments in order to help people feel and perform better.   

Interface’s “Reconnect Your Space” competition invites architects, designers and students of these disciplines to submit their visions for how biophilia can influence the design of a new or existing space, either inside within built environments or outside in cities. One winning submission will be selected as the most unique, inspiring and purposeful way of reconnecting this space with nature. “Reconnect Your Space” is also intended to foster dialogue, spark ideas and pique global interest in biophilic design for working, playing and living.   

Harold Street Residence / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
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© John Gollings

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Mills Museum / Flores & Prats

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
  • Architects

  • Location

    Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Manuel Arguijo, Miquel Bouzas, Paola Vallini, Frank Stahl, Érica Checcucci, Armin Schmidt, Soledad Revuelto, Fabián Asunción, Cristina Treviño, Merlin Ellis, Ankur Jain, Michella Mezzavilla, Cristian Zanoni
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    1997
  • Photographs

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The Non Program Pavilion / Jesús Torres García • Architects

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
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Courtesy of Jesús Torres García

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Hillside Hall / LLB Architects

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
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© Burk & Jagger
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hillside Hall, 140 Campus Avenue, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI 02881, USA
  • Associate Architect

    Mackey Mitchell Architects
  • Landscape Architect

    Carol R. Johnson Associates
  • Structural Engineer

    Odeh Engineers
  • Contractor

    KBE Building Corporation
  • Area

    122725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Burk & Jagger

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University-driven Urban Economies Proposer, based on Brookings Institution Report

00:00 - 6 February, 2013

Think the best way to promote the economic and creative development of a city is to build stadiums and and shopping malls? Think again. In a recent article in the New York Times, Steve Lohr reveals the findings of a study from the Brookings Institution that looks into where and why specific cities emerge as hubs of creativity and innovation.  By studying the patent filings of the United States' 370 metropolitan areas, the study revealed that cities with the most innovation were centers of education and research.  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont.; Rochester, Minnesota; Corvallis, Oregon; and Boulder, Colorado topped the list as the "output of innovation.  Lohr suggests that this data can help promote policies that encourage urban development for economic feedback.

More after the break.

The Indicator: Christo is Over the River

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
© Jeanne-Claude and their team during a wind tunnel test for Over The River, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, April 1998 Scale of the fabric panels: 1 to 16.7 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1998 Christo
© Jeanne-Claude and their team during a wind tunnel test for Over The River, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, April 1998 Scale of the fabric panels: 1 to 16.7 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1998 Christo

In 1992, the artist, Christo, with his now late-wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, had a vision to suspend miles of silvery translucent fabric over the Arkansas River in Colorado. Would you expect anything less? 

Christo usually works at such massive geographic scales—land interventions that can be discerned by satellites passing overhead. Here his ambition stretches for 42 miles (67.6 km) of scenic river with no less than a total of 5.9 miles (9.5 km) of fabric suspended over the eight different sections of the river. 

The Curving House / JOHO Architecture

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
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© Sun Namgoong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jeonghoon LEE
  • Design Team

    Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho
  • Contractor

    Dong-jin Chea
  • Area

    140.57 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Sun Namgoong

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Foster Responds to Kimmelman’s “Offensive” Diatribe Regarding the New York Public Library

00:00 - 6 February, 2013
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

When applying “major surgery” to a beloved, 20th century “masterpiece”, you’re going to face some harsh criticism. Such is the case for Norman Foster, as the legendary British architect has been receiving intense backlash from New York’s toughest critics for his proposed renovation to the New York Public Library. First, the late Ada Louise Huxtable exclaimed, “You don’t “update” a masterpiece.” Now, the New York Time’s architecture critic Michael Kimmelman claims the design is “not worthy” of Foster and believes the rising budget to be suspect. 

More on Kimmelman's critique and Foster’s response after the break...

World Stage Design 2013 Festival: Sustainable Theatre Design Competition

23:00 - 5 February, 2013
Joe Clark, BFLS, RWCMD, view from Bute Park 10cms
Joe Clark, BFLS, RWCMD, view from Bute Park 10cms

Online application is now open for a competition to design a temporal sustainable theatre, to be built in Cardiff, as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. Open to students and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines, the winning design will be built in the courtyard of the Anthony Hopkins Centre and will be used as a major venue to house performances, presentations and seminars during the World Stage Design 2013 festival. The deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information, please visit here.

Towers and Flagship Hub Proposal / mæ

11:00 - 5 February, 2013
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Courtesy of mæ

architects recently announced that they were selected to design a ‘split-site’ elderly housing and healthcare hub project in Lisson Grove, Central London. Intended for City West Homes, on behalf of Westminster City Council, the housing scheme, which will be designed to HAPPI recommendations (Housing for an Aging Population Panel for Innovation), will bring contemporary, socially-orientated architecture to a deprived community which is desperately in need of re-invigoration. Construction is due to start at the end of 2013 and will be completed in two phases. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

03:00 - 5 February, 2013
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Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center dedicated to the development of graphene, helping the UK to remain at the forefront of the commercialization of this revolutionary material. The project will be housed within a compact 7,600m2 five-storey building, with the main cleanroom located on the lower ground floor to achieve best vibration performance.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Art Barn / Robert Young

01:00 - 5 February, 2013
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© Michael Moran
  • Architects

  • Location

    Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Young
  • Project Architect

    Aaron Cattani
  • Project Team

    Kiyomi Troemner, Jason Shannon, Eleanor Lee, Shea Murdock
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

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Final Preservation: What Cinema Has That Architecture Doesn't

00:00 - 5 February, 2013
Casa Malaparte, given new life by Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt. Image © Flickr User CC Sean Munson
Casa Malaparte, given new life by Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt. Image © Flickr User CC Sean Munson

This article comes courtesy of our friend and cenephile Charlotte Neilson, the author of the fascinating design blog Casting Architecture, which discusses architecture and production design. 

The life of a building - a few hundred years, if a building is lucky - is just a blip when compared to the billions of years required to shape the natural landscape. Even briefer is the work of a film maker: a pursuit created for momentary entertainment, which reaches completion in just a couple of hours. Strange then, that film has often stepped in to preserve buildings who have met an early demise.

While Architecture and Film have always had an uncomfortable relationship (be it the movie industry’s portrayal of modern buildings as cold and soulless - and usually associated with less than savory occupants or the stereotyping of Architects themselves as delicate, impractical types), the inclusion of a building in a feature film can often become an important part of a building’s story. And sometimes its last bastion.

More on Architecture preserved on Film, after the break...

Yacht House / Robin Monotti Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2013
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© Ioana Marinescu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Crimea, Ukraine
  • Design Team

    Robin Monotti Graziadei, Fannar Haraldsson
  • Structural Engineer

    Gennadiy Gyrushta
  • Main Contractor

    Igor Shutkin
  • Area

    875.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Ioana Marinescu

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SCAPE/Landscape Architecture Wins Competition for Lexington Masterplan

00:00 - 5 February, 2013
SCAPE's Masterplan for Lexington, Kentucky's Town Branch Commons. Image © SCAPE/Landscape Architecture
SCAPE's Masterplan for Lexington, Kentucky's Town Branch Commons. Image © SCAPE/Landscape Architecture

New York-based SCAPE/Landscape Architecture has beat out 4 national/international firms, including JDS Architects, to design a Masterplan for the Town Branch Commons, a two-mile linear stretch of green space that will connect the eastern and western sections of downtown LexingtonKentucky. The Competition has garnered attention for its interesting challenge: to bring the Town Branch Creek, a river which has been underground for over 100 years, to the surface. 

Jeff Fugate, President and COO of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, which sponsored the competition, noted that “The [five-person] jury had five excellent choices, but SCAPE clearly was above the competition.” Aaron Betsky, the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the jury chairman also explained the choice: “As a jury, we felt inspired and excited by the breath of the designers’ vision, while we felt confident that they would be able to implement their plan." 

Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE, notes that the firm is looking forward to working with the community to make the vision a reality: “SCAPE is so thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative to revive Town Branch, make new connections downtown, and improve the quality of life in Lexington. We’ve been inspired by the realities and conditions on the ground and by the potential of water to inform the design of new urban landscapes.”  

Find out more about the Masterplan, after the break... 

Lloyd Holiday House / Bonnifait + Giesen

01:00 - 5 February, 2013
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© John Girdlestone
  • Architects

    Bonnifait + Giesen
  • Location

    Kapiti, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Main Contractor

    Duncan Construction Ltd.
  • Property Owners

    Heather and Trevor Lloyd
  • Area

    140.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    John Girdlestone

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Kashi-Kobo Yodogawa / aoydesign

01:00 - 5 February, 2013
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Courtesy of aoydesign
  • Architects

  • Location

    Komatsu, Japan
  • Project Team

    Shigeo Aoyama, Yukiko Sumitani
  • Contractor

    Support Plus
  • Area

    39.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of aoydesign

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