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TEDx: Brian Healy Proposes to Reactivate Boston’s Harbor with Floating Communities

00:00 - 26 August, 2013

Responding to rising sea level predictions and elevated threats of coasting flooding, Perkins + Will design principle Brian Healy has proposed a replicable, floating residential community for Boston’s harbor: Floatyard. In this TEDx, Healy argues that not only would this radical proposal protect coastal housing investments, it could reengage Charlestown’s industrial harbor. In addition to this, Floatyard's architecture would incorporate solar energy and rainwater harvesting on its roof, as well as capitalize tidal energy from the mooring columns which anchor it. 

Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design, Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design
Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design

Factory No. 8 / OK Plan Architects

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Factory No. 8 / OK Plan Architects, Courtesy of OK Plan Architects
Courtesy of OK Plan Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Humpolec, Czech Republic
  • Project Team

    Luděk Rýzner, Marcela Susedíková
  • Area

    3119.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OK Plan Architects

Sandhill / Max Pritchard Architect

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Sandhill / Max Pritchard Architect, © Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

© Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sandhill, MS 39046, United States
  • Builder

    Holdfast Constructions
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Dance School in Oleiros / NAOS Arquitectura

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Dance School in Oleiros / NAOS Arquitectura, © Roi Alonso
© Roi Alonso

© Roi Alonso © Roi Alonso Courtesy of Ogmios Proyecto S.L. © Roi Alonso +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Valle Inclán, 24, 15172 Oleiros, A Coruña, Spain
  • Design Team

    Santiago González, Paula Costoya
  • Project Area

    1,035 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Roi Alonso, Courtesy of Ogmios Proyecto S.L.

Restorative Justice: An Interview with Deanna VanBuren

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
The Mediation Womb, a space "for restorative justice and peacemaking as a holistic model for change," designed by FORUM Design Studio. Image Courtesy of FOURM Design Studio
The Mediation Womb, a space "for restorative justice and peacemaking as a holistic model for change," designed by FORUM Design Studio. Image Courtesy of FOURM Design Studio

We've recently covered the topic of prison design on a number of occasions - more specifically the work of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, led by Raphael Sperry. ADPSR is campaigning to have the AIA forbid its members from designing prisons; however, we have previously questioned the effectiveness of this tactic, with other professionals, such as engineers, often willing to design prisons in the absence of architects. In another article on the topic, we suggested that the problem lies not with the ethics of architects, but with the US prison system itself.

This raised the question of how architects might actually change the system - are we stuck with the political landscape we are given, or are we capable of leveraging our expertise to make positive changes to society?

It turns out that Deanna VanBuren of FOURM Design Studio is doing exactly that. Through her designs, as well as workshops and events with the public and with prisoners, VanBuren is championing restorative justice: a form of incarceration centered around rehabilitation rather than punishment. We interviewed VanBuren to find out how she is encouraging people to accept restorative justice above punishment.

Read on after the break for the full interview.

High Line Co-Founders Awarded Vincent Scully Prize

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
High Line Co-Founders Awarded Vincent Scully Prize, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The National Building Museum has awarded the 15th Vincent Scully Prize to Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the founders of the High Line in New York. In 1999 the pair formed the non-profit organisation Friends of the High Line; this award recognizing their efforts in transforming the abandoned structure is the latest accolade for the internationally celebrated project. David and Hammond were also awarded the Jane Jacobs Medal in 2010.

Read more about the award and the High Line after the break.

Version Rubis Housing / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Version Rubis Housing / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue du Mondial 98, 34000 Montpellier, France
  • Structure Engineering firm

    André Verdier
  • Fluids Engineering firm

    ENR Concept
  • Acoustician

    Socotec
  • Certification

    BBC Effinergie
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Lateral House / Gaurav Roy Choudhury

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Lateral House / Gaurav Roy Choudhury, © Tina Nandi
© Tina Nandi

© Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Contractors

    LISA and Ravikumar, Plumbtech Engineers, ACHU P. Enterprises
  • Area

    3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Lee House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Lee House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio, © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto Feliz - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborators

    Carolina Castroviejo, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
  • Project Team

    Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Remodeling a house in Nou Barris / ARQUITECTURA-G

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
© José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Project Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +14

Food Supermarket with Additional Services International Competition

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Food Supermarket with Additional Services International Competition, Courtesy of Latvia Association of Architects
Courtesy of Latvia Association of Architects

The Latvia Association of Architects recently announced the launch of their international competition for the best concept of an architectural idea and architectonic solution for the object, 'Food Supermarket with Additional Services.' Construction of the food supermarket is primary foreseen in St. Petersburg or its' closest proximity. For this reason it is essential that competition participants take into consideration climate conditions of St. Petersburg while choosing relevant materials and developing technical and constructive solutions. Submissions are due no later than October 15.. For more information, please visit here.

The House Cast in Liquid Stone / SPASM Design Architects

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
The House Cast in Liquid Stone  / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Khopoli, Maharashtra, India
  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Mansoor Kudalkar, Gauri Satam, Lekha Gupta, Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Area

    638.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Gaga / Coordination Asia

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Gaga / Coordination Asia, © Diephotodesigner.De
© Diephotodesigner.De

© Diephotodesigner.De © Diephotodesigner.De © Diephotodesigner.De © Diephotodesigner.De +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Inspection Bungalow, Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685613, India
  • Partner

    Rito Communication Group
  • Area

    290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Architecture School Guide: Carnegie Mellon University

00:00 - 25 August, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Carnegie Mellon University, The Gates Center for Computer Science, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. Image © Timothy Hursley
The Gates Center for Computer Science, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. Image © Timothy Hursley

At Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, prospective students are likely to find a course of study that will interest them. The School’s newly revised undergraduate curriculum allows students to choose studios in their 4th and 5th year that concentrate on breadth or depth in the following topics of interest: Sustainable Design, Digital Design, Management and Critical Practice, Design/ Build, Urban Design, and Future Studios. For example, students interested in digital fabrication, computational design, and new materials may choose to concentrate in Digital Design. 

Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

01:00 - 25 August, 2013
Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, Courtesy of AIA Dallas KRob
Courtesy of AIA Dallas KRob

Known to be the longest running architectural drawing competition in the work, the 2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition, invites professionals and students to enter this exciting competition for an opportunity to win great prizes, gain recognition across the industry and open up new opportunities with the publication of their ‘Award Winning’ work. Organized by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects since 1974 and sponsored by Doghouse Computer Systems, the competition culminates in an award ceremony and event night with refreshments and a lecture by the jury panel on November 14th.

All entries must be of an architectural nature, and must be authored by one individual. Entries can be elevations, sections, or perspectives, and can be conceptual or final renderings. Exploration and innovation in unique techniques are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is October 28th. For more information, please visit the official website here.

Le Corbusier and Brutalism Exhibition

00:00 - 25 August, 2013
Le Corbusier and Brutalism Exhibition, I DREAMT, Le Corbusier, 1953, oil on canvas © Fondation Le Corbusier/ADAGP Paris 2013
I DREAMT, Le Corbusier, 1953, oil on canvas © Fondation Le Corbusier/ADAGP Paris 2013

Opening October 11th to mark the re-opening of the J1 Maritime Hangar, Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture, is presenting the Le Corbusier and Brutalism Exhibition in celebration of one of the most esteemed architects of the 20th century. The exhibition emphasizes the different facets of this unique artist-architect who along with his design work also pursued drawing, urbanism, painting, and sculpture.

Curated by Jacques Sbriglio, the renowned Marseille architect and realized in collaboration with the Fondation Le Corbusier, Le Corbusier and Brutalism covers the period from 1935 to 1965. It presents more than 250 of the architect’s works: 133 original blueprints, 54 drawings and sketches, 33 paintings, 14 sculptures, 10 enamels, 4 tapestries, and 19 architectural models, as well as close to 100 photographs taken at Le Corbusier’s building sites. The exhibition ends December 22. For more information, please visit here.

The Sustainable Initiatives Deconstructing Detroit

00:00 - 25 August, 2013
The Sustainable Initiatives Deconstructing Detroit, Image via Flickr. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Image via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons

As architects we generally see ourselves as providers of new buildings; we also often see architecture as a way to remedy social ills. For many architects, when presented with a social problem, we try to think of a design for a building which addresses it. But what happens when the problem itself is a surplus of buildings?

This is exactly the situation that Detroit finds itself in today. Thanks to the rapid decline in population since its heyday in the mid 20th Century, the City of Detroit is home to some 78,000 vacant structures. While politicians worldwide win public support by promising new construction and growth, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing proudly announced his plans to demolish 10,000 empty homes before the end of his term.

The process will be inherently wasteful. Fortunately, some are making the best of the situation, with sustainable initiatives that create jobs and economic benefits for residents. Read on after the break to find out how.