'Up-Downtown' DawnTown's 2012 Competition Winning Installation

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
'Up-Downtown' DawnTown's 2012 Competition Winning Installation, Courtesy of HistoryMiami
Courtesy of HistoryMiami

Up-Downtown, the prize-winning installation in DawnTown's competition for the creation of a temporary installation on the theme of the “Evolution of Miami", is taken literally to present an interactive story of Miami’s rise. “A city is a complex machine, where everything is interconnected and any movement affects the other,” said Manuel Clavel-Rojo, co-creator of the Up-Downtown team. The installation, exhibited at HistoryMiami, features a 10’ x 10’ x 10’ box structure using steel for supports. A mirror sits at its base, with blue and pink neon lights representing the water’s edge and roadways, creating a perimeter of the downtown area. More images and information after the break.

The Debate Over Making It Right in the Lower Ninth Ward

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
The Debate Over Making It Right in the Lower Ninth Ward, The Float House / Morphosis, Make It RIght © Iwan Baan
The Float House / Morphosis, Make It RIght © Iwan Baan

Ever since the New Republic published Lydia DePillis's piece entitled "If you Rebuild it, They Might Not Come" - a criticism of the progress of Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation - numerous blogs and journals have been in a uproar, defending Make It Right's efforts at rebuilding the vastly devastated Lower Ninth Ward and presenting a much more forgiving perspective on the progress of the neighborhood since the engineering disaster that exacerbated the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  To date, 86 LEED Platinum homes have been designed and constructed by world-renowned architects including Frank Gehry and Morphosis, at a cost of approximately $24 million.  Make It Right has promised to build up to 150 such homes, but DePillis's article points out how amenities in the neighborhood are low and how the number of residents returning to the neighborhood is dwindling.  Make It Right has made a commitment and the debate that ensues questions whether it is going far enough in delivering its promise to rebuilding community.

Find out more after the break.

An Interview with Rocio Romero, Pre-Fab Pioneer

00:00 - 8 April, 2013
An Interview with Rocio Romero, Pre-Fab Pioneer, Rocio Romero in her LV home in Missouri. Image © Ashley Gieseking
Rocio Romero in her LV home in Missouri. Image © Ashley Gieseking

It's not everyday that Peter Goldberger, former New York Times architecture critic, says an architect's work stands out for its "clarity, simplicity, and grace.”

And it's even rarer that Goldberger would choose those words - not for a new museum, chapel, or university building - but for a small pre-fabricated house. However, the pre-fab homes of Rocio Romero are lightyears away from the Sears catalog homes of yore, and more than deserving of the high praise they've garnered.

Romero has been making headlines ever since she introduced the LV house, her line of affordable, modern pre-fabricated homes, over ten years ago. With pre-fab becoming everyday more mainstream, we decided to sit down with Romero to find out what inspired her to enter in the world of pre-fab, what sets her designs apart (and why they have garnered such a fervent following), and what she sees as the future of pre-fabricated design. 

Read the interview with Rocio Romero, after the break...

Tony's LVL House in Arizona. Image courtesy of Tony. The Original LV house in Laguna Verde Chile. Image © Julio Pereira Rocio Romero's LV House in Missouri. Image © Frank Di Piazza Siara and Oliver's LVL in Canada. Image courtesy of Oliver. +11

Roskilde Dome 2012 / Kristoffer Tejlgaard

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard
Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard
  • Architects

  • Location

    Roskilde, Denmark
  • Engineer

    Henrik Almegaard
  • Area

    148.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard

Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard +18

Ses Alzines / Javier Mantolán Seguí

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Ses Alzines / Javier Mantolán Seguí, Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí
Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí
  • Architects

  • Location

    Menorca island. Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Mantolán Seguí
  • Collaborators

    Lorenzo Seguí Triay
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Montserrat Jori Gomila
  • Main Contractor

    Construcciones Fernández Nájera, S.L.U.
  • Area

    28008.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí

Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí Courtesy of Javier Mantolán Seguí +35

INVERSION Installation at INTERNI Magazine’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition

00:00 - 8 April, 2013
INVERSION Installation at INTERNI Magazine’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition, © Chris McVoy
© Chris McVoy

As part of INTERNI’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition event, Steven Holl Architects will be opening their 'INVERSION' installation tomorrow, April 9th, in Milan. In addition, Steven Holl will deliver a lecture in the Aula Magna of the Università degli Studi di Milano at 10am. Shown in the Cortile 700 of the Università degli Studi di Milano, the installation features six void-cut, 21 million year old limestone blocks, which frame a sheet of water. The process, beginning with a 5”x7” watercolor sketch in New York City, which is transformed into a 3D file and then sent to Lecce, required no working drawings. More information on their installation after the break.

Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects, © Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh

© Ros Kavanagh © Aiden O'Reilly © Ros Kavanagh © Aiden O'Reilly +9

Municipal Leisure Center In Tordesillas / ENTREARQUITECTURA

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Municipal Leisure Center In Tordesillas / ENTREARQUITECTURA, Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA
Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA
  • Architects

  • Location

    47100 Tordesillas, Valladolid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Arias Madero, Susana Garrido Calvo
  • Construction Company

    CONTRATAS Y OBRAS ENRICAR S.L.
  • Area

    56825.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA

Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA +13

Municipalidad de Utebo Sports Center / Basilio Tobías

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Municipalidad de Utebo Sports Center / Basilio Tobías, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +17

Faculty of Cellular and Genetic Biology / Héctor Fernández Elorza

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Faculty of Cellular and Genetic Biology / Héctor Fernández Elorza, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano +18

City Point / COOKFOX

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
City Point / COOKFOX, © COOKFOX
© COOKFOX

City Point is a proposed 1.8 million square foot, multi-phase, mixed-use development designed by New York-based practice COOKFOX for the center of the rapidly transforming Downtown Brooklyn. The project will create an iconic presence by acting as a cornerstone for the Brooklyn skyline and establishing a critical mass of new growth. The three distinct phases of City Point encompass retail space, affordable and market-rate housing, office space and a market hall, which together create a strong base for growth and integration in the core of Brooklyn. City Point will foster a multi-use urban environment, connect subway commuters with green spaces, and create a vibrant heart in the downtown area.

More about City Point after the break...

2G House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
2G House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura , © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Team

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, María Sevilla, Carlos Flores
  • Engineering

    Jesús González Sáenz
  • Technical Supervision

    S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Gonzalo Taméz
  • Construction

    Gonzalo Taméz, Enrique López, Jesús Galván
  • Area

    350.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal +18

Maizières Music Conservatory / Dominique Coulon & Associés

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Maizières Music Conservatory  / Dominique Coulon & Associés, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
  • Architects

  • Location

    Maizieres-les-Metz, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Dominique Coulon
  • Project Directors

    Steve Letho Duclos, Sarah Brebbia
  • Project Architects

    Arnaud Eloudyi, Olivier Nicollas, Eun chu Park
  • Area

    3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Guillaume Wittmann © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons +46

C House / Sommet & Asociados

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking
© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking +21

The Prémont Lantern / DMG architecture + Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
The Prémont Lantern / DMG architecture + Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +20

Calvià Running Track / Niu Arquitectura

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
Calvià Running Track / Niu Arquitectura, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calvià, Mallorca, España
  • Project Architect

    Joan Cerdà Ripoll
  • Collaborators

    Tete Crespí Bennàssar, Manuel Garcia Ramis, Mireia Cabaní Massip, David Goodman, Javier Carrasco, Miquel Moll
  • Structural Design

    Bernat Rossinyol
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +33

88 Jerez Dwellings / Daroca Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
88 Jerez Dwellings / Daroca Arquitectos, © Jesus Granada
© Jesus Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Rey Juan Carlos I, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Project Architect

    José Luis Daroca Bruño
  • Building Engineer

    Roberto Ales Mendez
  • Construction Company

    COPISA
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Jesus Granada

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada +11

Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest

00:00 - 8 April, 2013
Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest, Rauh House / John Becker via Cincinnati Preservation Association
Rauh House / John Becker via Cincinnati Preservation Association

On April 24th and 25th, Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) will celebrate the gift and the restoration of the Frederick and Harriet Rauh House, designed by pioneering Cincinnati Modernist John Becker in Woodlawn, by hosting “Preserving Modern Architecture,” a two-day symposium at the house. In September 2011, CPA launched the restoration of the 1938 Rauh House with a festive celebration honoring Emily Rauh Pulitzer, donor of the house and funder of the work. A year later, the restoration of this pioneering International Style residence is complete.