The 'World's Greenest Commercial' Building Opens in Seattle Today

00:00 - 22 April, 2013
Courtesy of Bullitt Center
Courtesy of Bullitt Center

The Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000 square foot office building in Seattle that aspires to be the world's greenest commercial building, opens its doors to the public today on Earth Day. This $30 million "living laboratory," designed by Miller Hull Partnership, distinguishes itself from other sustainable projects with its composting toilets, the exclusion of 350 common toxic chemicals - including PVC, lead, mercury, phthalates, BPA and formaldehyde - along with a strict energy and water budget that aims for self-sufficiency under the Living Building Challenge. The environmentally-conscious Bullitt Foundation hopes that the new center will demonstrate that carbon-neutral office space can be "commercially viable and aesthetically stunning," a series of systems that can be easily copied elsewhere without being overly demanding in upkeep.

Read more about the Bullitt Center after the break...

4 Dwellings in Cantón de Santa María / Patxi Cortazar

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
4 Dwellings in Cantón de Santa María  / Patxi Cortazar, © César San Millán
© César San Millán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Maria Kantoia, 2, 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    José Ramón Hurtado Mendoza
  • Client

    Comunidad de Propietarios
  • Construction

    Nasipa S.L.
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photography

    César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán +17

Beijiao Sports Center / Decode Urbanism Office

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Beijiao Sports Center / Decode Urbanism Office, Courtesy of Decode Urbanism Office
Courtesy of Decode Urbanism Office

The main purpose of Beijiao Sports Center is to serve the surrounding neighbourhoods, thus it was extremely important to design it as a multi-functional and friendly place. The typical image of traditional sports architecture is abandoned, in place for an activity space full of energy during or after sports events, both day and night. The intent of the architecture is to create a community space for activity, one that enlivens its immediate vicinities. 

Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Courtesy of Flickr user Aquarela 08
Courtesy of Flickr user Aquarela 08
  • Architects

  • Area

    37000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    1960
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Flickr user Aquarela 08, Courtesy of Viajeros.com, Courtesy of Flickr user padawan72, Courtesy of Flickr user mexinco, Courtesy of Flickr user David_Fernando, Courtesy of Flickr user ChezMig, Courtesy of Flickr user karoAlfaro

Courtesy of Flickr user Aquarela 08 Courtesy of Viajeros.com Courtesy of Flickr user padawan72 Courtesy of Flickr user mexinco +11

Bekaert Office Building / BURO II & ARCHI+I + Sileghem & Partners

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Bekaert Office Building / BURO II & ARCHI+I + Sileghem & Partners, © Klaas Verdru
© Klaas Verdru
  • Architects

  • Location

    Esserstraat 8550 Zwevegem, Belgium
  • Project Director & Project Architect

    Ir. arch. Michel Van der Beken
  • Design Architect

    Arch. Steven Vanwildemeerch
  • Interior Architect

    Int.arch. Bart Decloedt
  • Area

    7224.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru +20

Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces

00:00 - 21 April, 2013
Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces, Courtesy of Flickr user Chrissy Olson
Courtesy of Flickr user Chrissy Olson

In 2011, UN-HABITAT and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) signed a 5-year cooperative agreement to aspire to raise international awareness of the importance of public space in cities, to foster a lively exchange of ideas among partners and to educate a new generation of planners, designers, community activists and other civic leaders about the benefits of what they call the "Placemaking methodology." Their partnership is helping to advance the development of cities where people of all income groups, social classes and ages can live safely, happily and in economic security and in order to reach these ambitious goals, the duo recently released 10 informative steps that cities and communities can take to improve the quality of their public spaces.

To find out what these steps are, read on!

"If you Build It, Will They Come?" - The Architecture Foundation Discusses Cultural Centers' Impact on Cities

01:00 - 21 April, 2013

'Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation' Exhibition

00:00 - 21 April, 2013
'Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation' Exhibition, Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Taking place now until June 30 at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the 'Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation' exhibition pays tribute to Saarinen’s brief yet brilliant career, in which he designed numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including recognizable icons like the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, and Dulles Airport in Washington DC. Also breaking new ground by shedding light on a little known chapter of Saarinen’s secret professional life during World War II, the exhibit highlights the architect’s work and a study of the design principles he followed. For more information, please visit here.

Puche Houses / Juan Alberto Morillas Martín + José María García Ramírez + Francisco Salvador Granados

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Puche Houses / Juan Alberto Morillas Martín + José María García Ramírez + Francisco Salvador Granados, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +34

S Mahal House / Moon Hoon

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
© Kim Yong Kwan
© Kim Yong Kwan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Moon Hoon
  • Design Team

    Kim Suki, Lee Kyong Ho, Kam dong ho, Park Jung Mok
  • Area

    14712.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan +39

Green Square Library Competition Entry / ASPECT Studios

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Green Square Library Competition Entry / ASPECT Studios, Courtesy of ASPECT Studios
Courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Part park, part urban square and part garden, the public realm of the Green Square Library proposal is a unique landscape offering to this new urban community and is an exemplar of contemporary community public space design and place making. Designed by ASPECT Studios, the public realm is designed to integrate with the program of the library building and facilitate a richness of public experiences and moods by changing scales and tempos. More images and architects' description after the break.

San Jerónimo Hospital Refurbishment / SV60 Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
San Jerónimo Hospital Refurbishment / SV60 Arquitectos, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Milagrosa, 1, 41620 Marchena, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Antonio González Cordon
  • Area

    1784.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +23

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions, Courtesy of Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions
Courtesy of Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions

Designed by Taller 301 and Land+Civilization Compositions, their main idea for the Central Mosque of Pristina is to re-interpret the elements that constitute the Mosque, without pushing the limits of the already established principles of Islamic Architecture. Located in Kosovo, a country rich in tradition and has confronted tough issues in recent years, the project intends to look back, and to see the way forward. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Instant House @ School Competition

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Instant House @ School Competition, Courtesy of MADE Expo 2013 & Federlegno Arredo
Courtesy of MADE Expo 2013 & Federlegno Arredo

On the occasion of MADE expo Milano Architettura Design Edilizia, set to take place at the Milan Fairgrounds at the beginning of October, Federlegno Arredo S.r.l. is promoting the Instant House @ School competition to find the most novel projects for residential cityscapes and urban society. With the focus on kindergartens or nursery schools, and open to Italians and non-Italians who are studying or have studied architecture, engineering and industrial design, the compeition asks for architectural ideas relating to the many ways that children perceive and interpret the world around them through the multi-sensory experience of space and architecture. The deadline for entries is June 3. For more information, and for the complete competition brief, please visit here.

Bitxo House / Lagula Arquitectes

01:00 - 21 April, 2013
Bitxo House / Lagula Arquitectes, © Adria Goulà
© Adria Goulà
  • Architects

    Lagula Arquitectes
  • Location

    Estany de Graugés, 08610, Barcelona, Spain
  • Client

    Queralt Sales, Xavier Planas
  • Project Architects

    Lagula Arquitectes SLP, Toni Alonso, Martín Ezquerro, Ignacio López, Manel Morante y Marc Zaballa
  • Collaborators

    Eduard Reus, structures; Jordi Culell, engineer
  • Area

    412.0 m2
  • Photography

© Adria Goulà © Adria Goulà © Adria Goulà © Adria Goulà +15

Woodskin: The Flexible Timber Skin

00:00 - 21 April, 2013
Courtesy of MammaFotogramma
Courtesy of MammaFotogramma

Have you ever wanted to create delicate, complex shapes from plywood, but can't because it's too stiff and unforgiving? Well all that might soon change, thanks to Milan-based design studio MammaFotogramma. They have created a type of flexible, 'Woodskin' triangular tiles of russian plywood.

Read more about Woodskin after the break...

Crafting the Interview 4.0 Event

00:00 - 20 April, 2013
Crafting the Interview 4.0 Event, Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

Now in it's 4th year, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NYCOBA) announced their Crafting the Interview event for graduating college students and young professionals seeking feedback on their portfolio. A panel presentation will provide information about the job searching process and current market trends. The event will offer constructive one-on-one feedback to participants and a panel discussion comprised of HR professionals representing different sectors of the architectural + design community. The event is intended to prepare attendees to be practiced for potential interviews and to gain an understanding of current job trends. The event will take place May 18th from 11:00am-4:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

Milan Design Week 2013: Akihisa Hirata Designs 'Amazing Flow' for Lexus

00:00 - 20 April, 2013
Milan Design Week 2013: Akihisa Hirata Designs 'Amazing Flow' for Lexus, Courtesy of Lexus
Courtesy of Lexus

Under the guidance of Toyo Ito, Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata envisioned an  futuristic, experienced-based installation which sought to express “manifestations of flow as they relate to people and nature” to the spectators of the 2013 Milan Design Week. Titled “Amazing Flow”, the installation offered a “vision of the city of tomorrow” with a multi-sensory experience that embodied the “Lexus’ world vision” and a glimpse into how cars flow throughout built environment  The display consisted of a continuous, wooden structure that represented a moment in which “roads, humans, wind and water flow as a single entity.”

Compare the installation to the Lexus “Create Amazing” promotional video for the 2014 LF-LC Concept car and watch an interview with Hirata after the break...