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Erik Schlangen Proves the Potential of “Self-Healing Asphalt”

00:00 - 12 July, 2013

Imagine a pervious asphalt that not only significantly reduces noise pollution, but saves millions in maintenance and repairs by its ability to self-heal. Well, this type of super-asphalt is not far from being distributed world-wide as experimental micromechanic pioneer Erik Schlangen of Delft Technical University has been studying the material’s potential on a test track in The Netherland’s for the past few years.

Basically, with the introduction of small steel wool fibers, Self Healing Asphalt is capable of repairing micro-cracks and significantly extending the service life of roadways through induction heating. Similarly, Schlangen is leading the research on Self Healing Concrete, where by infusing concrete with a harmless limestone-producing bacteria that feeds off of calcium lactate - a component of milk - the material has the potential to self-heal micro-cracks in the presence of rainwater. 

Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal / MVRDV

01:00 - 12 July, 2013
Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal / MVRDV, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV was just announced by the city of Emmen, Switzerland as the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block, which consist of 95 homes of 16 different types. Their urban hybrid development proposal combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighborhood community.  Construction is expected to start in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont NSW 2009
  • Design Team

    Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
  • Landscape

    FJMT
  • Area

    13097.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +38

Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Tighthouse  / Fabrica 718, © Hai Zhang
© Hai Zhang
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York City, NY, United States
  • Architectural Designer

    Fabrica 718
  • Architect of Record

    Studio Cicetti Architect
  • Design Team

    Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
  • Structural Engineer

    Anastos Engineering
  • Expediter

    Schnall Consulting
  • Contractor

    WM Dorvillier & Co
  • Passive House Engineer

    ZeroEnergy Design
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang +23

Dabbous / Brinkworth

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
Dabbous / Brinkworth, © Louise Melchior
© Louise Melchior
  • Architects

  • Location

    39 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2SF, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior +10

Ryhan Villa Complex Gate Winning Proposal / Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Ryhan Villa Complex Gate Winning Proposal / Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio, Courtesy of Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio
Courtesy of Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

Waltritsch a+u, in collaboration with Rndr Studio, just won the 1st prize in a international competition for the design of the Ryhan villa complex ‘s gate in Mazandaran province, North Iran. The entrance will warmly receive the people back home, and bless them before they leave for their daily activities in the world. The architects' inspiration from beautiful forms of Iranian architecture has been summarized into a simple and delicate gesture. More images and architects' description after the break.

Corona Electric Head Office and Factory / Sachie Isaka of bews + Yuji Tanabe Architects

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Yuji Tanabe
© Yuji Tanabe

© Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe +23

What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking?

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking? , Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating
Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating

I get most of my knowledge about the current trends and interests of architects through social media and various websites. My Facebook newsfeed constantly shows an array of pictures, articles, and videos of things ranging from new buildings to data algorithms to bacteria evolution to (usually confusing) romantic, poetic statements about architecture. 

They all share one thing in common: they are posted on Facebook by architects and architecture students. To me, this shows the current disarray and lack of focus in the field. Architecture publications and websites only confirm my thoughts further. And nothing reaffirms this more than my daily experiences at MIT. 

Read more, after the break...

Houses for Change Competition

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Houses for Change Competition, Courtesy of IE University, School of Architecture & Design
Courtesy of IE University, School of Architecture & Design

IE University just announced its first competition initiative “Houses for Change,” hosted by IE School of Architectureand Design. The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk and to propose viable housing alternatives for those often neglected or left out. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today. Registration is free, and the deadline for submissions is December 16. More information after the break.

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station Competition Shortlist Revealed

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station Competition Shortlist Revealed, Flinders Street Station and Flinders Street; Courtesy of the Victorian Coalition Government
Flinders Street Station and Flinders Street; Courtesy of the Victorian Coalition Government

The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine Flinders Street Station in Melbourne has entered its final phase with the six shortlisted competitors submitting their final designs. Selected from 117 entries, the shortlist includes the following Australian and international firms:

41.26 / GoKo

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Aki Itami R.
© Aki Itami R.
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Jose Martín González M., Christopher Koehn M.
  • Project Manager

    Isaac Guzmán R.
  • Area

    1560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. +46

Kiritoushi House / SUGAWARADAISUKE

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Kiritoushi House / SUGAWARADAISUKE, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oamishirasato city, Japan
  • Design Development

    SUGAWARADAISUKE + OSATO SOGOKANRI
  • Area

    103.98 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +19

Legendre / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Legendre / Avenier Cornejo Architectes, © Stephane Chalmeau
© Stephane Chalmeau

© Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma © Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma +18

Controversy Reigns Over Southbank Centre

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
Controversy Reigns Over Southbank Centre, © Feilden Clegg Bradley
© Feilden Clegg Bradley

The Southbank Centre and Feilden Clegg Bradley have taken their designs back to the drawing board, deciding to delay their planning application in order to resolve the mounting issues surrounding the proposal.

The designs to update the brutalist cultural centre have divided people from the start; however, the tide of opinion seems to have definitively shifted away from the design due to a sustained campaign by skateboarders (who make use of the undercroft) and now criticism from the neighboring National Theatre and the UK design council CABE.

Read more about the controversy surrounding the Southbank Centre after the break...

AIA Selects 12 Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
AIA Selects 12 Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards, Kaleida Health, Gates Vascular Institute and UB Clinical Translational Research Center; Buffalo, New York / Cannon Design © K C Kratt Photography
Kaleida Health, Gates Vascular Institute and UB Clinical Translational Research Center; Buffalo, New York / Cannon Design © K C Kratt Photography

Showcasing the “best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research,” the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has unveiled the 2013 recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. Each project is said to exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. See them all, after the break.

Mercato / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
Mercato / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +11

The City of Chicago Gets 3D Printed

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
The City of Chicago Gets 3D Printed, Courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation

We've talked at length about the future potential of 3D Printing for Architecture - from rapidly producing emergency shelters to putting structures on the moon - but The Chicago Architecture Foundation has already found a way to make 3D Printing practical for architects - today. Since 2009, the foundation has been using 3D Printing to make models of all the buildings of the city of Chicago (that's over 1,000 buildings in a 320 sq ft area). The idea is to let native Chicago-ans and tourists alike get a better sense of the city, seeing the city grid, the relationship of heights between the tall buildings, its patterns of development." 

Have Your Work Published on TiP - Open Competition

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Have Your Work Published on TiP - Open Competition, Courtesy of TiP
Courtesy of TiP

TiP, an online magazine that explores the latest thinking across architecture, art and science, just launched a competition which encourages all to push forward your agenda and have your ideas reach the world. If you have a fascinating issue you would like to investigate or have been working on some exciting research in architecture, design, art or science, enter our competition to be in with the chance of having your work published exclusively on TiP. All of the articles will be judged by a panel including TiP’s Editor in Chief, Sarah Gormley, and members from Balmond Studio in London. The submission deadline is September 10. More information after the break.