360 Architecture Tops New Atlanta Stadium with Retractable “Roof Petals”

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A fly-through over the new Atlanta Falcons’ stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by ). According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior.

The video, after the break.

Microsoft Reveals Holographic Features for Windows 10

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At their Windows 10 Event today in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft unveiled features for its forthcoming operating system that it feels could revolutionize computing, particularly for people who want to design, make or fix something in the real world: holographics. The company revealed both the Windows Holographic features that will be built into Windows 10 and HoloLens, an in-house designed headset that will be capable of placing holographic elements into the world around you – think of it as a combination of the flat augmented reality overlay in Google Glass, and the immersive yet virtual-only presentation of Oculus Rift.

The video trailer above shows the far-reaching implications for a variety of designers, both professional and amateur (including a nod to the architecture profession at the 50-second mark), with TechCrunch explaining how the “offers a way for architects to survey and present their designs alongside clients even when separated by great distances.”

Mackay Terrace / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Bardon QLD,
Project Architects: Shaun Lockyer, Jennifer Negline
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Burrows Photography

Treatise: Why Write Alone?

Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Drawing inspiration from Steven Holl and William Stout’s brainchild Pamphlet Architecture, a new collaborative project, Treatise: Why Write Alone?, unifies fourteen design firms to examine the architectural treatise as a method of exploring theoretical questions and sparking discussion. The project was developed by designer Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular in response to receiving a grant from the Graham Foundation. His unconventional ideas on the architectural process made him wonder, “Why write? And, why write alone?” The resultant collection of publications delves into these questions, both collectively and individually, with a collaborative piece as well as submissions from each firm.

LAMP Awards 2015: Rewarding the Best in Lighting

Last call for entries! Solutions is inviting designers, architects, urban planners, interior designers, engineers, landscapers and students to submit their projects for the 2015 LAMP Awards. The LAMP Awards recognize projects that have successfully met the architectural needs of an indoor or outdoor space, having created a positive synergy between architecture, interior design, landscaping and . The awards value the creativity, innovation and sustainability of projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project. January 31st is the last day to submit projects.

Last year, 608 projects from 52 countries were submitted as part of the LAMP Awards, and this year the jury will be comprised of Mark Major, Kai Piippo, Douglas Leonard, Anne Bureau, Emma Cogswell, Anupama Kundoo, Juan Carlos Sancho and Ignasi Bonjoch.

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Mosfellsbær Preperatory High School / A2F arkitektar

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Architects: A2F arkitektar
Location: Háholt, ,
Design Team: Aðalheiður Atladóttir, architect FAÍ and Falk Krüger, architect AKT
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of A2F arkitektar

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Call for Papers: STUDIO Magazine Investigates “Urban Pause”

STUDIO Architecture and Urban Magazine is calling for submissions for its ISUU#8 publication: Pause. As the title suggests, the issue will look at the modern city’s propensity for change and movement by focusing on “the crystallization of a moment, a temporary stop out of time and space, where you can listen to the sound of silence.” The magazine is looking for a variety of different submissions, from essays to infographics, relating to any field of design. Interested contributors must send a 200-word abstract (in English) explaining their proposal. The deadline for this is February 25th. Final pieces chosen for the issue are to be submitted by March 20th, with an expected publication date in April. For full submission requirements, click here!

A space: Lofts in Berlin Mitte / plajer & franz studio

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Architects: plajer & franz studio
Location: Kremmener Straße 9, 10435 ,
Project Manager: Sophie Gatzke
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Rudat

AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on “Solid Footing”

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Rising from a score of 50.9 to 52.2 in December, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2014 on “solid footing.” As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), design services continued to increase throughout the majority of last year and all regions, except the Northeast, experienced favorable conditions.

“Business conditions continue to be the strongest at architecture firms in the South and the Western regions,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “Particularly encouraging is the continued solid upturn in design activity at institutional firms, since public sector facilities were the last nonresidential building project type to recover from the downturn.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

El Patio House / Lucas Mc Lean

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Architects: Lucas Mc Lean
Location: La Esmeralda, Buenos Aires,
Project And Direction:
Structures: Pedro Gea
Project Area: 160.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Tomás Thibaud

IaaC Students Develop a Passive Cooling System from Hydrogel and Ceramic

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Students at the Digital Matter Intelligent Constructions studio at Barcelona‘s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have created a composite facade material of clay and hydrogel, which is capable of cooling building interiors by up to 6 degrees centigrade. Entitled Hydroceramic, the material utilizes the ability of hydrogel to absorb up to 500 times its own weight in water to create a building system that “becomes a living thing as part of nature and not outside of it.”

Read on after the break for more on how Hydroceramic works.

Code of Context: The Uneasy Excitement of Global Practice

Safdie Architects. Marina Bay Sands. Singapore

Global, the Winter 2014 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, out now, is an examination of the challenges and opportunities facing architects working abroad, from the Middle East to Africa to Asia. The topics explored in this issue include how to value resource-constrained approaches, honor local vernacular, and learn from the urbanization precedents set in other parts of the world. In this article, Jay Wickersham FAIA examines how in a globalized market, architecture firms can take steps to ensure that their designs act in the best interests of the foreign communities they affect.

The signs of architecture’s are all around us. Foreign students flock to Boston to study architecture, prominent buildings are designed by foreign architects, American firms build practices around international projects. Globalization has allowed architects to work outside their own regions and cultures, at a scale and with a freedom of design they might never enjoy at home. But beneath the excitement and glamour of international practice, I sense an unease. Are we creating vital and original new architectures, or are we homogenizing cities and landscapes and obliterating regional differences? Are architects helping to strengthen and develop the economies of host communities, or are they acting as unwitting tools of inequality and repression?

House 1014 / H Arquitectes

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Architects: H Arquitectes
Location: , Barcelona, Spain
Architect In Charge: David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
Area: 637.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Six Public-Interest Design Projects Honored with 2015 SEED Awards

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The 2015 winners of the annual Social Economic Environment Design (SEED) Awards for Excellence in have been announced. The international competition celebrates designs which excel in these realms, and strive to create manageable sustainable impacts. The winning projects, selected by a jury, will receive $1000, as well as attendance to the annual Structures for Inclusion conference in Detroit, Michigan in April.

The six winning projects each encompass the ideals of community outreach, socio-economic improvement, and environmental awareness in the context of their unique locations. Though the designs are distinct, the values they embody are universal.

Read more about the winning designs after the break.

RSHP Reveals Plans for the “Ladywell Pop-Up Village” in Lewisham

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Addressing increasing housing demands in the London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled their plans for the “Ladywell Pop-Up Village,” which is to become one of the UK’s first temporary housing villages.

The short term housing will provide accommodation for 24 families, alongside community and commercial spaces at street level. Drawing its name from the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre upon which it is to be located, the Ladywell Pop-Up Village is fully demountable, thanks to its volumetric construction technology. It is envisioned that the housing units will remain at the Ladywell site for up to four years, after which point they can be relocated throughout the Borough as needed.

Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
Location: Eimsbüttel, ,
Project Manager: Arno Schleicher, Ben Beckers
Area: 1750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee Budget “Blown By 70%”

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When Kengo Kuma’s concept for the new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design (V&A) in Dundee, Scotland, was unanimously chosen as the winning design in late 2012, the jurors had stated that the proposal has been “subject to exhaustive scrutiny, including having external assessors do a detailed examination of projected costs.” They stated that they “did not have to exclude any of the submissions on grounds of affordability.” It is now reported, a little over two years later, that the original £45million budget has now exceeded £80million in spite of the fact that the building has already been ‘redesigned’ once in order to try to reign in soaring costs.

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Ktima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins

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Architects:
Location: Antiparos,
Area: 950.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Claudio Reis