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Spotlight: Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson (29 September 1838  27 April 1886) was known across North America as the father of the Romanesque Revival. Although he only lived to age 48, Richardson is revered across the northeast United States for his appreciation of classic architecture and is the namesake for Richardsonian Romanesque, a movement he pioneered. Richardson studied engineering at Harvard University, a discipline he abandoned in favour of his interest in architecture.

What Happens When Light Starts to Create Brand Experiences?

Global companies often exploit architectural icons to transform physical form into their desired brand reputations. To help achieve this goal, after twilight, the natural qualities of buildings have often been supplemented by architectural lighting, as the facades call unmistakeably for attention with their colorful and dynamic illumination. Representation has become the leading motivation for upgrading the lighting at headquarters and retail outlets. But when the illumination evolves into spectacular gestures, the brand identity and architecture itself starts to fade. Hence, the struggle for individuality has revived the discussion about ornament – though ornament appears now as light.

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates. Image © Daici Ano © Diego Opazo Allianz Arena Munich by Herzog & de Meuron, Munich, Germany. Image © Allianz Arena/B. Ducke Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi by Asymptote, Abu Dhabi. Image © Viceroy Hotel Group

This 3D-Printed Building by SOM is Powered by a 3D-Printed Car

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has unveiled their design for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL):  a 3D-printed building powered by a 3D-printed vehicle developed by ORNL. Dubbed AMIE, the project was developed in collaboration with ORNL, University of Tennessee (UT), Clayton Homes, General Electric, Alcoa, NanoPore and Tru-Design. SOM was able to take the design from concept to completion in less than a year.

Combining mobile power with energy-efficient design and photovoltaic (PV) panels, the AMIE presents possibilities for human shelter off-the-grid. Following previous work by SOM, demonstrating the use of 3D printing for complex, organic geometries, the new building combines structure, insulation, air and moisture barriers, and exterior cladding into one shell.

Thomas Phifer and Partners Unveil Design for Warsaw Art Museum and Theatre

Thomas Phifer and Partners has unveiled their design for The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in Warsaw, Poland. Together, the 15,000 square meter museum, 10,000 square meter theater, infrastructure, and outdoor forum, will compose the largest cultural project in Poland’s recent history.

Inspired by abstract works of art, “the building facades manifest creative life in the city and emphasize the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa’s integral role in the formation of Warsaw’s new cultural center.”

Eltheto Housing and Healthcare Complex / 2by4-architects

  • Architects: 2by4-architects
  • Location: Karel Doormanstraat 36, 7461 ER Rijssen, Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge: Remko Remijnse, Rocco Reukema
  • Area: 20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 2by4-architects

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The Long(ish) Read: John Ruskin Considers 'The Seven Lamps of Architecture'

Welcome to the third installment of The Long(ish) Read: an AD feature which uncovers texts written by notable essayists that resonate with contemporary architecture, interior architecture, urbanism or landscape design. In this extract from The Seven Lamps of Architecture, published in 1849 and considered to be John Ruskin's first complete book on architecture, his studies are distilled into seven moral principles. These "Lamps" were intended to guide architectural practice of the time, advocating a profound respect for the original fabric of existing buildings. The opening chapter—The Lamp of Sacrifice—attempts to "distinguish carefully between Architecture and Building," set against the backdrop of Ruskin's (often criticised) world-view on the discipline at large.

Calberson Housing S2 / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

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Project Chemotherapy Outside / VANDERSALM-aim

  • Architects: VANDERSALM-aim
  • Location: Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Bart van der Salm
  • Area: 196.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Milad Pallesh

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Ittka House / Fabian Tan Architect

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New Aarhus School of Architecture "NEW AARCH" Design Competition

The Danish Building & Property Agency publishes the design contest notice for the restricted design competition for the "NEW AARCH", the new School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark. The restricted design competition will take place in 2016. Read the design contest notice here.

Exhibition: The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe

The Newark Museum presents The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe, featuring large-scale, site-specific installations, sculptural works and works on paper by internationally known multi-media artist Gabriel Dawe. Born and raised in Mexico City and now based in Dallas, Dawe creates site-specific environments from colored thread that explore connections between textiles, architecture and the human body. For The Shape of Light, he will create two temporary large-scale installations, Plexus no. 30 and Plexus no. 31, which will engage with the Newark Museum's historical architectural spaces, taking over the main galleries for the run of the exhibition.

Blind Whale / Z_Lab

  • Architects: Z_Lab
  • Location: Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Architects in Charge: Lee Sang-muk , Noh Kyung-rok , Park Jung-hyun
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kim Jae-kyeong

© Kim Jae-kyeong © Kim Jae-kyeong © Kim Jae-kyeong © Kim Jae-kyeong

ARCHIPENDIUM 2016 Now Available for Pre-Order

ARCHIPENDIUM 2016 is now available for pre-order (just in time for the holidays). The 366 page tear-off architecture calendar features a new project each day, providing a plethora of building information that illustrates just how the highlighted work's design has helped improved life in cities. ARCHIPENDIUM is the perfect gift for architecture nerds of all types. You can pre-order it, here. Shipping begins October 19, 2015. 

Nejen Bistro / mar.s architects

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Francis Kéré Designs Education Campus for Mama Sarah Obama Foundation in Kenya

Kéré Architecture has designed a $12 million "Legacy Campus" in Kenya for the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) - the foundation of the sole living grandparent of president Barack Obama whose mission is to feed and educate children and impoverished families. Planned for Kogelo, Kenya (the birthplace of President Barack Obama’s father), the phased plan is to build an early childhood development center, a primary and secondary school, a vocational training school and eventually a hospital all within a single campus.

"The goal of the project is to promote a sustainable approach to community-strengthening and education," says Kéré.