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Architects Team Up with Khmer Women to Build a Community Centre with Fabric and Concrete

Using an innovative method of casting concrete in lightweight fabric molds, the architects of Orkidstudio -- along with StructureMode -- teamed up with a group of Khmer women in Sihanoukville, Cambodia to rebuild a community centre in the city’s urban heart.

The construction technique was developed and tested by engineers from StructureMode using a combination of physical testing and computer analysis software, Oasys GSA Suite, to predict the stretch of a particular fabric when concrete is poured inside. Through three-dimensional sketches the seamstresses and building team could understand the construction sequence of the form, completing the entire project in just eight weeks.

Courtesy of Orkidstudio Courtesy of Orkidstudio © Lindsay Perth © Lindsay Perth

Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni of his firm, OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, over his 40 year career Koolhaas has revolutionized the way architects look at program and interaction of space, and today continues to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.

Silver Tower Center / Maćków Pracownia Projektowa

  • Architects: Maćków Pracownia Projektowa
  • Location: Wrocław, Poland
  • Architecture: Maćków Pracownia Projektowa: Zbigniew Maćków (Chief Architect), Katarzyna Korsak (Leading Architect), Paweł Dadok, Konrad Gwiazda, Iwona Iskra, Anna Kołodzińska, Magdalena Paprotna, Piotr Sulisz, Karolina Zajączkowska
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Maciej Lulko, Courtesy of IBIS Styles Wroclaw Centrum

© Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko Courtesy of IBIS Styles Wroclaw Centrum

Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?"

In a 'long view' piece for The Calvert Journal, Owen Hatherley tackles one of the most pressing cultural questions facing many former Soviet countries: should the Ukrainian capital of Kiev (or Kyiv) erase its Soviet past or learn to live with history? For a city which saw a popular revolution against "a grotesquely wealthy elite" last year, Kiev is developing a flourishing independent cultural scene. In this article Hatherley, who has taken part in the city's 2015 art biennial, expertly narrates the city's Soviet, post-Soviet and contemporary "oligarch-funded" architecture to ask: "if Soviet Ukraine can’t be wished away, what should be conserved, and what should be rejected?"

Toy and Media Library / Philippe Fichet Architectes

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Shenkeng Children's Playground / LRH ARCHITECT& ASSOCIATES

  • Location: Shenkeng district
  • Architect in Charge: XIAO Liren
  • Design Team: LI Anjie, WANG Changqing, LIN Zhenwei, GUO Zhiyi
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LRH ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES


Fifth Avenue / O’Neill Architecture

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows

3 Universities Win 2015 NCARB Award to Develop Programs that Merge Education and Practice

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has selected the architectural programs at Mississippi State University, Philadelphia University and the University of Florida as the recipients of the 2015 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education. The Award helps the selected universities develop "innovative curricula that merge practice and education." This year over $99,000 was awarded to the three programs to develop their proposed initiatives.

“What makes the NCARB Award different from other awards is that it is focused on fostering collaboration between the academy and practice,” said NCARB President Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB in a press release. “This year’s proposals all go further to give students, practitioners, and others within the profession meaningful interactions that will raise awareness for the architect’s role and address issues that are central to practice.”

Learn more about three proposals after the break. 

Fashion House / CORE Architects

  • Architects: CORE Architects
  • Location: 560 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3, Canada
  • Lead architect: Charles Gane, Principal, CORE Architects
  • Collaborators: Freed Developments, Interior Design by Studio CK
  • Area: 283000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc.

Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc.

ODA's Manhattan Tower Offers Residents a Slice of Suburbia in the Sky

Inspired by the recent trend for super-skinny, super-tall skyscrapers currently dominating the Manhattan luxury residential market, ODA New York has developed a design for 303 East 44th Street which they describe as "a new urban reality" for the city. By taking a prototypical, modestly-sized tower building and stretching it skyward, the firm has inserted sculptural skygardens in the voids opened up between the floors to create a tower that combines the advantages of urban living with the spatial benefits of the suburban home.

© Moso Studio © Moso Studio © Moso Studio © Moso Studio

Srygley Pool House / Marlon Blackwell Architect

  • Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architects
  • Location: Springdale, AR, USA
  • Design Team: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA / Meryati Johari Blackwell, AIA, NCIDQ, ASID, LEED AP BD+D / William Burks, Assoc. AIA / Bradford Payne, Assoc. AIA / Stephen Kesel
  • Area: 945.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

Drawings by Vinoly, Adjaye, Farrell, and 97 Others to be Auctioned in Article 25's 10x10 Fundraiser

Architectural charity Article 25 has revealed a selection of the images to be included for auction in their annual 10x10 fundraising auction. One of the highlights of Article 25's calendar, each year the 10x10 event divides an area of the city of London into 100 sections, challenging the participants to produce a drawing or other artwork inspired by the location assigned to them. This year, Article 25 abandoned the usual grid in favor of 100 areas along the Thames, taking in the many landmarks along the river's winding route. Article 25's list of participants includes architects such as Rafael Vinoly, David Adjaye, Sir Terry Farrell, Will Alsop and Chris Wilkinson, alongside artists including Antony Gormley and Wolfgang Buttress.

Last year's 10x10 event raised over £120,000 for Article 25's healthcare projects in the developing world. This year, the 100 drawings will once again be briefly exhibited at the RIBA headquarters in London on December 1st before the work is auctioned, an addition to an online auction which will begin on November 24th at

Read on to see a selection of the artworks to be auctioned.

Rebecca Campbell. Image Courtesy of Article 25 Chris Wilkinson. Image Courtesy of Article 25 Paul Cox. Image Courtesy of Article 25 Jenny Harborne. Image Courtesy of Article 25

Community Center San Bernabé / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pich-Aguilera Arquitectos
  • Location: Prol Aztlán, San Bernabé, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Pich-Aguilera Arquitectos: Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Teresa Batlle
  • Area: 3317.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jorge Taboada

© Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada

The Architecture School Survival Guide

Starting out on the path of architectural education can be daunting. With so much to learn and so many different ways to approach design, often the most basic principles are left for the student to learn the hard way. Predicated upon the idea that "every year new architecture students make the same mistakes," Iain Jackson's new book "The Architecture School Survival Guide" offers tips, tricks and advice to help make the transition from novice to capable student just that little bit less painful. Covering everything from how to properly approach contextual design to how often to back up your work, the book is full of ideas that new students will find enlightening, and older students - and even professionals - are likely to find useful as reference points. Read on for an excerpt of the book's fifth chapter, "Process."