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Taringa Treehouse / Phorm architecture + design

17:00 - 12 July, 2017
Taringa Treehouse / Phorm architecture + design, © Christopher Frederick Jones
© Christopher Frederick Jones

World's First "Smart Street" in London Turns Footsteps into Energy

16:15 - 12 July, 2017
World's First "Smart Street" in London Turns Footsteps into Energy, via Pavegen
via Pavegen

Technology company Pavegen has unveiled the world’s first “Smart Street” in London’s West End that utilizes the company’s unique kinetic paving slabs to generate energy from pedestrians’ footsteps. But unlike earlier Pavegen installations deployed in cities like Washington DC and Rio de Janeiro (which uses the panels as the foundation for a soccer field), the London Smart Street comes with its very own app – giving visitors precise information about the power they are generating, and encouraging use by offering up store vouchers in return for steps.

via Pavegen via Pavegen via Pavegen via Pavegen +5

Tech901 / archimania

15:00 - 12 July, 2017
Tech901 / archimania, © Hank Mardukas
© Hank Mardukas

© Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Memphis, TN, United States
  • Area

    4930.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Ballguthof Hotel / bergmeisterwolf architekten

13:00 - 12 July, 2017
Ballguthof Hotel / bergmeisterwolf architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    39011 Lana, Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy
  • Lead Architects

    Gerd Bergmeister, Michaela Wolf
  • Area

    3220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

New Renderings Revealed of Studio Libeskind's Mixed-Use Complex in Lithuania

12:15 - 12 July, 2017
New Renderings Revealed of Studio Libeskind's Mixed-Use Complex in Lithuania, © Studio Libeskind
© Studio Libeskind

New renderings and details have been revealed of Studio Libeskind’s competition-winning mixed-use tower development located in the downtown business district of Vilnius, Lithuania as the project has secured funding.  Located at the intersection of the White Bridge, the Neris River and Old Town, the 20,000 square meter (215,000 square foot) complex will be home to a class-A business center and the region’s first Radisson RED-branded luxury hotel, along will an array of restaurants, shops and public amenities.

© Studio Libeskind © Studio Libeskind © Studio Libeskind © Studio Libeskind +6

Shelton Marshall Residence / El Dorado

11:00 - 12 July, 2017
Shelton Marshall Residence  / El Dorado, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Principal in Charge

    Josh Shelton
  • Project Manager

    Steve Salzer
  • Area

    2750.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Buckminster Fuller

10:30 - 12 July, 2017
Spotlight: Buckminster Fuller, Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Image © Jade Doskow
Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Image © Jade Doskow

Pioneering radical Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983), an inventor, architect and the second president of Mensa, had a massive impact on the architecture and popular culture of the latter 20th century. Most famous for popularizing the geodesic dome, Fuller is also known as the father of sustainability, and was driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.”

MVRDV Wins Competition for Bay-Window-Inspired Mixed-Use Towers in Rotterdam

10:05 - 12 July, 2017
MVRDV Wins Competition for Bay-Window-Inspired Mixed-Use Towers in Rotterdam, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has been selected as the winner of a competition for The Sax, a 51-story mixed-use tower in Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier port development. The building will add a total of 82,000 square meters (882,000 square feet) of residences, retail spaces and commercial facilities across two towers, the Philadelphia & the Havana, connected halfway up by a bridge containing a 150-room hotel.

Located on the south side of Wilhelminapier, the Sax will become one of the last residential buildings to rise within a new development on the historic harbor, one of the city’s most popular areas. The building’s recognizable pixelated silhouette and waterfront siting will give the building an immediate presence on the Rotterdam skyline, recently coined the “Manhattan On the Maas.”

© MVRDV © WAX Architectural Visualisations © WAX Architectural Visualisations © MVRDV +5

The One Big Problem That Advocates of Copenhagen-Style Urbanism Often Overlook

09:30 - 12 July, 2017
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/15325678721/'>Flickr user diversey</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user diversey licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "What We Can (and Can’t) Learn from Copenhagen."

I spent four glorious days in Copenhagen recently and left with an acute case of urban envy. (I kept thinking: It’s like... an American Portland—except better.) Why can’t we do cities like this in the US? That’s the question an urban nerd like me asks while strolling the famously pedestrian-friendly streets, as hordes of impossibly blond and fit Danes bicycle briskly past.

Copenhagen is one of the most civilized cities on the planet. The world’s “most livable,” it’s often called, with some justification. (Although a Danish relative did caution me, “Spend a few weeks here in January before you make that pronouncement.”) But the seemingly effortless civility, Copenhagen’s amazing level of grace, is not an accident of place or happenstance. It’s the product of a shared belief that transcends urban design, even though the city is a veritable laboratory for pretty much all of the best practices in the field.

PA House / Gonzalo Martínez Oportus + Pablo Campano Sotomayor

09:00 - 12 July, 2017
PA House / Gonzalo Martínez Oportus + Pablo Campano Sotomayor, © Diego Aravena S.
© Diego Aravena S.

© Diego Aravena S. © Diego Aravena S. © Diego Aravena S. © Diego Aravena S. +9

Is This the World's Largest Mural?

08:00 - 12 July, 2017

Street Artist Misha Most have finished a gargantuan project – a 10,800 square meter mural set to be the world's largest in Vyska, Russia. The giant mural, titled “Evolution-2” covers the facade of the "Stan-5000" industrial complex from the oldest Russian manufacturer, Vyksa Steel Works. The mural project was chosen in the course of the "Vyksa 10000" open competition and is part of the ArtOvrag urban art festival curated by Sabina Changina and Russian creative studio Artmossphere. Artmossphere is known for curating various art projects, exhibitions, and festivals connected with street art with both established and upcoming street artists. 

© Artmossphere © Kirill Makarov © Artmossphere © Artmossphere +33

Helen & Hard Win Competition to Built Waterfront Cultural Museum in Norway

06:00 - 12 July, 2017
Helen & Hard Win Competition to Built Waterfront Cultural Museum in Norway, Courtesy of Helen & Hard
Courtesy of Helen & Hard

Situated at the intersection of a forest-scape and harbor, Helen & Hard’s winning museum competition entry, Navet, offers the Norwegian island of Odderøya a place to reflect on the area’s heritage and naval history. Located in the city of Kristiansand, Navet will join a group of institutions in the region called the Vest Agder Museums that celebrate Norway’s past. Developed through careful consideration of its surrounding landscape, the form of the building situates itself to activate both the water and existing mountain front.

Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Elevation +12

Pedra Da Ra Lookout Point / Carlos Seoane

05:00 - 12 July, 2017
Pedra Da Ra Lookout Point / Carlos Seoane, © Ana Amado
© Ana Amado

© Ana Amado © Ana Amado © Ana Amado © Ana Amado +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ribeira, A Coruña, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Maria Montero, Eduardo Castrillón, Adrian Rio, Raquel Ferreiro, Maria Montenegro, Oscar Fuertes, Soledad Bugallo, Marta Fernández
  • Area

    3300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Fire Station in Houten / SAMYN and PARTNERS

03:00 - 12 July, 2017
Fire Station in Houten / SAMYN and PARTNERS, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +26

A•lava / Aalto University Wood Program

02:00 - 12 July, 2017
A•lava / Aalto University Wood Program, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Philip Tidwell © Philip Tidwell +33

DASA House / ‘Snow AIDe

00:00 - 12 July, 2017
DASA House / ‘Snow AIDe, © Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Munsan-ri, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea
  • Team

    Hohyun Park, Hyunjoo Kim
  • Area

    214.53 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

DP Group Headquarters / SO

22:00 - 11 July, 2017
DP Group Headquarters / SO , © Soopakorn Srisakul
© Soopakorn Srisakul

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +53

  • Architects

  • Location

    Soi Phatthanakan 31/1, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
  • Lead Architect

    Narong Othavorn
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Runner Camp Flagship Store / PRISM DESIGN + OFFICE COASTLINE

20:00 - 11 July, 2017
Runner Camp Flagship Store / PRISM DESIGN + OFFICE COASTLINE, © Alessandro Wang
© Alessandro Wang

© Alessandro Wang © Alessandro Wang © Alessandro Wang © Alessandro Wang +25