International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

Next Month, the Mackintosh School of Architecture (The Glasgow School of Art) will host its first International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture, ‘Clean Conscience Dirty Hands’, in the new Reid Building by Steven Holl Architects.

Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

© Ken’ichi Suzuki

Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: Daikanyamacho, , Tokyo, Japan
Area: 125 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

ARyS House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

© Pablo Casals

Architects: Peñafiel Arquitectos
Location: Aurelio González, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: José Domingo Peñafiel
Area: 2,660 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pablo Casals

House at a Lake / BBSC Architects

© Wim Van Eesbeeck

Architects: BBSC Architects
Year: 2011
Photographs: Wim Van Eesbeeck

Apartment/Conference Kredytowa / Maciej Kurkowski + Maciej Sutula

© Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła

Architects: Maciej Kurkowski, Maciej Sutula
Location: ,
Area: 216.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła

Lancaster Campus of History / Centerbrook Architects and Planners

© Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

Architects: Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Location: Lancaster, PA,
Architects In Charge: Mark Simon,
Area: 33,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Aaron/Esto Photographics

Belly House / Tomohiro Hata

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Tomohiro Hata
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Area: 43 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Low/Rise House / Spiegel Aihara Workshop

© Bruce Damonte

Architects: Spiegel Aihara Workshop
Location: , CA,
Architect In Charge: Dan Spiegel
Area: 4500.0 ft2
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

SANE Architecture’s Taichung City Cultural Centre: Entry in the Future Project Awards 2014

Terrace View. Image Courtesy of

SANE architecture, an experimental studio based in Paris, have recently been recognised in the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2014 for the Taichung City Centre. The practice, who focus on “researching the Sane and the Insane in architecture”, were tasked with imagining an architecture and an urban space unique to Taiwan’s climate and the culture of Taichung, a cultural library and municipal arts museum that “synergizes” art, education and recreation.

Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots

© Peter Cuypers

Architects: Studioninedots
Location: , The
Architects In Charge: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut en Metin van Zijl.
Area: 379.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Cuypers

Vega Cottage / Kolman Boye Architects

© Lindman Photography

Architects: Kolman Boye Architects
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: Erik Kolman Janouch, Victor Boye Julebäk
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lindman Photography

Tham & Videgård Design New Building for Denmark’s Krabbesholm Højskole School of Art & Design

Exterior View. Image Courtesy of

Recently awarded first place in an invited competition, Tham & Videgård’s (T&V) design for a new addition to the Krabbesholm Højskole School of Art & Design in Skive, Denmark, uses a combination of thick brick walls and barrel arched roofs to establish a strong connection to the character and spatial qualities of the existing buildings – the Four Boxes Gallery by Japanese Atelier Bow‐Wow, and a collection of new studio buildings by New York‐based MOS Architects.

Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO

© José Hevia

Architects: Estudi NAO
Location: Barcelona,
Architects: Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
Project Area: 216 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

The BIG U: BIG’s New York City Vision for “Rebuild by Design”

Render for The BIG U, “The Harbor Berm,” an elevated path through the park. Image Courtesy of

Yesterday BIG, along with 9 teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design. Each proposal was required to be “flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress.” As Henk Ovink, the Principal of ”” as well as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, stated: “ is not about making a plan, but about changing a culture.” The winners will be announced later this spring.

BIG’s proposal, The BIG U, is rooted in the firm’s signature concepts of social infrastructure and hedonistic sustainability. It envisions a 10-mile protective system that encircles Manhattan, protecting the city from floods and storm water while simultaneously providing public realms specific to the needs of the city’s diverse communities. Bjarke Ingels states: “We asked ourselves: What if we could envision the resilience infrastructure for Lower Manhattan in a way that wouldn’t be like a wall between the city and the water, but rather a string of pearls of social and environmental amenities tailored to their specific neighborhoods, that also happens to shield their various communities from flooding. Social infrastructure understood as a big overall strategy rooted in the local communities.”

More on the BIG U, after the break…

The Burgeoning Craft of 3D Printing

KPF’s models of concepts, facades, and building details. Image © John Chu/Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

This article by Marc Kristal from Metropolis Magazine, originally titled “Digital Details,” looks at the work of NRI, a company that is leading the way when it comes to (or rather, additive manufacturing) – finding that there is a craft in these machine-produced models after all.

First things first: The term “3-D printing” is a misnomer according to Arthur Young-Spivey, the digital fabrication specialist at NRI—a 116-year-old, New York–headquartered supplier of reprographic services to architects and their tradespeople. “The correct term is ‘additive manufacturing,’” he explains. “People call it 3-D printing because it enables you to wrap your head around it, but in some ways it’s confusing.”

Young-Spivey has a point, as the process by which a digital file is converted into an object isn’t “printing” in the commonly understood sense of applying pigment on a substrate. With 3-D printing, he says, “Instead of using paper, you’re printing with powder or plastics. It’s all one layer at a time.” The thinner the layer, the better the quality, and the longer the process takes. “And there’s always post-production processing, to clean up the model,” he adds. “That’s why ‘additive manufacturing’ is a more accurate description.”

Read on for more on the work of NRI

Las Margaritas Social Center / Dellekamp Arquitectos + TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales + Comunidad de Aprendizaje

Courtesy of TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales

Architects: Dellekamp Arquitectos + TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales + Comunidad de Aprendizaje
Location: Las Margaritas, San Luis Potosi,
Dellekamp Team: Architect: Derek Dellekamp. Team: Jachen Schleich, Jérémie Dagaud, Miguel Ortigão, Rita Sarzedas.
Toa Team: Emiliano García, Lara Becerra, Juan Rovalo, Brenda Solano, Simon Béquillard
Collaborating Team: Comunidad de las Margaritas, habitantes de la comunidad, Federico López Ortega, David de la Torre
Project Area: 258 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales, Lara Becerra

Deloitte Building / CFA-Cristián Fernandez Arquitectos

© Felipe Díaz

Architects: CFA-Cristián Fernandez Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architect: Cristián Fernandez Eyzaguirre
Collaborators: Andrés Parker S., Adolfo Pinto A., Tamara Rodriguez P.
Project Area: 51393.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photography: Felipe Díaz, Pablo Blanco

Definitions Series: Risk, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture

L.A. Architects at Venice Beach, 1980. Left to right: Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, and Frank Gehry. Photo by Ave Pildas

Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Stephen Phillips and Eva Franch i Gilabert will be discussing on the “institutionalization” of “experimentation” and cultural politics and power of taking risks.

The event will take place at the April 8, at 7pm. This event is open to all. If you are a Storefront member and would like to reserve a seat, please email If you would like to reserve a seat by becoming a Storefront member, click here.

This event will be streamed live at

Title: Definitions Series: Risk, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
From: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:00
Until: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:00
Venue: Storefront for Art and Architecture
Address: 97 Kenmare Street, , NY 10012, USA