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Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

06:00 - 8 August, 2017
Spotlight: Kengo Kuma, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area in which it's built. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Green Cast. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates GC Prostho Museum Research Center. Image © Daici Ano Même – Experimental House. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates Shun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates +35

Combatentes House / spaceworkers

05:00 - 8 August, 2017
Combatentes House / spaceworkers, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +70

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Henrique Marques, Rui Dinis
  • Design Team

    Monica Pacheco, Marco Santos, Marta Silva, Tiago Maciel
  • Area

    360.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cour et Jardin / Atelier Fernandez & Serres

03:00 - 8 August, 2017
Cour et Jardin / Atelier Fernandez & Serres, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +15

Duplex in Kurkowa / 3XA

02:00 - 8 August, 2017
Duplex in Kurkowa / 3XA, © Stanisław Zajączkowski
© Stanisław Zajączkowski

© Stanisław Zajączkowski © Stanisław Zajączkowski © Stanisław Zajączkowski © Stanisław Zajączkowski +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wrocław, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Magdalena Zarzycka, Łukasz Reszka, Maciej Kowaluk, Agata Kalisz, Ewa Czerny
  • Area

    85.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates

00:00 - 8 August, 2017
One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo
© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo

© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo +12

Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction

22:00 - 7 August, 2017
Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction, © Alberto Cosi
© Alberto Cosi

© Markus Roselieb © Markus Roselieb © Alberto Cosi © Markus Roselieb +29

Loft House 'The black' / Design Guild

20:00 - 7 August, 2017
Loft House 'The black' / Design Guild, Courtesy of Design Guild
Courtesy of Design Guild

Courtesy of Design Guild Courtesy of Design Guild Courtesy of Design Guild Courtesy of Design Guild +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Area

    325.26 m2

House No. 242 / J T A Co.

19:00 - 7 August, 2017
House No. 242 / J T A Co., © Linesiam Photography
© Linesiam Photography

© Linesiam Photography © Linesiam Photography © Linesiam Photography © Linesiam Photography +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Lead Architects

    Jaroen Thientanukij
  • Area

    660.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

R7 Barangaroo / Durbach Block Jaggers

17:00 - 7 August, 2017
R7 Barangaroo / Durbach Block Jaggers, © Rodrigo Vargas
© Rodrigo Vargas

© Guy Wilkinson © Guy Wilkinson © Anthony Browell © Anthony Browell +18

This Super Fast Algorithm Edits Photographs Like a Professional – Before You Take Them

16:00 - 7 August, 2017

In the past decade or so, smartphones and social media apps have revolutionized our culture's relationship to images. From Instagram to Facebook to Pinterest to Youtube, photographs and videos are now so ubiquitous that they have become literally disposable, with apps such as Snapchat trading on their promise to delete your images after a certain period of time. But while smartphones are a very visible driver of this change, what is often forgotten are the huge developments in image-editing software that have supported this revolution—from the HDR built into your smartphone's camera to the wide range of filters provided by Instagram.

Now, as reported by MIT NewsGoogle and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory may have created another cosmic leap forward: an algorithm that can provide automatic, professional-level image retouching so quickly that you can see a preview before even snapping the photograph.

MALHA / Tavares Duayer Arquitetura

15:00 - 7 August, 2017
MALHA / Tavares Duayer Arquitetura, © Ilana Bessler
© Ilana Bessler

© Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua General Bruce, 274, São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Author Architects

    João Duayer, Thiago Tavares
  • Team

    Fred Gomes, Diego Curcio, Nathalie Ventura, Mariana Amoedo
  • Area

    2950.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

"Hallo Darkness!" Why Not All Buildings Need To Be Cheerful All Of The Time

14:00 - 7 August, 2017
"Hallo Darkness!" Why Not All Buildings Need To Be Cheerful All Of The Time, The Destruction of the Temple of Solomon, by Maarten van Heemskerck. From Freemasonry and the Enlightenment, by James Stevens Curl (Public Domain). Image
The Destruction of the Temple of Solomon, by Maarten van Heemskerck. From Freemasonry and the Enlightenment, by James Stevens Curl (Public Domain). Image

In a world in which the "happy" architectural image feels all-pervasive, the British architect and academic Dr. Timothy Brittain-Catlin reveals its darker side suggesting why, and how, we might come to celebrate it. You can read Brittain-Catlin's essays on British postmodernism here, and on colorful architecture, here.

"Contemporary buildings celebrate openness, light and free-flowing movement," says the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the March 2017 issue of the Institute’s journal. This is what at my school we call an "announcement", rather than a statement of fact. Indeed, all architects and architecture students hear these words all the time. But are they true? Should they be?

The Palmas House / Revolution

13:00 - 7 August, 2017
The Palmas House / Revolution, © The Black Rabbit
© The Black Rabbit

© The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit © The Black Rabbit +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Andres Bustamante-Arrieta, Andres Bustamante H
  • Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

BIG's Cactus Towers in Copenhagen Will Stand Next to an Urban IKEA

12:00 - 7 August, 2017
BIG's Cactus Towers in Copenhagen Will Stand Next to an Urban IKEA, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

A new project in central Copenhagen will see two Danish practices—Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dorte Mandrup Architects—create a new urban IKEA store, a budget hotel, and housing linked together by green space. Set to open in 2019, the area—which sits adjacent to Kalvebod Brygge, close to the railway lines that pass through the city core—will be master-planned by Dorte Mandrup while two striking high-rise residential towers, dubbed "Cacti", will be designed by BIG.

Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Architects Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Architects Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Architects Courtesy of BIG +7

Tudor Apartments / Urko Sanchez Architects

11:00 - 7 August, 2017
Tudor Apartments / Urko Sanchez Architects, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +25

7 Annual Competitions Every Architecture Student Should Try at Least Once

09:30 - 7 August, 2017
7 Annual Competitions Every Architecture Student Should Try at Least Once, Fairy Tales 2017 Competition Winner: Last Day / Mykhailo Ponomarenko. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
Fairy Tales 2017 Competition Winner: Last Day / Mykhailo Ponomarenko. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

When you’re used to the grind of architecture school, breaks can hit you like rain on a warm day—cool at first, but terribly annoying soon enough. While the first few days breeze past as you catch-up on lost sleep and binge-watch Game of Thrones, you realize before long that you’re going insane with nothing to absorb all your new-found energy.

This is where architectural competitions come in handy. They provide a constructive outlet while being deeply engrossing, thus keeping you from hopelessly refreshing Youtube to see if Buzzfeed uploaded a new video. Also, the fact that you’re no longer constrained by the direction of your studio-leader or school program enables you to experiment creatively. With diverse international competitions running at any given time, you can take your pick, depending on your individual interests and the amount of time you want to devote. However, the sheer number of available competitions can be deeply confusing as well. Here we shortlist seven of the most prestigious annual architectural competitions open to students: 

Landelijke woning / ARKS architecten

09:00 - 7 August, 2017
Landelijke woning / ARKS architecten, © Koen Van Damme
© Koen Van Damme

© Koen Van Damme © Koen Van Damme © Koen Van Damme © Koen Van Damme +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Middelkerke, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Stijn Slabbinck
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

KOSMOS Creates 6 Speculative Public Space Interventions for Basel

08:00 - 7 August, 2017
KOSMOS Creates 6 Speculative Public Space Interventions for Basel, © KOSMOS
© KOSMOS

Emerging international architecture office KOSMOS has unveiled 6 projects exploring potential collective spaces in the city of Basel, Switzerland. Unveiled during Art Basel, the speculative projects were featured in the Forum Basel exhibition curated alongside Museum Director Andreas Ruby and Stéphanie Savio, and emerging Chilean practice Plan Común. Held at the Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM), the architecture exhibition was held “in reaction to the increasing commodification of urban space today” and dedicated itself to investigating new possibilities for public space in Basel. Check out the projects, with descriptions from KOSMOS, below.