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Office K2 / Baraban +

  • Architects: Baraban +
  • Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Area: 1140.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Baraban +

Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban +

Pedari Guest House / ZAVarchitects

  • Architects: ZAVarchitects
  • Location: Khansar, Isfahan, Iran
  • Architect in Charge: Mohammadreza Ghodousi, Parsa Ardam, Fati Rezaiee
  • Design Team: Shahrzad Fadayi, Pooneh Sadrimanesh
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz Bahrami, Ila Deris

© Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now examines how architects, engineers, planners, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing and increase opportunities by rethinking how we build, maintain, and occupy structures. Affordable housing is typically focused on ensuring that a family at a certain income can qualify for a housing unit. Affordability is a broader concept referring to lifestyles, incomes and how housing can be designed, constructed and managed at a lower cost.

Trigg Residence / Hillam Architects

  • Architects: Hillam Architects
  • Location: Trigg WA 6029, Australia
  • Design Team: David Hillam, Justin Carrier, Tim Lannigan, Lesley Hooper, Hayley Gardiner, Helena Nikola
  • Collaborators: Weststyle; Taylor Lanscaping
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Dion Robeson

© Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson

Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals Official List of 2015 Participants

A 40-strong list of international studios has named the official participants of the first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial - the “largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.” Chosen by Biennial Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda - who are supported by an advisory council comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman - each participating practice will convene in Chicago to discuss "The State of the Art of Architecture" and showcase their work from October 3 to January 3, 2016.

“The city of Chicago has left an indelible mark on the field of architecture, from the world’s first modern skyscraper to revolutionary urban designs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “That’s why there’s no better host city than Chicago for this rare global event. The Chicago Architecture Biennial offers an unprecedented chance to celebrate the architectural, cultural, and design advancements that have collectively shaped our world.”

A complete list of participants, after the break. 

Loft Transformation / Studio Appelo

  • Architects: Studio Appelo
  • Location: Hoogte Kadijk, 1018 Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Matthieu van Ek

© Matthieu van Ek © Matthieu van Ek © Matthieu van Ek © Matthieu van Ek

Zaha Hadid Architects Win Danjiang Bridge Competition in Taiwan

Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as winner of the Danjiang Bridge International Competition in Taiwan. The new bridge was designed to "make a conspicuous landmark against the backdrop of Tamsui's famous sunset," says ZHA director Patrik Schumacher. It will be comprised of a cable-stayed bridge design that will minimize its "visual impact" by needing only one concrete structural mass to support its 920-meter-long span.

"The Danjiang Bridge will be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge," said ZHA in a press release. Read on to see how the bridge will be constructed.

Event: Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City

The nation’s largest film festival celebrating architecture and design will return to NYC in two brand new locations in Chelsea. Opening night will be held at the SVA Theatre, and the duration of the ADFF, from October 14-18, 2015, will be held at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas - a newer, bigger and more central location to accommodate a large expected audience and allow for exciting new programming. The seventh edition of the festival will present a curated selection of 30+ intriguing feature-length and short films in addition to panel discussions and Q&As with design thought leaders and filmmakers from around the world. The films explore the human elements of art, fashion, architecture and design in our everyday lives, while making the topics relatable, entertaining, and engaging for a broad audience.

La Condesa / Plasma Nodo

  • Designer: Plasma Nodo
  • Location: Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design team: Santiago Bohórquez, Daniel Mejía, Sara Ramírez
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Daniel Mejía

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Indian Mountain School Student Center / Flansburgh Architects

© Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson

How Walter Segal's 1970s DIY Community Could Help Solve Today's Housing Crisis

In recent years, DIY approaches to building houses have become increasingly popular, as increasing cost and decreasing availability have caused some prospective house-buyers to embrace simple methods of fabrication and the sweat of their own brow, as discussed in this recent article. However, this trend has much earlier precedents: in 1979, self-build pioneer Walter Segal had already embraced these progressive concepts in a development known as "Walter's Way," an enclave of self-built social housing in southeast London. According to Dave Dayes, a Walter's Way resident and an original builder on the project, Segal believed that "anybody can build a house. All you need to do is cut a straight line and drill a straight hole." The houses were built entirely of standard wood units assembled onsite in Lewisham.

In this video, London based non-profit The Architecture Foundation steps into the utopia of Walter's Way, a micro-neighborhood founded on principals of communal living for people of all backgrounds. The film has been released in connection with Doughnut: The Outer London Festival taking place September 5th, which will bring together writers, historians, architects and economists for "an adventurous celebration of all things Outer London and a critical reflection on the rapid transformation that the city's periphery is currently experiencing." The Architecture Foundation aims to introduce central Londoners (and the world) to the radically functional housing concepts in practice at Walter's way.

DrDerm Dermatology Clinic / Atelier Central Arquitectos

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Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking

How do you compare cities? It's difficult to collapse millions of individual subjective experiences into a single method of comparison, but one popular technique used in recent years has been to judge a city's "livability." But what does this word actually mean? In their 2015 ranking of the world's most livable cities, Metropolis Magazine has gathered together a group of experts on city planning, urban life, tourism and architecture to break down "livability" into the categories they think matter and draw upon Metropolis' considerable urban coverage to produce one of the most thorough attempts to rank world series yet attempted. Find out the results after the break.

Kéré Architecture to Design Protective Shelter for Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan

Kéré Architecture has placed first in a competition to design a protective shelter on the UNESCO-protected Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan, North Africa. Believed to have served nearby palaces from the great African Kingdom of Kush (now modern-day Sudan), the Meroe Royal Baths were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and is the focus of joint research by the German Archaeological Institute and the National Corporation for Antiques and Museums. Still marked by temples, palaces and over two hundred pyramids, the ruins of Meroe are a testimony to the exchanges of culture between the Mediterranean and Africa. Find out more about the proposal after the break.

Canalla Disco / Vaillo+Irigaray

  • Architects: Vaillo+Irigaray
  • Location: Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte, Daniel Galar Irurre, Josecho Vélaz Ballesteros
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rubén Pérez Bescós

© Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós

The Legacy of Dictatorial Architecture in our Cities

For the latest edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team travel to Moscow, Portugal and Hong Kong to examine how "architecture has always been the unfortunate sidekick of any dictatorial regime." In the process they ask what these buildings actually stand for, and explore the legacy of the architecture of Fascist, Imperial and Brutalist regimes from around the world today. From the Seven Sisters in Moscow to António de Oliveira Salazar's Ministry of Internal Affairs in Lisbon, this episode asks how colonial, dictatorial and power-obsessed architecture has shaped our cities.

Country House / ELASTICOSPA + 3

  • Architects: ELASTICOSPA + 3
  • Location: Sacile PN, Italy
  • Design Team: Stefano Pujatti, Alberto Del Maschio, Marco Burigana, Valeria Brero, Corrado Curti, Daniele Almondo
  • Area: 525.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Betta Crovato

© Betta Crovato © Betta Crovato © Betta Crovato © Betta Crovato