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How to Pleasantly Demolish a High-Rise

15:00 - 10 January, 2013

As the Atlantic Cities best describes, “Leave it to Japan to turn one of the dirtiest and noisiest processes of the urban lifecycle – the demolition of highrises – into a neat, quiet and almost cute affair.”

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation has discovered a new, more efficient way to disassemble, rather than demolish, a tall building over 100 meters. The process, known as Taisei’s Ecological Reproduction System or Tecorep, begins by transforming the structure’s top floors into an enclosed “cap”, which is then supported by temporary columns and powerful jacks. As demolition workers begin to disassemble the building from within, they use interior cranes to lower materials. After dismantling an entire floor, the jacks quietly lower the “cap” and the process is repeated.

“It’s kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks,” says one Taisei engineer, according to this report in the Japan Times.

Learn about the advantages of this process after the break.

AD Interviews: Richard Hassell / WOHA

14:30 - 10 January, 2013

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival held in Singapore, we had the opportunity to interview Richard Hassell, one of the founders of the highly acclaimed practice WOHA.

Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District

13:00 - 10 January, 2013
URBAN FABRIC: Building New York's Garment District; Courtesy of the Skyscraper Museum © 2012
URBAN FABRIC: Building New York's Garment District; Courtesy of the Skyscraper Museum © 2012

New York’s Garment District, consisting of 18 blocks in the west side of midtown, was the city’s most well known industries in the boom of the 1920s through the early 50s.  The influx of immigrants and the geography of New York City made it a natural hub for manufacturing and trading activity.  The work began in small workshops and at home in crowded tenements and eventually grew out of these crammed space into factories and warehouses.  The industry inadvertently transformed Seventh Avenue into rows of skyscraper factories that faithfully abided to New York City’s zoning regulations.  The 125 loft buildings all shared the pyramidal forms due to step-back laws governing design.

Now, The Skyscraper Museum in New York City is celebrating this neighborhood and its influential development of business, industry and architecture and the mark that it left on the city with an exhibition called URBAN FABRIC.  It is curated by Andrew S Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program, and will be running through February 17th.

Learn more and watch the curator’s lecture after the break.

'The Crown of Septiemvri' Soccer Stadium Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

11:00 - 10 January, 2013
Courtesy of Gras Arquitectos
Courtesy of Gras Arquitectos

Located in the old plot of the Olympic stadium of Sofia, Bulgaria, the proposal for the new soccer stadium by Gras Arquitectos aims to create a new mixed complex, keeping as much as possible the green and central qualities of the plot. Designed to seat around 15,000, the plot itself works as a central park of the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Open Exchange' Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / MODU

07:00 - 10 January, 2013
Courtesy of MODU
Courtesy of MODU

The “’Open Exchang’ proposal, for the Green Square Library and Plaza competition, creates a space of public engagement by challenging the role of the library in the contemporary city of Sydney. Designed by MODU , in collaboration with Future Green Studio landscape architects, their project becomes a social and public space made possible by new technology, with the potential to transcend the traditional definition of learning spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Stankuns
© Fernando Stankuns

© Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns © Fernando Stankuns +22

  • Architects in Charge

    Leonardo Shieh & Shueh Shueh Yau
  • Project Team

    Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
  • Structural Engineering

    EMAC Projetos
  • Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering

    CZN Engenharia
  • Site Area

    545 m²
  • Project Area

    500 sqm
  • Ano do projeto

    2012
  • Fotografias

Campo de Santa Cruz / José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Campo de Santa Cruz / José Cabral Dias + Luís Miguel Correia, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Coimbra, Portugal
  • Authors

    José Cabral Dias, Luís Miguel Correia
  • Collaborators

    Daniel Gameiro, Luís Spranger Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira Barbosa, João Fôja, Patrícia Miguel, Vanda Correia
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of JCD+LMC, Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Mineral Lodge / Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
© N.Borel
© N.Borel
  • Architects

  • Location

    Savoie, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Christian Girard
  • Design Team

    Christian Girard, Christophe Hebert, T.Sugi, M.Shun, L. Capdevielle, C.Cobel
  • Area

    371.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© N.Borel © N.Borel © N.Borel © N.Borel +20

NOVA ISKRA Design Incubator in Belgrade / Studio Petokraka

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
NOVA ISKRA Design Incubator in Belgrade / Studio Petokraka, © Relja Ivanić
© Relja Ivanić

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Belgrade, Serbia
  • Design Team

    Milica Maksimović & Aleksa Bijelović
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

12 Towers In Vallecas / nodo17 Architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
© Amparo Garrido
© Amparo Garrido
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida del Ensanche de Vallecas, 28031 Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team

    Birga Wingenfeld, Michael Moradillos, Félix Toledo Lerín
  • Contractor

    Fercaber
  • Structure

    Joaquín Antuña + JOFEMAR
  • Instalations

    Pérez Barja
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido © Amparo Garrido +34

Tokyo Balconies / KINO Architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Area

    31.12 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +23

Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers by Cristobal Palma

00:00 - 10 January, 2013
Casa Mirador / Matias Zegers by Cristobal Palma

After working with Rick Joy for more three years, collaborating in projects all around the US, Matías Zegers went back to Chile and founded Matías Zegers Architects. Last year, this Guest Pavilion, located in the Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley, was finished and Cristobal Palma realized this beautiful video, showing how simple but very powerful house settles overlooking the vineyards.

You can check some more videos by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily:

EVOA - Environmental Interpretation Center / Maisr Arquitetos

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
© Filipa Miguel Ferreira
© Filipa Miguel Ferreira

© Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira © Filipa Miguel Ferreira +18

Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, Courtesy of Tonic Design
Courtesy of Tonic Design

Courtesy of Tonic Design Courtesy of Tonic Design Courtesy of Tonic Design Courtesy of Tonic Design +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Builder

    Tonic Construction
  • Area

    2400.0 ft2
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Tonic Design

Haus am Bach / Dolmus Architekten

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Haus am Bach / Dolmus Architekten, © Aytac Pekdemir
© Aytac Pekdemir

© Martin Guggisberg © Martin Guggisberg © Aytac Pekdemir © Aytac Pekdemir +17

Vorwerk Uster / Spillmann Echsle

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Vorwerk Uster / Spillmann Echsle, © Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Uster, Switzerland
  • Project leader

    Simone Retter
  • Client

    Trümper AG
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Ave Plaza / Drozdov&Partners

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Ave Plaza / Drozdov&Partners, © Andrey Avdeenko
© Andrey Avdeenko

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
  • Design Team

    Oleg Drozdov, Vyacheslav Zhemir, Irina Goydenko
  • Area

    23400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Tripode Office Building / Barré Lambot Architectes

01:00 - 10 January, 2013
Tripode Office Building / Barré Lambot Architectes, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +19