Its clear in 2010 perhaps more than ever that significant shifts in economies and culture can occur extremely rapidly; climatic crisis can devastate enormous populations in seconds. Our architectural response is critical. The architectural recourse of one crisis needs to be more than a temporary fix as it is often the only opportunity to implement further preventative measures for a future occurrence.
This workshop exposes digitally-driven technologies aiding the architectural realm in developing design intentions in accordance with environmental, material & production parameters. Workshop explores how to implement TODAY the utilization of advancing technologies whether a student or design professional. Parametric approaches are not limited to the software one uses but more importantly a shift in thinking of multi-phase aspects of an architectural project. Join LaN in forwarding the relevance of these practices to very real-world scenarios.
The three day workshop will take place at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center between April 12-14. For more information, click here.
Architects: Bernard Tschumi & Hugh Dutton Architects
Location: Roche-sur-Yon, France
Bernard Tschumi Architects Team: Schematic Design, Design Development: Francoise Akinosho, Ben Edelberg, Kim Starr. Construction Documents / Site Supervision : Véronique Descharrières, Vincent Prunier, Rémy Cointet, Alice Dufourmontelle
HDA Team: Pierluigi Bucci, Pierre Chassagne, Francesco Cingolani, Maria Angela Corsi, Pietro Demontis, Gaëtan Kolher, Cathy Shortle, Romain Stieltjes, Carla Zaccheddu
Client: City of Roche sur Yon
Project Team: SNCF – Engineering Departement, Jean-Marie Garnier
Contractor: Renaudat Centre Constructions
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters
Sublime Flesh brings together, for the first time, new designs for contemporary spiritual spaces developed by students at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. A collection of research projects located in international cities including Istanbul, Rome, Turin, Lisbon, Havana and Miami, each explores a unique sense of sacredness and the Sublime.
The complex nature of these themes is articulated in a series of exquisite models that express a new ornamental, spatial and technological approach and also a reconsidered religious and cultural dimension for contemporary architecture design.
The exhibition will continue in London Christ Church till April 11. Also, there will be various events through the exhibition. Among those there will be a symposium on Tuesday April 6 14:30-18:30. Speakers are Sir Peter Cook, Marjan Colletti, Rev Rod Green, Robert Harbison, Ali Mangera, Natasha Sandmeier, Yael Reisner, and Marcos Cruz (chair).
For more information, click here.
In Zaandam, the city of the first European McDonalds, we find the Inntel Hotel designed by dutch architects WAM.
The 12-storey tall structure is the result of stacking a series of tradicional Dutch houses.
Neo post modernism?
Read the complete article at The Guardian.
Many of you will be enjoying some delicious chocolate eggs this weekend. We didn’t want to be left behind so we want to see some egg architecture! What about this egg casino in Las Vegas, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects?
Can you tell us of other egg projects around?
Architects: espaço a3
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Principal in Charge: Carlos Pinto Velosa
Collaborators: Isabel Guerreiro, Fernando Pires, Pedro Gomes (Design)
Engineering: Luis Teixeira, Eng.
Client: Prof. Dr. Luís Jardim e Prof. Dr. Paula Marques
Project Area: 470 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts some great lectures featuring some of the world’s most important architects. We will be telling you about their events on a monthly basis, so here are the dates of their April events.
April 1 / Science and Democracy Lecture Series: Can We Leave the Bauxite in the Mountain? / Arundhati Roy
April 2-3 / Critical Ecologies / Colloquium, Keynote Speakers Sanford Kwinter, Piet Oudolf, Richard Wrangham
April 6 / Now? Territories and Territoriality / Martha Rosler in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi
April 6 / Form / John Portman + Jack Portman with Mack Scogin
April 7 / Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Color is not a Decoration / Claude Cormier
April 8 / On the Future of Landscape History / John Dixon Hunt in conversation with Mark Laird
April 12 / Architectural Agency: The Case of Elemental / Alejandro Aravena with Andres Lepik, Toshiko Mori, Hashim Sarkis
April 13 / The Return of Nature: The Nature of Architecture / Peter Eisenman, Jorge Silvetti, Sarah Whiting
April 14 / Discussions in Architecture / Peter Eisenman with Preston Scott Cohen
April 14 / REAI Lecture / Adolfo Carrion, Director of the White House Office on Urban Affairs
April 15-16 / Inside/Out: Exploring Gender and Space in Life, Culture, and Art / Conference
April 16-17 / Cambridge Talks IV: Design Politics / Symposium
April 20 / Digital Culture in Architecture / Antoine Picon
April 21-23 / Design, Infrastructure Sustainability, and Social Responsability / Conference
You can find more on each event on the GSD official website. Every event is free and open to the public.
Back in 2006, the Torrevieja Relaxation Park in Spain was built to be a landmark in the City and a referent in contemporary architecture, but its actual state is just the opposite.
Thanks to Abitare I got into this article that shows how the building is already in ruins just 4 years after its realization. The original project contained three buildings in the coasts of Torrevieja, but the Coast management department stopped the project, leaving it to the disuse consequences. Now Torrevieja has a landmark, but was this what they expected?
Architects: Dennis Gibbens Architects
Location: Venice, CA, USA
Senior Project Architect: Oren Dothan
Project Architect: Ryan Turner
Lighting Consultant: Lux Populi
Audiovisual Consultant: Audio Video Experience
Structural Engineer: Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers
Concrete Contractor: Creative Masonry
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Benny Chan, Nazy Alvarez, Ryan Turner
A new hospital typology has been designed by the team of Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco that eliminates the need for a standard hospital. In their design, 58 trailers provide a fully operational, fully mobile 48-bed hospital. The trailers include every aspect of a hospital – from waiting gift shops, to surgical suites with 4 O.R.s, pharmacies and labs. The design is the future of how westernized health care will travel abroad. It is a system that effectively transforms health care for entire regions and countries over time, letting the hospital and care come to the patient.
More about the mobile idea after the break.