House Husarö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Location: , Sweden
Architect In Charge: Martin Videgård
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ake E:son Lindman

A Practical Study in the Discipline of Architectural Modelmaking

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Why do we make models? From sketch maquettes and detail tests to diagrammatic and presentation models, the discipline of physically crafting ideas to scale is fundamental to the architect’s process. For architect and educator Nick Dunn, architectural models ultimately ”enable the designer to investigate, revise and further refine ideas in increasing detail until such a point that the project’s design is sufficiently consolidated to be constructed.” In Dunn’s second edition of his practical guide and homage to the architectural model, the significance and versatility of this medium is expertly visualised and analysed in a collection of images, explanations, and case studies.

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

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Architects: Auer Weber Assoziierte
Location: Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, 85748 Garching,
Area: 18736.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aldo Amoretti

Karakoy Loft / Ofist

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Architects: Ofist
Location: Karaköy, 34200 Beyoğlu/ Province,
Design Team: Yasemin Arpac & Sabahattin Emir
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koray Erkaya

Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

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Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Location: Tianjin, Tianjin,
Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
Project Team Leader Ny: Audrey Choi
Project Team Leader Hk: Edwin Lau
Area: 152800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: Toronto, ON,
Team: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon, Rachel Tameirao, Jasmine Maggs
Area: 2880.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art

First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI

Winners have been announced for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). The competition, this year sited in , calls on interdisciplinary teams to large scale site-specific artworks that provide renewable electricity to the city at a utility-scale (equivalent to the demand of hundreds or even thousands of homes). Once constructed, these public infrastructure artworks have the potential to offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire the communities in which they are built.

Check out the winning energy-generating sculptures, after the break.

Emerging Voices: David Benjamin of The Living

In his lecture as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, David Benjamin discusses his unique approach to environmental and computational and how it manifests itself in the work of The Living, a firm he founded in 2006.

Throughout the lecture Benjamin discusses projects that are fundamentally linked to the natural environment and ideas related to sustainability. To introduce how the firm generates new ideas, Benjamin describes a method of experimentation developed in their practice called flash research: beginning with the idea that architecture could be dynamic and responsive, these are prototypes that operate under self-created constraints such as a budget of $1000 or less and a required time span of three months or less.

Read on after the break for further synopsis of the lecture.

105 Corlett Drive / Paragon Architects

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Architects: Paragon Architects
Location: 105 Corlett Drive, Johannesburg, 2196,
Architect In Charge: Anthony Orelowitz, Carla Soudien, Kate Keightly-Smith, John Peska, Yumna Ismail, Tom Hill
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Bell

Video: Three Writers On Olafur Eliasson’s Riverbed

In this video from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art‘s Lousiana Channel, three acclaimed writers – Sjón, James McBride and Daniel Kehlmann – talk about their experience of Olafur Eliasson’s Indoor Riverbed at the Danish museum. Sjón describes how he felt when he saw 180 tons of rock from his home country of Iceland filling the room, saying “It was like a moment in a dream, when you enter a room and something is not right, but familiar.”

The writers reflect on the role of itself, as Sjón states ”If is to give answers at all, it should be confusing answers.” Watch the full video to learn more about how the installation impacts its viewers and successfully blurs the lines between and nature.

© Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi
© Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi

Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation

When you abandon the countryside in favour of the city, what do you leave behind? In a recent essay for Icon MagazineOMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas deliberates on the intersection between the two, arguing that “our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside.”

“The countryside is now the frontline of transformation,” Koolhaas says, describing a new type of hybridized urban-countryside where no stone is left unturned. Koolhaas refers to this land as ”the intermediate,” describing it as “a well-manicured place where surface appearances bear almost no relation to what is actually happening on the land and in the buildings.” The countryside, Koolhaas argues, is no longer a sober second thought for the urban dweller but a facsimile of the failures of city life. Read the essay in full, here.

Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

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Architects: Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Location: ,
Designer: Nadir Abdessemed, Jakob Merk and Matthias Schuler
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten

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Architects: Unterlandstättner Architekten
Location: Krailling,
Project Team: Telemach Rieff, Anke Göckelmann, Enrico Schreck
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten

House T / Haro Architects

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Architects: Haro Architects
Location: Salzburg,
Architect In Charge: Bernd Haslauer, Roberto Rodríguez Paraja
Collaborators: Angel Muñoz, Christina Golser
Area: 385.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stefan Zauner

Marlborough College via Wikipedia
Marlborough College via Wikipedia

Five Shortlisted for Marlborough College Science Building

Feilden Clegg Bradley StudiosNicholas Hare ArchitectsOrmsSarah Wigglesworth Architects and Tim Ronalds Architects have been shortlisted in a competition to expand and develop the Marlborough College science building in Wiltshire, England. “The current Science Block has a fascinating heritage but needs a new life to accommodate new teaching methods,” explained Malcolm Reading, the competition’s organizer. “The competition is all about finding a balance between the architectural grain of the existing eclectic campus and a confident and exciting piece of contemporary architecture.” The teams will now develop proposals. A winner will be announced in December. 

Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant’Anna University Proposal

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Studio Ricatti has revealed their for a new university in the Arcispedale San’Anna in Cona-Ferrara Italy. In a competition hosted by the University of Ferrara, the firm was awarded second place for the proposal, which was characterized by clarity of form, efficient flow, and a balance between intimate and social spaces.

More about the winning entry, after the break.

Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair

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A group of architecture students from Ball State University, together with professors Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, have transformed a post-industrial landscape in , Indiana, into a new destination for the city’s local fair with the construction of the Underwood Pavilion. The parametric tensegrity structure, made from 56 lightweight, self-shading modules of Elastan fabric, provides visitors with refuge from the sun and framed views of the surrounding landscape. 

More about the structure, after the break.

Sausalito Hillside Remodel / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

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Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Team: Mary Griffin – FAIA, Stephan Hastrup – AIA, John Kleman
Area: 3888.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mathew Millman