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Foster + Partners and Branch Technology Win Phase 2 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

12:00 - 4 September, 2017
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

The team of Foster + Partners and Branch Technology have been awarded first prize in the latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a $2.5 million multi-phase competition designed to generate ideas and advance technology for the construction of sustainable housing solutions “for Earth and beyond.”

After printing three cylinder and three beams the first two levels of Phase 2, Stage 3 asked teams to design and print a 1.5-meter dome using indigenous Martian soil and recyclable materials, envisioning how future habitats could be constructed on the Red Planet. Teams were required to develop the 3-D printing technology itself as well as the structural design for each dome. The competition also dictated each structure be built within a 22-hour time frame, using the specific materials, geometric tolerances and autonomous performance that would be demanded by the Martian landscape.

Memphis Teacher Residency / archimania

11:01 - 4 September, 2017
Memphis Teacher Residency / archimania, © Hank Mardukas
© Hank Mardukas

© Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Memphis, TN, United States
  • Area

    21448.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

9 Types of Design Juror Every Architecture Student Faces in School

09:30 - 4 September, 2017
9 Types of Design Juror Every Architecture Student Faces in School

Design juries undoubtedly form the very foundation of architecture school. Their success or failure, however, largely lies in the hands of the jurors who are assigned to review student work. While architecture is an inter-disciplinary subject with wide-ranging consequences, most jurors are specialists in a singular sub-field. This makes design juries a terrifyingly unpredictable affair; students don’t just battle against their nerves and sleep-deprivation, but are also required to be on their toes to ensure that they can handle anything that the jurors might throw at them.

However, this is easier said than done. As a student, defending your work against criticism from an easily-offended know-it-all juror will probably do you more harm than good. Similarly, it’s hard to impress a building services expert by harping on about the probable positive sociological impacts of your design proposal. Being able to correctly identify the academic or emotive leanings of a juror can go a long way in helping students present their work strategically, thus ensuring that they make the most of their jury experience. Here’s a compilation of nine types of design jurors every architecture student will probably face at some point in school:

Ronda House / Marina Vella Arquitectura Urbanismo

09:00 - 4 September, 2017
Ronda House / Marina Vella Arquitectura Urbanismo, © Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart
© Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart

© Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart © Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart © Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart © Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart + 25

Spotlight: Kenzō Tange

08:00 - 4 September, 2017
Spotlight: Kenzō Tange, St. Mary Cathedral. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/9160678@N06/1351951533'>Flickr user scarletgreen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
St. Mary Cathedral. Image © Flickr user scarletgreen licensed under CC BY 2.0

As one of the eldest in a long line of architects that have made Japan one of the most revered countries in architecture, Pritzker-Prize Winning architect Kenzō Tange (4 September 1913 – 22 March 2005) helped define Japan’s post-WWII emergence into Modernism. Though he was trained as an architect, Tange was equally as influential as an urban planner giving him significant influence in Japan and around the world at both large and small scales.

Antarctic Base McMurdo Station Receives Sustainable New Master Plan

06:00 - 4 September, 2017
Antarctic Base McMurdo Station Receives Sustainable New Master Plan, © OZ Architecture
© OZ Architecture

McMurdo Station, the American Antarctic base, was never meant to be a permanent settlement when it was built in 1956, yet today it is home to 250 people full-time in addition to approximately 1,000 summer workers each year. Consisting now of over 100 buildings spread across 164 acres, the settlement acts as a logistical base for field science but is dysfunctional for the scientists and researchers who live and work there and inefficient in terms of meeting the demands of Antarctica’s harsh climate. OZ Architecture has recently unveiled a new master plan for McMurdo that aims to turn the station into a model of American leadership in science, engineering, sustainability, and architecture, condensing the current sprawl into a 300,000 square foot campus composed of 6 buildings.

© OZ Architecture © OZ Architecture Current McMurdo Station. Image © Peter Somers Current McMurdo Station. Image © OZ Architecture + 14

VÈLO7 Cycle Shop / mode:lina architekci

05:00 - 4 September, 2017
VÈLO7 Cycle Shop / mode:lina architekci, © Patryk Lewinski
© Patryk Lewinski

© Patryk Lewinski © Patryk Lewinski © Patryk Lewinski © Patryk Lewinski + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Głogowska 125, Poznań, Poland
  • Project Team

    Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Anna Kazecka
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

This Towering Residential Forest Could Offer a Solution to Urban Air Pollution

04:00 - 4 September, 2017

In this short film, part of a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed and The Verge, the Bosco Verticale—the towering residential forest in the dense urban environment of Milan—is examined for its architectural prowess, as well as its botanical aptitude. In the film, architect Stefano Boeri and expert arborists explain what makes the skyscraper so unique, as well as it's very real potential effect on air pollution in the city.

House on the Lake / AUM architecture

03:00 - 4 September, 2017
House on the Lake / AUM architecture, © Erick Saillet
© Erick Saillet

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Thonon-les-Bains, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Pierre Minassian
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Primitive Future - GUMPHA House / Within N Without

02:00 - 4 September, 2017
Primitive Future - GUMPHA House  / Within N Without, © Vikrant Dashputre
© Vikrant Dashputre

© Vikrant Dashputre © Vikrant Dashputre © Vikrant Dashputre © Vikrant Dashputre + 21

Rockery for Play—Poly WeDo Art Education / ARCHSTUDIO

00:00 - 4 September, 2017
Rockery for Play—Poly WeDo Art Education / ARCHSTUDIO, © Wang Ning
© Wang Ning

© Wang Ning © Wang Ning © Wang Ning © Wang Ning + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Damei Central, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wen-Qiang, Song Hui-Zhong, Li Yun-Tao
  • Area

    770.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Back Country House / LTD Architectural Design Studio

20:00 - 3 September, 2017
Back Country House / LTD Architectural Design Studio, © Jo Smith
© Jo Smith

© Jo Smith © Jo Smith © Jo Smith © Jo Smith + 29

EID Architecture Redefines High Density Mixed Use Development in Xi'an

16:00 - 3 September, 2017
EID Architecture Redefines High Density Mixed Use Development in Xi'an, © EID Architecture
© EID Architecture

After winning a recent international design competition, EID Architecture out of Shanghai aims to redefine high-density mixed-use development in Asia through their design for the OCT Xi’an International Center (OXIC) in Xi’an, China. The architects consider their approach an exploration of vertical urbanism; the project consists of a 320-meter tall tower for offices and a boutique hotel, a 220-meter tall apartment tower, and a 12-floor podium full of retail and entertainment spaces. Visualized as an icon and cultural landmark, the design is strategically organized horizontally and vertically to create a vibrant, permeable urban center.

© EID Architecture © EID Architecture © EID Architecture © EID Architecture + 20

Spotlight: Louis Sullivan

14:00 - 3 September, 2017
 © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagoarchitecturetoday/8400309871/'>Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>. Image © Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image © Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday licensed under CC BY 2.0

Known as Chicago's "Father of Skyscrapers," Louis Sullivan (September 3, 1856 – April 14, 1924) foreshadowed modernism with his famous phrase "form follows function." Sullivan was an architectural prodigy even as a young man, graduating high school and beginning his studies at MIT when he was just 16. After just a year of study he dropped out of MIT, and by the time he was just 24 he had joined forces with Dankmar Adler as a full partner of Adler and Sullivan.

The Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York. Image © Jack E. Boucher (public domain) The Carson Pirie Scott Building in Chicago, Illinois. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/8656829487'>Flickr user cjsmithphotography</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> The Wainwright Building in St Louis, Missouri. Image © University of Missouri The Wainwright Building in St Louis, Missouri. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2010-07-04_1880x2820_stlouis_wainwright_building.jpg'>J. Crocker</a> + 8

Brisas del Cabo House / José Manuel Álvarez Cruz

13:00 - 3 September, 2017
Brisas del Cabo House / José Manuel Álvarez  Cruz, © Roberto D’Ambrosio
© Roberto D’Ambrosio

© Roberto D’Ambrosio © Roberto D’Ambrosio © Roberto D’Ambrosio © Roberto D’Ambrosio + 28

Striking Images of Exposed Steel: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 3 September, 2017

High strength, ease of transport, and simplicity of assembly are among the many major advantages of steel. But while utilitarian steel structures tend to be hidden by architects, working with exposed steel can lead to attractive results. Steel not only brings lightness to a design, but can also offer different expressions of color and texture, depending on the treatment of the material. Below we present a selection of 14 photos of steel architecture from well-known photographers such as Adrien WilliamsImagen Subliminal, and Sergio Pirrone.

© Pete Eckert © Sergio Pirrone © Agustín Garza © Paul Crosby + 16

Time-Lapse Shows the Roof Installation at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

09:30 - 3 September, 2017

On Thursday, July 29th, the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano's roof was officially completed. This new stadium, a renovation of the old Peineta athletics stadium, is the new home ground of Spanish football club Atlético Madrid.

In this video, FCC Construcción captures the intense work on the roof which was designed and constructed by engineers Schlaich Bergermann Partner. The milestone marks four months of intense work since the installation of the first of the 96 PTFE radial panels at the north end of the stadium.

House in the Setback / Vera + Ormaza Arquitectos

09:00 - 3 September, 2017
House in the Setback / Vera + Ormaza Arquitectos, © JAG Studio
© JAG Studio

© JAG Studio              © JAG Studio              © JAG Studio              © JAG Studio              + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manta, Ecuador
  • Architects in Charge

    Angel Vera, Fabricio Ormaza
  • Area

    217.63 m2
  • Project Year

    2016