Dunham Pavilion at Aurora RiverEdge Park / Muller&Muller

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Architects: Muller&Muller
Location: 360 North Broadway, , IL 60505, USA
Architect In Charge: David Steele, Mark Vrba, Susan Johnson
Area: 1733.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Muller&Muller

5 Reasons Architects Should Learn to Code

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In his popular post on how architects can “work smarter, not harder,” Michael Kilkelly suggests that you should ”customize your tools to work the way you work” and “use macros to automate repetitive tasks.” Both sound very helpful of course, but wouldn’t those require you to to write some code? Yes – but according to Kilkelly this should be a tool available in every architect’s toolkit. Originally published on ArchSmarter, here he offers 5 reasons that architects should learn to code.

As architects, we need to know a lot of stuff. We need to know building codes, structures, mechanical systems, materials. We need to know how to read zoning codes, how to calculate building area, how to layout office floor. The list goes on and on. Do we really need to know how to write computer programs as well?

House in Q2 / Santiago Viale

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Architects: Santiago Viale
Location: , Córdoba, Argentina
Area: 364 sqm
Year Project: 2015
Photography: Gonzalo Viramonte

Call for Proposals: Exhibit Your Work at Milan Expo 2015

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Architects, Engineers, Artists, Designers and students from all around the world are invited to participate in the Expo Milano 2015 with projects that propose solutions to the theme of the Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the planet, energy for life.” Participants are also being encouraged to submit proposals that solve some of the main challenges that our society is facing, such as the rapid population growth and all the problems that this brings (destruction of the ecosystems, social divisions, scarcity of resources, etc.). This desires to showcase different architectural, construction, urban and social solutions promoting its different authors in the Universal Exposition.

The winners will be selected by the group Social Cooperation Architects (SCoopA) to exhibit their proposals at the Expo Milano 2015. In addition, a virtual platform will be established to foment the dialog between the different participants and proposals. 

Media Library Choisy-Le-Roi / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez
Location: Choisy-le-Roi,
Architect In Charge: Florent Descolas
Economist: MEBI
Area: 2400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Villa H in Brabant / Coenen Sättele Architecten

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Architects: Coenen Sättele Architecten
Location: ,
Design Team: Bettina Sättele, Ivo Janssen, Edwin van Oppen
Design Villa, Horse Stable, Interior, Furniture, Garden: Coenen Sättele Architecten
Area: 380.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Arthur Bagen

Dreischeibenhaus / HPP Architects

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Architects: HPP Architects
Location: Düsseldorf,
Project Leader: Karl Heinz Wolff
Project Partner: Claudia Roggenkämper
Design Team: Fritz Altland, Sema Arda-al-Salahi, Detlev Armeloh, Ugur Aybirdi, Erwin Drese, Anika, Kessel, Markus Leiting, Heike Pauckert-Noelte, Florentine Struss, Marion Weiler
Area: 35000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of HPP Architects

Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN

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Architects: HHD_FUN
Location: , Shandong,
Area: 6539.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: DuoCai Photograph, Zhenfei Wang

JA97: Curving Line & Surface

From the publisher. 97 is focused on the curving lines and surfaces in architecture. The issue explores the topic through works, an interview, and essays by 10 architects including SANAA, Jun Aoki, TNA, and Junya Ishigami.

The issue, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, also introduces works of architecture with curving lines and surfaces from the past such as Kenzo Tange’s National Gymnasiums for Tokyo Olympics from 1964 and Toyo Ito’s House in Kamiwada from 1977.

Wakatipu Guest House / Team Green Architects

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Architects: Team Green Architects
Location: Dalefield 9371,
Architect In Charge: Mark Read
Area: 106.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sam Hartnett

Courtesy of CTRL+SPACE
Courtesy of CTRL+SPACE

Open Call: Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition

CTRL+SPACE has launched its Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition. Seeking designs from students and professionals (developed individually or in teams of four or less), the competition challenges participants to create a site-specific, multi-functional market with a strong public element. Submissions are welcomed now until June 27 and winners will be announced on July 17, 2015. Three winning designs will receive monetary prizes from 500€ to 3500€, and five merit award recipients will also be selected. For more details or to register, visit ctrl-space.net.

Video: Rob Whitworth, Stunning Cities in Hyperlapse

Witness the urban life of five stunning metropolises through the lens of Rob Whitworth with these “Vimeo Staff Pick” videos. From the unexplored urban life of the North Korean capital Pyongyang to the towering skyline of Dubai, each video explores an incredible sequence of daily living in cities across the planet. See more, including video from Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, after the break.

Pavillion in Warsaw / Ponadto Grupa Projektowa

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Architects: Ponadto Grupa Projektowa
Location: Warsaw,
Architects In Charge: Aleksandra Krzywańska, Maja Matuszewska, Katarzyna Szpicmacher
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafał Nebelski, Piotr Szczepański

6 Ways to Repurpose the Chicago Spire “Hole”

Beacon / Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Image Courtesy of magazine

With Santiago Calatrava’s unfulfilled Chicago Spire amounting to just a (costly) depression along the Chicago River, what was to be the second-tallest building in the world certainly has not established the legacy it intended. However, following the site’s relinquishment to local developers Related Midwest, it may yet have a meaningful impact on its community. Six Chicago-based firms of various disciplines have developed designs to make use of the “hole” by injecting a public program into the abandoned site.

Check out the inventive proposals, with ideas from firms including UrbanLab and Solomon Cordwell Buenz, after the break.

“Superstructure”: 11 Projects That Defined Kiev’s Soviet Modernism

Pavilion “Transport”, from the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy of USSR. Image Courtesy of Valentyn Shtolko

Around the globe, the post-war years were a period of optimism and extreme experimentation. On both sides of the cold war’s ideological divide, this optimism found its greatest expression, architecturally speaking, in modernism - but of course, the particular circumstances of each city offered a unique spin on the modernist project. According to the curators of “Superstructure,” an exhibition presented at Kiev’s Visual Culture Research Center from January 28th to February 28th, the utopian architectural works of Kiev represented ”an attempt to transform the city into the environment for materialization of artistic thinking – in contrast to the strict unification of city space by typical construction and residential blocks.” Architects such as Edward Bilsky and Florian Yuriyev, often working in collaboration with artists such as Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko attempted to create projects that were a complete synthesis of architecture and art – an approach to design that often didn’t sit well with the Ukrainian authorities of the time.

Featuring research by Alex Bykov, Oleksandr Burlaka and Oleksiy Radynski, “Superstructure” examined the projects which were typical of this particular cultural moment in Kiev. After the break, we present this research, and a selection of images from the exhibition.

MeCri Museum / studio inches architettura

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Architects: studio inches architettura
Location: Minusio,
Design Team: Matteo Inches, Nastasja Geleta, Tommaso Pareschi
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcelo Villada Ortiz

The Hombroich Foundation Presents “Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015″

Casa das Historias – Museu Paula Rego / . Image © Luis Ferreira Alves

From April 18 until August 24, 2015, the will showcase the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Spanning from his early career in 1980 to the present, the exhibition will explore de Moura’s influential style through models, plans, sketches and photographs. Celebrating such dynamic works as the reconstruction of the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria do Bouro in Amares and the the football stadium Estádio Municipal de Braga, highlighted projects will tell the lifelong story of de Moura’s designs.

Courtesy of Maruf Raihan
Courtesy of Maruf Raihan

Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism

Maruf Raihan, founder of Bangladeshi graphic design firm Studio Biporit has created an infographic tracing the career of Muzharul Islam, widely recognized as the Master Architect of South Asian Modernism. The timeline begins with Islam’s birth in Murshidabad in 1923, spanning from his first major project— the Central Library at the University of Dhaka, in 1953— to his last, the World Bank Office in Dhaka in 1987. Also documented are his numerous academic and architectural milestones, including extensive international publication and exhibition. Highly legible and amply illustrated, the infographic concludes with an entry noting Islam’s death in 2012, at the age of 88. The full-sized graphic can be viewed here.