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7 Things I Learned While Getting My Master's in Architecture

08:00 - 21 January, 2017
7 Things I Learned While Getting My Master's in Architecture, © Image © Alex Watkins, via Flickr. License CC BY 2.0
© Image © Alex Watkins, via Flickr. License CC BY 2.0

Graduation often leaves a void in a new architect’s life. After five years or more (lets face it, usually more) of being with the same friends, colleagues and teachers, it’s only natural that the transition from academic to professional life is accompanied by a feeling of nostalgia for long discussions in college corridors, late nights designing together, parties, and, above all, a student routine.

The most common route after receiving a degree is facing the (savage) job market. Finding an internship and becoming an architect, finding a job in a new office, and spending some time getting to know the insides of studios, offices, and architectural firms seems to be one of the options that most interests new architects. The idea of starting your own business in the long-term future seems to be adequate compensation for those years of dedication to projects that are not always tasteful or aligned with the ideals of those who have just left college.

San Martino / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

05:00 - 21 January, 2017
San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects, © Martine Neirynck
© Martine Neirynck

© Martine Neirynck © Martine Neirynck © Martine Neirynck © Martine Neirynck +17

Noto-Lucchesi Stadium / Studio NAOM

02:00 - 21 January, 2017
Noto-Lucchesi Stadium / Studio NAOM, Courtesy of Atelier NAOM
Courtesy of Atelier NAOM

Courtesy of Atelier NAOM Courtesy of Atelier NAOM Courtesy of Atelier NAOM Courtesy of Atelier NAOM +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Marseille, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Atelier NAOM
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier NAOM

Dushan School Complex / West-line studio

22:00 - 20 January, 2017
Dushan School Complex / West-line studio, Courtesy of Martina Muratori
Courtesy of Martina Muratori

Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie
  • Area

    56491.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Martina Muratori

Uber Hong Kong / Bean Buro

20:00 - 20 January, 2017
Uber Hong Kong  / Bean Buro, © Bean Buro
© Bean Buro

© Bean Buro © Bean Buro © Bean Buro © Bean Buro +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Bean Buro
  • Design Directors

    Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorène Faure
  • Area

    9000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Palo Alto Networks Offices Israel / Setter Architects

19:00 - 20 January, 2017
Palo Alto Networks Offices Israel  / Setter Architects, ©  Itay Sikolski
© Itay Sikolski

©  Itay Sikolski ©  Itay Sikolski ©  Itay Sikolski ©  Itay Sikolski +22

Prépinson, Rehabilitation Of Four Traditional Houses / WAW Achitectes

17:00 - 20 January, 2017
Prépinson, Rehabilitation Of Four Traditional Houses / WAW Achitectes, © Sophie Carles
© Sophie Carles

© Sophie Carles          © Sophie Carles          © Sophie Carles          © Sophie Carles          +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    37340 Ambillou, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Stanislas Cheuvreux, Arnaud Coutine, Bérenger Marinot
  • Area

    712.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

11 Artists Visualize Tchoban Voss Projects in "Images from Berlin" Exhibition

16:00 - 20 January, 2017
11 Artists Visualize Tchoban Voss Projects in "Images from Berlin" Exhibition, Courtesy of Tchoban Voss Architekten
Courtesy of Tchoban Voss Architekten

Towering like an infinite mountain of stone, a building devoid of windows and doors is hand-drawn in the tradition of the old masters. Elsewhere, colored strips of tape address the same project, visualized as a sequence of stacked layers. In yet another image, this time presented in a more realistic style, the cityscape is framed by two men gazing out at the viewer with a grin.

It’s a daring experiment that Tchoban Voss Architekten undertake in their exhibition “Images from Berlin.” Instead of presenting their projects with the usual means, they have delegated this task to 11 visual artists. The aforementioned works stem from a confrontation by Gottfried Müller and Valery Koshlyakov with the Museum for Architectural Drawing. Meanwhile, the Living Levels are approached by the duo Vrubel & Timofeeva as an everyday urban environment.

MICHELE ALASSIO / The Web Nightmare, from the series "Dreams & Nightmares." Digital print on baryta paper, 67 x 120 cm (2012) ALEXANDER BRODSKY / Aquarium. Graphite pencil, fibre pen on transparent paper, 70 x 50 cm (2016) VLADIMIR DUBOSSARSKY / Tchobangrad. Print and oil on canvas, 320 x 375 cm (2016) VALERY KOSHLYAKOV / Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin. Colour tape on perspex, 90 x 80 cm (2016) +12

Boos Beach Club Restaurant / Metaform architects

15:00 - 20 January, 2017
Boos Beach Club Restaurant / Metaform architects, © Steve Troes
© Steve Troes

© Steve Troes © Steve Troes © Steve Troes © Steve Troes +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    8140 Bridel, Luxembourg
  • Architect in Charge

    Agaajani, Ristic
  • Structural Engineer

    Ney & Partners / WOW
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair

14:00 - 20 January, 2017
UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Employing the latest in aluminum and metals innovation, Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have erected the ALPOLIC fair stand at BAU 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. Emphasizing the inherent strength of the ultra-light material, the parametric design utilizes geometric principles to create a self-supporting semi-private stand for gathering and the display of products.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +16

Lar Casa de Magalhães / Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design

13:00 - 20 January, 2017
Lar Casa de Magalhães / Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design, ©  Hugo Carvalho Araújo
© Hugo Carvalho Araújo

©  Hugo Carvalho Araújo ©  Hugo Carvalho Araújo ©  Hugo Carvalho Araújo ©  Hugo Carvalho Araújo +22

Elizabeth Diller to Produce Opera for the High Line

12:00 - 20 January, 2017
Elizabeth Diller to Produce Opera for the High Line, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Continuing in her firm’s tradition of blurring the lines between architecture, art and environment, Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is producing an opera for the High Line. Dubbed the “Mile Long Opera,” the production will be set along New York’s new favorite attraction, which was designed by DS+R with James Corner and Piet Oudolf and opened to the public in 2009.

New BIO Winery / MADE Associati Architetti

11:00 - 20 January, 2017
New BIO Winery  / MADE Associati Architetti, © Francesco Galifi
© Francesco Galifi

© Adriano Marangon © Adriano Marangon © Adriano Marangon © Adriano Marangon +13

How the NMAAHC Became the Greenest Museum in Washington DC

09:30 - 20 January, 2017
How the NMAAHC Became the Greenest Museum in Washington DC, National Museum of African American History and Culture, west facade. Image © Darren Bradley
National Museum of African American History and Culture, west facade. Image © Darren Bradley

This article, originally titled "DC’s Museum Of African American History Is The City’s Greenest," was originally published on Lance Hosey's Huffington Post blog. It is part of a four-part series about the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Fifteen years ago, when I worked on the design of a high-performance museum, the concept was considered so unusual that the media questioned the very idea. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) had only very recently introduced its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, so much of the public wasn’t familiar with the concept. Over the following decade, it became more and more popular in every building type, including museums. A watershed year was 2008. The Water + Life Museums in Hemet, CA, became the first LEED Platinum museum, quickly followed by the California Academy of Science, which has been called “the world’s greenest museum.” The same year, the Grand Rapids Art Museum became the first LEED-certified art museum. By 2016, International Museum Day could highlight ten LEED-certified museums in the US alone.

Now the Smithsonian has completed its first LEED Gold project, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). (The Silver-rated National Museum of the American Indian [NMAI] was the first Smithsonian project to become a certified green building, although it wasn’t designed to this standard and didn’t achieve it until seven years after opening in 2004.) By many measures, the NMAAHC is easily the greenest museum in Washington.

Quinta do Carregal / WAATAA_we are all together around architecture

09:00 - 20 January, 2017
Quinta do Carregal  / WAATAA_we are all together around architecture, © WAATAA PHOTOGRAPHY
© WAATAA PHOTOGRAPHY

© WAATAA PHOTOGRAPHY © WAATAA PHOTOGRAPHY © WAATAA PHOTOGRAPHY © WAATAA PHOTOGRAPHY +23

Game of Thrones: The Politics and Foundations of Fictional Cities

08:00 - 20 January, 2017
Game of Thrones: The Politics and Foundations of Fictional Cities, Kingslanding- Game of Thrones (2011). Image © HBO
Kingslanding- Game of Thrones (2011). Image © HBO

What makes a city different from a town? What is the distinction between these two seemingly similar collections of buildings and streets? Why can we trace towns back to the Stone Age, while the first city remains a mystery? Although a village and a city can be considered similar, the city has a unique and innovative element that makes it stand out: the citizens and civitas.  

While villages were merely an efficient urban system for groups of people that live together, the foundation of a city entails the institution of a very concrete idea of society, of a commitment between individuals to organize the world based on shared criteria.

The civitas is precisely this idea of social order, the accumulation of traditions, laws, principles and beliefs that gave rise to the civil community. Urbs is the urban model especially dedicated to institutionalizing this idea of society. Be aware that we’re not talking about streets or houses here, but of the moment of the establishment, that is, of the foundation of the city. As Fustel de Coulanges would say, while the civitas is a time-honored inheritance accumulated over centuries, the urbs is founded in one day. Filling it with streets, houses, and shops as a consequence.

Dublin Rotating Bridge Proposal Aims to Catalyze the City

06:00 - 20 January, 2017
Dublin Rotating Bridge Proposal Aims to Catalyze the City, Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH)
Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH)

A team composed of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) has won Director’s Choice Award in the AC-CA competition to design a contemporary footbridge in Dublin, Ireland. Entitled The Catalyst, the team’s proposal aims to become “a dynamic link which stimulates diverse urban activities and facilitates a spectacular cityscape.”

Designed around the idea of enhancing the surrounding Dockland neighborhood and Dublin as a whole, The Catalyst acts as both a physical link, as well as a new vantage point, encouraging passers-by to pause and reflect on the city.

Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) +12

Natural History Museum St. Gallen / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten+ Armon Semadeni Architekten

05:00 - 20 January, 2017
Natural History Museum St. Gallen / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten+ Armon Semadeni Architekten, ©  Roman Keller
© Roman Keller

©  Roman Keller ©  Roman Keller ©  Roman Keller ©  Roman Keller +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    St Gallen, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Armon Semadeni, Marius Hug, Michael Meier - Anita Emele, Project leader 2009-2013, Martin Dennler, Project leader 2014-2016 - Jonas Krieg, Kirsten García, Anouk Trautmann, Daniel Hediger, Thomas Winkelmann (cand.), Tobias Uhlmann, Murielle Geel, Alexandre Figueiredo (cand.), Estelle Bertholet (cand.), Nina Fruhmann (cand.), Alain Walter (cand.)
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs