Applications Now Open for ManTownHuman’s Summer School

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Building on the success of their first Winter school in 2010, ManTownHuman’s “Critical Subjects” school returns this summer. The week-long event that will serve as a platform to debate vital architectural questions as diverse as “what is ‘nature’?”; “whatever happened to the avant garde?”; and “what is architecture for?” Applications are currently open – 30 of the UK‘s keenest architecture students will be chosen for their critical and innovative thought.

The school will visit a different venue each day, with hosts including Zaha Hadid Architects, Arup Associates and The Architectural Review. In a series of lectures, debates and design challenges, students will be expected to explore these topics in greater depth than is usually possible in architecture school, challenging the method of received wisdom that is increasingly taking hold in education, as explained by event organizer Alastair Donald in his article for The Architectural Review.

Applications are open until May 7th, with the event taking place between July 13th-19th. For more information and to apply, visit the event’s webpage here.

Title: Critical Subjects: A ManTownHuman Summer School
Website: http://www.mantownhuman.org/
Organizers: ManTownHuman
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Until: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18
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Milan Expo 2015: Shortlisted Designs Revealed for UK Pavilion

Team 2. Image Courtesy of UKTI

Details have been released on the eight proposals competing to serve as the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Each design draws inspiration from the theme “Grown in Britain: Shared Globally,” which is intended to showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global food challenges. 

Presented anonymously, the proposals will be reviewed by an esteemed jury before a winner is announced in May. 

Check out all the innovative proposals, after the break…

The House of Kubogaoka / Kichi Architectural Design

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Architects: Kichi Architectural Design
Location:
Area: 116.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

House in Mayuv / Naoko Horibe

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Architects: Naoko Horibe
Location: Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture,
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

Newcastle Museum / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

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Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: 6 Workshop Way, NSW 2300, Australia
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

Narigua House / David Pedroza Castañeda

© Sofia Flores Chapa

Architects: David Pedroza Castañeda
Location: , Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Architect In Charge: (P+0 Arquitectura)
Project Area: 750 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Sofia Flores Chapa

Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes

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Architects: Arcadi Pla Arquitectes
Location: Calle Francesc Ferrer i Gironés, 6, 17007 Girona,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filippo Poli

REX Designs Conjoined Media Towers with Retractable Facade for Middle East

Two sister Middle Eastern media companies have commissioned REX to design a conjoined headquarters that references traditional Arab iconography. The result, two ultra-thin, stone-clad towers that are shielded from the ’s “unrelenting sun” by an array of retractable sunshades whose shape was inspired by the Arab Mashrabiya pattern. 

Measuring nearly 15 meters in diameter, these sunshades can be quickly deployed, transforming the building’s glass facade into a “blossoming” shaded tower within minutes.

“The headquarters’ instantaneous transformation forges a new kind of powerful iconography, one that rejects the tired—and ephemeral—pursuit of being the tallest,” described .

Nicolás San Juan / Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

© Rafael Gamo

Architects: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
Location: Benito Juárez, Federal District,
Project Architects: Patricio Guerrero, David Mandujano, Eduardo Palomino, Ruben Coxca, Belinda Garcia, Paulina Garcia, Luis Garcia, Miguel Mercado, Rafael Hop
Project Management: Elias Cattan, Yair Wolff, Allan Betech
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of , Mayaan Fridman

Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards
Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards

NYU and Hudson Yards to Use Big Data to Improve Cities

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress has teamed up with the developers of Hudson Yards to transform the future 28-acre mixed-use neighborhood into the nations first “quantified community.” As Crain’s New York reports, the aim is to “use big data to make cities better places to live.” Information, from pedestrian traffic to energy production and resident activity levels, will be collected in order to study how cities can run efficiently and improve quality of living. You can read more on the subject, here

Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

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Architects: Ankrom Moisan Architects
Location: Pearl District, Portland, OR,
Area: 172000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ankrom Moisan Architects

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

RIBA’s 2014 Regional Award Winners Announced

RIBA has announced the first round of RIBA Regional Award winners, all of which will be considered for the RIBA national awards. From the list, Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham takes center stage, as the artisan-inspired structure received a number of awards, including the West Midlands Building of the Year and Emerging Architect. Check out the complete list, after the break…

Fort Greene Pavilion / O’Neill McVoy Architects

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Architects: O’Neill McVoy Architects
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY,
Associate Architect: Joshua Pulver
Area: 250 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Chipperfield’s Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

View towards Nybrokajen. Image © Architects

Within days of David Chipperfield being appointed to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Stockholm, heritage protesters began to assemble a campaign to prevent the project from fruition.

Declaring they are “opposed to star-architects constructing their angular spectacles of glass and steel right in the middle of the protected historic environment, as monuments to themselves, at our expense and the city’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters are particularly upset that the project would require the demolition of multiple historic structures. Thousands have even joined a Facebook group to voice disapproval.

However, despite the backlash, the Nobel Foundation refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break…

Vertiz 950 / HGR Arquitectos

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Architects: HGR Arquitectos
Location: Doctor José María Vertiz, City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Marcos Hagerman
Area: 3,426 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diana Arnau

Material Studies: When Architecture Meets Fashion

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A few months ago, fourteen 5th-year architecture students at the University of Southern California (USC) were given an unusual challenge: select two , and two only, to design and construct… a Mao jacket.

The results, exhibited at the university on March 7th, were fourteen fascinating experimentations with unusual materials – including everything from rubber erasers to acrylic paint to 5,500 metal Mao pins (shipped direct from China).

As Lee Olvera, the studio lead, told USC News, “It’s an exploration of program and function. In architecture, we’re called upon to design the skins of buildings all the time. This project infuses our intuitive skills of artistry and aesthetics with the rigor of analytical and performance-based material experimentation to create innovative working solutions.”

Check out more images from this unusual studio project, after the break.

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Coleraine St, , QC H3K,
Area: 3135.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Bagnolet Town Hall / Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte
Location: , France
Project Manager: Anne-Flore DEROBERT
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Mairie de Bagnolet