Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Lions Park, , AL 36744, USA
Student Design/Build Team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
Architect Of Record: David Hinson, FAIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

The 6th Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to New York City

“Who Dares Wins: Zaha Hadid”. Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival

The 6th Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival is set to return to on October 15th for five days of premieres and showings. With a special themed focus on Women in Architecture, the US’s largest architecture-related film festival will present over twenty five feature-length and short films in a programme curated by Kyle Bergman and Laura Cardello. Designed to provide “rare glimpses and intimate portrayals of seminal figures and growing movements in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism and fashion,” this year’s festival will also feature a 3D film series exploring six iconic structures from filmmakers such as Wim Wenders and Robert Redford.

Explore the highlights and find out more about the festival after the break.

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira
Location: Huai’an, Jiangsu, China
Architects In Charge: Álvaro Siza e
Local Partner: United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
Project Management: Stephen Want & Richard Wang
Client: Por-Shih, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial Jiangsu Co., Ltd.
Project Area: 11000 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Kínder Monte Sinaí / LBR + A

© Alfonso Merchand

Architects: LBR + A
Location: Loma de la Palma 133, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 05100 , Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Julieta Boy, Aby Helfon, José Luis Martin, Mariana Mercado
Area: 3755.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alfonso Merchand

Chinese Boxes / thescape

© SungKyung Choi

Architects: thescape
Location: Gangnam-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: KyungHwan Chun (jaeminahyo.com)
Area: 237.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: SungKyung Choi

Rain Shelter House / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: , 〒683-0805 Tottori Prefecture, , Nishifukubara, 6 Chome−2−45 SANロイヤル
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: 6830 ,
Architects In Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
Area: 42.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Lins

Video: Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Cais das Artes / Pedro Kok

This video by architecture photographer, Pedro Kok, takes us behind the scenes of the construction of the Cais das Artes (Quay of Arts) building in Brazil. Located in the southeastern coastal city of Vitória, the building was designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in collaboration with METRO Arquitetos.

The video was produced for La Triennale di Milano’s exhibition, “ – Technique and Imagination,” and captures – through impeccable shots – the work that went into constructing the enormous cultural complex.

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Architects: asap
Location: Dongcheng, , China
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin
© Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin

Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design

The US Patent and Trademark Office have awarded a patent to Apple for the design of their flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, reports MacRumors. The patent, applied for by Apple in 2012, applies to the above-ground glass cube, which was originally designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and – after a renovation in 2011 – is made of just 15 glass panels with minimal steel fixings. More on the patent after the break.

VARA / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 1880 Mission Street, , CA 94103, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Move Over, Green Walls: Living Canopy Comes to West Vancouver

Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture

Imagine walking beneath an illuminated canopy of lush greenery, in the form of inverted pyramids sculpted to perfection. In early August 2014 visitors were welcomed by this succulent living roof to the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests were guided through the fairgrounds beneath the 90-foot long canopy, creating an immersive sensory experience befitting the interdisciplinary creative arts festival. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and curated by the Museum of West VancouverVermilion Sands was created as a temporary for the ten day festival.

Submerge yourself in Vermilion Sands with photos and more info after the break.

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

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Architects: ArquitectonicaGEO
Location: , FL,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robin Hill

New York’s Oyster Bar: Serving up Reefs and Resiliency

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects’ designs for Pier 42. Image Courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

As part of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects‘ ongoing blog at Metropolis Magazine about effective implementation of landscape design principles, this article discusses one of the more unusual methods developed to create resilience and prevent storm damage: oysters. Drawing on her experiences creating an oyster reef at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects’ Pier 42 project in New York, Johanna Phelps explains the challenges and opportunities that arise in establishing this unusual type of natural infrastructure in an urban location.

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York in 2012, the city’s waterfront design discussions have focused on ideas of and planning for storm events. The recent Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, featured six winning proposals that all envisioned a beefed-up Manhattan shoreline capable of handling large storm events and other hazards effects of climate change. Of the handful of ambitious designs, Scape/Landscape Architecture’s Living Breakwaters plan was the most interesting: the project called for the reestablishment of New York’s erstwhile oyster reefs, which the architects said would improve local ecology.

Penthouse Plata / Greenfield

© Documentación Arquitectónica – Adrián Llaguno

Architects: Greenfield
Location: , Nuevo Leon,
Design Team: Kenji Rivera, Samuel Contreras, Alain Navar, Julia Briones, Dolores Maximino, Antonio Flores, Marisol Barrios.
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Documentación Arquitectónica – Adrián Llaguno , Courtesy of Greenfield

The Rockefeller Foundation Kicks Off its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

OMA’s proposed Hoboken Waterfront for the “” competition, which focused on resilience, sustainability and livability. Image Courtesy of OMA

The Rockefeller Foundation has kicked off its 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which aims to help “build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world.” Each of the 100 cities selected will receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy.

“We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can adapt to the shocks and stresses of our world and transform them into opportunities for growth,” the 100 Resilient Cities’ site reads. While shocks include events like earthquakes, fires and floods, stresses include high unemployment, inefficient public transportation, endemic violence or chronic food and water shortages. The Challenge aims to help cities be better prepared for these adverse events and better able to deliver basic services in both good and bad times to all members of the population.

Learn more about the Challenge after the break…

Google Launches New Virtual Experience that Takes You Inside Alvar Aalto’s Works

Courtesy of Foundation

The Alvar Aalto Foundation has begun a collaborative project with Google to make Aalto buildings even more accessible to the public. Using ’s revolutionary Street View navigation tool, along with its virtual Cultural Institute, the project offers a look inside some of Aalto’s most iconic works of architecture. Learn more about this initiative and see the virtual journey for yourself after the break.

P2Villa Shinsyo / Szki Architects

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Architects: Szki Architects
Location: , Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 66.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Katsuya Suzuki’