Brillhart House / Brillhart Architecture

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Architects: Brillhart Architecture
Location: River, , FL, USA
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 5 – the Varied Textures of Porto

We teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fourth episode on Porto’s natural environment, and now we present Episode 5 – Textures. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Blackbird / Onix Architects

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Architects: Onix Architects
Location: 5831 ,
Architect In Charge: Haiko Meijer
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Maarten Laupman

Mecanoo’s New Delft Station Hall Opens To The Public

Six years after the original announcement of the project, the first phase of Mecanoo’s new Train Station and City Hall complex in Delft, The Netherlands, has been opened to the public. Within the new station hall an undulating ‘vault’, which has been designed to evoke an “unforgettable arrival experience”, features a scaled 1877 map of the Dutch city rendered in blue and white. Columns wrapped in a mosaic of Delft-blue titles, also reminiscent of the colours of Delftware, one of the city’s most famous global exports. The station platforms below ground have been designed by Benthem Crouwel, the Dutch practice behind Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Royal Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena / Hernández Arquitectos

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Architects: Hernández Arquitectos
Location: Paterna, Valencia,
Architect In Charge: Pedro Hernández López
Technical Architect: Francisco Sánchez de Lara
Area: 4725.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: German Cabo

An Old Breton Barn Converted into an Artist Studio / Modal Architecture

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Architects: Modal Architecture
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Monique Bastos & Gwendal Hervé

Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS

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Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
Location: 174 Bansong-dong, , Gyeonggi-do, South
Area: 246.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hwang hyochel

Archiculture Interviews: Ted Landsmark

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“…In many of our architecture schools [...] we’re finding that the students themselves are asking for a more socially-conscious and a more environmentally-conscious kind of architecture, a kind of architecture that really serves human needs.” In the latest Arbuckle IndustriesArchiculture interview, former Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark discusses his experience in the industry. He delves into the demographic trends that make up the field of architecture today, and the influence these have on the work that is being done. He also touches on the “privileged” ideology associated with architecture, and how the shifting global demands and client preferences are abandoning this mentality.

Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez

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Architects: Christian Kerez
Location: ,
Year: 2003
Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Kerez

Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

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One of ARCHITECT Magazine’s six winners of a 2015 Progressive Architects Award (P/A), NADAAA and Himma Studio‘s 20 + 10 reflects a reconfiguration of the office typology for compact spaces.

The project is part of a high density office park masterplan in Ordos City, located in Inner Mongolia, in which developments are subject to stringent zoning regulations. Offices included in the area must be comprised of multiple cubic volumes, and lack what NADAAA and Himma Studio describe as “an immediate urban context.” Learn more about the project and the architects’ response to these considerations after the break.

How Should Cities Prepare for an Aging Boomer Population?

CannonDesign’s plan for Jaypee Sports City features a continuous 10-mile park woven through a dense urban fabric of high- and low-rise developments. This entirely walkable parkland links all the city’s neighborhoods and social amenities. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign

Since the end of the Second World War, one of the biggest agents for social change has been the “Boomer” generation, those born in the postwar years who thanks to a spike in birth rates in those years represent a disproportionate amount of the population. But as this group ages, what will their effect on our cities be? In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “How Boomers Will Shape the Future of Our Cities,” principle at CannonDesign Peter Ellis outlines what his generation will need from the places they live as they get older.

I am an architect, and a designer of cities. I am also among the Boomer generation, the 65-year-plus demographic that, due to our increasing numbers, is creating a giant bubble at the upper end of the population charts.

We are not, however, aging like the generations that preceded us. “We will be able to give many people an extra decade of good health, based on what we are able to do in the lab now,” says Brian Kennedy, President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. The primary triggers for most disease can be controlled, enabling people to remain productive well into their eighties, nineties, and beyond.

How will this “revolution” in human longevity impact our cities? Unlike our parents, Boomers have not moved to retirement communities, preferring, rather, to stay as long as they are able in their urban neighborhoods—where they can continue to lead active lives.

40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

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Architects: LAN Architecture
Location: 3 Rue Marie Georges Picquart, 75017 Paris,
Area: 2900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Courtesy of LAN Architecture

Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation
Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Calling All Visionaries: Jacque Rougerie Competition Seeks Evolutionary Designs for Sea and Space

The Jacques Rougerie Foundation is now accepting registrants for its annual international architecture competition. Open to architects, engineers, and designers, the competition aims to inspire socially and environmentally conscious designs that utilize developing techniques for a sustainable future, enabling society to grow with its built environment. Composed of three categories in keeping with the foundation’s focus - Innovation and Architecture for the SeaInnovation and Architecture for Space, and Architecture and Sea Level Rise - the registration period ends June 2, 2015 and the winning proposals from each category will be announced at an award ceremony in December 2015. For full rules and registration information, visit here.

Explore Alexander Brodsky’s Architectural Fantasy at Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation

“Place of Overall Prosperity”, (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing

From March 13, Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing will showcase the work of acclaimed Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in the eponymous “Alexander Brodsky. Works.”

Curated by Daria Paramonova, architect and co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the exhibition will feature a collection of Brodsky’s new and old work and run until June 5.

Learn more about the exhibition and view selected works on display after the break.

Circle Reading Hospital / Brydenwood

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Architects: Brydenwood
Location: , , , UK
Area: 10100.0 sqm
Photographs: Jocelyn Low

House In Zuidzande / MJOSE VAN HEE

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Architects: MJOSE VAN HEE
Location: 4505 , Netherlands
Project Team: M-José Van Hee, Sam De Vocht
Year: 2011
Photographs: David Grandorge

Prefab House In Rimavska Sobota / GutGut

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Architects: GutGut
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Štefan Polakovič, Lukáš Kordík
Project Team: Štefan Polakovič, Lukáš Kordík, Peter Jurkovič, Roman Halmi, Jana Benková, Ivan Príkopský, Katarína Príkopská
Area: 3775.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice), Courtesy of GutGut

The Site
The Site

Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul’s Seunsangga Citywalk

The objective of the “Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk” competition in Seoul is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex Seoul’s “urban-architectural heritage,” it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

This project will revitalize Seunsangga Complex’s status as a center of pedestrian axis and urban industry by creating a space with new cultural value that will breathe life into the Seun District. The winning commission will be awarded “Phase 1 design contract.” More information and registration details, here.