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Srithai Super Outlet / FOS [Foundry of Space]

  • Architects: FOS
  • Location: Chon Buri, Thailand
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Teerawat Winyarat

© Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat © Teerawat Winyarat

2015 AIA|DC Emerging Architects Thesis Showcase

The AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee (AIA|DC EAC) is excited to announce our presenters for the second-annual Thesis Showcase. Five recent B.Arch and M.Arch graduates from schools around the world will present their thesis projects to members of the AIA|DC and the public. The showcase event aims to bridge the gap between recent graduates and local practicing architects, by providing an opportunity for practitioners to view a sample of the work hailing from architecture schools around the country and abroad. The selected presenters will showcase their work at AIA|DC’s District Architecture Center (DAC) on August 27, 2015 at 6:00pm. Following the presentations a networking reception will occur at DAC’s gallery space in Penn Quarter.

Automobile Design Studio / SJK Architect

  • Architects: SJK Architect
  • Location: Kandivli, Vasanji Lalji Road, Jethava Nagar, Kandivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400067, India
  • Structural Consultants: M/s. Shilp Consulting Engineers
  • Area: 25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Rajesh Vora

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora

Winscombe Extension / Preston Lane Architects

  • Architects: Preston Lane Architects
  • Location: Sandy Bay TAS 7005, Australia
  • Design Team: Daniel Lane, Nathanael Preston, Justin Hanlon, Garth Ancher
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Foster Teams with Nissan to Envision Fuel Station of the Future

By 2020, almost one million electric vehicles are expected on the road. "It seems to be clear," says David Nelson, head of design at Foster + Partners, "that electric vehicles will be a major feature of the urban landscape." Thus, Foster + Partners has teamed up with Nissan to develop the Fuel Station of the Future.

Imagining how zero emissions technology will influence our cities, the innovative brands are centering their design on the understanding that "connected communities, autonomous drive and the Internet of things" are drastically changing our infrastructure models. Their concept is expected to showcase the benefits of a "smart electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem," harnessing the potential of battery storage and vehicle-to-grid systems.

The "PopCraft Kiosk" / André Vieira + Flávio Serpa

  • Architects: André Vieira + Flávio Serpa
  • Location: Azores, Portugal
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of André Vieira, Flávio Serpa, Carlos Vieira e do Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato dos Governo Regional dos Açores

Courtesy of André Vieira, Flávio Serpa, Carlos Vieira e do Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato dos Governo Regional dos Açores Courtesy of André Vieira, Flávio Serpa, Carlos Vieira e do Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato dos Governo Regional dos Açores Courtesy of André Vieira, Flávio Serpa, Carlos Vieira e do Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato dos Governo Regional dos Açores Courtesy of André Vieira, Flávio Serpa, Carlos Vieira e do Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato dos Governo Regional dos Açores

Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge

Santiago Calatrava has topped out on his second Dallas bridge - the Margaret McDermott Bridge - two years after completing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The steel arch, reaching a height of 275 feet, is the first of two that will support the 1311-foot-long bridge that is intended to provide access to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars over the Trinity River. The $113 million bridge is part of the massive $798 million Dallas Horseshoe Project that aims to alleviate traffic and enhance accessibility downtown. It is scheduled to complete by the summer of 2017. 

Siete Hábitos Advertising Agency / HO Arquitectos

  • Architects: HO Arquitectos
  • Location: Nicolás Berrotarán 1917, X5009INA Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Project and Direction: Matias Hodara, Lucrecia Olocco
  • Project Area: 40.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte

Leong Leong to Design New Mixed-Use Campus for Los Angeles LGBT Center

Leong Leong has been chosen over four others to masterplan and design the Los Angeles LGBT Center's new mixed-use site in Hollywood, California. The Los Angeles-based practice will design a new 183,700-square-foot building that, together with the Center's existing facility across the street, will form a block-wide campus that will include a unique mix of 140 affordable housing units, 100 beds for homeless youth, a new senior center and a center for homeless youth, as well as a new administrative headquarters and cultural arts center. 

Why Ancient Cities Can Still Teach Us About Urban Planning

In the 20th century, urban planning went through some big changes, creating much of our current urban environment in a mold that is now widely seen as anti-human. Fortunately, in recent decades urban planning has changed again - partly revising and partly reverting the theories espoused by the 20th century. In this article, originally published on Line//Shape//Space as "What the Future of Cities Can Learn From Ancient Cities," James A Moore looks at why old models for creating cities have proved so timeless, and the role that they will play in creating 21st century cities.

As legend has it, upon leaving Carnegie Hall after a dissatisfying rehearsal, violinist Mischa Elman ran into two tourists looking for the hall’s entrance. They asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

Without missing a beat, Elman said, “Practice.”

It’s an old and simple joke, but it points to an important reason why people are drawn to cities. Why do people move to Hollywood? They want to be in movies. Why do they move to Wall Street? They want to be in finance. In the best cases, cities enable citizens to pursue their aspirations.

Lisbon Falls / Marcelo Dantas

  • Architects: Marcelo Dantas
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Marcelo Dantas

Courtesy of Marcelo Dantas Courtesy of Marcelo Dantas Courtesy of Marcelo Dantas Courtesy of Marcelo Dantas

This 3D Printed Pavilion Provides Shade During the Day and Illuminates at Night

The Solar Bytes pavilion, designed by assistant professor at Kent State University Brian Peters, is a temporary structure which highlights the potential of new techniques available to architecture: robotic arms, 3D printing, smart technologies such as lighting sensors, and solar energy.

Leveraging the strength and range of motion of a robotic arm, the pavilion was printed in three dimensions with an experimental extruder, resulting in a structure composed of 94 unique modules that capture energy during the day, and shine at night. After their initial function, the plastic modules making up the pavilion will be completely crushed and reused in a new structure.

Courtesy of Brian Peters Courtesy of Brian Peters Courtesy of Brian Peters Courtesy of Brian Peters

Exhibition: Childhood ReCollections

Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Nieto Sobejano, Denise Scott Brown and Philip Treacy reveal the childhood recollections that have shaped their outstanding visions and work.

Rainham: The East London Village that Became an Urban Planning Exemplar

For the past century or so, the key to turning around the fortunes of a community was thought to be simple: large scale, infrastructural overhaul was capable of rethinking a place from the ground up, fixing any problems. The deficiencies with this sort of thinking are now well known, and in recent years small, surgical interventions which preserve the existing qualities of a town have gained traction. But how do you create large-scale change with such small-scale proposals?

The town of Rainham, at the far Eastern reaches of London, might hold an answer. Having preserved its village-like atmosphere despite being part of London's industrial hinterlands, since the turn of the millennium Rainham has been the subject of a series of small developments that have made a big overall change. Projects by Alison Brooks Architects, Maccreanor Lavington, Peter Beard LANDROOM, Studio Weave, Civic, and East have improved key spaces within Rainham while connecting it to the Thames and the nearby marshes - all by being respectful of the town's existing qualities and responsive to each others' interventions.

School Center North / wulf architekten

  • Architects: wulf architekten
  • Location: Heilbronner Straße 153, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area: 32168.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Markus Guhl

© Markus Guhl © Markus Guhl © Markus Guhl © Markus Guhl

Marine Urbanism: How China is Building Artificial Islands in the South China Sea

For a recent article in The New York Times, Derek Watkins examines "what China has been building in the South China Sea." Employing high resolution satellite imagery and diagrams, his article investigates why—and how—China have been dredging and dumping sand in a bid to construct inhabitable artificial islands. Political and diplomatic concerns aside, the article also touches upon the technical requirements necessary to reclaim land from the oceans.