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Team Led by Emerging Architects Vargo Nielsen Palle Beats Out BIG, SANAA in New Aarhus School of Architecture Competition

10:30 - 17 March, 2017
Team Led by Emerging Architects Vargo Nielsen Palle Beats Out BIG, SANAA in New Aarhus School of Architecture Competition, © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter
© Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter

Competing against a shortlist of internationally acclaimed architects, the team led by newly established practice Vargo Nielsen Palle (in collaboration with ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter) has been selected as the winners of the NEW AARCH competition, which sought designs for several new buildings for the Aarhus School of Architecture and the development of the surrounding area in Aarhus known as Godsbanearealerne.

The restricted competition consisted of three invited practices – BIG, SANAA and Lacaton & Vassal – and the three winners of the earlier open qualifying competition, Vargo Nielsen PalleErik Giudice Architects, and ALL (Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde). Vargo Nielsen Palle’s proposal was chosen as the unanimous winner.

© Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter +19

4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars

09:30 - 17 March, 2017
4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars, Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Steelblue/Perkins+Will/San Francisco Giants
Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Steelblue/Perkins+Will/San Francisco Giants

Go to any medieval European city and you will see what streets looked like before the advent of the car: lovely, small narrow lanes, intimate, and undisputedly human-scale. We have very few cities in the US where you can find streets like this. For the most part what you see is streets that have been designed with the car in mind—at a large scale for a fast speed. In my native San Francisco, we are making the streets safer for walking and biking by widening sidewalks, turning car lanes into bike lanes, and slowing down the cars. We are working with the streets we have; a typical San Francisco street is anywhere from 60 to 80 feet (18 to 24 meters) wide, as compared with a medieval, pre-car street which is more like 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) wide.

As an urban designer, I work on lots of projects where we take large parcels of land and subdivide them into blocks by introducing new streets. These new streets are a rare opportunity to take a fresh look at the kinds of car-oriented roads that we are used to, and instead try to design streets that prioritize the safety and comfort of pedestrians. These projects give us a chance to design streets that are just for people. Imagine that we made these people-only streets into narrow, medieval-style lanes that are intimate and human-scaled. But even as we try to design streets that might not ever see a single car, we find that the modern street design has become so much more than just places for walking or driving. There are therefore a number of things for socially-minded designers to consider, beyond the commonly talked about pedestrian-car dichotomy.

Call for Entries: Architecture-Themed Easter Egg Design 2017

09:25 - 17 March, 2017
Call for Entries: Architecture-Themed Easter Egg Design 2017

We want to see your designs for an architecture Easter Egg! Download the design template below and illustrate/animate/build a small celebration of springtime. We'll be accepting entries until April 12th, at 12:00 pm EST and we'll publish our favorites by April 14th!

Bravos House / Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

09:00 - 17 March, 2017
Bravos House / Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos, Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos
Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Itajaí - State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Area

    937.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

Umea University Develops Low-Cost, Flexible 3D Printer

08:00 - 17 March, 2017
Umea University Develops Low-Cost, Flexible 3D Printer, © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou
© Linnéa Therese Dimitriou

Sliperiet, Umeå Arts Campus has developed a new type of 3D printer that features increased printing flexibility at a lower cost. Called Hangprinter. The system is suspended by a series of thin fishing lines, it does not require a frame or rails, but rather, it can be attached to any stable surface, for instance, a ceiling. 

As a part of the +Project innovation initiative, the Hangprinter is in the process of making a “Tower of Babel,” a project that currently measures almost three-and-a-half meters tall, making it the tallest object the system has made, as well as “much taller than the scope of any commercially available large format printer.”

Invented by Torbjørn Ludvigsen, who began the project while a student at Umeå University, the Hangprinter’s design was originally formulated to reduce costs. “The frame or box was almost half the cost of the final 3D printer, and I thought I could do without it,” said Ludvigsen. Hangprinter can be put together for about 200 Euros.

© Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou +4

Reflective Ranch-Style House Captures the American West in New Installation

06:00 - 17 March, 2017
Reflective Ranch-Style House Captures the American West in New Installation, © Lance Gerber
© Lance Gerber

Marrying the great expanses of the American west with a series of mirrored faces, MIRAGE is an installation situated in the Southern California desert and the work of Doug Aitken, an American artist, and filmmaker. An experimental adaptation of the traditional suburban ranch-style house, the sculpture hones in on architecture’s relationship with its landscape, manifesting itself as a life-sized kaleidoscope.

The California Ranch Style house was first designed by a small collective of architects in the 1920s and 30s, inspired by the spatial fluidity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and melded with the local single storey homes that belonged to ranchers. Following the Second World War, the simplicity of this housing typology resulted in its quick rise in popularity, adopted by commercial builders to match the rapid urbanization of the American countryside.

© Lance Gerber © Dakota Higgins © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber +20

Joan Oliver – Pere Quart Civic Center Extension / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes

05:00 - 17 March, 2017
Joan Oliver – Pere Quart Civic Center Extension / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes, © Simon Garcia
© Simon Garcia

© Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Manager

    Ute Müncheberg
  • Group Leaders

    Angel Sendarrubias, Pau Casaldàliga
  • Area

    1020.0 m2
  • Photographs

Matryoshka House / Shift Architecture Urbanism

03:00 - 17 March, 2017
Matryoshka House / Shift Architecture Urbanism, © NoortjeKnulst
© NoortjeKnulst

© NoortjeKnulst © NoortjeKnulst © NoortjeKnulst © NoortjeKnulst +17

Parquet Patterned Pool and Spa / Claesson Koivisto Rune

02:00 - 17 March, 2017
© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman   © Åke E:son Lindman   © Åke E:son Lindman   © Åke E:son Lindman   +25

K House in Niseko / Florian Busch Architects

22:00 - 16 March, 2017
K House in Niseko / Florian Busch Architects, © Glen Claydon
© Glen Claydon

© Glen Claydon © Glen Claydon © Glen Claydon © Glen Claydon +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
  • Team

    Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Suguru Takahashi, Renee Reder
  • Area

    197.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Sunggwang Church / Oh Jongsang

20:00 - 16 March, 2017
Sunggwang Church / Oh Jongsang, Courtesy of Oh Jongsang
Courtesy of Oh Jongsang

Courtesy of Oh Jongsang Courtesy of Oh Jongsang Courtesy of Oh Jongsang Courtesy of Oh Jongsang +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    620 Wangsan-ri, Mohyeon-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area

    378.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Oh Jongsang

YKK80 / Nikken Sekkei

19:00 - 16 March, 2017
© Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki

© Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒101-0024 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Izumichō, YKK80ビル
  • Design Team

    Tadao Kamei, Koko Nakamura, Tetsuo Tsuchiya
  • Area

    1875.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

C2 House / Ellivo Architects

17:00 - 16 March, 2017
C2 House / Ellivo Architects, © Scott Burrows Photography
© Scott Burrows Photography

© Scott Burrows Photography © Scott Burrows Photography © Scott Burrows Photography © Scott Burrows Photography +12

New Documentary to Profile the Career of Slovenian Architecture Firm Sadar + Vuga

16:20 - 16 March, 2017

Humor is a very rare quality in architecture, most architects are too serious
-Andreas Ruby, director of the Swiss Architecture Museum S AM, Basel

Since its founding in 1996, Slovenia architecture firm Sadar+Vuga has grown to become one of their country’s most influential architectural forces, with a range of projects covering interior design, to stadiums, to city master plans. In a new documentary by director Damjan Kozole, the firm’s history is being archived for the first time.

One Bucket at a Time / Factor Eficiencia + 5468796 Architecture

15:00 - 16 March, 2017
One Bucket at a Time / Factor Eficiencia + 5468796 Architecture, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Central Alameda Park, Av. Hidalgo s/n, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architects in charge

    Pablo Batista, Sasa Radulovic, Johanna Hurme, y Gerardo Salinas
  • Structural Engineer

    Studio NYL Structural Engineers
  • Constructor

    Factor Eficiencia
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Tesla Debuts Massive Energy-Storing Solar Farm on Hawaiian Island

14:30 - 16 March, 2017
Tesla Debuts Massive Energy-Storing Solar Farm on Hawaiian Island , via Tesla
via Tesla

Tesla has completed a massive, 55,000-panel solar farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai  that will allow them to experiment with medium-term energy storage at a utility scale. Hooked up to the farm are 272 of the company’s lithium Powerpacks, which are capable of storing of combined 52 megawatt-hours of power.

Beats / Nook architects + byn studio

13:00 - 16 March, 2017
Beats / Nook architects + byn studio, Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual
Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual

Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual +19

WE architecture + Erik Juul's Urban Garden and Housing to Provide Turning Point for Copenhagen's Homeless

12:20 - 16 March, 2017
WE architecture + Erik Juul's Urban Garden and Housing to Provide Turning Point for Copenhagen's Homeless, Courtesy of WE Architecture
Courtesy of WE Architecture

WE Architecture + Erik Juul have been awarded a commission to transform a vacant lot at Jagtvej 69 in Copenhagen into a urban garden and housing structure that could provided temporary accommodation for homeless people, helping them to turn their lives around.

The architects describe the project as a place “where housing and green gardens [create] a platform for the meeting between locals and homeless, and a path for a new beginning.”

Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture Courtesy of WE Architecture +12