Building Trust International Constructs Sustainable Housing in Cambodia

Courtyard House render. Image © Building Trust International

Building Trust International, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and Karuna , has realized three winning designs from the 2013 Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia competition. 

Built on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the constructed designs sought to provide impoverished Cambodians with new options for safe and secure homes under $2000 that are capable of withstanding flood and able to be expanded in phases.

Check out the three completed designs, after the break…

Glass House Mountains House / Bark Design Architects

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Architects: Bark Design Architects
Location: QLD 4552, Australia
Architects In Charge: Stephen Guthrie, Lindy Atkin
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

“Unfinished Spaces” Wins SAH Award for Film and Video

Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray’s Unfinished Spaces has been awarded the 2014 Society of Architectural Historian’s (SAH) Award for Film and Video, an award presented annually to the “most distinguished work of film on the history of the built environment.” Initially released in 2011, the critically acclaimed reveals the turbulent past of Fidel Castro’s Cuba and tells the story of his utopian dream to construct the Cuban National Arts Schools. You can learn more about the film and the school’s history, here.

LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu

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The fertile Anqiu region of China’s Shangdong Province is known locally as the land of “cultivation, stone hills, and creeks.” Thus, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting’s (LITTLE) design for Anqiu’s new cultural campus and fitness center is based upon these very elements.

The campus will host five buildings raised on a plinth: a multi-functional citizen’s center, a 10,000 square meter performing arts building, a central public library, and two museums devoted to Anqiu’s history and urban development. Each of these buildings will be clad in a thin veneer of local stone, transforming them into rocky outcrops that reference the local hills.

LT Josai / Naruse Inokuma Architects

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Architects: Naruse Inokuma Architects
Location:
Collaborators: Hirotsugu Tsuboi Structural Engineers, Gn-setsubi
Area: 307 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Hello Wood 2014

Hello Wood is an international art program, taking place in Csorompuszta, the countryside of between July 19 and July 27, 2014.All work, produced there, carries two attributes: it’s mostly from wood and it’s characterized by an interplay of art and social commitment. integrates various fields of art, design and science; it creates community and encourages talent. It brings together students and professionals from across borders, moreover it connects everyday people with the designer community.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to create 12 wood installations. To participate, you need to fill out the application form until May 16. The organization is also having an open call for workshop leaders.

All the information regarding the event, participation and workshop leaders after the break.

Condominio Polo Cachagua Etapa 1 / Estudio Valdés

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Architects: Estudio Valdés
Location: Federico Kohnenkampf, , Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Leonardo Valdés Cruz, Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton, Alberto Cruz Elton
Area: 1286.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Felipe Díaz Contardo

Courtesy of SketchUp
Courtesy of SketchUp

SketchUp Announces Mobile Viewer for iPad

SketchUp have recently unveiled the latest app in their suite, SketchUp Mobile Viewer for iPad. Allowing “on the go” access to models, the app also features access to “the entire universe” of files in their 3D Warehouse. Users can use the same familiar features, such as Orbit, Pan and Zoom, to “present their own private 3D models to clients and partners.” With a price tag of $9.99 from Apple’s App Store, early reviews suggest that this is a good first step with some way yet to go. Being the first ever SketchUp tablet product (with a planned Android version in the works), it has been released in conjunction with SketchUp 2014 which incorporated BIM capabilities for the very first time.

Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A.

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Architects: Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López,
Location: , Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 8286.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cristian Brahona, Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara

Origami Houses: Tables That Become Shelters When Disaster Strikes

The Floating Origami Houses. Image Courtesy of

In the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, the need to provide shelter and privacy for those affected is outranked only by the need for food and water. As such, a lot of effort is now put into planning for disaster: how will shelters be distributed? How can they be built cheaply, in large numbers? The answers to these questions have usually led to a standardized design, distributed to any part of the world in the days after an earthquake strikes.

But is this the best way to deal with these natural disasters? Architecture Global Aid, a group based in Spain and , thinks not. They’re developing a series of lightweight, fold-able shelters which are actually distributed to earthquake-prone areas in preparation for future earthquakes, rather than in response to one. And unusually, these “Origami Houses” have different designs to suit conditions in different countries.

Read on to find out more about these Origami Houses

Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson , Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects
Location: , BC,
Project Team: Ray Calabro (FAIA, Principal); Kyle Phillips (Project Manager); Robert Miller (FAIA); Peter Bohlin (FAIA)
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Millman , Nic Lehoux

Paul Rudolph’s Iconic Walker Guest House To Be Re-Constructed

Walker Guest House / Sanibel Island. Image © Ezra Stoller / Esto

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) has announced that a replica of Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House will be constructed at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. It is hoped the iconic, 24′ x 24′ vacation cottage will be opened to the public by 2015, after which it will be disassembled and transported to select museums around the country.

More information about the Walker Guest House, after the break…

The Library House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , Karnataka,
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shamanth Patil J.

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) / © Heneghan Peng, Dublin

Exhibition: New Moscow – Новая Москва, Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014

A new series of international architecture competitions are characterizing a clear change in the current urban planning strategy of Moscow. The initiator of these developments is the incumbent chief architect of the Russian capital, Sergey Kuznetsov. Together with his team, he has breathed new life into Moscow’s urban development since taking office in mid 2012. The exhibition New Moscow – Новая Москва presents two international competitions – from the fields of landscape planning (1st prize Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York) and cultural building (1st prize Heneghan Peng, Dublin) – and through these demonstrates the great gains for the city’s urban planning that are being drawn from this open, global approach.

Casa G493 / Ana Lina Klotzman

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Architects:
Location: Funes, Santa Fe Province,
Area: 226.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

House A / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

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Architects: Bernd Zimmermann Architekten
Location: , Germany
Year: 2011
Photographs: Valentin Wormbs

Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?

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The Strelka Institute, Moscow’s most innovative school for architecture and urbanism, “might be soon forced to leave its current venue in the heart of the Russian capital” due to proposed redevelopment of the area. Faced by the threat of this possibility, the school formed a competition in order to collect ideas for the relocation. The winning proposal, developed by Squadra Komanda, proposes a “visionary program of development for the disputed and immense architectural legacy from the late-Soviet period.”

Late Soviet architecture constitutes “almost two third of all buildings in .” As it represents “an unpleasant reminder of the recent past,” many Russians dislike this kind of building. As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this “neglected kind of architecture.”

Echeñique House / Fones Arquitectos

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Architects: Fones Arquitectos
Location: La Reina, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Fones Claro
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Antonio Aros