Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens

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Conceptual plans of Perkins+Will’s East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City have been unveiled. Debuted in Cannes, France, during MIPIM, where the high-rise received a “Future Projects Award,” the 700-foot-tall Manhattan tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized by five clusters of shared amenities and open-air gardens.

More about the 65-story, 150,000-square-foot condominium tower, after the break. 

Why Students Need a Space of Their Own

Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson

Public/Private, the Spring 2015 issue of ArchitectureBoston (out now) examines current trends in how we view public and private space and the effect these have on architecture. Tackling spaces as diverse as social space, the workplace, residential life, transportation, or civic territory, the issue examines what happens when notions of public an private space intersect. In the following article, originally published under the title “Quiet, please,” Laura Wernick FAIA explores the need for enclosed, private spaces within educational facilities.

I walk by William Rawn’s Cambridge Public Library extension twice a day on my way to and from work. I love the transparency of the south façade. It is sharp and crisp, and I can see right through to all of the exploring, socializing, reading, and working taking place within. When I go into the library for research or study, however, I tend to move quickly away from the openness of the new building into the old one. I find a semi-enclosed quiet spot away from the crowds, turn off social media, and get to work.

Weritas – Regional Visitor and Wine Center / gerner°gerner plus

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Architects: gerner°gerner plus
Location: Lower ,
Design Team: Matthias Raiger, Peter Blasl, Laurenz Vogel, Oliver Gerner, Christian Münster
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Matthias Raiger

Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize “Organic Growth” Pavilion

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A few months ago, we announced that Izaskun Chinchilla Architects emerged as one of two winners of FIGMENT’s international “City of Dreams” pavilion competition in New York. Their proposal entitled “Organic Growth” is slated for assembly on Governors Island this summer, but they need your help! Due to the split funding of selecting two winners and FIGMENT’s non-profit status, the design team has launched a campaign to make their proposal a reality through public contributions.

Learn more about how you can get involved, after the break.

Block 0704 / Simpraxis

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Architects: Simpraxis
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marios Christodoulides

CAP Llinars del Vallés / Gustau Gili Galfetti

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Architects: Gustau Gili Galfetti
Location: Carrer Joaquim Blume, 08450 , Barcelona, Spain
Area: 1550.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filippo Poli

Birdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

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Architects: ARCHI TE KTO
Location: Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 8 строение 1, , Russia, 123317
Design Team: Murat Sakhtaryek, Kirill Zverev, Tatiana Yakovleva
Project Management: Aleksandr Gornov, Maxim Panferov
Area: 208.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

N10-house / Masahiko Sato

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Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Area: 207.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ishii Norihisa

nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner Design Recreation Center for Nauen

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This first-prize competition winning proposal by nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner gives new life to the municipal outdoor pool facility in , Germany. Commissioned for future construction, the recreation center brings a multi-functional layout to the complex, activating the space year round and providing the public with a recreational hub.

Read on after the break for more on the proposal.

Vincent Callebaut Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities

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Developed for an international planning and architectural competition, this proposed for the Città della Scienza by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, coffice – studio di architettura e urbanistica, and Studio d’Architettura Briguglio Morales fuses sustainability with history to propose a self-sufficient urban ecosystem in Italy. Operating on the principle of living facades, the Città della Scienza revitalizes the forgotten military district into a vibrant, continually regenerating living city.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the plan.

Guilhermina Restaurant / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo – State of São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Area: 157.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Rafaela Netto

“Urban Platform” Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

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Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium’s  Open Room competition for their project “Urban Platform”.

One of 67 teams to enter the competition’s “Young Architects” category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of “[providing] a more flexible space” for the city’s urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 9A

Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí. “The perception of “life” in objects comes instead from a deep connection established between the observer or user, and the object”. Image © Samuel Ludwig

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter expands on the phenomenon of “life” in buildings introduced in Chapter 3, and also introduces a simple test which can be used to determine the degree of “life” in a structure. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Approaching architecture from the entirely new perspective of organized coherence — what Christopher Alexander calls “wholeness” — unifies many phenomena. The traditional distinctions between ornament and function, between buildings and ecology, and between beauty and utilitarian structure are blurred. We can look for the “life” in artifacts and structures, which explains our experience of them.

Later in this course we are going to count features, and measure parameters that contribute to our impression of “life” in an object. These measures will show that the phenomenon of life is not idiosyncratic, but is, to a very large degree, shared among all people.

Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89

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Architects: sol89
Location: , Sevilla,
Architects In Charge: María González, Juanjo López de la Cruz
Area: 830.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Alda, Courtesy of sol89

© Basile Bornand via Tages Woche
© Basile Bornand via Tages Woche

Jan Gehl: “Architects Know Very Little About People”

Danish urban planner and committed pedometer user Jan Gehl is an expert in creating “cities for people.” Following a recent talk he gave on sustainable cities in Basel, Gehl sat down with Tages Wocke to discuss what makes a city desirable and livable. “We found people’s behavior depends on what you invite them to do,” says Gehl. “The more streets you have, the more traffic you get. A more attractive public realm will be used by more people.” Read the full interview and see why Gehl thinks social and psychological sciences should be taught in architecture school, here

AVEK – House in a Garden Park / DEVOLDERarchitecten

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Architects: DEVOLDERarchitecten
Location: Flanders,
Structural Engineering: COBE consultants building & engineering
Year: 2012
Photographs: At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati

Sisli City Hall / Boran Ekinci Mimarlik + Hakan Dalokay Mimarlik

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Architects: Boran Ekinci Mimarlik , Hakan Dalokay Mimarlik
Location: Şişli/Istanbul,
Area: 26317.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Apartment in Tel Aviv / Amir Navon-Studio 6B, Maayan Zusman Interior Design, Moran Ben Ami

Architects: Maayan Zusman Interior Design
Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo,
Collaborators (Architects/Designers): Amir Navon – Studio 6B, Maayan Zusman, Moran Ben Ami
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gidon Levin 181 Architecture Photography