You Can Now 3D Print With Sketchfab

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In response to one of their most frequent user requests, browser-based 3D model platform Sketchfab has now partnered with 3D Hubs, the world’s largest 3D printer network, to introduce a 3D print ordering feature that works directly from its viewing window. With a globally-distributed network of 15,000 print hubs in their network (250 of which support full-color printing), CEO Alban Denoyel says that 3D Hubs is the “closest to achieving this vision” of locally-based manufacture that bypasses transport costs – which he believes is “one of the most important promises of .”

10 Ways to Improve Architecture Competitions

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In conjunction with the release of the results of their “Design Competition Survey”, the Van Alen Institute have put forward 10 propositions for the improvement of design competitions. Accompanied by a series of vibrant graphics, the propositions can be read after the break.

City of London Freemen’s School / Hawkins\Brown

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Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Location: , UK
Year: 2015
Photographs: Tim Crocker

RIBA London Announces ‘Work In Progress’ Themed Line-Up For LFA 2015

Pop Brixton (entrance). Image Courtesy of London

The London branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have unveiled a series of events themed along the lines of ‘Work In Progress’ for the . The festival, which is a month-long celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice taking place at venues across the capital, will open in next month. The RIBA London’s chosen theme “will explore the changing nature of work, and workspace, as well as its impact on, and role in, the continued evolution of London.”

Mixed Use 107 Apartement Units / Nunc Architectes

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Architects: Nunc Architectes
Location: 122 Rue des Poissonniers, 75018 Paris,
Design Team: Emilie Faivre, Adrienne Fabre, Guillaume Zilio, Pierre Beout, Julie Bourdin, Vincent Rey-Millet, Anne-Emanuelle Metivier, Melanie Passot, Julien Perrot, Marion Piot, Pauline Scherrer
Area: 7340.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Luc Boegly

NINO Restaurant / Jassim Alshehab Architects

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Jassim Alshehab Architects
Location: Arabella, 25, ,
Contractors : International Interiors contracting co.
Area: 480.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

D House / Paz Gersh Architects

© Oded Smadar

Architects: Paz Gersh Architects
Location: ,
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Oded Smadar

Towada Community Plaza / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Kenta Hasegawa

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: , Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Construction: Atsushi Sato structural design firm
Area: 1875.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kenta Hasegawa

KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

© Yasutake Kondo

Architects: Tokujin Yoshioka
Location: , Prefecture,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo, Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand. Image © Bridgit Anderson
Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand. Image © Bridgit Anderson

Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes

He may have risen to prominence for his disaster relief architecture and deft use of recyclable materials, but Shigeru Ban describes his idiosyncratic use of material as an “accident.” Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate recalls turning to cardboard tubes as a matter of necessity. “I had to create a design for an exhibition,” Ban told the newspaper, “But I couldn’t afford wood. Instead, I used the many paper tubes from rolls of drafting paper that were lying around. The tubes turned out to be quite strong.” The most prominent of Ban’s cardboard tube structures is Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral, built in the aftermath of an earthquake that devastated the city in early 2011. Read WSJ’s full interview with Ban here.  

Filler Residence / PIQUE

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Architects: PIQUE
Location: , OR, USA
Contractor: High Timber Construction
Area: 4845.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alan Brandt

Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East Rises in the Qatari Desert

“East-West/West-East” / . Image © Nelson Garrido

A new sculpture has risen in the desert of Qatar: “East-West/West-East,” Richard Serra‘s second public commission by the Gulf nation. Sited in a barren landscape that was suggested by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the former Emir, the  is comprised of four steel plates incrementally placed and standing perpendicular to the ground.

Much like Serra’s first Qatari sculpture – “7″ in Doha – the German rolled steel structure will oxidize, changing from gray to orange and eventually a dark amber, much like the Seagram Building in midtown, said Serra in an interview with The New Yorker. The artist hopes it will become a landmark within the country.

A selection of images from architecture photographer Nelson Garrido, after the break. 

House in Crozon / Agence d’architecture Pierre-Yves Le Goaziou

© Pascal Léopold

Architects: Agence d’architecture Pierre-Yves Le Goaziou
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Pierre-Yves Le Goaziou
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pascal Léopold

Singapore. Image © Flickr CC User Leonid Yaitskiy
Singapore. Image © Flickr CC User Leonid Yaitskiy

Open Call: ITAD Competition Seeks Student Proposals for “Urban Smart Green Office”

The Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA), together with Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) are jointly organizing the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2015 for Institutes of Higher Learning (ITAD Competition) for the fifth run this year. Themed “Urban Smart Green Office,” this year’s competition seeks for innovative and sustainable design entries that demonstrates the essentials and key constituents of a Smart Green Office Building in an urban city of participant’s choice. The competition is open to tertiary students worldwide. Read on to learn more. 

New Downtown Santiago Inacap Campus / Estudio Larrain

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Architects: Estudio Larrain
Location: Moneda 1802, , Región Metropolitana de ,
Architects In Charge: Rodrigo Larraín Gálvez, Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
Area: 19670.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rodrigo Larraín Illanes, Guy Wenborne

Video: House N by Sou Fujimoto

French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht recently revisited Sou Fujimoto‘s House N, seven years after its completion, as part of his ongoing Japanese Collection series. Nestled within a traditional Oita neighborhood, the renowned family home resembles ”living among the clouds,” as Fujimoto once described. A rich layering of space carefully eliminates the notion of distinct boundaries, allowing a subtle shift in program to place a heightened awareness on the spaces in-between.

Apply to Have Your Urban Intervention Realized in Abrantes, Portugal

180 Creative Camp is back! The 5th edition of the event will take place from July 5-12 in the Portuguese city of Abrantes.  One of the leading creative gatherings worldwide, unites some of the world’s most inspiring creators from different areas of artistic expression for a week of creative intersections. Developed by Canal180, the camp combines video, music, photography, design, architecture and urban art. For a second consecutive year, and in partnership with the Municipality of Abrantes, is seeking proposals for an Urban Intervention Project to be displayed in Abrantes’ historic center, as well as 15 “Stores Art Attack” project interventions. Proposals need to be submitted by May 31. Learn more after the break.

Drake Devonshire Inn / +tongtong

© Nikolas Koenig

Designers: +tongtong
Location: 24 Wharf Street, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0,
Designers In Charge: John Tong, Eunice Lam
Area: 1010.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig