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Eaves House / mA-style architects

02:00 - 22 August, 2016
Eaves House  / mA-style architects, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
  • Area

    70.25 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fitzroy House / Julie Firkin Architects

20:00 - 21 August, 2016
Fitzroy House / Julie Firkin Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

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Architecture Billings Index Moderates Slightly, Yet Remains Positive

16:00 - 21 August, 2016
Architecture Billings Index Moderates Slightly, Yet Remains Positive, via The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
via The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has reported that the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has remained positive in July for the sixth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last twelve months as demand across all project types has continued to increase. The July ABI score was 51.5, down from 52.6 in June, but nonetheless still reflects an increase in design services, as any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. The new projects inquiry index was 57.5, down from a mark of 58.6 the previous month.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Design Floating "Cloud Pavilion" on Shanghai's Waterfront

14:00 - 21 August, 2016

The success of a temporary pavilion has seen Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) commissioned to realise a more permanent version of their original design. Situated on the HuangPu riverside in the West Bund district of Shanghai, the new arts and events space - dubbed the "Cloud Pavilion" - has been designed to appear as if it is floating along the waterfront. Comprised of two white surfaces and 20, 000 pieces of white rope, the pavilion has a sense of weightlessness and ephemerality which contrasts to the heavy industrial machinery nearby.

Photography by Peter Dixie. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Visualisation of the Cloud Pavilion by SHL. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Photo of the completed Cloud Pavilion by Peter Dixie. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Photography by Peter Dixie. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects +18

Loma Verde House / moarqs

13:00 - 21 August, 2016
Loma Verde House  / moarqs, © Javier Agustin Rojas
© Javier Agustin Rojas

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Bee Breeders Rome Concrete Poetry Hall Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 21 August, 2016
Bee Breeders Rome Concrete Poetry Hall Competition Winners Announced , Second Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Sergey Korobkov,  Alexey Yakushev, Evginy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Second Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Sergey Korobkov, Alexey Yakushev, Evginy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The prolific Bee Breeder competitions encourage innovative and conceptual responses to charged architectural situations. The latest competition asked participants to consider the expansive material applications (and implications) of one of the world's most prominent building materials; concrete. Described by Bee Breeders as a "poetic manifestation" of its constituent parts, concrete was then to form the basis for the Rome Concrete Poetry Hall. 

The presence of the new, multi-purpose building in Rome required an awareness of the historic influences bordering the site. A further requirement was the excavation of the ground, a reference to Rome's archeological past. According to Bee Breeders, the judges favored those projects which thoroughly addressed the "spatial, material, structural, conceptual, and cultural agency of this ever expanding building science."

Third Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Gino Baldi and Serena Comi. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Sergey Korobkov,  Alexey Yakushev, Evginy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize Winning Proposal "Rome Concrete Poetry Hall" by Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +34

Marwa Al-Sabouni Explains How Syrian Architecture Laid the Foundations for War

09:30 - 21 August, 2016

In 2014, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni won the Syria category of the UN Habitat Mass Housing Competition for a housing scheme she developed for the city of Homs, her hometown. Now over two years later, Thames and Hudson has published her book Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria. Throughout all of these events, al-Sabouni has remained in Syria. As the Guardian puts it: “As bombs fell around her, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni stayed in Homs throughout the civil war, making plans to build hope from carnage.”

In this TEDSummit video, Al-Sabouni argues “that while architecture is not the axis around which all of human life rotates... it has the power to... direct human activity” She believes that the Old Islamic cities of Syria were once harmonious urban entities which advocated for co-habitation and tolerance through their intertwining. However, she posits that over the last century, beginning with French colonization, the Ancient towns were seen as un-modern and were gradually “improved” with elements of modernity: “brutal unfinished concrete blocks, aesthetic devastation and divisive communities that zoned communities by class, creed, or affluence.” This urban condition, she argues, is what created the conditions for the uprising-turned-civil war.  

General Services Building on Health Sciences Campus / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

09:00 - 21 August, 2016
General Services Building on Health Sciences Campus / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Granada, España
  • Area

    18223.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

Carla Bechelli Arquitectos Unveils Villa Housing Project at 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 21 August, 2016
Carla Bechelli Arquitectos Unveils Villa Housing Project at 2016 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Carla Bechelli Arquitectos
Courtesy of Carla Bechelli Arquitectos

Update: We've added a video, presented by PLANE-SITE, about the exhibition, featuring quotes from Carla Bechelli.

Carla Bechelli Arquitectos has created an exhibition of its multiple-residence project, Las Piedras Villas & Houses, a 2015 recipient of an International Property Award, which is currently on display at the 2016 Venice Biennale, at Palazzo Bembo.

Located in the suburbs of Buenos Aires in Argentina, the project consists of a series of small-scale buildings around a central lake intended to create a dialogue with the single-family housing in the surrounding neighborhood. 

The White / NPS Tchoban Voss

05:00 - 21 August, 2016
The White / NPS Tchoban Voss, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stralauer Allee 5, 10245 Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, nps tchoban voss
  • Project partner

    Philipp Bauer
  • Project leader

    Karsten Waldschmidt (design), Philipp Bauer (planning)
  • Area

    8572.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House of Komajii / Kazuyuki Takeda

02:00 - 21 August, 2016
House of Komajii / Kazuyuki Takeda , © Toshihiro Sobajima
© Toshihiro Sobajima

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  • Collaborators

    Souraku Architects

Monash North West Precinct / Jackson Clements Burrows

20:00 - 20 August, 2016
Monash North West Precinct / Jackson Clements Burrows , © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

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Monash North West Precinct / Jackson Clements Burrows

20:00 - 20 August, 2016
Monash North West Precinct / Jackson Clements Burrows , © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +18

Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, Australia

16:00 - 20 August, 2016
Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, Australia, Courtesy of Architensions
Courtesy of Architensions

New-York-based studio Architensions has released the design for its shortlisted project, Rising Ryde, for the Ryde Civic Center in Sydney, Australia. In an effort to embrace local communities and contexts, the project is conceived as a hill-shaped building covered in local vegetation and it aims to prioritize people through its complex system of social connections and interactions with nature.

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Sacred Landscapes or "Taboo Spaces" in Indian Crematoriums

14:00 - 20 August, 2016
Sacred Landscapes or "Taboo Spaces" in Indian Crematoriums , The Hall of Remembrance. Image Courtesy of Sanchit Arora of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO
The Hall of Remembrance. Image Courtesy of Sanchit Arora of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO

The relationship that humans have with death is complex and ever-changing, this is inevitably reflected in the architecture of spaces related to death. To interrogate the contemporary role of these spaces, architect Sanchit Arora of Indian firm Renesa Architecture Design Interiors used his thesis work, "The Shadow Spaces; Invisible Sacred Landscapes of Indian Cities" to analyze the place of crematoriums within Indian society. 

After a qualitative analysis, Arora has proposed an extension to the Green Park Crematorium in South Delhi. With this project, he aims to provide an example of an architecture which marries poetry and functionality to create spaces which are respectful, experiential, and user-friendly.

The Electric Crematorium. Image Courtesy of Sanchit Arora of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO The Funeral Space. Image Courtesy of Sanchit Arora of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO Gathering Space. Image Courtesy of Sanchit Arora of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO Aerial plan. Image Courtesy of Sanchit Arora of RENESA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN INTERIORS STUDIO +23

City Home with a Touch of Fibonacci / Wlodek Sidorczuk - Comdesigne

13:00 - 20 August, 2016
City Home with a Touch of Fibonacci / Wlodek Sidorczuk - Comdesigne, © Wlodek Sidorczuk / Ignacy Matuszewski
© Wlodek Sidorczuk / Ignacy Matuszewski

© Wlodek Sidorczuk / Ignacy Matuszewski © Wlodek Sidorczuk / Ignacy Matuszewski © Wlodek Sidorczuk / Ignacy Matuszewski © Wlodek Sidorczuk / Ignacy Matuszewski +39

Spotlight: Eero Saarinen

12:00 - 20 August, 2016
Spotlight: Eero Saarinen, St Louis Gateway Arch. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/5244769090'>Flickr user jeffnps</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
St Louis Gateway Arch. Image © Flickr user jeffnps licensed under CC BY 2.0

Son of pioneering Finnish architect Eliel SaarinenEero Saarinen (August 20, 1910 – September 1, 1961) was not only born on the same day, but carried his father's later rational Art Deco into a neofuturist internationalism, regularly using sweeping curves and abundant glass. Saarinen's simple design motifs allowed him to be incredibly adaptable, turning his talent to furniture design with Charles Eames and producing radically different buildings for different clients. Despite his short career as a result of his young death, Saarinen gained incredible success and plaudits, winning some of the most sought out commissions of the mid-twentieth century.

Submit Your Ideas to The Architectural Review to Stop the Spread of #Notopia

09:30 - 20 August, 2016
Submit Your Ideas to The Architectural Review to Stop the Spread of #Notopia, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

In its recent issues, The Architectural Review has been on a mission, highlighting a phenomenon that they have named "Notopia." Characterized by a "loss of identity and cultural vibrancy" and "a global pandemic of generic buildings," Notopia is - in overly simplistic terms - a consequence of the cold logic of market forces combined with a disinterested populace. The AR's campaign therefore aims to analyze this "thing of terror" and push back by raising public awareness and by proposing alternatives. And they need your help.