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Florins Residence / Philipp Baumhauer Architects

  • Architects: Philipp Baumhauer Architects
  • Location: Tarasp, Scuol, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Philipp Baumhauer, Julian Sauer, Tomohiro Yanagisawa, Kevin Driscoll
  • Area: 524.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ruedi Walti, Ralph Feiner

© Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ruedi Walti © Ralph Feiner

5 Places to Download Free, Ethnically Diverse Render People

The significance of people in architectural rendering is nothing new – the added realism, and addition of narrative elements can make or break whether a render successfully sells its project. With sites like Skalgubbar, architects and architecture students have easier access than ever before to “Render People”: PNG cut-outs of people, ready to be photoshopped into buildings.

In the early years of free, online render-people databases, there was a stark homogeneity to the people represented. As the people providing the crowdsourced images were from predominantly Caucasian, Scandinavian countries, there was a surge of such people appearing in renders in projects across the world. In wake of this, other groups have worked to produce workable databases of diverse, culturally representative render people, giving architects and architecture students the freedom to accurately depict their work in its intended context.

We’ve rounded up 5 different sites that offer free render people of a wide range of ethnicities. See them all after the break.

Ennead Architects Design Huawei Research Center in Wuhan, China

Ennead Architects has unveiled its design for the new Huawei Research Center, a research and development campus under construction in Wuhan, China. The new Center will be 350,000 square meters, and seeks to foster “interdepartmental interaction amongst employees while maximizing access to the surrounding landscape.”

Hear This Croatian Seawall Sing as the Wind and Waves Lap the Shore

Following the Second World War, the Croatian city of Zadar underwent a large, rapid reconstructive transformation. The city's seafront became nothing more than a concrete wall until 2005, when architect Nikola Bašić proposed to redesign parts of the seawall to interact with the ocean waves. Concealed beneath marble blocks, the 'Sea Organ' (morske orgulje in Croatian) is comprised of a network of polyethylene tubes and resonating cavities which sing as the waves and wind lap the shore. With thirty five individual pipes spanning a total length of seventy metres, it is the largest aerophone in the world. According to reports, the sound is specifically directed out to sea and is impossible to hear from within the city of Zadar itself. In 2006, the intervention was jointly awarded the European Prize for Urban Space.

Toulkarem Courthouse / AAU ANASTAS

  • Architects: AAU ANASTAS
  • Location: Tulkarm
  • Funding: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Area: 8938.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Mikaela Burstow

© Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow

Double Helix House / Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects

  • Architects: Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects
  • Location: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo 110-0001, Japan
  • Area: 88.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura

Cornerstone / designband YOAP

  • Architects: designband YOAP
  • Location: 5 Ha-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team: Hyun Bo Shin, Inkeun Ryu, Doran Kim
  • Area: 131.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ryu, In Keun

© Ryu, In Keun © Ryu, In Keun © Ryu, In Keun © Ryu, In Keun

BAAN 0.60 / Integrated Field

  • Architects: Integrated Field
  • Location: Thanon Bang Khun Non, Khet Bangkok Noi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand
  • Area: 340.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya

Dental Clinic with Coved Ceiling / Hiroki Tominaga

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

October ABI Remains on Solid Ground

As reported by the AIA, this month's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has shown a slight reduction in construction growth in October, dropping by 0.6 points from September's mark of 53.7, but still in solid positive territory at 53.1. The Project Inquiries Index also dropped for the third straight month, falling to 58.5.

“Allowing for the possibility of occasional and minor backsliding, we expect healthy business conditions for the design and construction industry to persist moving into next year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “One area of note is that the multi-family project sector has come around the last two months after trending down for the better part of the year.”

Montesanto Station Refurbishment / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

  • Architects: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture
  • Location: Montesanto, 80135 Napoli, Italy
  • Design Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture (Silvio d'Ascia, design lead / Team members : M.Boenders, R.Camarda, A.Cossin, D.Dorell, A.Rocca , T.Raynaud, A. Cornuau, F.Levêque, M.Roggwiller, E.Macor Rosa, J.Edwards-Ibarra, V.Benini, A.Dubouz, E.Seif, C. de Sainte Marie)
  • Engineering Team: Tecnosistem SpA (Marco Damonte, lead engineer) / Filippo Cavuoto, structural lead / Falconio, station security
  • Area: 4690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Chipperfield and Herzog & de Meuron Among 6 Teams Shortlisted for LSE's Paul Marshall Building

The London School of Economics (LSE), working alongside the RIBA, has announced six teams in the running to design their latest high-profile building project: the £100 million redevelopment of 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields, which once complete will be known as the Paul Marshall Building. As the third of the LSE's recent run of major campus transformations, the Paul Marshall Building will follow in the footsteps of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' “Center Building Redevelopment” which received planning permission earlier this year and O'Donnell + Tuomey's highly-acclaimed Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize. Read on to see the full shortlist.

Oakville View Estate / John Maniscalco

  • Architects: John Maniscalco
  • Location: Oakville, CA 94558, USA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of John Maniscalco

Courtesy of John Maniscalco Courtesy of John Maniscalco Courtesy of John Maniscalco Courtesy of John Maniscalco

Arup’s Singapore Sports Hub Deemed Best in Structural Engineering for 2015

The Singapore Sports Hub, designed by DP Architects and Arup Associates, in collaboration with Arup as the structural engineer, has been awarded the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, the highest award given out by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) at their annual Structural Awards. The award honors the best example of structural engineering design entered during the year.

The sports stadium features the largest free-spanning dome in the world, stretching 310 meters to cover the 55,000-seat stadium, and uses a “third of weight of steel normally used to span this size,” writes Arup in a press release. To provide shade during sporting events, the dome roof structure is retractable and features “an energy-efficient cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat.”

World of Food / Harvey Otten + Ted Schulten

  • Architects: Harvey Otten, Ted Schulten
  • Location: Develstein, 1102 Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge: Harvey Otten, Ted Schulten
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Luuk Kramer , Klaarlicht

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Klaarlicht © Luuk Kramer

The Future of Architecture Visualization: An Interview with Morean Digital Realities and Zaha Hadid Architects

Above: The final presentation video for Zaha Hadid Architects' Danjiang Bridge entry, with construction sequences provided by morean digital realities and atmospheric shots provided by Studio MIR

In this age of lightning fast response rate, it is more important than ever for architects to be able to provide clients with a clear idea of what is to be built. Luckily for us, there are firms out there that specialize in aiding that process. Take morean digital realities, for example, a visualization firm that works in conjunction with architects to create renderings and animations that help explain how a project will work. These visualizations can be geared toward clients, competitions or used as material for fundraising. Their recent work includes a video for the Danjiang Bridge Competition, in which morean provided a dramatic construction animation accompanied by atmospheric shots by another visualization company, Studio MIR. Together, these two visualization studios helped Zaha Hadid Architects come away with the project commission.

ArchDaily spoke to three members of the team on that project - Saman Saffarian, a Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects; Karl Humpf, Director of International Bridges at Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner; and Gonzalo Portabella, Architect and Managing Director at morean digital realities - about the role of visualization within architecture and where the field may be headed.