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Cybertopia: The Digital Future of Analog Architectural Space

00:00 - 7 December, 2014
Cybertopia: The Digital Future of Analog Architectural Space, 2. Cybertopia. Death of analogous cities. Image © Egor Orlov
2. Cybertopia. Death of analogous cities. Image © Egor Orlov

"Cyberspace, filled with bugs and glitches – the components of its natural habitat – will form a completely new and previously unknown location when released into a real city  – Cybertopia," says Egor Orlov, a current student at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. According to Orlov, the physical world is on the brink of a major technological breakthrough that will revolutionize the way architects conceive of space – closing the gap between analog and digital.

Cybertopia - completed while he was a student at the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering under tutors Akhtiamov I.I. and Akhtiamova R.H. and nominated for the Archiprix Madrid 2015 - exists as another dimension for Orlov, where fairy tales come to life and science harmonizes with engineering and architectural design. "Future of an Architecture Space. Cybertopia. Death of Analogous Cities," delves into a fantasy world where the "possibility to fly or walk from one planet to another" becomes an illustrated reality using a combination of drafting-based techniques and a wild imagination.

Enter the hybrid technological-analog world of Cybertopia after the break

© Egor Orlov 6. Housing of the future city. Program section. Image © Egor Orlov 10. Model of the future city. Image © Egor Orlov 29. Postcards from the future. Image © Egor Orlov +42

Regent Road / architecture:m

01:00 - 7 December, 2014
Regent Road  / architecture:m, Courtesy of architecture:m
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Grotto Sauna / Partisans

01:00 - 7 December, 2014
Grotto Sauna / Partisans, © Jonathan Friedman
© Jonathan Friedman

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UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World's First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite

00:00 - 7 December, 2014
UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World's First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite, A proposal for the Photon House, a large scale variation of the Photon Space for permanent living. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project
A proposal for the Photon House, a large scale variation of the Photon Space for permanent living. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project

UK start-up company The Photon Project has announced its plan to launch the Photon Space, the world's first intelligent all-glass living unit. Motivated by the major positive benefits that natural light can have on our energy levels, sleep pattern and overall health, the goal of the Photon Space is to create a dwelling that allows its occupants a maximum connection to the outside world.

Posited as an ideal addition to hotels, spas, health retreats, medical centres, and other resorts, the skin of the Photon Space is made of smart glass supported by curving glass beams, switching from transparent to opaque in seconds with the help of an iPhone app.

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2015 Wheelwright Prize

01:00 - 7 December, 2014
2015 Wheelwright Prize , Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the third edition of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research. The 2015 Wheelwright Prize will begin accepting applications online on January 5; the deadline for submissions is January 30. This annual prize is dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement.

Kayak Club / Gril Kikelj Arhitekti

01:00 - 7 December, 2014
Kayak Club / Gril Kikelj Arhitekti, Courtesy of Boštjan Kikelj, Klavdij Kikelj
Courtesy of Boštjan Kikelj, Klavdij Kikelj

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Celje, Slovenia
  • Architect in Charge

    Matjaž Gril, Klavdij Kikelj
  • Site Area

    1700 M2
  • Area

    580.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Boštjan Kikelj, Klavdij Kikelj

Dressing room for a garden with a pond / Clara Nubiola

01:00 - 7 December, 2014
Dressing room for a garden with a pond / Clara Nubiola, © Adrià Goula
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  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    43143 El Milà, Tarragona, Spain
  • Project Design

    Clara Nubiola
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Open Call: 2015 Australian Architect in Residence Program

00:00 - 6 December, 2014
Open Call: 2015 Australian Architect in Residence Program, AIA National Award Winner: Prahran Hotel / Techne Architects. Image © Peter Clarke
AIA National Award Winner: Prahran Hotel / Techne Architects. Image © Peter Clarke

Applications have opened for the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 Droga Architect in Residence program. The Droga residency, one of only a few architectural residencies worldwide, offers successful applicants the opportunity to engage with the Australian architecture community over a 12 week period. Submissions are invited from practitioners based outside Australia for residencies available between June and December 2015. 

Video: Olafur Eliasson Gives Advice to Young Creatives

00:00 - 6 December, 2014

"Be very sensitive to where you are, in what times and in what parts of the world, and how that constitutes the artistic practice," says Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in this recent video from Louisiana Channel. In Advice to the Young, Eliasson deliberates on creative practice, urging young artists to take risks and produce meaningful work. "Just because you think about a work of art," says Eliasson, "it is not necessarily a work of art." Most recently, Eliasson has made headlines for his immersive exhibition Riverbed at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which explores the intersection between nature and the built environment. Revered as one of the world's leading sculptural and installation artists, Eliasson is adamant that the practice of working with art remains to be "very fierce, very strong and very robust."

Astor Hellas HQ / MALVI

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
Astor Hellas HQ / MALVI, © Giorgio Papadopoulos
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Bakery in Pozoamargo / Isabel Escudero Herrera

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
Bakery in Pozoamargo / Isabel Escudero Herrera, Courtesy of Isabel Escudero Herrera
Courtesy of Isabel Escudero Herrera

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  • Architects

  • Location

    16708 Pozoamargo, Cuenca, Spain
  • Area

    236.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Isabel Escudero Herrera

Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden, © Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / Luxigon / Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
© Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / Luxigon / Michel Desvigne Paysagiste

Conceived as a natural extension of the existing pathways at Montreal’s Botanical Garden, Saucier + Perrotte architectes’ proposal for the “Espace Pour la Vie Glass Pavilion” competition was envisioned as an immersive glass shelter “eroded” within a lush landscape. The architects, who were also responsible for designing the garden’s 2001 First Nation Garden Pavilion, were among the competition finalists. You can learn more about their proposal, after the break. 

KILO Pitches Woven Tent Outside of Jean Novel’s Arab World Institute

00:00 - 6 December, 2014
KILO Pitches Woven Tent Outside of Jean Novel’s Arab World Institute , © IMA
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In conjunction with the Contemporary Morocco exhibit (Le Maroc Contemporain) at the Jean Nouvel-designed Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a giant tent has been constructed on the plaza in front of the building. Designed by Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi of KILO, the tent harmonizes contemporary design and technical innovation with traditional fabrication methods. Constructed from more than 650-square-meters of camel and goat wool woven by female cooperatives in the Saharan desert, the tent serves as an urban landmark and a symbol for the Contemporary Morocco exhibit. The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.

POWERHOUSE - KL Pilates Studio / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
POWERHOUSE - KL Pilates Studio / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects, © Yoav Gurin
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Elementary School S. João Brito / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
Elementary School S. João Brito / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos, © Alberto Plácido
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Excerpt: Edwin Abbott's 'Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions'

01:00 - 6 December, 2014
Excerpt: Edwin Abbott's 'Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions'

Published in London in 1884, Edwin Abbot’s amusing short novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a biting critique of Victorian social hierarchies and a canonical work of scientific and theological commentary. It is also a remarkable spatial allegory, challenging conceptions of visual reality and postulating on the existence of unfamiliar dimensions that are obscured by the learned limits of our own knowledge. The book’s narrator, A Square, lives in a two-dimensional planar world inhabited by geometric shapes that are stratified into social classes based on the number of their sides. Polygons constitute the highest classes, while the laboring isosceles triangles exist only above the women, straight lines condemned to tirelessly wiggle back and forth to make themselves visible. One day, A Square receives a strange visitor—a Sphere—from a three-dimensional place called Spaceland, who reveals to him the limits of his conceived reality. Posing enduring questions of knowledge, reason, and faith, this deeply architectural novel is simultaneously among the most entertaining articulations of a phenomenological approach to our sensory understanding of space.

The first three sections of the book are excerpted below.

London's Olympicopolis Site to Receive Government Funding

00:00 - 6 December, 2014
London's Olympicopolis Site to Receive Government Funding, London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt
London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt

The UK Government has announced £140 million in public funds will be granted to the planned "Olympicopolis" cultural quarter in East London, in the former 2012 Olympic Park. The museum and educational district is planned to feature a new outpost for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum and Sadler’s Wells theatre, and a new campus for the University of the Arts London.

The site, which is just North of Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre, is the focus of an ongoing design competition which reportedly attracted almost 1,000 expressions of interest in the contest's pre-registration phase. The winner of the competition will be announced in March.

Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

00:00 - 6 December, 2014
Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments, Street View of Exterior. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Street View of Exterior. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to Uppsala’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”