Cantilever Lake House / Birdseye Design

© Westphalen Photography

Architects: Birdseye Design
Location: , USA
Builder: Birdseye Building Company
Landscape Architects: H. Keith Wagner Partnership
Area: 2600.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Westphalen Photography

NYC’s Union Square in 1828

‘Painting the Town’ via Business Insider

Can you imagine the intersection of Broadway and the Bowery in lower Manhattan as sparsely populated “Uptown” used as a burial ground for indigent people? Well, according to the the book Painting the Town by The Museum of the City of (via Ephemeral New York), this scene painted from memory by Albertis Del Orient Browere in 1885 depicts what Union Square used to look like back in 1828 – just 20 years before this area started to transform into the bustling, concrete jungle we know today. 

Compare it to an updated photo of Union Square after the break. 

S House / Komada Architects’ Office

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yamabe Structural Office
Area: 104.69 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

MIT Collaborates with AIA to Research Solutions for Healthy Urban Futures

Courtesy of Flickr User Sandeep Menon Photography

American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) have announced a research collaboration to support AIA efforts through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Decade of Design, a measure focused on improving the health of urban communities.  As the global population continues to shift toward urban environments, urban conditions of the past century have become too outdated to address the increase in population and pollution.  In order to advance the state of city livability, professionals in the design and planning fields must reconsider how urban environments need to be designed to work optimally in regards to social, economic and health challenges.  MIT’s collaboration with the profession-based organization of the AIA allows the school’s research to reach the professional world for application and development.  

JP House / MYCC

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: MYCC
Location: , Cuenca, Spain
Architect In Charge: Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, Marcos Gonzalez
Design Team: Raquel del Rio, Pablo Urbano, Miguel Angel Hellin
Contractor: Ageco Scotmans Spain
Area: 144.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra, Courtesy of

Courtesy of Astanagenplan RDI
Courtesy of Astanagenplan RDI

Astana-EXPO 2017 Competition

Upon their recent selection to host the International Specialized Exposition in 2017 (EXPO 2017) with a theme Energy of the Future, National Company Astana and Mayor’s Office of Astana launched a sponsored international architectural competition for the development of a concept design of…

The Downfalls of Prefab Design

Sky City is planned to be the world’s tallest skyscraper, constructed entirely through pre-fab.

Prefabricated design has come to be known as a fast, green, and cost-efficient way to create buildings. Although this technique has most prominently been used with small residential structures, it’s now taken a turn towards greater, larger projects. With towers and skyscrapers now in the works (and, in some cases, going up in as little as six days), pre-fab begs the question: is it really safe? Does quick production time lead to instability, making prefabricated buildings more likely to collapse?

Read more after the break.

Tranquilidade Insurance Company / Marisa Lima

© David Pereira

Architects: Marisa Lima
Location: Lisboa,
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Pereira

The Indicator: A Rather Large Array

The Rather Large Array in Art Center’s Wind Tunnel Gallery. Photo by Joshua White

First, we have to get something straight. This is not the VERY Large Array. This is the RATHER Large Array, the Very Large Array’s much smaller, distant—and inexpensive—cousin and the flagship piece for Art Center College of Design’s 2011 exhibition, MADE UP: Design’s Fictions  (curated by Tim Durfee with Haelim Paek).

The other thing is that while the Very Large Array still exists out in its Dune-like remote setting, spread across a giant “Y” configuration in the New Mexico desert, the Rather Large Array (RLA) has all but vaporized back into the production streams from whence its PVC tubing and hardware store components came from.

ZAC Paul Claudel / CAAU

© Julien Lanoo

Architects: CAAU
Location: ,
Area: 10748.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Courtesy of exexe
Courtesy of exexe

Operlab Competition Entry / exexe

The idea of establishing Operalab – a mobile think tank – in the urban environment is the evidence of the transformation taking place in the structure of the Grand Theatre – National Opera, representing the openness and modernity of this…

Tanderra House / Sean Godsell

© Earl Carter

Architects: Sean Godsell Architects
Location: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Sean Godsell, Hayley Franklin
Area: 285.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Earl Carter, Sean Godsell

Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Courtesy of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Trees Building for ABBANK Proposal / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects… the Trees Building, a branch bank of ABBANK, aims to create a co-existence of the rapid development and abundant nature of the seaside city. Located in Danang, Vietnam, the office building uses a classical

Stamp House / Charles Wright Architects

© Patrick Bingham Hall

Architects: Charles Wright Architects
Location: Queensland,
Architect In Charge: Charles Wright
Project Team: Charles Wright, Richard Blight, Justine Wright, Darcy Shapcott
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall

Courtesy of ZA Architects
Courtesy of ZA Architects

IT Park Proposal / ZA Architects

With the main challenge of providing an environment for the prosperous IT business incubator in Kharkov city, the design by ZA Architects… creates favorable conditions for the creation and development of the new ideas in the multi-component environment. The design

Torquay House / Wolveridge Architects

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: Torquay, Victoria,
Project Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Sina Petzold, Tjeerd van der Vliet, Courtney Gibbs
Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Dirk Vander Kooij (Dutch, born 1983) Endless Flow rocking chair. 2011. Architecture & Design Purchase Fund Photo:The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Dirk Vander Kooij (Dutch, born 1983) Endless Flow rocking chair. 2011. Architecture & Design Purchase Fund Photo:The Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA: Applied Design

Design saturates every facet of our lives. As the new MoMA exhibition states: design is a fundamental tool in helping people respond to change.  Applied Design, running from March 2nd to January 31st, focuses on the various means and methods by…

3D Printing ProtoHouse 1.0 and ProtoHouse 2.0 / Softkill Design

AA DRL ProtoHouse 1.0 – SoftKill

3D printing has made immense leaps in the last few years as equipment and specialized programming has been refined to produced fully occupiable and usable spaces.  In previous articles, ArchDaily has discussed the numerous advances in 3D printing technology and their potential applications. 3D-printed dwellings on the moon made of sand via D-Shape, full-scale rooms via the KamerMaker and a personal printer for your kids called the MakerBot are just some speculative and experimental prototypes that have emerged from extensive research and development.  The designers of the next experiment in 3D printing is design group, Softkill Design, which includes Nicholette Chan, Gilles Retsin, Aaron Silver, and Sophia Tang within the Architectural Association School’s Design Research Lab at the ‘behavioral matter’ studio of Robert Stuart-Smith.  Last year completed ProtoHouse 1.0, a high-resolution prototype of a house printed at 1:33 scale.  Research prototypes were generously supported by Materialise. 

More details on the technology and images of ProtoHouse1.0 after the break.