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DETAIL Green Books: Sustainable Construction Techniques

11:00 - 15 August, 2015
DETAIL Green Books: Sustainable Construction Techniques, Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher. From structural design to interior fit-out: Assessing and improving the environmental impact of buildings

What makes building materials sustainable? How to reduce the amount of embodied energy in building constructions? And how does a Life Cycle Analysis work? These are questions which are becoming increasingly more common in the context of sustainable construction.

Enter Russia's Tiny Mud-Clad Museum for Rural Labour

09:30 - 15 August, 2015
Enter Russia's Tiny Mud-Clad Museum for Rural Labour, © Dmitry Chebanenko
© Dmitry Chebanenko

Standing tall in the expansive landscape of Western Russia, the monolithic Museum for Rural Labor is an architectural beacon for the Kaluga Oblast region. Built of local straw and clay, the eight meter tower is comprised of one round sunlit room adorned with the instruments of manual labor. Jarring, unexpected and mysterious, the museum was conceived by Russian architects Sergei Tchoban and Agniya Sterligova to pay homage to the region's deep agricultural history. Defined by a stark and unorthodox form, the tower disrupts the Russian landscape while simultaneously serving as a wayfinding device for residents from the nearby village of Zvizzhi.

Enter the rudimentary world of the Museum for Rural Labour after the break.

© Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko +28

NOD / Scheiwiller Svensson Architects

09:00 - 15 August, 2015
NOD / Scheiwiller Svensson Architects, © Lindman
© Lindman

© Lindman © Lindman © Lindman © Lindman +25

How Architecture Graduates are Animating the Film Industry

08:00 - 15 August, 2015
How Architecture Graduates are Animating the Film Industry, An image for Hawkins\Brown's "Romance of the Sky" proposal, created by Factory Fifteen, a visualization and animation company founded by alumni of the Bartlett's "Unit 24" for films and architecture. Image © Factory Fifteen
An image for Hawkins\Brown's "Romance of the Sky" proposal, created by Factory Fifteen, a visualization and animation company founded by alumni of the Bartlett's "Unit 24" for films and architecture. Image © Factory Fifteen

After spending five-figure sums on their education, you might think that architectural students would, at the very least, continue in the architectural profession. However, as investigated in a new BBC Business article, many students of architecture “are using their newly-learned digital animation and design skills to break into the world of film.” With a growing demand for both architectural and all other kinds of animations, the number of film careers built from architectural foundations seems to be burgeoning. Architects-turned-filmmakers now work on a wide variety of projects, from special effects in Beyoncé videos to Oscar-winning films, to visualization films of future architectural projects.

Learn more about how digital animation has created a “two-way street” between architecture and film, here.

Haus S / Behnisch Architekten

05:00 - 15 August, 2015
Haus S / Behnisch Architekten, © David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten
© David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten

© David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten © David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten © David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten © David Matthiessen for Behnisch Architekten +24

Office K2 / Baraban +

02:00 - 15 August, 2015
Office K2 / Baraban +, Courtesy of Baraban +
Courtesy of Baraban +

Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + Courtesy of Baraban + +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Area

    1140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Pedari Guest House / ZAVarchitects

21:00 - 14 August, 2015
Pedari Guest House / ZAVarchitects, © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris
© Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz Bahrami, Ila Deris

© Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris © Mohamadreza Rashed, Nasim Mosavar, Golnaz  Bahrami, Ila Deris +40

SOHO Fuxing Lu / gmp Architekten

19:00 - 14 August, 2015
SOHO Fuxing Lu / gmp Architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Project management – competition

    Su Jun
  • Team members – competition

    Stefan Hornscheidt, Li Zheng, Zhou Bin, Zhang Jing
  • Project management – detailed design

    Matthias Wiegelmann, Kong Jing
  • Team members – detailed design

    Team members – detailed design: Cai Yu, Guo Fuhui, Kornelia Krzykowska, Li Ling, Sebastian Linack, Xie Fang, Thilo Zehme, Zhang Yingying, Zheng Shanshan, Zhou Bin, Catharina Cragg, Dai Tianxing, Gao Rui, Hua Rong, Wu Hua, Yuan Hang, Zhang Xuhui
  • Area

    136540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now

18:00 - 14 August, 2015
Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now, Designing Affordability at the Center for Architecture
Designing Affordability at the Center for Architecture

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now examines how architects, engineers, planners, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing and increase opportunities by rethinking how we build, maintain, and occupy structures. Affordable housing is typically focused on ensuring that a family at a certain income can qualify for a housing unit. Affordability is a broader concept referring to lifestyles, incomes and how housing can be designed, constructed and managed at a lower cost.

Trigg Residence / Hillam Architects

17:00 - 14 August, 2015
Trigg Residence / Hillam Architects, © Dion Robeson
© Dion Robeson

© Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trigg WA 6029, Australia
  • Design Team

    David Hillam, Justin Carrier, Tim Lannigan, Lesley Hooper, Hayley Gardiner, Helena Nikola
  • Collaborators

    Weststyle; Taylor Lanscaping
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals Official List of 2015 Participants

16:23 - 14 August, 2015
Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals Official List of 2015 Participants, Chicago Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image ©  Iwan Baan
Chicago Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

A 40-strong list of international studios has named the official participants of the first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial - the “largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.” Chosen by Biennial Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda - who are supported by an advisory council comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman - each participating practice will convene in Chicago to discuss "The State of the Art of Architecture" and showcase their work from October 3 to January 3, 2016.

“The city of Chicago has left an indelible mark on the field of architecture, from the world’s first modern skyscraper to revolutionary urban designs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “That’s why there’s no better host city than Chicago for this rare global event. The Chicago Architecture Biennial offers an unprecedented chance to celebrate the architectural, cultural, and design advancements that have collectively shaped our world.”

A complete list of participants, after the break. 

Loft Transformation / Studio Appelo

15:00 - 14 August, 2015
Loft Transformation / Studio Appelo, © Matthieu van Ek
© Matthieu van Ek

© Matthieu van Ek © Matthieu van Ek © Matthieu van Ek © Matthieu van Ek +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hoogte Kadijk, 1018 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Zaha Hadid Architects Win Danjiang Bridge Competition in Taiwan

14:27 - 14 August, 2015
Zaha Hadid Architects Win Danjiang Bridge Competition in Taiwan, © Danjiang Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects, render by MIR
© Danjiang Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects, render by MIR

Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as winner of the Danjiang Bridge International Competition in Taiwan. The new bridge was designed to "make a conspicuous landmark against the backdrop of Tamsui's famous sunset," says ZHA director Patrik Schumacher. It will be comprised of a cable-stayed bridge design that will minimize its "visual impact" by needing only one concrete structural mass to support its 920-meter-long span.

"The Danjiang Bridge will be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge," said ZHA in a press release. Read on to see how the bridge will be constructed.

Event: Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City

14:09 - 14 August, 2015
Event: Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, © The Infinite Happiness
© The Infinite Happiness

The nation’s largest film festival celebrating architecture and design will return to NYC in two brand new locations in Chelsea. Opening night will be held at the SVA Theatre, and the duration of the ADFF, from October 14-18, 2015, will be held at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas - a newer, bigger and more central location to accommodate a large expected audience and allow for exciting new programming. The seventh edition of the festival will present a curated selection of 30+ intriguing feature-length and short films in addition to panel discussions and Q&As with design thought leaders and filmmakers from around the world. The films explore the human elements of art, fashion, architecture and design in our everyday lives, while making the topics relatable, entertaining, and engaging for a broad audience.

La Condesa / PLASMA NODO

13:00 - 14 August, 2015
La Condesa / PLASMA NODO, © Daniel Mejía
© Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía +21

  • Designer

  • Location

    Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Indian Mountain School Student Center / Flansburgh Architects

11:00 - 14 August, 2015
Indian Mountain School Student Center / Flansburgh Architects, © Robert Benson
© Robert Benson

© Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson +26

How Walter Segal's 1970s DIY Community Could Help Solve Today's Housing Crisis

09:30 - 14 August, 2015

In recent years, DIY approaches to building houses have become increasingly popular, as increasing cost and decreasing availability have caused some prospective house-buyers to embrace simple methods of fabrication and the sweat of their own brow, as discussed in this recent article. However, this trend has much earlier precedents: in 1979, self-build pioneer Walter Segal had already embraced these progressive concepts in a development known as "Walter's Way," an enclave of self-built social housing in southeast London. According to Dave Dayes, a Walter's Way resident and an original builder on the project, Segal believed that "anybody can build a house. All you need to do is cut a straight line and drill a straight hole." The houses were built entirely of standard wood units assembled onsite in Lewisham.

In this video, London based non-profit The Architecture Foundation steps into the utopia of Walter's Way, a micro-neighborhood founded on principals of communal living for people of all backgrounds. The film has been released in connection with Doughnut: The Outer London Festival taking place September 5th, which will bring together writers, historians, architects and economists for "an adventurous celebration of all things Outer London and a critical reflection on the rapid transformation that the city's periphery is currently experiencing." The Architecture Foundation aims to introduce central Londoners (and the world) to the radically functional housing concepts in practice at Walter's way.

DrDerm Dermatology Clinic / Atelier Central Arquitectos

09:00 - 14 August, 2015
DrDerm Dermatology Clinic / Atelier Central Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +39