Material Studies: When Architecture Meets Fashion

00:00 - 16 April, 2014

A few months ago, fourteen 5th-year architecture students at the University of Southern California (USC) were given an unusual challenge: select two materials, and two only, to design and construct... a Mao jacket. 

The results, exhibited at the university on March 7th, were fourteen fascinating experimentations with unusual materials - including everything from rubber erasers to acrylic paint to 5,500 metal Mao pins (shipped direct from China). 

As Lee Olvera, the studio lead, told USC News, “It’s an exploration of program and function. In architecture, we’re called upon to design the skins of buildings all the time. This project infuses our intuitive skills of artistry and aesthetics with the rigor of analytical and performance-based material experimentation to create innovative working solutions."

Check out more images from this unusual studio project, after the break.

"Penny matches – 41,600 of them – were stuck into plastic crochet mesh by Caroline Duncan. The matches were clipped, one row at a time, to create a fabric of varying heights. The green dots are the matchheads". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page "Nick Tedesco discovered that it took about 10 hours to hand-sew a square foot of his colored pencil erasers". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page "Industrial strength caulk wasn’t strong enough to hold the smooth surface of thumbtacks on Sean Miller’s jacket, leading to torn sections and emergency repairs". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page "Corey Koczarski started with Rockite, a substance used for patching cracks in concrete. He cast Rockite in silicon molds, experimenting with thicknesses and profile to come up a shape that could be reproduced 4,948 times and linked together". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page +8

NYU and Hudson Yards to Use Big Data to Improve Cities

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards
Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress has teamed up with the developers of Hudson Yards to transform the future 28-acre mixed-use neighborhood into the nations first “quantified community.” As Crain’s New York reports, the aim is to “use big data to make cities better places to live.” Information, from pedestrian traffic to energy production and resident activity levels, will be collected in order to study how cities can run efficiently and improve quality of living. You can read more on the subject, here

Guaiume House / 24.7 Arquitetura Design

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
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© Pedro Kok

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Newcastle Museum / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© John Gollings
© John Gollings

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House in Mayuv / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

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Nicolás San Juan / Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cda. Nicolás San Juan 27, Del Valle Centro, Benito Juarez, 03100 Benito Juárez, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Patricio Guerrero, David Mandujano, Eduardo Palomino, Ruben Coxca, Belinda Garcia, Paulina Garcia, Luis Garcia, Miguel Mercado, Rafael Hop
  • Project Management

    Elias Cattan, Yair Wolff, Allan Betech
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa, Mayaan Fridman

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Narigua House / David Pedroza Castañeda

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© Sofia Flores Chapa
© Sofia Flores Chapa
  • Architects

  • Location

    El Jonuco, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    David Pedroza Castañeda (P+0 Arquitectura)
  • Project Area

    750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Sofia Flores Chapa

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Bagnolet Town Hall / Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
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© Luc Boegly

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Fort Greene Pavilion / O’Neill McVoy Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
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© Iwan Baan

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RIBA's 2014 Regional Award Winners Announced

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

RIBA has announced the first round of RIBA Regional Award winners, all of which will be considered for the RIBA national awards. From the list, Mecanoo's Library of Birmingham takes center stage, as the artisan-inspired structure received a number of awards, including the West Midlands Building of the Year and Emerging Architect. Check out the complete list, after the break...

Kettukallio / Playa Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

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Vertiz 950 / HGR Arquitectos

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
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© Diana Arnau

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REX Designs Conjoined Media Towers with Retractable Facade for Middle East

01:00 - 16 April, 2014

Two sister Middle Eastern media companies have commissioned REX to design a conjoined headquarters that references traditional Arab iconography. The result, two ultra-thin, stone-clad towers that are shielded from the Middle East’s “unrelenting sun” by an array of retractable sunshades whose shape was inspired by the Arab Mashrabiya pattern. 

Measuring nearly 15 meters in diameter, these sunshades can be quickly deployed, transforming the building’s glass facade into a “blossoming” shaded tower within minutes.

“The headquarters’ instantaneous transformation forges a new kind of powerful iconography, one that rejects the tired—and ephemeral—pursuit of being the tallest,” described REX.

Social housing for people over 65 in Girona / Arcadi Pla Arquitectes

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

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Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
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© Jeremy Bitterman

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Chipperfield's Stockholm Nobel Centre Faces Harsh Opposition

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
View towards Nybrokajen. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

Within days of David Chipperfield being appointed to design the Nobel Foundation’s new home in Stockholm, heritage protesters began to assemble a campaign to prevent the project from fruition. 

Declaring they are “opposed to star-architects constructing their angular spectacles of glass and steel right in the middle of the protected historic environment, as monuments to themselves, at our expense and the city’s,” as stated in an online petition, the protesters seem particularly upset that the project would require the demolition of multiple historic structures. Thousands have even joined a Facebook group to voice disapproval. 

However, despite the backlash, the Nobel Foundation refuses to bow down and believes the protest will not succeed

More on the protest, and structures slated for demolition, after the break...

Casa da Musica / OMA

05:00 - 15 April, 2014
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida da Boavista 604, 4050-104 Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon
  • Project Architects

    Adrianne Fisher, Michelle Howard
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

    Philippe Ruault, OMA · Photographer Profile

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Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
  • Project Area

    445.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of UMWELT

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