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Can’t We Design Buildings to Look Like They Used To?

02:30 - 29 August, 2015
Can’t We Design Buildings to Look Like They Used To?, "Once we’ve learned to really understand old buildings and cities, we can recreate their qualities in other forms". Image © Andy Spain
"Once we’ve learned to really understand old buildings and cities, we can recreate their qualities in other forms". Image © Andy Spain

Short answer: Sure we can. But everything will always bear the mark of its own time.

Long answer: Sticking with something that we know works is a good strategy. Lots of old buildings and cities function extraordinarily well. As a rule it’s dumb to replace them with something else. And modern times don’t necessarily demand modern buildings. In many cases it’s easy to live a modern lifestyle in a renovated building. The problem with creating new buildings and cities that look like old ones is not imitation per se—we’ve learned to deal with much bigger lies than that. But the charm of old cities runs deep below the surface. Once we’ve learned to really understand old buildings and cities, we can recreate their qualities in other forms. Buildings are resources; projects are opportunities.

New i2a Venue Opening Party

02:30 - 29 August, 2015
New i2a Venue Opening Party, i2a istituto internationale di architettura, Villa Saroli, Lugano
i2a istituto internationale di architettura, Villa Saroli, Lugano

i2a is finally opening the doors of its new home and invites all those who wish to come to celebrate together this new beginning. The evening will offer a rich program of activities that intend to show, to both those who have followed us over the years as well as those discovering us on this occasion, what being an architecture forum means.

Unlooped Kino in St. Petersburg / Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder

02:00 - 29 August, 2015
Unlooped Kino in St. Petersburg / Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder, Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder
Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder

Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder Courtesy of Ira Koers + Roelof Mulder +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    State Hermitage Museum, Dvortsovaya ploshchad', 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
  • Project Year

    2015

Lotus Haus / SMART ARCHITECTURE

22:00 - 28 August, 2015
Lotus Haus / SMART ARCHITECTURE, © Moon Jung sik
© Moon Jung sik

© Moon Jung sik © Moon Jung sik © Moon Jung sik © Moon Jung sik +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daegu, South Korea
  • Project Team

    Kim Gun cheol, Lee seung eun
  • Area

    363.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Living Anatomy: an Exhibition about Housing at Harvard Graduate School of Design

19:30 - 28 August, 2015
Living Anatomy: an Exhibition about Housing at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Living Anatomy installation detail, with a photograph from Lacaton & Vassal's "Mulhouse Social Housing" in the background.
Living Anatomy installation detail, with a photograph from Lacaton & Vassal's "Mulhouse Social Housing" in the background.

On Monday, August 24, the Harvard Graduate School of Design opened its main Fall 2015 exhibition Living Anatomy: An Exhibition About Housing. Focusing on the past 50 years, the mixed-media exhibition features both built and academic work and showcases innovative approaches and solutions to housing in contexts around the world.

H2 BOX / PODesign

19:00 - 28 August, 2015
H2 BOX / PODesign, © Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Soi 21, Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10220, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Bunjong Kiatsingnakorn, Sansanee Praditkul, Radakarn Tangmahattanakul
  • Area

    45.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Audrey Apartments / Carr Design Group

17:00 - 28 August, 2015
Audrey Apartments / Carr Design Group, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +17

MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles

16:03 - 28 August, 2015
MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles, © MAD
© MAD

MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic model for housing in Los Angeles, as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” exhibition at the A+D Museum. Dubbed the "Cloud Corridor," the concept is based on Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy for architecture to "manifest the spiritual essence between people and nature." The vision is the opposite of sprawl, proposing a high-density vertical village made up of nine interconnected residential towers. 

Dental Clinic in Porto / Ren Pepe Arquitetos

15:00 - 28 August, 2015
Dental Clinic in Porto / Ren Pepe Arquitetos, © Ricardo Loureiro
© Ricardo Loureiro

© Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Designer

    Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe (Ren Pepe Arquitetos)
  • Project coordinator

    Michela Piddiu
  • Design Team

    João Ramos, Cátia Cunha, Marta Machado, Ricardo Leitão
  • Photographs

Build a Life-Size LEGO Structure with these Modular Plastic Blocks

14:00 - 28 August, 2015
via Wired
via Wired

LEGO enthusiast Arnon Rosan has created a full-scale, interlocking "LEGO" block that allows users to quickly assemble life-size structures. The LEGO-like "EverBlock" is a modular system of polypropylene blocks with raised lugs that can be stacked to form furniture, installations or even emergency shelters. As Wired reports, the blocks come in 14 colors, three sizes - full (one-foot-long), half (six-inches), and quarter (three-inches) - and vary in weight from a quarter to two pounds.

"Each module is designed to connect easily with the parts above and below, using a pressure fit which creates a strong link between blocks. Because of its unique lug system, you can stagger EverBlocks in 3" increments, to create all types of patterns," says EverBlock.

Cermak McCormick Place Station / Ross Barney Architects

13:00 - 28 August, 2015
Cermak McCormick Place Station / Ross Barney Architects, © Kate Joyce Studios
© Kate Joyce Studios

© Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cermak-McCormick Place, Chicago, IL 60616, United States
  • Design Team

    Carol Ross Barney, FAIA; Eric Martin, AIA; Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Andrew Vesselinovitch, AICP Mordecai Scheckter, LEED AP; Sung-Joon Kim, LEED AP; Anna Ninoyu; Huili Feng; Monica Chadha; Nicolas Sanchez, LEED AP; Sallie Schwartzkopf, AIA; Amy Chun; Corrine Knight
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

SO-IL Reveals Plans for New Brooklyn Art Gallery

12:27 - 28 August, 2015
SO-IL Reveals Plans for New Brooklyn Art Gallery, © SO-IL
© SO-IL

New York-based SO-IL has unveiled plans for a new Brooklyn art gallery, dubbed Artes Amant. The 1,320-square-meter building will house the production, display and storage of art in a four-story "concrete mass" that is "spatially marked by its industrial past."

"This arts’ building is an exploration in soft form, where a cluster of shells acts to diffuse an exterior presence and shape the building’s interior," says SO-IL. 

Centor Showroom / exexe

11:00 - 28 August, 2015
Centor Showroom / exexe, © Jakub Certowicz
© Jakub Certowicz

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz +16

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Ligia Krajewska, Jakub Pstraś
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Why Sketchbooks Still Rule in a Digital World

09:30 - 28 August, 2015
Why Sketchbooks Still Rule in a Digital World, © Flickr CC user Alisher Hasanov
© Flickr CC user Alisher Hasanov

In his articles for ArchSmarter, Michael Kilkelly comes across as something of a technophile: some of his favorite topics include Revit macros, coding, Excel, automation and... Moleskine? In this article, originally published on ArchSmarter as "Why I Still Use a Sketchbook," Kilkelly explains why despite all the technology, sketchbooks remain one of the most important tools at his disposal.

I was in a full panic.

I got to the hotel when realized I left my sketchbook in the cab. I was freaking out. I called the cab company and explained, with a mounting sense of urgency, what happened.

“You forgot your sketchbook? What’s that? Some kind of laptop?”
“No,” I explained. “It’s a notebook with good paper. I sketch in it. You know, with a pen.”
“Why don’t you just use an iPad?”
“But I like to draw. I like the feel of the paper and it never runs out of batteries” I replied.
“Whatever. I’ve got a great sketching app on my iPad. Plus like a thousand games. And I can read the newspaper. And check my email...”

Tozzer Anthropology Building / Kennedy & Violich Architecture

09:00 - 28 August, 2015
Tozzer Anthropology Building / Kennedy & Violich Architecture, © John Horner
© John Horner

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    21 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
  • Managing Principal

    Frano Violich FAIA
  • Principal Consulting on Design

    Sheila Kennedy AIA
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Curatorial Team Selected for US Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 28 August, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for US Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, The U.S. Pavilion from the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
The U.S. Pavilion from the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

After a selection process involving over 250 submissions, the curatorial team for the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale has selected 12 teams of architects to produce the US exhibition: The Architectural Imagination. The Architectural Imagination will speculate possible architecture projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally.

This fall, the teams will travel to Detroit for site visits and community meetings, as well as to meet with faculty and students at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon hope to have selected a team that produces creative and resourceful work to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

See all of the selected teams after the break.

Architectural Festival: Sarasota MOD, Celebrating Paul Rudolph

07:00 - 28 August, 2015
Architectural Festival: Sarasota MOD, Celebrating Paul Rudolph, Illustration by John Pirman of the Walker Guest House, Paul Rudolph, 1952
Illustration by John Pirman of the Walker Guest House, Paul Rudolph, 1952

SarasotaMOD is an architectural festival, this year celebrating Paul Rudolph and the opening of SAF's Walker Guest House Replica at The Ringling Museum of Art. The Guest House was designed by Rudolph in 1952 and the original still stands on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA.

The weekend features six great presentations, walker tours of Lido Shores and trolley tours of Siesta Key, an open house at Rudolph's Umbrella House, a party at the just restored Rudolph Addition at Sarasota High School (1960)... plus dinner and parties in private midcentury homes.

AD Quiz: Guess the Le Corbusier Building

06:00 - 28 August, 2015

How well do you know the works of the Swiss master Charles Edouard Jeanneret (aka Le Corbusier)? Take our quiz to find out!