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China in Flux: Mapping the Middle Zone

19:30 - 21 August, 2015
China in Flux: Mapping the Middle Zone

Students and faculty from the USC School of Architecture, in partnership with USC’s American Academy in China (AAC), have been engaged in a summer‐long program examining how the “middle zone,” or more rural, outlying areas in between cities, are growing. The program travelled to Beijing, Lushan, and Xian, and is currently in Shenzhen where it is staging the exhibition China in Flux: Mapping the Middle Zone.

Darlinghurst Apartment / Brad Swartz Architect

19:00 - 21 August, 2015
Darlinghurst Apartment / Brad Swartz Architect, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +16

Basaltica House / grupoarquitectura

17:00 - 21 August, 2015
Basaltica House  / grupoarquitectura, Courtesy of grupoarquitectura
Courtesy of grupoarquitectura

Courtesy of grupoarquitectura Courtesy of grupoarquitectura Courtesy of grupoarquitectura Courtesy of grupoarquitectura +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Alvarez
  • Area

    1600.0 sqm

Fire Consumes Pier Luigi Nervi's Palazzo del Lavoro

15:09 - 21 August, 2015

Pier Luigi Nervi's Palazzo del Lavoro (Palace of Labour) in Turin has been devastated by fire. The unoccupied exhibition hall, originally built for Italia'61, had been undergoing renovations. As La Stampa Turin reports, the fire started on the second floor and is most likely the result of arson. A similar incident happened a few months ago, but was quickly extinguished. 

The glass encased Palace of Labour is internally divided by 16 structurally independent steel roofed compartments, each supported by radial branches stemming from 65-foot-tall concrete columns.

Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS

15:00 - 21 August, 2015
Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building / HUSOS, Courtesy of Husos
Courtesy of Husos

© Manuel Salinas © Manuel Salinas © Taller Croquis © Javier García +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Authors

    Camilo García, Diego Barajas (Architects) and Francisco Amaro (Biologist) + Building community of inhabitants
  • Area

    510.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

EM2N to Build Basel's New Museum of Natural History and State Archives

14:16 - 21 August, 2015
EM2N to Build Basel's New Museum of Natural History and State Archives , View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon
View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon

EM2N has won first prize in an international competition to design the new Museum of Natural History Basel and the State Archives Basel-City. Selected over 22 other proposals, the winning scheme "Zasamane" will unite both institutions within a single "storehouse" that will "combine knowledge about nature and culture" of the Swiss city. The elongated building will take shape with a subtle stagger that responds to the neighboring railway line and increases in density as it approaches Vogesenplatz. A slender tower will anchor the building, offering an "urban symbol" for both institutions.

View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Ponnie Images View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Ponnie Images Shared entrance hall. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon Staircase hall Museum of Natural History Basel. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon +21

Jacinto Chiclana Building / Estudio CaMet

13:00 - 21 August, 2015
Jacinto Chiclana Building / Estudio CaMet, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moreno, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architect in charge

    Juan Micieli
  • Photography

    Federico Kulekdjian

Call for Submissions: AIA Upjohn Research Initiative

12:21 - 21 August, 2015
Call for Submissions: AIA Upjohn Research Initiative , © AIA
© AIA

You have until September 1 to apply for the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative. The Upjohn program funds up to six research grants of $15,000-$30,000 per recipient annually for projects completed in a six to 18 month period. Proposals should address the value of design, practice issues, or novel materials and methods of construction. The research should relate to architectural knowledge that can readily be applied/transferred within the discipline. Read on for 2015's preferred themes. 

Richard Ivey Building / Hariri Pontarini Architects

11:00 - 21 August, 2015
Richard Ivey Building / Hariri Pontarini Architects, © Nikolas Koenig
© Nikolas Koenig

© Nikolas Koenig © James Brittain © Tom Arban © Nikolas Koenig +27

Launch of Google Sunroof Brings Valuable Solar Power Data to the Mainstream

10:00 - 21 August, 2015
Launch of Google Sunroof Brings Valuable Solar Power Data to the Mainstream, © Google | Project Sunroof
© Google | Project Sunroof

Google is in the unique position to truly understand what people want. As millions key in their questions, the search giant is actively working to provide better answers. When it comes to questions about solar energy, Google wondered, “If people are lost trying to get answers about solar, why don’t we give them a map?” And so, the tech company announced the beta launch of Project Sunroof: a tool “to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone.”

In a post on Google’s Green Blog, engineer Carl Elkin addressed common misconceptions about the viability of solar energy for the average owner by saying “many of them are missing out on a chance to save money and be green.” Sunroof hopes to be the answer that gives people clear, easy to understand answers.

Fabrizio Barozzi on Finding the Specific and Avoiding the Generic in Architecture

09:30 - 21 August, 2015
Fabrizio Barozzi on Finding the Specific and Avoiding the Generic in Architecture, Philharmonic Hall Szczecin. Image © Simon Menges
Philharmonic Hall Szczecin. Image © Simon Menges

Established in 2004, Spanish studio Barozzi/Veiga have become known for their intellectual approach to design and their precise solutions which draw on both local conditions and a sense of uniqueness - an approach which recently won them the Mies van der Rohe Award for their Philharmonic Hall SzczecinIn this interview, originally published in the August issue of Indian Architect & Builder under the title "Script of Simplicity," Fabrizio Barozzi speaks about the award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin, the connection Barozzi/Veiga keeps between research and design, and how they avoid the generic in their architecture.

Indian Architect & Builder: Tell us a little about Barozzi/Veiga; the ideas, principles and core philosophies of your practice.

Fabrizio Barozzi: We always try to create an "essential" architecture. We understand essential architecture as a public architecture, an architecture that intends to generate some positive changes in the community for which it is built. An architecture that arises in a context without harshness, specific and inspired by its environment. We believe that this kind of approach to architecture is what brings out the characteristics of each site and therefore the diversity of ideas that exist in the world.

Ministry of Social Development Headquarters / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

08:00 - 21 August, 2015
Ministry of Social Development Headquarters / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo +12

ISAD Students Revitalize Broken Water Source in Mexico with Urban SPA

08:00 - 21 August, 2015
ISAD Students Revitalize Broken Water Source in Mexico with Urban SPA, Courtesy of PKMN Architectures
Courtesy of PKMN Architectures

After several years spent broken and unusable, the local water source at Parque Urueta in the center of Chihuahua, Mexico, has been revitalized by the Instituto Superior de Arquitectura de Chihuahua’s (ISAD) Taller del Desierto student workshop. This year’s version of the annual workshop—called Urban SPA—has teamed up with PKMN architectures and Memela, as well as civil association Impulsados Capacidades and materials sponsor A+bien.

In an effort to create “a collective imaginary for the future,” the workshop began with initial ideas, like shaded areas for parents to drop off children for school, steps to link resting and sports areas, and bench maintenance actions. However, after neighbors voiced concerns about the park’s broken public water source, the workshop’s focus shifted towards the Urban SPA concept.

Courtesy of PKMN Architectures Courtesy of PKMN Architectures Courtesy of PKMN Architectures Courtesy of PKMN Architectures +28

Open Call: Royal Exchange Design Competition for 2015 Graduates

06:00 - 21 August, 2015
Open Call: Royal Exchange Design Competition for 2015 Graduates , © The Royal Exchange
© The Royal Exchange

London-based architects Aukett Swanke, in partnership with the Royal Exchange and Oxford Properties, has announced its new competition for recent graduates to design six new market barrows located at The Royal Exchange in London. The deadline is September 11, so act fast!

Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula

05:00 - 21 August, 2015
Ode to Osaka / Manthey Kula, © Manthey Kula
© Manthey Kula

© Manthey Kula © Manthey Kula © Manthey Kula © Manthey Kula +57

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oslo, Norway
  • Project Year

    2015

Arup Design a 'Sky Pool' Suspended 35 Metres Above London's Nine Elms

04:00 - 21 August, 2015
Arup Design a 'Sky Pool' Suspended 35 Metres Above London's Nine Elms, The 'Sky Pool' will be suspended 35 metres above ground level. Image © Hayes Davidson
The 'Sky Pool' will be suspended 35 metres above ground level. Image © Hayes Davidson

A twenty five metre long, ten storey high suspended swimming pool—dubbed the 'Sky Pool'—has been planned for the second phase of a new high-end residential development in the London district of Nine Elms, next to the new Embassy of the United States. The pool is part of two buildings, designed by London-based practice HAL and part of a complex of 2000 homes developed Ireland's Ballymore Group. The water will be held in suspension by just twenty centimetres of "structure free" transparent glass, and will connect two housing blocks together. Alongside a rooftop bar, orangery and spa, a second connection between the two is also planned in the form of a footbridge.

Usine Restaurant / Richard Lindvall

03:00 - 21 August, 2015
Usine Restaurant / Richard Lindvall, Courtesy of Richard Lindvall
Courtesy of Richard Lindvall

Courtesy of Richard Lindvall Courtesy of Richard Lindvall Courtesy of Richard Lindvall Courtesy of Richard Lindvall +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Culture Lab Detroit Dialogue: Architecture and Nature: Designing for Today’s Urban Landscape

02:30 - 21 August, 2015
Culture Lab Detroit Dialogue: Architecture and Nature: Designing for Today’s Urban Landscape

Panelists: Sou Fujimoto, Japanese architect, renowned for his synthesis of nature and architecture & Walter Hood, landscape architect, specializing in the public realm and urban environment

Moderator: Reed Kroloff, architect and urban designer, former director of Cranbrook Academy of Art