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Stacking House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Stacking House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates, © Jin-Ming Zheng
© Jin-Ming Zheng

© Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng +34

Junya Ishigami to Install "Cloud Arch" in Downtown Sydney

00:00 - 8 August, 2014
Junya Ishigami to Install "Cloud Arch" in Downtown Sydney, © Junya Ishigami
© Junya Ishigami

Set to be installed over a set of light rail tracks, Junya Ishigami’s Cloud Arch will soon be one of the biggest landmarks in downtown Sydney.  Commissioned by Sydney’s public art program, City Art, the arch will symbolize Sydney’s qualities of being “Green, Global, and Connected.” Over 50 meters high, it will change shape as viewer’s walk past it. Cloud Arch will act as both a gateway for the pedestrian George Street, and a defining feature of the city.

Free CAD Files of 241 Major World Cities

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Free CAD Files of 241 Major World Cities, Image of the layers in the New York CAD file via bdon.org
Image of the layers in the New York CAD file via bdon.org

Creating designs for cities all over the planet may have just gotten a whole lot easier - thanks to Brandon Liu, a Software Developer from San Francisco who used data from OpenStreetMap to create .DXF CAD files of 241 major cities worldwide. These files are entirely free to download, and from San Francisco to Sydney, Buenos Aires to Beijing and Helsinki to Harare, most of the world's major cities are included.

The files do have some limitations, due to the way they were converted from online data (perhaps the most limiting is that roads are only marked by a single line), however the files give information on roads categorized from major to minor, buildings, railways, parks and bodies of water, with each element given its own layer on the drawing.

Check out the links to all 241 files after the break, and visit Liu's website here for more information.

Fourteen Tower Proposals Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Development

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Fourteen Tower Proposals Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Development, S9 Architecture's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper
S9 Architecture's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper

New York City have released images of fourteen tower proposals as part of a controversial scheme to bring affordable housing to the 85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, originally designed by Michael van Valkenburgh and realised in 2004. The schemes, designed to be located on “two coveted development sites” on Pier 6, have been actively met with strong opposition from local community members. The park and surrounding area has seen a number of interesting recent regeneration proposals, from an 11,000ft² beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to a triangular pier proposed by BIG. Read on to see the proposals in detail, including those by AsymptotePelli Clarke Pelli, Davis Brody Bond, and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Asymptote Architecture´s proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper Pelli Clarke Pelli's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper BIG´s + Alloy Design's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper WASA Studio's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper +42

Performance Space: Marina Abramović at the Serpentine Gallery

00:00 - 8 August, 2014
Performance Space: Marina Abramović at the Serpentine Gallery, © Marco Anelli
© Marco Anelli

One of the latest installations at London's Serpentine Gallery, where Smiljan Radic recently unveiled an ethereal pavilion, is Marina Abramović's performance installation entitled 512 Hours. Creating what has been described as "the simplest of settings" in one of the gallery's large spaces, the artwork employs Abramović's most frequently used material: herself. Coupled with the audience and a selection of common objects, the constantly changing sequence of events on display is the very first live installation by the artist displayed in the UK. Upon arrival, visitors are asked leave their baggage (including mobile phones, cameras and any other electronic equipment) behind in order to enter the exhibition. Find out more about what you can expect from it here.

Introducing the DEAD Prize: Recognizing the Worst in Design

01:00 - 8 August, 2014

Numerous awards recognize innovative, forward-thinking and environmentally-friendly design, yet there is no way to recognize projects that are harming the environment or detrimental to the planet – until now. Created by Cameron Sinclair, one of the co-founders of Architecture for Humanity and current Executive Director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the recently launched “DEAD Prize” seeks to highlight projects that have a negative impact on the planet, with the aim of inspiring designers to “see these failures as a challenge to create something new, to correct the mistakes of the past or to find the antidote for the project in question.” Tweet your nominations for the prize to @deadprize by November 1 and learn more about this tongue-in-cheek award at the DEAD Prize website.

Animal Printheads, Biomimicry and More: How Nature Will Shape the Built Environment of the Future

00:00 - 8 August, 2014
Animal Printheads, Biomimicry and More: How Nature Will Shape the Built Environment of the Future , © John Becker
© John Becker

Biomimicry is quickly emerging as one of the next architectural frontiers. New manufacturing processes such as 3D printing, coupled with the drive to make buildings more environmentally sustainable, have led to a wave of projects that are derived from natural phenomena or even constructed with biological materials. A recent example of this trend is “Hy-Fi,” this summer’s MoMA PS1 design that is constructed of organic and compostable eco-bricks. Other projects such as MIT Media Lab’s Silk Pavilion have taken biological innovation a step further by actually using a biometric construction processes - around 6,500 silkworms wove the Silk Pavilion's membrane. “Animal Printheads,” as Geoff Manaugh calls them in his article "Architecture-By-Bee and Other Animal Printheads," have already proven to be a viable part of the manufacturing process in art, and perhaps in the future, the built environment as well. But what happens when humans engineer animals to 3D print other materials?

The Living’s Hy-Fi, winning design of the 2014 Young Architects Program. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMAPS1. Image © The Living MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion. Image © Steven Keating Silkworms weaving MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion. Image © Steven Keating © John Becker +10

NAB Docklands / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
NAB Docklands  / Woods Bagot, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

©  Trevor Mein © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath ©  Trevor Mein +21

Pino Street House / Oscar Gutiérrez

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Pino Street House / Oscar Gutiérrez, © Vanessa Guízar
© Vanessa Guízar

© Vanessa Guízar © Vanessa Guízar © Vanessa Guízar © Vanessa Guízar +27

VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +24

Swift House / WMR Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Swift House / WMR Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matanzas, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Area

    285.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +20

Dalston Studio / Cassion Castle Architects

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Dalston Studio / Cassion Castle Architects, © Kilian O’Sullivan
© Kilian O’Sullivan

© Kilian O’Sullivan © Kilian O’Sullivan © Kilian O’Sullivan © Kilian O’Sullivan +18

Kaminoge House / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Kaminoge House / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +15

Urban Intervention Winners Built in Abrantes, Portugal for Canal 180’s Creative Camp

00:00 - 8 August, 2014
Urban Intervention Winners Built in Abrantes, Portugal for Canal 180’s Creative Camp, "The 12 Thousand Pairs of Shoes From Abrantes" by Victor Lledó Garcia, Juan José Pérez Moncho and Mateo Fernández-Muro. Image Courtesy of Canal 180
"The 12 Thousand Pairs of Shoes From Abrantes" by Victor Lledó Garcia, Juan José Pérez Moncho and Mateo Fernández-Muro. Image Courtesy of Canal 180

Twelve thousand pairs of shoes and stacked, rotating geometric forms were installed in the city centre of Abrantes, Portugal from July 13th-20th. The installations were the two winning projects of Portugal’s 180 Creative Camp 2014, which was designed by the country's Canal 180 to promote Urban Interventions Projects.

The competition received 72 entries from 18 countries and was created in partnership with Archdaily, Canal 180, and the Municipality of Abrantes. The contest ran until June 8th with a jury that included Archdaily Executive Editor Becky Quintal, the Executive Director of Canal 180, and the President of the Municipality of Abrantes. The two winning projects each received 2,500 Euros to realize and install their work in Abrantes.

See photos and read more about the winning projects of 180 Creative Camp after the break.

Y7-House / Architect Show

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Y7-House / Architect Show, © Toshihisa Ishii
© Toshihisa Ishii
  • Architects

  • Location

    Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiko Sato
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii +21

GVSU Pew Library / Stantec

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Courtesy of Stantec
Courtesy of Stantec
  • Architects

  • Location

    1 West Campus Drive, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Janice Suchan
  • Project Manager

    Jennifer Durham
  • Principal Designer

    Tod R. Stevens
  • Area

    75150.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Stantec

Courtesy of Stantec Courtesy of Stantec Courtesy of Stantec Courtesy of Stantec +43

WIX Lithuania / Inblum Architects

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
WIX Lithuania / Inblum Architects, © Darius Petrulaitis
© Darius Petrulaitis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Architects in Charge

    Dmitrij Kudin, Laura Malcaite
  • Wall graphics

    Artemij Brutov
  • Area

    370.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Darius Petrulaitis © Darius Petrulaitis © Darius Petrulaitis © Darius Petrulaitis +30

House Isogo / Be-Fun Design

01:00 - 7 August, 2014
© Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai
  • Architects

  • Location

    Isogo, Isogo Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tsuyoshi Shindo
  • Area

    98.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +36