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Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates

  • Architects: Kariouk Associates
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Senior Design Associate: Chris Davis
  • Design Associate: Sarah McMurtry, David King
  • General Contractor: Westboro Homes (Nicholas Heins)
  • Landscape: Empire Enterprises (Brad Beerwort)
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John Kealey

© John Kealey © John Kealey © John Kealey © John Kealey

Architecture's Brave New Digital World

“Increasingly we experience cities mediated by digital technology — whether that's via smartphone maps, digital transit signage, or texting a friend that you've arrived at a destination. How our city is built to support residents, businesses, and visitors [...] is now part physical and part digital.”

John Tolva, the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, is on a mission: a mission to bring the physical and digital worlds into conversation.

To embed more and more digital information into the physical world, a growing number of digital specialists are beginning to embrace the worlds of architects, planners and urbanists. But, so far, it has not been a two way street to make the digital leap.

Find out why architects should be at the forefront of the digital/spatial overlap, after the break...

Vanke Brand Center / Vector Architects

© Shu He & Shengliang Su
© Shu He & Shengliang Su
  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Location: Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Design Partner In Charge: Gong Dong
  • Project Advisor: Nan Wang, Yue Han, Xiangdong Kong
  • Project Architect: Bin He
  • Design Team: Chen Liang, Qifeng Wang, Zhimin Zhou, Jian Wang, Mary Jane Kwan, Pingdong Sun, Feng Xu, Qing Chang
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Shu He & Shengliang Su

© Shu He & Shengliang Su © Shu He & Shengliang Su © Shu He & Shengliang Su © Shu He & Shengliang Su

+ House / ninkipen!

  • Architects: ninkipen!
  • Location: Kawasaki city, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Construction: es co.,ltd
  • Area: 73.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata

Family Box / Crossboundaries Architects

  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Collaborating Architects & Engineers: BIAD International Studio & BIAD TSH International Studio
  • Client: Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
  • Area: 2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chaoying Yang

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang

In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind

Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Location: Wuhan, China
  • Architect Of Record: Zhong Nan Design Institute
  • Contractor: G.C Wisco Construction
  • Area: 7240.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

London's Olympic Legacy Called into Question

After a government report earlier this month found that the London Olympics had brought a £10-billion-boost to the UK's economy - effectively breaking even with the initial investment after just one year - the architectural community has begun to question whether the built legacy of the games will be worthwhile in the long run.

UVA Transforms Sou Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion with "Electrical Storm" of LEDs

London-based United Visual Artists (UVA) has brought Sou Fujimoto’s “cloud-like” Serpentine Pavilion to life with an “electrical storm” of LEDs. With the intention of making the architecture “breathe” from within, UVA seamlessly integrated a network of LED lights into the latticed, 20mm steel pole structure that mimics the natural forms of an electric storm. In addition, carefully conducted auditory effects further enhance the experience, transforming Fujimoto’s “radical pavilion” into an electrified geometric cloud. 

House RP - Marcelo Rios / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

PCITAL GARDENY / Pich-Aguilera Architects

  • Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
  • Location: Avinguda Exèrcit, 27, 25194 Lleida, Spain
  • Team: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle Pagés, José Maria Puigdemasa Hospital.
  • Project Area: 19020.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photography: Jordi V. Pou

© Jordi V. Pou © Jordi V. Pou © Jordi V. Pou © Jordi V. Pou

Campus Luigi Einaudi / Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
  • Architects: Foster + Partners, Marco Visconti
  • Location: Lungo Dora Siena, Turin, Italy
  • Project Manager: Piero Cornaglia, Antonio Presicce, Aldo Celano, Sabrina Gambino
  • Foster + Partners Design Team: David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, John Blythe, Martin Castle, Martina Meluzzi, Giulia Galiberti, Marilu Sicoli
  • Collaborators: Camerana & Partners - Benedetto Camerana, Giugiaro Architettura Srl - Aldo Cingolani, ICIS Srl - Cosimo Turvani, Mara Luciani, Studio Mellano Associati - Franco Mellano
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nigel Young - Foster + Partners, Michele D'Ottavio, David Vicario

© Michele D'Ottavio © David Vicario © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

Qatar / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Qatar
  • Project Director: Mark Mitcheson-Low
  • Design Director (Middle East): Alf Seeling
  • Design Director (Melbourne): Peter Miglis
  • Project Director (Documentation): MarijaCakarun
  • Project Leader (Site Contract Administration): Peter Nielsen
  • Landscape Architect: Woods Bagot (Saul & Esther Dickins)
  • Interior Design: Woods Bagot
  • Engineer: Connell Wagner
  • Mep Engineers: Hyder Consulting
  • Quality Surveyor: Davis Langdon &Seah International
  • Area: 115000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein

Over Water / Design Workshop

  • Architects: Design Workshop
  • Location: Pune, India
  • Architect In Charge: Shabbir Unwala
  • Junior Architect For Project: Siddhath Rao
  • Structural Consultant: Vilas Agharkar
  • Main Fabricator: Sadik Inamdar
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Hemant Patil

© Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil © Hemant Patil

Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Finalists

Van Alen Institute announced just last week the finalists for Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level SpaceContinuing the Institute’s more than century-long legacy of supporting architectural innovation through design competitions, research and public programs, Ground/Work called on emerging architects to take on the task of designing an engaging and accessible venue for the Institute as it reimagines both its physical space and intellectual agenda at its New York City headquarters. 

The selected finalists are Collective-LOK (Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo); EFGH (Hayley Eber, 
Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova); and Of Possible Architectures (Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., and Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton). More images and information after the break.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects

On September 28, 2013, Zaha Hadid Architects will be celebrating the completion of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. An extension to London’s famous Serpentine Gallery, the new innovative arts venue will be housed in a 208-year-old, Grade II-listed building, formerly known as The Magazine, in Kensington Gardens just north of the main gallery. 

This project will be Zaha Hadid’s first permanent structure in central London and second commission from the Gallery, as she designed the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2000.

West Campus Student Housing / Mahlum

  • Architects: Mahlum
  • Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Mep Engineers: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Landscape Architects: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
  • Civil Engineers: SVR Design Company
  • Builders: Walsh Construction Co., W.G. Clark Construction Co.
  • Area: 668800.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider

CAN DURBAN / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

© Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux

Cambridge University Library Landscape Design Competition

The University of Cambridge Library, with the Department of Architecture, recently launched a landscape design competition to transform the space surrounding Cambridge University Library. Open to professionals and non-professionals alike, they are looking for bold submissions that reimagine the open spaces and environment of the iconic Giles Gilbert Scott building. A monumental presence both within the University and the city, entries to the competition will be judged on their innovative interpretation of the site, its context, use and history – as well as their ability to integrate contemporary ecological research. Entries should also promote new visibility for the Library and encourage people to think about the role of the site on the western edge of the city. The registration deadline is September 30, and the deadline for submissions is November 30. For more information, please visit here.