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Music Conservatory in Melun / DE-SO

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
© Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melun, France
  • Area

    3170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie +24

Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment, Courtesy of Trinity University Press
Courtesy of Trinity University Press

The following in an excerpt from Carter Wiseman's Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment. The book considers the process, methods, and value of architecture writing based on Carter Wiseman’s thirty years of personal experience writing, editing, and teaching young architects how to write. This book creatively tackles a problematic issue that Wiseman considers to crucial to successful architecture writing: clarity of thinking and expression.

Some years ago, a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education declared, “Too many architecture students can’t write.” [1] Those students have since gone on to become practitioners, and their inability to write is likely to have had seriously negative professional consequences. Robert Campbell, a Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic for the Boston Globe, condemned in Architectural Record much of what even the most prominent practicing architects write as “pretentious illiteracy.” He went on to attack their coded language as “ArchiSpeak”and warned that “sooner or later, architects (and planners and landscapers and urban designers) must convince someone to hire them or at least bless them with a grant. . . . Nobody is going to trust a dollar to a pompous twit.” [2]

Casa Geometrica / JOHO Architecture

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
© Sun Namgoong
© Sun Namgoong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jeonghoon LEE
  • Design Team

    Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho, Moonyoung Jeong
  • Area

    179.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Sun Namgoong, Courtesy of JOHO Architecture

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong +36

Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs for farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley, where efforts to improve living conditions suffers from a lack of funding and coordination. Going beyond design, the competition seeks to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and policies for affordable housing implementation and development, with implications for California and the nation.

Seven Ways to Achieve Creative Success: The Rockwell Way

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Rockwell Group's pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group
Rockwell Group's pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group

The Rockwell Group takes advantage of a cross-disciplinary approach, with a diverse array of projects ranging from large-scale buildings to product and set design. In this article by Shannon Sharpe, originally posted on Metropolis Magazine as "The Rockwell Way" we learn seven ways that the Rockwell Group has achieved creative success. Read the full article below to discover what drives this particular firm and how it could serve as an inspiration to anyone in the field of design.

How does the magic happen at Rockwell Group? “Pixie dust,” quips Marc Hacker, the firm’s in-house “Thinker.” All jokes aside, there is some truth here. From the animated Quan Yin statue in TAO Downtown to the shifting set of Kinky Boots, to the child-directed free play of the Imagination Playground, a distinct sense of magic imbues every one of these projects. All of them are driven not so much by a look, or even a sensibility, but by the endlessly curious creative process that shaped them. “I know this sounds trite, but it’s not about what’s true now,” says founder and president David Rockwell. “It’s about asking, ‘what if?’” What if an architect could be as experimental as a chef? What if the stage set became a character? What if your environment could transform with every step?

In the Rockwell Group world, asking “What if?”—also the title of a new book being released by Metropolis Books in December to commemorate the firm’s 30th anniversary—has led to an embrace of design at all scales. “On a given day, we could be working on an exhibition, a park, a master plan, an airport interior, a children’s hospital, and a night-club,” Rockwell says. “That confluence of things is probably what makes us most unique.” The process behind these projects —the Rockwell way—is really a set of permissions to roam and explore.

Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening, © OMA
© OMA

In “Elements,” an exhibition and accompanying book for the 2014 Venice Architecture BiennaleRem Koolhaas seeks to explore the omnipresent components of buildings that have never been intentionally articulated by architectural theory. Breaking down the history of architecture into its fundamental components, the text is divided into 15 volumes and functions as “a technophilic treatise on the state of architectural thinking in the twenty-first century.” Despite providing lessons in architectural history, does the book deliver a compelling synthesis of all its parts? In his full review of the book for Metropolis Magazine, Samuel Medina argues that Koolhaas "fails to unpack the language of his argument," resulting in a book that is "ambitious, overreaching, maddening" - much like the exhibition itself. Read the full review here.

NASA Tech Brief Awards Top Honors to Contour Crafting’s Automated Construction Methodology

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
© Contour Crafting
© Contour Crafting

Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California has won Grand Prize in the NASA Tech Briefs magazine’s “Create the Future” contest for his entry, "Robotic Building Construction by Contour Crafting.” The revolutionary construction method was awarded for being a “major innovation” that could potentially 3D print entire neighborhoods in half the time and at 30 percent less cost than traditional building methods. 

Though some have visions of using Contour Crafting (CC) to sculpt the moon's first settlements, Khoshnevis primary desire is combat the world's housing shortage by using the automated construction method to rapidly deploy housing in impoverished and disaster areas.

More information and an interview with Khoshnevis on CNN, after the break. 

Anchorena / Proyecto C

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Anchorena / Proyecto C, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Doctor Tomás Anchorena 757, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architects In Charge

    Sebastián Cseh, Juan Cruz Catania
  • Design Team

    Julia Méndez, Lucas Mc Lean, Mariano Luchetti
  • Project Area

    20650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

War House / A+B architectes dplg

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
War House / A+B architectes dplg, © David Cousin-Marcy photographer
© David Cousin-Marcy photographer

© David Cousin-Marcy photographer © David Cousin-Marcy photographer © David Cousin-Marcy photographer © David Cousin-Marcy photographer +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montmorency, France
  • Design Team

    Bonandrini Pier Paolo, Julien Allegre, Emmanuel Vermande, Clara Georgelin-Conan
  • Partners In Charge

    Bonandrini Pier Paolo
  • Structural Engineering

    Perrin et associés & ingétudes
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Woods Bagot Reveals Plans for Christchurch Convention Centre

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot has revealed its plans to collaborate with Plenary Conventions New Zealand, a consortium responsible for the development of the new Christchurch Convention Centre. The consortium also includes international infrastructure firm Plenary Group, local firms Ngai Tahu Property and Carter Group, Warren and Mahoney Architects, and environmental design consultancy Boffa Miskell. Read on after the break to see additional images and learn more about the proposed plan.

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Grand Paris Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT
Grand Paris Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT

Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and Bordas+Peiro have been announced as winner among five proposals of a two-stage competition to design the future Clichy - Montfermeil metro station in Paris. The competition, organized by the Société du Grand París, is part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to the city. 

In addition to the station's design, EMBT’s proposal will provide a new public square for the renewed neighborhood of Clichy-sous-bois that will serve as a symbol of change following the violent riots of 2005. “We want to transform this grey and abandoned area into a vivid and colorful plaza, that will inspire joy and optimism,” stated EMBT. 

More about the winning design, after the break.

Taíde House / Rui Vieira Oliveira + Vasco Manuel Fernandes

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Taíde House / Rui Vieira Oliveira + Vasco Manuel Fernandes, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +90

Sprint Accelerator / RMTA

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Sprint Accelerator / RMTA, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Design Office

    Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture
  • Area

    12000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tres Picos 97 / D+S Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Tres Picos 97 / D+S Arquitectos, Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos
Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos

Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tres Picos, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Area

    450.0 m2
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework, Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baojing, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin
  • Design Team

    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
  • Project team

    Mark Kingsley, Jeffery Huang, Crystal Kwan, Huang Zhiyun, Tiffany Leung, Johnny Cullinan, Tanya Tsui, Joyce Ip
  • Area

    1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Port Of Echuca Discovery Centre / JAWSARCHITECTS

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Port Of Echuca Discovery Centre / JAWSARCHITECTS, Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS
Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS

Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS © Cameron McDougall Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS © Brett Boardman +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    74 Murray Esplanade, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
  • Project Architect

    Catherine Williams
  • Project Director

    Neal Mackintosh
  • Heritage Architect

    David Button
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of JAWSARCHITECTS, Cameron McDougall, Brett Boardman

Pier Vittorio Aureli to Exhibit 30 'Non-Compositional' Drawings in London

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Pier Vittorio Aureli to Exhibit 30 'Non-Compositional' Drawings in London, Untitled 22 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image © Pier Vittorio Aureli
Untitled 22 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image © Pier Vittorio Aureli

Pier Vittorio Aureli's collection of thirty 'non-compositional' drawings, exhibited as part of a series entitled The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, will open at London's Betts Project architecture gallery tomorrow (8th October 2014). The drawings, in development since 2001, are part of an ongoing investigation into "what, in the absence of a better definition, Aureli has described as ‘non-compositional architecture’." This term, referring to the work of art historian Yve-Alain Bois who was himself prompted by the ambitions of the constructivist artist Alexander Rodchenko, is used to describe works that "aspire to the abandonment of composition and even the self of the artist." This will be Aureli's second recent exhibition in London following Dogma: 11 Projects, which was presented at London's Architectural Association in 2013.

Untitled 13 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image © Pier Vittorio Aureli Untitled 7 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image © Pier Vittorio Aureli Untitled 18 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image © Pier Vittorio Aureli Untitled 23 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image © Pier Vittorio Aureli +6

New Images Released of Foster and Gehry's Battersea Power Station Designs

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
New Images Released of Foster and Gehry's Battersea Power Station Designs, Gehry Partners' "Prospect Place" Building, with Prospect Park Below. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station
Gehry Partners' "Prospect Place" Building, with Prospect Park Below. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station

The Battersea Power Station Development Company has revealed new images of the buildings on "Electric Boulevard," designed by Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners. As phase three in the development of the Grade-II* power station and its surroundings, the buildings will form the primary entrance to the site, connecting the planned Battersea Underground station with the power station and forming one of London's most distinguished high streets.

The released images show both the exterior and interior features of Foster's "Battersea Roof Gardens" Building (formerly called "The Skyline") and Gehry's "Prospect Place" and "Flower" buildings. Read on after the break to see all the images.

Residents' Lounge in Foster + Partners' Building. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Gehry Partners' "Flower Building". Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Electric Boulevard with Foster + Partners' "Battersea Roof Gardens" on the left and Gehry Partners' "Prospect Place" on the right. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station Residents' Lounge in Gehry Partners' "Flower" Building. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station +10