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House in Greenwich / VOLPATOHATZ SA

© Richard Glover
© Richard Glover
  • Architects: VOLPATOHATZ SA
  • Location: Greenwich, Australia
  • Design Team: Marco Volpato, Nicole Hatz, Axel Eichler, Frangiska Skiadas
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Richard Glover

© Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover

VIDEO: 40 Years On, The Lessons of PREVI

The students of the MSArch in Landscape and Urbanism program at Woodbury University in San Diego have shared this video on Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda (PREVI): a late 1960s social housing experiment in Lima, Peru, which, backed by the Peruvian government and the UN, involved the best social housing architects of the day.

The designs, part of the later, more humanist strain of modernism, were intended to allow families - who were used to holding complete control over the construction of their own homes - to appropriate the houses. However, they were also designed to imply how future construction might prevent the proliferation of chaos present in previous slums. The video asks how residents feel about their experimental homes today, questioning the success of this design strategy, 40 years after the project's completion. 

Find out more about the outcome of the PREVI experiment, after the break...

Screen House / K2LD Architects

© Patrick Bingham Hall
© Patrick Bingham Hall
  • Architects: K2LD Architects
  • Location: Singapore
  • Project Team Members: Ko Shiou Hee . Leong Lai Ping . Gan Ren Ying . Joseph Lee
  • Area: 590.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall

© Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall © Patrick Bingham Hall

Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle

Designed by Buro AD and SPECTACLE for this year’s CityVision Competition, their Rio de Inverso proposal critically addresses the historically cyclical attempts by urban planners to impose order post ex-facto on Rio de Janeiro's informally created, complex and spatially rich urban fabric. With the theme of the competition ‘sick and wonder (wonder and disgust),’  the architects demonstrate how the city was the arena for a continuous struggle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OMA Selected to Masterplan New Civic Center in Colombia

OMA (NY), along with local collaborators Gomez + Castro Arquitectos, has been selected to masterplan the Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) in Colombia, a mixed-use civic center roughly the size of Washington DC’s National Mall. Located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis that has symbolically charted its growth from the historic downtown to the airport and the international gateway of Colombia, CAN will serve as a new city center and government headquarters with additional programs of residential, educational, retail and cultural developments.

Shohei Shigematsu, director-in-charge of OMA New York, commented, “Our proposal enables CAN to be a lively node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26. With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity.”

Green Hills Kinder / Broissin Architects

Courtesy of Broissin Architects
Courtesy of Broissin Architects
  • Architects: Broissin Architects
  • Location: Rancho San Juan, Ciudad López Mateos, Mexico
  • Project Architects: Gerardo Broissin, Jose Luís García
  • Design Team: Gabriela Maldonado, Alejandro Rocha, Enrique Guillén, David Suárez, Alfonso Vargas, Rodrigo Jiménez, Mauricio Cristóbal
  • Project Area: 1800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Courtesy of Broissin Architects

Courtesy of Broissin Architects Courtesy of Broissin Architects Courtesy of Broissin Architects Courtesy of Broissin Architects

Casa 45 / Alex Plana

  • Architects: Alex Plana
  • Location: Curico, Maule Region, Chile
  • Area: 285.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photography: Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco

Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG

As we announced last week, BIG+WHR+Arup has been selected as one of three design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, a 124,000 square meter acute hospital in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. BIG’s proposal for the new hospital, serving over 300,000 people, seeks to "preserve the site’s existing natural features while optimizing the efficient hospital machine."

Read on for more from the architect's description...

Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture BNA

  • Architects: Personal Architecture
  • Location: Overblaak 56, 3011 MH Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect In Charge: Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
  • Design Team: Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
  • Construction Design: IMd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • Contractor: Hijbeko, Capelle aan de IJssel
  • Interior: Nelison, Berkel en Roderijs
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit

Top Firms Compete to Design Kazakhstan's World Expo in 2017

Zaha Hadid Architects, Coop Himmelb(l)au, UNStudio, and Snøhetta are some of the 45 shortlisted practices competing to design the International Specialized Exposition (Expo 2017) in Astana, Kazakhstan. Each practice, selected from more than a 100 proposals worldwide, has submitted their own interpretation of the expo’s theme: "Future Energy". Come September, the jury will announce which vision best represents what will be the country’s first world fair.

“The theme of our exhibition is closely related to 'green economy', which takes into account the possibility of using alternative energy sources and the autonomous water and heat provision in each of the constructions," said Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

'Balance Through Buoyancy' Floatastic Pavilion / QASTIC Lab

Designed and constructed by QASTIC Lab, ‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ is a temporary researchpavilion called “Floatastic” which was designed and built for a private client to serve as a shade pavilion for a wedding ceremony. Situated in Edgerton Park, in New Haven Connecticut (an Olmsted planned landscape), this deployable structure aims to create a floated shelter which avoids imposing any loads to the ground, which traditional structures require. Instead, it proposes a well-fabricated balloon, which is filled with Helium to raise the imposed loads of fabric veils and any possible dynamic environmental loads toward the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Blairgowrie House / Wolveridge Architects

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking
  • Architects: Wolveridge Architects
  • Location: Blairgowrie, Australia
  • Practice Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Sina Petzold, Ricky Booth, David Anthony
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking

C-Mine Expeditie / NU architectuuratelier

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert

Huit House / tactic-a

© Gerardo Dueñas
© Gerardo Dueñas
  • Architects: tactic-a
  • Location: Lagos de Moreno, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect: Carlos Morán, Juan Martín
  • Project Area: 284.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Gerardo Dueñas, Diego Torres

© Diego Torres © Diego Torres © Diego Torres © Gerardo Dueñas

U-Boat Hall / BOLLES+WILSON

© Olaf Mahlstedt
© Olaf Mahlstedt
  • Architects: BOLLES+WILSON
  • Location: Göttinger Straße 16, 30449 Hanover, Germany
  • Area: 7300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Olaf Mahlstedt

© Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt

Bold New Suburbia: Meet The Architects Daring to Better the 'Burbs

This article originally appeared the National Endowment of the Arts' quarterly magazine as "The Suburban Canvas: An Emerging Architectural Model of Artistic Possibilities"

For much of its existence, American suburbia has been considered an architectural wasteland. From shopping malls to McMansions to residential developments, suburbs from Connecticut to California look eerily similar and share a similar pattern of quick, cheap construction that has left little if any room for thoughtful design.

But with the recent foreclosure crisis and growing environmental concerns, new opportunities have emerged to re-imagine the suburbs into sustainable, architecturally innovative communities. Although the other art forms examined in this issue have fully established themselves, suburban design -- traditionally the realm of profit-driven developers -- is only now beginning to emerge as an artistic field. Fueled by exhibits such as the Museum of Modern Art's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream and Dwell magazine's Reburbia Design Competition, architects and designers are beginning to explore what the suburbs could potentially look and feel like. We spoke with several architects who are leaders within this growing trend, and are quite literally designing new artistic possibilities for all those "little boxes on the hillside." In their own words, here are some of their concerns, projects, and visions.