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Casa Scout / BAAG

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Casa Scout  / BAAG, Courtesy of BAAG
Courtesy of BAAG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Coronel Niceto Vega 4777, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Griselda Balian, Gabriel Monteleone, Gaston Noriega, Maria Emilia Porcelli.
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of BAAG, Federico Kulekdjian

Courtesy of BAAG Courtesy of BAAG © Federico Kulekdjian Courtesy of BAAG +59

Last Chance to Apply for Free Study at the Strelka Institute

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Last Chance to Apply for Free Study at the Strelka Institute, Courtesy of Strelka Institute
Courtesy of Strelka Institute

With applications closing on the 26th of July, those wishing to apply to the prestigious Strelka Institute in Moscow need to act fast. The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental research institute with a particular focus on the City, using multidisciplinary techniques from fields as varied as sociology, economics, architecture, political and cultural studies. Since 2012, Strelka has been among DOMUS Magazine's top 100 European Schools of Design and Architecture.

Successful applicants will study at the Strelka institute for free, with each student receiving a monthly scholarship to focus on their studies.

More after the break

House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
  • Area

    983.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +20

Bajo Comercial Convertido En Loft / Egue y Seta

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Bajo Comercial Convertido En Loft / Egue y Seta, © Victor Hugo
© Victor Hugo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Pérez, Felipe Araujo
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Victor Hugo © Victor Hugo © Victor Hugo © Victor Hugo +53

Lomocubes / Motta Papiani Architetti

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti
Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Sassa, 6900 Massagno, Switzerland
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti

Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti +32

Oxlade Drive House / James Russell Architect

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Oxlade Drive House / James Russell Architect, ©  Toby Scott
© Toby Scott
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Design Team

    James Russell, Andrew Shindler & John Ellway
  • Area

    210.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  Toby Scott ©  Toby Scott ©  Toby Scott ©  Toby Scott +24

Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects, Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office
Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cannaregio, 30121 Venice, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Jianxiang HE & Ying JIANG
  • Design Team

    Thomas ODORICO, Yang LIU
  • Area

    390.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office

Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office +38

5 Reasons Why Architects Should Volunteer to Build Abroad

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
5 Reasons Why Architects Should Volunteer to Build Abroad, Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Timothy Hursley
Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Timothy Hursley

Patrick McLoughlin is one of the two founders of Build Abroad, a volunteer organization that offers architectural and construction services to developing nations. In this article, originally published on Archi-Ninja, McLoughlin shares five reasons why architects should get involved with organizations like his own. 

Many architecture firms collaborate with non-government organisations to help in developing nations. A.gor.a Architects for example, are currently designing and building a new health clinic to provide free healthcare to Burmese refugees and migrants. Auburn University Rural Studio works with architects and students to build homes in rural communities while instigating community-action, collaboration, and sustainability.

A number of organisations also facilitate construction volunteering. Architecture for Humanity provides architecture, planning and project management services for disaster reconstruction. Architects without Borders is a global operation to provide ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need. 

Over the past decade, volunteering abroad has become an increasingly popular and important part of the architecture and construction industry. Volunteering abroad offers short to long term opportunities to experience a new culture while giving back to the community. Construction volunteering offers the potential for a lasting impact on the affected community. Patrick McLoughlin, co-counder of Build Abroad describes the following benefits and how you can help to make a difference:  

C.F. Møller Chosen to Design Antwerp Residential Tower

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
C.F. Møller Chosen to Design Antwerp Residential Tower , C.F. Møller’s residential and mix-use tower design in Antwerp, Belgium.
C.F. Møller’s residential and mix-use tower design in Antwerp, Belgium.

With the aim of creating a “vertical social community,” C.F Møller Architects and Brut won a competition to design a residential tower in Antwerp, Belgium. The 15,000 square meter building, which stretches 24 stories high, includes 116 homes, shops, offices and collective spaces.

Apartments range from smaller suites for students to larger family units, and each group of similar apartments opens towards balcony spaces, creating “vertical mini-communities.” Through balconies, glass winter gardens and roof terraces, an additional 5,000 square meters of space are added. The architects describe the tower as incorporating an “inside-out perspective, where the social qualities of the building are a dominant driver for the design.”

More on the design from the architects after the break.

Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
© Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 165 N.8A -50 Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects in Charge

    Felipe González-Pacheco Mejía, Álvaro Bohórquez Rivero
  • Area

    1695.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Maison A3 / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Maison A3 / Vincent Coste, © Toulon Azur
© Toulon Azur

© Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur +53

Richard Rogers: "Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities"

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Richard Rogers: "Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities", "London as it could be" / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP
"London as it could be" / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP

In an article for The Guardian Richard Rogers questions why, with space still left in urban areas, we should build in the countryside? Lord Rogers, no stranger to political activism, chaired the UK's Urban Task Force in the 1990s, culminating in his report Towards an Urban Renaissance. Now, over fifteen years later, his plea for denser, better designed urban environments has been rekindled as he argues that: "We can't go on like this. The housing shortage threatens both the economy and our quality of life." Laying out a clear argument reinforced by his forty years of experience as an architect, you can read his article in full here.

Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards BIG, UN Studio, HOK, and More

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Honorable Mention, Public Building Built: Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera
Honorable Mention, Public Building Built: Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera

The winners of Re-Thinking the Future’s 2014 design competition - a competition that asked architects, designers, planners, and students from all over the world to submit “radical solutions for the present day problems” of climate change - have been announced. Requesting both built and conceptual works, the jury of 20 architects from firms such as SOM, AEDAS, and Perkins+Will evaluated the projects across a range of categories, from mixed-use and residential buildings to urban and landscape design. 

See all the winners, including proposals from BIG, UN Studio, and HOK, after the break.

Second Place, Mixed Used Concept: SANE Architecture’s Taichung City Cultural Centre. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture First Place, Public Building Built: Vancouver Convention Centre West / LMN + DA with MCM. Image Courtesy of LMN First Place, Interior Corporate Built: Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II / za bor architects. Image © Peter Zaytsev Honorable Mention, Commercial Building Built: PGE GiEk Concern Headquarters / FAAB Architektura Adam Białobrzeski | Adam Figurski. Image © Bartłomiej Senkowski +16

Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture, © Vishranthi Homes
© Vishranthi Homes
  • Architects

  • Location

    351, Lloyds Road, Padupet, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014, India
  • Design Team

    Siddarth Money, Sriram Ganapathi, K.S Money, G. Theivanayagee, S.Seran, P.Mathivannan
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes +10

Thousands of Inhabitants May Be Relocated As Chinese Bankers Eye Venezuela's Torre David

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Thousands of Inhabitants May Be Relocated As Chinese Bankers Eye Venezuela's Torre David, © Vía 'The Atlantic'
© Vía 'The Atlantic'

Torre de David (the Tower of David) - the world's tallest slum and the subject of Urban-Think TankJustin McGuirk, and Iwan Baan's Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 - is once again making headlines. Venezuelan newspaper TalCual reports that the Venezuelan government is in negotiations with Chinese banks interested in purchasing the building.

Tower of David is an unfinished financial skyscraper in downtown Caracas. Construction began on the tower in 1990, but the death of the principal investor in 1993 and the subsequent banking crisis that hit the country in 1994 froze construction; by the end of the year, the tower was in the hands of the state. Nevertheless, in 2007 two thousand homeless citizens took over and inhabited the skyscraper, making it the tallest vertical slum in the world.

© Vía 'The Atlantic' © Vía 'The Atlantic' © Vía 'The Atlantic' © Vía 'The Atlantic' +4

Building in the Metropolis MX - Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

23:00 - 16 July, 2014
Building in the Metropolis MX - Gaeta Springall Arquitectos, © Gianluca Giordano
© Gianluca Giordano

From Architecture Forum Aedes. The exhibition "Building in the Metropolis MX" presents selected works from the Mexican studio Gaeta-Springall Architects. In their working process right through to realisation, architectural elements such as form, material and function serve a larger and more complex system: the City. Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall and their team take great care over designing the envelope in order to generate possible interactions through the porosity of the exterior skin. Here they set particular store by intelligent systems and technologies as the longevity and durability of the building lies in its efficiency and sustainability. Gaeta-Springall Architects dedicate themselves to space as an entirety, which they see as the “true stage of life”. For them, "Building in the Metropolis MX" means the linking of architectural, urban and social elements. It is here that they see their everyday work. After curating this year’s Mexican pavilion “Condemned to be modern” at the Venice Biennale, the presentation at Aedes is the second exhibition in Europe for Gaeta-Springall architects, already highly regarded in their home country. 

This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans, Courtesy of Cristian Ehrmantraut
Courtesy of Cristian Ehrmantraut

"Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it's designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it's thrown away. Few know where this mass of junk will end up ... in the oceans, killing and silently destroying everything, even us."

Cristian Ehrmantraut has developed a prototype for a floating platform that filters the ocean and absorbs plastic. Located 4 km from the coast of Easter Island, close to the center of the mega-vortex of plastic located in the South Pacific, the tetrahedral platform performs a kind of dialysis, allowing the natural environment to be recovered as well as energy and food to be produced.

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station Brought to Life

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Courtesy of Pierce-Arrow Museum
Courtesy of Pierce-Arrow Museum

Many architects have portfolios full of projects that were never built, and Frank Lloyd Wright is no exception.  Now, however, the Buffalo Pierce-Arrow museum in New York has brought one of Wright’s more imaginative conceptual projects to life. In this article from Metropolis, we are introduced to a gas station designed by Wright for his (also unbuilt) Broadacre City project.