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We Need More 'Building' in Architecture School

"Architectural education is very abstract." Virginia Tech professors and Rural Studio alumni Keith and Marie Zawistowski sit down to talk about the importance of a hands-on experience, suggesting a fundamental restructuring of curriculums. With projects such as the Masonic Ampitheater, they — together with their students — set out to prove that somethings are simply solved by building. Read the full article here, "What Architecture Schools Get Wrong"

Drawing Shadows by Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia is an architect based in New Delhi and one of the most well-known architectural writers in India, having written for The New York TimesOutlook magazine and Indian Express.

We live today the way we do because we know no other. Our lives fit the defined patterns of homes, streets, neighborhoods, cities. As an architect I try to understand and explore - through drawing - different possibilities of building and landscape. More and more, drawing has taken me away from the conventions of architecture, into more abstract realms. Drawing has helped define space as it doesn’t exist, and perhaps as it should. Not in a utopian way, but one that tries merely to describe a different way we may live.

St. Nikolaus / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Margherita Spiluttini
© Margherita Spiluttini
  • Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
  • Location: Neumarkt am Wallersee, Austria
  • Project Manager: Stefan Haass
  • Client: Gemeindeverband Neumarkt am Wallersee
  • Area: 4300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2001
  • Photographs: Margherita Spiluttini, Fritz Lorber

© Margherita Spiluttini © Fritz Lorber © Fritz Lorber © Margherita Spiluttini

William Jones College Preparatory / Perkins+Will

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

Ga On Jai / IROJE KHM Architects

© Jong Oh Kim
© Jong Oh Kim
  • Architects: IROJE KHM Architects
  • Location: Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: HyoMan Kim
  • Design Team: Kyung Jin-Jung, SeungHee-Song, SuKyung-Jang, JiYeon-Kim, EunJin-Sin, HyeJin-Kim, WooSin-Sim
  • Area: 329.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jong Oh Kim, Sergio Pirrone, Jeong Sik Mun

© Sergio Pirrone © Jong Oh Kim © Sergio Pirrone © Jeong Sik Mun

New Images Unveiled of Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus

New information has been released — along with a series of renders — seven months after the New York City Council approved Cornell University's two million square foot technology campus in Roosevelt Island. Envisioned as "a campus built for the next century," Cornell Tech's first set of buildings has tapped into the talent of some of the most respected architecture firms in the city: Morphosis' Pritzker Prize-winning Thom Mayne, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture, Handel Architects, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

New images of the buildings, after the break...

Tasting Room at Sokol Blosser Winery / Allied Works Architecture

  • Architects: Allied Works Architecture
  • Location: Dundee, OR 97115, USA
  • Area: 5700.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jeremy Bitterman

© Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman

David Adjaye Unveils Uganda Office Complex

David Adjaye has been selected to design what will be the centerpiece of the largest redevelopment project in Africa’s history. The British architect, who spent his childhood growing up in Uganda, recently presented the vision alongside designer and Made in Africa Foundation co-founder Ozwald Boateng Obe and CEO Chris Cleverly. 

The 65-hectare vision, which is aimed to redevelop the Naguru and Nakawa areas of Uganda's capital city, will include everything needed for a functioning, vibrant micro-city: affordable homes, educational facilities, office space, shopping and entertainment centers, and more. Adjaye’s contribution will be a massive office complex made up of 10, conoidal towers that form a circular, public plaza at its center. 

Humanidade Pavillion 2012 / Carla Juaçaba + Bia Lessa

  • Architects: , Bia Lessa
  • Location: Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Project Direction: Bia Lessa
  • Team: Antonio Pedro Coutinho, Pedro Varella, Sergio García–Gasco Lominchar, Elza Burgos de La Prida, Argus Caruso
  • Trainees: Daniel Cochicho / Rita D’aguilar, Barbara Cutlak e Alvaro Pitas
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Carla Juaçaba + Bia Lessa

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

La Fresque / Ithaques + Atelier WRA

  • Architects: Ithaques, Atelier WRA
  • Location: Versailles, France
  • Project Manager: Danyel Thiebaud, Vladimir Doray
  • Collaborators: Anna Bogdan, Fabrice Lagarde, Jean Yves Tasset, Rachida Khardal, Estelle Grange Dubellé, Nicolas Liefooghe
  • Consultants: Mécobat engineering, Corétude engineering
  • Area: 2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

TED: How an Obese Town Lost a Million Pounds / Mick Cornett

In 2007, Oklahoma City was ranked the most obese city in America. The heavy news caused the city’s - at the time - overweight mayor, Mick Cornett to take a hard look at himself and his city. He realized that the city he deemed great, was only great if its citizen was the car. 

A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism

Modernism and socialism formed the powerful spacio-political tandem of the 20th century that shaped much of the urban and rural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, including Estonia and its capital Tallinn. Those environments are still there - like fossils of paradigms, one declared dead, the other exiled. Today we consider them as nothing more than a collection of somewhat interesting material substances or formal oddities - after all, we would rather like to believe this era is not relevant to us today. But is there more to those fossils that we’re not examining?

The architects and researchers that were brought together by the Tallinn Architecture Biennale raised interesting discussion and questions that showed how much intertwined history (in this case, the 1960s to the 1980s) and historical ideas are still with us today, especially in a world where freedom might be just as illusional as it was back then.

Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”

Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The seemingly plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved. 

"SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city," said Norman Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain's National Byway Trust. "By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters."

Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

  • Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
  • Location: Floridablanca-Comte d'Urgell, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
  • Constructor: Oak 2000, S.L.
  • Collaborators: Albert Cabrer
  • Area: 112.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Eugeni Bach

© Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach

Convertible Courtyards House / Christopher Megowan Design

© Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning © Nils Koenning

Joi Ito Explains His Theories of Organic City Design

As part of their coverage of the Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation, Grasp Magazine interviewed Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab. He voices his opinion that current strategies for masterplanning do not work, as designers struggle to reliably "predict and cause a future to occur" (a better approach is to enable and empower innovation on a grass-roots level); that designers need to find the right balance between intuition and data; and that new technologies should not just improve existing systems, but preferably overhaul them entirely. You can read the full article here.

Refurbishment for Tobías & Reme / Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos
  • Location: Petrer, Alicante, España
  • Interior Design: Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos
  • Design Team: Pablo Muñoz Payá, Natalia Blanco Bayón
  • Project Area: 204.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos