AA Summer DLAB :: WHITE

00:00 - 20 May, 2014
AA Summer DLAB :: WHITE

Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in ‘white’ for its 2014 cycle, as a starting point to investigate natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces. ‘White’ becomes the means of looking into extreme natural conditions which it is associated with. Concepts of emergence, differentiation, and complexity shape the theoretical framework of this investigation. Natural structures of differing scales are observed, which are then abstracted and interpreted into elaborated design proposals. The computational process of Summer DLAB is based on generative design algorithms, as can be seen in natural growth patterns such as the Lindenmayer system and fractal theory. These concepts are carefully interwoven with interaction and participatory design in order to create full-scale working prototypes.

Casa Moon / ROBLESARQ

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Casa Moon / ROBLESARQ, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Robles Alvarado
  • Design Team

    Juan Robles, Isabel Bello, Erick Guevara, Emilio Quirós, Adriana Serrano, Andrea Solano
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner +12

Auditorium And Congress Center Expo 2008 / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Auditorium And Congress Center Expo 2008 / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Roland Halbe +13

John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building / Design Engine

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building / Design Engine, © Nick Kane
© Nick Kane
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oxford Brookes University - Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 0BP, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Richard Jobson
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane +20

Has Prince Charles "Shut Down Debate" on UK Architecture?

00:00 - 20 May, 2014
Has Prince Charles "Shut Down Debate" on UK Architecture?, The extension to the National Gallery by Venturi Scott Brown replaced the design by ABK which was scrapped after Prince Charles' criticisms. Image © Nick Weall via e-architect
The extension to the National Gallery by Venturi Scott Brown replaced the design by ABK which was scrapped after Prince Charles' criticisms. Image © Nick Weall via e-architect

To mark the 30th anniversary of Prince Charles' famous "Carbuncle Speech", last week the RIBA held a discussion focusing on the speech's impact on British architecture. The speech in which the prince protested the design of a proposed extension to the National Gallery has been seen by some as expanding the debate around architectural quality, but the panelists on the night disagreed with this view: Owen Hatherley said "The idea he broadened the debate is curious. He shut it down." Similarly, Charlie Luxton commented "He turned the debate from one of quality to one of style – and architecture suffered." You can read more of the panelists' views on BD Online.

The Stadiums of the World Cup as 3D Sketchfab Models

00:00 - 20 May, 2014

ESTADIO ARENA PANTANAL / CUIABÁ by soy502 on Sketchfab

Last year, we featured a post about Sketchfab, the online platform that allows users to display their detailed 3D models through a browser display. Digital models can be uploaded to Sketchfab in over 27 file formats, from .3ds to .dwg, and are viewed online; downloading them is not required. Since our last post, Sketchfab has only grown in popularity, with users from multiple disciplines all over the world uploading their digital work for display. One such user is Soy502. An informal Guatemalan news website, Soy502 has uploaded models of eight of the twelve stadiums that will host FIFA World Cup matches in Brazil this year. These include Das Dunas Stadium, Arena Amazonia Stadium, and Mineirão Stadium. See them, as well as five others, in intimate three-dimensional detail after the break!

Phyllis Lambert to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale

00:00 - 20 May, 2014
Phyllis Lambert to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale , Philip Johnson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phyllis Lambert in front of an image of the model   for the Seagram building, New York, 1955. Gelatin silver print, 7½ × 9⅜ in. Photographer unknown.   Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Image © United Press International.
Philip Johnson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phyllis Lambert in front of an image of the model for the Seagram building, New York, 1955. Gelatin silver print, 7½ × 9⅜ in. Photographer unknown. Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Image © United Press International.

The Venice Biennale has just announced that Phyllis Lambert will be the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Fundamentals this June.

Paolo Baratta, chair of the Venice Biennale Board, and Rem Koolhaas, director of the Architecture Biennale, explained their decision:

“Not as an architect, but as a client and custodian, Phyllis Lambert has made a huge contribution to architecture. Without her participation, one of the few realizations in the 20th century of perfection on earth – the Seagram Building in New York – would not have happened. Her creation of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal combines rare vision with rare generosity to preserve crucial episodes of architecture’s heritage and to study them under ideal conditions. Architects make architecture; Phyllis Lambert made architects…”

More on Lambert's life and influence after the break:

Shard Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Shard Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award, The Shard / Renzo Piano. Image © Eric Smerling
The Shard / Renzo Piano. Image © Eric Smerling

The Shard has been awarded this year's Emporis Skyscraper Award, bringing the award back to Europe after two consecutive wins in North America - by Absolute Towers in 2013 and New York by Gehry in 2012. Each year, the award honours the world's best new building over 100m tall.

The award's jury praised the Shard's "unique glass fragment-shaped form and its sophisticated architectural implementation", resulting in "a skyscraper that is recognized immediately and which is already considered London's new emblem."

Read on to find out the remaining 10 buildings to take home awards

Flame Towers / HOK. Image Courtesy of HOK DC Tower 1 / Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image © Michael Nagl Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort / MAD Architects. Image © Xiazhi Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex / Aedas. Image © Langham Place, Guangzhou +20

The Most Saturated European Markets: Where (And How Big) Are The Opportunities for Architects in Europe?

00:00 - 20 May, 2014
The Most Saturated European Markets: Where (And How Big) Are The Opportunities for Architects in Europe?, Courtesy of Monditalia Twitter Page, https://twitter.com/monditalia
Courtesy of Monditalia Twitter Page, https://twitter.com/monditalia

A few weeks ago Monditalia, one of the three main exhibits of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, tweeted a small infographic which showed the number of architects per country, unleashing an intense debate among architects around the world.

Today Monditalia revealed even more figures, provoking us to think not only about which markets are saturated, but also where opportunities and possibilities lie for our profession. Using data from the construction research center CRESME, the curators of Monditalia have graphed the potential in European markets for architects, in terms of thousands of euros per year.

Suyabatmaz Demirel Proposes Terraced Market Hall for Sultangazi  

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Suyabatmaz Demirel Proposes Terraced Market Hall for Sultangazi  , Exterior View. Image © Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects
Exterior View. Image © Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects

A marketplace is typical for most Turkish city districts. They provide a point of cohesion for the community, acting as an economic hub, a landmark, and an impromptu park. In the rapidly developing Sultangazi district of Istanbul, however, such a public place has yet to be seen. To remedy this, Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects have recently proposed a combination market hall and car park for the middle of this populous residential area.

Crafting Urban Life in Three Dimensions: An Interview with Adam Snow Frampton by James Schrader

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Crafting Urban Life in Three Dimensions: An Interview with Adam Snow Frampton by James Schrader, Footbridge in Central, Hong Kong. Image by Adam Frampton
Footbridge in Central, Hong Kong. Image by Adam Frampton

The following are excerpts from one of 41 interviews that student researchers at the Strelka Institute are publishing as part of the Future Urbanism Project. In this interview, James Schrader speaks with Adam Snow Frampton, the co-author of Cities Without Ground and the Principal of Only If, a New York City-based practice for architecture and urbanism. They discuss his work with OMA, the difference between Western and Asian cities, his experiences opening a new firm in New York, and the future of design on an urban scale.

James Schrader: Before we get to future urbanism, I thought it would be interesting to look a bit into your past. Could you tell me about where your interest in cities came from? Were there any formative moments that led to your fascination with cities?

Adam Snow Frampton: I was always interested in cities, but not necessarily exposed to much planning at school. When I went to work at OMA Rotterdam, I was engaged in a lot of large-scale projects, mostly in the Middle East and increasingly in Asia, where there was an opportunity to plan cities at a bigger scale. In the Netherlands, there’s not necessarily more construction than in the US, but there is a tradition of thinking big and a tendency to plan. For instance, many Dutch design offices like OMA, West 8, and MVRDV have done master plans for the whole country.

Denver Union Station / SOM

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Denver Union Station  / SOM, © Robert Polidori
© Robert Polidori
  • Architects

  • Location

    Denver, CO, USA
  • Design Partner

    Roger Duffy
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori +14

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +14

Westfield State New University Hall / ADD Inc.

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Westfield State New University Hall / ADD Inc., © Robert Benson Photography
© Robert Benson Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Westfield State University, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA 01085, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    B.K. Boley, Principal, ADD Inc
  • Photographs

Terraville House / AT Arquitetura

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
Terraville House / AT Arquitetura, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • Authors

    Mauricio Ceolin, Andre Detanico, Tarso Carneiro
  • Project Team

    Flora Detanico, Dayane Paz, Juliana Schnor, Andreia Laschuk
  • Área

    350.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +18

RD Revnice / atelierSAD

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
RD Revnice / atelierSAD, © Tomas Soucek
© Tomas Soucek
  • Architects

  • Location

    Řevnice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    MgA. Adam Jirkal, MgA Jaroslav Koza,
  • Area

    164.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Tomas Soucek © Tomas Soucek © Tomas Soucek © Tomas Soucek +19

VIDEO: Kengo Kuma on Architecture, Materials And Music

00:00 - 19 May, 2014

In Kengo Kuma’s work you may see influences of light, transparency and materiality. But when visiting the Woodbury School of Architecture in San Diego, Kengo Kuma shared a few of his not so apparent influences, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to jazz music. Make sure to view “Knowing Kuma” to see the architect’s definition of architecture, materials and more.

AA Greece Visiting School / Folded Force

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
 AA Greece Visiting School / Folded Force

AA Greece Visiting School is a mobile workshop series which travels and reaches cities outside the country’s capital. It functions as a ‘satellite’ of education that promotes the Architectural Association’s exclusive, intensive form of teaching and learning around the country. AA Greece VS aims on visiting a different city each year and construct a single large-scale model which will act as an active nod of communication among the various locations. In 2014, the School will initiate its design agenda with an architectural approach that is focused on the aspect of connection. The city of Patras which is the starting node of AA Greece VS was chosen by the European Commission to be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2006. The concept of the event revolved around the main theme of "Bridges" and "Dialogues", drawing benefit from the city's rich history and its position as a "Gate to the West", to underline the essence of the productive interaction of culture and civilizations in Europe. The AA Greece Visiting School will investigate how well existing buildings with various sightlines and variant spatial grammars perform according to human perception. In sync with the flexible and adaptive concept of parasitical structures, the research focuses on the making of transformable large-scale creations that accentuate prominent architectural features of existing buildings. The research looks at how cultural factors, personal preferences, experiences, and expectations can lead to the transformation of architectural parasitical structures.