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Hedge House / GKMP Architects

  • Architects: GKMP Architects
  • Location: Leeson Walk, Ranelagh
  • Contractor: RandU Limited
  • Engineer: David Maher & Associates
  • Lighting Consultant: Wink Lighting
  • Area: 253.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Alice Clancy

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy

LA’s Iconic Case Study Houses (Finally!) Make National Register

Ten of Los Angeles’ Case Study Homes have been deemed historically significant an worthy of being included on US’s National Register of Historic Places. Despite the Los Angeles Conservancy’s belief that all of them deserve “equal preservation protections,” the 11th home was not included due to “owner objection.”

The Case Study Houses spawned from a post-WWII residential experiment, presented by the Arts & Architecture magazine in 1945, which introduced modern movement ideas for affordable and efficient housing. The homes - designed by the likes of Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen and others - redefined the modern home. And, with the help of Julius Shulman, placed Los Angeles as an epicenter for mid-century modernism. 

The 11 homes included on the register are:

How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones

MIT researchers have developed a lightweight, interlocking composite component which can be snapped together to create airplanes, spacecraft and even larger structures. Likened to chain mail but based on a newly-developed geometry, the parts form a structure that is 10 times stiffer for a given weight than existing ultralight materials. The structure allows much less material to carry a given load and could revolutionize all moving vehicles, reducing their weight and the costs of construction while allowing greater design flexibility. To find out how it happens, read the full description here.

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron by Paul Clemence

The Herzog & de Meuron designed Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, NY is captured here by brazilian photographer Paul Clemence from Facebook.com/Archi-Photo. This photo gallery very elegantly emphasizes the building's delicate placement on the landscape as well as its natural surrounding beauty of which the architects took their inspiration. Clemence also captures the project's moment of outdoor shelter that surrounds the building to  emphasize the importance of the site and its interaction with the art within.The full photo gallery can be viewed after the break.

Student Thesis Project Turns Bus Into Tiny House

Like many architecture students, Hank Butitta was frustrated. Frustrated that the projects he and his fellow classmates were painstakingly, time-consumingly crafting at architecture school resulted—almost always—in nothing.  But Hank Butitta, unlike many architecture students, decided that, for his thesis, he would buy an old school bus and turn it into a flexible living space. The result: a 225 square foot mobile home—complete with reclaimed gym flooring and dimmable LED mood lighting. 

On his website (www.hankboughtabus.com), Butitta says, “This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood.” Since the project (which was envisioned with a nod to the tiny house movement) was picked up by the media last week, fans and commenters have flooded the site, asking Hank how he resolved certain problems and where he sourced the materials. 

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Toward A Fourth Architecture

When New York City architect Curtis B. Wayne first started talking about “The Fourth Architecture,” it was clear he was not doing so to make friends. You do not write manifestos to make friends. You write them because of some perceived urgency, because the time is right. 

As a long-standing practitioner, radio host, and graduate of Cooper Union and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, he already has a lot of friends. What he’s interested in is saving architecture from the current orthodoxy of form-making over substance, or “sculpture you can live in.” “We are too wise for this,” writes Wayne. 

In fact, I can go further. Judging from the little red book that has finally emerged from Wayne’s brain, appropriately titled, The Shape of Things that Work: The Fourth Architecture, I’m almost certain he set out to piss people off. But not without a purpose. 

G House / Fleming + Hernandez Architects

  • Architects: Fleming + Hernandez Architects
  • Location: Gladesville NSW, Australia
  • Team: Adrian Hernandez, Peter Fleming, Dung Le
  • Landscape: Fleming + Hernandez Architects
  • Builder: Catacon
  • Structural: Nastasi & Associates
  • Hydraulic: EWFW
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tom Ferguson

© Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson

eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine just announced the launch of the 2014 Skyscraper Competition which is open to architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe. One of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture, it recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods.

The competition is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The early registration deadline is November 19, and the deadline for submissions is January 20. For more detailed information, please visit here.

More Park, Less Way: Improving Philadelphia's Parkway

In this article in the Wall Street Journal, a number of key players discuss the ongoing work to transform "the most elegant urban boulevard in the US", Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parkway has been on a long journey from boulevard to highway, and thanks to a new plan entitled "More Park, Less Way", it could be on its way back, with a variety of plans to change the Parkway into a vibrant, more densely populated series of spaces with more amenities for local residents. You can read the full article here.

Museum of the Atacama Desert / Coz, Polidura & Volante Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ramon Coz Rosenfeld, Marco Polidura Alvarez, Eugenia Soto Cellino, Ignacio Volante Negueruela
  • Location: Angamos 1307-1395, Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
  • Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone, CPVARQ, Karin Hofert

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © CPVARQ

Primary School De Vuurvogel / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

© René de Wit
© René de Wit
  • Architects: Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
  • Location: Eikstraat 11, 5038 ML Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Project Architects: Pascal Grosfeld, Martijn van Bentum
  • Design Team: Arian van Loon, Jordy Pereira, Dimphy Rops-Klaassen
  • Area: 2040.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: René de Wit

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Mamelodi POD / Architecture for a Change

© Architecture for a Change (PTY)LTD
© Architecture for a Change (PTY)LTD
  • Architects: Architecture for a Change
  • Location: Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Architects In Charge: Anton Bouwer, Dirk Coetser, John Saaiman
  • Collaborators: Youth Zones (Supporting Organization)
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Architecture for a Change (PTY)LTD

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Petersen Automotive Museum Unveils Eye-Catching New Exterior by Kohn Pedersen Fox

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has announced that it will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a redesign of its interior and a complete transformation of its exterior facade to create a "world class museum that will showcase the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile." The exterior design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will give the Petersen a truly unique and iconic look that will hopefully attract architecture and car enthusiasts alike.

More on the museum's drastic transformation after the break.

Ring Celestial Bliss / J.J. Pan & Partners

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Cino Zucchi / Moleskine

From the Publisher.This book, collecting sketches, maquettes, project drawings and notional references from architecture to science or music intermingled in graphic narratives, composes a highly autobiographical and layered manifesto. Theoretical ideas and architectural practice coexist systematically, tracing out Cino Zucchi's scientific and personal profile.

Cino Zucchi is Chair Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He's well known for his projects for the residential buildings in the former Junghans area of Venice and those of Nuovo Portello in Milan, and for the extension of the National Automobile Museum in Turin. Zucchi's various international awards include the Special Mention at the 13th Architecture Biennale (2012), the International Award Architecture in Stone (2009), the Piranesi Award (2001).

Crikvenica Center / NFO

© Ivan Dorotić
© Ivan Dorotić
  • Architects: NFO
  • Location: Crikvenica, Croatia
  • Design Team: Kata Marunica, Nenad Ravnić, Dijana Pavić, Tatjana Liktar, Tamara Marić
  • Area: 11974.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ivan Dorotić

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Desert Wing / Kendle Design

  • Architects: Kendle Design
  • Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Brent Kendle
  • Interiors: Jack Wozniak
  • Area: 8300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Rick Brazil

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