Google Glass and Architecture

YouTube Preview Image

Last year, founder Sergey Brin demoed Google Glass a new from the big G that puts an augmented reality display in front of your eye. The device is scheduled for early release to developers and creatives (in order to get feedback before the $1,500 product finds its way to the general public) in just a few weeks, but it has already been highly acclaimed by the media (including Best Inventions of the Year 2012 by Time).

On this video released by Google you can understand what all the hype is about. The 0.5″ display supported by a thin aluminium frame is placed in front of your right eye and thanks to its camera it serves as a two way interface with the Internet. As you can see on the video, natural language instructions (“Glass, take photo”, “Glass, record video”, “Glass, How long is the Brooklyn bridge?”) let you easily control the device and not only check emails or send messages, but also to display maps, definitions, and to share photos and videos in real time. In this aspect, the device opens a big door for architecture.

In our field, the experience is very important, and it is a dimension that hasn’t been able to be reproduced in its entirety through traditional media (plans, 2D or even 3D photos). Attempts to make immersive panoramas or the efforts of architecture photographers to embrace videos have extended the representation, but not in a significative way. And this is why travel is an important thing for the architect.

Imagine a tour broadcasted by the architects of the project, with the possibility of instant reader feedback to discuss a particular moment inside the building. Imagine finally experiencing the approach to the Parthenon like Le Corbusier did almost a century ago.

In this aspect, Google Glass will change the way we understand architecture media.

Installation at the Venice Biennale 2012 / © Nico Saieh
Installation at the Venice Biennale 2012 / © Nico Saieh

Call for Projects: Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, the official U.S. representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012), will travel to Chicago in May 2013, and is seeking new projects—urban interventions realized in U.S. cities in the past…

Hayden Place / Cuningham Group

Courtesy of

Architects: Cuningham Group
Location: 8665 Hayden Place, , CA 90232, USA
Client: REthink Development
Area: 8500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Cuningham Group

Miami Beach Soundscape / Courtesy of West 8
Miami Beach Soundscape / Courtesy of West 8

2013 Douglas C. Allen Lecture: Adriaan Geuze

This year’s Douglas C. Allen Lecture, presented by the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, features Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. Founded in 1987, West 8 is an award-winning international office which has established itself as…

Shining Stars Kindergarten Bintaro / Djuhara + Djuhara

Courtesy of Djuhara + Djuhara

Architects: Djuhara + Djuhara
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Wendy Djuhara
Design Team: Edwin Kurniawan
Area: 560.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Djuhara + Djuhara

Courtesy of CAAU
Courtesy of CAAU

Cambrai Cultural Laboratory Competition Entry / CAAU

The proposal for the future Cultural Laboratory of Cambrai, designed by CAAU (Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes)… aims to provide as much as possible, the addition of a contemporary building on the ground floor, allowing the laboratory to develop principally

PUC-RS Library / Santini & Rocha Arquitetos

© Marcelo Donadussi

Architects: Santini & Rocha Arquitetos
Architects In Charge: Henrique Rocha, Cícero Santini e Lucas Rocha
Project Area: 20748 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

Chicago: The City to See in ’63

YouTube Preview Image

1960’s Chicago: cars zooming down Lake Shore Drive, crowds heading into the Opera House, people observing artworks in the Art Institute, and Chicagoans laying around Grant Park on a sunny day. These are just a few of the scenes captured by amateur filmmaker in her The City to See in ’63. The people, neighborhoods, and architecture of Chicago are all captured in this well-crafted 12-minute, 16mm color film taped in 1962.

The film captures some key architectural sites in Chicago, including the construction of Marina City. In addition, there are clips of a few buildings that no longer exist such as the Chicago Sun-Times building, demolished in 2004; White Sox Park, demolished in 1991; and the first McCormick place, wrecked in 1967.

Conneely also covers different neighborhoods of Chicago including Lincoln Park, Logan Square, Garfield Park, and old Maxwell Street.

As shown in the film, Chicago has always been known for its spectacular array of architecture. To see more current architectural sites in Chicago, view our Architecture City Guide: Chicago.

Ten Points for Liveable Cities: Lessons from Singapore

© Flickr User Chooyutshing

As urban populations expand, people are migrating to city centers in search of economic opportunities, which promise social mobility and access to education, health resources, and jobs.  Nations once considered in the “third world” are making leaps to accommodate growing populations with thoughtful considerations in designing these new urban capitals.  Population trends have shifted considerably and have contributed to some of the densest urban never before seen in history.  The rise in the classification of as “mega-cities” and the problems that such high population densities face speak to the fact that our cities have reached a saturation point that needs to addressing.

, an island nation in the Asian Pacific, is the third densest country in the world. Last year the Center for Livable Cities and the Urban Land Institute participated in a summit of leading planners and policy makers to discuss the steps that Singapore was taking in its development in response to its growing urban populations.  The result of the conference was a list of ten points that contribute to making Singapore a livable high dense city.

Follow us after the break for more on the 10 Points for Singapore.

Infographic: The Make It Right Foundation

Since Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, leaving devastation in its wake, the Make It Right Foundation has been working to redevelop the Lower 9th Ward by recruiting world-renowned architects (from Frank Gehry to Shigeru Ban) to the cause. The foundation, the brain-child of actor Brad Pitt, aims to design houses that aren’t just temporary solutions, but rather parts of an on-going process of sustainable, community development.

Learn more about the Make It Right Foundation‘s goals and progress, and check out some of the starchitect-deisgned prototypes that will eventually make up a 150-house neighborhood, in our ArchDaily original infographic, after the break.

AIA appoints Mary Ann Lazarus to lead Sustainability and Health Initiative

Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center and USHBC Partners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has appointed HOK’s green-building leader Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, to a consulting position as a Resident Fellow.  In this position, Lazarus will help guide and influence a program heavily based in and health as the AIA implements its ten-year pledge to the Decade of Design: Global Urban Solutions Challenge, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.  The purpose of the commitment is to document, envision and implement solutions that leverage the design of urban environments through research, community participation, and design frameworks.  It is a commitment based in the interest of public health with special attention to the use of natural, economic, and human resources.

More about Mary Ann Lazarus’s work and future at the AIA after the break.

Baisha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre / Wang Weijen Architecture

Courtesy of

Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture, Northern Space Design Company
Location: Taipei,
Area: 5657.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Courtesy of Art-Ovrag
Courtesy of Art-Ovrag

Art-Ovrag 2013: Garden City Festival Competition – Balancing Pavilion

In the framework of New Culture Festival, ‘Art-Ovrag 2013: Garden City’, there is currently an open call for their open architectural international competition “Balancing Pavilion”. The event, which takes place annually in Vyksa, Russia, gathers the best modern art designers, architectures and artists in…

Courtesy of French 2Design
Courtesy of French 2Design

‘White Noise’ YAP MoMA PS1 Proposal / French 2Design

White Noise (or The Buzz…) reveals the latent potential of the community. It is the sound of the talent and value around us. The installation harnesses this latent value with an interactive sound environment (a collaboration with ARUP Acoustics)

Courtesy of ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects
Courtesy of ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects

Urban Housing Winning Proposal / ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects

ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects…recently won the first prize in an invited competition for a mixed-use building of housing and commercial space. Located in the centre of Norrköping, on the fringe of the historic 19th century textile industry area

Deployed House / Seinfeld Arquitectos

Courtesy of

Architects: Seinfeld Arquitectos
Location: , Perú
Project Team: Cynthia Seinfeld Lemlig, Peter Seinfeld
Collaborator: Daniel Barúa
Area: 495.0 sqm
Photography: Cortesia de Seinfeld Arquitectos

Courtesy of Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects
Courtesy of Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects

United Bank of Addis Ababa Proposal / Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects

Designed by Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects…, their proposal for the United bank of Addis Abada is represented in units coming together into a single entity in a seamless fashion. These units are the shares that make up the bank

Prästgården / Arkitema Architects

Courtesy of Arkitema

Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema