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Code of Context: The Uneasy Excitement of Global Practice

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Code of Context: The Uneasy Excitement of Global Practice, Safdie Architects. Marina Bay Sands. Singapore
Safdie Architects. Marina Bay Sands. Singapore

Global, the Winter 2014 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, out now, is an examination of the challenges and opportunities facing architects working abroad, from the Middle East to Africa to Asia. The topics explored in this issue include how to value resource-constrained approaches, honor local vernacular, and learn from the urbanization precedents set in other parts of the world. In this article, Jay Wickersham FAIA examines how in a globalized market, architecture firms can take steps to ensure that their designs act in the best interests of the foreign communities they affect.

The signs of architecture’s globalization are all around us. Foreign students flock to Boston to study architecture, prominent buildings are designed by foreign architects, American firms build practices around international projects. Globalization has allowed architects to work outside their own regions and cultures, at a scale and with a freedom of design they might never enjoy at home. But beneath the excitement and glamour of international practice, I sense an unease. Are we creating vital and original new architectures, or are we homogenizing cities and landscapes and obliterating regional differences? Are architects helping to strengthen and develop the economies of host communities, or are they acting as unwitting tools of inequality and repression?

Sasaki Associates. Technologico de Monterrey. Monterrey, Mexico Machado and Silvetti Associates. Vietnamese-German University. Binh Duong, Vietnam Kyu Sung Woo Architects KAIST IT Convergence Building Daejeon, Korea Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Sky Courts. Chengdu, China +18

Six Public-Interest Design Projects Honored with 2015 SEED Awards

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Six Public-Interest Design Projects Honored with 2015 SEED Awards, Studio H Collaborative. Image Courtesy of Design Corps
Studio H Collaborative. Image Courtesy of Design Corps

The 2015 winners of the annual Social Economic Environment Design (SEED) Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design have been announced. The international competition celebrates designs which excel in these realms, and strive to create manageable sustainable impacts. The winning projects, selected by a jury, will receive $1000, as well as attendance to the annual Structures for Inclusion conference in Detroit, Michigan in April.

The six winning projects each encompass the ideals of community outreach, socio-economic improvement, and environmental awareness in the context of their unique locations. Though the designs are distinct, the values they embody are universal.

Read more about the winning designs after the break.

Rwinkavu Operating Rooms and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Image Courtesy of Design Corps Parque Urbano e Instituto Sitie. Image Courtesy of Design Corps El Guadual Early Youth Development Center. Image Courtesy of Design Corps A jam manufactory for NAXII. Image Courtesy of Design Corps +6

Minghu Wetland Park / Turenscape

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Minghu Wetland Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape

Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Liupanshui, Guizhou, China
  • Design Team

    Bo Luan, Bin Yan, Gang Huang, Junyan Zheng, Meina Shan, Xin Fan, Shizheng Li, Lin Chen, Zhen Bai, Yu Zhang, Jianfei An, Hongkai You, Yin Liu, Yeqi Cao, Zhang Deng, Ye Yang, Yue Li, Yizhen Ren, Xu Song, Dehua Liu, XIaofeng Zhang, Jie Bai, Jinfeng Zhang, Tuo Liu, Junying Cao
  • Design Lead

    Kongjian Yu
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Turenscape

LAMP Awards 2015: Rewarding the Best in Lighting

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
LAMP Awards 2015: Rewarding the Best in Lighting

Last call for entries! LAMP Lighting Solutions is inviting lighting designers, architects, urban planners, interior designers, engineers, landscapers and students to submit their projects for the 2015 LAMP Awards. The LAMP Awards recognize projects that have successfully met the architectural lighting needs of an indoor or outdoor space, having created a positive synergy between architecture, interior design, landscaping and lighting. The awards value the creativity, innovation and sustainability of lighting projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project. January 31st is the last day to submit projects

Last year, 608 projects from 52 countries were submitted as part of the LAMP Awards, and this year the jury will be comprised of Mark Major, Kai Piippo, Douglas Leonard, Anne Bureau, Emma Cogswell, Anupama Kundoo, Juan Carlos Sancho and Ignasi Bonjoch.

360 Architecture Tops New Atlanta Stadium with Retractable "Roof Petals"

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Courtesy of New Atlanta Stadium
Courtesy of New Atlanta Stadium

A fly-through over the new Atlanta Falcons’ stadium has been released, revealing an unprecedented retractable roof designed by 360 Architecture (recently acquired by HOK). According to the stadium’s official website, the Pantheon-inspired stadium’s “eight unique roof petals” can rotate open in less than eight minutes, much like a “camera lens.” It will also be clad in a translucent ETFE fabric that, when closed, will allow natural light to pass into its interior. 

The video, after the break.

Ktima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Ktima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins, © Claudio Reis
© Claudio Reis

© Claudio Reis © Claudio Reis © Claudio Reis © Claudio Reis +18

IaaC Students Develop a Passive Cooling System from Hydrogel and Ceramic

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
IaaC Students Develop a Passive Cooling System from Hydrogel and Ceramic, Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Students at the Digital Matter Intelligent Constructions studio at Barcelona's Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have created a composite facade material of clay and hydrogel, which is capable of cooling building interiors by up to 6 degrees centigrade. Entitled Hydroceramic, the material utilizes the ability of hydrogel to absorb up to 500 times its own weight in water to create a building system that "becomes a living thing as part of nature and not outside of it."

Read on after the break for more on how Hydroceramic works.

A proposal for a "cooling pavilion" designed with a hydroceramic skin. Image Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia A proposal for a "cooling pavilion" designed with a hydroceramic skin. Image Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Hydrogel pellets, both with and without absorbed water. Image Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Courtesy of IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia +13

AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on "Solid Footing"

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
AIA Says December ABI Closed 2014 on "Solid Footing", December 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
December 2014 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Rising from a score of 50.9 to 52.2 in December, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2014 on "solid footing." As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), design services continued to increase throughout the majority of last year and all regions, except the Northeast, experienced favorable conditions. 

“Business conditions continue to be the strongest at architecture firms in the South and the Western regions,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Particularly encouraging is the continued solid upturn in design activity at institutional firms, since public sector facilities were the last nonresidential building project type to recover from the downturn.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Microsoft Reveals Holographic Features for Windows 10

00:00 - 21 January, 2015

At their Windows 10 Event today in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft unveiled features for its forthcoming operating system that it feels could revolutionize computing, particularly for people who want to design, make or fix something in the real world: holographics. The company revealed both the Windows Holographic features that will be built into Windows 10 and HoloLens, an in-house designed headset that will be capable of placing holographic elements into the world around you - think of it as a combination of the flat augmented reality overlay in Google Glass, and the immersive yet virtual-only presentation of Oculus Rift.

The video trailer above shows the far-reaching implications for a variety of designers, both professional and amateur (including a nod to the architecture profession at the 50-second mark), with TechCrunch explaining how the technology "offers a way for architects to survey and present their designs alongside clients even when separated by great distances."

A space: Lofts in Berlin Mitte / plajer & franz studio

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
A space: Lofts in Berlin Mitte / plajer & franz studio, © Christian Rudat
© Christian Rudat

© Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat © Christian Rudat +19

Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Budget "Blown By 70%"

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Budget "Blown By 70%", © Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

When Kengo Kuma's concept for the new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design (V&A) in Dundee, Scotland, was unanimously chosen as the winning design in late 2012, the jurors had stated that the proposal has been "subject to exhaustive scrutiny, including having external assessors do a detailed examination of projected costs." They stated that they "did not have to exclude any of the submissions on grounds of affordability." It is now reported, a little over two years later, that the original £45million budget has now exceeded £80million in spite of the fact that the building has already been 'redesigned' once in order to try to reign in soaring costs.

Parliament for the German-Speaking Community / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Parliament for the German-Speaking Community / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    4700 Eupen, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Oliver Thill, Luc Dutilleux, Fabienne Courtejoie
  • Area

    6318.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Architect’s Office / Spaces Architects@ka, © Bharat Aggarwal
© Bharat Aggarwal

© Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal © Bharat Aggarwal +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Kapil Aggarwal
  • Design Team

    Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Karan Arora, Chander Mohan Kaushik
  • Carpentry Contractor

    Manoj Carpenters
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

RSHP Reveals Plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village" in Lewisham

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
RSHP Reveals Plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village" in Lewisham, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Addressing increasing housing demands in the London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled their plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village," which is to become one of the UK's first temporary housing villages.

The short term housing will provide accommodation for 24 families, alongside community and commercial spaces at street level. Drawing its name from the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre upon which it is to be located, the Ladywell Pop-Up Village is fully demountable, thanks to its volumetric construction technology. It is envisioned that the housing units will remain at the Ladywell site for up to four years, after which point they can be relocated throughout the Borough as needed. 

Treatise: Why Write Alone?

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Treatise: Why Write Alone?, Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Alex Maymind, "100 Drawings," 2012-13. Archival inkjet print. 25 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Drawing inspiration from Steven Holl and William Stout’s brainchild Pamphlet Architecture, a new collaborative project, Treatise: Why Write Alone?, unifies fourteen design firms to examine the architectural treatise as a method of exploring theoretical questions and sparking discussion. The project was developed by designer Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular in response to receiving a grant from the Graham Foundation. His unconventional ideas on the architectural process made him wonder, "Why write? And, why write alone?" The resultant collection of publications delves into these questions, both collectively and individually, with a collaborative piece as well as submissions from each firm.

Andrew Kovacs, "Guggenheim Helsinki Model," 2014. Found objects. 48 x 96 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist Design With Company (Stewart Hicks & Allison Newmeyer), "Midwest Culture Sampler (Department of Quantity, Scale, Image)," 2014. Three archival inkjet prints. 26 x 11 1/4 inches each. Courtesy of the artists. is-office (Kyle Reynolds and Jeff Mikolajewski), “Javits, Javits,” 2012. Archival inkjet print. 56 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artists. SOFTlab (Michael Szivos), "Shizuku," 2009. Plywood. 72 x 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Jessika Creedon. +5

Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +16

House 1014 / H Arquitectes

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
House 1014 / H Arquitectes, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Granollers, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
  • Area

    637.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mosfellsbær Preperatory High School / A2F arkitektar

01:00 - 21 January, 2015
Mosfellsbær Preperatory High School / A2F arkitektar, Courtesy of A2F arkitektar
Courtesy of A2F arkitektar

Courtesy of A2F arkitektar Courtesy of A2F arkitektar Courtesy of A2F arkitektar Courtesy of A2F arkitektar +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Háholt, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Aðalheiður Atladóttir, architect FAÍ and Falk Krüger, architect AKT
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A2F arkitektar