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Jakub Szczesny's Keret House Open for Residence

Would you ever want live in the Keret House - the world's skinniest dwelling - in WarsawPoland? Well, now's your chance. The Polish Modern Art Foundation has announced an open call for resident applications to artists (under age 35) practicing in the fields of architecture, visual arts, literature, music or film. If selected, artists will have the opportunity to live in the Keret House for up to 21 days to realize a project of their own design. The residency aims to foster individual artistic expression, promote creative exchange, and expose artists to the cultural environment of Poland while offering them the chance to experience what many believe to be an "impossible architecture." See if you are eligible to apply here

Aguas Claras House / Ramon Coz + Benjamin Ortiz

  • Architects: Ramon Coz + Benjamin Ortiz
  • Location: Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Constructor: Gabriel Christensen
  • Structural Engineer: Fernando Izzo
  • Plot Area: 5000 m2
  • Area: 400 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone

Code Black Coffee / Zwei Interiors Architecture

  • Architects: Zwei Interiors Architecture
  • Location: Brunswick, VIC, Australia
  • Builder: Four Seasons Commercial Interiors
  • Lighting: Volker Haug
  • Client: Cafenatics Group
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Michael Kai

© Michael Kai © Michael Kai © Michael Kai © Michael Kai

Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig

Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

Urban Fragment: Jose Oubrerie’s Miller House

This article was written by Seattle-based designer and critic Evan Chakroff

Lexington Kentucky’s Miller House is a built manifesto: an ambitious proposal for the future of suburbia in an age of unprecedented urbanization. Despite its pedigree – designed and built by Le Corbusier protégé José Oubrerie – and despite its (appropriate) selection as a “masterwork” by Kenneth Frampton, the project remains somewhat unknown and the architect underappreciated.

The house should absolutely occupy a place in the canon of great residential architecture. The complex composition alone should inspire myriad formal readings, but more importantly the house represents a model for communal life amid continuously-shifting family structures. It’s a radical rejection of a suburban lifestyle that has become socially, economically, and culturally unsustainable. 

The Olnick Spanu House / Alberto Campo Baeza

  • Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Location: Garrison, NY, USA
  • Project Manager: Miguel Garcia-Quismondo
  • Area: 900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Javier Callejas, Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza

Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas

Designing the Final Frontier

Three months ago, Commander Chris Hadfield captured the attention of millions by recording a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity - entirely on board the International Space Station. The video was the culmination of five months of social media efforts to raise awareness and interest in current space programs worldwide, and it certainly seems that Hadfield succeeded in piquing the interest of at least a few future astronauts.

But for architects, something else probably stands out in the video: the ISS seems an extremely clinical and uncomfortable environment to live in for five months. The reasons for this are obvious: it is a highly controlled engineered environment; sending luxuries into orbit is expensive; the astronauts are there to work, and after all they are trained to cope in stressful and uncomfortable environments. However, with proposals for longer missions, such as a manned trip to Mars, as well as the continued promise of commercial spaceflight on the horizon, the design of living spaces outside of our own planet may soon become an issue which architects must get involved in.

Read on to find out about the challenges of architecture in space, after the break.

Acoustic Alchemy / hyla architects

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Future Uncertain for Daniel Libeskind's Maze Peace Centre

After initially getting the go-ahead earlier this year, the design for the Maze Peace Centre in Northern Ireland, designed by Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with McAdam Architects, was dealt a major blow last week, when First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson retracted his support for the controversial building, saying that it would be wrong to continue with the build without achieving a consensus.

Read on after the break to find out more about the controversy.

Daxinganling Culture and Sports Center / Had Architects

  • Architects: Had Architects
  • Location: Jagdaqi, Da Hinggan Ling, Heilongjiang, China
  • Design Team: Tang Jiajun, Luo Peng, Ji Qiang ,Wang Conglong
  • Area: 26360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tang Jiajun

© Tang Jiajun © Tang Jiajun © Tang Jiajun © Tang Jiajun

Douglas Street / Wolveridge Architects

  • Architects: Wolveridge Architects
  • Location: Douglas Street, Toorak , Australia
  • Practice Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Tjeerd van der Vliet, Sina Petzold
  • Builder And Construction Manager: Smart and Cain
  • Structural/Civil Engineer: Coulthard Shim
  • Building Surveyor: Nepean Building Permits
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking

El Ray / Simon Conder Associates

Courtesy of Simon Conder Associates Courtesy of Simon Conder Associates Courtesy of Simon Conder Associates Courtesy of Simon Conder Associates

The Bloomberg Years: Reshaping New York

Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2001, the fabric of New York City has been in constant flux. In just 12 years, Bloomberg has lead an effort to rezone 37 percent of the city to create opportunities for high-density growth, as well as aided the construction 40,000 new buildings and 450 miles of bike lanes. Putting these efforts in perspective, the New York Times has released the interactive feature “Reshaping New York” that compares statistics with drastic ‘before and after’ comparisons. Check it out and read our report on Bloomberg’s lasting affect on the Empire State here

St Mary's Infant School / Jessop and Cook Architects

  • Architects: Jessop and Cook Architects
  • Location: Church Green, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 4AW, UK
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nikhilesh Haval

© Nikhilesh Haval © Nikhilesh Haval © Nikhilesh Haval © Nikhilesh Haval

Urban Current[s] Competition Entry / L+CC + Taller 301 + openfabric

A conceptual framework for the development of the city of Medellin, the Urban Current[s] competition proposal by L+CC (Land+Civilization Compositions), Taller 301, and openfabric considers it important to think of the river territory beyond a simple design of public space. Instead, this is seen as the opportunity to re-structure and establish a framework for the future development of Medellín. Their approach creates new principles for the development of the city by using all available resources (natural, social, economic, political, and cultural) to link the city with its history, its ecology, and the movement of people in the territory. More images and architects' description after the break.