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ThinkParametric Offers Free Online Classes

10:00 - 23 March, 2015
ThinkParametric Offers Free Online Classes, Among the courses offered by ThinkParametric is one in which users learn to create "challenging designs" such as MAD Architects' Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan
Among the courses offered by ThinkParametric is one in which users learn to create "challenging designs" such as MAD Architects' Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan

Launched in May of 2014, ThinkParametric is an online platform for learning the tools of the digital architecture trade. Gaining access to their video tutorials and the benefit of their online community would usually set you back $29 per month, or $269 for an entire year. However, to celebrate a successful first year, on March 12th they announced an "Open Class Season," a full month for people to enjoy their courses for free.

An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio

10:30 - 23 March, 2015
An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio, OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

“If we look at architecture from a cultural point of view, we see we are in a special moment where we are trying to figure out our identity. I think we are too focused on how to transform old Chinese architecture into contemporary architecture; but in no way can you transform it, you can see it with your own eyes. For instance you cannot transform a Roman building into today’s buildings! Sometimes you have to forget about history to create contemporary and unique architecture.”
- Zhu Pei, Beijing, 2013

OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Fang Zhenning Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau / Urbanus. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio +13

Txai House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo + Gabriel Kogan

09:00 - 23 March, 2015
Txai House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo + Gabriel Kogan, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +53

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 8 - The Skylights of Porto

08:00 - 23 March, 2015

We have teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is composed of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ seventh episode about Porto’s windows, and now we present Episode 8 – Skylights. Read the producers’ description of the latest episode after the break.

Bishop Edward King Chapel / Niall McLaughlin Architects

06:00 - 23 March, 2015
Bishop Edward King Chapel / Niall McLaughlin Architects, © NAARO
© NAARO

© NAARO © NAARO © NAARO © NAARO +22

Morphing: Mathematical Transformations In Architecture

05:17 - 23 March, 2015
Morphing: Mathematical Transformations In Architecture, Courtesy of Laurence King
Courtesy of Laurence King

Cylinders, spheres and cubes are a small handful of shapes that can be defined by a single word. However, most shapes cannot be found in a dictionary. They belong to an alternative plastic world defined by trigonometry: a mathematical world where all shapes can be described under one systematic language and where any shape can transform into another. As digital tools are becoming increasingly complex, this book seeks to use mathematics "as a means to demystify the inner computational workings of digital tools" by proposing a framework to convey mathematical transformations as design tools.

Z-Square House / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

04:00 - 23 March, 2015
Z-Square House / Mccullough Mulvin Architects, © Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny
© Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny

© Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny © Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny © Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny © Henrietta Williams / Mary-Louise Halpenny +14

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic / AGi architects

03:00 - 23 March, 2015
Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic / AGi architects, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuwait
  • Design Team

    Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea.
  • Architectural Design Team

    Salvador Cejudo, Stefania Rendinelli, Hanan Alkouh, Gwenola Kergall, Bruno Gomes, Ana López Cerrato.
  • Client

    Ministry of Health of Kuwait / Mr. Ali Mohammad Thuniyan Al-Ghanim
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Nakanosawa Project / Ryo Yamada

23:00 - 22 March, 2015
Nakanosawa Project / Ryo Yamada, © Yoshiaki Maezawa
© Yoshiaki Maezawa

© Yoshiaki Maezawa © Yoshiaki Maezawa © Yoshiaki Maezawa © Yoshiaki Maezawa +18

The White Cone House / apparat-c

20:00 - 22 March, 2015
The White Cone House / apparat-c, © Namsun Lee
© Namsun Lee

© Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee © Namsun Lee +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Seewoong Lee, Yeonyung Choi, Pedro Ferreira
  • Construction

    Yinsigak
  • Area

    331.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Open Call: Concordia Lighthouse Competition

17:00 - 22 March, 2015
Open Call: Concordia Lighthouse Competition, Courtesy of matterbetter
Courtesy of matterbetter

On January 13 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck an underwater reef and capsized off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. In response to the disaster, matterbetter has announced the Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which invites teams of architects, students, engineers, and designers to "redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology."

KAMJZ and Kurylowicz Designs Polish Office Building

15:00 - 22 March, 2015
KAMJZ and Kurylowicz Designs Polish Office Building, Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates
Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates

Warsaw-based firms KAMJZ and Kurylowicz & Associates have shared their proposal for an office building in Poland, as part of the Gdańsk Central Business District Development Strategy. Centrally located at the interchange of several arterial roads and public transit routes, the complex will house a mixed-use program combining office spaces with retail, leisure, sport, and civic functions.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates +26

Nuova Sede Banca Credito Cooperativo di Caraglio / Studio Kuadra

14:00 - 22 March, 2015
Nuova Sede Banca Credito Cooperativo di Caraglio / Studio Kuadra, © Alberto PIOVANO
© Alberto PIOVANO

© Alberto PIOVANO © Alberto PIOVANO © Alberto PIOVANO © Alberto PIOVANO +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    12023 Caraglio CN, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Andrea GROTTAROLI, Roberto OPERTI
  • Design Team

    Manuel GIULIANO, Giorgia ANGONOVA MENARDI, Ivan SORDELLO, Claudio MARTINI, Andrea CARLEVARIS, Gianpiero TUOZZO, Mattia GALLIANO, Francesco ROVERA, Werner KRIPPES
  • Area

    6570.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens

12:00 - 22 March, 2015
© Perkins+Will / MIR
© Perkins+Will / MIR

Conceptual plans of Perkins+Will’s East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City have been unveiled. Debuted in Cannes, France, during MIPIM, where the high-rise received a “Future Projects Award,” the 700-foot-tall Manhattan tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized by five clusters of shared amenities and open-air gardens.

More about the 65-story, 150,000-square-foot condominium tower, after the break. 

Why Students Need a Space of Their Own

10:30 - 22 March, 2015
Why Students Need a Space of Their Own, Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson
Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson

Public/Private, the Spring 2015 issue of ArchitectureBoston (out now) examines current trends in how we view public and private space and the effect these have on architecture. Tackling spaces as diverse as social space, the workplace, residential life, transportation, or civic territory, the issue examines what happens when notions of public an private space intersect. In the following article, originally published under the title "Quiet, please," Laura Wernick FAIA explores the need for enclosed, private spaces within educational facilities.

I walk by William Rawn’s Cambridge Public Library extension twice a day on my way to and from work. I love the transparency of the south façade. It is sharp and crisp, and I can see right through to all of the exploring, socializing, reading, and working taking place within. When I go into the library for research or study, however, I tend to move quickly away from the openness of the new building into the old one. I find a semi-enclosed quiet spot away from the crowds, turn off social media, and get to work.

Weritas - Regional Visitor and Wine Center / gerner°gerner plus

10:00 - 22 March, 2015
Weritas - Regional Visitor and Wine Center / gerner°gerner plus, © Matthias Raiger
© Matthias Raiger

© Matthias Raiger © Matthias Raiger © Matthias Raiger © Matthias Raiger +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lower Austria, Austria
  • Design Team

    Matthias Raiger, Peter Blasl, Laurenz Vogel, Oliver Gerner, Christian Münster
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize "Organic Growth" Pavilion

08:00 - 22 March, 2015
Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize "Organic Growth" Pavilion, Courtesy of Izaskun Chinchilla Architects
Courtesy of Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

A few months ago, we announced that Izaskun Chinchilla Architects emerged as one of two winners of FIGMENT’s international “City of Dreams” pavilion competition in New York. Their proposal entitled “Organic Growth” is slated for assembly on Governors Island this summer, but they need your help! Due to the split funding of selecting two winners and FIGMENT’s non-profit status, the design team has launched a kickstarter campaign to make their proposal a reality through public contributions.

Learn more about how you can get involved, after the break.

Block 0704 / Simpraxis

06:00 - 22 March, 2015
Block 0704 / Simpraxis, © Marios Christodoulides
© Marios Christodoulides

© Marios Christodoulides © Marios Christodoulides © Marios Christodoulides © Marios Christodoulides +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cyprus
  • Architect in Charge

    Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
  • Design Team

    Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs