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—Scape Adaptors: Maria Alessandra Segantini Lecture at Columbia

Maria Alessandra Segantini, principal of C+S Architects will be giving a lecture on Thursday, September 19, 1:00pm at Columbia GSAPP, New York. The lecture, called -Scape Adaptors, will be introduced by Kenneth Frampton. 

House SLM / Archequipe

© Roland Unterbusch
© Roland Unterbusch
  • Architects: Archequipe
  • Location: Solingen, Germany
  • Design Team: Sebastian Filla, Bartosz Czempiel, Jutta Klare
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Roland Unterbusch

© Roland Unterbusch © Roland Unterbusch © Roland Unterbusch © Roland Unterbusch

enTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

  • Architects: Elisa Valero Arquitectura
  • Location: Avenida Estanque, 42164 Almarza, Soria, Spain
  • Building Surveyor: Óscar Javier Rodríguez López
  • Collaborator: Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra
  • Area: 314.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Max Museo / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

  • Architects: Durisch + Nolli Architetti
  • Location: Via Dante Alighieri, 6830 Chiasso, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Pia Durisch, Aldo Nolli
  • Collaborators: Diego Ostinelli, Michele Zanetta
  • Engineering: Grignoli Muttoni Partner, Colombo & Pedroni SA, Elettroconsulenze Solcà SA
  • Area: 6051.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Gianpaolo Minelli, Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Alberto Flammer

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Alberto Flammer © Gianpaolo Minelli © Gianpaolo Minelli

David Chipperfield Awarded Praemium Imperiale

David Chipperfield has been announced as the architectural laureate for the 2013 edition of the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale. Since its inauguration in 1989, the annual global arts award has recognized “outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts” in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Only a small handful of architects have received this award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel and Toyo Ito. 

In regards to Chipperfield’s nomination, the jury stated:

Archtober 2013: Architecture and Design Month in NY

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober, the official New York City Architecture and Design Month. 

More than 50 participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Modern Art have curated more than 150 programs, including exhibits, movies, talks, and walking tours. As Rick Bell, Executive Director of the AIA New York said today during the press preview: "There is something for everyone".

More information, including some highlights for the festival after the break.

Design Competition: Living Cities

The skyline rises in tandem with the population of the city. Demographers predict that New York alone will add one million more residents by 2040. Finding housing will pose a crisis for hundreds of thousands of them, unless new residential towers are built to house this urban influx.

AD Classics: The Tate Modern / Herzog & de Meuron

London’s Bankside Power Station stood disused from 1981 until 2000, when it opened to the public as The Tate Modern. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron approached the conversion with a relatively light hand, creating a contemporary public space without diminishing the building's historical presence. The impressive cultural icon has since become the most visited museum of modern art in the world, revitalizing its formerly sequestered, industrial neighborhood.

© Javier Gutierrez Marcos © Simone Graziano Panetto © Simone Graziano Panetto © Darrell Godliman

Winsomere Cres / Dorrington Architects & Associates

  • Architects: Dorrington Architects & Associates
  • Location: Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Builder: Precision Projects
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Emma-Jane Hetherington

© Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Antonio Solá / Dcpp Arquitectos

  • Architects: Dcpp Arquitectos
  • Location: Antonio Sola, Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
  • Area: 850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

How Arup Became The Go-To Firm for Architecture's Most Ambitious Projects

The Swiss Re Tower, Norman Foster & Arup Engineering. Image © Shaun Dunmall, Flickr User llamnudds
The Swiss Re Tower, Norman Foster & Arup Engineering. Image © Shaun Dunmall, Flickr User llamnudds

With 90 offices in 60 countries, Arup Engineering, the firm behind many of the world's best known buildings, seems to be everywhere. But it isn't just their immense range that makes Arup so popular with architects - it's their audacious, adventurous attitude towards their work. Ian Volner's profile "The Sky's the Limit," originally published in Metropolis Magazine, explores the firm and what makes them tick. 

One of the vexations that comes with attempting to explain the operations of Arup—the 67-year-old, 10,000-plus employee global engineering giant—is trying to find another, similar company to compare it to. “Certainly there are other firms in the same space,” says Arup Americas chairman Mahadev Raman, name-checking a few full-service design- engineering practices like AECOM and Büro Happold. But as far as true peer companies go, Arup is almost in a class of its own: When it partners with architects on open competitions, the firm frequently ends up vying against itself, and has to resort to intra-office firewalls to separate the various teams at work on different contending proposals.

What sets Arup apart isn’t so much the range of things it can do; other firms, like British builders WSP Group, offer more in the way of construction management, and can see a project through to completion in a way that Arup can’t. But if Arup has seemingly become the go-to office for the most structurally and logistically complex projects of our time, it may be simply because the firm is prepared to take risks that other companies—some of them more commercially minded and arguably more disciplined—won’t. 

Finalists Create Next Generation of Sustainable Building Products

In attempts to better define what it really means to be green, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, in partnership with Make it Right, has selected products from ten companies as finalists in the Product Innovation Challenge. 144 applicants were screened by toxicologists and building professionals, proposing new alternatives from insulation grown from fungi and bricks from living organisms, to roofing made from waste limestone and recycled plastic. The ten finalists represent the shared values of practical sustainability and entrepreneurship, creating "a building product that is safe, healthy, affordable, effective and designed to be returned safely to nature or industry after use."

Three winners will ultimately be announced on November 15, 2013 at the Institute's Innovation Celebration in New York City, offering a $250,000 cash prize: $125,000 for first place, $75,000 for second and $50,000 for third. The jury members, who include executives from Google, US Green Building Council and the Schmidt Family Foundation, will judge each product based on five categories: material health, material reutilization, water stewardship, renewable energy and social fairness.

Without further ado, the 10 finalists are…

Villa Escarpa / Mario Martins

  • Architects: Mario Martins
  • Location: Luz, Portugal
  • Team: Rita Rocha; Rui Duarte; Sara Glória; Sónia Santos; Fernanda Pereira; Ana Filipa Santos
  • Technical projects: Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG+SG


Yachting Club Sud Goelo in Binic / Studio 02

  • Architects: Studio 02
  • Location: 14 Quai Jean Bart, 22520 Binic, France
  • Area: 445.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

The 20 Cities Most Vulnerable to Flooding

A new study, published in Nature Climate Change, has compiled a list of cities most vulnerable to coastal flooding. Taking in consideration elevation, population distribution and available flood protection from 136 coastal cities worldwide, in addition to forecasts of sea level rise and ground sinking due to groundwater depletion, the study determines that if no mitigating steps are taken, coastal flooding will cause damage totaling $1 trillion annually by the year 2050. 

Topping the list as the most vulnerable city is Guangzhou, China, followed by Mumbai and Kolkata in India, Guayaquil, Ecuador and Shenzen, China. Almost all cities at the highest risk of flooding damage were in North America or Asia.

The top 20 most vulnerable cities are:

Central London Flat / VW+BS

  • Architects: VW+BS
  • Location: London, UK
  • Architect in Charge: Francisco Serradilla, Antonio Rentero
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Michael Franke

© Michael Franke © Michael Franke © Michael Franke © Michael Franke

House WIVA / OYO - Open Y Office

  • Architects: OYO - Open Y Office
  • Location: Herent, Belgium
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Tom Janssens

© Tom Janssens © Tom Janssens © Tom Janssens © Tom Janssens