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Dynamo: The Secret to Working Smarter and Making Your Life Easier

08:00 - 4 September, 2015
Dynamo: The Secret to Working Smarter and Making Your Life Easier, Courtesy of Autodesk
Courtesy of Autodesk

When working with clients, architects are bound to change, update and reiterate projects. Revisions are deeply ingrained into the design process, and as projects become more complex and updates become more frequent, keeping the most up-to-date versions of your designs can be a challenge.

As a part of Building Information Modeling (BIM), computational design is a burgeoning trend, based upon the idea that any design problem can be described as an abstract model with clear and logical guidelines, which can then be solved through computation. This design process is especially gaining popularity among architects and engineers who want to explore a multitude of designs and iterations to quickly discover the best solutions for their needs.

In the past, creating and updating responsive, dynamic models proved much more time-consuming and difficult than it should be. Luckily though, an industry-proven visual programming environment powered by Dynamo helps combat this problem.

5 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 Finlandia Prize

06:00 - 4 September, 2015
5 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 Finlandia Prize, OP HEADQUARTERS / JKMM Architects. Image © Mika Huisman
OP HEADQUARTERS / JKMM Architects. Image © Mika Huisman

The Finnish Association of Architects SAFA has announced the five projects shortlisted for the 2015 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. After hosting the competition successfully for the first time last year, the Association has returned to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and [to highlight] its benefits for our well-being.”

Similarly to last year, while the five shortlisted projects were selected by a jury of architects, the final winning design will be chosen by a non-architect. This year Kaija Saariaho, an internationally renowned Finnish composer, will select the 2015 winner. “I’ve always taken a keen interest in architecture and of course concert halls," said Saariaho. "When visiting the buildings now proposed for the prize, I gave much thought to how deeply architecture affects our lives on a daily basis."

Learn more about the five shortlisted projects, after the break.

Social Facilities in Roses / Exe arquitectura

05:00 - 4 September, 2015
Social Facilities in Roses / Exe arquitectura, © Simón García
© Simón García

© Simón García © Simón García © Simón García © Simón García + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda Barcelona, 17480 Roses, Girona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Jaume Valor, Elisabeth Sadurní, Marc Obradó
  • Project Area

    900.0 m2
  • Photographs

Wilkinson Eyre Among 6 Teams Selected for "Structurally Daring" Bridge at Tintagel Castle

04:00 - 4 September, 2015
Wilkinson Eyre Among 6 Teams Selected for "Structurally Daring" Bridge at Tintagel Castle, Courtesy of English Heritage / Malcolm Reading
Courtesy of English Heritage / Malcolm Reading

English Heritage has announced the six teams shortlisted in the two-stage competition to design a new bridge at Tintagel Castle. Situated on the Island of Tintagel on the Northern coast of Cornwall, the new bridge will strengthen the medieval castle's connection to the mainland, spanning 72 meters at a height 28 meters taller than the existing pedestrian footbridge.

When the competition was announced in June, the organizers Malcolm Reading explained that teams should "envisage an elegant, even structurally daring, concept which is beautiful in its own right and sensitively-balanced with the landscape and exceptional surroundings." The six winners were chosen unanimously from a list of 137 candidates which Chair of the Jury Graham Morrison said reflect "a mix of great talent and experience." Read on for the six teams to go through to the next stage of the contest.

Courtesy of English Heritage / Malcolm Reading Courtesy of English Heritage / Malcolm Reading Courtesy of English Heritage / Malcolm Reading Courtesy of English Heritage / Malcolm Reading + 5

House on a Slope / Gian Salis Architect

03:00 - 4 September, 2015
House on a Slope / Gian Salis Architect, Courtesy of Gian Salis Architect
Courtesy of Gian Salis Architect

Courtesy of Gian Salis Architect Courtesy of Gian Salis Architect Courtesy of Gian Salis Architect Courtesy of Gian Salis Architect + 20

Novopecherskie Lipki Penthouse / Olha Akulova Design

02:00 - 4 September, 2015
Novopecherskie Lipki Penthouse / Olha Akulova Design, © Andrey Avdeenko
© Andrey Avdeenko

© Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko © Andrey Avdeenko + 23

Kaohsiung American School / MAYU architects

22:00 - 3 September, 2015
Kaohsiung American School / MAYU architects, © Guei-Shiang Ke
© Guei-Shiang Ke

© Guei-Shiang Ke © Guei-Shiang Ke © Guei-Shiang Ke © Guei-Shiang Ke + 47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Architects in Charge

    Malone Chang, Yu-lin Chen
  • Area

    6208.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

House in Pakse / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

20:00 - 3 September, 2015
House in Pakse  / Makoto Yamaguchi Design, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 23

Archifest 2015: Singapore's Annual Architecture Festival Returns With New Theme "What Future?"

19:30 - 3 September, 2015
Archifest 2015: Singapore's Annual Architecture Festival Returns With New Theme "What Future?", Archifest 2015 Returns With New Theme "What Future?". Photo Credit: A Whispering Campaign
Archifest 2015 Returns With New Theme "What Future?". Photo Credit: A Whispering Campaign

Archifest, the annual architecture festival organised by Singapore Institute of Architects, returns with the thought-provoking theme 'What Future?'. The two-week-long festival features more than 30 events.

Casa Premium Rama 2 / PODesign

19:00 - 3 September, 2015
Casa Premium Rama 2 / PODesign, © Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bang Khun Thian, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architects in charge

    Bunjong Kiatsingnakorn, Sansanee Praditkul
  • Architect

    Kwanruthai Insee
  • Area

    470.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Terrace 2567 / Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

17:00 - 3 September, 2015
Terrace 2567 / Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture, Courtesy of Takeshi Ishiodori
Courtesy of Takeshi Ishiodori

Courtesy of Takeshi Ishiodori Courtesy of Takeshi Ishiodori Courtesy of Takeshi Ishiodori Courtesy of Takeshi Ishiodori + 15

Federico Babina Dissects the House in MICROARCHITECTURES Series

16:00 - 3 September, 2015
Federico Babina Dissects the House in MICROARCHITECTURES Series, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

For his latest project, Federico Babina teamed up with architect Federico Ortiz Sanchez to imagine, illustrate and sculpt 12 “symbolic and symbiotic micro-architectures,” each representing a different component of a house and together making up the “DNA of the House.”

The project was inspired by the Fundamentals theme of the 2014 Venice Biennale, “but instead of dissecting a catalogue of components we composed a collection of images,” writes Babina. “We wanted to highlight the specific personality of each one of the artifacts we proposed, every single one uses its own set of symbols in order to address their different issues in this diverse compendium of spaces of the intimate.”

Learn more about the project and view the 12 illustrations after the break. 

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina + 19

easyCredit-Haus / Evolution Design

15:00 - 3 September, 2015
easyCredit-Haus / Evolution Design, © Christian Beutler
© Christian Beutler

© TeamBank AG / easyCredit © TeamBank AG / easyCredit © TeamBank AG / easyCredit © TeamBank AG / easyCredit + 41

Search Ends for Solution to Museum Tower's Glare Problems at Nasher Sculpture Center

14:00 - 3 September, 2015
Search Ends for Solution to Museum Tower's Glare Problems at Nasher Sculpture Center, Photograph from 2012 showing the glare from the Museum Tower
Photograph from 2012 showing the glare from the Museum Tower

Back in 2012, a dispute arose between the Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the adjacent Museum Tower, a 42-story residential building which was accused of reflecting so much glare through the museum's glass roof that it risked damaging the art inside, and made the museum's garden areas so warm they were unusable. Last week, that 3-year long dispute appears to have been brought to a close - with nothing happening, as the owners of the Museum Tower, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP), voted nearly unanimously that it is no longer their responsibility to find a solution.

Marino House / ATV arquitectos

13:00 - 3 September, 2015
Marino House / ATV arquitectos, © Albano García
© Albano García

© Albano García © Albano García © Albano García © Albano García + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pinamar, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Federico Azubel, Ignacio Trabucchi, Walter Viggiano
  • Architects Project Team

    Karina Pafundi, Damián Parodi
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Feilden Fowles Designs New Visitor Center for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

12:00 - 3 September, 2015
Feilden Fowles Designs New Visitor Center for Yorkshire Sculpture Park , © Picture Plane
© Picture Plane

London-based Feilden Fowles has been selected to design a new visitor center for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). To be located on the southern entrance of the park on a hillside that used to be part of a quarry, the rammed-earth building will arise from the ground. The center aims to increase the park’s capacity, which currently receives over 400,000 visitors every year, and will include a 140-square-meter restaurant, a 125-square-meter gallery space, an 80-square-meter public foyer and a 50-square-meter shop.

112 Belleville Hills / Multiarchi

11:00 - 3 September, 2015
112 Belleville Hills / Multiarchi, © Christophe Gaubert
© Christophe Gaubert

© Christophe Gaubert © Christophe Gaubert © Christophe Gaubert © Christophe Gaubert + 12

Japan's New Masters: Yuko Nagayama

09:30 - 3 September, 2015
Japan's New Masters: Yuko Nagayama, LLove. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates
LLove. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates

Japanese design has long had a defining impact on other cultures from all over the world; as early as the mid-nineteenth century, fashionable collectors in Europe exchanged artifacts from Japan, and Frank Lloyd Wright was famously influenced by their distinctive architecture after a trip to the country in 1905. In recent decades, Japan has been one of architecture's superpowers, producing seven Pritzker Prize laureates in under 30 years. And, while Japan's Pritzker winners are widely revered, they are far from the only players on the scene, with a new wave of young Japanese architects now emerging behind internationally acclaimed names such as Sou Fujimoto.

In this new series of interviews titled "Japan's New Masters," Ebrahim Abdoh speaks to both the established and emerging architects of Japan's dynamic architectural scene. The first interview of the series is with Yuko Nagayama, founder of Yuko Nagayama and Associates.

Teshima Yokoo House. Image © Daici Ano Gokokuya. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates Katsutadai House - click image for full project. Image © Daici Ano Urbanprem Minami Aoyama - click image for full project. Image © Daici Ano + 30