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Call for Ideas: Food & Wellness Club

12:30 - 16 March, 2015
Call for Ideas: Food & Wellness Club

 (YAC) is launching an open architectural competition to design a Food & Wellness Club for the upcoming F.I.CO.® (Fabbrica Italiana Contadina) theme park in Bologna. In 2016, F.I.CO. will become the world’s  biggest theme park dedicated to food farming and food culture, with nine million tourists expected to visit this structure each year. Such a project will trigger a redevelopment of the surrounding area in order to provide visitors with services. The Food & Wellness Club aims to offer a wellness area for those visitors willing to discover both nutrition and body care, offering comfort and care in a multi-sensory and exclusive space. The question of the competition becomes: how to create an architectural space that combines the elements of food, relaxation, wellness and seasonality?

TELUS Spark / DIALOG

12:00 - 16 March, 2015
TELUS Spark  / DIALOG, Courtesy of DIALOG
Courtesy of DIALOG

Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    TELUS Spark, 220 Saint Georges Drive Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 5T2, Canada
  • Area

    13500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

ASA International Design Competition: Dense City

11:00 - 16 March, 2015
ASA International Design Competition: Dense City

Urban public spaces create common grounds for diverse, public participation. They are places of social interaction, recreation, cultural activities, political activities, and many other public events, enhancing the quality of urban life.

As the world's population continues to grow and urban density increases, public space is dropping in proportion to private space in countless cities around the world. And it is almost impossible to add conventional public spaces like large public parks or squares, as the space left in the public domain becomes more and more limited.

The competition asks an open–ended question of how we could use architecture as a device to perform a surgical operation on the already dense city fabric in order to provide a new model of public space. To add to the quality of people’s urban life, what, where and how can we insert a place into the city? What kind of a place would it be? What is currently missing? What is not enough?  Where would we place this intervention when available city space seems scarce? How could we redefine our positive relationship with density?

Las Vegas vs The Landscape: Photographer Michael Light Exposes the Terraforming of the American Dream

09:30 - 16 March, 2015
“Barcelona” Homes and the Edge of Lake Mead Recreation Area, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV; 2011. Image © Michael Light, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain
“Barcelona” Homes and the Edge of Lake Mead Recreation Area, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV; 2011. Image © Michael Light, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain

“Nestled into the desert landscape that defines Nevada’s visage,
Ascaya feels as if it were shaped by the elements.
[...]
Where stone rises up to meet the sky, there is a place called Ascaya.”
 - The Ascaya promotional website

Not quite, according to Michael Light’s soon-to-be released book, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain. Covering the advance of suburban Nevada into the desert, this two-part book looks at Lake Las Vegas, a then-abandoned victim of the 2008 real estate crash which has since emerged from the other side of bankruptcy, and nearby Ascaya, a high end housing estate that is still in the process of being carved into Black Mountain. Light’s photography doesn’t so much question the developers’ summary as it does, say, blast it, scar it, terrace it and then build a large housing development on the remains. Featuring beautifully composed aerial shots of the construction sites and golf courses covering the desert, the book is a clear condemnation of the destructive and unsustainable development in Nevada. Much more than that, though, Light is highlighting a wider philosophy behind developments like Ascaya and Lake Las Vegas that fundamentally fail to connect American society with the American landscape in a non-destructive way.

Sun City” Hiking Trail Looking Southeast, Unbuilt “Ascaya” Lots and Black Mountain Beyond, Henderson, NV; 2010. Image © Michael Light, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain Unbuilt “Ascaya” Lots and Cul De Sac Looking West, Henderson, NV; 2011. Image © Michael Light, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain Gated “Monaco” Lake Las Vegas Homes, Bankrupt Ponte Vecchio Beyond, Henderson, NV; 2010. Image © Michael Light, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain “Roma Hills” Homes And Foreclosed “Obsidian Mountain” Development, “Ascaya” Lots Beyond, Looking South, Henderson, NV; 2012. Image © Michael Light, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain +13

Santa Rosa de Constitución School and Memorial / LAND Architects

09:00 - 16 March, 2015
Santa Rosa de Constitución School and Memorial / LAND Architects, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Constitución, Constitución, Maule Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Lorenzo
  • Area

    1400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 7 – Peeking Through the Windows of Porto

08:00 - 16 March, 2015

ArchDaily has teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “Arquitectura à Moda do Porto,” which highlights Porto’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’ sixth episode about Porto’s doors, and now we present Episode 7 – Windows. Read the producers’ description of the latest episode after the break.

Hostel Wadi / Studio Bernardo Secchi & Paola Viganò

06:00 - 16 March, 2015
Hostel Wadi / Studio Bernardo Secchi & Paola Viganò, © Frederik Buyckx
© Frederik Buyckx

© Frederik Buyckx © Frederik Buyckx © Frederik Buyckx © Frederik Buyckx +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Molenstraat 62, 2460 Kasterlee, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Uberto degli Uberti, Tommaso Fait, Steven Geeraert, Emmanuel Giannotti, Stefano Peluso, Günter Pusch
  • Area

    952.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA North West Awards

04:00 - 16 March, 2015
Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA North West Awards, Shortlisted: The Whitworth, Manchester / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams
Shortlisted: The Whitworth, Manchester / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 15 projects have been shortlisted for RIBA North West 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by John McAslan + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, MUMA and Carmody Groake. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize was won by Haworth Tompkins for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, a project which was shortlisted by this branch of the RIBA. Feilden Clegg Bradley StudiosManchester School of Art also made it to the national finals.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Summer House in Dalarna / Leo Qvarsebo

04:00 - 16 March, 2015
Summer House in Dalarna / Leo Qvarsebo, Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo
Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo

Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Västerbyn, 770 70 Långshyttan, Sweden
  • Developer

    Leo Qvarsebo, Mattias Granwald, Robobygg AB
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo

Trinity Long Room Hub / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

03:00 - 16 March, 2015
Trinity Long Room Hub / Mccullough Mulvin Architects, Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects

Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects

Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho

23:00 - 15 March, 2015
Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho , © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +43

SHR House / Sun Tan architects Studio

20:00 - 15 March, 2015
SHR House / Sun Tan architects Studio, © Kenji Masunaga
© Kenji Masunaga

© Kenji Masunaga © Kenji Masunaga © Kenji Masunaga © Kenji Masunaga +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Collaborators

    Munehiro Minakawa
  • Area

    340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Kenji Masunaga, Courtesy of Sun Tan architects Studio

Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 7, Sustainable Architecture

18:00 - 15 March, 2015
Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 7, Sustainable Architecture, Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis
Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, “in the shadows,” architectureurbanism, social architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Today, in the last post of the series, we present the female architects who put an emphasis on sustainability. 

Carla Juaçaba. Image Courtesy of artribune.com Françoise Hélène Jourda. © GA-dr Leiko Motomura. Image via amima-arquietura Centro de Cultura Max Feffer, Pardinho, São Paulo, Brasil. © Roger Hama Sassaki +8

Open Call: Inside 2015

17:00 - 15 March, 2015
Open Call: Inside 2015

Inside 2015 invites students and young professionals to submit a collection of their "inside" work comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, we invite you to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. The competition is open to all design disciplines including architects, interior designers, furniture designers, digital fabricators, graphic designers, lighting designers, product designers or any other creative field that creates for the inside. The competition is free to all entrants. Learn more, here

Goettsch Partners Prepare to Start Work on Warsaw Tower

15:00 - 15 March, 2015
Goettsch Partners Prepare to Start Work on Warsaw Tower, Courtesy of Goettsch Partners
Courtesy of Goettsch Partners

Envisioned with a height of 130-meters and comprising a combined total of 41 floors and 63,800-square-meters, the bipartite Mennica Legacy Tower project in Warsaw has been slated for construction, to commence in the last quarter of 2015. Featuring two adjacent towers designed by Chicago-based international firm Goettsch Partners, the project is located at the site of the former headquarters of the Mint of Poland

On completion, Mennica Legacy Tower will function predominantly as an office complex, integrating secondary retail and commercial functions. View selected images and learn more about the project after the break.

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Family House In Palanga / UAB Architektu biuras

14:00 - 15 March, 2015
Family House In Palanga / UAB Architektu biuras, © Leonas Garbačauskas
© Leonas Garbačauskas

© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vanagupės gatvė, Palanga, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Gintautas Natkevičius, Adomas Rimšelis, Sigita Kundrotaitė
  • Area

    253.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Egypt Unveils Plans for "New Cairo"

12:00 - 15 March, 2015
Egypt Unveils Plans for "New Cairo", © Flickr CC User garyjd
© Flickr CC User garyjd

In an effort to combat the economic conditions that have plunged one-fourth of its population into poverty, Egypt's ambitious development plan for a massive new capital city is soon to be underway. Roughly the size of New Cairo, the privately-funded city hopes to become the new administrative center, as well as a bustling metropolis of shopping, housing, and tourist destinations to generate economic activity. Plans were solidified at a foreign investment conference where the official project details were unveiled on March 13 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Read on after the break for more on the $45 billion plan.

Your Home by Mail: The Rise and Fall of Catalogue Housing

09:30 - 15 March, 2015
Your Home by Mail: The Rise and Fall of Catalogue Housing, Gordon-Van tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org
Gordon-Van tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org

Housing is one of the most persistent challenges faced by the construction industry, and over the course of decades certain trends rise and fall, as entrepreneurial housing providers carve out new niches to provide for expanding populations and changing demographics. Originally published by BuzzBuzzHome as "The Rise and Fall of The Mail-Order House," this article explores the craze of so-called "catalogue homes" - flat-packed houses that were delivered by mail - which became popular in North America in the first decades of the 20th century.

The testimonials make it sound effortless: building your own house is no sweat.

In the front pages of a 1921 Sears Roebuck catalogue for mail-order homes, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan identified only by the pseudonym “I Did Not Hire Any Help” wrote to the company: “I am very well pleased with my Already Cut House bought off you. All the material went together nicely. In fact, I wish I had another house to put up this summer. I really enjoyed working on such a building, and I do not follow the carpenter trade either.” It’s estimated that more than 100,000 mail-order homes were built in the United States between 1908 and 1940. It was the IKEA of housing, but instead of spending an afternoon putting together a bookshelf, buyers would take on the formidable task of building a house. Or, more commonly, get a contractor to do it. Homebuyers would pick a design of their choice out of a mail-order catalogue and the materials – from the lumber frame boards to the paint to the nails and screws – would be shipped out to the closest railway station for pickup and construction.

Gordon Van-Tine homes (1926). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org Gordon Van-Tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org Honor bilt modern homes (1921). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org Sears, Roebuck & Co. (1938). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org +11