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Wesfarmers Court at Curtin University / JCY Architects and Urban Designers

13:00 - 2 August, 2015
Wesfarmers Court at Curtin University / JCY Architects and Urban Designers, © Rob Ramsay
© Rob Ramsay

© Rob Ramsay © Rob Ramsay © Rob Ramsay © Rob Ramsay +17

Refresh the Greenery in your Renders with this Free Library of Plants for SketchUp

12:00 - 2 August, 2015
Refresh the Greenery in your Renders with this Free Library of Plants for SketchUp, via OneCommunity
via OneCommunity

Are your animated shrubs looking a little tired? Has your digital flora dried up? Are you looking to remedy perennial render problems? Look no further: we've found a solution that will truly make your renders bloom. With the help of a botanist, OneCommunity, an open source software website, has released a list of the most realistic plants optimized for SketchUp. The archive includes everything from palm trees to an array of water and bog plants, bamboo shoots, and tropical evergreen trees. The best part? It's free.

It's time to breathe new life into your wilted renders. Find out how to make yours blossom after the break!

The 'Manhattan of the Desert': Shibam, Yemen's Ancient Skyscraper City

09:30 - 2 August, 2015
The 'Manhattan of the Desert': Shibam, Yemen's Ancient Skyscraper City, ©  Flickr CC user Will De Freitas
© Flickr CC user Will De Freitas

Walking through narrow chaotic alleys dwarfed by soaring towers, few would estimate the age of Yemen's city of Shibam at nearly 1,700 years. Located in Yemen's central Hadhramaut district, Shibam has roots in the pre-Islamic period, and evidence of construction dating from the 9th century.

Shibam is known as the first city on earth with a vertical masterplan. A protected UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, the city is home to densely packed buildings ranging from four to eight storeys, beginning in 300 AD but now mostly built after 1532. Thanks to a fortified ring wall, the city has survived nearly two thousand years despite its precarious position adjacent to the wadi floodplain. 

Enter the ancient walled world of Shibam after the break

© Wikimedia CC user Aiman titi Shibam rooftops. Image © Flickr CC user maartenF © Wikimedia CC user Jialiang Gao Haroon Alrashid Mosque in Shibam. Image © Flickr CC user Najeeb Musallam +6

La Quintaine / atelier d’architecture King Kong

09:00 - 2 August, 2015
La Quintaine / atelier d’architecture King Kong, © Arthur Péquin
© Arthur Péquin

© Arthur Péquin © Arthur Péquin © Arthur Péquin © Arthur Péquin +33

Winners of Concordia Lighthouse Competition Announced

08:00 - 2 August, 2015
Winners of Concordia Lighthouse Competition Announced, Concordia Lightscape. Image Courtesy of Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans
Concordia Lightscape. Image Courtesy of Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans

Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has announced the winners of its Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which sought to pay tribute to the Costa Concordia Disaster of 2012 when a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany, causing 33 deaths. Open to architectural students and young architectural professionals, participants were asked to “redefine contemporary lighthouse typology and take into consideration advances in technology, development of sustainable systems and its metaphorical value which has made it one of the most inspiring structures in the world.”

Out of 282 entries, first place was awarded to Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans for their Concordia Lightscape design, which disperses the idea of a lighthouse into thin lines that increase in density as they move closer to the sea.

GERBER / Ippolito Fleitz Group

05:00 - 2 August, 2015
GERBER / Ippolito Fleitz Group, Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group
Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group

Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group +27

Regeneration of Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1 / Norihiko Dan and Associates

02:00 - 2 August, 2015
Regeneration of Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1 / Norihiko Dan and Associates, Courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates
Courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates

Courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates Courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates Courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates Courtesy of Norihiko Dan and Associates +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), No. 9, Hangzhan South Road, Dayuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 33758
  • Area

    15540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

SOL / Hitoshi Saruta

20:00 - 1 August, 2015
SOL / Hitoshi Saruta, © Yasuno Sakata
© Yasuno Sakata

© Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata +30

2015 Design Biennial Boston

16:00 - 1 August, 2015
2015 Design Biennial Boston, Image: GLD Grove. Photo by Mark Pasnik.
Image: GLD Grove. Photo by Mark Pasnik.

The 2015 Design Biennial Boston, now in its 4th edition, is a program that foregrounds emerging architects, landscape architects, and designers who have created inspiring and innovative practices in Massachusetts. Following an open call for entries, four firms—Cristina Parreño Architecture, GLD, Landing Studio, and MASS Design Group—were selected in March 2015 by a jury of distinguished professionals and academics. In the months since, the firms have been preparing installations that are on view on the Rose Kennedy Greenway through September 25.

CEMEX Announces Mexican Premio Obras Finalists

14:00 - 1 August, 2015

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards honor the best architecture and construction both in Mexico and abroad. The XXIV edition will recognize projects built in 2014 that stand out for their construction, conceptual, technical and aesthetic solutions. 

Through this award program CEMEX aims to foster continuous innovation in construction and encourage best practices to generate better spaces and buildings. 

See the Mexican finalists of the national edition of the XXIV Building Awards after the break.

Sandwich Bar Blitz / FLEXOARQUITECTURA

13:00 - 1 August, 2015
Sandwich Bar Blitz / FLEXOARQUITECTURA, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça d'Urquinaona, 08010 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomeu Ramis, Aixa del Rey and Barbara Vich
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Timelapse: How to Build an Emergency Shelter with Scaffolding and Local Materials

12:00 - 1 August, 2015

Designed and developed by Pilosio Building Peace, RE:BUILD is a construction system for building refugee camps and facilities for emergency assistance. The temporary modular structures can be used as houses, schools, clinics, dining areas or any other space that is urgently needed. 

The system, which is easy and fast to assemble, combines scaffolding with natural materials that are easy to find, such as gravel, sand or earth, providing thermal insulation. Containers to channel and reuse rainwater are also incorporated. Watch the timelapse video above to see RE:BUILD in action and learn more about how it was used to build schools for refugee children in Jordan here.

How Architecture Firms Can Safely Make the Switch to Cloud Storage

09:30 - 1 August, 2015
How Architecture Firms Can Safely Make the Switch to Cloud Storage, Using cloud storage to keep your firm's work off-site is increasingly the convenient option - but how can you do it in a way that protects your sensitive information?. Image © Google/ Connie Zhou
Using cloud storage to keep your firm's work off-site is increasingly the convenient option - but how can you do it in a way that protects your sensitive information?. Image © Google/ Connie Zhou

As an architect, whether you’re storing large design files, sharing them with colleagues, syncing files to your tablet to show clients in meetings, or filing away confidential patent documentation, the benefits of the cloud are increasingly on your side. Because the architecture industry relies so heavily on collaboration throughout the course of a project, it seems like a natural fit for using the cloud but nonetheless, many architecture firms generally dissuade cloud adoption, largely due to concerns about security and the necessity of protecting intellectual property.

To be fair, these concerns are not entirely unfounded: After all, nearly a quarter of cybercriminals are intellectual property spies, hoping to sell your designs to a competitor or release confidential plans to the public. So when you work in an industry where intellectual property is your bread and butter, it’s essential to regularly address security concerns and maintain strong contingency plans.

Vertical House / Juan Carlos Doblado

09:00 - 1 August, 2015
Vertical House / Juan Carlos Doblado, © Elsa Ramírez
© Elsa Ramírez

© Elsa Ramírez © Elsa Ramírez © Elsa Ramírez © Elsa Ramírez +20

Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints

08:00 - 1 August, 2015
Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints, © Flickr CC User Eugene Regis. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© Flickr CC User Eugene Regis. Used under Creative Commons

Following the controversy over its curved façade, which focused the sun’s rays into dangerous beams, Rafael Viñoly Architects20 Fenchurch Street (dubbed the Walkie Talkie) has now been hit with more accusations -- this time of increasing the wind in the area, and of breaking agreements on its public sky garden, local press have reported

Municipal Technical Center / STUDIOS Architecture

05:00 - 1 August, 2015
Municipal Technical Center  / STUDIOS Architecture, © Hugo Hébrard
© Hugo Hébrard

© Hugo Hébrard © Hugo Hébrard © Hugo Hébrard © Hugo Hébrard +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Val-de-Reuil, France
  • Architect in Charge

    James Cowey
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013

Loft Stockholm / Beatriz Pons

02:00 - 1 August, 2015
Loft Stockholm / Beatriz Pons, © Fabergé Fastighetsmäkleri
© Fabergé Fastighetsmäkleri

© Fabergé Fastighetsmäkleri © Fabergé Fastighetsmäkleri © Fabergé Fastighetsmäkleri © Fabergé Fastighetsmäkleri +26

Euralille 2 / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

22:00 - 31 July, 2015
Euralille 2 / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +39