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ARQ DOCS: Pier Vittorio Aureli

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
Courtesy of ARQ Ediciones
Courtesy of ARQ Ediciones

Published by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as part of their ARQ DOCS series, "Pier Vittorio Aureli" features two in depth interviews with Aureli, the high-profile Italian theorist and co-founder of design and research studio DOGMA. The book's introduction, written by Emilio De la Cerda is excerpted below.

The work of Pier Vittorio Aureli constitutes a rigorous effort of thought regarding architectural discipline and the political dimension enclosed by the specificity of form. It is an approach focused on the power of the project, a speculative but delimited tool, which allows overcoming the paralysis of diagnosis and the abuse of diagrams, in order to establish a decisive commitment with the concrete reality of the city.

This line of thought, which is introduced here through two interviews conducted in 2010 and 2012 by Felipe De Ferrari and Diego Grass —architects and professors in our school—recognizes the profound historical and collective tradition of architecture, showing itself distant from those conceptions that see both creativity and the subjective originality of form as a sort of ethical manifest. Far from celebrating authorial genius, Aureli insists in the inseparable link that exists between architectural production and the cultural realm in which it develops.

IN|OUT / WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
IN|OUT / WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture , © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stinson Beach, CA, United States
  • Principal In Charge

    Joseph E. Wnuk, AIA, LEED AP; Steven L. Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Uma Adusumilli

01:00 - 6 January, 2015

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities today, a process that will only accelerate in the near future, the dynamics of large metropolitan areas --especially in the emerging world have-- have become an object of study and urban experimentation. India is one of the regions where this process is happening at a fast pace. With a current urbanization rate of 32%, it is expected to grow up to 40% in the next 15 years.

Want a Virtual Reality Headset? Make One For Almost Nothing With Google Cardboard

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Want a Virtual Reality Headset? Make One For Almost Nothing With Google Cardboard, © Google via the Google Cardboard Website
© Google via the Google Cardboard Website

One of the most hyped stories in the world of technology is the development of powerful, affordable virtual reality headsets for the commercial market. For architects, the ability to immerse yourself in an imaginary world is an enticing prospect, for both professional and recreational uses - but at $200 and upwards for what is still a product under development, devices like Oculus Rift are not for the faint-hearted.

But now Google, ever the ambassador for the more fiscally-cautious tech junkie, has a solution that won't break the bank. Their contribution to the emerging virtual reality market is "Google Cardboard," which creates a simple headset from an Android-powered smartphone and - you guessed it - some cardboard. Read on to find out how it works.

La Rufina House / Federico Olmedo

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
La Rufina House / Federico Olmedo, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +24

Annual Architecture at Zero Design Competition Winners Announced

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Annual Architecture at Zero Design Competition Winners Announced, Embracing Limits. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero
Embracing Limits. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero

Recently, the Architecture at Zero design competition, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, came to a close. Open to a variety of fields and skill levels, the competition challenged entrants to create a zero net energy (ZNE) design specific to an Oakland-based site run by the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC). ZNE buildings maintain equal amounts of energy input and output annually, and thus function as independent sustainable units, making them a smart solution when considering future impact.

View the winners after the break.

Gateway Residences. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero Symbiosis. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero Embracing Limits. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero The Wave. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero +6

PANO / Ayutt and Associates design

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
PANO / Ayutt and Associates design, © Piyawut Srisakul
© Piyawut Srisakul

© Piyawut Srisakul © Piyawut Srisakul © Piyawut Srisakul © Piyawut Srisakul +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    Ayutt Mahasom
  • Design Team

    Suvatthana Satthbannasuk, Sasivimol Utisup
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at 2015 AIA Convention

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at 2015 AIA Convention, Courtesy of AIA
Courtesy of AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that former president Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, will give the keynote address on May 14 at the 2015 National Convention in Atlanta. Learn more, after the break, and view the convention's complete schedule, here

Chefs Club by Food & Wine / Rockwell Group

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Chefs Club by Food & Wine / Rockwell Group, © Emily Andrews
© Emily Andrews

© Emily Andrews © Emily Andrews © Emily Andrews © Emily Andrews +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012, United States
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Adaptable Sneaker Boutique / UP

01:00 - 6 January, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Concept, Architecture, Design & Motion Graphics

    UP
  • Area

    1860.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener +13

AM Apartment / SuperLimão Studio

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
AM Apartment / SuperLimão Studio, © Maira Acayaba
© Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba +25

Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Authors

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Monteiro
  • Project Team

    Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa, Pedro Furtado, Diana Policarpo, Maria Melo Bento, Carolina Oliveira
  • Project Area

    320 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Classics: United States Embassy in Havana / Harrison & Abramovitz

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
AD Classics: United States Embassy in Havana / Harrison & Abramovitz

The United States’ diplomatic presence in Cuba is housed in a severe, early-1950s office building perched on the shoreline over Havana Bay. Walled off from the city and pulled back from the street, the building has the uneasy presence of a haunted castle – shunned and maligned by its neighbors, but subjected to the unending scrutiny of suspicious eyes and intrigued gossip of the locals. With its regimented orthogonalities and the unmistakably foreign imprint of modernist efficiencies, both the embassy's architecture and the optimistic political spirit it embodies seem to belong to another era, a cooperative past no longer conceivable in the wake of a half century of underhanded diplomacy, calumnious propaganda, and failed attempts to restore relations between the embattled countries.

Rear view. The mechanical additions from the 1997 renovation are visible on the roof. Image © Escla Pre-renovation photograph of the embassy. Image © U.S. Department of State © Bin im Garten © U.S. Department of State +8

Alexandria House 2 / Pivot

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Alexandria House 2 / Pivot, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia
  • Area

    144.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Piri Reis Maritime University / Kreatif Architects

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Piri Reis Maritime University  / Kreatif Architects, © Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak
© Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Yercekim Photography-Omer Kanipak +81

6 of Russia's Best 21st Century Projects

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
6 of Russia's Best 21st Century Projects, © Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios
© Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

Given the country's rich architectural history spanning almost the entirety of the 20th century, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the fall of Russian Communism in the early 1990s might have sparked an exciting new era in design. That promise hasn't exactly been fulfilled, but as The Calvert Journal reports, a few promising recent projects are hinting at a Russian Renaissance.

The last twenty years of architecture has added little but bog-standard steel-and-glass office blocks to the limited palate of the Russian cityscape — the usual glinting onion domes, pompous Stalinist neoclassicism and crumbling tower blocks. But lately some architects have dared to differ and turned bold blueprints into bricks and mortar. Read on after the break for our pick of the best Russian buildings of the last decade.

Courtesy of Totan Kuzembaev © Ostozhenka Bureau © Fotikdepo © The Calvert Journal +12

When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?, 'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor
'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor

Following the unfortunate series of events that saw the Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) iconic Mackintosh Library devastated in a fire in May of last year, a leading Scottish architect has stated that he is "seriously against the idea of remaking the library" as a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's original acclaimed design. Talking to the Scottish Herald, Professor Alan Dunlop has stated that "there is actually no way you can replace it as it was [as] there was 100 years of age and patina that you would have to replicate." Furthermore, he believes that it would not be something that "Mackintosh would do," citing the expansion of "his work in the years between each part of the Mackintosh Building being built [in 1899 and 1909]" as justification. It is his feeling that "the former library had essentially become a museum [and] not a viable working room for students and staff."

Elizabeth Chu Richter Inaugurated as 2015 AIA President

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
Elizabeth Chu Richter Inaugurated as 2015 AIA President , Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies - Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Image © Richter Architects
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies - Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Image © Richter Architects

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been inaugurated as the 91st President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), succeeding Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, in representing over 85,500 AIA members. 

“As architects, we use our creativity to serve society—to make our communities better places to live. Through our profession and our life’s work, each of us has shaped and re-shaped the ever-changing narrative that is America in both humble and spectacular ways,” said Richter. “We have created harmony where there was none. We have shown we can see what is not yet there. We have shown we have the courage to grow, to change, and to renew ourselves.”

Read on to learn the three critical issues Richter plans to address during her presidency.