Media Architecture Biennale 2012

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On November 15th-17th leading architects, artists, scholars, and industry leaders from all over the Globe will meet up in , Denmark to shape the media architecture of the future and discuss how media architecture is about to change our cities.

What happens when heat sensitive concrete ‘freezes’ the shadows of passers-by, or when a façade turns into a screen by means of thousands of tiny LED lights? What happens to architecture, people, and cities, when buildings turn into a type of digital media and allows citizens to communicate with each other in completely new ways?

Questions like these are increasingly relevant, as media architecture gains ground in cities all over the World. And they will be top of the agenda when these media architecture experts meet up in Aarhus in November.

“Media Architecture is changing the way we relate to traditional architecture,” General Chair of the biennale, Dr. Martin Brynskov, said. ”It is a field in rapid development, and we’re very much looking forward to hearing top experts’ take on how media architecture affects our perception of buildings and cities.”

More about the activities at Media Architecture Biennale 2012 after the break.

© Lara Plácido
© Lara Plácido

CASALATA Social Habitation + Documentary / Ângelo Lopes, Helena Gomes, Lara Plácido

Designed by architects Ângelo Lopes, Helena Gomes, and Lara Plácido…, the CASALATA (Tin House) project started with a short film in Mindelo, Cape Verde. The film focuses on the issue of the shortage of housing and on

House at Äpplarö / Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Area: 215 sqm
Photographs: Åke E.Son Lindman

Haus am Weinberg / UNStudio

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Our friends from UNStudio shared their latest completed residential project, a villa nestled on the outskirts of  that offers amazing vistas over country vineyards which are juxtaposed with cityscape panoramas.   The sinuous curves of Haus am Weinberg are governed by the idea of creating a “twist” which organizes the programmatic flow of the residence. Ben van Berkel explained, “The Haus am Weinberg adopts a stereovisual spatial effect, acting almost as an optical instrument, whereby not a parallax view, but a parallax experience is created. Moments of parity with the surrounding landscape from inside the house form a constant experiential connection and awareness of its immediate context.”

More after the break, including a great photography set by Iwan Baan.

Sugar Gum House / Rob Kennon Architects

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Architects: Rob Kennon Architects
Location: Otways, Victoria,
Area: 210 sqm
Engineer: Yttrup
Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Rob Kennon Architect

‘Embryonic Canopy’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

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As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in , organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher were selected as one of the finalists for his ‘Embryonic Canopy’ exhibition. The project re-images the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. More images and designers’ description after the break.

Sustainable Gas Station Avia Marees / Knevel Architecten

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Architects: Knevel Architecten
Location: Havenweg, Den Oever,
Architect In Charge: Benjamin Robichon
Design Team: Dirk Jan Schaap, Ramon Acha Valls, Jacques van Adrichem
Year: 2012
Area: 4,290 m2
Stuctural Engineer: ABT
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall 

Veilige Veste / KAW Architecten

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Architects: KAW Architecten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Beatrice Montesano, Johannes Klimstra
Design Team: Kasper Niezen, Annette Barelds, Dennis Hofman, Reinier Buisman
Installations: Technion
Constructions: EconStruct
Photographs: Gerard Van Beek Fotografie 

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Courtesy of Mjölk Architekti

‘Week in Self’ Installation / Mjölk architekti

Designed by Mjölk Architekti…, a high seat was installed on the main square in České Budějovice where it stayed for a month. It is situated high up so that it does not interfere with everyday life on the ground

Echo Ridge Duplexes / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , Kansas, United States
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Courtesy of Gembong Reksa Kawula
Courtesy of Gembong Reksa Kawula

‘Wind Fountain’ Competition Entry / Gembong Reksa Kawula

As an entry for the Land Art Generator Initiative Competition 2012 – Freshkill Park New York, ‘Wind Fountain’ is based on an adaptation of the piezoelectric effect – a well known property of certain materials to produce electrical power when…

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© Maj Plemenitas

Bartlett’s Peter Cook Special Prize 2012 Goes to Maj Plemenitas

Last September 25th, at Bartlett School of Architecture, the Graduate Program Exhibition was inaugurated. The same day, Peter Cook gave by himself the “Multicoloured Ear”, (the physical icon coming from the fact that exhibition was taking place at the former Ear…

Kilmore House / Intermode

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Architects: Intermode
Location: , , Australia
Project Collaborators: Carr Design Group VCON
Year: 2008
Area: 850 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects
Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects

MenoMenoPiu Architects …have shared their submission for the Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition in Daegu, Korea.  This project focuses on creating a community with Daegu’s Metropolitan Center with consideration for urban flows and social trends.  Join us after the break

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Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street Restarts After a 4 Year Delay

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ArchDaily’s previous coverage of Herzog & de Meuron‘s 56 Leonard Street was around the time when construction was just about to begin.  Now four years later, construction seems about ready to restart, according to bdOnline. Join us after the break for more details.

RIBA’s 2012 Stephen Lawrence Prize awarded to King’s Grove

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King’s Grove, an elegant new house squeezed behind two Victorian terraces in Peckham, has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ () Stephen Lawrence Prize 2012 – an architecture award that recognizes “fresh talent and smaller construction budgets”. The project, designed by London-based practice Duggan Morris Architects, was selected over four other contenders and was awarded last week, along with the 2012 Stirling Prize-winner, in Manchester. As you may remember, Duggan Morris Architects won last year’s RIBA Manser Medal.

Speaking about King’s Grove, the judges said:

Zukovka-21 / Asadov Architectural Studio

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Architects: Asadov Architectural Studio
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: A.Asadov, AAAsadov, O.Grigoreva
Year: 2011
Area: 5,980 sqm
Consultant: S.Kulish
Engineer: G.Karklo
Interiors: Laboratory of Virtual Architecture – D.Kulish, A.Karpova
Photographs: Andrey Asadov