The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention – key…
‘Seapeaker‘, was recently named as one of the five finalists for Istanbul Modern “Young Architects Program” 2013 cycle. Designed by the collaborative team of Evren Başbuğ, İnanç Eray, Meriç Kara, and Engin Ayaz…, the main intent of
Architects: Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architect In Charge: Peter Elliott, Justin Mallia
Design Team: Felicity Soh, Julian Tuckett, Wil Goodsir
Structural Engineer: Clive Steele & Associates
Landscape Architects: John Patrick & Associates
Head Contractor: Ducon
Photographs: John Gollings
In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the fourth anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a Renzo Piano-designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of this medieval city.
Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.
Architects: FPC+BGT Estudio de Arquitectura
Location: Toledo, Spain
Design Team: Fernando Pardo Calvo, Bernardo García Tapia
Rigger: R7 Consultores
Collaborators: Stefano Presi, Stefania Albiero, David Marsinyach Ros ,Elena Castillo Viguri
Budget: 21,919,828.74 €
Client: Consejería de Sanidad de la Junta de Comunidades de Castilla
Area: 20283.57 sqm
Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
Can a good public space influence social behavior and make a city more secure?
In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, professor at the University of Stanford, performed a social psychological experiment. He placed an unlicensed car with a lifted hood in a neglected street in The Bronx, New York, and another similar car in a wealthy neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. The car in The Bronx was attacked in less than ten minutes, its apparent state of abandonment enabling the looting. The car in Palo Alto, however, remained untouched for more than a week.
Zimbardo then took his experiment one step further and broke a window of the car in Palo Alto. Almost immediately, passersby began to take things out of the car and within a few hours, the car had been completely dismantled. In both cases, many of the looters did not appear to be dangerous people. This experiment lead Harvard Professors George Kelling and James Wilson to develop the Broken Windows Theory in 1982: “If a broken window is left without repair, people will come to the conclusion that no one cares about it and that there is no one watching it. Then more windows will be broken and the lack of control will spread from the buildings to the streets, sending a signal that anything goes and that there is no authority.”
Read more about designing safer cities after the break…
Designed by Archithinks…, the competition proposal for the Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum and Cultural Coastal Center aims to display the spectacular and dramatic industrial beauty of the Silo through unwrapping its building skin and exposing its unique structural anatomy.
Our latest movie in our Films & Architecture series is another ’60s classic, this time by the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. In North by Northwest we see a New York in the heyday of its architectural glory, with one scene taking place at a newly constructed United Nations building. In fact, the last scene takes place in a “house” that, under Hitchcock’s instructions, was meant to seem designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (in reality, the house was just another set design). The film shows a variety of urban spaces, and puts special emphasis on the contrast between the densities of urban and rural realms.
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