Between Yards / XXeStudio

© Alberto Moreno

Architects: XXeStudio
Location: , Norte de Santander,
Architect In Charge: Balmor Pereira
Design Team: Rafael Suarez, Lina Quintero
Structure: HMS Constructores
Area: 412 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alberto Moreno, Fabián Mena, Pedro Ballesteros

Aerotropolis: The Key to a Prosperous, 21st Century City?

via Evolve Media & Dr. John Kasarda

“The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today’s air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport .” - Dr. John Kasarda

Major international airports have developed over time into key nodes in global production and enterprise systems through speed, agility and connectivity. These transportation hubs are able to dramatically stimulate local economies by attracting a wide range of aviation-related businesses to their peripheries and resulting in what John Kasarda, a US academic who studies and advises governments on city planning issues, has dubbed the “Aerotropolis.” The Aerotropolis, like any other traditional city, consists of a central core with rings of development permeating outwards; unlike a traditional city, however, the city’s core is an airport and all neighboring development supports and is supported in turn by the airport industry. Several airports around the globe have organically evolved into these airport-dependent communities, generating huge economic profits and creating thousands of jobs, but what Kasarda is arguing for is a more organized and purposeful approach to the development of these Aerotropolises – what he believes to be the future model of a successful city.

Read on for more on the Aerotropolis vision.

Giveaway Winners: iOS and Android Apps

Courtesy of The Mobile Engineer

Last week, along with our friends from The Mobile Engineerwe started a giveaway so 15 iOS users and 3 Android users could win $30 worth of apps for architects. All you had to do was answer the following question:

How much time did you spend working in your smartphone a year ago, how much time do you spend today, and how much time do you think you’ll spend one year from today?

And the winners are:
iOS users: Daniel, Borysewicz, Andres Lopez, Karel Sucaet, Gina Chavarriaga, Esther Slagter, Anthony Barsi, Mikkel Nikolajsen, Bruno de Moura Eufrásio, Joao Silva, Cincu Dan, Michael Mydlarczyk, Tyler Whaley, Makoto Iwamoto, Jonathan Sadka, R. Sean Darwell.
Android users: Hoorakhsh Pourbahrami, Manuel Falcon, Jonathon Harriman.

iOS users will receive the code later today. Remember you have 4 weeks until the code expires so use it soon! Android users will receive an email from David Homes at The Mobile Engineer with instructions to download the apps.

Stay alert for future giveaways!

Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

© AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: Taipei,
Design Team: Nikita Wu
Jut Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

Courtesy of UGO Architecture
Courtesy of UGO Architecture

Culture Island: Public Library Proposal / UGO Architecture

Designed by UGO Architecture…, their ‘Culture Island’ project is a model of a public library meant for small towns up to 15,000 inhabitants. The starting point for creating their concept was the research carried out in 2010 by the Office for

Light Matters: What Media Facades Are Saying

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, a monthly column on light and space, is written by Thomas Schielke. Based in Germany, he is fascinated by architectural lighting, has published numerous articles and co-authored the book „Light Perspectives“. 

Today we have permanent media façade installations worldwide that call for attention. With size, tempo, colour and brightness they stand up as individuals within the urban nightscape. Many of them send out their luminous messages in a broadcast mode. For this reason, neighbours, on occasion, demand an intense dialogue with regard to content and form of the media façade, especially as it’s often unclear whether light installations are architecture or advertisement.

However, in the same way a good book requires a storyteller, demand curators to arrange exciting stories that fit into the site and suit the client. The following four examples show how reflect the story of the buildings themselves – see them all, after the break…

Hefei Wanda Mall / HYHW Architects

Courtesy of HYHW Architects

Architects: HYHW Architects
Location: , Anhui, China
Design Team: HYHW, KKL Partnership Architects, Anhui Provincial Architecture Design and Research Institute Co. Ltd, China Academy of Building Research
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of HYHW Architects

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2013 Pritzker Prize: Toyo Ito

Portrait of © Yoshiaki Tsutsui

“Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, — to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” — Yung Ho Chang, Member of the Pritzker Jury for 2013

Toyo Ito has been announced as the Pritzker laureate for 2013. Ito is the thirty-seventh recipient of the Pritzker Prize and its sixth Japanese recipient.

The Pritzker jury applauded Ito for his ability to synthesize many architectural languages and functionalities in the expression of one personal “syntax,” inspired by the organic structures found in nature and the sensual nature of the human user.

Calling him a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury further praised Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works.” Among those works, the Jury singled out his Sendai Mediatheque, whose innovative use of structural tubes “permitted new interior spatial qualities,” TOD’S Omotesando building in Tokyo, “where the building skin also serves as structure,” and Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library as particularly inspiring.

In response to the accolade, the highest award in the profession of architecture, Ito humbly expressed that, with each project, he only becomes more “painfully aware of [his] inadequacy, and it turns into energy to challenge the next project.” For that reason, Ito professed, “I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works.”

Read more of the Jury’s selection of Toyo Ito as the 2013 Pritzker Laureate, after the break…

Luchtsingel / ZUS + Hofbogen BV

© Ossip van Duivebode

The Luchtsingel is a pedestrian footbridge in Rotterdam that is being realized by crowdfunding, an exciting new means of funding in which the public donates money via an online platform (essentially investing in an unrealized idea) in order to make a project reality. The Luchtsingel, which uses the slogan “the more you donate, the longer the ”, has resonated with the public imagination and surpassed its initial funding goals, becoming an important part of Rotterdam’s urban rejuvenation.

Read more about the unusual birth of this public bridge, after the break…

House in Nada / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: Nada, Hyogo,
Project Architects: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Area: 63.33 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten

Passive House “Bruck” / Peter Ruge Architekten

Setting new standards of sustainability through the design of the Passive House “Bruck”, Peter Ruge Architekten…’s project is a model apartment complex, consisting of 36 one room staff flats, 6 two room executive suites and 4 three-bedroom model apartments

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AD Classics: Silver Hut / Toyo Ito

© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates

Known for his conceptual designs, Japanese architect Toyo Ito is arguably one of the world’s most innovative architects. He began his architectural career with a project for his sister in 1976 called “The U House,” located in the center of Tokyo. The U House contained windows on the inside facing a courtyard instead of the typical outward-facing windows. This was Ito’s first experimentation with the ways that light enters buildings, and he expanded this idea to an even greater extent in his next project: the in Nakano, Tokyo.

Read about the Silver Hut after the break.

© Andy Isaacson
© Andy Isaacson

Request for Proposals: QueensWay Project

The New York office of The Trust for Public Land recently issued an RFP for a feasibility study, framework plan, and conceptual design for the QueensWay–a potentially transformative 3.5-mile project which will enhance quality of life in central and southern Queens, New York by…

A House in Ayukawa / Méga

© Kei Sugino

Architects: Méga
Location: Ibaraki-city, ,
Architect In Charge: Dai Nagasaka
Project Team: Méga (Dai Nagasaka, Ikue Tanaka)
Structural Design: Satoru Shimoyama
Area: 230.85 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kei Sugino

House X / Elías Rizo Arquitectos + Agraz Arquitectos

© Mito Covarrubias

Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos + Agraz Arquitectos
Location: Zapopan, JAL,
Project Architects: Ricardo Agraz, Elías Rizo
Area: 305 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias

Amateur Architecture Studio. Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008. Ningbo, China. Photo by Lv Hengzhong.
Amateur Architecture Studio. Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008. Ningbo, China. Photo by Lv Hengzhong.

The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture

The Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture featuring Wang Shu: 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and co-founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, founded by him and his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997 in Hangzhou, China. They…

Community Center at Batuco Abajo / Luis Quezada

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Architects: Luis Quezada
Location: Pencahue, Maule, Chile
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Luis Quezada

Coma House 02 / Juan Marco

© Elena Arroyo

Architects: Juan Marco
Location: Castellón, España
Area: 420 sqm
Photographs: Elena Arroyo