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PixPlant 3: Create Custom 3D Texture Maps for Rendering

14:00 - 31 May, 2015
PixPlant 3: Create Custom 3D Texture Maps for Rendering , Courtesy of PixPlant
Courtesy of PixPlant

Rendering has become the ultimate tool in the architect’s arsenal for communicating designs directly to clients. But with the seemingly infinite number of real-life material options that exist today, the textures built into rendering programs often fall short. In some cases, one may be able to find appropriate texture maps for their desired materials online, but when experimenting with new materials or unique colors the need for greater customization arises. In the past, perhaps you could attempt to manually create and edit your own texture maps, but this can be a long and arduous process.

The Investcorp Building / Zaha Hadid Architects

12:00 - 31 May, 2015
The Investcorp Building / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Antony's College, University of Oxford, Saint Antony's College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6JF, United Kingdom
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid
  • Project Director

    Jim Heverin
  • Project Associates

    Johannes Hoffmann; Ken Bostock
  • Project Architect

    Alex Bilton
  • Area

    1127.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Keypark / VEN Architecture

13:00 - 31 May, 2015
Keypark / VEN Architecture, © Arda Ayderman–Özgür Özdemircan
© Arda Ayderman–Özgür Özdemircan

© Arda Ayderman–Özgür Özdemircan © Arda Ayderman–Özgür Özdemircan © Arda Ayderman–Özgür Özdemircan © Arda Ayderman–Özgür Özdemircan +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ankara/Ankara Province, Turkey
  • Area

    21400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Zupagrafika's "Eastern Block" Series Brings Warsaw to Life in Paper

12:00 - 31 May, 2015
Zupagrafika's "Eastern Block" Series Brings Warsaw to Life in Paper, © Zupagrafika
© Zupagrafika

In the spirit of their popular London series, Polish studio Zupagrafika has designed another set of paper cut-out models, entitled "Eastern Block." The series highlights Warsaw's modernist architecture, ranging from the quintessentially functional (Rotunda PKO) to regionally recognized works (Za Żelazną Bramą, Smolna 8, Mokotów) and a prefabricated block on the city's outskirts (Tarchomin).

© Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika +16

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings", Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex +11

Ferrer Xocolata / arnau estudi d'arquitectura

09:00 - 31 May, 2015
Ferrer Xocolata / arnau estudi d'arquitectura, Courtesy of arnau estudi d'arquitectura
Courtesy of arnau estudi d'arquitectura

Courtesy of arnau estudi d'arquitectura Courtesy of arnau estudi d'arquitectura Courtesy of arnau estudi d'arquitectura Courtesy of arnau estudi d'arquitectura +23

LAPA BUILDING / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

04:00 - 31 May, 2015
LAPA BUILDING / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architecture Collaboration

    Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Marina Carreiras, Sílvia Amaral
  • Builder

    OFICINA DOS SONHOS
  • Surface Area

    150m2
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Quiksilver Showroom / Clemens Bachmann Architekten

02:00 - 31 May, 2015
Quiksilver Showroom / Clemens Bachmann Architekten, © Bernd Ducke
© Bernd Ducke

© Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke © Bernd Ducke +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Munich, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Clemens Bachmann
  • Design Team

    Ben Rinkens, Nuno Mendes, Ricardo Goncalves, Brianna Cartwright, Sabine Wurm
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

My Secret Garden / Yestudio

20:00 - 30 May, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • General Contractor

    Yestudio
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Clivelan © Clivelan © Clivelan © Clivelan +22

Big & Small House / Anonymous Architects

17:00 - 30 May, 2015
Big & Small House / Anonymous Architects, Courtesy of Anonymous Architects
Courtesy of Anonymous Architects

Courtesy of Anonymous Architects Courtesy of Anonymous Architects Courtesy of Anonymous Architects Courtesy of Anonymous Architects +28

Archiculture Interviews: John Cary

16:00 - 30 May, 2015

"There are far, far more basic things - health, education, housing, and so on - but the thing that we try to communicate [...] is that we need to better articulate how design can improve those truly basic human needs."

Hasselt Court of Justice / J. Mayer H. Architects + a2o architecten + Lens°Ass architecten

15:00 - 30 May, 2015
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Monseigneur Broekxplein, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium
  • Design Team J Mayer H Architects

    Jürgen Mayer H., Georg Schmidthals, Marcus Blum, Güvenc Özel, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
  • Design Team a2o architecten

    Luc Vanmuysen, Jo Berben, Tim Vekemans, Mannfred Benditz
  • Design Team Lens°Ass architecten

    Bart Lens, Massimo Pignanelli, Philippe Dirix, Jan Achten
  • Area

    3,200 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +22

Call for Entries in Competition to Design Colombia's National Museum of History

14:00 - 30 May, 2015
Call for Entries in Competition to Design Colombia's National Museum of History, Courtesy of Colombian Society of Architects
Courtesy of Colombian Society of Architects

In collaboration with the Colombian Society of Architects, the National Centre for Historical Memory (NCHM) has announced a new international competition to design Colombia's National Museum of Memory. Commemorating decades-long internal conflict in Colombia, the competition is part of a series of initiatives to make reparations to victims of the unrest, and will be the first national museum constructed in the midst of ongoing armed conflict. It is hoped that the museum will bring together mainstream historical accounts and "voices of resistance" to create a cultural landmark that is "restorative, monumental and memorial in nature." On June 1, the organizers will conduct a competition Q&A live stream in Spanish, after which point competition registration will be open until June 19. Entries can be submitted until July 29, with a winner announced on August 13. To read more about the competition and to register, click here.

The Crawford Hotel – Denver Union Station / Tryba Architects + JG Johnson Architects

13:00 - 30 May, 2015
The Crawford Hotel – Denver Union Station / Tryba Architects + JG Johnson Architects, Courtesy of Tryba Architects
Courtesy of Tryba Architects

Courtesy of Tryba Architects Courtesy of Tryba Architects Courtesy of Tryba Architects Courtesy of Tryba Architects +15

Grønneviksøren Student Apartments / 3RW Arkitekter

13:00 - 30 May, 2015
Grønneviksøren Student Apartments / 3RW Arkitekter, © Cecilie Bannow
© Cecilie Bannow

© Cecilie Bannow © Cecilie Bannow © Cecilie Bannow © Cecilie Bannow +30

The Principals’ Dynamic Sanctuary Pulses in Time to Visitors’ Heartbeats

12:00 - 30 May, 2015
The Principals’ Dynamic Sanctuary Pulses in Time to Visitors’ Heartbeats, © Mike Vorrasi
© Mike Vorrasi

Brooklyn design studio The Principals have completed the Dynamic Sanctuary, an interactive installation at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, during the 2015 NYCxDESIGN festival. Commissioned by Ford Motors, the light-based installation detects and pulses with the biorhythms of its visitors, creating a dynamic space in both name and nature.

The modular installation was manually constructed by The Principals in their Brooklyn studio. Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.  

© Pippa Drummond © Mike Vorrasi © Pippa Drummond © Pippa Drummond +12

Day Care Center / Rh+ Architecture

11:00 - 30 May, 2015
Day Care Center / Rh+ Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    17 Rue Gustave Geffroy, 75013 Paris, France
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13

09:30 - 30 May, 2015
Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13, The City of Culture / Eisenman Architects. "Eisenman explains how he creates forms that make him feel high in his own mind, instead of considering the mundane needs of the user. Thus it comes as no surprise that he wants to express a stressed conception of life through his buildings’ twisted and unbalanced forms". Image © Duccio Malagamba
The City of Culture / Eisenman Architects. "Eisenman explains how he creates forms that make him feel high in his own mind, instead of considering the mundane needs of the user. Thus it comes as no surprise that he wants to express a stressed conception of life through his buildings’ twisted and unbalanced forms". Image © Duccio Malagamba

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. In Chapter 13, Salingaros begins to conclude his argument by discussing its counterpart, explaining how post-modern theorists such as Peter Eisenman came to eclipse the ideas of Christopher Alexander – and why Eisenman’s theoretical hegemony is not based upon sound architectural thinking. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Natural and Unnatural Form Languages

The concept of living structure, and the support for the theory offered by both direct experience and science, offers a basis for designing and understanding architecture. This platform is a sensible way of approaching design and building, because it is beholden neither to ideology, nor to individual agendas. Moreover, it should be contrasted to the irrationality of other schemes that currently appear in and seem to drive architectural discourse.