Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects

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Architects: TYIN Tegnestue Architects
Location: Sungai Penuh, Kerinchi, Sumatra,
Design Team: Gjermund Wibe, Morten Staubo, Therese Jonassen,Kasama Yamtree, Andreas Gjertsen, Yashar Hanstad
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pasi Aalto, Zifeng Wei, Wenzel Prokosch

UPDATE: Progress in Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Effort, Signatures Needed!

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA

As we’ve reported over the last two months, efforts have been underway in Arizona to preserve the David Wright House, one of ’s “ most innovative, unusual and personal works of architecture,” from demolition by developers. No intact Wright building has ever been intentionally demolished, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) has been hard at work to make sure this one isn’t the first.

Well, good news! Last month,the FLWBC posted an online petition to the City of Phoenix to bestow historic preservation/landmark designation upon the house. After gaining over 16,000 votes (many from you ArchDaily readers), the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend Landmark designation for the building last week.

But it’s not over yet! The recommendation still has to go to the City Council in November – if it is approved, an automatic three-year delay on any demolition will be granted to the house.

So what can you do in the meantime? The FLWBC has a new goal of 25,000 signatures  (as of now, they’re only 8,000 votes away), so sign the online petition and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, etc. now!

For more information or to get involved, check out the SAVE WRIGHT page.

Micrograph picture of cellulose nanocrystals combined with PMMA fibers. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service
Micrograph picture of cellulose nanocrystals combined with PMMA fibers. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service develops Wood-based Nanomaterial

A wood-based nanomaterial composed of cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils is being evaluated at the Forest Products Laboratory, in support of a project at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland. The material, presumably stronger than Kevlar, is being produced…

The Indicator: Imbued with Silence

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By Sherin Wing and Guy Horton

Utah’s red rock country is sublime in a Martian Chronicles sort of way. Its geologic folds, wrinkles, bridges, and domes compose a forbidding yet stunningly beautiful world of rock and sky. It’s the sort of landscape John McPhee would lyrically traverse in his book Basin and Range, in what he refers to as a “physiographic province.” It is also the psychological province of vision quests, the kind of vast and mystical space that Jim Morrison might have experienced. These are just some of the images that emerge from this landscape.

The work of Imbue Design, the Salt Lake City-based, three-person firm made up of Hunter Gundersen, Matt Swindel, and Christopher Talvy, is inserted here to form a meditative retreat that rises out of what McPhee would describe as a “silent world of austere beauty” (1). The project is captivating not merely because of its form or material, but because of its program as a for practicing Buddhists or others seeking to enter a silent world. It’s also a home away from home.

Read the interview with the Imbue’s design team after the break

Almere with MVRDV selected for Floriade 2022!

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Today the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) announced the City of Almere, along with it’s MVRDV-designed proposal, as winner of the prestigious world horticultural expo, Floriade 2022. The event takes place once every ten years in and is currently ending in Venlo.

The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as an extension to the existing city centre. The waterfront site opposite the city centre will be developed as a vibrant new urban neighborhood and also a giant plant library which will remain beyond the expo.

The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology. At the same time the site will be with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes more urban than any other Floriade has ever been before, it is an exemplary green city. Continue after the break for more!

Endesa Pavilion / IaaC

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Architects: IaaC
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur
Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur

Architecture and Design Film Festival

Featuring more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, public programs, and an architectural driving tour of Lower Manhattan, the fourth season of the Architecture and Design Film Festival is taking place October 18-21. Returning to Tribeca Cinemas, in New York…

Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects Ltd
Location: Simonkatu 7, , Finland
Head Designers: Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola
Design Team: Jukka Mäkinen, Kristian Forsberg, Abel Groenewolt, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Mikko Näveri, Miguel Pereira, Outi Pirhonen, Teija Tarvo, Elina Tenho, Jarno Vesa
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 352.0 sqm
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Marko Huttunen

Reflecting Cube / Helwig Haus + Raum Planungs GmbH

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Architects: Helwig Haus + Raum Planungs GmbH
Location: , Germany
Project Team: Angie Pavic, Martina Inhofer, Madeleine Mentenich, Dirk Helwig
Landscape Architect: Nicole Freitag, Mannheim
Photographs: Kristof Lemp

Burgos Justice Palace / Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez

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Architects: Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez
Location: Burgos,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Courtesy of IaN+
Courtesy of IaN+

New Harbor Service Building / IaN+

The proposal for the New Harbor Service building by IaN…+ aims to define a simple and severe architecture. The project’s construction scheme reflects eastern philosophy; its clean aesthetic and unadorned simplicity, where structure turns into a decorative system clearly

Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture
Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture

NC State University Fall 2012 Lecture Series

North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture recently launched their Fall 2012 lecture series which focuses on “Material | Digital.” The series begins September 24th with Grace La of La Dallman. Featuring other keynote speakers throughout the series, it concludes…

MR_DESIGN Office / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition / Zaha Hadid Architects

Opening October 12th, the ‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition consists of a short term, site specific research prototype designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid… and her firm. Presented by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in their gallery,

Wine and Architecture / Heinz-Gert Woschek, Denis Duhme & Katrin Friederichs

Several wineries and vineyards have captured the public’s eye in recent years thanks to their distinctive architecture, which thoroughly conveys the atmosphere of their surroundings while reflecting the tradition of the winemaker. Through selected vineyards, this book traces the path of winemaking from grape harvest to tasting – all through the eyes of architects and winemakers: Based on numerous conversations with them, the authors are able to tell the personal stories behind the origins of each building and how it relates to its special place, all while expressing the sensual experience that is part of the world of wine. Besides information about the various wine-growing regions and the history of “wine architecture”, the book familiarises the reader with the winemaking process and wine itself, making the book a handy wine and travel guide from the architect’s perspective.

WTC Site Night, Silverstein Properties, New York © Silverstein Properties
WTC Site Night, Silverstein Properties, New York © Silverstein Properties

Ground Zero Master Plan / Studio Daniel Libeskind

With last year’s opening of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero and the near-completion of the World Trade Center One, Daniel Libeskind’s… vision for the World Trade Center site is close to presenting the future of NYC’s downtown financial center,

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Best from last week, just in case you missed it. Alberto Kalach’s Atalaya House located in , a house conceived as a series of terraces stepping down, is discovered step by step, revealing different atmospheres and different views into the distance, or to intimate gardens and patios. Don’t miss the amazing E+ Green Home by Unsangdong Architects or Ceip Martinet, a school in designed by Mestura Arquitectes. Check out O-14, a 22-story tall commercial tower in Dubai by Reiser + Umemoto. Finally, watch the interesting AD interview with Renzo Piano (Part I-Part II-Part III).

KamerMaker: Mobile 3D Printer Inspires Potential for Emergency Relief Architecture

 

3-D Printing technology is developing at quickening pace as both engineers and architects experiment with its technological and social potential.  Consider Enrico Dini’s D-Shape printer that prints large scale stone structures out of sand and an inorganic binder or Neri Oxman’s research at MIT which involves a 3-D printing arm and nozzles that can print with a variety of different materials, from concrete to recycled plastic.  

Dutch firm DUS Architects, in collaboration with Ultimaker Ltd, Fablab Protospace, and Open Coop, have added another 3-D printing machine to the list known as KamerMaker, the room builder.  KamerMaker is the world’s first mobile 3d printer and has the ability to print “rooms” that are up to 11 feet high and 7 feet wide.  The machine was unveiled at OFF PICNIC, a precursor to Amsterdam’s annual PICNIC technology festival.

Join us after the break for more.