Tulane Students Upcycle Traffic Signs into Shade Canopy

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Tulane City Center and a team of Tulane architecture students worked together with the Lousiana Outdoor Outreach Program to design a shade structure made from traffic yield signs for a challenge course in City Park. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding tree canopy and the structure of the ropes course, the design team crafted a faceted, curving aluminum canopy suspended by steel cables with an earthen berm for seating below. More about the pavilion, after the break.

Emerging Voices: Joyce Hwang of Ants of the Prairie

Joyce Hwang founded Buffalo-based firm Ants of the Prairie in 2004 as an architecture and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies,” according to the Architectural League. In her as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Hwang explains her fascination with the conflicted perceptions of urban wildlife, and discusses a series of projects that aim to incorporate diverse animal habitats into the built environment.

St John Bosco Art College / BDP

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Architects: BDP
Location: Croxteth, , , Merseyside L11, UK
Architect And Landscape Architect:
Area: 11000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Barbour

US Department of Agriculture Launches $2 Million Tall Wood Building Prize Competition

Limnologen in Växjö, Sweden. Image Courtesy of Midroc Property Development

Among the changes in material technology that are constantly altering the architectural landscape, one of the most popular – and most dramatic – is the idea of the skyscraper. And with vocal advocates like Benton Johnson of SOM and Michael Green leading the discussion with projects like the Timber Tower Research Project, the wooden highrise is on the verge of becoming a mainstream approach.

To further the conversation in the USA, the US Department of Agriculture, working in partnership with Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), has recently launched the Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, an ideas competition with a $2 million prize. To find out more about tall wood buildings, we caught up with Oscar Faoro, Project Manager of the competition. Read on after the Break for our interview and more details on how to enter.

Scandinavian Design Group and Ctrl+N Create an Undulating Interactive Installation for Lundin Norway

Waves of golden light appear to shimmer and float from the ceiling in “Breaking the Surface” a new interactive from Scandinavian Design Groupctrl+n, Abida, Pivot Product Design and Intek. The kinetic sculpture is composed of an array of acrylic plastic tubes extending through the floor of a two-story mechanized matrix, gracefully moving above and below the surface to evoke abstract images of the undersea geography. Read more about the interactive installation after the break.

Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

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Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
Location: 74140 Douvaine,
Architects In Charge: Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
Project Management: Michel Desvallées
Year: 2013
Photographs: Romain Blanchi

Filiput Sporthall / Waltritsch a+u

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Architects: Waltritsch a+u
Location: Gorizia,
Architect In Charge: Dimitri Waltritsch Trieste
Area: 1600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marco Covi

Arzum Headquarters / Habif Architecture

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Architects: Habif Architecture
Location: Eyüp, 34250 Istanbul/Istanbul Province,
Area: 1750.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Gürkan Akay

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: , , China
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeremy San

AM3′s Prize-Winning Boarding School to Open Onto Mount Stelvio in Malles

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AM3 Architetti Associati has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new boarding school in Malles (Bozen, ). The proposed building takes full advantage of the landscape, opening onto views towards Mount Stelvio and the Mustair Valley. Drawing inspiration from this unique context, AM3 crafts a design that integrates opportunities for active participation between building and land, and student with nature.

Door19 / ArtKvartal

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Architects: ArtKvartal
Location: , Russia
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ArtKvartal

Ecological Densification Four Townhouses / SHAPE Architecture

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Architects: SHAPE Architecture
Location: , BC, Canada
Project Team: Nick Sully, Hanna Teicher, Matthew Traub
: Canadian Green Building Council Sustainable Project Award, Designed to LEED Platinum guidelines, Energuide 86
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture

playze and Schmidhuber Selected to Design Ningbo’s Urban Planning Museum

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playze and Schmidhuber have been selected as winners of an invited competition to design the Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Ningbo, China. Inspired by the ancient artform of the Chinese ribbon dance, the exhibition center aims to “blur the lines” between citizens and decision makers in a way that grants the public “rare access into the inner-workings of the city” in an effort to strengthen the relationship between local government and community.

The idea of the Chinese “Urban Planning Museums” is the nation’s response to the rapid urban growth occurring in many of its major cities. The museums are intended to communicate city planning and development issues to the public. You can learn more about playze and Schmidhuber’s design, after the break.

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© ICSID

Icsid Launches Bid for 2018 World Design Capital

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has announced the launch of the World Design Capital® (WDC) application cycle for the 2018 designation, which will mark the sixth cycle for this global initiative. Icsid invites design effective cities from around the globe to submit bids that showcase the impact of design in their city and demonstrate examples of design as a development tool. More information, after the break.

Elk Valley Tractor Shed / FIELDWORK Design & Architecture

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Architects: FIELDWORK Design & Architecture
Location: , OR 97031, USA
Design Team: Cornell Anderson, Tim Fouch, Tonia Hein, Joshua Mollenkamp, James Austin, Intern
Area: 820.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brian Walker Lee

Orizzontale Illuminates Outdoor Theater with Recycled Keg Wall at MAXXI

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Orizzontale, winners of the 2014 Young Architects Program (YAP), have transformed the MAXXI’s piazza Boetti with an “8 1/2” meter-tall mobile theater made of and recycled beer kegs. Built in just four weeks, the installation created an “urban room” for the museum’s Play with YAP events program that provided an inhabitable podium illuminated by a translucent wall of lighted plastic beer kegs for a series of concerts and events.

More about Orizzontale’s design, after the break. 

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA
Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA

Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Alejandro Zaera-Polo is an internationally recognized architect and scholar and founder of London, Zurich and Princeton based firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). First rising to prominence in the 1980s with his writings for publications such as El Croquis, Zaera-Polo has…

House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Cristian Izquierdo
Location: Chicureo, , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Area: 215 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Alberto Browne