Friends House / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: , UK
Design Team: John McAslan + Partners, Max Fordham, Walsh Group, Stephen Cuddy, Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Westco Partnership
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

Apartment in Vilnius / Normundas Vilkas

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Architects: Normundas Vilkas
Location: A. Vivulskio gatvė 41, Vilnius 03114,
Area: 63.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Leonas Garbacauskas

Hybrid Wooden House / Architecture Studio Nolla

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Architects: Architecture Studio Nolla
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Atsushi Takano + Makiko Takano
Structural Engineer: Hf Structural Design / Hiroshi Fukuyama
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yosuke Harigane, Courtesy of Architecture Studio Nolla

3 Student Projects Selected as Winners of ISARCH Awards

Rethinking Biotope / Kyriaki Goti and Nikolaos Xenos. Image Courtesy of IS ARCH

IS ARCH has unveiled the winners of the fifth edition of its ISARCH Awards for architecture . From a vast pool of submissions, three were selected by the combined evaluations of a jury and public opinion. The international competition promotes the efforts of young designers and encourages dialogue among students and emerging architects by showcasing work undertaken through university curricula. The winners will receive prizes ranging in value from €1,000 to €3,000.

Learn more about the winning projects after the break.

Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo

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From the architect. The design of the Lina em Casa: Percursos (Lina at Home: Journeys) exhibition was developed with the intention of preserving the spatial experience and the unique atmosphere of Casa de Vidro (Glass House). Understanding the House as the principle legacy of the architect on display and a major object of interest for visitors, the organization of the exhibition stands avoids creating spatial subdivisions that could detract from the building’s architecture. 

Juice Bar Cabin / Not a Number Architects

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Architects: NaNA
Location: , Romania
Architect In Charge: NaNA / Ermis Adamantidis, Dominiki Dadatsi
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

SecondMedia’s Foamspace Proposal Wins Storefront’s 2015 Street Architecture Competition

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SecondMedia has been selected as the winner of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 2015 Street Architecture Prize Competition. Now in its third year, the biennial international competition seeks to implement temporary outdoor installations that facilitate “new forms of collective public gathering.” Participants in the 2015 were asked to respond to the theme of New York‘s IDEAS City Festival, “The Invisible City.” SecondMedia’s winning proposal ‘Foamspace’ — which envisions creating an “urban lounge” with Geofoam blocks — beat out over 70 submissions from teams of artists, engineers, and architects across the globe.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 12

Bath Abbey. “The eye scans a scene by following regions with high detail… the image is formed by moving along connected lines, called “scan paths”. Image © Flickr CC user Matthew Kirkland

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for and architects around the world. In Chapter 12, Salingaros concludes his discussion of the physiological and psychological effects of architecture, demonstrating how ornament can lead to an enriching human environment. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Ornament and Human Intelligence

Ornament and function go together. There is no structure in nature that can be classified as pure ornament without function. In traditional architecture, which was more tied to nature, such a separation never existed. The breakdown of the human adaptation of architecture can be traced to the forced conceptual separation of ornament from function, a relatively recent occurrence in human history. It is only in 20th-century architectural discourse that people began to think of ornament as separate from function: see “How Modernism Got Square” (Mehaffy & Salingaros, 2013).

KreativLABs / schöne räume architektur innenarchitektur

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Architects: schöne räume architektur innenarchitektur
Location: Gewerbegebiet Nördlicher Ortsrand I, Boschstraße 7, 63843 , Germany
Architects In Charge: Ralf Böckle, Christof Adam, Christian Koch
Area: 602.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oliver Tamagnini

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in China

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Sunlay Design Group‘s latest endeavor is a modern shopping center with heavy ties to China’s ancient cultural influences. Inspired by classical dragon mythology and the principles of feng shui, the Chengde Tianshan Retail Center will offer the Hebei province a mixed-use shopping experience that fuses contemporary form with traditional methodology. Construction is set to begin this summer.

House in Elie / WT Architecture

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Architects: WT Architecture
Location: , Fife, UK
Area: 275.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Barbour

Wood in the Sky / group8

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Architects: group8
Location: Rue Daubin 25, 1203 ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Régis Gola

Vision Atelier / Takehiko Nez Architects

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Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
Location: Yamanashi Prefecture,
Contractor: M’s-A
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tomohiro Saruyama

Pelican Street / Candalepas Associates

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Architects: Candalepas Associates
Location: 23/25 Pelican Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Davis House / Sharon Davis Design

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Architects: Sharon Davis Design
Location: , NY 10524, USA
Architect In Charge: Sharon Davis
Project Architect: Jeff Wandersman
Year: 2014
Photographs: Elizabeth Felicella

Atlanta Bridgescape Competition Winners Announced

“(SIN)UOSITY” at Midtown’s 10th Street . Image Courtesy of Bridgescape Competition

The winners of the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition were announced today at the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) National Convention. The urban design challenge sought proposals for creative interventions at two existing freeway overpasses in the city’s Midtown and Downtown districts, with a referential budget of $3 million per bridge. The winners were selected from five finalists by a panel of industry experts. 

See the two winning proposals as well as the winners of the People’s Choice Award after the break. 

Artesia / Sordo Madaleno

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Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Location: Campos Elíseos, Polanco, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Architect In Charge: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Architecture Leader: Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Project Leader: Jorge Isaías
Area: 23600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Rivera

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AIAS Launches Survey to Promote Healthier Studio Culture

The AIAS has launched Studio Culture: reviewed, a supplemental survey to their campaign investigating the learning environments of architecture studios. Following the accidental deaths of several students due to sleep deprivation in 2000, the organization dedicated its resources to studying the unhealthy lifestyles associated with studios. Their work culminated in a 2002 report endorsing change that was adopted by the NAABStudio Culture: reviewed poses questions related to students’ welfare while enrolled in architecture programs. The results will contribute to an ongoing assessment of realized improvements since the initial study. Open now through May 25, 2015, the survey welcomes current architecture students and recent alumni (within a year of graduation), and can be accessed here.