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Architecture Activism

08:30 - 18 August, 2016
Architecture Activism

The international practice GRAFT is known for its experimental and interdisciplinary designs as well as for its strong social commitment. The publication documents projects characteristic of this social responsibility portraying architecture as an active tool for driving the development of places worth living in. One key project is the Solar Kiosk, a high-output, which is already used by many communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Winners of Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Student Competition Announced

08:00 - 18 August, 2016
Winners of Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Student Competition Announced , Courtesy of University of Washington: Buddy Burkhalter, Mingjun Yin, Connor Irick, Richard Mohler and Elizabeth Golden
Courtesy of University of Washington: Buddy Burkhalter, Mingjun Yin, Connor Irick, Richard Mohler and Elizabeth Golden

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced the winners of the Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition, a student competition exploring wood as an innovative building material. Out of more than 850 architectural student entries, three winners have been selected, along with two honorable mentions, with prizes totaling $40,000.

The competition focused on a site in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and asked for designs for inhabitation, repose, recreation, and local small-scale commercial exchange, all while embracing the possibilities of wood and a variety of wood technologies.

Today, timber is being used in new, innovative ways to help address the economic and environmental challenges of the build environment,” said Cees de Jager, executive director of BSLC. “This competition brought to life the way the design community is recognizing the benefits of wood–from reduced economic and environmental impact to enhanced aesthetic value and structural performance–to design buildings and communities of the future.

The winners of the Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition are:

Werner Sobek's 2016 Venice Biennale Installation Presents a Sobering Environmental Message

06:00 - 18 August, 2016
Werner Sobek's 2016 Venice Biennale Installation Presents a Sobering Environmental Message, The installation can be dismantled in the space of just a few hours and sorted out into its discrete constituent parts. Photo by René Müller). Image Courtesy of Werner Sobek
The installation can be dismantled in the space of just a few hours and sorted out into its discrete constituent parts. Photo by René Müller). Image Courtesy of Werner Sobek

The appointment of Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena as the curator of the 2016 Venice Biennale  (La Biennale di Venezia) has seen the exhibition take a more vested interest in social responsibility. In harmony with this theme, German architect Werner Sobek has presented a large cube with a sobering social and environmental message. Entitled "Beyond Form," Sobek's intention mirrors Aravena's; it forces the viewer to look beyond the formal elements of architecture to the unavoidable issues facing it in the near future. 

XVIII Emblazoned House Refurbishment / Marcos Miguélez

05:00 - 18 August, 2016
XVIII Emblazoned House Refurbishment / Marcos Miguélez, © Antonio Vázquez
© Antonio Vázquez

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Cabin K / Studio Kamppari

03:00 - 18 August, 2016
Cabin K / Studio Kamppari, Courtesy of Studio Kamppari
Courtesy of Studio Kamppari

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  • Architects

  • Location

    78200 Varkaus, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Sini Kamppari
  • Area

    56.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Kamppari

Vodniy Residential Street Block / SPEECH

02:00 - 18 August, 2016
Vodniy Residential Street Block  / SPEECH, © Dmitry Chebanenko
© Dmitry Chebanenko

© Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Golovinskoye sh., 5, Moskva, Russia, 125212
  • Project Authors

    Sergei Tchoban, Igor Chlenov
  • Architect in Charge

    Anna Deryabina
  • Area

    191893.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Maison T / Nghia-Architect

22:00 - 17 August, 2016
Maison T / Nghia-Architect, © Tuan Nghia Nguyen
© Tuan Nghia Nguyen

© Tuan Nghia Nguyen © Tuan Nghia Nguyen © Tuan Nghia Nguyen © Tuan Nghia Nguyen +34

Forensic Architecture Digitally Reconstruct Secret Syrian Torture Prison from the Memories of Survivors

20:02 - 17 August, 2016

Forensic Architecture, a research agency based at the University of London, in collaboration with Amnesty International, has created a 3D model of Saydnaya, a Syrian torture prison, using architectural and acoustic modeling. The project, which was commissioned in 2016, reconstructs the architecture of the secret detention center from the memory of several survivors, who are now refugees in Turkey.

Since the beginnings of the Syrian crisis in 2011, tens of thousands of Syrians have been taken into a secret network of prisons and detention centers run by the Assad government for a variety of alleged crimes opposing the regime. After passing through a series of interrogations and centers, many prisoners are taken to Saydnaya, a notoriously brutal “final destination,” where torture is used not to obtain information, but rather only to terrorize and often kill detainees.

Located about 25 kilometers north of Damascus, Saydnaya stands in a German-designed building dating from the 1970s. In recent years, no meaningful visits from independent journalists or monitoring groups have been permitted, so no recent photographs or other accounts exist of its interior space, except for the memories of Saydnaya survivors.

Nagoya Courthouse / Takeshi Hosaka Architects

20:00 - 17 August, 2016
Nagoya Courthouse / Takeshi Hosaka Architects, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Villa Mangwon / aoa architects

19:00 - 17 August, 2016
Villa Mangwon / aoa architects, © Chin Hyosook
© Chin Hyosook

© Chin Hyosook © Chin Hyosook © Chin Hyosook © Chin Hyosook +62

Fukuchiyo Sake Brewery / yHa architects

17:00 - 17 August, 2016
Fukuchiyo Sake Brewery  / yHa architects, © Y.Harigane
© Y.Harigane

© Y.Harigane © Y.Harigane © Y.Harigane © Y.Harigane +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kashima, Saga Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    154.75 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Video: Curators Discuss "Making Heimat, Arrival Country," the German Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:30 - 17 August, 2016

In this video, presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, the curators of the German Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale discuss their theme of “Making Heimat, Arrival Country.” The exhibition explores the current influx of refugee communities occurring in Germany, and how architecture can be used to improve the “arrival cities” where immigrants tend to settle.

Dental Clinic / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

15:00 - 17 August, 2016
Dental Clinic / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Padilla Nicás arquitectos
  • Area

    485.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Dokk1 Wins Public Library of the Year Award 2016

14:10 - 17 August, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Dokk1 Wins Public Library of the Year Award 2016, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has named Schmidt Hammer Lassen's Dokk1 Library in Aarhus, Denmark as the winner of the Public Library of the Year Award 2016.

By beating out the SOM-designed Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Libary; the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre in Geelong, Australia, designed by ARM architecture; and the Success Public Library by Bollig Design Group; Dokk1 became the first Danish library to win the award.

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +7

Lamas House / moarqs + OTTOLENGHI architects

13:00 - 17 August, 2016
Lamas House  / moarqs + OTTOLENGHI architects, © Albano Garcia
© Albano Garcia

© Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia +29

  • Architects

    Arch. Ignacio Montaldo + Arch. Eugenio Ottolenghi
  • Location

    Tigre, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Collaborators Architects

    Adrien Girard, Juan Charadia, Lucrecia Brero, Torunn Vaksvik Skarstad, Jerónimo Bailat, Sofia Tomaselli
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Harvard Museums Releases Online Catalogue of 32,000 Bauhaus Works

12:45 - 17 August, 2016
Harvard Museums Releases Online Catalogue of 32,000 Bauhaus Works, © Gili Merin
© Gili Merin

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school in 2019, Harvard Art Museums has released an online catalogue of their 32,000-piece Bauhaus Collection, containing rarely seen drawings and photographs from attendees and instructors of the revolutionary German design school.

The collection features work from the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, Marcel Breuer, and Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius himself, and can be navigated through a search bar and an easy-to-use set of filters, allowing you to categorize work by topic, medium, date or artist.

The Roman Walls of Lugo Elevator / Antonio Pernas Varela

11:00 - 17 August, 2016
The Roman Walls of Lugo Elevator / Antonio Pernas Varela, © Antonio Vázquez
© Antonio Vázquez

© Antonio Vázquez © Antonio Vázquez © Antonio Vázquez © Antonio Vázquez +31

“Beyond the City”: A Captivating Look at the Design of the Hinterland

09:30 - 17 August, 2016
Courtesy of University of Texas Press
Courtesy of University of Texas Press

Felipe Correa’s latest book “Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America” takes us to a region that architects and urban designers typically have neglected—the hinterland. The South American hinterland provides a unique subject of analysis as it has typically been urbanized for its natural resources, which are tethered back to the coastal cities where these resources are either consumed or distributed to global markets. Within this context, the hinterland is viewed as a frontier whose wilderness is to be tamed, put to work, and territorialized through infrastructure and urban design. Beyond the City provides an insightful look into these processes and the unique urban experiments that emerged in South America. Organized by five case studies, Beyond the City is tied together by what Correa has termed “resource extraction urbanism,” which he links to “new and experimental urban identities in the context of government-sponsored resource extraction frontiers.” Written as a lucid historical account that anchors the discussion within the political, economic, and social context, as well as within global design discourse, the book is also projective—setting the table for a series of questions on how design can act in these landscapes.