Make it Right Homes in NOLA

BiLD / Photographs © /OTTO

Over the past five years, the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans has been realizing its commitment to build 150 affordable, green storm resistant homes for families living in the Lower 9th Ward. The foundation, established by Brad Pitt, has completed seventy-five homes with the time and efforts donated by local and international architects such as Gehry Partners, Morphosis, Kieran Timberlake, Pugh+Scarpa, and McDonough+Partners.

Photographer James Ewing shared the documentation of his visit to the Make it Right Homes of New Orleans, citing the designs he most admired by Shigeru Ban, Adjaye Associates, Hitoshi Abe, and BiLD.

More on Make it Right and the homes after the break.

ArchDaily lecture series in Moscow, Russia

After great lectures at the Escola da Cidade in Sao Paulo and the Center for Architecture in New York, this week ArchDaily is heading to Moscow to lecture at three important institutions: The High School of Design (May 31st), the State Museum of Architecture (June 1st) and the Strelka Institute (June 3rd).

More information about the lectures after the break, including links to register for each event.

We look forward to meet and connect with Russian architects and architecture students in Moscow!

Patio House / rzlbd

© BorXu Design

Architects: rzlbd
Location: , Canada
Structure: Ali Saeed
Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
Construction: Maxamin Corp.
Living Area: 2,000 sqft
Completion: 2012
Photographs: BorXu Design

  

Films & Architecture: “Metropolis”

Following with the list of films we propose every week, as The Belly of the Architect, Blade Runner, and Gattaca.This week we are going back to the times when technologies didn’t allow yet the sound or even color to be part of films. Metropolis, one of the classics by the German director , is a film that shows a future where the city is structured in vertical layers according to the different social strata. Something that could be recognized in the current situation of several cities today… Do you know about any example? Do you think this will be the actual future pattern of our cities?

Urban Agriculture Part II: Designing Out the Distance

A rooftop garden in San Francisco. © Peter Dasilva for the New York Times.

“The typical Urban Dweller today has no understanding of where or how food is produced/distributed. We have become dependent on huge, powerful, profit-minded corporations to bring huge quantities of food from industrial farms into our supermarkets – but the entire process is hidden, massively complex, and, ultimately, unsustainable.” [1]

In Part I of this Series, I made the case that Urban Agriculture has incredible potential; unfortunately, however, in America, it has a long way to go. Our economy, our government, our technology, even our perception of what “food” is relies upon the Food System we currently have in place. Urban Agriculture could very well be the answer, but, frankly, not yet. 

So where does that leave us today?

All over the world, citizens are taking the Food Revolution into their own hands, becoming urban bee-keepers, guerilla planters, rooftop gardeners, foodie activists. While community engagement and political lobbying are vital to these grassroots movements, so too could be design. 

By designing our cities – our public and civic spaces, our hospitals and – with food in mind, we can facilitate this Revolution by making food a visible part of urban life, thus allowing us to take that crucial first step: eliminating the physical/conceptual distance between us and our food.

What does it look like to design with food in mind? More after the break…

Logan Offices / SO-IL

© Iwan Baan

Architects: SO-IL - Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou
Location: , NY, USA
Client: Logan
Team: Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou (Assoc. Principal- in Charge) as well as Danny Duong and Nicole Passarella
Area: 6,500 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Naho Kubota

 

Sound Portal / BE OPEN

at the Design Festival

While the excitement builds for the Olympic Games this summer, London is also preparing for their Design Festival of mid-September.  In a joint effort between Arup and Sound and Music, the installation at Trafalgar Square will focus on the idea of design you cannot see by creating a black rubberized portal that will transport visitors to inaccessible places and remote environments through a series of three-dimensional soundscapes created by leading musicians and sound designers.  By isolating the sense of sound, visitors will be submerged in a completely new environment as they stand in one of the busiest squares in the world.

More about BE OPEN after the break.

INFILL / John Dwyer Architect

Courtesy of John Dwyer Architect

Architects: John Dwyer Architect
Location: Minneapolis, MN,
Photographs: Courtesy of John Dwyer Architect

Fulldome Experience Center / FORMA

Courtesy of

With a seating capacity of 300 at its core, the Fulldome Experience Center, designed by FORMA, gives visitors a dynamic interactive space carrying both scientific and educational functions. It includes installations, exhibitions and game zones as well as a cafeteria, gift shop and conference room for the visitors’ comfort and versatility of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mark Magazine #37

We recently received the latest issue of Mark Magazine, one of our favorites. If you’re bored of cubic architecture, Mark #37 (April-May) includes amazing work by Jurgen Mayer H and Jesko Johnson-Zahn built in Georgia (the country, not the state).  This issue also includes work previously featured on AD: `circulation spectacle´ of the Adolfo Ibañez University by José Cruz Ovalle, Djuric Tardio ArchitectesEco-Sustainable House, Vaíllo+Irigaray Biomediacal Research Centre and many more.

More information and  full index after the break.

Pasture Project / Imbue Design

Courtesy of Imbue Design

Architects: Imbue Design
Location: Holladay, Utah,
Contractor: Benchmark Modern
Engineer: Shen Engineering
Area: 2,850 sqft
Completion: December 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Imbue Design

 

Plabennec Gymnasium / Bohuon Bertic Architectes

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The aim of Bohuon Bertic Architectes for their gymnasium in Plabennec, France is to create an efficient tool in regard to the building’s use as well as for the surrounding area, making the project friendly, enjoyable, serene and identifiable. Characterized by horizontality, the site is a vast, dominant plateau that immerses the user in the scenery. The project interprets and synthesizes the characteristics of the place and programmatic datum resulting in two fundamental elements: the base and the volume-signal. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Owen Launch / Tacklebox Architecture

© Juliana Sohn for OWEN

Architects: Tacklebox Architecture
Location: New York,
Contractor: Tony Carney from Gauge Contracting Inc.
Photographs: Juliana Sohn for OWEN

 

Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

‘CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices’ Conference

Co-Chaired by Xavier Costa from Northeastern University and Martha Thorne from IE University, the ACSA International Conference, ‘CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices’ will be held in Barcelona from June 20-22. The event will focus on schools and intellectual leadership as we…

Ridge Apartment Complex in Gunma / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: Takasaki cityGunma, Japan
Project team: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo (OUVI)
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / Acid Nature 0220 
Completion: 2012
Project Area: Site area 708.75 sqm (W) + 679.68 sqm (E)
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

 

House 1 / Kyra Clarkson Architect

© Steven Evans Photography

Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect – Kyra Clarkson, Christopher Glaisek
Location: 154 Rhodes Avenue, , ON, Canada
Completion Date: May 2012
Area: 1,800 sqm (1,260 above grade)
Landscape Architect: Elise Shelley Landscape Architect
Contractor: Collaborative Ventures Inc.
Photographs: Steven Evans Photography

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CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

Here’s five great posts you may have missed from last week! It’s construction started in 2004, but it’s completion was officially announced last week. It’s OMA’s CCTV Headquarters in . The Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 opened earlier this month and soma shared with us their pavilion: One Ocean. You can’t miss the Golden Workshop in Germany, or this beautiful gas station in Slovakia. Finally, we have the latest from J. Mayer H. in Georgia.

Video: CCTV Headquarters / OMA

Enjoy this interesting footage captured by Tomas Koolhaas – son of Rem Koolhaas – in February 2012 of the recently completed China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in . The monumental structure took eight years to complete and is OMA‘s first major building in China, as well as their largest project to date. The building is planned for occupancy later this year to broadcast the London 2012 Olympics. Check out our previous coverage for more building information.

Continue after the break to view a short clip inside the CCTV building during construction!