Two Degrees of Separation, Part 2: Architects Must Lead on Climate Change

Last week I asked how architecture can ramp up its efforts to do all it can to help limit . Sandy is a turning point. It will take action on the part of the profession and its members to make this turning point meaningful. Turning points are easily forgotten after the panels have been convened and the articles written. The vicarious thrill of crisis abates and everyone returns to business as usual, feeling better for having contributed to the discussion. If we listen to the scientists, we must not lose that sense of crisis and we must do more.

The recently-released World Bank report “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided”  indicates the magnitude of the problem. It is so vast and deep that it easily overwhelms individuals. As they discuss in the report, only collective, international action will lead to measures substantial enough to make a change in the trajectory the planet is headed for. Architecture can be a powerful collective in the face of such a challenge.

Continue reading The Indicator after the break

Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics / Mata y Asociados

Architects: Mata y Asociados
Location: ,
Architect: Salvador Mata Pérez
Design Team: Myriam Vizcaino Bassi, Javier Encinas Hernández, Eduardo García García, Jaime Pedruelo Sánchez, Stefania Augliera, David Emiliano Fernández Mateos (model),
Engineers: Euroestudios, A2V ingenieros
Contractor: Collosa
Investor: CSIC
Year: 2010
Photographs: Juan K. Ayala

© Olivier Grossetête
© Olivier Grossetête

Pont de Singe Installation / Olivier Grossetête

Building on a previous piece entitled “Suspension Bridge, the passage”, Olivier Grossetête…’s ‘Pont de Singe’ in the UK is a model of floating bridge attached to helium balloons, thus taking literally the term “suspension bridge “. The object aims

Abbotsford Residence / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: Abbotsford, ,
Design Team: Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
Year: 2012
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)

Planter House / no.555

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Architects: no.555
Location: Yokohama,
Architect In Charge: Takuya Tsuchida
Structural Design: Megumi Akimoto
Area: 188 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of no.555

Courtesy of Talmon Biran Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry / Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Proposed by Talmon Biran Architecture Studio…, the Yad Le’Banim building is located within an existing grove at the local council of Ramat Yishay, Israel, which provides a unique opportunity to integrate landscape with the architectural design. This setting doesn’t

Concrete 0023 / studio eight twentythree

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Architects: studio eight twentythree
Location: Andheri, , India
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of studio eight twentythree

Torremadariaga Basque Biodiversity Centre / IA+B Arkitektura Taldea

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Architects: IA+B Arkitektura Taldea
Location: Busturia,
Leading Architects: Iñaki Aurrekoetxea, Alex Laskurain
Collaborators: Oier Arregi, Victor Araujo, Aitzol Artetxe, Mikel Azkuna, Erramon Berastegi, Ramon Gonzalez, Asier Hormaetxea, Ignacio Lumbreras, Fernando Martin, Carmen Montero, Celia Lana, Garbiñe Olabarri, Iñaki Peralta, Saioa Zabala
Area: 3,142 sqm
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

© Michal Šeba
© Michal Šeba

TRH Market Stalls / Edit!

With locally grown and organic food becoming more popular in the Czech Republic, EDIT!… was asked to design a market stall for a new concept of Green Markets. Through a reconfiguration of the typical retailing method, the architects create a

Etoile Lilas Cinema / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

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Architects: Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Magali Lamoureux
Area: 5,527 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Location: Looz, Limburg,
Stability: Ney&Partners
Execution: Cravero bvba (steal) / MEG (fundaments)
Initiator: Provincie Limburg / Z33
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Three Courtyards House / Miguel Marcelino


Architects: Miguel Marcelino
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Miguel Marcelino
Site Area: 2,175 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG

Architectural Criticism in the Age of Twitter / Paul Goldberger

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There’s a saying that goes “Those who can’t do, teach.” But many could also claim: “Those who can’t do, critique.” Criticism, particularly , tends to get a bad rap for being subjective, impenetrable, and – ultimately – useless. But Paul Goldberger, a champion of the craft, would disagree.

In his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize earlier this month, Goldberger, the long-time architecture critic for The New York Times and current contributor to Vanity Fair, suggests that Architectural Criticism isn’t just vital – but more important than ever before.

With the advent of visually-oriented social media like Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr, it’s never been easier for the architectural layman to observe, share, and consume architecture. However, in the midst of this hyper-flow of image intake, Goldberger argues, meaning gets lost.

That’s where the critic comes in.

Guest House / doisamaisv arquitetos

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Architects: doisamaisv arquitetos
Location: , São Paulo, Brasil
Design Team: Fabiana Cyon, Ana Paula de Castro, Vito Macchione Ferreira
Area: 3,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente

AD Round Up: Beach Houses Part VI

© Djan Chu

For today’s Round Up we have some great houses previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss: Box House by Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato, an amazing XS scale project in Ilhabela, Sao Paulo. Take a look at Summer Retreat in Fuglevik, Norway by RRA. Check out Atelier Tekuto’s Mebius,which aim was to provide a place where one had a multiplicity of spatial choice depending on the seasons or what mood one is in. Don’t miss Punta House in Punta del Este, Uruguay designed by the great Marcio Kogan. Finally, revisit House D by Panorama + WMR.

In Progress: The Blue Planet / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Kastrup,
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
Client: Den Blå Planet
Area: 9,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Hamburger Hof / NPS Tchoban Voss

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Architects: NPS Tchoban Voss
Location: -Mitte,
Area: 2,338 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: René Hoch

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to Design Giant Office Building Next to Grand Central Terminal

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates were recently selected to design a giant office building the landlord hopes to build next to Grand Central Terminal. Selected by SL Green Realty Corp., the architects’ design would be one of the largest Midtown towers on the East Side in a generation. While building in is a challenge, SL Green is moving ahead full steam with planning. The company is in discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to obtain additional development rights by building pedestrian improvements including underground connectors to Grand Central, according to executives informed of the planning. More information after the break.