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5 Ideas Shaping the Future of Architecture

12:15 - 26 March, 2015
5 Ideas Shaping the Future of Architecture , Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten. Image © Paul Ott
Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten. Image © Paul Ott

Taking input from 2015's most innovative designers, Fast Company Design has complied a fascinating list of 25 ideas that will shape the future of design. From this list, we have extracted the five most relevant points for architects to consider. Read through them after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Fort McMurray International Airport / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers

12:00 - 26 March, 2015
Fort McMurray International Airport / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +31

How Architecture Sans Frontières Improves the Built Environment With Everything But Buildings

10:30 - 26 March, 2015
How Architecture Sans Frontières Improves the Built Environment With Everything But Buildings, Change by Design 2010 in Salvador, Brazil (click image to see the workshop report). Image Courtesy of ASF-UK
Change by Design 2010 in Salvador, Brazil (click image to see the workshop report). Image Courtesy of ASF-UK

In a development that shocked many in the architecture world, on the 19th of January Architecture for Humanity - arguably the world’s leading architectural charity - was reported to have gone bankrupt, closing their San Francisco headquarters. By itself, this news was attention-grabbing enough, but in the aftermath two interesting things happened: firstly, many started to wonder what would become of the organization’s many local chapters in the US and beyond; secondly, some writers began to uncover small but long-standing disagreements about how the central organization had courted publicity - managing director of Architecture for Humanity’s New York chapter Rachel Starobinsky, for example, was quoted by FastCo Design saying that “visibility always went to the disaster relief projects that headquarters was working on” and that “the chapters were not really highlighted or valued as much as they could have been.” All of a sudden many people - this writer included - were talking about the importance of both creating strong networks and of sharing information to the creation of a strong humanitarian design outfit.

None of these ideas, though, would have been new to the members of Architecture Sans Frontières. Though it was founded a full two decades earlier than Architecture for Humanity, beginning in France in 1979, ASF has never really shared the public profile of some of its contemporaries. There are reasons for this - a lack of desire to actively court attention chief among them - but none of them have anything to do with ASF’s ability to do good in the world.

Stone Clubhouse / GRAS Arquitectos

10:00 - 26 March, 2015
Stone Clubhouse / GRAS Arquitectos, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +17

The World's Tallest Buildings Throughout History

08:00 - 26 March, 2015
The World's Tallest Buildings Throughout History, Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Colin Capelle
Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Colin Capelle

Graphic artist and designer Martin Vargic of Halcyon Maps has created a fascinating set of infographics that showcase both the cultural typologies of each continent's architecture as well as the evolution of its tallest buildings throughout history. Exploring the progression of height differences of the tallest buildings in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania, Vargic's visually-striking charts detail 5,000 years of building history, from ancient to modern times.

Check out the charts, after the break.

Register Now for Life of an Architect's 4th Annual Playhouse Competition

07:00 - 26 March, 2015
Register Now for Life of an Architect's 4th Annual Playhouse Competition, Courtesy of Life of an Architect
Courtesy of Life of an Architect

Bob Borson of Life of an Architect has announced the 2015 Architect Playhouse Competition, now in its fourth year. The competition is free to join, open to everyone, and assists the Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that helps abused and neglected children. Organized and funded by Borson, it asks participants to design a playhouse that embodies originality, creativity, and can be constructed for $5000 or less. The winners (between two and five entries) will have their designs built and displayed at the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses, where they will be raffled to benefit the nonprofit organization. Registration is open now and designs must be submitted by April 20th. Winners will be announced May 4th. Check out last year's winners after the break, and visit here to register.

Warner Music UK HQ / Woods Bagot

06:00 - 26 March, 2015
Warner Music UK HQ  / Woods Bagot, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

© Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner +31

RIBA Agrees Upon Major Changes To UK Architectural Education

04:00 - 26 March, 2015

Exactly one year ago an important event took place. A gathering of seventy student delegates, organised by the Architecture Students Network (ASN), met to discuss the future of architectural education. Their meeting was sparked by the latest directive from the European Union which seeks to “establish more uniformity across Europe by aligning the time it takes to qualify”, making mutual recognition of the architect’s title easier between countries.

The ASN’s discussions concluded that the course content throughout the UK system of ‘Part I, II, and III’, and the duration of said course, urgently needs to be re-evaluated in order to reflect the changing needs of the profession - especially in light of the recent rise in tuition fees and associated university costs. Back then, a spokesperson for the ASN said that “it really felt like momentum for change has finally reached a tipping point.”

Quai Ouest - Riverbanks Of The Meurthe / Anne Démians

04:00 - 26 March, 2015
Quai Ouest - Riverbanks Of The Meurthe / Anne Démians, © Jean-Pierre Porcher et AAD
© Jean-Pierre Porcher et AAD

© Jean-Pierre Porcher et AAD © Jean-Pierre Porcher et AAD © Jean-Pierre Porcher et AAD © Jean-Pierre Porcher et AAD +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quai Sainte-Catherine, 54000 Nancy, France
  • Design Team

    Architectures Anne DEMIANS;
Philippe MONJARET, Project Director,
Typhaine BLANCHET, Project Manager
  • Area

    10200.0 sqm
  • Photographs

SuperSurfaceSpace Moscow / Metrogramma

03:00 - 26 March, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    ulitsa Lva Tolstogo, Moskva, Russia
  • Design Team

    Francesco Betta - TD of Metrogramma, Egor Fufachev, Andrea Casazza, Giuseppe Bandieramonte, Maria Novozhilova, Thomas Ernesto Rotondo, Niccolo Spadoni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +22

House for Dairy Farmers / Osamu Tsukihashi + Architects Teehouse

23:00 - 25 March, 2015
House for Dairy Farmers / Osamu Tsukihashi + Architects Teehouse, © Sadao Hotta
© Sadao Hotta

© Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta +14

Selcuk Ecza Headquarters / Tabanlıoğlu Architects

22:00 - 25 March, 2015
Selcuk Ecza Headquarters / Tabanlıoğlu Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    İstanbul, Turkey
  • Architects in Charge

    Murat Tabanlıoğlu & Melkan Gürsel Tabanlıoğlu
  • Area

    22900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tea Seed Oil Plant / Imagine Architects

21:00 - 25 March, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuyuan, Shangrao, Jiangxi, China
  • Design Team

    Luo Siwei, Lu Shan, Zhou Wei, Zhang Jun, Yang Yan
  • Area

    4079.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Zeng Jianghe © Zeng Jianghe © Zeng Jianghe © Zeng Jianghe +58

Gumam Sungmun Church / Oh Jongsang

20:00 - 25 March, 2015
Gumam Sungmun Church / Oh Jongsang, © Namgoong Sun
© Namgoong Sun

© Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    South Korea, 인천광역시 서구 검암동 SI빌라
  • Design Team

    Lee yujin
  • Area

    758.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

See Inside Le Corbusier's Mind with These 5 Paintings

19:00 - 25 March, 2015
See Inside Le Corbusier's Mind with These 5 Paintings, Taureau (Bull), 1956; Sheet metal plaque, enameled (Unique work, painted with enamel on sheet metal by Le Corbusier and fired in the studio of Jean Martin in Luynes) (46 x 55 cm). Image © Galerie Eric Mouchet – Galerie Zlotowski
Taureau (Bull), 1956; Sheet metal plaque, enameled (Unique work, painted with enamel on sheet metal by Le Corbusier and fired in the studio of Jean Martin in Luynes) (46 x 55 cm). Image © Galerie Eric Mouchet – Galerie Zlotowski

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier’s death, Galerie Eric Mouchet is collaborating with Galerie Zlotowski to showcase Le Corbusier: Panorama of a Lifetime’s Work in Paris. The exhibition, opening April 23 and on view through July 25, will provide a comprehensive overview of paintings, drawings and engravings of the legendary Le Corbusier. 

“Le Corbusier, who was never without a sketchbook in his pocket, devoted half of every day over a 45 year period to writing, painting and drawing - what he called his ‘Atelier de la recherché patiente,’” says the galleries. “His visual arts output was both highly original and prolific, stretching from 1917 to 1965. Up to the Second World War, this work was largely for his own personal research. Later, however, it helped drive the design and promotion of the Modulor, a ‘harmonious’ scale of proportions he devised in 1946.”

Take a look inside Le Corbusier’s mind and preview five of the prolific paintings that will be exhibited, after the break. 

Lorne Hill House / Will Harkness Architecture

18:00 - 25 March, 2015
Lorne Hill House / Will Harkness Architecture, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +23

Milan Expo 2015: EMBT Designs Dome for COPAGRI

17:00 - 25 March, 2015
Milan Expo 2015: EMBT Designs Dome for COPAGRI, © Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
© Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

“The splendor of the Italian cities are beautifully represented by their domes,” says Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Embracing this notion, EMBT has designed a wooden dome for COPAGRI, a confederation of agricultural producers that brings together hundreds of Italian farmers, to showcase their products at the 2015 Milan Expo

“The design started from the observation of Italian landscapes, both natural and man-shaped,” said EMBT in a press release. “In our project the domes are not only representing the magnificence of the Italian past, but they also show us potential for the future lying in the construction of domes.”

Outside-in’ - Residence in Goes / grassodenridder_architecten

16:00 - 25 March, 2015
Outside-in’ - Residence in Goes / grassodenridder_architecten, Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten
Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten

Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten Courtesy of grassodenridder_architecten +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Goes, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Stefan Grasso, Ferry den Ridder
  • Interior Design

    grassodenridder_architecten
  • Project Year

    2014