St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: St Kilda VIC,
Project Architect: Tara Ward, Michael McManus
Area: 263 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

2014 ANFA Conference

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California. 

The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Alfred Street Residence / studiofour

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: studiofour
Location: VIC,
Project Team : Annabelle Berryman, Sarah Henry
Landscape Designer: 3/2 Jackson Street
 Toorak
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design

© Ema Peter

Architects: Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design
Location: 14601 20 Avenue, , BC V4A 8P7,
Area: 2124.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ema Peter

Learning Centre Biberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten

© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz

Architects: Lanz Schwager Architekten
Location: Wilhelm-Leger-Straße 2, 88400 ,
Team Competition : Sebastian Braun, Petra Martin, 
Johannes Oelschläger, Jan Voswinckel
Team: Sara Hampe, Götz Förg, Sebastian Frerichs, 
 Andreas Kimling, Parthena Sachanidou, Helmuth Sperbe
Area: 15363.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Barbara Schwager, Konstanz

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative

© Michael Moran/OTTO

Architects: 5G Studio Collaborative
Location: 1310 West Exchange Parkway, , TX 75013,
Design Team: Yen Ong, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen, Danielle Cross, Christine Robbins
Interior Designer : 5G Studio Collaborative
Interior Design Team : Yen Ong, Danielle Cross, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen
Area: 8432.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

Sydney Plans Large-Scale Urban Renewal Program

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The government of New South Wales have announced plans for Sydney’s largest program of urban renewal since the 2000 Summer Olympics. The proposal seeks to utilise and regenerate a series of former docklands from the area of Blackwattle Bay, through the Sydney Fish Market, Rozelle Bay and Rozelle Rail Yards, to White Bay Power Station (a protected building).

Infoversum / ARCHIVIEW

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Architects: ARCHIVIEW
Location: Vrydemalaan, , The
Architect In Charge: Jack van der Palen
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

© Joon Hwan Yoon

Architects:
Location: , Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Area: 721 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

Courtesy of Jane Duncan
Courtesy of Jane Duncan

Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA

Jane Duncan…, an Architect based in the English county of Buckinghamshire, has been elected as the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Taking over the reigns from current President Stephen Hodder in September 2015, Duncan will become

Swissquote Building in Gland / Link architectes

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Architects: Link architectes
Location: , Switzerland
Area: 38000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Swissquote Bank

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

June 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the ’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 – its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Waltham Forest College / Platform 5 Architects + Richard Hopkinson Architects

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Architects: Platform 5 Architects + Richard Hopkinson Architects
Location: , UK
Area: 3,000 sqm
Photographs: Alan Williams Photography

Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents

. Image © Iwan Baan

Following yesterday’s news story about the forced eviction of the thousands of inhabitants living in ’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest vertical slum, Urban-Think Tank has issued a statement. The group, which spent two years researching the remarkable urban space for their Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012, has spoken with residents and hopes to provoke the architectural/design communities by adding their voice to the debate. Read the full statement, after the break. 

Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy

The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou

The , Brown University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, collaborated on a passive “fabric” house for the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe (which just wrapped up this month – see the winners here). In the following article, originally published on Metropolis MagazineMartin Pedersen reviews the remarkable house.

This summer’s 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is well underway in France, where a solar-powered village of twenty sustainable homes designed and built by college students from all over the country, has emerged on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, have teamed up for Techstyle Haus, an 800-square-foot house that’s not only a model of energy efficiency but an elegant piece of design as well.

Single-family House in Groharjevo / 3biro

© Miran Kambič

Architects: 3biro
Location: Groharjevo naselje, , Slovenia
Area: 33 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities

The Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr

A former treasure in Louisville is now nothing more than a storage facility, while a dilapidated office building in Paris has sat empty for months on end. Both of these cities are taking proactive, but wildly different, measures to help the valuable vacant buildings and lots in their jurisdictions find new life. To learn more about each city’s potential solution to this global problem, keep reading after the break.

© 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP
© 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP

Spotlight: Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers, one of the leading architects of the British High-Tech movement, turns 81 today. Rogers made his name in the 70s and 80s, with buildings such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Headquarters for Lloyd’s Bank in London, which utilized highly expressive structures that placed services on the exteriors.