Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon
Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon

What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?

Contrary to popular belief, the most visible aspects of cities – new, shiny buildings and crowds of people – aren’t really why people around the world are drawn to city life. Curious about the overwhelming trend toward global urbanization, design firm Sasaki surveyed 1,000 people in BostonChicagoNew York CityAustinSan Francisco and Washington DC to discover the most beloved elements of cities. Finding differences across regions and between generations, this article on Fast Company explores the humble and often surprising reasons we adore city living. Read the full article for more.

Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan

Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 23000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Benny Chan

Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties

© Kevin Pazik

Designed for a laneway inside the Little Portugal neighborhood of Toronto, Flipping Properties tests the boundaries between architecture and furniture. The exhibition, created by Jiminez Lai and his team, Bureau Spectacular, unravels the traditional pentagonal shape of a house to create ‘super-furniture.’ Super-furniture is defined by Lai as “too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.” The large installation pieces are meant to encourage dialogue on unused urban spaces in Toronto, while creating a novel way to interact with those spaces. Despite their size, the pieces can be rearranged within the laneway, allowing for a variety of assemblages to be created.  Flipping Properties opened July 11th, and will be in place until September 14th in the laneway between Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street in Toronto. Admission is free to the public. See the full gallery of exhibition photos, after the break.

House in San Marco / vEstudio

© Andrés Negroni

Architects: vEstudio
Location: , Buenos Aires Province,
Project Architect: Rubén Valdemarin
Construction: Nivel II
Project Area: 200.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Andrés Negroni

This Public Toilet has a Periscope That Offers a Serene Sea View

Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt

The terms “public toilet” and “seaside periscope” don’t usually go hand in hand. However, Adam Wiercinski has drawn inspiration from the location of his project in Gdynia, Poland, on the coast of the Baltic Sea to create a concept for a building that both mimics and observes. Choosing to focus on extensive views over the sea front, Wiercinski aimed to imbue users with a sense of tranquility by designing a serene public facility embodying the powerful, elemental nature of the sea.

Seville Convention Center / Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra

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Architects: Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
Location: Seville, Sevilla, Spain
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Duccio Malagamba

First Job Hunt: Does Size Matter?

Courtesy of Wikipedia User Mdd

Architecture are constantly beset by questions concerning where they want to work, and for what type of firm – and these two questions often boil down to a decision concerning the size of the firm they want to work for. This article, originally posted on Arch Shortcuts thankfully makes this difficult choice a little easier. In it, blog Co-Founder Udit Goel reviews the pros and cons of big firms and small firms, including compensation, expected working hours, and responsibilities. Read the full article, after the break.

Puccio House / WMR Arquitectos

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: Matanzas, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

UIA Commits to Zero Carbon Emissions with “2050 Imperative”

The 2050 Imperative will likely lead to more buildings such as the Zero Carbon Building by Ronald Lu and Partners. Image © Ronald Lu and Partners

At its World Congress event in Durban last week, the International Union of Architects (UIA)’s 124 member organizations declared their commitment to sustainable architecture by unanimously adopting the 2050 Imperative, a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the built environment to zero by mid-century.

The adoption of the 2050 Imperative was planned to coincide with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference that will reconvene in Paris in 2015, and has as one of its aims a plan to phase out CO2 emissions from the power and industrial sectors by 2050. The stated their aim to ”send a strong message to the Parties of the UNFCCC, and to the world, that we are committed to a truly sustainable and equitable future.”

Read on after the break for more detail from the 2050 Imperative, including 5 key objectives

Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled

The Brick Development Association, representing the UK and , has unveiled its shortlist for the 2014 Brick Awards. The awards recognize excellence in design and construction using brick in 14 different categories.  Among the contenders are Zaha Hadid ArchitectsSerpentine Sackler Gallery , Universal Design Studio‘s Ace Hotel and Mecanoo‘s The Library of Birmingham. The winners will be announced on November 12.

See the full shortlist after the break:

Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins Photography

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: Fresach,
Area: 430.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Lins Photography

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Infographic: What Do European Architects Actually Do?

Courtesy of OMA

Though the professional practice of architecture can be broadly defined, we often just focus on the design work in relation to the completed building, leaving behind other areas in which architects find more opportunities. In this infographic created by OMA in preparation for the Monditalia exhibition at the Venice Biennale, we see how the professional activities are distributed among these sub-areas such as planning, landscape design, interior design and feasibility studies–a relationship which can also allow us to extrapolate the outcomes and products that emerge from these countries.

Click the infographic to get a closer look and browse the projects we’ve published from the represented countries:

Jeffry’s House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O’Brien

Courtesy of + Thomas O Brien

Architects: Emily Mannion, Thomas O’Brien
Location: Ards Forest Park,
Collaborators: Ivor Kilpatrick, thatcher
Area: 18.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien

Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

© Timothy Soar

Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Location: Westminster Academy, 5601 North Federal Highway, , FL 33308, USA
Project Manager: Capita Symonds
Area: 141000.0 ft2
Year: 2007
Photographs: Timothy Soar, Matt Chisnall

Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

Courtesy of Global Schindler Award

The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and urbanization. In its inaugural year, a real site in Shenzhen – a booming commercial and industrial area adjacent to Hong Kong – has been chosen as the subject of the urban design proposals. Entrants are being asked to re-imagine the city as an inclusive urban environment and will be vying for portions of the $150,000 prize fund.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams, but must work under the supervision of a faculty member. Registration is open until November 15, 2014 and entries are due on January 31, 2015. The winners, which will be chosen by an esteemed panel of interdisciplinary jury members including landscape architect Kongjian Yu of Turenscape and architect Farshid Moussavi, will be announced in early 2015.

For more information, click here.

Grammar School Frankfurt-Riedberg / Ackermann+Raff

© Thomas Herrmann

Architects: Ackermann+Raff
Location: Friedrich-Dessauer-Straße, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany
Area: 18725.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Herrmann

Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio

Courtesy of Borja García Studio

Architects: Borja Garcia Studio
Location: Carrer Catalans, 8, 46001 Valencia,
Project Architects: Borja García. Laura Ros
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Courtesy of Borja García Studio

O Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 298.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates