House in Fukuchiyama / arakawa Architects & Associates

© Daisuke Nakamura

Architects: arakawa Architects & Associates
Location: , Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Area: 192.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daisuke Nakamura

Online Master Class: The Versatile Workplace

Online Master Class
The Versatile Workplace
Date: September 25th
Speakers: Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander, Founders Studio O+A
Registration: click here to register to the event.
Brought to you by: IE School of Architecture & Design

Park and Slide in Bristol. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Townsend
Park and Slide in Bristol. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Townsend

Are Playable Cities the Future of Urbanism?

Who says that playing is just for kids? Bristolin the United Kingdom, is just one of the many cities around the world experimenting with urban play, creating opportunities to eliminate urban solitude in favour of having fun. In a recent article in The Guardian, Julian Baggini dives head first into Bristol’s playful new initiatives including a 300-foot water slide on the city’s high street, post boxes that converse using text messaging, and city-wide zombie chases. Bristol is leading the way with urban play worldwide, hosting a conference this month entitled Making the City Playable, an opportunity for planners to convene with the creative minds behind the new form of entertainment. Find out more about urban play and the benefits it brings to cities here

Pittwater House / Andrew Burges Architects

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: Andrew Burges Architects
Location: Pittwater, New South Wales,
Area: 425.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Malevich’s Tektonik. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Malevich’s Tektonik. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Watch “Zaha Hadid on Kazimir Malevich” Today

Zaha Hadid has been featured in a 30-minute BBC Secret Knowledge film based on Kazimir Malevich: The Russian Revolutionary: Zaha Hadid on Kazimir Malevich. One of Hadid’s greatest influencers, the Russian painter and theoretician inspired the Dame’s AA graduation thesis which transformed Malevich’s 1923 Arkitekton model into a 14-story hotel that stretched across London’s Hungerford Bridge. You can watch the film online (here) through September 16.

Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects

© Terry Tourangeau

Architects: regionalArchitects
Location: 375 King Street West, , ON M5V 1K1,
Principal: Drew Sinclair
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terry Tourangeau

Five Proposals Unveiled for Presidio Parklands in San Francisco

The Observation Post / . Image © Courtesy of the Presidio Trust

Last week, the five teams competing for the Presidio Parkland project in San Francisco unveiled their proposals in a public meeting at the project site. The parkland, made possible by the replacement of an elevated highway by a new tunnel, will command stunning views of the San Francisco bay, including views of the Golden Gate bridge.

“This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to create and design new parklands,” Executive Director of the Presidio Trust Craig said. “We are extremely pleased with the caliber of the work of the five design teams and look forward to hearing the public’s feedback on these early concepts.”

Competing for the prestigious project are James Corner Field Operations, OLIN with Snøhetta with Hood Design StudioWest 8, and CMG Landscape Architecture. A winner will be announced in January.

Read on after the break to see all five proposals

Maison + Agence / Hérard & da Costa

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Hérard & da Costa
Location: ,
Area: 317.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Julien Sage-Thomas, Courtesy of Hérard & da Costa

Win a Free Full Pass to Greenbuild from reThink Wood

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Next month, the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to the Big Easy for three days of speakers and educational workshops that discuss sustainable architecture. If you haven’t booked your ticket already, here is a chance to attend the event free of charge!

reThink Wood is offering a full pre-paid pass to Greenbuild this year ($700 value) to one lucky ArchDaily reader. The winner will also be able to meet with architects on-site that are passionate about the green movement and reducing the environmental impact of buildings through innovative design with .

To win, just answer the following question in the comments section before September 26 12:00PM EST: ”Which architecture firm(s) are doing the most innovative green designs with wood today?”

More on reThink Wood at Greenbuild after the break.

SKIN / P-06 Atelier + JLCG Arquitectos

© Ricardo Gonçalves

Architects: P-06 Atelier, JLCG Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Creative Directors: João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Nuno Gusmão
Designers: Giuseppe Greco, Vera Sacchetti, Miguel Matos
Client: Ciência Viva
Year: 2010
Photographs: Ricardo Gonçalves

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 4, “Greening the City”

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“Green architecture helps people live harmoniously with nature and elevates human life by embracing the powers of the sun, wind and water into living space. If the current way of thinking does not change, sooner or later citizens will actually live in concrete jungles,” Vo Trong Nghia says in this week’s episode of ’s Rebel Architecture series. An award-winning Vietnamese architect, Nghia is known for his sustainable and green designs as well as his work with bamboo. In this 25-minute episode, we follow Nghia on his mission to transform Vietnam’s attitude towards architecture and green spaces through his “Vertical Farming City,” and catch a glimpse of his project to implement low-cost housing solutions for Vietnam’s poorest communities in Mekong Delta.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Arumjigi Building / Kim Jongkyu +

© Kyungsub Shin

Architects: ,
Location: 35-32 Tongui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Kim Jongkyu , Choi Jonghoon
Design Team: Jang Byul, Choi Sunwoo, Jung Youngju, Jung Eunju
Area: 1190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin, Jonathan Lovekin

‘Geospatial Solutions’ Company Trimble Acquires Gehry Technologies

The IAC Building by Gehry Partners. Image © flickr user swisscan

Trimble and Frank Gehry have recently announced their plans to enter into a strategic alliance in which Trimble will acquire Gehry Technologies to integrate digital software development and on-site fabrication techniques. As a company working in ‘geospatial solutions,’ Trimble combines software development, communication tools and services to increase productivity in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, among others. The two companies hope that their alliance will enable complex architectural designs to be realized without the construction snags that often affect such ambitious projects.

More on the merger after the break

OfficeUS Propose Floating Museum for Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

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When you visit the galleries of Guggenheim Helsinki, you may have to bring a life vest. This submission to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition floats the idea of a museum over water, traveling between the ports of St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Proposed as a hypothetical submission to the worldwide contest, the team at OfficeUS delve into the notion of transience in the new world of architourism. The brief reads: “As a global freeport, the museum develops a completely new infrastructure, offering the strategic tax benefits of freeport art storage while enabling exhibitions of some of the most important pieces of modern art and design.” Upcoming exhibits include (hypothetically) Olafur Elliasson, Yves Klein and Thomas Demand.

Lake Cabin / FAM Architekti – Feilden+Mawson

© Tomas Balej

Architects: FAM Architekti, Feilden+Mawson
Location: Máchovo jezero, Doksy, Czech Republic
Area: 43.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tomas Balej

How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World’s Largest Masonry Dome?

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More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the Duomo might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi’s commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Los Limoneros / Gus Wüstemann

© Bruno Helbling

Architects: Gus Wüstemann
Location: , Málaga, Spain
Architect In Charge: Silvia Pujalte, Joan Pau Fernandez, Jan kubasiewicz, Eftychia Papathanasiou, Mariana Marques da Silva, Sandy Brunner
Area: 585.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruno Helbling

Casa Costa Grande / Carlos Castanheira

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: Cemitério de São João de Ovil, 4640 Baião, Portugal
Architect In Charge: & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Luís Reis, Isabel Norton, Eliana Sousa, Patrícia Carvalho, João Figueiredo, Susana Oliveira
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG, Courtesy of Carlos Castanheira