In Defense of Open Source Design

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
In Defense of Open Source Design, Tatiana Bilbao's open source design for Paperhouses. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses
Tatiana Bilbao's open source design for Paperhouses. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses

The unspoken truth about housing today? Most of it is ugly - more accurately described as "developed" than "designed."

What's the difference? A housing development is bottom line-oriented; a housing design is human-centered. A housing development is made for the masses; housing design is typically envisioned for an individual client. But, at the end of the day, every house was at one point designed. In other words, development and design are merely made to oppose by developers and designers. They can be one and the same.

So how can we negotiate the difference between "development" and "design" - and effectively create better housing for the many without loss of individualism? Allow me to suggest an unlikely solution: making architecture open source.

TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

TEX-FAB extends its reach to Austin, this year adding the University of Texas School of Architecture as a member organization. In doing so, the UT SOA is supporting the largest and most complete event to date with Michel Rojkind as our Keynote lecture with 6 speakers and 4 moderators. Moderators will delve into techniques to highlight the differences between working methods, while within the workshops, session leaders will further develop those topics as functional methods for the production of design solutions. 

Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum / Monoblock

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum / Monoblock, © Albano Garcia
© Albano Garcia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Marcos Amedeo, Fernando Cynowiec, Juan Granara, Adrián Russo, Alexis Schächter
  • Project Area

    7050.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Albano Garcia , Javier Agustin Rojas, Horacio Volpato, Cortesia de Monoblock

© Javier Agustin Rojas © Javier Agustin Rojas © Javier Agustin Rojas © Albano Garcia +39

Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube, Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image
Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image

The Apple Store's iconic 5th Avenue Store, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, came into unfortunate contact with a snowblower yesterday, reports Buzzfeed. The incident has left one panel of glass shattered; it's estimated that fixing it will cost about $445,000. More images, after the break...

Instituut Verbeeten / Wiegerinck

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
© Kim Zwarts
© Kim Zwarts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Breda, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Jarno Nillesen, Alfons van den Berg, Frans Frederiks, Carl Peter Goossen, Marieke van ‘t Hoff, Gerard Kasteel, Miriam Poch, Paul Numan, Roy Pype
  • Consultants

    Aronsohn, Deerns raadgevend ingenieurs, Gebroeders Brouwer, FabriekNL
  • Contractors

    Heerkens van Bavel, Gebroeders Brouwer, FabriekNL
  • Area

    1794.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts © Kim Zwarts +14

Villa 191 / ISV architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
© Anargyros Mougiakos
© Anargyros Mougiakos

© Anargyros Mougiakos © Giannis Kontos © Anargyros Mougiakos © Giannis Kontos +17

Winter Cabin In Malalcahuello / MC2 Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Winter Cabin In Malalcahuello / MC2 Arquitectos, Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos
Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Francisca Cifuentes, Alejandro Morales
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos

Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 arquitectos +26

Tagungshotel Kloster Haydau / Störmer Murphy and Partners

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Tagungshotel Kloster Haydau / Störmer Murphy and Partners, © Ali Moshiri
© Ali Moshiri

© Ali Moshiri © Ali Moshiri © Ali Moshiri © Ali Moshiri +20

The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS, Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com
Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com

In this in-depth article on Design ObserverBelmont Freeman examines the resurgence of interest in the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Peter Eisenman's radical, theory-based school that existed from 1967-1985, and questions: what has been the Institute's legacy in the 30 years since its demise? Read Freeman's thoughts in the full article here.

King Fahad National Library / Gerber Architekten

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
King Fahad National Library / Gerber Architekten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Project Architect

    Thomas Lücking
  • Structural

    Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure
  • Contractor

    Saudi Bin Laden
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +21

Korean Presbyterian Church / Arcari + Iovino Architects

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Korean Presbyterian Church / Arcari + Iovino Architects, Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects
Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    New Jersey, USA
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects

Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects +14

Architectural Photographers: Roland Halbe

00:00 - 21 January, 2014
Architectural Photographers: Roland Halbe, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Working independently since 1988, Roland Halbe started out shooting commercial architecture, but quickly became one of the most recognized professionals in architecture photography, earning international commissions from architects, agencies and all kinds of media outlets.

In 1996 he co-founded Artur Images, an online archive of architecture and interior images, representing over 200 photographers from all over the world including, of course, himself.

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +11

The Rise of the Poverty-Stricken Mega-City

00:00 - 21 January, 2014
The Rise of the Poverty-Stricken Mega-City, Mumbai is among the world's largest, and poorest, cities. Image © Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons
Mumbai is among the world's largest, and poorest, cities. Image © Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons

In this article on the Atlantic Cities, Richard Florida delves into recent research by Edward Glaeser, the author of Triumph of the City, which investigates the emergence in recent decades of mega-cities in developing nations. Though cities have long been connected to prosperity he points out that in these new cities, residents remain poor. The answer it seems is linked to our globalized economy, as well as the under prepared governments in these countries. However Glaeser and Florida don't see this as a reason for panic, or to abandon urbanization, but rather to ensure that urbanization is supported more effectively by government. You can read the full article here.

Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition Announced

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition Announced, Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)
Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)

d3 has unveiled the 2013 winners of Unbuilt Visions, a competition designed to “promote critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects.” Get a glimpse of the four grand prize projects, which were awarded $750 each for their winning contributions, and the eleven special mentions after the break. 

Suresnes Museum of Urban and Social History / Encore Heureux, AAVP

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Suresnes Museum of Urban and Social History / Encore Heureux, AAVP, © Cyrus Cornut
© Cyrus Cornut

© Cyrus Cornut © Luc Boegly © Cyrus Cornut © Luc Boegly +25

New Theatre in Santa Maria Port / Daroca Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
New Theatre in Santa Maria Port / Daroca Arquitectos, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza del Polvorista, 11500 El Puerto, Cádiz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jose Antonio Carbajal Navarro, Jose L. Daroca Bruño
  • Collaborators

    Nicolas Carbajal Ballel, Rodrigo Carbajal Ballel
  • Area

    5446.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +11

Photos of Eero Saarinen's Abandoned Bell Labs

00:00 - 21 January, 2014
Photos of Eero Saarinen's Abandoned Bell Labs, © Rob Dobi
© Rob Dobi

This article by Samuel Medina originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine, titled "Eero Saarinen's Bell Labs, Now Devoid of Life" and features stunning photos of the abandoned leviathan by Rob Dobi.

At its peak, thousands passed through its massive, light-filled atrium. Today, Bell Labs Holmdel stands empty, all of its 1.9-million-square-feet utterly without life. An iconic example of the now-disparaged office park, the campus in central Jersey, was shuttered in 2007 and vacated soon after. Years later, it remains in an abandoned, if not unkept state. The grounds are cared for, the floors swept clean, and the interior plantings trimmed, however haphazardly. (That's saying something; in the laboratory's heyday, plastic shrubbery filled its glorious central hall.)

More about the building's future, and more photos by Rob Dobi, after the break

© Rob Dobi © Rob Dobi © Rob Dobi © Rob Dobi +9

UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

The British Government will showcase Britain’s distinctive qualities of creativity and enterprise to millions of international visitors through the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.