Hornsey Road / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Hornsey Road, , UK
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Crocker

Courtesy of MLAUS
Courtesy of MLAUS

‘PROTO/E/CO/LOGICS 002: The Field is Open’ Symposium

Taking place September 1-2, the two-day ‘PROTO/E/CO/LOGICS 002: The Field is Open’ Symposium, put on by the Mediterranean Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Strategies (MLAUS), is envisioned as an open platform for rethinking increasingly complex landscape of architecture and asymptotic…

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Interior by the Rockwell Group / © James Medcraft
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Interior by the Rockwell Group / © James Medcraft

“Untold Stories from an Eclectic, Exceptional Practice” Presentation by David Rockwell

In conjunction with its current exhibition The Landmarks of New York, the Parrish Art Museum will host an illustrated presentation by multi-talented, award winning architect David Rockwell… titled “Untold Stories from an Eclectic, Exceptional Practice.” A brief discussion between Rockwell,

Table Hat / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: , Japan
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Producer: Uemura Design Studio
Lighting Designer: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
Contractor: Sensyu Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Courtesy of OpeningDesign
Courtesy of OpeningDesign

The openAEC Challenge: A Collaboration Competition

The OpenAEC Challenge is an architectural competition where the criteria for winning is based on how well you collaborate with others and not on how well you design in isolation. In that sense, it’s less a competition, and more a…

House in Takadanobaba / Florian Busch Architects

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Architects: Florian Busch Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Momoyo Yamawaki
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi, Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

“Everything I Know”: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller

In January of 1975, Buckminster Fuller sat down to deliver twelve lectures that made up the 42-hour series Everything I Know. The entire event was captured on video, with the most advanced, bluescreen technology of the time. Fuller discusses an array of topics, from “architecture, design, philosophy, education, mathematics, geometry, cartography, economics, history, structure, industry, housing and engineering”, to all his major inventions and discoveries, along with “his own personal history in the context of the history of science and industrialization”.

The embedded video above is recompiled and edited version of the series. You may download the entire 42-hours (for free!) from the Internet Archive. The archive has also made transcripts of Everything I Know - “minimally edited and maximally Fuller” – freely available.

Continue after the break for links to the remaining lectures.

Zaha’s Aquatics Center wins public approval

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After controversy struck when critics blamed “bad design” for inconvenient ticket refunds, the success of Zaha Hadid’s design for the Olympic’s Aquatics Center was validated by the overwhelming approval from spectators. According to a survey conducted by the University of Westminster, 95% of the Aquatics Center spectators were satisfied with their experience and 85% thought the venue captured the “true spirit” of the Olympics.

Researchers from Westminster and University of South Australia surveyed spectators about their experiences at the Aquatics Centre, Greenwich Park and Wimbledon. Greenwick Park received a 92% approval and Wimbledon received 88%, while 88% of those surveyed believed the events could not have been staged in a better venue.

“Our preliminary analysis suggests positive outcomes for London 2012 organisers. Those attending the events were very satisfied with their experiences and impressed with the venues,” stated Andrew Smith, city tourism lecturer at the University of Westminster. But he added, “We should remember that these results were derived from research undertaken in the positive afterglow of an event.”

Where you at the 2012 London Olympics? Tell us about your experience in the comment section.

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The Black Box / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: 88 Yuqing Road, ,
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Tuomas Uusheimo, Derryck Menere, Courtesy of Neri & Hu

© Vicky Tran
© Vicky Tran

AIAS Northeast Fall Quad Conference

With ‘Revitalizing Cities’ as the theme, New Jersey Institute of Technology will be hosting the upcoming semi-annual AIAS Northeast Fall Quad Conference in Newark. As current architecture students, they have an invested interest in what the world will become in…

Chilean Pavilion at Guadalajara’s International Book Fair / DAW

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The proposal for the Chilean Pavilion at ’s International Book Fair, designed by DAW, consists in generating a great container that permits a greater presence within the exhibition center and the easy recognition as an icon. As a grand “open house” being the principal concept, the thematic exposition of Chile is prepared in outdoor spaces, consisting primarily in a furnished base and a wooden deck. More images and architects’ description after the break.

EOOS and Eawag's "diversion toilet," which received special recognition in the Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
EOOS and Eawag's "diversion toilet," which received special recognition in the Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

The Toilet, Reinvented

This time last year, Bill Gates made a claim. He would give $100,000 to anyone who could reinvent the toilet. …
No, Gates wasn’t on a quest for his very own golden-seated, hi-tech monstrosity (to rival the most super of Japanese

Cathedral Plaza / Westfourth Architecture

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Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: Bucharest,
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Onar Gerelioglu, Lucia Stoll, Cristiana Ştefan, Mihaela Vasilescu, Daniel Bilan
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Structural Engineer: Popp şi Asociaţii
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 26,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Mărgulescu, Silviu Chiţu

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition, 3rd / Nasrine Seraji + ASAA + Mehdi Bakhshizadeh + Tadbir Omran lranian

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Designed by Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associés, in collaboration with Mehdi Bakhshizadeh and Tadbir Omran lranian, their questioning started with the debate on what is the most distinguishable aspect of Persian Architecture in trade, bank and stock exchange buildings? The other urgent question was regarding the main difference between western and Persian thought in contemporary cultural debates.

They came to the conclusion that one of the main differences is the description and perception of the idea of complexity and its structure in our culture. The result is a new public space through this new building in through building an innovative structure that sits intelligently with the site and proves the capacity of Persian engineering. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Aron R&D Center / Osamu Morishita

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Architects: Osamu Morishita
Location: Shinpou, Toukai,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tamotsu Kurumada, Courtesy of

CET Building / ONL

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Architects: ONL
Location: Közraktárak
Design Team: Kas Oosterhuis, Ilona Lénárd, Gijs Joosen, Owen Slootweg, Bas Wijnbeld, Anna Nagy, Bujdosó Attila, Márku Judit, Romvári Péter, Tom Krzempek, Rafael Seemann, Paulina Gurak, Michael Gorczynski, Lidia Badarnah, Jan Gasparik, Petr Vokal
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of ONL, Romeodesign

Exhibition: “Open City: London, 1500-1700

Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Hand-colored engraving, 1574. Folger Shakespeare Library.
“Open City: London, 1500-1700″, an exhibit running at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, explores the two hundred year period in which was transformed from a medieval capital to an early modern metropolis.  During this period the city suffered a series of traumatic events including plagues, religious disputes, civil wars, the Great Fire, political instability and economic upheaval.  This exhibit allows the audience to witness that despite these drawbacks in its history, came out on top as the capital of a global empire.  Looking at the city as places of gathering: churches, theaters and markets, “Open City” explores ways in which citizens dealt with the changes in their political, economic and social systems.  The exhibit is curated by Kathleen Lynch and will be running through September 30th.

More after the break.

Karakida Community Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

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Architects: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Location: Tama city, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Chiaki Arai
Design Team: Chiaki Arai, Ryoichi Yoshizaki, Tomonori Niimi, Chiaki Hamamatsu
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Taisuke Ogawa