We love listening to TED talks as the speakers offer fresh perspectives and challenge us with thought provoking ideas. Today, we share David Byrne’s talk about music and architecture. Byrne chronologically moves through different architectural periods, noting the difference musical composition experiences as the years progress. For instance, the airy and flowing music that filled cathedrals became more textural with frequent changes in key as the size and shape shifted to become something like Carnegie Hall.
More about Byrne after the break.
Architects:Antonio Altarriba Comes – Miguel Noguera Mayén
Location: Moncada, Spain
Collaborators: David López Mateo, Jose Luis Mazuecos, María Salinas Molto
Constructor: Construcciones francés s.l.
Client: Moncada’s city Council
Constructed area: 921,00 m2
Budget: 712.696,91 euro
Date of construction: January 2008 – January 2009
Photos: Courtesy of Antonio Altarriba Comes – Miguel Noguera Mayén
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, whose National Tourist Route was a finalist for the 2009 Building of the Year Awards, has recently been awarded first prize for an invited competition to design a mountaineering center. Situated in Norway, the center possesses an expressive geometry that is an artificial interpretation of the site’s mountainous backdrop. Covered in a uniform surface, the angularity of the form breaks the large mass into a more contextual and scalable entity. The design intends to give the “existing house a special character that conveys the content with a unique and existing expression” giving the center of Åndalsnes a “one of a kind building.”
More images after the break.
MINE THE GAP, a single-stage international design ideas competition dedicated to examining one of the most visible scars left after the collapse of the real estate market in Chicago: the massive hole along the Lake Michigan remaining from the cancellation of Calatrava’s Spiral Tower, have recently announced it’s winners. See them after the break.
It starts with one can. To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world. Canstruction, an event committed to ending hunger, is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change.
Canstruction® is the most unique food charity in the world! The 12th annual Toronto event hosted annually at the Toronto Dominion Centre. So far, Toronto has raised almost 500,000 lbs of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing more than canned food, ingenuity, and luck? Enter today and download the call for entries at http://www.canstructiontoronto.org. Seen at Bustler.
Just in time for the summer, Visiondivison‘s new pre-fab housing series is geared toward accommodating summer time guests in a flexible, yet compact space. Pyramidal in shape, the house features a playful facade that is climbable, affording each guest his own entrance hatch that can be reached from the outside.
More images and more about the houses after the break.
Using their award-winning campus master plan as a guide, the new international school in Baton Rouge, LA designed by Trahan Architects has just entered into the schematic design phase. The facility will be comprised of a gymnasium, stage, classrooms and an administrative suite. After interviewing Trey Trahan and being introduced to several of his projects, it is evident that the firm’s emphasis on understanding the context, in terms of both built form and culture, continually provides the backbone for their design process.
More images and more about the project after the break.
A few weeks ago, we shared our opinion on the benefits of the open architecture competition. Whether you believe entering competitions degrades architects because ideas are shared without monetary compensation, or whether you find that competitions inspire your creative edge, how about this scenario: a competition canceled one day after the submission deadline.
More about the canceled competition after the break.
Since its beginnings, photography quickly became the principal architectural media tool. Now, with all the possibilities given by the new technology, specially new media, it seemed that video was supposed to be the natural evolution. However, only a few have been able to evolve from a fixed frame into a video proposal that can transmit the qualities of a building in motion, with most being just a slideshow with background music or a collage of different shots, which can’t tell more than a fixed photo.
But this is changing, and a few photographers have been able to embrace this new format and make a contribution to how buildings are presented, avoiding the use of a single good framing. This has been the case of the first video shot by photographer Cristobal Palma, a commission from our friends at Abitare.
For more, you can visit the projects photographed by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily.
Easter Seals and Google SketchUp have teamed up to launch this first-of-its-kind online competition. The Easter Seals’ Sketch-A-Space competition offers people with autism—and those interested in learning more about autism or who have someone in their life that lives with autism—an opportunity to design their ideal, dream space using Google SketchUp’s free 3-D modeling software.
Design the room or space of your dreams—for a chance to win $2,000 to make that dream space come true. Join them in helping to make spaces more accessible to people living with autism! More information at the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.
Location: Palermo Neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Budget: us$ 42,000
Construction company: 1° Plano SRL
Metal carpentry: Miguel Cabaña
Foldable window: Daniel Méndez
Wood carpentry: Ricardo Juárez
Painting: Juan Pujol
Estructural engineer: Diego Vizzón
Project & direction: Max Zolkwer
Team: Stephane Damsin, Florencia Bernal, Florencia Medina
Photos: Albano Garcia
The first Czech private school of architecture, Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP), opens its doors in Veletržní palác. It is currently accepting applications from prospective local and international students for its baccalaureate study programme in Architecture, with instruction in English. Tuition starts in autumn 2010; the applications can be filed online, at the school’s website and the application deadline is 21 June. For more information, click here.
For this small residence situated deep into the hillside, MYCC designed a strong frame that outlines the overall house form, which is then sandwiched with rusted steel panels. The perforated panels are printed with different shades to represent a fragmented piece of the forest. These holes filter natural light during the day and conversely, filter artificial light during the night. The interior’s lofted condition overlooks a grand living space.
More images after the break.