Breathing Prototypes Workshop

Parametrica [Digi Fab School] invites you to BREATHING PROTOTYPES Workshop (19-25 February 2013) to participate in the digital design build workshop, seeking to create an inventive collaborative environment. The workshop is part of a series of PARAMETRICA events aimed in promoting and exploring the world of parametric design.

The workshop is aimed at: students, postgraduates, architects, interior, product and urban designers, engineers, anybody interested. All the details after the break.

Yacht House / Robin Monotti Architects

© Ioana Marinescu

Architects: Robin Monotti Architects
Location: , Ukraine
Design Team: Robin Monotti Graziadei, Fannar Haraldsson
Structural Engineer: Gennadiy Gyrushta
Main Contractor: Igor Shutkin
Area: 875 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

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To further the promotion of art education, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou’s old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.

Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb / TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

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Architects: TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos
Location: , Germany
Area: 510.3 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Alda 

bam! Wins YAP MAXXI 2013

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With an intention to attract and impress viewers with his massive scale, He has been selected as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome, an annual competition that promotes and supports young and emerging architects in collaboration with MAXXI Architettura, /MoMA PS1 of New York, Constructo of Santiago and, for the first time, Istanbul Modern, Turkey.

Turin-based studio bam! bottega di architettura sostenibile, designed He as a grandiose and buoyant installation that transforms the concrete MAXXI facade and expansive piazza into a visual spectacular, while offering a shady escape from the Summer heat.

SCAPE/Landscape Architecture Wins Competition for Lexington Masterplan

SCAPE’s Masterplan for , ’s Town Branch Commons. Image © SCAPE/Landscape Architecture

New York-based SCAPE/Landscape Architecture has beat out 4 national/international firms, including JDS Architects, to design a Masterplan for the Town Branch Commons, a two-mile linear stretch of green space that will connect the eastern and western sections of downtown Lexington, . The Competition has garnered attention for its interesting challenge: to bring the Town Branch Creek, a river which has been underground for over 100 years, to the surface.

Jeff Fugate, President and COO of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, which sponsored the competition, noted that “The [five-person] jury had five excellent choices, but SCAPE clearly was above the competition.” Aaron Betsky, the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the jury chairman also explained the choice: “As a jury, we felt inspired and excited by the breath of the designers’ vision, while we felt confident that they would be able to implement their plan.”

Town Branch Commons bird’s eye view. Photo © Space Group and MIR

Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE, notes that the firm is looking forward to working with the community to make the vision a reality: “SCAPE is so thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative to revive Town Branch, make new connections downtown, and improve the quality of life in Lexington. We’ve been inspired by the realities and conditions on the ground and by the potential of water to inform the design of new urban landscapes.”

Find out more about the Masterplan, after the break…

Holiday Home in the Algarve / Hilberink Bosch Architects

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Architects: Hilberink Bosch Architects
Location: Moncarapacho, ,
Area: 560 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: René de Wit

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Towers and Flagship Hub Proposal / mæ

mæ… architects recently announced that they were selected to design a ‘split-site’ elderly housing and healthcare hub project in Lisson Grove, Central London. Intended for City West Homes, on behalf of Westminster City Council, the housing scheme, which will be

Final Preservation: What Cinema Has That Architecture Doesn’t

Casa Malaparte, given new life by Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt. Image © Flickr User CC Sean Munson

This article comes courtesy of our friend and cenephile Charlotte Neilson, the author of the fascinating design blog Casting Architecture, which discusses architecture and production design. 

The life of a building – a few hundred years, if a building is lucky – is just a blip when compared to the billions of years required to shape the natural landscape. Even briefer is the work of a film maker: a pursuit created for momentary entertainment, which reaches completion in just a couple of hours. Strange then, that film has often stepped in to preserve buildings who have met an early demise.

While Architecture and Film have always had an uncomfortable relationship (be it the movie industry’s portrayal of modern buildings as cold and soulless – and usually associated with less than savory occupants or the stereotyping of Architects themselves as delicate, impractical types), the inclusion of a building in a feature film can often become an important part of a building’s story. And sometimes its last bastion.

More on Architecture preserved on Film, after the break…

AD Interviews: Edouard François

Back when I was an architecture student I was very impressed by the early works of French architect and urban planner Edouard François, which introduced new ways to understand the relation between nature and architecture.

Edouard has always been an innovator, experimenting with green façades and constantly challenging the housing typology, making architecture a response of the times (which otherwise, as he mentions, would be just construction). These aspects, how to push innovation with clients and into the market, are discussed with Edouard in this interview, recommended to young architects who could learn from his experience running his practice.

Edouard studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and has taught around the world. His work and career have been highly recognized, being appointed with the RIBA International Fellowship in 2011 and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2012.

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Kromhout Barracks / Karres en Brands + Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten

© Jannes Linders

Architects: Karres en Brands, Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Bart Brands, Sylvia Karres, Lieneke van Campen, Jeroen Marseille, Uta Krause, Paul Portheine, Joost de Natris, Jim Navarro
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jannes Linders, Aeroview

2011 Winner of "Architecture and People" © Neil Dusheiko - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants
2011 Winner of "Architecture and People" © Neil Dusheiko - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

2013 Architect’s Eye Photography Competition

Organized by International Art Consultants (IAC) and supported by The Royal Photographic Society, the Architect’s Eye competition has been celebrating and encouraging architects’ passion for photography since 2007. Now, in its fourth edition, UK architects are challenged to submit photos into two distinct…

Ecumenical Forum HafenCity / Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch

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Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch
Location: Shanghaiallee 12, 20457 Hamburg,
Architect In Charge: Wolfgang Lorch, Andrea Wandel Prof.
Project Manager: Florian Gotze
Collaborators: Dirk Lang, Bruno Di Franco, Kimberly Rubert, Nikolaus Hirsch, Andreas Schmalz, John Vogt
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch

Central Library Singapore at dawn. Photo © Jason Wee
Central Library Singapore at dawn. Photo © Jason Wee

Reading Spaces, Spaces for Reading: A look at Singapore’s Culture of Reading

This article comes to us courtesy of author Jason Wee, an artist, curator, and writer who directs Grey Projects in Singapore. It originally appeared in the Perspectives section of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative Online Platform on January 14th, …

Art Barn / Robert Young

© Michael Moran

Architects: Robert Young
Location: , Connecticut, USA
Architect In Charge:
Project Architect: Aaron Cattani
Project Team: Kiyomi Troemner, Jason Shannon, Eleanor Lee, Shea Murdock
Year: 2007
Photographs: Michael Moran, Frank Oudeman

Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles
Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles

National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles…’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center

Club House Punta Lago / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

© Tamara Uribe

Architects: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
Location: Mérida, Yucatan,
Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
Collaborators: Marco Sogbi
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tamara Uribe

La Marseta Country House / Sonia Miralles Mud

© David Frutos

Location: Mutxamel, Alicante,
Collaborators: Maribel Requena and Jose Higinio Motilla
Area: 135 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: David Frutos