Kickstarter Campaign: The Blindspot Initiative

00:00 - 23 December, 2013
Kickstarter Campaign: The Blindspot Initiative, The Blinspot Initiative: "Beyond competition, towards collaboration". Image Courtesy of Blindspot Initiative
The Blinspot Initiative: "Beyond competition, towards collaboration". Image Courtesy of Blindspot Initiative

Like many in architecture, the Blindspot Initiative has grown tired of "the exclusive, winner takes all mentality of competitions." Instead, they value collaboration and open access to design ideas, and so are renting a studio in East LA for an exhibition that will display the work of 10 fringe (blindspot) designers, "presenting work on a neutral ground to encourage conversations and practice which lives outside the conventions of typical design outputs and practices." Visit their kickstarter project to learn more and contribute to their cause (and check out their video, after the break).

Vilanova I La Geltrú Services Platform / Pinearq

01:00 - 22 December, 2013
Vilanova I La Geltrú Services Platform / Pinearq, Courtesy of Pinearq
Courtesy of Pinearq
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Albert de Pineda Alvarez
  • Collaborators

    Marcial Novo, Alba Casanovas
  • Technical Architects

    ENNE-Gestión Activa de Proyectos (Imma Casado, David Sobrino)
  • Structure

    Bernuz Arquitectes
  • Services

    Grupo JG
  • Areas

    8368.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Cortesia de Pinearq

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Can a Law of Linguistics Predict How Cities Grow?

00:00 - 22 December, 2013
Can a Law of Linguistics Predict How Cities Grow?, New York - Twice the size of LA. Via Flickr CC User. Image © Katy Silberger
New York - Twice the size of LA. Via Flickr CC User. Image © Katy Silberger

An interesting article on io9 unveils a curious law that can apparently predict the size of cities - a law developed by a linguist. The original version of Zipf's law states that in any language, the most common word was used twice as much as the second most common, three times as much as the third and so on. It seems though, that this law also applies to the populations of the cities in a given country. And the most interesting part? Nobody really knows why. You can read the full article here.

The Ongoing Battle to Preserve Midcentury Modernism

01:00 - 22 December, 2013
The Ongoing Battle to Preserve Midcentury Modernism, The building’s owner, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, waited until demolition was underway before releasing renderings of three towers that might replace it—none as compelling as Goldberg’s cloverleaf.. Image © Bonnie McDonald
The building’s owner, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, waited until demolition was underway before releasing renderings of three towers that might replace it—none as compelling as Goldberg’s cloverleaf.. Image © Bonnie McDonald

This article by Fred A Bernstein originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine as "Worth Preserving". Bernstein tracks the preservation battles fought, won and lost in 2013, unearths their root cause (money), and questions: was preservation better off in recession?

“It’s the old adage: location, location, location,” says Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy. Dishman isn’t talking real estate, but historic preservation. In California, a midcentury house on a modest lot may find a buyer willing to maintain it. But the same modernist house on a large lot in Brentwood or Pacific Palisades, is practically wearing a “tear me down” sign. (How does a 1,200-square-foot house stand a chance in a neighborhood where 12,000 is the new normal?) “Small houses on large lots are the greatest concern,” says Dishman.

The Conservancy won a victory this year when ten of the surviving Case Study Houses—including the celebrated Stahl House by Pierre Koenig—were added to the National Register of Historic Places. But listing doesn’t stop the houses from being demolished—it simply triggers additional reviews before bad things can happen to good buildings, the kind of red tape that doesn’t always deter the super-rich. Money, especially big money, can be the enemy of preservation.

Read on about preservation's fight with big money after the break.

Saarinen's Bell Labs. Image © Rob Dobi Orange County Government Center, by Paul Rudolph. Image Courtesy of MIT Libraries, Rotch Visual Collections; Photograph by G.E. Kidder Smith. The lobby of Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, is part of a five-story, quarter-mile-long atrium. Most of the original built-ins, by Eero Saarinen, are in remarkably good shape.. Image © Rob Dobi The oft-photographed house (this shot was taken by the legendary Julius Shulman) is one of ten Case Study Houses just added to the National Register of Historic Places after a decade-long effort by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The house is open for tours. Image Courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust/Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute +9

Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney's Bondi Beach

00:00 - 22 December, 2013
Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney's Bondi Beach, Courtesy of Aleš Javůrek
Courtesy of Aleš Javůrek

Czech architect Ales Javurek has been awarded first prize in the [AC-CA] Architectural Competition for his design of a two-story, 340 square meter vacation home utilizing shipping containers in Sydney, Australia. The proposal situates the home on the edge of a 1500 square meter hillside to maximize the striking panoramic view of Bondi Beach. By preserving current trees and the slope's profile, consisting of "three platforms," the proposal successfully addresses the main brief: to design a contemporary, sustainable vacation house which sensitively fits into its context and considers Sydney's climate conditions. 

Learn more after the break…

Castle of Skywalkers / Doojin Hwang Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2013
Castle of Skywalkers  / Doojin Hwang Architects, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park
  • Architects

  • Location

    8 Seokgok-ri, Jiksan-eup, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Doojin Hwang Architects
  • Area

    2988.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +43

Medical Resort Bad Schallerbach / Architects Collective ZT-GmbH (AC)

01:00 - 22 December, 2013
Medical Resort Bad Schallerbach / Architects Collective ZT-GmbH (AC), © Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus +17

AIA Announces Three Award Recipents

00:00 - 22 December, 2013
AIA Announces Three Award Recipents, Louisiana State Museum. Image © Timothy Hurlsey
Louisiana State Museum. Image © Timothy Hurlsey

The American Institute of Architects recently announced that three of its distinguished members have been awarded some of the Institute's top honors. Each recipient has made significant contributions to the advancement of the architectural profession or education, helping to shape the field for future generations. The awards include the 2014 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion, the 2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, and the 2014 Edward C. Kemper Award. Read more about the recipients after the break...

RRC Studio Design Residential & Commercial Expansion for Al Dhakira

00:00 - 22 December, 2013
RRC Studio Design Residential & Commercial Expansion for Al Dhakira, Aerial view. Image Courtesy of RRC Studio
Aerial view. Image Courtesy of RRC Studio

Italian Practice RRC Studio has released designs for new residential and commercial quarters in Al Dhakira, Qatar. The design will roughly double the size of the small city, situated 60km outside the capital of Doha, providing new housing blocks, villas, hotels, and a new commercial district.

Seaside Promenade. Image Courtesy of RRC Studio Commercial District. Image Courtesy of RRC Studio Residential Neighborhood. Image Courtesy of RRC Studio Marina. Image Courtesy of RRC Studio +13

Kfar Shemaryahu Kindergarden / Sarit Shani Hay

01:00 - 22 December, 2013
Kfar Shemaryahu Kindergarden / Sarit Shani Hay, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +24

Sunlighthouse / Juri Troy Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2013
© Adam Mork
© Adam Mork

© Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork +17

Alfonso Architects Selected to Design Museum of American Arts and Crafts

00:00 - 21 December, 2013
Alfonso Architects Selected to Design Museum of American Arts and Crafts, Courtesy of Alfonso Architects
Courtesy of Alfonso Architects

Alfonso Architects have been awarded the building project for the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hundreds of objects from the early 20th century movement - including furniture, pottery and paintings - have been offered by the museum's patron, art collector Rudy Ciccarello, in collaboration with the Two Red Roses Foundation. 

Galleries and exhibit spaces, says lead architect Alberto Alfonso, are inspired by the "detailing and customization of materials and joinery" characteristic of the era. The four-story, 90,000 square-foot museum "is a tremendous gift by Mr. Ciccarello for the city of St. Petersburg and our state," adds Alfonso. 

JC Raulston Arboretum Lath House / Frank Harmon Architect

01:00 - 21 December, 2013
JC Raulston Arboretum Lath House / Frank Harmon Architect, Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect
Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect

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Formlessfinder's "Tent Pile" a Hit at Design Miami/

00:00 - 21 December, 2013
© James Harris
© James Harris

From the architects. Formlessfinder’s Tent Pile brings an intensely architectural intervention to Design Miami/, inventing a new building typology to provide shade, seating, cool air, and a space to play for the city’s public. The design practice, co-founded by Julian Rose and Garrett Ricciardi in 2010, approaches new projects with an interest in the specifics of geography — closely examining the spatial, social, and physical conditions of the location with which their structure will interact. They prioritize the use of available materials, committing to deploy them in ways that allow for reuse, an approach that produces what they refer to as “an architecture that can go from nothing to something and back again.” 

Learn more after the break...

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX

01:00 - 21 December, 2013
Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX, © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    3060-284 Covões, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Design Team

    Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Marco Roque Antunes, Nuno Grancho, Tiago Santos, Andreia Tomé, Tânia Pedro, Clara Martins, Pedro Sousa, Alain Gameiro
  • Area

    4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG +51

Museum de Fundatie / Bierman Henket architecten

01:00 - 21 December, 2013
© Joep Jacobs
© Joep Jacobs

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Joaquim Carvalho Secondary School / Inês Lobo Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 December, 2013
Joaquim Carvalho Secondary  School / Inês Lobo Arquitectos , © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +13

Vicar Theatre / Gabriel Verd Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 December, 2013
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Horacio, 04738 Puebla de Vícar, Almería, Spain
  • Site Management

    Gabriel Verd Arquitectos, with Nicolás Carbajal y Simone Salinas
  • Project Area

    3542.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Roland Halbe, Carl Lang, Isao Suzuki

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +36