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Richard Rogers: "Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities"

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Richard Rogers: "Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities", "London as it could be" / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP
"London as it could be" / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP

In an article for The Guardian Richard Rogers questions why, with space still left in urban areas, we should build in the countryside? Lord Rogers, no stranger to political activism, chaired the UK's Urban Task Force in the 1990s, culminating in his report Towards an Urban Renaissance. Now, over fifteen years later, his plea for denser, better designed urban environments has been rekindled as he argues that: "We can't go on like this. The housing shortage threatens both the economy and our quality of life." Laying out a clear argument reinforced by his forty years of experience as an architect, you can read his article in full here.

Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards BIG, UN Studio, HOK, and More

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Honorable Mention, Public Building Built: Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera
Honorable Mention, Public Building Built: Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera

The winners of Re-Thinking the Future’s 2014 design competition - a competition that asked architects, designers, planners, and students from all over the world to submit “radical solutions for the present day problems” of climate change - have been announced. Requesting both built and conceptual works, the jury of 20 architects from firms such as SOM, AEDAS, and Perkins+Will evaluated the projects across a range of categories, from mixed-use and residential buildings to urban and landscape design. 

See all the winners, including proposals from BIG, UN Studio, and HOK, after the break.

Second Place, Mixed Used Concept: SANE Architecture’s Taichung City Cultural Centre. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture First Place, Public Building Built: Vancouver Convention Centre West / LMN + DA with MCM. Image Courtesy of LMN First Place, Interior Corporate Built: Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II / za bor architects. Image © Peter Zaytsev Honorable Mention, Commercial Building Built: PGE GiEk Concern Headquarters / FAAB Architektura Adam Białobrzeski | Adam Figurski. Image © Bartłomiej Senkowski +16

Maison A3 / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Maison A3 / Vincent Coste, © Toulon Azur
© Toulon Azur

© Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur +53

Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture, © Vishranthi Homes
© Vishranthi Homes

© Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    351, Lloyds Road, Padupet, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014, India
  • Design Team

    Siddarth Money, Sriram Ganapathi, K.S Money, G. Theivanayagee, S.Seran, P.Mathivannan
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Building in the Metropolis MX - Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

23:00 - 16 July, 2014
Building in the Metropolis MX - Gaeta Springall Arquitectos, © Gianluca Giordano
© Gianluca Giordano

From Architecture Forum Aedes. The exhibition "Building in the Metropolis MX" presents selected works from the Mexican studio Gaeta-Springall Architects. In their working process right through to realisation, architectural elements such as form, material and function serve a larger and more complex system: the City. Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall and their team take great care over designing the envelope in order to generate possible interactions through the porosity of the exterior skin. Here they set particular store by intelligent systems and technologies as the longevity and durability of the building lies in its efficiency and sustainability. Gaeta-Springall Architects dedicate themselves to space as an entirety, which they see as the “true stage of life”. For them, "Building in the Metropolis MX" means the linking of architectural, urban and social elements. It is here that they see their everyday work. After curating this year’s Mexican pavilion “Condemned to be modern” at the Venice Biennale, the presentation at Aedes is the second exhibition in Europe for Gaeta-Springall architects, already highly regarded in their home country. 

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station Brought to Life

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Courtesy of Pierce-Arrow Museum
Courtesy of Pierce-Arrow Museum

Many architects have portfolios full of projects that were never built, and Frank Lloyd Wright is no exception.  Now, however, the Buffalo Pierce-Arrow museum in New York has brought one of Wright’s more imaginative conceptual projects to life. In this article from Metropolis, we are introduced to a gas station designed by Wright for his (also unbuilt) Broadacre City project. 

This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans, Courtesy of Cristian Ehrmantraut
Courtesy of Cristian Ehrmantraut

"Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it's designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it's thrown away. Few know where this mass of junk will end up ... in the oceans, killing and silently destroying everything, even us."

Cristian Ehrmantraut has developed a prototype for a floating platform that filters the ocean and absorbs plastic. Located 4 km from the coast of Easter Island, close to the center of the mega-vortex of plastic located in the South Pacific, the tetrahedral platform performs a kind of dialysis, allowing the natural environment to be recovered as well as energy and food to be produced.

House in Otori / Arbol Design

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
House in Otori / Arbol Design, © Yohei Sasakura
© Yohei Sasakura

© Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura +26

Epée de Bois - Nursery / h2o architectes

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
© Julien Attard
© Julien Attard
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Rue de l'Épée de Bois, 75005 Paris, France
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard +21

Cultura Bookstore / Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante + Studio MK27

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Cultura Bookstore / Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante + Studio MK27, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +42

Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, © Mark Heithoff
© Mark Heithoff

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named American architect Steven Holl as the 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture. Holl will be honored at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 15th. The jury's citation states that Holl's "works are internationally highly regarded, primarily as a result of his philosophy regarding the unification of the “experience” of space, as depicted by color and light, with the history and culture of each site of construction."

Since its inauguration in 1989, the annual global arts award has recognised "outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts" in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Only a small handful of architects have received this award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, and Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

Why 3D Printing Is Not As Sustainable As Its Defenders Say

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Why 3D Printing Is Not As Sustainable As Its Defenders Say, Yacht designed by Zaha Hadid. Could 3D Printing "someday make Hadid-like forms so cheap to execute that they become mundane"?. Image © Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards
Yacht designed by Zaha Hadid. Could 3D Printing "someday make Hadid-like forms so cheap to execute that they become mundane"?. Image © Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

 is a column, penned by Christopher Brenny and presented by ArchDaily Materials, which investigates the innovative applications of  in architecture.

On a purely aesthetic level, 3D printing holds great potential for buildings – all the possibilities of sculpted concrete without the bulky and expensive formwork. Taken to an extreme, it could someday make Hadid-like forms so cheap to execute that they become mundane (even for a non-architect) -- maybe even causing the profession to re-evaluate what qualifies as high design. 

However, the more important advantage of 3D printing, what could spur its acceptance as a viable means of construction, is its supposed sustainability. Among its oft-cited advantages are a use of “green” materials and a reduction in construction waste. However, is 3D Printing really as sustainable as its defenders contend?  

Casa en El Arrayán / Planmaestro + Cristián Schmitt Rivera

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Casa en El Arrayán / Planmaestro + Cristián Schmitt Rivera, © Mathias Jacob
© Mathias Jacob

© Mathias Jacob © Mathias Jacob © Mathias Jacob © Mathias Jacob +21

Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiading, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    WANG Fangji, XUE Jun, SONG Zhuoer, LI Peng
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Solar Decathlon Europe Announces Winners of its 2014 Contest

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Solar Decathlon Europe Announces Winners of its 2014 Contest, Rhome for Dencity / Rhome (Rome, Italy). Image © Solar Decathlon Europe / jflakes.com
Rhome for Dencity / Rhome (Rome, Italy). Image © Solar Decathlon Europe / jflakes.com

On Saturday night, the awards were announced in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, which is currently ongoing in the grounds of the Versailles Palace in France. The competition challenges university teams to build and run a full scale solar powered house, with awards being judged on a range of requirements including sustainability factors, architecture and comfort, with a different jury of three experts judging each requirement.

The overall winner, based on a combination of all the factors, was "Rhome for Dencity", by the team from Roma Tre University, with a proposal that seeks to "re-densify and re-qualify the boundaries of Rome" by applying principles of density and sustainability to this area where "housing, country, archaeology and illegal buildings are interwoven."

Read on after the break for images of all the winners

Blood Center / FAAB

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Blood Center / FAAB, © Bartłomiej Senkowski
© Bartłomiej Senkowski

© Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Henryka Sienkiewicza 3, 47-400 Raciborz, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figuski, Maria Messina
  • Area

    2771.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Kale Café / YAMO Design

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Kale Café / YAMO Design, Courtesy of YAMO Design
Courtesy of YAMO Design

Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design Courtesy of YAMO Design +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Binjiang, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of YAMO Design

Zacatitos 04 / Campos Leckie Studio

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Zacatitos 04 / Campos Leckie Studio, © John Sinal
© John Sinal

© John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal © John Sinal +10