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How 5 California Colleges Approach Campus Design

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
How 5 California Colleges Approach Campus Design, Geisel Library at UC San Diego, designed by William Pereira. Image © Darren Bradley
Geisel Library at UC San Diego, designed by William Pereira. Image © Darren Bradley

In this article, originally published in 2 parts on Metropolis Magazine as "Building a University: How 5 California Schools Approach Campus Design" (Part 1 & Part 2), Sherin Wing investigates how different Californian universities utilize the design of their campus to express and enable their differing missions.

A school is more than just the sum of its intellectual records. Its legacy is very much tied to a physical place: its campus. More than a mascot or a symbol, the design of a campus and the buildings that form it greatly contribute to a university's lasting identity.

The key, then, is how a school’s material identity advances its intellectual mission. For example, academic buildings often physically symbolize the type of scholarly exploration and research that takes place therein. Administrative centers, on the other hand, anchor the more idealistic work taking place in the lecture and science wings. At the same time, individual buildings can function collectively as didactic forums for the public, demonstrating such principles as energy and water-use efficiencies. Lastly, the circulation between the buildings themselves is important. Open green space, for instance, can accommodate crowds, lectures, and even protests, providing a counterpoint to the more stately, processional routes that crisscross a campus.

Clearly these are different, and at times conflicting, agendas. How are they ranked and pursued by individual universities? Five campus architects at different California universities reveal how similar factors work in concert to produce very different visions and results. For some the initial plan of a school continues to wield influence over future developments, while in other cases a commitment to architectural movements and types gives rise to an eclectic, flexible approach to campus design.

Find out how these 5 California Universities approach their architecture after the break

Juice Architects Propose Offshore Visitor Centre for Swansea Bay

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Juice Architects Propose Offshore Visitor Centre for Swansea Bay, Courtesy of Juice Architects
Courtesy of Juice Architects

London based practice Juice Architects has unveiled designs for an offshore visitor centre as part of the proposed tidal lagoon for Swansea Bay, Wales. A series of overlapping shells are sculpted to form a bowl like structure, providing shelter from the wind and waves of the Welsh coast. Sat on a manmade island platform at the end of a collection of land piers, the building will act as a cultural and educational base housing public galleries, a café, a lecture theatre and exhibition space with working turbine propellors visible through the the ground floor gallery. As an entirely self sufficient building all energy will be captured from renewable sources.

Minimod / MAPA

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
Minimod / MAPA, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Maquiné, Maquiné - RS, Brasil
  • Authors

    LuLuciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López and Silvio Machado
  • Project Team

    Camilla Pereira, Alexis Arbelo, Pablo Courreges, Emiliano Lago,Aldo Lanzi, Isabella Madureira, Diego Morera, Jaqueline Lessa, Pamela Davyt, Emiliano Ecthegaray
  • Área

    27.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

ARCHISET: An Illustrated Tribute to the Interiors of Classic Cinema

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
ARCHISET: An Illustrated Tribute to the Interiors of Classic Cinema, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina has surprised us several times with his artistic work, from his "pixelated" versions of iconic characters (Parts 1 and 2) of architecture to his illustrations of architectural landmarks in the history of cinema. This time, the architect and illustrator delights us again with a new series entitled ARCHISET, which presents the sets of some of the most memorable scenes from classic films.

The series consists of 17 illustrations, cross-sections presenting the interior design and characters in films such as "A Clockwork Orange" by Stanley Kubrick, "All About My Mother" by Spanish Director Pedro Almodovar, and "Vertigo" by the master, Hitchcock.

Check out the full series, after the break.

C-32 Social dwelling / Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
C-32 Social dwelling / Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +19

Architect Valentines 2014

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Architect Valentines 2014, Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect
Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect

Thanks to the popularity of last year's Architect Valentines, Jody Brown has come up with a whole new batch for you to enjoy in 2014. This article originally appeared in Coffee with an Architect.

Architects are a romantic bunch. But, we tend to be busy. We know we should stop working on this design for a while and go buy some flowers or chocolate or something. We know that. But, we have a deadline. Maybe we can pick up a card from the internet on the way home.

Here you go.

You’re welcome:

Surrounded House / 2.8x arquitectos

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Surrounded  House / 2.8x arquitectos, © Javier Florez
© Javier Florez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lima, Peru
  • Architects in Charge

    Nikolás Briceño, Jaime Sarmiento
  • Collaborators

    Caroline Ore, Erick Bergelund
  • Area

    410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Javier Florez © Javier Florez © Javier Florez © Javier Florez +29

12 dwellings in Jaen / bRijUNi Architects

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
12 dwellings in Jaen / bRijUNi Architects, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Llana de San Juan, 41, 23004 Jaén, Jaén, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Beatriz Villanueva Cajide and Francisco Javier Casas Cobo
  • Project Area

    1100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +20

House for 3 dwellings / Paul Basañez, Ibon Basañez, Alvaro Albaizar

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
House for 3 dwellings  / Paul Basañez, Ibon Basañez, Alvaro Albaizar, © Mikel Eskauriaza
© Mikel Eskauriaza

© Mikel Eskauriaza © Mikel Eskauriaza © Mari Luz Vidal © Mikel Eskauriaza +21

Loft 38 / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Loft 38  / Khosla Associates, © Shamath Patil J.
© Shamath Patil J.

© Shamath Patil J. © Shamath Patil J. © Shamath Patil J. © Shamath Patil J. +22

Barn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Barn and Dwelling G  / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes, © Corinne Cuendet
© Corinne Cuendet

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Corinne Cuendet +15

Emerging Visions Portfolio Competition 2014

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
Emerging Visions Portfolio Competition 2014

The Chicago Architectural Club, with the support of AIA Chicago and the Graham Foundation, today announced the launch of the 2014 Emerging Visions portfolio competition. This competition seeks to provide a forum for young designers to be recognized and to share their visions, inventions and ideas. The award promotes significant architectural endeavors by young architects, designers and new practices yet to be acknowledged. 

La Tequila South Restaurant / LOA

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
La Tequila South Restaurant / LOA , © Marcos Gracia
© Marcos Gracia
  • Architects

  • Location

    López Mateos Sur, San Agustín, Gavilanes, 45645 Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, JAL, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Iñaki Díaz de León Orraca, Federico Díaz de León Orraca
  • Collaborators

    Lourdes Origel, Rozela Santana
  • Area

    670.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcos Gracia © Marcos Gracia © Marcos Gracia © Marcos Gracia +14

DTF House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
DTF House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos, © Marcos García
© Marcos García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Collaborators

    Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Andrea Zúñiga, Daniela Valdez, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Constructor

    Ingenieros de la Torre S.A. de C.V.
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +16

Frank Gehry’s Ground Zero Performing Arts Scheme Abandoned

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Frank Gehry’s Ground Zero Performing Arts Scheme Abandoned, Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners
Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners

The recent hire of temporary artistic director David Lan has indicated that plans for Ground Zero’s “world center for the performing arts” is moving forward in New York. The famed London director will work alongside Charcoalblue managing partner Andy Hayles to revise the original Frank Gehry-designed scheme which, according to the center’s president, was prematurely designed. This leaves Gehry’s involvement unclear, as the initial 1000-seat center will be abandoned for a scaled down, three-theater house that ranges from 150 to 550 seats. Competition for funding also remains an obstacle, in light of venues such as Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s 2017 Culture Shed. You can learn more about the center’s update here

The A-Z of Brutalism

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
The A-Z of Brutalism, © Andy Spain
© Andy Spain

The Guardian’s Jonathan Meades has named the “incredible hulks” of Brutalism with a thought provoking A-Z list that ranges from Hans Asplund, who coined the term “nybrutalism,” to California’s fascination with Zapotec-like adornments in the 1960s. Read the list in full and discover why Quebec City, Yugoslavia’s Janko Konstantinov, and Danish architect Jørn Utzon are all considered incredible hulks here.

A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over, Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan
Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan

Rather than a bouquet of roses, we wanted to express our love with a dozen seductive images of architecture dressed in red. Because nothing steals an architect’s heart like a well designed, beautifully detailed structure.

Our 12 most loved projects in red, after the break...

House in Normandy / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes RATP Bus Center in Thiais / ECDM Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli GASP! Stage 2 / Room11 © Ben Hosking +20

MICROTOPIA: Free on ArchDaily for the Next 24 Hours

00:00 - 14 February, 2014

For twenty-four hours only (until 5:59PM EST February 15th), ArchDaily readers have been given the exclusive opportunity to watch the documentary, MICROTOPIA, in its entirety, for free. 

The film is a provocative look at the global trends of micro-housing, downsizing, and living off-grid. As the film-makers put it: "In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability,flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid.”[...] On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators."

Miss your 24-hour window? MICROTOPIA is available to rent for $3.99 on Vimeo. You can also check out the trailer after the break.