Construction begins on SOM’s newest Supertall Skyscraper

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Today, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) broke ground on yet another supertall building in . The 96-story-tall CTF Tower is subtly defined by undulating curves that shape its three programmatic elements while presenting a bold monolithic presence on the TEDA district skyline outside . The 1,740-feet (530-meter) tall tower houses offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room, 5-star hotel beneath its boldly arched top.

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the CTF Tianjin Tower will be the fourteenth tallest skyscraper built by 2020.  Continue reading for more.

Daeyang Gallery and House / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: , Korea
Area: 1,760 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Inho Lee – Erae

Starlight Place / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

   

Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard

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Australian architect , co-director of Andrew Maynard Architects, has shared with us his article “Work/life/work balance”, published first on Parlour. “Many women leave the profession due to the difficult combination of poor work cultures, long hours and low pay. But these conditions affect everyone – women and men – as well as the viability of the profession as a whole. Andrew Maynard sets out the issues and challenges the profession to end exploitative and exclusionary working practices.”

It is time for architectural work practices to grow up. We must stop deluding ourselves that architectural employees are anything other than a contemporary exploited labor force.

Epicurus argued that humans needed only three things in life to be happy – friends, freedom and an analyzed life. All evidence indicates that Epicurus had a rather good time while he was around. Now he is dead. I wonder if Epicurus became a senior associate at Philosopher & Associates Pty Ltd before he died? Surely this was a priority. Does contemporary architectural employment deny us our happiness; our friends, freedom and the opportunity for an analyzed life? Many would argue that being employed in architecture and the pursuit of happiness are irreconcilable. It can reasonably be argued that most architects, and almost all recent graduates, are working in conditions that are unhealthy, unsustainable and exploitative.

Continue reading after the break. 

PointCrowd Workshop Giveaway

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With the forthcoming release of Rhino 5.0, RhinoScript will be moving to a new syntax: Python.  The new, more intuitive interface for manipulating Rhino from the inside gives us the opportunity to quickly and easily create a wide variety of complex systems based on simple rules that are easily implemented with no prior programming experience.

We introduce RhinoScript for absolute beginners, including the basics of programming techniques (variables, flow control, etc.) as well as the working knowledge of how Rhino represents geometrical objects such as points, curves, surfaces and even text. We then move quickly into techniques for automation and generative design which address the specific ways in which each participant can use Rhino.Python.

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Vertical Urban Factory: East Asia Exhibition – Last Event with Sebastian Knorr

Taking place today, May 15th from 6:30-8:00pm is the last event hosted as part of the Vertical Urban Factory: East Asia exhibition at New York University. The exhibition focuses on the impact of global economies on the physical space of…

3 Houses In Maitencillo / SML Arquitectos

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Architects: SML Arquitectos – Juan Sebastian Lama, Felipe Moreno, Franco Somigli
Location: Maitencillo,
Area: 190 sqm
Constructor: Manuel Arredondo
Years: 2010-2011
Photographs: Juan Sebastian Lama, Franco Somigli

 

Architectural “iphoneography” / Lynette Jackson

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According to Spillman Farmer Architects‘ blog “Speaking of Architecture“, Lynette Jackson aka Flickr user Page67_Lynette Jackson uses her to document, design and publish images of the built environment around her through Instagram. Taking a series of images that zoom deeper and deeper into the nuances of architectural form and space, Jackson’s use of pop-art imagery and graphic tools bring out details that otherwise go unnoticed and creates a narrative about each individual work of architecture that she documents.

Follow us after the break for a selection of images from her work.

Book Launch: “Resilience” Pamphlet Architecture Number 32 by James A Craig and Matt Ozga-Lawn

This next Wednesday 16th, the book “Resilience”, number 32 from the Pamphlet Architecture series will be launch at the Architectural Association Bookshop.

The competition for Pamphlet Architecture 32 centred on the theme of resilience. By addressing the capacity to cope, the ability to bounce back, and the mitigation and management of risk, participants were asked to showcase a fresh understanding of the architectural opportunities found in resilience. James A Craig and Matt Ozga-Lawn’s winning entry successfully takes on the topic through an investigation of the ravaged city of . By identifying, interrogating and ultimately reinforcing both the physical and immaterial conditions of the landscape, the project allows the space to become something new and yet hold on to what it is, truly exhibiting resilience.

Films & Architecture: “Blade Runner”

Following with the films we will recommend every week, this time we want to introduce . Another classic from the ’80 that shows a future Los Angeles with an atmosphere that intents to shape the urban space within which we will move in the current century. The soundtrack, composed by Vangelis deserves to be mentioned as it plays a fundamental role in the comprehension of this futuristic American city.

More info after the break.

Concept Stadium / DCA

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Concept Stadium by DCA (Design Crew for Architecture) is an exercise of reflection willing to propose an unconstrained answer, free from whether economic or programmatic concerns, in order to provide a prospective vision of what could be, in their opinion, the ideal rugby stadium. Today, stadiums are iconic shapes answering to the representation stake, as they are bearing the image of a club, a city, a region. But paradoxically, these formal thoughts are concerning the shell and therefore establish the singular stadium status as autonomous object, disconnected from its environment. Their designs aims to become a useful object with urban concerns. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tusculum Residence / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: , Australia
Client: Kevin O’Neill and Johnson Chan
Project Team: William Smart, Victoria Judge, Richard Storey, Edmund Spencer
Construction: 2010
Gross Floor Area: 325 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Smart Design Studio

Summer House In Southern Burgenland / Judith Benzer Architektur

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Architects: Judith Benzer Architektur
Location: A-7535, Deutsch Tschantschendorf 130, ,
Photographs: Martin Weiß

  

Baidu Science and Technology Campus / ZNA Architects

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The overall campus planning strategy for the Baidu Science and Technology Campyus by ZNA Architects consists of the ecological park and circular main street. By consolidating the green space, they try to achieve the maximized building boundary, to benefit from the surrounding park view while creating a grand gesture for the park. Additionally, to create a highly efficient and flexible office space, they designed a unique but diverse circular main street, to connect different work spaces, such as study, meeting, leisure, recreation and F&B area to form a community center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Warsaw National Stadium / gmp Architekten

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Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: ,
Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Markus Pfisterer
Project leaders: Markus Pfisterer, Martin Hakiel
Project leader, roof: Martin Glass
Cooperation: J.S.K. Architekci Sp. z o.o. and schlaich bergermann und partner
Client: Narodowe Centrum Sportu Sp. z o.o.
Seats: 55,000
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

  

Superbowl Project / Supermachine Studio

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The Superbow Project, designed by Supermachine Studio, is a proposal for a sustainable city of its own. Using Nakornsawan, as a location to implement their vision of a giant hydraulic tool in the network, they place a new ‘Water’ city in between the two rivers to slowly generate a new way of living for Nakornsawan’s people. The city, located by 2 rivers Ping and Nan, is usually flooded every year, but in 2011 the water broke the protecting levee into the city’s center. The whole town of Nakornsawan sank into one meter plus deep water. Therefore, this project aims to build a massive hydraulic tool that is habitable as an extension of the city or as a new city itself that all of people in the old city can move into. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: Stokke,
Project Team: Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach
Client: Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
Built area: 30 sqm (11 m length, 1.2 to 3.5 m width, 4.5 m height)
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: Bent René Synnevåg

Europa City / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Parisian architect, Manuelle Gautrand, has shared her massive cultural, recreational and retail center for Triangle de Gonesse, with us.  The competition proposal intends to showcase a variety of European countries’ features – with regard to retail, leisure and cultural amenities – by organizing specific areas for designated countries.

More about the proposal after the break.