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...

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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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

© Joep Jacobs © Joep Jacobs © Joep Jacobs © Joep Jacobs +26

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

Video: design/buildLAB's Reality Check

00:00 - 21 December, 2013

The design/buildLAB at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design has recently released a new documentary by Leon Gerskovic titled Reality Check, a film that chronicles the journey of 16 students as they undergo the design and construction of their Masonic Amphitheatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia. The project was a complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space; the video relates how students collaborated with local community and industry experts to bring meaningful architecture to this struggling American rail town. 

Bloomberg's Next Move: Leading an 'Urban SWAT Team'

00:00 - 21 December, 2013
Bloomberg's Next Move: Leading an 'Urban SWAT Team', © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

After a 12 year mayoral run, many have been wondering what Michael Bloomberg's next move will be. The answer: be mayor of every city (kind of). Bloomberg, along with most of his New York City Hall team (including transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan), has shifted his focus to Bloomberg Associates, a consultancy group that - like an 'urban SWAT team' - offers advice to cities that call for it. For free. To learn more about Bloomberg's newest initiative, read the full article here on The New York Times. 

Six Projects Selected as Public Interest Design Global Award Winners

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
Six Projects Selected as Public Interest Design Global Award Winners, Butaro Doctor's Housing. Image © Iwan Baan
Butaro Doctor's Housing. Image © Iwan Baan

Six projects have been announced as the Public Interest Design Global Project Winners, an award organized by the Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network. The award is given to projects which exemplify design for communities with the aim of improving lives, and the winners will be presented at a two-day event in Paris on April 18th-19th 2014.

Read on for descriptions of the six winners after the break

Janus House / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +17

Urban Living Award Winners Announced

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Urban Living Award Winners Announced, Metropol Parasol; J. Mayer H. Architekten. Image Courtesy of Urban Living Awards
Metropol Parasol; J. Mayer H. Architekten. Image Courtesy of Urban Living Awards

The winners of 2013 Urban Living Awards, a joint effort between the Senate Department of Urban Development and the Deutsche Wohnen AG, have been announced. 

The competition aims to inspire architects to improve the quality of urban life through design, while also stimulating urban cooperation. Though it was only founded in 2010, it has already become one of the most respected competitions in the world. Indeed, the 240 contributions in 2013 hailed from over 20 European countries - a huge expansion from previous years. 

Read more for the winners...

Foster + Partners' Thames Hub On the Chopping Block

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
Foster + Partners' Thames Hub On the Chopping Block, Foster + Partners’ Proposal for Thames Hub. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners’ Proposal for Thames Hub. Image © Foster + Partners

The prognosis does not look good for Foster + Partners' plan for an airport hub in the Thames Estuary. The Guardian reports that the Independent Airports Commission has released an interim report, revealing a shortlist of potential options for the UK - and the Thames Hub (with an estimated price tag of £112bn)  isn't on it.  Yet hope (however slim) does remain for the proposal, as its persistent defender, London mayor Boris Johnson, has managed to convince the commission to revisit the idea in early 2014. Get the whole story at The Guardian.

Passy Cultural Space and Youth Club / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Stephan Lucas
© Stephan Lucas
  • Architects

  • Location

    77 Rue Arsène Poncet, 74190 Passy, France
  • Project Manager

    Nicolas Gaudard
  • Assistant Architects

    Camille Gaven, Linna Lay, Thaïs de Roquemaurel
  • Architects in Charge

    Laura Giovannetti, Mathilde Mahler, Juliane Stolberg
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas +21

AIA Focuses on Neighborhood and Community Growth for Q3/2013

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
AIA Focuses on Neighborhood and Community Growth for Q3/2013, Americans are indicating that they prefer higher-density, more walkable neighborhoods. Image Courtesy of AIA
Americans are indicating that they prefer higher-density, more walkable neighborhoods. Image Courtesy of AIA

The AIA just released its third quarter Design Trends Survey for 2013. Key findings have been made since the previous survey, specifically on neighborhood and community trends. 

Grizedale / Sutherland Hussey Architects

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Grizedale / Sutherland Hussey Architects, Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects
Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cumbria, UK
  • Consultants

    Burgess Roughton, Johnstons, David Eley Associates
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects

Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects +16

Lullaby Factory / Studio Weave

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Lullaby Factory / Studio Weave, © Studio Weave
© Studio Weave

From the architect. The Lullaby Factory is an intervention by Studio Weave which makes the best of a bad situation: a recently designed building at Great Ormond Street Childrens' Hospital, the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, was designed to look onto an open space - a view which, thanks to the hospital's phasing of developments, will be obstructed by the Southwood Building for another 15 years.

In the intervening time, something had to be done about the view onto the narrow alleyway and industrial facade of the Southwood Building. Studio Weave re-imagined the building, covered in pipework, as a fantastical factory, manufacturing lullabies for the children staying in the hospital.

Read on after the break for more on Studio Weave's clever intervention...

© Studio Weave © Studio Weave © Studio Weave © Studio Weave +16

House in Ontinyent / Borja García

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
House in Ontinyent / Borja García, Courtesy of Borja García
Courtesy of Borja García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Músico Vert, 46870 Ontinyent, Valencia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Borja García, Clara Gironés, Sergio García-Gasco, Jorge Cortés and Manuel Martínez
  • Collaborators

    Clara Gironés, Sergio García-Gasco, Jorge Cortés y Manuel Martínez. Promotor: Gandía Blasco
Localización: Músico Vert, Ontinyent
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Borja García

Courtesy of Borja García Courtesy of Borja García Courtesy of Borja García Courtesy of Borja García +20

Beyond The Hill / acaa

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Beyond The Hill / acaa, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuhiko Kishimoto
  • Structural Engineer

    Takahiro Suwabe
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +18