Mud Structure / Architecture for Humanity Tehran – Rai Studio

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The exploratory mud structure project, designed and built by Architecture for Humanity Tehran (Rai Studio) + Architecture Faculty of Razi University, demonstrates a strong focus on humanitarian design through sustainable and low budget construction methodologies. The workshop not only provided the students with an enriched academic experience, but the opportunity to reach out to an underdeveloped region. More images and their description after the break.

Skirt + Rock House / MCK Architects

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Architects: MCK Architects
Location: Vaucluse, NSW, Australia
Completed: 2011
Builder: Artechne
Landscape Architect: Spirit Level
Photographs: Richard Glover

   

AD Round Up Easter Special: Churches in Latin America

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Our three-day Round Up Special comes to an end with this selection of previously featured churches and chapels in Latin America. We have beautiful projects from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile! Like La Estancia Chapel, a 117 sqm project designed by Bunker Arquitectura. We stay outside for the Veneza Farm Chapel, designed by Decio Tozzi in Brazil. Supersudaka designed the Church(ita) a small church in Chile with a small budget. If you want something bigger, maybe you’ll enjoy Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos chapel in Colombia, or De la Piedra Chapel, designed by Nomena Arquitectos + Ximena Alvarez.

International Green Construction Code Announced with Widespread Support

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Late last month the AIA announced that it is in support of the International Green Construction Code (lgCC) which will be a guide and model that helps architects and builders design buildings that conserve energy and move to a sustainable design strategy. The is part of a long list of supporters which include ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. For architecture and engineering, this is a step in the right direction. This provides designers with a tool that makes responsible design less cryptic by offering solutions for energy saving strategies.

More on this after the break.

15:15 Raincatcher / YSGroundwork

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15:15 Raincatcher by YS Groundwork is the result of a competition entry for the contemporary design of one of Hong Kong’s oldest urban traditions: the Hawker Stall – Dai Pai Dong.  A Hawker Stall is a kitchen, a dining room and a living room – a space for passersby to enjoy public space, interact with strangers, and grab a bite to eat on their way to their next destination.  Initially exhibited at the 2009 Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, YSGroundwork has won the opportunity to realize their design and prove that their twist on tradition will add vitality and innovation to the Hong Kong’s streetlife.

More on the project after the break!

Lekhwiya Sports Complex / Perkins Eastman

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The office of top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman shared with us their design for the Lekhwiya Sports Complex—a mixed-use sports venue that will be the home stadium for ’s premier football team, Lekhwiya Club. The 19,529 sm (210,210 sf) complex also will be used as a training site and home base for a guest team participating in the 2022 World Cup. More architects’ description after the break.

12 DESIGNERS, 12 VISIONS / Harvard GSD

Upon finishing their second film, Waterline: Chicago’s Urban River Corridor, Adam Gross from Spirit Of Space shared with us the third and final film of the series on the Phil Enquist Studio. As a walk through the students’ final designs, 12 DESIGNERS, 12 VISIONS presents the culmination of an intense research-based design project for this eclectic group of students.

In this studio, the students of the GSD have embraced and maximized the latent potential of the South Branch with inventive and resourceful urban proposals in which existing vacancies are transformed into fresh, vibrant urban conditions. Highlighting each individual’s visionary plan for the South Branch of the Chicago River, this film captures the students’ carefully-crafted presentations and the insightful comments of the guests invited to the final critique.

Illustrating both the energy and power found in the academic design studio, the film demonstrates why it is essential to document, distribute, and preserve the inspiring ideas that are generated through the imaginative realism inherent to the design education. Provocative ideas spark meaningful conversation, and this short film encourages the scholarly discourse to continue well beyond the final critique.

 

 

Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale Winning Proposal / Denton Corker Marshall

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Denton Corker Marshall recently won an international design competition to design the new Australian pavilion in Venice’s Giardini della Biennale, the heart of the prestigious Biennale events. The new pavilion will be the first of the 21st century contributions to the Giardini, which is undergoing revitalisation by the Biennale. It will replace Australia’s current pavilion, designed as a temporary structure by Philip Cox in 1988. Within a footprint of approximately 320m2, the two-level pavilion will provide a new flexible and adaptable exhibition space to showcase Australian visual arts and architecture to international audiences at annual biennales. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Log 23


23, like the other issues, gathered together a great collection of essays about architecture and the city. This issues features essays from notable people such as, Greg Lynn, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Joseph Clarke, and more. Also there is a piece from Luca Farinelli who had the opportunity to interview 20 architects, critics, and historians including, Eisenman, Holl, Ingels, and Mayne.

AA Visiting School: Marking the Forest

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Taking place at the University of from August 11-20, the ‘Marking the Forest’ design workshop will be run by Satellite Architects for the Architectural Association as they will explore the inner workings of the forest, investigating the biodiversity of the woodland and the commodification of the tree. They will skim the surface of the politics of the forest and conceptualize this information into a design that will be realized in the forest. The workshop will be divided into research (studio and woodland lectures), experience (raft trip and mill visits), design (studio design and crits with prototype building in the workshop) and assembly (assembly in the woodland). The project will also be documented and presented as a book from AA Publications. The deadline for applications is July 28, 2012. More information after the break.

Titanic Belfast / CivicArts & Todd Architects

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Architects: CivicArts(Concept Design Architects), Todd Architects (Lead Consultant/Architect)
Location: ,
Photographs: Christopher Heaney, Gareth O’Cathain

 

AD Round Up Easter Special: Churches in Europe

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We continue our Round Up special of churches (and chapels). Today, we’ll show you previously featured projects we published in 2009 in Europe. The Chapel in Villaceron was designed by S.M.A.O. in Spain. KHR designed The Church of the Holy Cross, a 800 sqm church in Denmark. It’s hard to go to Rome and not being able to find a church, so perhaps you’ve ran into Richard Meier’s Church of 2000. You can’t miss the beautiful New Church in Foligno, designed by Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas. Finally, check the cross in the ceiling of the Farewell Chapel, by OFIS Arhitekti. Churches from Latin America tomorrow!

Lecture: Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular

Known as an architect, artist and cartoonist, has lectured on and exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He is known for his imaginative cartoon narratives and architectural installations. He is the founder of Bureau Spectacular and currently an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. His graphic novel, Citizens of No Place, will be published by the Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation this year.

Check out his past installations, previously featured here on ArchDaily.

Rockefeller Arts Center Expansion / Deborah Berke & Partners Architects

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Deborah Berke & Partners Architects have released their plans for the expansion and renovation of I.M. Pei’s 1969 Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center (RAC). Located at ’s State University College in New York, the visual and performing arts complex has served as a major cultural center for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. Continue reading after the break for more.

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Xiqu Center Design Competition

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently launched a design competition to deliver one of the first landmark buildings for the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Center. The Chinese opera venue will provide a world-class facility for the…

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Slant Awards Spring 2012 Competition

The Slant Awards Spring 2012 competition, which is open to all, challenges participants to design a concept plan for a city sector which is undergoing urban renewal. The city in question is not a real city, it has been designed…

INGLASS 2012 – Architecture Expo Conference

The Order of Architects in Romania and ABplus Events, along with the partners of the event invite you to INGLASS 2012 – Architecture Expo Conference, Second Edition. The event is dedicated to architects, design engineers and leaders of glass and structures field. At recent architectural accomplishments that are awarded at international competitions for glass appliance in metal, wood and concrete structures.

Among the guests, there will be architects and structure designers, winners of 9 important awards, such as Residential Property Award 2011, The Emirates Leaf Glass Awards 2011, World Architecture Festival 2011 and European Steel Design Awards 2011. Alongside these experts, there are also going to be present world leaders in glass field – Saint-Gobain Glass, Guardian and AGC – and leaders in curtain walls – Permasteelisa. We invite you to INGLASS to meet those who will create tomorrow’s architecture. More after the break.

Writing About Architecture / Alexandra Lange

We recently received a book we wished we had earlier, Writing About Architecture. Lange’s book pulls from “lessons learned from her courses at University and the School of Visual Arts.”  ”The book offers works by some of the best architecture critics of the twentieth century including Ada Louise Huxtable, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Muschamp, Michael Sorkin, Charles Moore, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jane Jacobs to explains some of the most successful methods with which to approach architectural criticism.” The book “could serve as the primary text for a course on criticism for undergraduates or architecture and design majors.” We here at ArchDaily are now using it as a resource. We have a feeling the pages will be worn through pretty quickly.