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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

Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?, Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners
Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners

In a recent article for The Telegraph Jonathan Ruffer, a hedge fund manager turned campaigner for architectural heritage, discusses the significance of historic buildings in a time when they are "increasingly having to justify itself in the cold light of cost cuts." The notion of architectural "heritage" covers not only castles and stately homes but increasingly post-war and early contemporary structures. Speaking from a financier's point of view, Ruffler examines the "gulf" between public and private funding for restorative architectural schemes alongside the difficulty of mobilising large bodies to activate change. Arguing that "heritage has the power to change lives," the need for people to engage with their built heritage is more important than ever. Read the article in full here.

Through / Aleph Zero

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Through / Aleph Zero, Courtesy of Aleph Zero
Courtesy of Aleph Zero

Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oscar Niemeyer Museum - Centro Cívico, Matriz, Curitiba - Parana, 80530-230, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
  • Design Team

    Ana Júlia Filipe, Bárbara Zandavali, Maguelonne Gorioux, Felipe Gomes, Severine Bogers.
  • Videos

    Felipe Gomes
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aleph Zero

This Temporary Treetop Hotel Lets You Sleep "With the Birds"

01:00 - 16 July, 2014

Chinese architecture firm Penda, known for their ecologically sensitive designs, has redesigned the tent in a bold new way for the AIM "Legend Of The Tent" Competition. Their proposal, ”One With The Birds," is a flexible and sustainable structure that integrates sleeping pods into the forest canopy. Inspired by Native American Tipis, which are moveable and reusable, the structure, made from bamboo sticks latched together with rope, leaves no impact on the site nor causes any harm to the bamboo itself. 

A mock-up of the project will soon be installed as a temporary hotel. According to the architects, “after the temporary hotel is deconstructed, the materials can be reused as scaffolding on a construction site or reused as another temporary hotel on a different location.”

Learn more about this remarkable structure, after the break.

Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda +22

Casa En Los Conejos II / La Mirateca

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Casa En Los Conejos II / La Mirateca, © Patricia Forcen Scheu
© Patricia Forcen Scheu

© Patricia Forcen Scheu © Patricia Forcen Scheu © Patricia Forcen Scheu © Patricia Forcen Scheu +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Río Segura, 2, 30506 Molina, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Emilia Ruipérez Bastida, Raúl Latorre Luna
  • Technical Architect

    Antonio Ruiz Fernández
  • Area

    214.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ABC - Art Basics for Children / HUB

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
ABC - Art Basics for Children / HUB, © Ilse Liekens
© Ilse Liekens

© Ilse Liekens © Ilse Liekens © Sarah Blee © Ilse Liekens +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gaucheretstraat 3, 1030 Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • Design Team

    BB, BAS, D'Hondt ingenieurs
  • Area

    1725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Faculty of Education-Nijmegen / LIAG Architects

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Faculty of Education-Nijmegen / LIAG Architects, © Ben Vulkers
© Ben Vulkers

© Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Thomas Bögl, Erik Schotte, Bastiaan Bijloos, Harmen Landman, Jeroen Kaan, Arie Aalbers
  • Area

    36633.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs