Since 1999 the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been bringing to the California Desert a collection of different genres of music including rock, indie, Hip Hop and electronic music. Located in Indio, California, with a population of 75,000, the annual music festival brings together over 225,000 people over a three-day weekend in April to the vast fields of the Empire Polo Club.
Architects: Luis Mira Architects
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Project Team: Luis Mira, Julia Hundermark
Structural Engineer: Jeffares & Green Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Sutherland Engineers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 335 sqm
Photographs: Wieland Gleich, Luis Mira Architects
Architect: John Douglas Architects
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Project Year: 2008
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Mechanical Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Lighting Design: R.C. Lurie Company
Landscape Architect: Design Worksop
Exhibit Design: Thinking Caps
Photography: John Douglas Architects
I|K Studio shared with us their masterplan design with an energy network for an academy outside of Port-au-Prince. This design will serve as a model of offset power production independent from a central utility. More images and project description after the break.
What is Nature? Is it real or man-made? As a possible answer to these questions, Hataarvo Architects believe nature is the most interesting thing for this project, and that all of nature is interfered with each other. Therefore, they have proposed a concept as ‘constructed nature’ which means neither real or man-made, but only construction. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Busan Opera House proposal, by WEAVA Architects, takes full advantage of its placement within the Marine Culture District; a site advantageous for designating the building as a unique cultural landmark. Their concept embraces both the city and natural landscape by providing two distinct, yet connected faces. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Debartolo Architects were commissioned to develop a master plan for the growing church in a satellite community of Metro-Phoenix. Debartolo Architects developed a new language for a church that named themselves after an existing pistachio grove that once and still partially thrives on their 22 acre site. With three existing buildings, built by the congregation and designed by volunteers, the idea was to develop a more strategic approach to the next generation of development, growth and use of the entire site.
For the STAAB Residence designed by Chen + Suchart Studio the context for this site consists of larger homes on one-acre lots. Aesthetically, the neighboring houses’ architectural language is more often than not, associated with speculative developer trends and styles, rather than an integrated understanding of the site, the views, and the potential. As a result, the project required a strategy which would edit out the immediate context of this neighborhood while focusing on distant views of the McDowell Mountains to the north and the valley to the south and southwest. The project also sought to create a protected courtyard space for the backyard and pool area as an immediate focus for the lower level of the house in contrast to the second level taking advantage of the more distant views.
German artist EVOL recently completed an interesting interactive installation just outside of Hamburg, Germany for the MS Dockville music and art festival. The ‘Rural City’ is comprised of thin trenches about 1.5 meters deep in an ‘X’ shape that were dug out over the course of 8 days. Earth is held back with retaining boards made of Eternit and spray painted to resemble the facades of skyscrapers. More photos after the break.
From the history of plastics and membranes in architecture to their material properties and requirements in construction and design, the Construction Manual for Polymers + Membranes cuts to the chase, providing the kind of solid and comprehensive overview of the subject that readers have come to expect from the Construction Manual series. Selected project examples round off the reference work and make it indispensable for the day-to-day life of the professional planner and for every architecture library.
Venice is commonly regarded as one of the wonders of the world, attracting over 17 million tourists each year. However, the city of Venice faces ongoing problems that threaten its ability to stay above water. The city’s flooding issues are notorious around the world. Every year water surges through its legendary labyrinth of streets wreaking havoc on architectural gems such as the Palazzo San Marco. With its architecture under threat, and dwindling population as many young people flock to the mainland, it is appropriate to think of Venice as a dying relic.
Architect: Ruhl Walker Architects
Location: Halaula, Hawaii
Consultants: Rhoady Lee Architecture and Design, Umemoto Cassandro Design Corporation, Tinguely Development Inc., Meridian Construction & Development, Ryan Associates General Contractors, William Blakeney Structural Engineers, Peter JK Dahlberg PE LLC, Mark Morrison And Associates, Smithsonian / SAO, Kohala Engineering, Pattison Land Surveying Inc.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: William Ruhl