Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture

Through research, discussions and essays from a variety of resources, Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture is a platform, a coach, and an inspiration that is available to worldwide in an effort to bridge the gender gap that exist in the historically male dominant profession of architecture.  Launched by a team of scholars led by Dr. Naomi Stead from The University of Queensland and developed and edited by Justine Clark from The University of Melbourne, this website is relevant to all members of the profession,  and men, in all parts of the world. It highlights the reasons why gender gaps are felt as in “implicit bias” whether in pay scale or upward mobility, even though discrimination and prejudices may not be explicit.  In this regard, the website and its collection of resources, aims to create a forum for a dialogue about the actual and perceived barriers that empowers women to challenge the social structure that fosters this proven under-representation, whether it is due to professional practices and “gendered behavioral practices” or pressures that women feel to leave the profession at a much higher rate than men.

More after the break.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXV

Photo by yushimoto_02 [christian] – http://www..com/photos/yushimoto_02/
Today’s our 75th selection of the best you’ve submitted through our Flickr Pool. Keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by yushimoto_02 [christian] in Beijing, . Check the other four after the break.

Barneveld / Koppert+Koenis Architecten

© Mark Prins

Architects: Koppert + Koenis Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Bas Vogelpoel, Bart Solinger
Chief Designer: Erik Slangen
Project Year: 2008
Project : 1,850 sqm
Photographs: Mark Prins

BU Lounge / Supermachine Studio

© Wison Tungthunya

Architects: Supermachine Studio
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Design Team: : Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Wattikon Kosolkit, Santi Sarasuphab and Supanna Chanpensri
Project Year: 2012
Project : 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

Make It Right completes Frank Gehry-designed Duplex

© Chad Chenier Photography /

Make It Right is proud to announce the completion of the -designed, New Orleans’ duplex in the Lower 9th Ward. The colorful, LEED Platinum home is part of an affordable and sustainable community that is currently being developed by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation within the NOLA neighborhood most devastated from Hurricane Katrina.

“I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included,” said Frank Gehry. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”

Continue after the break for more.

IkHa / Oatmeal Studio

© Nadine Stijns

Architects: Oatmeal Studio
Location: The Hague,
Design Team: Annika Syrjämäki, Rosa Dalle Vedove
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nadine Stijns

Video: phototropia / materiability

Phototropia is part of an ongoing series on the application of smart materials in an architectural context and was realized in April 2012 by the Master of Advanced Studies class at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD). The project combines self-made electro-active polymers, screen-printed electroluminescent displays, eco-friendly bioplastics and thin-film dye-sensitized solar cells into an autonomous installation that produces its required energy from sunlight and – when charged – responds to user presence through moving and illuminating elements.

Find more information at Responsive Design.

Eco House in Herzelya / Sharon Neuman Architects

© Amit Gosher

Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: Herzliya,
Architect In Charge: Hila Tzur
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Gosher

Courtesy of o2a studio
Courtesy of o2a studio

‘Second Nature’ Natural History Museum / o2a studio

Designed by o2a studio…, the man-made structure for the Natural History Museum in Jerusalem is designated to celebrate the transcendent force and majesty of nature, which is a contradiction in terms. The paradoxical question that arises when approaching the

London Festival of Architecture 2012 / Nicholas Kirk Architects

© Robin Hayes

Architects: Nicholas Kirk Architects
Location: London, England
Project Year: 2012
Project : 50.0 sqm
Photographs: Robin Hayes

Citizens of No Place / Jimenez Lai

Architecture has become an increasingly interdisciplinary profession, and the language with which architects envision and articulate their ideas has radically diversified in recent years. Architect has pioneered an unexpected and wholly unique approach that moves beyond contemporary architectural renderings and models. Citizens of No Place is a groundbreaking graphic novel on architecture and urbanism.

Courtesy of Collective Etc.
Courtesy of Collective Etc.

One:One Theatre / Collective Etc.

For one week during May this year, during the Detour de France, Collective Etc.… was invited by the association “Vivre la rue” to open a construction site in Brest, in the district of Recouvrance, Saint Malo. In this context, they

Cascading U Two-Family Residence / AREA

© Yorgis Yerolymbos

Architects: AREA, Architecture Research Athens
Location: , Greece
Architect In Charge: Styliani Daouti, Giorgos Mitroulias, Michaeljohn Raftopoulos
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Yorgis Yerolymbos

New York Cityvision Competition Winners

first prize

CityVision recently announced the winners of the New York CityVision Competition. The competition’s goal was to imagine in its future if the manipulation of the urban context and its architectural objects, joined with its inhabitants, is influenced by space and time. With 151 project entries from all five continents and 32 different countries, the jury carefully examined all the entries and then unanimously elected the winners as Eirini Giannakopoulou, Stefano Carera, Hilario Isola, and Matteo Norzi took the first prize. More images and information on the winners after the break.

Ornamental Pond / Hosper

© Pieter Kers

Architects: Hosper
Location: Heemstede,
Photographs: Pieter Kers

Low Energy House in Hvissinge / JJW

© Natallia Sørensen

Architects: JJW
Location: Glostrup,
Windows and Doors: Rationel windows and doors
Project Year: 2011
Project : 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Natallia Sørensen

Colorful Guizhou Brand, Research & Development Center / Huasen Architects

Courtesy of

Designed by Huasen Architects, the winning competition proposal for the Research and Development Center for colorful .co is based on the structure of local villages, having full possibilities to grow in all directions. The orientation for each building was defined by the best natural view of the river and surrounding mountains. Located near the new district of Long dong bao, just 15 minutes drive from the airport, the site has an undulating character with differing levels up to 15 meters, and sits along a small river. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alesia Museum / Bernard Tschumi Architects

© Christian Richters

Architects: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Location: Le Pré Haut, 21150 Alise-Sainte-Reine,
Design Team: Bernard Tschumi, Véronique Descharrières, Kim Starr, Remy Cointet, Joel Rutten, Antoine Santiard, Jean-Jacques Hubert, Adam Dayem, Jane Kim, and office teams in New York and Paris
Project Year: 2012
Project : 8,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters, Iwan Baan