House A&B / Smertnik Kraut Architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2013
© Bruno Klomfar
© Bruno Klomfar

© Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar © Bruno Klomfar +29

ABI Reports Strong Conditions in US Market

00:00 - 18 September, 2013
August ABI, 2013 via Calculated Risk
August ABI, 2013 via Calculated Risk

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has revealed more acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.8, up from a mark of 52.7 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.0, down from the reading of 66.4 the previous month.

"It is fair to say that the design professions are in a recovery mode,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “...but a key component to maintaining this momentum is the ability of businesses to obtain financing for real estate projects, and for a resolution to the federal government budget and debt ceiling impasse.”

Key August ABI highlights:

Arkimeet 2013: Architects meet in Istanbul

00:00 - 18 September, 2013

Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture center that has been dedicated to sustain a better architectural practice, enhance the architectural culture and to raise the architectural quality in Turkey.

ARKIMEET, one of the brands created by Arkitera Architectural Center, is developed as the most significant meeting platform among the architects in Turkey. With the motto "ARCHITECTS MEET in ISTANBUL", the event will comprise national and international conferences, panels and award ceremonies to honor individuals and institutions which contribute to the improvement of the urban quality. In addition to these activities and awards, it is aimed to provide opportunities to establish one-to-one connections among the participants and providing appropriate meeting occasions.

This year speakers include Julien de SmedtDurmuş DilekçiAnne Marie Galmstrup, and Josep Lluis Mateo among others.

Complete information after the break.

The Hamlet Project / José Luis Ibáñez Gomien

14:00 - 17 September, 2013
Courtesy of Felipe Camus
Courtesy of Felipe Camus
  • Architects

    José Luis Ibáñez Gomien
  • Location

    Melipeuco, Temuco, Temuco, IX Región, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    José Luis Ibáñez Gomien
  • Constructor

    Cristóbal Cortés
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Felipe Camus

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ArchDaily 3D Printing Challenge

00:00 - 17 September, 2013

3D Printing has opened up a whole new world for architecture. Technology that was once restricted to fabrication labs is now available to the end user - and at an affordable price. Of course, this new technology has also created the necessity to easily share 3D data over the web.

With this in mind, we have partnered with Gigabot - the biggest, most affordable 3D printer (it can print models up to 60x60x60cm) - and with Sketchfab, a new platform that is bridging the gap between the 3D models on your desktop and on the web.

We want to encourage users to start using this new technology, and what better way than to start printing the buildings we love? We invite you to model your favorite architectural classic and receive a real-life physical model, right on your doorstep.

The process is simple: model any building that is already on the AD Classics section, upload it to Sketchfab, and submit it using the following form. You’ll have two opportunities to win: ArchDaily readers will vote for one People's Choice Award winner, and, together with Gigabot, we at ArchDaily will pick one winner as well. Both winners will be printed and shipped anywhere in the world. We'll also make all the models available to the ArchDaily community, so anyone can add an extra layer of building information to these classics.

Submissions are open until October 1st; winners will be announced on October 7th. Read below for the full rules.

SUBMIT YOUR MODEL

Review: ‘Richard Rogers: Inside Out’ at the Royal Academy

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Zip-Up House Concept drawing (1968) - courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Richard and Su Rogers
Zip-Up House Concept drawing (1968) - courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Richard and Su Rogers

“Architecture is too complex to be solved by any one person.”

Richard Rogers is an architect who understands the significance of collaboration. As a man with an intense social mind and a thirst for fairness in architectural and urban design, Rogers’ substantial portfolio of completed and proposed buildings is driven by the Athenian citizen’s oath of “I shall leave this city not less but more beautiful than I found it.”

In honor of his success, London’s Royal Academy (RA) is currently playing host to a vast retrospective of Richard Rogers’ work, from his collaborations with Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, to the large-scale projects that define Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) today. The RA’s extensive exhibition has been condensed into a series of motifs that have defined his architectural work, punctuated by memorabilia which offer personal insights into how Rogers’ career has been shaped by the people he’s worked with and the projects that he has worked on.

Continue after the break for a selection of highlights from the exhibition. 

Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
©  Tim Hursley
© Tim Hursley
  • Architects

  • Location

    Natchitoches, LA, USA
  • President / Design Principal

    Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Brad McWhirter AIA
  • Design Team

    Ed Gaskin AIA, Mark Hash, Michael McCune AIA
  • Project Team

    Sean David, Blake Fisher, Erik Herrmann, David Merlin, Benjamin Rath, Judson Terry
  • Area

    28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  Tim Hursley ©  Tim Hursley ©  Tim Hursley ©  Tim Hursley +40

Osypyte single family house / Javier Corvalán + Laboratorio de Arquitectura

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Project Team and Construction

    Arq. Gizella Alvarenga, Marco Ballarin, Nicola Bedin, Arq. Sonia Carísimo, Andrea Castellani, Joaquín Corvalan, Giacomo Favilli, Laura Ferres
  • Project Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photography

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +17

Hotel del Valle Spa - Rinconada / Estudio Larraín

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ruta Los Libertadorea Km. 53, Rinconada Los Andes, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Rodrigo Larraín Gálvez, Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
  • Collaborators

    Alonso de Orbegoso, Nicolás Yates, Francisca Rossel
  • Project Area

    1422.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes +18

Norrish House / Herbst Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Whit Preston
© Whit Preston

© Whit Preston © Whit Preston © Whit Preston © Whit Preston +11

Golf Club House La Graiera / BC Estudio Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Julio Cunill
© Julio Cunill
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Barcelona, España
  • Architects

    Javier Barba, Gabriel Barba, Susana Zanón
  • Interior

    BC Estudio Architects, Dani -Freixes
  • Landscape

    Jordi Barba
  • Technical Architect

    Josep Soldevila
  • Constructor

    Eduardo Díez
  • Area

    1310.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Julio Cunill

© Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill +29

North Presbyterian Church / SILO AR+D

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Pease Photography
© Pease Photography

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Want to Get Into 3D Printing? Follow These Tips...

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation

Even if you're a 3D printing whiz (if so, consider entering our exciting 3D Printing Challenge), to many people it remains something of a mystery: how does it work, what can it do and how much does it cost? Thankfully, this recent article and infographic by Line//Shape//Space, aimed at "early adopters" of the technology, covers all this information (and even some common pitfalls to be avoided). You can read the full article here.

Melbourne's Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Flinders Street Station Proposal. Image Courtesy of HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron
Flinders Street Station Proposal. Image Courtesy of HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL's winning design for Melbourne's Flinders Street Station might not be built due to the fact "the State Government has of yet, refused to promise funding for the design, and ruled out selling the station in order to finance the construction." The project was estimated to cost "approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion to be realised", which is "on top of the $1.6 million already spent on the competition", leading critics to describe the competition as a "waste of money."

AD Interviews: Marie-Ange Brayer & Frédéric Migayrou / 9th ArchiLab, Naturalizing Architecture

01:00 - 17 September, 2013

The 9th ArchiLab opened to the public over the weekend at the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, France.

In Pursuit of Architecture: A Conference on Buildings and Ideas

00:00 - 17 September, 2013

To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, Log presents In Pursuit of Architecture, a conference featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions. Join architects and critics for a daylong discussion of architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how we measure the cultural value of architecture.

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 1

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
The Farnsworth House, by Mies van der Rohe, has influenced generations of architects -- but is it really the best paragon for architecture?. Image © Greg Robbins
The Farnsworth House, by Mies van der Rohe, has influenced generations of architects -- but is it really the best paragon for architecture?. Image © Greg Robbins

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter, "The Structure of Architectural Theories,"  posits that architecture, if it is truly to work with natural ecosystems, must adopt a  scientifically-informed, systemic approach. If you missed the introduction, you may find it here.

Architecture is a human act that invades and displaces the natural ecosystem. Biological order is destroyed every time we clear native plant growth and erect buildings and infrastructure. The goal of architecture is to create structures to house humans and their activities. Humans are parts of the earth’s ecosystem, even though we tend to forget that.

Logically, architecture has to have a theoretical basis that begins with the natural ecosystem. The act of building orders materials in very specific ways, and humans generate an artificial ordering out of materials they have extracted from nature and transformed to various degrees. Some of today’s most widely-used materials, such as plate glass and steel, require energy-intensive processes, and thus contain high embodied energy costs. Those cannot be the basis for any sustainable solution, despite all the industry hype. 

Resource depletion and a looming ecological catastrophe are consequences of detachment from nature, and a blind faith in technology to solve the problems it creates. 

BIG Designs Pier 6 Viewing Platform for Brooklyn's Waterfront

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Following the news that Studio V Architecture has been commissioned to convert the 19th century Empire Stores, next to Brooklyn Bridge, into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for "a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform" close by.