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Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Strada Pliscia, 13, 39030 Plisa Bolzano, Italy
  • Partners in Charge

    Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Van Alen Institute Launches Competition to Shape the Future of US National Parks

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Van Alen Institute Launches Competition to Shape the Future of US National Parks, Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute

With over 275 million visitors to the United States' 401 national parks per year, what will be the experience of visitors in the 21st century? The Van Alen Institute has teamed up with the National Park Service to launch a new competitionNational Parks Now - a central component of Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape, the Institute's initiative to investigate how the form and organization of the built environment shapes a need and desire for escape. Operating on the belief, stated by Van Alen Institute Executive Director David van der Leer, that "too few people realize what a huge resource these smaller national park sites are for local communities and for larger urban networks," this initiative seeks to make parks relevant for the 21st century audience. More on the competition after the break.

Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

© Michael Moran / OTTO © Michael Moran / OTTO © Derek Skalko © Derek Skalko +41

Boa Canteen / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Boa Canteen / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +23

Richard Rogers Speaks Out Against Garden Cities Proposals

00:00 - 10 September, 2014
Richard Rogers Speaks Out Against Garden Cities Proposals, URBED's winning proposal for the Wolfson Economics Prize. Image Courtesy of URBED
URBED's winning proposal for the Wolfson Economics Prize. Image Courtesy of URBED

Reacting to URBED's winning proposal in the Wolfson Economics Prize, Richard Rogers has denounced the idea of creating new Garden Cities in the UK, saying that the "ridiculous concept" risks "emptying out existing cities and that is a ridiculous idea."

The proposal by URBED demonstrates how as many as forty towns and cities in the UK, including Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Rugby, Reading and Stafford could be expanded, using the fictional city of 'Uxcester' as a case study. However, speaking to the Guardian, Rogers claimed that there was enough brownfield land in Britain's major cities to meet the needs of the current housing crisis, and the creation of new Garden cities would lead to increased car use and middle-class only towns.

Read on after the break for more of Rogers' comments

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain, © b720 Arquitectos
© b720 Arquitectos

Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

Kocka Bar / MINUSPLUS

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Kocka Bar / MINUSPLUS, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Kazinczy Street 48, 1075 Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Zsolt Alexa, Donát Rabb, Ákos Schreck, Ferenc Kis, Tímea Molnár, Szabina Pap, Balázs Turai
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Les Marais / Alain Carle Architecte

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Les Marais / Alain Carle Architecte, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +27

DAf Offices / Albert Tidy

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
DAf Offices / Albert Tidy, © Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Navegantes 1955, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Melisa Ortíz, Sebastián Cruz
  • Project Area

    343.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels on "Promiscuous Hybrids" and "Worldcraft"

00:00 - 10 September, 2014

Referring to his work as “promiscuous hybrids,” Bjarke Ingels details his vision of “worldcraft” where architecture harnesses the desires, knowledge and technology of its people to transform surreal dreams into reality. 

Artists Seek Alternatives to Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Artists Seek Alternatives to Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki, South Harbor. Image © City of Helsinki
South Harbor. Image © City of Helsinki

As the first phase of the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition concludes, a group of independent arts organizations have launched a search for "alternative" proposals: The Next Helsinki. The counter-competition calls on architects, urbanists, landscape architects, artists, and "all others who love cities to suggest ways in which Helsinki and its South Harbor can be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city.” More information, after the break.

Bagrecha Residence / Cadence

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Bagrecha Residence / Cadence, © Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar
  • Project Architects

    Smitha Lukose, Komal Bhulani, Sangeetha Patrick, Aishani Nath
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Cenotaph for Newton / Etienne-Louis Boullée

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Exterior view
Exterior view

Section, during the day with interior night effect Exterior view Split plan showing interior and from above Exterior elevation +6

Minuscule clusters of visitors ascend a monumental stairway at the base of a spherical monument rising higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza.  An arc of waning sunlight catches a small portion of the sphere, leaving the excavated entry portal and much of the mass in deep shadow.  Bringing together the emotional affects of romanticism, the severe rationality of neoclassicism and grandeur of antiquity, Etienne-Louis Boullée’s sublime vision for a cenotaph honoring Sir Isaac Newton is both emblematic of the particular historical precipice and an artistic feat that foreshadowed the modern conception of architectural design.  Rendered through a series of ink and wash drawings, the memorial was one of numerous provocative designs he created at the end of the eighteenth century and included in his treatise, Architecture, essai sur l’art.  The cenotaph is a poetic homage to scientist Sir Isaac Newton who 150 years after his death had become a revered symbol of Enlightenment ideals.  

Beyond representing his individual creative genius, Boullée’s approach to design signaled the schism of architecture as a pure art from the science of building. He rejected the Vitruvian notion of architecture as the art of building, writing “In order to execute, it is first necessary to conceive… It is this product of the mind, this process of creation, that constitutes architecture…” (1).  The purpose of design is to envision, to inspire, to make manifest a conceptual idea though spatial forms. Boullee’s search was for an immutable and totalizing architecture. 

BLOCK: Envisioning Future Cities in a Video Game

00:00 - 10 September, 2014

BLOCK is a video game that "will breach the digital with the physical" and allow anyone to become an active participant in the future of Los Angeles. Described by FAST Co.Exist as "Minecraft for real life" the gameplay, which also bears similarity to The Sims, is founded on understanding the interdependencies of city entities such as housing, shops, parks and infrastructure. The objective of the game is to both educate people and to generate user data for design patterns for the Los Angeles of 2050, producing the first database of a future city. BLOCK allows the player to understand the ecology of the urban realm (focusing on resources such as money, waste, and social capital) ultimately encouraging entrepreneurship "through the design of an ecological urbanism." Fundamentally, it allows for new opportunities to be conceived in the city.

London Science Museum Taps Zaha Hadid to Design Maths Gallery

00:00 - 10 September, 2014
London Science Museum Taps Zaha Hadid to Design Maths Gallery, View from East Gallery Entrance. Image © ZHA
View from East Gallery Entrance. Image © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected to design a new mathematics gallery in London’s Science Museum. Aimed to be the “world’s foremost gallery of mathematics,” as described by museum director Ian Blatchford, the £7.5 million state-of-the-art gallery will examine the ideas of mathematicians from the past 400 years in an effort to illustrate just how mathematics has helped shape our world. 

“The design explores the many influences of mathematics in our everyday lives; transforming seemingly abstract mathematical concepts into an exciting interactive experience for visitors of all ages,” stated Hadid. 

Maison De Retraite / Philippe Dubus Architecte

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Maison De Retraite / Philippe Dubus Architecte, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +25

Delta Cabin / AToT

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Delta Cabin / AToT, © Manuel Ciarlotti
© Manuel Ciarlotti

© Manuel Ciarlotti © Manuel Ciarlotti © Manuel Ciarlotti © Manuel Ciarlotti +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Delta del Tigre - Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architects in Charge

    Agustin Moscato, Lucia Hollman (Arquitectos Todo Terreno)
  • Project Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

IaaC Students Develop Material System with Responsive Structural Joints

00:00 - 10 September, 2014
IaaC Students Develop Material System with Responsive Structural Joints, Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati
Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati

Despite architecture's continued evolution over the course of history, our use of structural materials has remained largely the same since the advent of modern building materials. This reality may be changing thanks to the development of new materials seeking the same kinds of adaptability often found in nature.

Adaptable architecture is becoming an increasingly viable endeavor as a result of recent developments in building technologies and materials. Masters research students Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta and Ramin Shambayati at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia were interested in “architecture of transition” and have developed a new material system that utilizes a thermally responsive polymer as structural joints with their project, "Translated Geometries." Read on after the break to learn about how this new material system was developed and its potential for applications in architecture.

Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati Courtesy of IaaC (Instituto de Aquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta, Ramin Shambayati +23