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Little Brick Studio / MAKE Architecture

  • Architects: MAKE Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team: Melissa Bright, Bruce Rowe, Gillian Hatch, Shelley Freeman
  • Builder: 4AD Construction
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

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Erik Schlangen Proves the Potential of “Self-Healing Asphalt”

Imagine a pervious asphalt that not only significantly reduces noise pollution, but saves millions in maintenance and repairs by its ability to self-heal. Well, this type of super-asphalt is not far from being distributed world-wide as experimental micromechanic pioneer Erik Schlangen of Delft Technical University has been studying the material’s potential on a test track in The Netherland’s for the past few years.

Basically, with the introduction of small steel wool fibers, Self Healing Asphalt is capable of repairing micro-cracks and significantly extending the service life of roadways through induction heating. Similarly, Schlangen is leading the research on Self Healing Concrete, where by infusing concrete with a harmless limestone-producing bacteria that feeds off of calcium lactate - a component of milk - the material has the potential to self-heal micro-cracks in the presence of rainwater. 

Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal / MVRDV

MVRDV was just announced by the city of Emmen, Switzerland as the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block, which consist of 95 homes of 16 different types. Their urban hybrid development proposal combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighborhood community.  Construction is expected to start in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects: Tony Caro Architecture
  • Location: 2 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont NSW 2009
  • Design Team: Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
  • Landscape: FJMT
  • Area: 13097.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

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Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

  • Architects: Fabrica 718
  • Location: New York City, NY, USA
  • Architectural Designer: Fabrica 718
  • Architect of Record: Studio Cicetti Architect
  • Design Team: Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
  • Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
  • Expediter: Schnall Consulting
  • Contractor: WM Dorvillier & Co
  • Passive House Engineer: ZeroEnergy Design
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hai Zhang

© Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang

Dabbous / Brinkworth

  • Architects: Brinkworth
  • Location: 39 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2SF, UK
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Louise Melchior

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Corona Electric Head Office and Factory / Sachie Isaka of bews + Yuji Tanabe Architects

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© Yuji Tanabe

© Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe

What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking?

I get most of my knowledge about the current trends and interests of architects through social media and various websites. My Facebook newsfeed constantly shows an array of pictures, articles, and videos of things ranging from new buildings to data algorithms to bacteria evolution to (usually confusing) romantic, poetic statements about architecture. 

They all share one thing in common: they are posted on Facebook by architects and architecture students. To me, this shows the current disarray and lack of focus in the field. Architecture publications and websites only confirm my thoughts further. And nothing reaffirms this more than my daily experiences at MIT. 

Read more, after the break...

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station Competition Shortlist Revealed

The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine Flinders Street Station in Melbourne has entered its final phase with the six shortlisted competitors submitting their final designs. Selected from 117 entries, the shortlist includes the following Australian and international firms:

Ryhan Villa Complex Gate Winning Proposal / Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

Waltritsch a+u, in collaboration with Rndr Studio, just won the 1st prize in a international competition for the design of the Ryhan villa complex ‘s gate in Mazandaran province, North Iran. The entrance will warmly receive the people back home, and bless them before they leave for their daily activities in the world. The architects' inspiration from beautiful forms of Iranian architecture has been summarized into a simple and delicate gesture. More images and architects' description after the break.

Houses for Change Competition

IE University just announced its first competition initiative “Houses for Change,” hosted by IE School of Architectureand Design. The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk and to propose viable housing alternatives for those often neglected or left out. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today. Registration is free, and the deadline for submissions is December 16. More information after the break.

41.26 / GoKo

© Aki Itami R.
© Aki Itami R.
  • Architects: GoKo
  • Location: Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Jose Martín González M., Christopher Koehn M.
  • Project Manager: Isaac Guzmán R.
  • Area: 1560.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Aki Itami R.

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Legendre / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

© Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma © Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma

Controversy Reigns Over Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre and Feilden Clegg Bradley have taken their designs back to the drawing board, deciding to delay their planning application in order to resolve the mounting issues surrounding the proposal.

The designs to update the brutalist cultural centre have divided people from the start; however, the tide of opinion seems to have definitively shifted away from the design due to a sustained campaign by skateboarders (who make use of the undercroft) and now criticism from the neighboring National Theatre and the UK design council CABE.

Read more about the controversy surrounding the Southbank Centre after the break...

AIA Selects 12 Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

Showcasing the “best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research,” the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has unveiled the 2013 recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. Each project is said to exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. See them all, after the break.

Mercato / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Ferrari Restaurant / Marco Visconti

  • Architects: Marco Visconti
  • Location: 41053 Maranello Modena, Italy
  • Design Team: Marco Visconti with D. Chiaruttini, G.Pairone, C. Ghione, G. Rissone, P. Bettini, V. Lazzeri
  • General Project and Contractor: Maire Tecnimont Spa
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: D. Vicario

© D. Vicario © D. Vicario © D. Vicario © D. Vicario