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'Departed': An Exploration of 20th Century Modernism

00:00 - 8 October, 2014
'Departed': An Exploration of 20th Century Modernism, The Modernist - Issue 12: Departed. Image Courtesy of The Modernist
The Modernist - Issue 12: Departed. Image Courtesy of The Modernist

The Modernist is a quarterly journal dedicated to 20th century modernist architecture and design. Published in Manchester - one of the cultural capitals of the North of England - and featuring an esteemed roster of writers and contributors from across the United Kingdom, the journal has been described by James Pallister of the Architects' Journal as, in spite of its subject matter, "free from the strait-laced rigour of classic graphic design modernism." Twelve issues later and the liberal, playfully academic tone of this digestible journal has been maintained in this latest incarnation, Departed.

Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment, Courtesy of Trinity University Press
Courtesy of Trinity University Press

The following in an excerpt from Carter Wiseman's Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment. The book considers the process, methods, and value of architecture writing based on Carter Wiseman’s thirty years of personal experience writing, editing, and teaching young architects how to write. This book creatively tackles a problematic issue that Wiseman considers to crucial to successful architecture writing: clarity of thinking and expression.

Some years ago, a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education declared, “Too many architecture students can’t write.” [1] Those students have since gone on to become practitioners, and their inability to write is likely to have had seriously negative professional consequences. Robert Campbell, a Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic for the Boston Globe, condemned in Architectural Record much of what even the most prominent practicing architects write as “pretentious illiteracy.” He went on to attack their coded language as “ArchiSpeak”and warned that “sooner or later, architects (and planners and landscapers and urban designers) must convince someone to hire them or at least bless them with a grant. . . . Nobody is going to trust a dollar to a pompous twit.” [2]

Music Conservatory in Melun / DE-SO

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
© Hervé Abbadie
© Hervé Abbadie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melun, France
  • Area

    3170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie +24

Sean Godsell Unveils Melbourne's Inaugural "MPavilion"

00:00 - 8 October, 2014
© Earl Carter
© Earl Carter

On Monday, Sean Godsell unveiled the inaugural MPavilion in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens. Intended as an Australian counterpart to London's wildly successful Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the Pavilion will be open until February 1st, hosting a series of events throughout its four-month stay including talks, workshops, film screenings and art interventions.

Funded primarily by the recently established Naomi Milgrom Foundation, with assistance and support from the Serpentine Gallery itself, the pavilion is the first step in the Naomi Milgrom Foundation's goal to position Melbourne as "Asia-Pacific’s hub of design and architecture." The first instalment by Godsell features a simple frame covered with automated aluminium panels, which open and close in response to the sunlight.

© Earl Carter © Earl Carter © Earl Carter © Earl Carter +10

Architects Envision Buoyant "Thames Deckway" for London Cyclists

00:00 - 8 October, 2014
Architects Envision Buoyant "Thames Deckway" for London Cyclists , © RCC
© RCC

On the heels of Mayor Boris Johnson’s announced plan to construct an 18-mile protected bike lane by March 2016, architect David Nixon and artist Anna Hill have released their vision for relieving London’s congested streets with a floating “Thames Deckway” for cyclists. The proposal, though just in its preliminary design phase, claims the river Thames is currently a missed opportunity that could serve as a major travel artery for cyclists. If constructed, the £600 million project would run east-west for seven miles along the river’s southern bank, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, and harness it’s own energy through solar, tidal and wind power. Nixon and Hill have founded the River Cycleway Consortium in support of the project, which includes Arup and Hugh Broughton Architects.

Competition Entry: Atelier 8000 Designs Cuboidal Mountain Hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Competition Entry: Atelier 8000 Designs Cuboidal Mountain Hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras, © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000
© Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000

Atelier 8000 has design a sustainable mountain hut for Slovakia’s High Tatras as part of the Kežmarská Chata (Kežmarská Hut) international competition. Seated on one of its vertices, the simple cube “evokes an erratic block left behind by the retreating glacier,” while it’s “sharp edges” blend into the mountain backdrop.

© Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 © Jan Cyrany, Courtesy of Atelier 8000 +21

Henning Larsen Foundation Launches Architecture and Film Competition

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Henning Larsen Foundation Launches Architecture and Film Competition , Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

The Henning Larsen Foundation is launching an international competition on architecture and film with the intent to “revitalize the use of architecture on film and foster new inspiration to architects and film professionals.” The theme of the competition is the experience of architectural space over time. The task is to create a film sequence of 1-5 minutes which animates architecture by embracing time as the primary dimension. Up to €18,000 in prizes will be awarded to entrants who inspire a new approach to architecture and the film media. Submissions are due by March 15, 2015. A winner will be announced on April 20, Henning Larsen’s birthday. More information can be found here

Casa Geometrica / JOHO Architecture

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
© Sun Namgoong
© Sun Namgoong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jeonghoon LEE
  • Design Team

    Il-Sang Yoon, Gae-hee Cho, Moonyoung Jeong
  • Area

    179.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Sun Namgoong, Courtesy of JOHO Architecture

© Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong © Sun Namgoong +36

Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Breaking New Ground: Designing Affordable Housing for the Coachella Valley Workforce

Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs for farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley, where efforts to improve living conditions suffers from a lack of funding and coordination. Going beyond design, the competition seeks to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and policies for affordable housing implementation and development, with implications for California and the nation.

War House / A+B architectes dplg

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
War House / A+B architectes dplg, © David Cousin-Marcy photographer
© David Cousin-Marcy photographer

© David Cousin-Marcy photographer © David Cousin-Marcy photographer © David Cousin-Marcy photographer © David Cousin-Marcy photographer +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montmorency, France
  • Design Team

    Bonandrini Pier Paolo, Julien Allegre, Emmanuel Vermande, Clara Georgelin-Conan
  • Partners In Charge

    Bonandrini Pier Paolo
  • Structural Engineering

    Perrin et associés & ingétudes
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Seven Ways to Achieve Creative Success: The Rockwell Way

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Rockwell Group's pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group
Rockwell Group's pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group

The Rockwell Group takes advantage of a cross-disciplinary approach, with a diverse array of projects ranging from large-scale buildings to product and set design. In this article by Shannon Sharpe, originally posted on Metropolis Magazine as "The Rockwell Way" we learn seven ways that the Rockwell Group has achieved creative success. Read the full article below to discover what drives this particular firm and how it could serve as an inspiration to anyone in the field of design.

How does the magic happen at Rockwell Group? “Pixie dust,” quips Marc Hacker, the firm’s in-house “Thinker.” All jokes aside, there is some truth here. From the animated Quan Yin statue in TAO Downtown to the shifting set of Kinky Boots, to the child-directed free play of the Imagination Playground, a distinct sense of magic imbues every one of these projects. All of them are driven not so much by a look, or even a sensibility, but by the endlessly curious creative process that shaped them. “I know this sounds trite, but it’s not about what’s true now,” says founder and president David Rockwell. “It’s about asking, ‘what if?’” What if an architect could be as experimental as a chef? What if the stage set became a character? What if your environment could transform with every step?

In the Rockwell Group world, asking “What if?”—also the title of a new book being released by Metropolis Books in December to commemorate the firm’s 30th anniversary—has led to an embrace of design at all scales. “On a given day, we could be working on an exhibition, a park, a master plan, an airport interior, a children’s hospital, and a night-club,” Rockwell says. “That confluence of things is probably what makes us most unique.” The process behind these projects —the Rockwell way—is really a set of permissions to roam and explore.

Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening, © OMA
© OMA

In “Elements,” an exhibition and accompanying book for the 2014 Venice Architecture BiennaleRem Koolhaas seeks to explore the omnipresent components of buildings that have never been intentionally articulated by architectural theory. Breaking down the history of architecture into its fundamental components, the text is divided into 15 volumes and functions as “a technophilic treatise on the state of architectural thinking in the twenty-first century.” Despite providing lessons in architectural history, does the book deliver a compelling synthesis of all its parts? In his full review of the book for Metropolis Magazine, Samuel Medina argues that Koolhaas "fails to unpack the language of his argument," resulting in a book that is "ambitious, overreaching, maddening" - much like the exhibition itself. Read the full review here.

Anchorena / Proyecto C

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Anchorena / Proyecto C, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Doctor Tomás Anchorena 757, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Architects In Charge

    Sebastián Cseh, Juan Cruz Catania
  • Design Team

    Julia Méndez, Lucas Mc Lean, Mariano Luchetti
  • Project Area

    20650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

NASA Tech Brief Awards Top Honors to Contour Crafting’s Automated Construction Methodology

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
© Contour Crafting
© Contour Crafting

Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California has won Grand Prize in the NASA Tech Briefs magazine’s “Create the Future” contest for his entry, "Robotic Building Construction by Contour Crafting.” The revolutionary construction method was awarded for being a “major innovation” that could potentially 3D print entire neighborhoods in half the time and at 30 percent less cost than traditional building methods. 

Though some have visions of using Contour Crafting (CC) to sculpt the moon's first settlements, Khoshnevis primary desire is combat the world's housing shortage by using the automated construction method to rapidly deploy housing in impoverished and disaster areas.

More information and an interview with Khoshnevis on CNN, after the break. 

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
Grand Paris Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT
Grand Paris Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT

Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and Bordas+Peiro have been announced as winner among five proposals of a two-stage competition to design the future Clichy - Montfermeil metro station in Paris. The competition, organized by the Société du Grand París, is part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to the city. 

In addition to the station's design, EMBT’s proposal will provide a new public square for the renewed neighborhood of Clichy-sous-bois that will serve as a symbol of change following the violent riots of 2005. “We want to transform this grey and abandoned area into a vivid and colorful plaza, that will inspire joy and optimism,” stated EMBT. 

More about the winning design, after the break.

Woods Bagot Reveals Plans for Christchurch Convention Centre

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot has revealed its plans to collaborate with Plenary Conventions New Zealand, a consortium responsible for the development of the new Christchurch Convention Centre. The consortium also includes international infrastructure firm Plenary Group, local firms Ngai Tahu Property and Carter Group, Warren and Mahoney Architects, and environmental design consultancy Boffa Miskell. Read on after the break to see additional images and learn more about the proposed plan.

Taíde House / Rui Vieira Oliveira + Vasco Manuel Fernandes

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Taíde House / Rui Vieira Oliveira + Vasco Manuel Fernandes, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +90

Sprint Accelerator / RMTA

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Sprint Accelerator / RMTA, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Design Office

    Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture
  • Area

    12000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs