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FDNY Marine 9 Barracks / Sage and Coombe

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
FDNY Marine 9 Barracks / Sage and Coombe, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +11

Potlatch! / elii

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matadero Madrid, Paseo de la Chopera, 14, 28045 Madrid, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil, Carlos Palacios
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +16

What Makes a Copy-Cat a Copy-Cat? The Complex Case of Architectural Copyright

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
What Makes a Copy-Cat a Copy-Cat? The Complex Case of Architectural Copyright, Courtesy of Mitch Tuchman. Source of images: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division
Courtesy of Mitch Tuchman. Source of images: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division

When an eminent jurist asks, “What does a copyright of an architectural work truly protect?” you may be certain the question is not rhetorical. The U.S. Copyright Act does provide protection from infringement for architectural works, but it does so in terms so ambiguous that a judge might wonder, as did federal district court judge James Lawrence King in a case he decided earlier this year, whether broadly applicable standards for determining infringement even exist. Finding “the usual analysis … too vague and the language misleading,” King blazed a trail of his own in Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership v. Arquitectonica International Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19140, proposing detailed guideposts for future courts to follow.

Sieger Suarez involved two Miami architectural firms and a 43-story condominium tower nearing completion in suburban Sunny Isles. The Sieger Suarez firm was engaged in 2000 by the project’s first owner. When the project, now known as Regalia, changed hands, the new owners dropped Sieger Suarez and engaged Arquitectonica in 2006. This is a scenario made familiar in scores of disputes involving allegations of infringement of architectural works.

Befitting a beachfront property with floor-through units starting at $7 million,  both designs present dramatic, undulating exteriors. “When facing any of the buildings' four sides,” King wrote in his opinion, “the façades create the impression of a wave rippling horizontally across the sides of the buildings.” Further, in cross-section, both buildings reveal what King described as a “flower shape,” “a stylized rectangle, with gently rounded corners and an outward bulge more-or-less in the center of each of the four sides.” Should this flower shape, combined with the wavelike exteriors, have been enough to sustain Sieger Suarez’s claim of infringement against its competitor and the property’s owners?

The results of this Court Case, and what they could mean for architectural copyright in general, after the break...

Lecture: Bjarne Mastenbroek in Shanghai

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
 Lecture: Bjarne Mastenbroek in Shanghai

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” one of the Executive Board of SeARCH, Bjarne Mastenbroek will give a lecture at 15:30 on April 25th at Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD) auditorium in Shanghai. For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou FujimotoChristian KerezThomas Heatherwick and Ensamble Studio were part of the series’ speakers.

Archibot to Print CAD Data "Error Free" onto Construction Sites

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Archibot to Print CAD Data "Error Free" onto Construction Sites, Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Han Seok Nam
Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Han Seok Nam

Archibot, a project currently being developed by South Korean architectural designer Han Seok Nam, aims to "revolutionize" how architects and contractors work on construction sites by printing digital CAD plans onto the ground "error free." Having recently been granted a patent, the robot seeks to avoid the human errors associated with interpreting information from construction documents. 

According to Nam, a contractor "will be able to grasp exactly where the door and the wall needs to be constructed by having the construction documents be printed directly onto the site without measurements. Errors will be easily detectable since the construction document can be directly compared to a life-size print out directly on the construction site." It would be "just like following a map and driving towards a destination."

See a video of the robot at work, after the break...

S House / Domenack Arquitectos

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
S House / Domenack Arquitectos, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lima, Peru
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carlos Domenack L, Juan Carlos Domenack C
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects, Courtesy of Nakahira Architects
Courtesy of Nakahira Architects

Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects +14

Herzog & de Meuron Complete First Project in Brazil: Morro Arena

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron Complete First Project in Brazil: Morro Arena, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron. Exterior.
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron. Exterior.

This last Wednesday, April 9th, Herzog & de Meuron opened its first project in Brazil - Morro Arena - located in the city of Natal. With a capacity for 350 people, the arena features multipurpose rooms for dancing, classrooms, a terrace overlooking the sea, locker rooms and a sports court.

The project is the first finished part of a broader urban plan for the region developed by the Swiss Office in partnership with the Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição in 2009.

Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Divine Inspiration: 15 Spiritual Spaces, Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects
Kamppi Chapel of Silence / K2S Architects

In honor of those celebrating Easter Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking places of worship from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. From vast, open halls, to intimate places of prayer and contemplation, these works are sure to spark your appreciation for divine architecture. See them in all their glory, after the break...

USAFA Cadet Chapel / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill © Balthazar Korab Church of the Light / Tadao Ando © Naoya Fujii    Holy Redeemer Church / Menis Arquitectos Saint Martin Church / Jean Dorian  © Fabrice Fouillet +15

S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects , Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects +13

Easter Eggs Designed By Architects

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
Egg by Marc Fornes & Theveryman. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt
Egg by Marc Fornes & Theveryman. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt

In honor of Easter Sunday, we decided to follow-up on the news of Faberge's Big Egg Hunt and round-up some of the Easter eggs designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Ling, Two One Two, and more.

Enjoy them all in the gallery after the break!

Egg by Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by Zaha Hadid. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by OVO / fourfoursixsix. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt Egg by David Ling. Image Courtesy of Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt +10

2014 Canadian Urban Design Award Winners

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
2014 Canadian Urban Design Award Winners, Jiigew - By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker
Jiigew - By the Water, Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Brook McIllroy Architects and SPMB. Image © David Whittaker

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Urban Design Awards, a biennial competition recognizing projects that contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Canadian cities, were recently announced by the Royal Institute of Canada (RAIC), Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Eight individuals, organizations, and firms - including Perkins + Will for a masterplan in Edmonton - were recognized for their urban design efforts in categories such as Community Initiatives and Civic Design. For information and images on the winning entries, read on after the break.

House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
House WZ / Bernd Zimmermann Architekten, © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart
© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart

© Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart © Prof. Valentin Wormbs, Stuttgart +16

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +12

Strasbourg School of Architecture / Marc Mimram

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Boulevard du Président Wilson, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +19

Boogertman Wins Competition to Design Educational Centre in Kenya's Karura Forest

00:00 - 19 April, 2014
Boogertman Wins Competition to Design Educational Centre in Kenya's Karura Forest, Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners
Visualisation (day). Image Courtesy of Boogertman + Partners

South African-based practice Boogertman + Partners has recently won a competition to design a new education centre for the Karura Forest Environmental Education Trust in Kenya's Karura Forest ReserveThe centre, situated on around fifteen acres of a former sports club, will be surrounded by the closed-canopy forest close to the Kenya Teachers Training College, the International Center for Research in Agro-forestry and the United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters

Located in the northern part of Nairobi County, bordering the Muthaiga, Gigiri and Runda residential areas, the centre will seek to educate people on the many species of plants, birds, insects and mammals to be found within Karura's diverse landscape.

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure. 

These shopping "embassies" will be grouped along the mall axis in a manner resembling a traditional European neighborhood. At the same time, the roofs of the shops will be utilized as restaurant space, and will be connected to each other by elevated footbridges. This is intended to create a unique, multi-level promenade which the architects describe as "an exterior landscape that is air-conditioned and unified beneath the glass canopy of the mall."

Vídeo: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians

00:00 - 19 April, 2014

Well-designed, protected bike lanes are not only the desire for riders, but a necessity for cities to offer sustainable transport. Bikes sales are on the rise and it is imperative that cities meet the growing demand. As Portland-based planner Nick Falbo describes: "If your city is designed so that you may bike instead of drive, it would be a happier, healthier place to live." With that in mind, Falbo has revealed a systematic proposal that can make the intersections safer for bicyclists, cars and pedestrians.



Fours steps for safer crossings, after the break...