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'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium

Taking place April 26-27, the 'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium will explore the following provocative questions: How is architecture’s use value defined, and by whom? How can turning to other disciplines’ unexpected utilization of architecture expand our perception of its utility? And what are the future utilities of architecture? Today, the idea of architecture’s utility is perhaps more diverse than ever, as architecture commonly mingles with other disciplines, and as new typologies of building design emerge almost daily. Organized by Portland State University School of Architecture, three keynote speakers—Philippe Rahm, Jimenez Lai and Jill Stoner—as well as eleven notable architects, artists and academics will participate. More information after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Radionica Arhitekture

Situated in the large fun park in the suburbs of Sofia, Radionica Arhitekture's proposal for the Collider Activity Center, which won one of five first prizes, is a small artificial 'mountain'. When external conditions are favorable, the facade opens and the internal atmosphere becomes external. The second layer is the hall, a kind of a "cytoplasm". The space between the façade and the climbing surface.This is the place of entrance, where the building and the park mix, the site of overlapping where all paths intersect. More images and architects' description after the break.

Fusing Architecture and Music: Philip Kennicott Describes the Inspiration Behind Steven Holl’s Daeyang Gallery and House

Awarded yesterday with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Philip Kennicott has built an honorable reputation as a art and architecture critic for Washington Post’s Style section. One of his most recent works, Music Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion in Seoul recounts the inspiration behind Steven Holl’s award-winning Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul. 

Designed as an experiment on “the architectonics of music,” the basic geometry of the Daeyang Gallery and House was inspired by Istvan Anhalt’s 1967 Symphony of Modules - a uniquely transcribed sheet of music found in John Cage’s contemporary music compendium, Notations. Reminiscent of the “blocky and shard-like shapes” of Anhalt’s sketch, Holl’s design features three copper-clad pavilions punctured by a symphony of carefully placed, rectangular skylights that animate the interior with “bars of light”. As Kennicott describes, Holl uses music as a “powerful metaphor for the dynamic unfolding of experience” (captured in this film by Spirit of Space).

Read Kennicott’s Music Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion in its entirety here on Dwell. Continue after the break to compare Steven Holl's sketch above with Anhalt’s Symphony of Modules.

The Shed / Haworth Tompkins

© Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile

Resurgence in Employment Rates for Architects? AIA/NCARB Survey Indicates a Shift for the Better

We have already written about the dauntingly high rates of unemployment that are awaiting architecture-degree graduates in the profession these days.  But a recent survey conducted by the AIA/NCARB Internship and Career Survey reveals an optimistic view of job growth and job placement in the two years since the "intense economic contraction" of 2010.  The AIA writes, "emerging professionals have begun experiencing a rebound, with higher employment levels, more young designers getting licensed, and any remaining unemployment becoming, in most cases, mercifully short".  

Ice Dome Bolshoy / SIC Mostovik

  • Architects: SIC Mostovik
  • Location: Sochi, Russia
  • Design Team: Alexander Knyazev, Oleg Tsymbal, Nikita Tsymbal, Dmitry Akulin, Inna Sitaeva , Natalya Temnikova , Valia Vdovina, Andrey Zinoviev, Nadezhda Egorova, Igor Kolchanov, Ilya Dobzhinsky
  • Area: 96115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nikita Tsymbal, Andrey Veter, Michael Pakhotin, Vyacheslav Andreev, Nikita Tsymbal

© Nikita Tsymbal Courtesy of SIC Mostovik Courtesy of SIC Mostovik © Nikita Tsymbal

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ in France. Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators. 

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break...

Logements Marnes-la-Coquette / LEM+ architectes

© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects: LEM+ architectes
  • Location: Saint-Cloud, France
  • Engineers: Scoping
  • Contractor: TMCR
  • Area: 3338.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Digital Workflows in Architecture: Design – Assembly – Industry / Scott Marble

The logics of digital processes in architecture have begun to structure the way that architects design, the way that builders build, and the way that industry is reorganizing. The process of architectural design has become a complex workflow. At the core of the shift toward more expansive forms of digital production within the design and construction industry is the integration of communication through digital networks. The goal is to develop a continuous, easily accessible and parametrically adaptable body of information that coordinates the process from design through a building’s lifecycle. Organized around the key fields of Designing Design, Designing Assembly and Designing Industry, this book is a reference work on digital technologies as key factors in architectural design, fabrication and workflow organization. It presents essays and case studies from some of the leading voices on the topic.

Lavaflow 7 / Craig Steely Architecture

© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects: Craig Steely Architecture
  • Location: Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii, United States of America
  • Architect in Charge: Craig Steely
  • Project Team: Luigi Silverman, Mary Barensfeld, Seth Pare-Mayer, Chris Talbot
  • Structural Engineer: Ray Keuning
  • Construction: Michael Lynch
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

Rock It Suda / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gangwon-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon-Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Jo Jeong Ho, Lee Kyung Ho
  • Area: 47194.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Moon Hoon, Yong Kwan, Yeum Seung Hoon

Courtesy of Moon Hoon Courtesy of Moon Hoon © Yong Kwan © Yong Kwan

Siedlung Residential Buildings / Baumschlager Eberle

  • Architects: Baumschlager Eberle
  • Location: Lochau, Austria
  • Project Architect: Robert Urbanek-Zeller
  • Area: 7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber

© Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber

Memorial To Victims Of Violence / Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos

  • Architects: Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos
  • Location: Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall, Ricardo López
  • Area: 15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos

Courtesy of Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos Courtesy of Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos Courtesy of Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos Courtesy of Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos

Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal / Grimshaw Architects

Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments. Designed to act as a catalyst project for Parramatta Square, the tower provides high density, urban residential living which is not only affordable but also sustainable. More images and architects' description after the break.

City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

  • Architects: JKMM Architects
  • Location: Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – architect SAFA
  • Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) - architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – arch. student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) - interior architect SIO
  • Area: 4430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Mika Huisman © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo