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AADD House / Helder de Carvalho

  • Architects: Helder de Carvalho
  • Location: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Carla Zuzarte, Cláudio Ferreira, Michael Ferreira, Sérgio Azevedo, Sidónio de Jesus
  • Engineering: Jasmim Reis
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos

How to Design Safer Cities

Copenhagen, Superkilen
Copenhagen, Superkilen

Can a good public space influence social behavior and make a city more secure? 

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, professor at the University of Stanford, performed a social psychological experiment. He placed an unlicensed car with a lifted hood in a neglected street in The Bronx, New York, and another similar car in a wealthy neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. The car in The Bronx was attacked in less than ten minutes, its apparent state of abandonment enabling the looting. The car in Palo Alto, however, remained untouched for more than a week.

Zimbardo then took his experiment one step further and broke a window of the car in Palo Alto. Almost immediately, passersby began to take things out of the car and within a few hours, the car had been completely dismantled. In both cases, many of the looters did not appear to be dangerous people. This experiment lead Harvard Professors George Kelling and James Wilson to develop the Broken Windows Theory in 1982: “If a broken window is left without repair, people will come to the conclusion that no one cares about it and that there is no one watching it. Then more windows will be broken and the lack of control will spread from the buildings to the streets, sending a signal that anything goes and that there is no authority.”

Read more about designing safer cities after the break...

Rebière 21 housing / Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

  • Architects: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes
  • Location: 93 Rue Pierre Rebière, 75017 Paris, France
  • Project Manager: Charlotte Fagart
  • Project Team: Pierre Aubertin
  • General Contractor: Léon Grosse
  • Area: 1445.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ronan Lacroix

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Glasgow Theatre Redesign Winning Proposal / Bennetts Associates

Bennetts Associates, one of the UK's leading architectural practices, was just selected by the Citizens Theatre to work on the plans for a major redevelopment of its iconic Gorbals home. This will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the building since it opened as a theatre in 1878. The planned capital project will transform the building creating a new vision for improved rehearsal, administration and learning accommodation, as well as improved facilities for the public. More images and architects' description after the break.

Arabista Ribera School / Victor García Martínez

  • Architects: Victor García Martínez, Victor García Terol, José Gozalbez Esteve
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Collaborators: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
  • Area: 13450.0 sqm
  • Photography: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

  • Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
  • Area: 3250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

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Steel Band / Atelier Arcau

  • Architects: Atelier Arcau
  • Location: Vannes, France
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Atelier Arcau

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Video: Diller Scofidio + Renfro talk Hirshhorn "Bubble" on The Creators Project

The Creators Project released two new documentaries this week which feature the brightest new minds in design and architecture. The first piece investigates the work of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and interdisciplinary design firm behind NYC’s High Line and Lincoln Center, and more. The second piece introduces us to the digital deviants OKFocus behind their new alpha-channel video experience for Tanlines’ “Not The Same.” The first video is above and the second video can be viewed after the break.

The 5 Best Architectural Partners of 2012

While Building Design's WA 100 is far better known for its ranking of the 100 largest architecture firms, the publication (which you can find here) also includes a lot of other rankings/information - like this gem. Architects' favorite professional associates in five categories - from building contractors to structural engineers. 

While some familiar names grace the list (Arup comes in at number 1 for Service Engineers), we felt the list was a great way to spotlight many companies whose work seldom goes acknowledged (and without whom, the architecture we love would never come into being).

Check out the best architectural partners of 2012, after the break...

Ceramic of Arganil / Vitor Seabra Mofase Architects

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St Alfred’s Church / Studio B Architects

  • Architects: Studio B Architects
  • Location: Blackburn North, Victoria, Australia
  • Design Team: Fred Batterton, Clare Andrew, Tom Alves, Andrew Smith
  • Builder: James Morison, Cooper Morison
  • Construction Manager: Hank Leine, Cooper Morison
  • Structural: Barry Roben, Irwin Consult
  • Landscape: Peter Boyle
  • Area: 1516.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Aaron Pocock

© Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock

Arup Envisions the Skyscrapers of 2050

It is estimated that by 2050, 75 percent of the worlds - then 9 billion strong - population will live in cities. Urban Sprawl is already problematic and planners are faced with new challenges as they aim to build towards the sky rather than the horizon. In addition, cities are increasingly faced with climate change, resource scarcity, rising energy costs, and the possibility of future natural or man-made disasters. In response to these issues, Arup has proposed their vision of an urban building and city of the future.

In their proposal, titled “It’s Alive!”, they imagine an urban ecosystem of connected ‘living’ buildings, that not only create space, but also craft the environment. According to Arup, buildings of the future will not only produce energy and food, but will also provide its occupants with clean air and water.

More info on Arup's vision after the break...

Vila Nova In Farmalicao / Arquitetura.501

  • Architects: Arquitetura.501
  • Location: Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Portugal
  • Design Team: Hernâni Sá, Cristina Oliveira
  • Builder: Albersil
  • Structure: Traço de Concepção
  • Plot: 1,014 sqm
  • Area: 323.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Cortesia de Arquitetura.501

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Tiered Lodge / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

  • Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
  • Location: Tochigi, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Katsutoshi Naoi, Noriko Naoi
  • Area: 183.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda