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AD Interviews: Viktor Várkonyiv / Graphisoft

01:00 - 6 October, 2014

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been an invaluable technological advancement for the architecture, engineering, construction and building management industries. But for people who don’t use it on a daily basis, BIM can seem overwhelming.  This animated video breaks BIM down in layman’s terms explaining what it is, how it works and what the benefits of using it are.

Read on after the break to learn more about BIM and our interview with Viktor Várkonyi, the CFO of Graphisoft, one of the frontrunners in BIM development.

Rico / TASS

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Rico / TASS, Courtesy of TASS
Courtesy of TASS

Courtesy of TASS Courtesy of TASS Courtesy of TASS Courtesy of TASS +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TASS

12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America, GOLD: Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park (Medellin, Colombia) . Image Courtesy of  the Holcim Foundation
GOLD: Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park (Medellin, Colombia) . Image Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Teams from Mexico and Colombia have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Latin America, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners is a Colombian water reservoir turned public park and low-impact timber rainforest center in Costa Rica. 

The 12 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards, to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Latin American winners, after the break…

Can You Imagine a City Without Air Conditioners?

00:00 - 6 October, 2014
Can You Imagine a City Without Air Conditioners?, Helsinki is pioneering an underground cooling system that could cut 80% of carbon emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. Image © Flickr CC User Justin Swan
Helsinki is pioneering an underground cooling system that could cut 80% of carbon emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. Image © Flickr CC User Justin Swan

Despite Finland’s relatively cool temperatures, climate changes have made heat waves more common in Northern Europe, and the demand for cooling buildings in summer is increasing. Instead of installing air conditioners for individual buildings, Helsinki is pioneering a vast network of underground infrastructure that pumps cold water from lakes and seas into local buildings. Beneath an unassuming park in downtown Helsinki sits a reservoir containing nearly 9 million gallons of water that is recycled and cooled by waste energy after it is used for cooling, replacing the need for air conditioning in the city and cutting carbon pollution by 80%. Read more about this undertaking in this article from Fast Co. Exist.

House Husarö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
House Husarö  / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, ©  Ake E:son Lindman
© Ake E:son Lindman

©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman ©  Ake E:son Lindman +23

Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Arthur Casas
  • Co-authors

    Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
  • Collaborators

    André Chung, Christiana Matos
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +30

Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation

00:00 - 5 October, 2014
Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation, © Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi
© Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi

When you abandon the countryside in favour of the city, what do you leave behind? In a recent essay for Icon Magazine, OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas deliberates on the intersection between the two, arguing that "our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside."

Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, Tianjin, China
  • Design Principal

    James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer

    Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
  • Project Team Leader NY

    Audrey Choi
  • Project Team Leader HK

    Edwin Lau
  • Area

    152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Emerging Voices: David Benjamin of The Living

00:00 - 5 October, 2014

In his lecture as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, David Benjamin discusses his unique approach to environmental and computational design and how it manifests itself in the work of The Living, a firm he founded in 2006.

Throughout the lecture Benjamin discusses projects that are fundamentally linked to the natural environment and ideas related to sustainability. To introduce how the firm generates new ideas, Benjamin describes a method of experimentation developed in their practice called flash research: beginning with the idea that architecture could be dynamic and responsive, these are prototypes that operate under self-created constraints such as a budget of $1000 or less and a required time span of three months or less.

Read on after the break for further synopsis of the lecture.

House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
House Krailling / Unterlandstättner Architekten, Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten
Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten

Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten Courtesy of Unterlandstättner Architekten +29

105 Corlett Drive / Paragon Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell
  • Architects

  • Location

    105 Corlett Drive, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
  • Architect in Charge

    Anthony Orelowitz, Carla Soudien, Kate Keightly-Smith, John Peska, Yumna Ismail, Tom Hill
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell +14

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects, © Ben Rahn / A-Frame
© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame +19

Video: Three Writers On Olafur Eliasson's Riverbed

00:00 - 5 October, 2014

In this video from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's Lousiana Channel, three acclaimed writers - Sjón, James McBride and Daniel Kehlmann - talk about their experience of Olafur Eliasson's Indoor Riverbed at the Danish museum. Sjón describes how he felt when he saw 180 tons of rock from his home country of Iceland filling the room, saying "It was like a moment in a dream, when you enter a room and something is not right, but familiar."

Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art

00:00 - 5 October, 2014
Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art,  First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI
First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI

Winners have been announced for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). The competition, this year sited in Copenhagen, calls on interdisciplinary teams to design large scale site-specific artworks that provide renewable electricity to the city at a utility-scale (equivalent to the demand of hundreds or even thousands of homes). Once constructed, these public infrastructure artworks have the potential to offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire the communities in which they are built.

Check out the winning energy-generating sculptures, after the break.

Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Italy
  • Designer

    Nadir Abdessemed, Jakob Merk and Matthias Schuler
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Students of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art Fair

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
© Gernot Riether
© Gernot Riether

A group of architecture students from Ball State University, together with professors Gernot Riether and Andrew Wit, have transformed a post-industrial landscape in Muncie, Indiana, into a new destination for the city’s local art fair with the construction of the Underwood Pavilion. The parametric tensegrity structure, made from 56 lightweight, self-shading modules of Elastan fabric, provides visitors with refuge from the sun and framed views of the surrounding landscape. 

More about the structure, after the break.

Kuressaare College Towing Tank / b210 architects

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Kuressaare College Towing Tank / b210 architects, © Mari Hunt
© Mari Hunt

© Mari Hunt © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuressaare, Saare County, Estonia
  • Design Team

    Aet Ader, Mari Hunt, Kadri Klementi, Kalle Komissarov, Lembit-Kaur Stöör
  • Area

    1460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs