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Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

01:00 - 3 September, 2014

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
ARCHIVE Global Sets Out to Build Healthier Homes in Bangladesh , A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of ARCHIVE Global
A women in the village of in Savar, Bangladesh stands in front of her family’s new cement floor ARCHIVE, in partnership with ADESH, installed in February 2014. Image Courtesy of ARCHIVE Global

Each year 6.5 million children around the world die from diseases directly related to substandard housing conditions. Dirt floors in particular are carriers of parasites, bacteria, and viruses contributing to many fatal diseases. In response to this and with the aim of dramatically reducing child mortality rates, New York-based non-profit Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE), has launched a new initiative to replace dirt flooring with concrete in Bangladesh.

Learn more about the initiative after the break. 

Maarten Hajer Appointed as Chief Curator of 2016 Rotterdam Biennale

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
Maarten Hajer Appointed as Chief Curator of 2016 Rotterdam Biennale, © Bob Bronshoff
© Bob Bronshoff

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has announced Maarte Hajer as the Chief Curator of IABR-2016-. Hajer, a professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director General of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, was selected for his proposed theme, "The Next Economy." More on Hajer's appointment after the break.

ARTISTECT: Famous Paintings With An Architectural Twist

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
ARTISTECT: Famous Paintings With An Architectural Twist, Federico Babina's latest series: ARTISTECT
Federico Babina's latest series: ARTISTECT

Our friend Federico Babina's latest illustrations blur the lines of art and architecture in this series: ARTISTECT. These 25 images, he explains, represent "possible and impossible encounters between artists and architects," emphasizing the "probable and improbable connections between forms of expression and aesthetic languages sometimes distant and sometimes very close."

In this exercise of overlapping styles, it is perhaps easier at first glance to identify the artist. But careful inspection of these stunning drawings reveals the idiosyncratic and stylistic tendencies of some of our most beloved architects. 

Babina writes, "The project’s main idea is to reinterpret famous paintings using a brush soaked in architectural tints…These images are a metaphor for an imagined and imaginary dialogue between creative minds: Le Corbusier talks with Picasso and Kandinsky discusses with Wright... The wires that connect and intertwine this relations can be thin and transparent or robust and full-bodied."

Take a look at the entire ARTISTECT series after the break. And don't miss Federico Babina's other (very popular) illustration sets: ARCHISET, ARCHIMACHINEARCHIPORTRAIT, ARCHIST, ARCHIBET and ARCHICINE.

Collège Saint-Louis / Marosi Troy Architectes + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Collège Saint-Louis / Marosi Troy Architectes + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes, © Stephane Groleau
© Stephane Groleau

© Stephane Groleau © Stephane Groleau © Stephane Groleau © Stephane Groleau +30

Keck Institute for Space Studies / Lehrer Architects

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Keck Institute for Space Studies / Lehrer Architects, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
  • Area

    7200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Firemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Firemen House  / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

© Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos © Juan Rodríguez +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    14870.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez, Aleix Bague

RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals Decrease in Workload & Staffing Levels

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals Decrease in Workload & Staffing Levels, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBAFuture Trends Survey for July 2014 show that the Workload Index among  practices fell back to +28 (from +34 in June) with confidence levels among RIBA practices about the level of future workloads remaining "very strong in practices of all sizes across the whole of the ." Whereas last month’s survey saw Scotland top the index with a balance figure of +50, London showed the greatest strength in July with a balance figure of +38. Practices located in Wales and the West were the most cautious about prospects for future workloads, returning a balance figure of just +12. The survey shows that actual workloads have been growing for four consecutive quarters and the overall value of work in progress last month was 10% higher than this time last year.

Foster + Romero Alliance Wins Competition to Design the Mexico City Airport Expansion

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Foster + Romero Alliance Wins Competition to Design the Mexico City Airport Expansion, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

A duo comprised of British architect and Pritzker Prize winner Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and Mexican architect Fernando Romero of FR-EE has won the competition to expand the Mexico City airport, Reuters has reported

The new airport not only plans to solve overcrowding at the current terminal, but also to “develop economically and socially one of the most densely populated and marginalized regions” of Mexico.  The project is set to be finished by the end of 2018. 

Learn more about the airport and the winning design team after the break…

Toblerone House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler

00:00 - 3 September, 2014
Toblerone House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Architects

    Diana Radomysler
  • Design Team

    Carolina Castroviejo, Fernanda Palmieri, Fernando Falcon, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
  • Area

    590.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Casa Madalena / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Casa Madalena / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    4400-431 Madalena, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
  • Design Team

    Orlando Sousa, Vasco Melo, Ricardo Leite, Sofia Costa Reis, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Academic Building - UAC / CEPLAN

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Academic Building - UAC / CEPLAN, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Campus de Planaltina - Universidade de Brasília - Planaltina, Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Authors

    Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators

    Arquiteta Ana Carolina Caetano Alves, Arquiteta Karine Meneses Chagas de Carvalho
  • Project Area

    4795.0 m2
  • Project year

    2011
  • Photographs

House in Asahiku / Coo Planning

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
House in Asahiku / Coo Planning, © Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akiyoshi Nakao
  • Area

    55.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Complexity Via Simplicity: Urbana's Parking Structure Facade

00:00 - 3 September, 2014

Asked to design an interactive facade for an existing parking structure at the new Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Urbana principle Rob Ley had a conundrum to deal with: "With Indianapolis’ really extreme weather patterns, we gave a lot of thought to: how can we make something that’s interactive but won’t be broken in a year?” he told the Architect's Newspaper. “Unfortunately, the history of kinetic facades teaches us that that they can become a maintenance nightmare."

His solution came from turning the question on its head - how could they design and fabricate a static facade that appears to change when the viewer moves? The resulting design appears highly complex, while in fact using aluminum fins bent at just three different angles. Find out more about the challenges of fabricating this facade, and inserting it into an existing structure, through the video above or at the Architect's Newspaper Fabrikator blog.

Cliff House / Hyde + Hyde Architects

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Cliff House / Hyde + Hyde Architects, Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects
Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects

Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gower Peninsula, United Kingdom
  • Area

    147.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Hyde + Hyde Architects

HILA Pavilion / Digiwoodlab Project + University Of Oulu Students

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
HILA Pavilion / Digiwoodlab Project + University Of Oulu Students, Courtesy of Digiwoodlab Project
Courtesy of Digiwoodlab Project

Courtesy of Digiwoodlab Project Courtesy of Digiwoodlab Project Courtesy of Digiwoodlab Project Courtesy of Digiwoodlab Project +28

La Leonera Mountain Retreat / DRAA

01:00 - 2 September, 2014
La Leonera Mountain Retreat / DRAA, © Felipe Camus
© Felipe Camus

© Felipe Camus © Felipe Camus © Felipe Camus © Felipe Camus +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Farellones, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team

    Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
  • Associate Architect

    Felipe Camus
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Chinese Company Showcases Ten 3D-Printed Houses

00:00 - 2 September, 2014

Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. The homes, printed in prefabricated panels which fit together on site, were created using WinSun's custom-built 3D printer which measures 10 meters by 6.6 meters, and took the company twelve years to develop.

Formed with a cement-based mixture containing construction waste and glass fiber, each of the houses cost just $5,000 to build. Read on after the break for more on the development.