Video: B&B Italia Talk / Can Design Save Europe?


In light of B&B Italia’s debate for London Design Festival, ‘Can Design Save Europe’, we speak to Architecture and Design Critic for the FT Edwin Heathcote, Director of the V&A Martin Roth and Olympic Torch designers Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber about the power of design as a force of change on the European economy. The recent recession and subsequent arts spending cuts has sparked debate around the fate of the arts and craft industry, locating it a time of change and redevelopment. While the major manufacturing powers continually look to the East we question what the future holds for European design and manufacture, and if designers themselves should focus on functional products made available to the masses rather than luxury products for the minority.

BD Bacatá: The World’s First Crowdfunded Skyscraper

Kickstarter, a site based on the seductive idea of “crowdfunding” – in which consumers collectively invest in a product in order for it to become reality – has taken on a life of its own. From straightforward consumer products (like a cool watch) to creative projects (Roman Mars’ radio show) and even to large-scale Urbanism projects (including an entire riverwater pool), Kickstarter has evolved to finance ever more complex, ambitious, and risky endeavors.

But are there limits? Can you harness the purchasing power of the public to “crowdfund” anything? To, say, design/build a city?

Well, if ’s BD Bacatá building, the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, is anything to go by – the answer would seem to be yes.

More images of the first ever crowdfunded skyscraper, BD Bacatá, after the break…

FF House / Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

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Architects: Hernandez Silva Arquitectos
Location: , México
Architect In Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva
Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Diana Quiroz Chávez, Roberto Peña, Leslie Chávez Sánchez, Andrea Assad Álvarez
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 587 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

Art School in Burgos / Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez

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Architects: Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

Patchwork City Masterplan / OOIIO Architecture

Designed by OOIIO Architecture…, the Patchwork City Masterplan focuses on organizing the future growth of Linkoping, a city in southern Sweden with 100,000 inhabitants. The architects were challenged to experiment and explore new ways of designing cities, with all

Mojave Rivers Ranger Station / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: Acton, CA,
Design Team: Marcy Wong, Donn Logan, Tai-Ran Tseng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 7,600 sq ft
Photographs: John Edward Linden

JAY Mixed-Use Complex Winning Proposal / ASAR Consulting Engineers

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ASAR Consulting Engineers shared with us their winning proposal in the competition to design the JAY mixed-use complex in , . With the aim of a long-term plan to create a vibrant urban complex in a 54 hectare area site, their proposed response to these challenges begins with a public garden which improves the existing green spaces and plays a role as an urban structure to integrate the 4 different zones of the project. The program includes about 173 hectares of commercial, recreational and administrative activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Comisaría Lugo / Mestura Arquitectes

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Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Lugo, Galicia,
Design Team: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 5,293.83 sqm
Photographs: Andrés Fraga

W Window House / Alphaville Architects

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Architects: Alphaville Architects
Location: Kyoto,
Project Year:
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

Courtesy of DawnTown
Courtesy of DawnTown

DawnTown Design Build Competition

DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami, is announcing an open call for portfolios for their Design Build competition. Now in its fifth year, Dawntown seeks the talents of a designer or design team to create a…

Wu Residence / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office
Location: Anthony Road,
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Design Team: Cai Chun Yan, Jane Wang, Liu Qi
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250.0 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

100% Terschelling / Studio Elmo Vermijs

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Architects: Studio Elmo Vermijs
Location: Island , The Netherlands
Design: ElmoVermijs and Arievan Ziel
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Gemma van Linden

Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects

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Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects
Location: Ellington, Wisconsin
Project Size: 5,000 square feet
Photography: Bill Timmerman

   

Umbau einer Jahrhundertwende-Villa / hke architekten

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Architects: hke architekten
Location: Brühler Str. 69 A-2340 Moedling
Project Coordinator: Albert Huber
Team Staff : Waltraud Derntl, Elke Niedermüller, Ralf Rüssel, Xiaoguang Song, Sören Fleischhauer, Stefan Schweighofer, Michael Hieselmayr, Muaz Esen
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Gerald Zugmann, Courtesy of hke architekten

AD Round Up: Refurbishment Part IX

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For today’s AD Round Up we have five great refurbishment projects. The main image belongs to TANK’s La Minoterie, a rehabilitation of an old flour-mill and an industrial building in lofts along the canal of Roubaix. Check out, Loft L designed by adawittfeldarchitektur or Paco De Pombeiro Manor House by Ezzo,a rural hotel located in Felguerias, Portugal. Revisit Church of living by dutch practice Zecc Architecten. Finally, you can’t miss Adaptation of Former Granary designed by medusagroup.

University of Arizona Medical Center South Campus / Cannon Design + CDG Architects

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Architects: Cannon Design, CDG Architects
Location: ,
Principal in Charge: Michael J. Smith
Project Director: Beth Radovanovich
Lead Designer: Carl Hampson
Project Manager: James Pricco
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Bill Timmerman

Datagrove / Future Cities Lab

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Design:  Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno at Future Cities Lab
Team: Ripon DeLeon (lead), Osma Dossani, Jonathan Izen, assisted by David Spittler

Client: ZERO1, Public Art Program, National Endowment for the Arts
Consultant: Elliot Larson created the Twitter trends [xml link]

Technology: Text to Speech Module by TextSpeak, Arduino Mega and Uno, WiFly Shield by Sparkfun, Verizon Mifi, LCD panels by Sparkfun, LEDS by superbrightleds.com, IR sensors by Sharp
Photography: Peter Prato

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Venice Biennale 2012: GREENHOUSE TALK interviews leading architects

As we announced earlier, Pritzker Prize Laureate Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture (China), of RMA architects (India) and Francine Houben of Mecanoo (The Netherlands) participated in GREENHOUSE TALK at the 2012 Venice Biennale. The informal discussion focused on the current reality of design culture in the great countries of Eastern Asia and Europe.

The video begins with an introduction (in Italian) by architect and Senior curator of MAXXI Roma, Pippo Ciorra, which then leads into some fascinating commentary (in English, with Italian subtitles) by the highlighted protagonists.

The GREENHOUSE TALK event was promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, in collaboration with MAXXI and NAi.