Kickstarter: Cosmic Quilt – Interactive Installation + Student Workshop / The Principals

The Principals, a Brooklyn-based practice that work on industrial design and interactive environments, are posing a question to the design community: What would it be like if the environment we inhabit responded to our present in an active way? What if we shift the scale of the way in which our devices operate to the way our buildings function? The questions posed by are the considerations of a project called Cosmic Quilt that is planned to be exhibited on Design Week 2012 on May 19-21. In order to create a mock-up of this type of space, the group is enlisting the help of 20 from the Art Institute of New York and the help of financial backer’s through Kickstarter.

More on the planned project after the break.

D.I.Y Urbanism: Almere Oosterworld / MVRDV

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MVRDV‘s proposal for an urban development in Almere Oosterworld, the Netherlands, is a template for a project that puts power into the hands of neighborhoods and communities.  This development strategy is bottom-up, inclusive and very intuitive to the needs of individuals and their communities.  It allows the design to develop organically and over a stretch of time as needs change and neighborhoods grow.  MVRDV writes that the proposal “is a revolution in Dutch as it steps away from governmental dictate and invites organic urban growth in which initiatives are stimulated and inhabitants can create their own neighbourhoods including public green, urban agriculture and roads”.  

Find out how it’s done after the break.

Youth Center in Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: Reimerswaalstraat 101, 1069 AG ,
Client: Ymere Ontwikkeling, Jollemanhof 8 – Huys Azië, 1019 GW Amsterdam
Completion: 2011
Site area: 150 sqm
Building size: 285 sqm
Total building budget: € 550.000,- (excl. VAT)
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck, with Andrius Raguotis, Blanca Sanchez Babe, Ruud Smeelen, Giorgio Terraneo
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

  

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Unveiling Exhibition of VCU Institute for Contemporary Art / Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects… invites you to join them in the unveiling exhibition of their Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. The event will take place at the Meulensteen gallery in New York on April 26 from 6-8pm. The

Sydney Architecture Walks / Supple Design

Sydney Architecture Walks / Supple Design

Supple Design… shared with us their Sydney Architecture Walks, which consists of an ongoing series of public walking and bicycle tours of Sydney that use contemporary architecture to open up conversations political, cultural, economic and environmental. Their premise is that

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modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

In response to the overwhelming interest in the April Parametric Design Workshop, this workshop, another intensive parametric design workshop, will be held in Brooklyn during the weekend of April 28-29, 2012 by Studio Mode / modeLab…. It will consist

Cañadas Park / Abis Architecture

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Architects: Abis Architecture
Location: Pliego, Murcia,
Design Team: Rafael Landete Pascual, Angel Benigno González Avilés, María Isabel Pérez Millán, Emilio Cortés Saura
Clients: Pliego City Council, The Ministries of Public Works and Planning, the Ministry of Presidency and Public Administration of the Region of Murcia
Cost: 1,238,583€
Construction Company: Etosa – Electrisur C. Pliego U.T.E.
Completion: 2010
Site Area: 21,700 sqm
Photographs: David Frutos

Courtesy of Open House Roma

Open House Rome 2012

The free event that has unveiled secret places in the most beautiful cities all over the world is, for the first time ever, in Rome the weekend of May 5-6. An idea both simple and revolutionary, Open House Rome 2012,…

House in Iporanga / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados – Lua Nitsche, Pedro Nitsche, Renata Cupini, Suzana Barboza, Mariana Simas
Location: Iporanga, , SP, Brazil
Total Area (including terraces): 554 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

The Neutra Embassy Building in Karachi, Pakistan: A Petition to Save Modernism

The Neutra Embassy Building in , Pakistan via Neutra Institute for Survival through Design

‘s Embassy Building in Karachi, Pakistan is a relic of the Cold War – an effort by the United States to express its authority and wealth in other countries.  The building is in the modernist style, designed in 1959, by an architect whose work is still admired today.  Until 2011, the Embassy was occupied by the U.S. General Consulate and was a symbol of modernity in Karachi.  The Neutra Institute for Survival through Design has begun a petition to help save this building from demolition.  It proclaims that this modernist icon is “the only surviving Neutra Structure in the region”.

More after the break.

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Plan

Skokie Public Library Green Roof © Skokie Public Library

As Larry Levine and Ben Chou discuss in their NRDC blog post ”New York and Pennsylvania: Among the Best at Planning for the Inconvenient Truths of Climate Change”, we have already seen what the progress of climate change has done to the most recent weather patterns and the harm it has caused to our infrastructure.  Rising temperature throws off climate balances making some areas wetter and others drier, complicating water supplies, farmland and infrastructure.  In the post, they point out the specific affects on densely populated urban areas and outdated infrastructure that cannot support heavy rains and increased runoff, which inevitably ends up in our waterways: New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  While many parts of the country lack a comprehensive strategy to respond to these mounting threats, nine states have created detailed reactionary and preventative measures to deal with climate change (see the NRDC report).

However,  public policies, regulations and reports are not always in sync with what people choose to construct or what actually gets built.  New York’s 2012 Green Infrastructure Grant Program is promising in that respect; it is a step towards bridging that gap that exists between building purely for utility versus building to keep cities livable, functional and safe.  The program focuses on storm water management, giving private enterprises the incentive to make responsible decisions that will alleviate the burden on the NYC sewer system. The grant has set aside $4 million for projects, which include green roofs, blue roofs, combined roofs, bioswales, permeable pavers and perforated piping.  This money is open only for use on private properties and businesses, or along streets that abut privately owned properties and are located on sites that drain into a combined sewer.  The full report is outlined here.

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Sports Center in Rubí / CGP Arquitectos

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Architects: CGP Arquitectos - Ana Pérez Lázaro y Joan Casanovas Miñán
Location: Calle Magallanes 65 , Barcelona,
Project area: 3,980 sqm
Surface area: 1,660 sqm
Completion: 2011
Collaborators: Mireia Salvadó Pellisa, Marcos Batista Viana de Souza, Íñigo Gómez Arribillaga, PGI engineering, Edetco Tècnics, Guillermo Barenys y asociados
Photographs: Francisco Urrutia

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Competition Proposal for the Architecture Service Expo 2015 / Ternulomello + Nuno Marcos

Inspired by the theme of Expo 2015 – “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” – the idea behind the design by Ternulomello + Nuno Marcos… of recreating a greenhouse for the Service Areas seemed natural and spontaneous This construction method

Landmark Tower / Buro Ole Scheeren

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Buro Ole Scheeren, the architect behind one of the most iconic buildings of the 21st century, the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, recently revealed his design for a new landmark tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The 268 meter tall tower, Angkasa Raya, was unveiled today at an official ceremony in the capital of . Now, the country will once again appear on the world stage with a stunning new piece of architecture that alters the perception of what a skyscraper can be and how it connects to the city by inviting life into its balancing heights and visually projecting it back into the urban landscape as a symbol of the multi-cultural society. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Jeanne Gang

Founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, Jeanne Gang…, FAIA, LEED AP, will be delivering a lecture at LACMA on May 8th at 7:30pm. Reveal, the first volume on Studio Gang’s projects and processes, was released in 2011 from

Stanzes / La Ville Rayee

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Architects: La Ville Rayée
Location: La Défense, Paris,
Year: 2012
Client: Defacto, for « Forme Publique », La Défense Urban Furniture Biennial
Development: JC Decaux
Touch-screen Public Phone: Orange
Fabrication of Concretepieces: Escofet
Material: Escofet fibered ultra-high performance concrete
Photographer: JC Decaux

  

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Lausanne Planetarium Proposal / Studio DMTW

Studio DWTW… shared with us their proposal for the Lausanne Planetarium Proposal which creates a place which is devoted to showing and sharing science. Their aim is to make a cultural contribution in the widest sense in a society which

Bolles + Wilson / Moleskine

The collection of Inspiration And Process In Architecture is a new series of illustrated monographs dedicated to key figures in contemporary architecture. This new collection features Zaha Hadid, Giancarlo De Carlo, and Alberto Kalach whose stories are told through notes and drawings never before seen.