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IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size, The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

One of the major challenges in translating 3D Printing technology into architecture has been the issue of scale. So far, this has generally resulted in ever larger printers, with one of the most successful examples being the KamerMaker, which has been used to 3D print a Dutch Canal House in 2x2x3.5 metre chunks. However, recognizing the limitations on the size of 3D printers, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a family of three small, mobile robots which together can print a structure of any size.

Read on after the break for more on the process.

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot can travel in any direction across the structure adding extra layers to strengthen the structure.. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Strengthening layers added by Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia +14

NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem's ArtA Center

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem's ArtA Center, View from the Rhine. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
View from the Rhine. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Amsterdam-based firm NL Architects have been selected to design Arnhem's new ArtA Center, a new public arts cluster that will house the Arnhem Museum and Focus Cinema. Coming out on top in a shortlist which included BIG, Kengo Kuma & Associates and SO-IL, NL Architects' terraced design features a rooftop urban park with views over the Rhine, subterranean movie halls and an adaptable, open plan stepped museum.

The jury's decision commends the design for the way it "radiates enthusiasm", and the "simple and clear" concept, as well as praising the "inventive and innovative" mentality of the architects. 

More on the design and the jury's selection after the break

Museum. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Arts Square. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Museum. Image Courtesy of NL Architects City View. Image Courtesy of NL Architects +17

Highway Support Center / 24H architecture

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Highway Support Center / 24H architecture, Courtesy of Boris Zeisser
Courtesy of Boris Zeisser

Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Balkendwarsweg, 9405 Assen, The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Boris Zeisser, Maartje Lammers, Fieke Poelman
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Exhibition / Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Exhibition / Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane, © Alvar Aalto Foundation
© Alvar Aalto Foundation

This summer, the art, architecture and design of Finland will be celebrated in London. Reason & Intuition - Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane is a new exhibition bringing together the finest works of an acknowledged great of international modernist architecture and design and three collections of images by an acclaimed Finnish photographer. 

Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free, Project example from MIT OpenCourseWare's Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills: Reciprocal Methodologies by Isabel Collado and Ignacio Peydro. Image Courtesy of Luisel Zayas-San-Miguel
Project example from MIT OpenCourseWare's Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills: Reciprocal Methodologies by Isabel Collado and Ignacio Peydro. Image Courtesy of Luisel Zayas-San-Miguel

Learning doesn't necessarily need to be formal – or expensive for that matter. Thanks to the Internet and some generous benefactors, you can further your education for free from the comfort of your own home. Top schools such as MIT and Harvard University are affiliated with free online learning resources, allowing people from all over the globe to connect and audit courses at their own pace. In some cases, these services even provide self-educators with proof for having completed courses. Keep reading after the break to check out our round-up of four free online learning resources.

Warehouse transformation into Visual Arts School / Matthieu Place + Thomas Raynaud

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud
Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud

Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud +11

Prodigy Network Announces Winners of 17John Crowdsourcing Competition

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Prodigy Network Announces Winners of 17John Crowdsourcing Competition, Public Space Winner: HUB / Pierre Levesque (Roof Terrace). Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network
Public Space Winner: HUB / Pierre Levesque (Roof Terrace). Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network

Prodigy Network have selected the winners of the crowdsourcing design competitions for their 17John 'Cotel' in New York, including winners for the design of the public interior spaces and the private rooms. The Cotel concept is intended to meet the changing needs of the modern business traveler; providing living spaces somewhere between a long-term apartment and a short term hotel, but also flexible spaces that can be used for work and meetings.

The crowdsourced competitions were run via Prodigy Network's Design Lab website, and judging was conducted with a mixture of public voting and jury selection. "The winners of the 17John competition were intuitive to the needs of travelers, creative in the interactive spaces and understood the function of extended stay residences," said Prodigy Network Founder Rodrigo Nino. Read on after the break to see the winning proposals.

Public Space Winner: HUB / Pierre Levesque (Co-Working area). Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network Public Space Winner: HUB / Pierre Levesque (Lobby). Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network Private space winner: 'Weco, the Nomadic Company" / Vianney Lacotte. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network Public Space Winner: HUB / Pierre Levesque (Co-Working area). Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network +20

Young Architects Taking Action at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Manuel Shvartzberg and Yolande Daniels reading the manifesto of The Architecture Lobby at the protest. Image © The Architecture Lobby
Manuel Shvartzberg and Yolande Daniels reading the manifesto of The Architecture Lobby at the protest. Image © The Architecture Lobby

Among the Venice Biennale's two-pronged approach of hype and glamour on one hand, and artistry and theory on the other, it's easy to forget that the event is one of the biggest gatherings of architects around - and as such represents a great opportunity to put the more prosaic concerns of the profession out in the open.

The New York-based Architecture Lobby took full advantage of the opportunity however, holding a protest outside the Giardini on June 7th, the Biennale's opening weekend. Through their protest, they aim to draw attention to declining working conditions in the profession, including low pay, long hours and insecure unemployment - particularly for young architects, who are the most precarious of all.

We reached out to Architecture Lobby member Tyler Survant to find out more about the Architecture Lobby's presence in Venice, and the problems facing the profession. Read on after the break for the interview. 

The Levitt Pavilion / WRT - Wallace Roberts & Todd

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
The Levitt Pavilion / WRT - Wallace Roberts & Todd, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +14

Chameleon House / Petr Hajek Architekti

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Chameleon House  / Petr Hajek Architekti, © Benedikt Markel
© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel © Pavel Pszczolka +20

The Vibeeng School / Arkitema Architects

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
The Vibeeng School / Arkitema Architects, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    4690 Haslev, Denmark
  • Area

    6430.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

"Visibility (Imposed Modernity)" - Kosovo's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
"Visibility (Imposed Modernity)" - Kosovo's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

"Poi piovve dentro a l'alta fantasmi." ("Then rained down within the high fantasy...") Dante Alighieri (Purgatorio XVII.25)

From the Curators. Kosovo has never absorbed modernity. Modernity has been a synonym of destruction and foreign aesthetics.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +12

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice's Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
© Ferruzzi
© Ferruzzi

Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster +8

The Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper & The Clean-Tech Utopia: Two Game-Changing, Sustainable Proposals in China

00:00 - 16 June, 2014

How can the city be reinvented to save the world? Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue and Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo are two men with very contrasting answers to this loaded question. Zhang Yue's answer puts trust in pre-fabricated, high-density vertical development, whereas Paloheimo envisions a built-from-scratch, clean-tech sprawling utopia. Their grand ideas, met with both skepticism and excitement, are documented in a new film by Anna-Karin Grönroos. To watch the trailer and learn more about the bold proposals, continue after the break.

Joseph Rykwert and Stanton Williams Included in Queen's Birthday Honours

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Joseph Rykwert and Stanton Williams Included in Queen's Birthday Honours, Joseph Rykwert. Image © Pawel MazurI CC Krakow
Joseph Rykwert. Image © Pawel MazurI CC Krakow

Architecture critic Joseph Rykwert has been rewarded for his services to criticism by the Queen, receiving a CBE in this year's birthday honours list. The honour continues a good year for Rykwert, after being awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in September. Also included on the birthday honours list were Alan Stanton and Paul Williams, founders of the 2012 Stirling Prize-winning Stanton Williams, who each received an OBE.

Fairbairn House / Inglis Architects

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Fairbairn House  / Inglis Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +29

4 Springs Lane / Robert M. Gurney Architect

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
4 Springs Lane / Robert M. Gurney Architect, © Maxwell MacKenzie
© Maxwell MacKenzie

© Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie +36

Internat Montceau Les Mines / X'TO Architectes

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Internat Montceau Les Mines / X'TO Architectes, © Jérôme Beg
© Jérôme Beg

© Jérôme Beg © Jérôme Beg © Jérôme Beg © Jérôme Beg +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montceau-les-Mines, France
  • Architects in Charge

    JY Godot, Jean Delacroix, Pierre Dumas
  • Area

    2213.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs