Los Chillos House / Diez + Muller Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Los Chillos House / Diez + Muller Arquitectos, © Sebastían Crespo Camacho
© Sebastían Crespo Camacho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de los Chillos, Cuenca Canton, Ecuador
  • Project Architects

    Gonzalo Diez P, Felipe Muller B.
  • Construction

    Ing. Diego Cueva
  • Project Area

    550.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Sebastían Crespo Camacho © Sebastían Crespo Camacho © Sebastían Crespo Camacho © Sebastían Crespo Camacho +18

Maison des Etudiants / Lacroix Chessex

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Maison des Etudiants / Lacroix Chessex, © Radek Brunecky
© Radek Brunecky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Grégoire Martin, Jon Onandia, Cristina Moldes, Boris Pflugfelder, Stéphane Koularmanis Competition phase: Hiéronyme Lacroix, Simon Chessex, Ubaldo Martella, Leonhard Kanapin
  • Partners

    Hiéronyme Lacroix, Simon Chessex
  • Associate

    Frédéric Crausaz
  • Structural Engineering

    Thomas Jundt Ingénieurs Civils
  • Photographs

© Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky +43

PLAT 4.0 Call for Submissions

00:00 - 15 November, 2013
PLAT 4.0 Call for Submissions

PLAT Journal invites content for its forthcoming issueMassAt once a spatial and social practice, architecture produces mass: an accumulation that, given momentum, projects a social attitude. Mass is assertive—whether through a tactful manipulation of scale, an astute engagement of its context, or a specific formal legibility, it speaks plainly but with conviction.

An Architect's Journey to Brazil

00:00 - 15 November, 2013
Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann
Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann

When I was student in New York City, I would often spend hours thumbing through the titles of books at the Strand Bookstore.  One day I came across Latin American Architecture Since 1945. The black and white book, written by Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1955, showed a world of precise modernism. The buildings, situated in a tropical climate, set atop pilotis with gardens flowing in and under them, with brise soleils filtering the strong equatorial light, were perfect. I often would stare into the pages and attempt to create similar projects on my drafting board.  

Fifteen years later, on a journey to Brazil, I sought out the projects that were indelibly written into my memory.  I expected, or hoped, to find them as they were on the pages. But what I found instead are buildings that are used and worn, showing age like the yellowing pages of the book itself. Despite this, the buildings were very much alive. Children were kicking a ball around in the housing bar and patients were still healing in Neimeyer’s hospital. These projects were not the crisp sun drenched modernism of my imagination, but they exceeded my expectation with an unexpected vibrance.

Fox Head / Clive Wilkinson Architects

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Irvine, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Clive Wilkinson, Sam Farhang, Sasha Shumyatsky, Matt Moran, Chester Nielsen, Andrea Schoening, Mitsuhiro Komatsu, Annie Ritz, Meredith McDaniel
  • Area

    82000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan +24

SDA + Volvo Collaborate to Create Portable Car-Charging Pavilion

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
SDA + Volvo Collaborate to Create Portable Car-Charging Pavilion, Courtesy of SDA
Courtesy of SDA

After months of design refinement and engineering, Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), winners of the "Switch to Pure Volvo" architecture competition, have launched a free-standing mobile pavilion capable of harnessing solar energy to power the new Volvo V60, the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid car. The 'Pure Tension' Pavilion was birthed by SDA's extensive research on dynamic mesh relaxation, utilizing bendable, lightweight aluminum structures with flexible fabrics that can be stored in the trunk of the car and easily mounted within one hour, similar to a tent.

10 Projects Advance to Rebuild by Design's Final Round

00:00 - 15 November, 2013
10 Projects Advance to Rebuild by Design's Final Round , The BIG “U”. Image Courtesy of HUD
The BIG “U”. Image Courtesy of HUD

After three months of in-depth analysis and public outreach, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has shortlisted 10 design “opportunities” for the third and final round of Rebuild by Design. The design competition, focused on making New York’s Sandy-effected regions more resilient, sustainable, and livable, will now have the final project teams collaborate with local and regional stakeholders in developing their projects over the next five months. The goal is to arrive at projects that are implementable and fundable, leveraging the variety of federal recovery investments being made in the region.

OMA, BIG and WXY are just a few practices involved in the final round. Read on to review a glimpse of each shortlisted proposal.

Trafag / e2a

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Trafag / e2a, © Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander
  • Architects

  • Location

    Industriestrasse 11, 8608 Bubikon, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Wim Eckert, Piet Eckert
  • Design Team

    Wim Eckert , Piet Eckert , Daniel Bock , Radek Brunecky , Danny Duong , Bryan Graf, Kaori Hirasawa , Sebastian Lippok Susanne Mocek , Alexander Struck, Anna Maria Tosi , Christian Zehnder
  • Photographs

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander +21

RUPERT arts and education centre / Audrius Ambrasas architects

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
RUPERT arts and education centre  / Audrius Ambrasas architects, Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas architects
Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas architects

Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas architects Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas architects Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas architects Courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas architects +15

New Exhibition Calls for a Bold Vision in the “Great Basin”

00:00 - 15 November, 2013
New Exhibition Calls for a Bold Vision in the “Great Basin”

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in partnership with the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), presents Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin. The new exhibition calls for a 100-year vision to guide planning and development in the binational watershed of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence – the Great Basin. Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin is on display in CAF’s Atrium Gallery at 224 South Michigan Avenue until February 2014.

Laboratory Design: It's Time for a Breakthrough

00:00 - 14 November, 2013
Laboratory Design: It's Time for a Breakthrough, Cern, The Globe of Science and Innovation. Image Courtesy of smartglassinternational.com
Cern, The Globe of Science and Innovation. Image Courtesy of smartglassinternational.com

As science continues to propel forward, it seems that the architecture to support scientists and their advancements is falling behind. The problem of laboratory design was recently brought up in an article by The Financial Times' Edwin Heathcote, who cited labs around the world, from Mendelsohn's Einstein Tower to Cern's giant timber globe, as great examples of an architecture of collaboration and experimentation. If some of our greatest discoveries today are often happening in mundane environments, what would happen if the architecture of labs and offices began to support and inspire innovation? Read the full story here.

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 14 November, 2013
Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan © Hufton+Crow © Hélène Binet +52

Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport / UNStudio

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
© Nakanimamasakhlisi
© Nakanimamasakhlisi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kutaisi, Georgia
  • Design Team

    Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Gerard Loozekoot with Frans van Vuure and Filippo Lodi, Roman Kristesiashvili, Tina Kortmann, Wendy van der Knijff, Kristoph Nowak, Machiel Wafelbakker, Gustav Fagerström, Thomas Harms, Deepak Jawahar, Nils Saprovskis, Patrik Noome
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nakanimamasakhlisi © Nakanimamasakhlisi © Nakanimamasakhlisi © Nakanimamasakhlisi +16

WU Campus Masterplan / BUSarchitektur

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
Courtesy of BOAnet.at
Courtesy of BOAnet.at
  • Architects

  • Location

    Welthandelsplatz, Vienna, Austria
  • Team

    Laura P. Spinadel, Jean Pierre Bolivar, Bernd Pflüger
  • Project Area

    67000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • P

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The Fountainhead: Everything That's Wrong with Architecture

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
The Fountainhead: Everything That's Wrong with Architecture, Gary Cooper as Howard Roark in a film adaptation of The Fountainhead. Via Courtesy King Vidor, The Fountainhead (Warner Brothers, 1949).. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
Gary Cooper as Howard Roark in a film adaptation of The Fountainhead. Via Courtesy King Vidor, The Fountainhead (Warner Brothers, 1949).. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Howard Roark, the fictional architect envisioned by Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead, has possibly done more for the profession in the past century than any real architect at all - inspiring hundreds to enter architecture and greatly shaping the public's perception. And, according to Lance Hosey, Chief Sustainability Officer at RTKL, that couldn't be more damaging. In his recent article "The Fountainhead All Over Again," for Metropolis Magazine, he details why it's such a problem, going so far as to accuse Ayn Rand's dictatorial protagonist of committing architectural terrorism.

It came out in 1943, exactly 70 years ago this summer. In the movie version a few years later, Gary Cooper played Howard Roark, the character famously modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright. Since then, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, her “hymn in praise of the individual” (New York Times), has made legions of young people want to become architects. The late Lebbeus Woods wrote that the story “has had an immense impact on the public perception of architects and architecture, and also on architects themselves, for better and for worse.” I’d say worse. In fact, the Fountainhead remains the perfect representation of everything that’s wrong with the profession.

Hayasaka House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
Hayasaka House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates, © Shinkenchiku-sha Co
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Ken Yokogawa
  • Structural Engineers

    Umezawa Structural Engineers - Ryozo Umezawa, Yohei Sekiguchi
  • Landscape Architects

    Nakatani Koichiro Atelier - Koichiro Nakatani
  • General Contractor

    DI Sanwa Corporation -Toshiyuki Inoue, Isamu Morisita
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Shinkenchiku-sha Co +11

The New Ergolding Secondary School / Behnisch Architekten + Behnisch Architekten & Architekturbüro Leinhäupl + Neuber

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
The New Ergolding Secondary School / Behnisch Architekten + Behnisch Architekten & Architekturbüro Leinhäupl + Neuber, © David Matthiessen
© David Matthiessen

© David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen +13

Controversial Plans for Southbank Centre Face New Challenges

00:00 - 14 November, 2013
Controversial Plans for Southbank Centre Face New Challenges, © Feilden Clegg Bradley
© Feilden Clegg Bradley

It's been almost two months since we revealed that the Southbank Centre had agreed to support a fundraising campaign by Long Live Southbank, the campaign aiming to preserve the skatepark in Southbank's undercroft and save it from the £120 million redevelopment of the site as a whole. 

This was just one twist in a story that included criticism from the UK's design council CABE and from the neighboring National Theatre, a 50,000 strong petition from skateboarders, an unsuccessful attempt to have the skatepark listed as a village green, a successful attempt to have it classified as an 'asset of community value', and a delayed planning application. 

So after all this controversy, what has happened in the last two months?