HUD Grants assist Communities towards Sustainability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $97 million dollars to 27 regions and 29 communities across 32 states with the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated, “These grants will be leveraged with local funds more than doubling the investment and, helping to create new visions for how communities and regions plan for housing, transportation, workforce development and the quality of life of their residents for generations to come. When more than half of the average working family’s income is devoted to housing and transportation costs alone, we know that we have a responsibility to fix that and to provide housing and transportation options that can improve their quality of life and economic stability.”

The grants intend to “reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities” with a focus on integrating transportation and housing. For example, HUD is awarding the City of Boston $1,865,160 to aid mixed-income, mixed-use development along with the construction of four new transit stations that will be strategically placed along the Boston Fairmount / Indigo corridor, an area that contains two-thirds of the Boston region’s foreclosures. Meanwhile, a grant for Sacramento County (CA) will enable them to evaluate opportunities for a new food distribution hub that could provide access to local fresh fruit and vegetables in urban neighborhoods without full service grocery stores.

See the full story by Kaid Benfield on the NRDC Staff Blog, SWiTCHBOARD and review the HUD press release for the complete list of recipients.

House H / Sou Fujimoto

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Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Principal in charge: Sou Fujimoto
Project Team: Hiroshi Kato
Site area: 72.28 sqm
Building area: 50.52 sqm
Total floor area: 124.87 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Thank you Public Plaza

Thank you public plaza, for being so unnecessarily spacious, and for allowing me to park so far away from the entrance. I probably needed to walk that extra 30 minutes during my lunch hour on my way to the DMV.

Thank you public plaza, for changing levels occasionally, just to keep me alert.

Thank you public plaza, for your simple paving pattern articulated by oily puddles, and the homeless. It makes passing through SO whimsical, like an obstacle course, designed for the lonely.

Thank you public plaza, for obscuring your entrances. It’s like a treasure hunt. Is this my bank here? nope, that’s a dumpster enclosure. Fun! Signage is for losers anyway.

Wuxi Xidong Park Bridge / L&A Design Group

Courtesy of L&A Design Group

L&A Design Group has developed an exciting contemporary bridge design as an architectural highlight of Xidong Park, located in Jiangsu province, . The bridge is planned to be the main connection between the north and south foreshores of the parks lake and allows visitors access to a small island destination that commands views over the water as well as café facilities and pocket gardens. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Airhole House / Masahiro Kinoshita – KINO Architects

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Architect: Masahiro Kinoshita – KINO Architects
Location: ,
Principal use: Private residence
Structure: Wooden
Scale of building: 2 stories
Site area: 98.49 sqm
Building area: 58.97 sqm
Total floor area: 98.74 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

min2max International Architecture Symposium

Fernando García-Huidobro, ELEMENTAL, Santiago de

The min2max international architecture symposium, curated by Ilka & Andreas Ruby of textbild, is a two-day event where architects, artists, and activists will discuss design solutions to the pressing issue of keeping housing affordable and livable.

The event, which will take place on the weekend of the 10th -11th of December, will bring together some of the leading practitioners and theoreticians devoted to housing and architecture, including Anne Lacaton (Lacaton & Vassal Architects), Alfredo Brillembourg (Urban Think Tank), ELEMENTAL from Chile, Pier Vittorio Aureli (AA, London), Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV) and Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture), among many others. Panel discussions will be moderated by Carson Chan (PROGRAM), Michael Kimmelman (New York Times), and Joseph Grima (DOMUS). More information on the event after the break.

Kurilpa Bridge / Cox Rayner Architects with Arup

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Architect: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: Tank Street, Brisbane,Queensland 4000 Australia
Project Year: 2009
Cost at completion of construction: $63M
Gross floor area (m2): Span 130 metres
Project Team:Michael Rayner, Antony Scott Pegum, Hang Ling, Casey Vallance, Philip Cox, TristramCarfrae ,Ian Ainsworth, Tom James
Consultant Team:
Photographs: Christopher Frederick JonesRoger D’Souza

   

Sunshine House, London

Call for Papers: Open House International Journal Special Issue

Magda Mostafa, guest editor for the Open House International Journal and associate professor at the American University in Cairo announced a call for papers for their special issue on the topic of built environments for special populations. More information on…

Space for Prayer / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photograpahs: Takumi Ota

Courtesy of AIA/COTE

Call for Submissions: 2012 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards

The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and its Top Ten Green Projects awards program recognize the benefits of sustainable design and acknowledge architects as leaders in the creation of environmentally responsible design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the…

Zwijsen College / Jeanne Dekkers Architecteur

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Architect: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur 
Location: Prins Willem Alexander Sportpark 1,  5461XL Veghel,
Client: HEVO BV commissioned by Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs
Project Team: Jeanne Dekkers, Helga Snel, Marco Villares, Amarinske Douma (design), Frank Segaar, Jan Enting (projectcoördination), Karim Djallal, Peter Roodenburg (structural design)
Size: 13,100 sqm GFA
Completion: March 2011
Photographer: Daria Scagliola / Stijn Brakkee

   

Palhano Ecomarket / Studio Guilherme Torres

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Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: , Brazil
Client: Raul Fulgêncio Negócios Imobiliários
Floor Area: 11000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio

   

Video: Preserving World Heritage Sites through 3D Laser Scanning

Ben Kacyra, co-founder and CEO of Cyra Technologies and managing director of CyArk, discusses digital preservation of the World’s Heritage Sites through 3D laser scanning. The non-profit organization uses quick and precise 3D scanning systems to create high-resolution, digital models of historic sites through the creation of point clouds. These systems have the capability of gathering nearly 10,000 points per second, compared to a surveyor gathering only 500 points a day. With the constant threat of natural disasters and human destruction, the CyArk 500 Challenge aims to digitally preserve 500 World Heritage Sites within five years. Ben Kacyra states, “We are losing the sites and stories faster than we can physically preserve it.”

Could a digital archive of historical architecture offer some relief to the important buildings that are currently or may someday be at risk?

Reference: TED, CNN

Stobhill Hospital Ward Extension / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: Glasgow,
Structural Engineers: SKM
Quantity Surveyor: Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd
CDM Co-Ordinator: Capita Symonds
Landscape Architect: Horner + MacLennan
Acoustic Consultant: New Acoustics
M&E Engineer: DSSR
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6000 sqm
Photographs: Michael Wolchover

Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form

recently sent us his latest book, Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form.  MIT Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Alan Berger, hails this book as “nothing short of a tour de force and should be required reading for landscape urbanists and landscape architects. Students and general audiences of design and planning will find it difficult to go back into their disciplinary silos.” The twelve projects featured in this book “were generated over a ten-year period. They are assembled here for the first time as a single collection of our urban work. Ranging from sixteen acres–the World Trade Center–to fifty-two thousand acres–the New New Orleans Urban Redevelopment–these proposals are situated on different parts of the architecture-to-urban-design-scale continuum. Each project inhabits an ambiguous in-between territory in which physical scale exceeds architecture but the manifestation still requires architectural qualities in order to make sense in its context.”

Update: Foster + Partners reveal developments for Thames Hub Proposal

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Thames Hub continues to make progress since Foster + Partners revealed the proposal in early November. The £50bn project includes a £20bn high-speed Orbital Rail line around London; a new £6bn Thames Barrier and crossing; and a £20bn international Estuary Airport, with annual capacity for 150 million passengers. Comprehensive environmental management strategies have been made in order to minimize the impact of development and create significant opportunities for new wildlife habitats.

Continue reading for more details.

firstsite / Rafael Viñoly Architects

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Architect: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Location: Colchester,
Project Director: Jackson Coles
Construction and Cost Management: Mace, London
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor, London
Mechanical/HVAC/Electrical Engineer: , London
Project Area: 40,900 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Will Pryce

Video: Universidad Catolica School of Design / Sebastian Irarrazaval, by Cristobal Palma

Chilean architect Sebastian Irarrazaval recently completed the new building for the Universidad Catolica School of Design in Santiago, .

The new 4-stories tall building is organized around two patios with different spatial qualities, that create new intimate spaces in the campus. The building is cladded in corten steel, a material chosen to age with the building, contrasting with the combination of concrete and light wood to give a more intimate character to the interior spaces, patios and circulations.

Thanks to this video by architectural photographer Cristobal Palma we are able to see dynamic aspects of the building in use, such as the the windows, which play a key role bringing indirect light to the classrooms and allowing for cross ventilation through the patios.

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