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Jesuit Community Center at Fairfield University / Gray Organschi Architecture

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Jesuit Community Center at Fairfield University / Gray Organschi Architecture, © Robert Benson Photography
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Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced, Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM
Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan - Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe Ya'an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from Chengdu (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year's competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?, © BIG
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Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest - and certainly greenest - "mountainous" housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green "landscape stripes" that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex's primarily older residents. 

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Casa 31_4 Room House / Caroline Di Costa Architect + Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Casa 31_4 Room House / Caroline Di Costa Architect + Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, © Peter Bennetts
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Cerdanya Hospital / Brullet Pineda Arquitectes

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Cerdanya Hospital / Brullet Pineda Arquitectes, Courtesy of Pinearq
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Pla del Fort, 17520 Puigcerdà, Girona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Albert de Pineda, Manuel Brullet
  • Design Team

    Marcial Novo, Alfonso de Luna
  • Area

    19106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pinearq

House Nº1 in Curacavi / Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
House Nº1 in Curacavi   / Felipe Combeau  + Pablo Alfaro, © Felipe Combeau
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Curacaví, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Combeau
  • Design Team

    Felipe Combeau, Pablo Alfaro
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

VIDEO: Extreme Sustainability in the Congo

00:00 - 7 April, 2014

MASS has just released the third video in their Beyond the Building series, which examines how architecture and design can positively impact our world, beyond buildings (check out the first video here and the second here). The latest - "Ilima: Beyond Sustainability" - explores MASS's collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation as well as local masons to build a primary school in the rural Congolese village of Ilima, where, due to its remote location, practically all materials must be sourced locally. 

Healthcare Center and Regional Government Offices / BAT + ARQUITECNICA

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Healthcare Center and Regional Government Offices / BAT + ARQUITECNICA, © Aitor Esteves
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuenca, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Peru Cañada, Roberto Moreno
  • Collaborating Architect

    Nuria Martín Alcaraz
  • Area

    12325.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners, © Adam Parker
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Designing for Sound In Our Everyday Spaces

00:00 - 6 April, 2014
Designing for Sound In Our Everyday Spaces, The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai was designed to combine experiences of sound and light. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com
The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai was designed to combine experiences of sound and light. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com

In this interesting article in the New York Times, Allison Arieff highlights the often unconsidered importance of sound in architecture (outside of theaters and museums at least). She profiles the work of Acoustic Engineers at ARUP who have begun to work inschools and hospitals, taking into account the effects poor sound environments can have on us in our everyday lives. You can read the full article here.

A Theory of Architecture Part 3: Why Primitive Form Languages Spread

00:00 - 6 April, 2014
A Theory of Architecture Part 3: Why Primitive Form Languages Spread, "the architectural establishment continues to ignore indigenous building cultures and the human value of what they represent. For example, traditional building and urban geometry in sub-Saharan Africa is now revealed to be essentially fractal, thus revising our customary (and totally erroneous) conception of those cultures as mathematically under-developed." Image of El Molo Hut,  Lake Turkana, Kenya.. Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com
"the architectural establishment continues to ignore indigenous building cultures and the human value of what they represent. For example, traditional building and urban geometry in sub-Saharan Africa is now revealed to be essentially fractal, thus revising our customary (and totally erroneous) conception of those cultures as mathematically under-developed." Image of El Molo Hut, Lake Turkana, Kenya.. Image Courtesy of shutterstock.com

As you may have seen, ArchDaily has been publishing UNIFIED ARCHITECTURAL THEORY, by the urbanist and controversial theorist Nikos A. Salingaros, in serial form. However, in order to explain certain concepts in greater detail, we have decided to pause this serialization and publish three excerpts from another of Salingaros’  books: A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE. The first excerpt explained the difference between “Pattern Language” and “Form Language,” while the second established how these languages can combine to form the “Adaptive Design Method.” The following, final, excerpt distinguishes between viable, complex form languages that have evolved over time and primitive, “non-languages” that have come to dominate the 20th century due to their iconic simplicity (and despite their non-adaptive characteristics).  

Independently of their technological achievements, all groups of human beings have developed a richly complex spoken language. Differences arise in specificities, in the breadth of vocabulary for concepts important to that culture, and in their transition to a written language, but those do not affect the general richness of the language. Every language’s internal structure has to obey general principles that are common to all languages. A primitive language or non-language, by contrast, is characterized by the reduction or absence of such internal complexity and structure. The complexity of human thought sets a rather high threshold for the complexity that any language has to be able to express through combinatoric groupings. 

Turning now to architecture, a viable form language is also characterized by its high degree of internal complexity. Furthermore, the complexity of different form languages has to be comparable, because each form language shares a commonality with other form languages on a general meta-linguistic level. A primitive form language severely limits architectonic expression to crude or inarticulate statements. 

Inside the Cool Offices of Manhattan's Tech Companies

00:00 - 6 April, 2014

With an emphasis on collaborative environments, relaxing atmospheres, and quirky branding, it's always interesting to take a peek into the offices of tech companies, often found in the sprawling, multi-colored campuses of Silicon Valley. But how does this particular brand of interior design transfer to the more cramped spaces of a Manhattan office block? This video by Internet Week NY takes us behind the scenes at Tumblr, About.com and Fueled Collective to find out.

Ritto House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Ritto House / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    71.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

4x4 Studio / Teresa Mascaro

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
4x4 Studio / Teresa Mascaro, © Cristiano Mascaro
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Federico Varela High School/ Crisosto Arquitectos Consultores

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Federico Varela High School/ Crisosto Arquitectos Consultores, © Pablo Blanco Barros
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Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA, © Torben Petersen
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Zealand, Denmark
  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Lars Hamran, Jens Herman Næss
  • Consultants

    Ole Willerup, Rikke Øberg
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Jade Residence / E/L Studio

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Jade Residence / E/L Studio, © Pepper Watkins
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Wildwood, NJ 08260, United States
  • Area

    3300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

00:00 - 5 April, 2014
International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

Next Month, the Mackintosh School of Architecture (The Glasgow School of Art) will host its first International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture, ‘Clean Conscience Dirty Hands’, in the new Reid Building by Steven Holl Architects. The symposium focuses on the limited resources intrinsic to the provision of social and humanitarian architecture and the impact of such scarcity on the ability of organisations to ‘harness’ the learning from each built project through documentation, discussion and dissemination. As such, it seeks to provide both a locus and a forum for like-minded organisations engaged in social and humanitarian building projects, in order to capture and disseminate good practice in both a UK-based and overseas context.