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Synthesis Design + Architecture Utilizes Gradient 3-D Printing in "Durotaxis Chair"

12:30 - 18 March, 2015
Synthesis Design + Architecture Utilizes Gradient 3-D Printing in "Durotaxis Chair", © IMSTEPF Films
© IMSTEPF Films

Los Angeles-based practice Synthesis Design + Architecture has created a 3-D printed chair which uses the latest gradient 3-D printing technology to apply different material properties to different parts of the chair. Originally asked by leading 3-D printing company Stratasys to design a piece that would not be possible without utilizing 3-D printing, Synthesis Design + Architecture chose to go one better, designing a chair that would not be possible without the Stratasys Objet 500 Connex3, which is capable of combining a range of material properties into a single print run.

© IMSTEPF Films © IMSTEPF Films © IMSTEPF Films © IMSTEPF Films + 29

Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura

12:00 - 18 March, 2015
Tunga Gallery / Rizoma Arquitetura, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brumadinho - MG, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Thomaz Regatos e Maria Paz
  • Collaborators

    Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
  • Project Area

    2194.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online

11:50 - 18 March, 2015
View All 1,070 Entries for UNESCO’s Bamiyan Cultural Centre Competition Online, Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO
Winning Entry: Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of UNESCO

Last month the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, announced the winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center. An Argentina-based team, led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero, was selected from 1,070 design entries from teams in 117 different countries. Now, all of these submissions will be posted in an online gallery on the Bamiyan Culture Centre website for the next three months. “The competition achieved beyond expectation and contributed to portray a new and positive image of the culture sector in Afghanistan. This exhibition aims to showcase the extraordinary effort that the architectural community and each and every applicant put into this competition,” writes UNESCO.

With generous financial aid from the Republic of Korea, the culture center will be built on land adjacent to the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan World Heritage property. The center aims to promote art, history, music and community interaction. When evaluating the submissions the seven-member jury focused on “design principles emphasizing innovation, community needs, environmental consciousness, sustainability, and connection to the natural and cultural landscape of the Bamiyan Valley.”

Read on after the break for a round-up of images from some of the most interesting, unusual and unique proposals. You can search by ID number, Team Leader or Country to view the full project board with descriptions, renders and plans on the online gallery

BCC2947 Team Leaders: Lorenzo Baldini, Omar Baldin; United Kingdom, UK. Image Courtesy of UNESCO BCC2445 Team Leaders: Jinhee Park, John Hong; USA. Image Courtesy of UNESCO BCC1692 Team Leaders: Jérôme Chiarodo, Julien Gougeat; France. Image Courtesy of UNESCO BCC2031 Team Leader: Gilbert Berthold, MArch; Austria. Image Courtesy of UNESCO + 16

Frei Otto and the Importance of Experimentation in Architecture

09:30 - 18 March, 2015
Frei Otto and the Importance of Experimentation in Architecture, via Pinterest / Usuario u2toyou 浅田
via Pinterest / Usuario u2toyou 浅田

In their notes on the selection of Frei Otto as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the jury described him as an architect that took his work beyond the boundaries of the discipline, as an architect who was also a “researcher, inventor, form-finder, engineer, builder, teacher, collaborator, environmentalist, [and] humanist.”

To learn more about Otto’s multidisciplinary approach to architecture as well as his emphasis on experimentation, we turned to an interview he did with Juan María Songel in 2004, published in the book A Conversation with Frei Otto. In the interview, Otto discusses numerous topics of interest and relevance to architecture in the 21st century, and in particular the importance of experimentation and research, declaring: “Productive research must be brave!”

Texugueira House / Contaminar Arquitectos

10:00 - 18 March, 2015
Texugueira House / Contaminar Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leiria, Portugal
  • Design Team

    arch. Joel Esperança, arch. Ruben Vaz, designer Romeu Sousa
  • Collaborators

    Frederico Louçano, Margarida Carrilho, Hugo Rainho
  • Area

    233.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Richard Francis-Jones / FJMT

09:00 - 18 March, 2015

At the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore we had the chance to speak with Richard Francis-Jones, the Design Director of Australian-based practice FJMT. FJMT has a strong focus on public buildings and community work, and their Aukland Art Gallery was selected as WAF’s 2013 World Building of the Year, after winning the Culture Category. “The role of the architect in society is an evolving question. I think in a way we reflect and represent the values of a society, the values of the culture that we’re part of,” he told us. “I think what an architect should do is perform that reflection in a very thoughtful and potentially critical way so that in a sense we’re mirroring the society, its values and its challenges, but at the same time providing a kind of potential insight into the way things could go, a kind of a promise of how things could evolve.”

4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition

07:00 - 18 March, 2015
4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition, First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
First Place: "EMPTY" / Zigeng Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

The 2015 Fairy Tales competition, hosted by Blank Space, has drawn to a close with four winners and 11 honorable mentions emerging victorious. Now in its second year, the competition attracted over 1,200 entries from 65 countries and challenged participants in a number of fields to design architectural projects inspired and accompanied by fictional stories.

Check out the winning designs after the break.

Honorable Mention: "Allegories of Home" / Zabie Mustafa and Neda Kakhsaz. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Honorable Mention: “What About Sleeping Beauty” / Hugo Reichmann. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Third Place: “Screenland, By A Pixel” / Samantha Lee and Zhan Wang. Image Courtesy of Blank Space Honorable Mention: "The City Spoke” / Adam Longenbach. Image Courtesy of Blank Space + 16

Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

06:00 - 18 March, 2015
Dublin Dental Hospital / Mccullough Mulvin Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters + 18

Gekko / Moke Architecten

06:00 - 18 March, 2015
Gekko / Moke Architecten, © Thijs Wolzak
© Thijs Wolzak

© Thijs Wolzak © Thijs Wolzak © Thijs Wolzak © Thijs Wolzak + 15

Fresh Bid To Save Robin Hood Gardens From Demolition

04:00 - 18 March, 2015
Fresh Bid To Save Robin Hood Gardens From Demolition, © Steve Cadman
© Steve Cadman

It has been reported that London's Robin Hood Gardens housing estate, which was thought to be finally condemned in March 2012, has re-entered a state of flux due to governmental indecision. The former UK Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, gave the housing scheme an immunity from listing certificate in 2009, meaning that no concerned party could bid for it to gain protected status under British law. This certificate, designed to ensure that the buildings would be swiftly demolished, has now expired. This has led the Twentieth Century Society (C20) to launch a new bid for the estate to be both saved and protected.

Casa SG / Tuttiarchitetti

03:00 - 18 March, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Catania, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniela Finocchiaro, arch. Vincenzo Giusti, arch. Luigi Pellegrino
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Salvatore Gozzo © Salvatore Gozzo © Salvatore Gozzo © Salvatore Gozzo + 32

Hannam-Dong HANDS Corporation Headquarters / THE_SYSTEM LAB

23:00 - 17 March, 2015
Hannam-Dong HANDS Corporation Headquarters / THE_SYSTEM LAB, © Yongkwan Kim
© Yongkwan Kim

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    104 Hannam-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Choonglyeol Lee, Sanghyun Park, Jongkil Kim, Jinchul Choi
  • Design

    Chanjoong Kim
  • Area

    433.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Dragonfly Park / V-architecture

22:00 - 17 March, 2015
Dragonfly Park / V-architecture, © Oki Hiroyuki
© Oki Hiroyuki

© Oki Hiroyuki © Oki Hiroyuki © Oki Hiroyuki © Oki Hiroyuki + 45

  • Architects

  • Location

    tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Re-Toyosaki / Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects

21:00 - 17 March, 2015
Re-Toyosaki / Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects, © Yoshiro Masuda
© Yoshiro Masuda

© Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda + 25

Woljam-ri House / JMY architects

20:00 - 17 March, 2015
Woljam-ri House /  JMY architects , © Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Woljam-ri, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jaemin Yoon
  • Design Team

    Jinsoo Kim, Hyukhyu Shin(Team Manager) Kwangjae Ryu, Minji Kim, Seongmin Lee
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

David Adjaye Unveils Major Residential Development Planned for Johannesburg

18:00 - 17 March, 2015
David Adjaye Unveils Major Residential Development Planned for Johannesburg , © Adjaye Associates
© Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates has announced plans to transform a 17-floor post-modernist structure in Johannesburg’s central business district into a luxury mixed-use building that will be known as the “Hallmark House.” Scheduled for completion mid-2016, the project aims to “combine an African aesthetic with a contemporary vision” and form a new typology for urban living. 

“The transformation of Hallmark House is an opportunity to apply fresh thinking to urban community and to address changing lifestyles with a more fluid approach to the way we inhabit cities,” says David Adjaye.

Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects

18:00 - 17 March, 2015
Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • Architects in Charge

    Gerald Parsonson. LBP: Andreas Cherry
  • Project Year

    2014

Populous Wins Competition to Design Bristol's £90 Million Arena

16:00 - 17 March, 2015
Populous Wins Competition to Design Bristol's £90 Million Arena, © Populous
© Populous

Populous has been chosen to design the “UK’s most sustainable arena,” the new £90 million Bristol Arena. Selected ahead of Grimshaw, IDOM, White Arkitekter and Wilkinson Eyre, Populous will now work with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Buro Happold to realize their winning, “crystalline” venue. 

“Our design for Bristol Arena is unique,” says Populous principal Nicholas Reynolds. “It delivers a world-class live concert venue for 12,000 fans, and with seamless conversion the atmosphere and intimacy of a 4,000 seat amphitheater.”