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Egypt Unveils Plans for "New Cairo"

12:00 - 15 March, 2015
Egypt Unveils Plans for "New Cairo", © Flickr CC User garyjd
© Flickr CC User garyjd

In an effort to combat the economic conditions that have plunged one-fourth of its population into poverty, Egypt's ambitious development plan for a massive new capital city is soon to be underway. Roughly the size of New Cairo, the privately-funded city hopes to become the new administrative center, as well as a bustling metropolis of shopping, housing, and tourist destinations to generate economic activity. Plans were solidified at a foreign investment conference where the official project details were unveiled on March 13 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Read on after the break for more on the $45 billion plan.

Your Home by Mail: The Rise and Fall of Catalogue Housing

09:30 - 15 March, 2015
Your Home by Mail: The Rise and Fall of Catalogue Housing, Gordon-Van tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org
Gordon-Van tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org

Housing is one of the most persistent challenges faced by the construction industry, and over the course of decades certain trends rise and fall, as entrepreneurial housing providers carve out new niches to provide for expanding populations and changing demographics. Originally published by BuzzBuzzHome as "The Rise and Fall of The Mail-Order House," this article explores the craze of so-called "catalogue homes" - flat-packed houses that were delivered by mail - which became popular in North America in the first decades of the 20th century.

The testimonials make it sound effortless: building your own house is no sweat.

In the front pages of a 1921 Sears Roebuck catalogue for mail-order homes, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan identified only by the pseudonym “I Did Not Hire Any Help” wrote to the company: “I am very well pleased with my Already Cut House bought off you. All the material went together nicely. In fact, I wish I had another house to put up this summer. I really enjoyed working on such a building, and I do not follow the carpenter trade either.” It’s estimated that more than 100,000 mail-order homes were built in the United States between 1908 and 1940. It was the IKEA of housing, but instead of spending an afternoon putting together a bookshelf, buyers would take on the formidable task of building a house. Or, more commonly, get a contractor to do it. Homebuyers would pick a design of their choice out of a mail-order catalogue and the materials – from the lumber frame boards to the paint to the nails and screws – would be shipped out to the closest railway station for pickup and construction.

Gordon Van-Tine homes (1926). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org Gordon Van-Tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org Honor bilt modern homes (1921). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org Sears, Roebuck & Co. (1938). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org + 11

Casa Na Mouraria / José Andrade Rocha

10:00 - 15 March, 2015
Casa Na Mouraria / José Andrade Rocha, © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves + 27

Video: Frei Otto Experimenting with Soap Bubbles

08:00 - 15 March, 2015

“The computer can only calculate what is already conceptually inside of it; you can only find what you look for in computers. Nevertheless, you can find what you haven’t searched for with free experimentation.” - From A Conversation with Frei Otto, by Juan Maria Songel

For Frei Otto, experimentation with models and maquettes was a fundamental part of his work as an architect. In 1961, he began to conduct a series of experiments with soap bubbles (featured in the video above). His experiments centered on suspending soap film and dropping a looped string into it to form a perfect circle. By then trying to pull the string out a minimal surface was created. It was these created surfaces that Otto experimented with.

Through these types of experimentation he was able to build forms and structures that were previously believed to be impossible. “Now it can be calculated, but for more than 40 years it was impossible to calculate it. I have not waited for it to be calculated in order to build it.”

SHIFT Restaurant / Lama Arhitectura

06:00 - 15 March, 2015
SHIFT Restaurant / Lama Arhitectura, © RaduMalasincu
© RaduMalasincu

© RaduMalasincu © RaduMalasincu © RaduMalasincu © RaduMalasincu + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bucharest, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Dan Enache,CalinRadu
  • Design Team

    AliceIonita, Ioana Stan
  • Landscape Architect

    Alexandru Gheorghe-Poteca Studio
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

TAC-SEV New Campus / Erginoğlu&Çalışlar

03:00 - 15 March, 2015
TAC-SEV New Campus / Erginoğlu&Çalışlar, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tarsus/Mersin, Turkey
  • Design Team

    İ. Kerem Erginoğlu,Hasan C. Çalışlar, Arın Tanrıkulu, Onat Över, Ayça Taylan, Sezen Bilge, Zeynep Şankaynağı, Yasemin Hacıkura, Işık Süngü, Emre Cestel
  • Area

    9399.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Company Building in Kanagawa / HMAA

23:00 - 14 March, 2015
Company Building in Kanagawa / HMAA, © Nobuki Taoaka
© Nobuki Taoaka

© Nobuki Taoaka © Nobuki Taoaka © Nobuki Taoaka © Nobuki Taoaka + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    218.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform

19:00 - 14 March, 2015
1102 Penthouse / Apical Reform, © Apical Reform
© Apical Reform

© Apical Reform © Apical Reform © Apical Reform © Apical Reform + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paarijat Residences, Judges Bunglow Road, Sumeru, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380054,India
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 6, Landscape Architecture

19:00 - 14 March, 2015
Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 6, Landscape Architecture, Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis
Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, “in the shadows,” architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, social architecture,  and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Yesterday we brought you The Urbanists, and today we present women leaders in landscape architecture.

Lota de Macedo. Image Via/G1 Globo Kathryn Gustafson. © Gustafson-Porter Rosa Grena Kliass Princess Diana Memorial. © Gustafson-Porter + 9

Brønshøj Parish Centre / NORD Architects

17:00 - 14 March, 2015
Brønshøj Parish Centre / NORD Architects, Courtesy of NORD Architects Copenhagen
Courtesy of NORD Architects Copenhagen

The Brønshøj Parish Centre by NORD Architects provides a space for community congregation informed by the surrounding religious architecture. With warm materials, a multi-functional program, and a form that physically opens up to the city, the Parish Centre presents an inviting social and reverent space for Copenhagen

Archiculture Interviews: Joe Brown

14:00 - 14 March, 2015

"We know that buildings are destroying the environment as well as building the environment." In the latest Archiculture extras interview from Arbuckle Industries, architect and CIO of AECOM Joe Brown talks about the changes and challenges he has witnessed in the architecture industry. He discusses the dynamics of being part of a multinational firm and the effects it has on design, as well as the political notions embedded in the field. Additionally, Brown touches on the problems associated with the built environment and how they are inspiring change in the next generation of designers. 

Izabelin House / REFORM Architekt

14:00 - 14 March, 2015
Izabelin House / REFORM Architekt, © Marcin Tomaszewski
© Marcin Tomaszewski

© Marcin Tomaszewski © Marcin Tomaszewski © Marcin Tomaszewski © Marcin Tomaszewski + 11

"A Joy of Things": The Architecture World Remembers Michael Graves

09:30 - 14 March, 2015
"A Joy of Things": The Architecture World Remembers Michael Graves, The Portland Building. Image © Flickr user camknows
The Portland Building. Image © Flickr user camknows

This past Thursday Michael Graves, the famed member of the New York Five and one of the Postmodern movement's great icons, passed away at age 80. With a legacy spanning more than 350 buildings and 2,000 product designs for companies like Alessi, Target and J.C. Penney, Graves will be remembered as a prolific designer, but for many within the profession his 50-year career will be memorable for so much more. Since news of Graves' death broke on Thursday, tributes have been posted all around the internet, starting with his company's official statement which said:

"Since founding the firm in 1964, Michael transformed the role of architects and designers, and even the place of design in our everyday lives. For those of us who had the opportunity to work closely with Michael, we knew him as an extraordinary designer, teacher, mentor and friend. For the countless students that he taught for more than 40 years, Michael was an inspiring professor who encouraged everyone to find their unique design voice."

Read on after the break for more reactions and tributes to Michael Graves.

Goat Barn in Bavaria / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

10:00 - 14 March, 2015
Goat Barn in Bavaria / KÜHNLEIN Architektur, © Erich Spahn
© Erich Spahn

© Michael Kühnlein © Michael Kühnlein © Erich Spahn © Erich Spahn + 11

Boston Living with Water Competition Names 9 Finalists

09:00 - 14 March, 2015
Boston Living with Water Competition Names 9 Finalists, The Hydrokinetic Canal. Image Courtesy of Boston Living with Water
The Hydrokinetic Canal. Image Courtesy of Boston Living with Water

Nine finalists have emerged in the Boston Living with Water design competition. The ongoing initiative challenges competitors to address shifting climate conditions and sea level rise at one of three Boston sites anticipated to be affected by 2100. Although the 50 participating teams took different approaches to designing for climate change, all the submissions treated the rising sea level as a positive design force in Boston's built environment.

Check out the finalists, after the break.

Total Resilient Approach. Image Courtesy of Boston Living with Water Resilient Linkages. Image Courtesy of Boston Living with Water Water FUN(d). Image Courtesy of Boston Living with Water The Omega Chain. Image Courtesy of Boston Living with Water + 10

Head in the Clouds with SOILED's 5th Issue

06:00 - 14 March, 2015
Head in the Clouds with SOILED's 5th Issue, Courtesy of SOILED
Courtesy of SOILED

Self-described as "a periodical of architectural stories that [makes] a mess of the built environment and the politics of space," SOILED zine's 5th issue has been released, abounding with tales of the aerial. Entitled Cloudscrapers, the issue is the second in a series of limited-edition, locally produced publications by CARTOGRAM Architecture.

Collective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal Architecten

06:00 - 14 March, 2015
Collective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal Architecten, © Bart Gosselin
© Bart Gosselin

© Bart Gosselin © Bart Gosselin © Bart Gosselin © Bart Gosselin + 24

Public Space in Gora Pulawska / 3XA

03:00 - 14 March, 2015
Public Space in Gora Pulawska / 3XA, © s.zajaczkowski
© s.zajaczkowski

© s.zajaczkowski © s.zajaczkowski © s.zajaczkowski © s.zajaczkowski + 29

  • Architects

    3XA
  • Location

    Góra Puławska, Poland
  • Design Team

    Ewa Czerny, Maciej Kowaluk, Łukasz Reszka, Patrycja Żuczek
  • Area

    1325.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs