Video: 'Straight & True' Teaser

00:00 - 13 November, 2013

Originally conceived as a feature documentary series, 'Straight and True' explores the exciting period of Australian architectural history known as the Modernist era. This is the story of how a generation of young architects and their clients attempted to change the way we live in line with a stronger more defined sense of the Australian environment and lifestyle. It is also a cultural critique examining why Australians on the whole rejected this incredible leap forward. In other words a cultural look at the Australian psyche and it's general apathy towards design and a fear of change.

Jinchang Cultural Centre / Teamminus

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
Courtesy of Teamminus
Courtesy of Teamminus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinchang, Gansu, China
  • Area

    18000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Teamminus

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SLO Architecture Wins Inaugural Dwell Vision Award

00:00 - 13 November, 2013
SLO Architecture Wins Inaugural Dwell Vision Award, Winner: Harvest Dome. Image Courtesy of Dwell
Winner: Harvest Dome. Image Courtesy of Dwell

The inaugural Dwell Vision Award, designed to "celebrate excellence in innovation and skill in the fields of architecture or interior design," has been awarded to New York based Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture for "Harvest Dome 2.0". According to Dwell, "the gigantic Harvest Dome structure, made from recycled materials, captured the imagination of the judges by emphasizing the human connection to nature and New York’s waterways, often overlooked by the urban population." 

Nassau Community College / Cannon Design

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
Nassau Community College / Cannon Design, Courtesy of Cannon Design
Courtesy of Cannon Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Garden City, NY, USA
  • Project Designer

    Ernesto Trindade, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Manager

    Andreas Hausler, Associate AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Architects

    Tamako Ito, Mecayla Burns, AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team

    Javiera De la Cuadra, Roberto Macias, Yuko Okuma, Jose Zequeira
  • Client

    Nassau Community College
  • Managing Principals

    Patrick Curley, AIA / Brad Lukanic, AIA
  • Structural Engineer

    Cannon Design
  • HVAC & Electrical

    Cannon Design
  • Construction Manager

    Jacobs Global Buildings North America
  • General Contractor

    Aurora Contractors
  • Plumbing and Fire Protection

    AMA Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer

    Dvirka & Bartilucci Consulting Engineers
  • Audiovisual Consultant

    CMS Innovative Consultants
  • IT & Data Consultants

    TM Technology Partners
  • Code Consultant

    CCI
  • Area

    73000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Cannon Design

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5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture

00:00 - 13 November, 2013
5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture

In a profession all-too-often associated with and dominated by men, women have begun to carve a space for themselves in the architecture world - but still few are recognized as they deserve. 

So Alice Shure and Janice Stanton, the founders of Amici Productions LLC, began work on a new documentary, Making Space: a visual register for future generations of architects that will document what is changing in architecture today and how these changes are affecting women. 

After interviewing over 30 architects, Shure and Stanton selected five women, five "rising stars" to hi-light. The documentary will show their day-to-day lives as well as tell the stories of how they achieved success. 

Thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign, this project will soon be a reality. But to get your sneak peek into these five female pioneers, read on after the break.

Rotterdam Centraal / Team CS

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
Rotterdam Centraal / Team CS, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stationsplein 1, 3013 AJ Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Lead Architects

    Jan Benthem, Marcel Blom, Adriaan Geuze, Jeroen van Schooten
  • Design Team

    Arman Akdogan, Anja Blechen, Freek Boerwinkel, Amir Farokhian, Joost Koningen, Joost van Noort, Falk Schneeman, Daphne Schuit, Matthijs Smit (†), Andrew Tang, Wouter Thijssen, Joost Vos
  • Area

    50000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Architects & AIA Respond to Devastation in the Philippines, Call for Immediate Help

00:00 - 13 November, 2013
Architects & AIA Respond to Devastation in the Philippines, Call for Immediate Help, A man stands atop debris as residents salvage belongings from the ruins of their houses after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Image Courtesy of Flickr user, mansunides
A man stands atop debris as residents salvage belongings from the ruins of their houses after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Image Courtesy of Flickr user, mansunides

On Friday, one of the strongest storms ever to hit land left 660,000 Filipinos homeless, with countless more desperately needing basic supplies to survive. 

In the wake of catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architecture for Humanity are calling for immediate help as survivors face severe shortages of food, water, shelter and medical supplies. 

Both organizations will be aiding local volunteers to help rebuild in the coming days and weeks. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, they are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger. Relief and reconstruction, however, cannot happen without your support. Learn how you can send aid to typhoon victims today after the break. 

Dominican School in Ogíjares / Elisa Valero Ramos

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
Dominican School in Ogíjares / Elisa Valero Ramos, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architect

  • Location

    Granada, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    Rufino Manuel Quesada Molina
  • Client

    Colegio Santa María del Llano
  • Collaborator

    Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra
  • Constructor

    Parejo Anguita S.L.
  • Area

    931.5 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +9

Arup Associates Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

00:00 - 13 November, 2013
Arup Associates Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation, Festival Hall. Image Courtesy of Arup Associates
Festival Hall. Image Courtesy of Arup Associates

Arup Associates was founded in 1963 by the legendary engineer Ove Arup as a design practice in which engineers and architects worked on an equal footing; it later became a subsidiary of Arup (also founded by Arup as Arup and Partners in 1946). These early origins marked Arup Associates as a forward-thinking and revolutionary practice in an era where truly multi-disciplinary practices were almost unheard of.

University Square Stratford / Make Architects

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
© Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

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Arboleda / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
Arboleda / Naoko Horibe, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    104.34 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Downley House / Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
Downley House / Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, © Nick Kane
© Nick Kane
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hampshire, UK
  • Project Managers

    Giles Ruckert and Mark, Wellbeloved Projec-Techniques Ltd, The Old Mill, Little Lane, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset
  • Landscape Architects

    Noel Farrer
  • Structural Engineers

    Matthew Wells
  • M&E Engineers

    Andy Ford
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Nick Kane, Courtesy of BPR

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Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / Ryue Nishizawa + Nendo

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / Ryue Nishizawa + Nendo, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto University of Art and Design, 2-116 北白川瓜生山 Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8271, Japan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +25

International School Ikast Brande / CF Moller

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
International School Ikast Brande / CF Moller, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ikast, Denmark
  • Landscape architect

    C.F. Møller Landscape
  • Engineer

    Midtconsult
  • Contractor

    KPC
  • Area

    2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert +22

The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 2)

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 2), Courtesy Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand
Courtesy Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand

This four part series (originally published on Aggregate’s website) examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners, showing how the urban icon engaged and leveraged perceptions of risk. In part one, author Jonathan Massey introduced the concept of "risk design” to describe how the Gherkin’s design managed the risks posed by climate change, terrorism, and globalization. In part two, below, Massey examines the Gherkin’s enclosure and ventilation systems in detail to explain how the building negotiated climate risk.

In a poster promoting London’s bid to host the Olympic Games, the Gherkin supported gymnast Ben Brown as he vaulted over the building’s conical peak. The image associated British athleticism and architecture as complementary manifestations of daring and skill, enlisting the Gherkin as evidence that London possessed the expertise and panache to handle the risk involved in hosting an Olympic Games.

But a poster created three years later offered a very different image. Created by activists from the Camp for Climate Action to publicize a mass protest at Heathrow Airport against the environmental degradation caused by air travel, this poster shows the Gherkin affording only precarious footing to a giant polar bear that swats at passing jets as its claws grasp at the slight relief offered by spiraling mullions and fins.

House for an Art Collector / Christian Dupraz Architectes

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
House for an Art Collector / Christian Dupraz Architectes, Courtesy of Christian Dupraz Architectes
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Giveaway: The Houses of Louis Kahn

00:00 - 12 November, 2013
Giveaway: The Houses of Louis Kahn, The Houses of Louis Kahn / William Whitaker and George Marcus. Image Courtesy of Yale University Press
The Houses of Louis Kahn / William Whitaker and George Marcus. Image Courtesy of Yale University Press

UPDATE: Congrats to Lukas Binder of Austria, the winner of The Houses of Louis Kahn giveaway! Thank you to all those who participated. Keep your eyes peeled for two more fantastic giveaways in the coming weeks. 

Our friends at Yale University Press have offered to give one of our readers a newly released copy of The Houses of Louis Kahn by William Whitaker and George Marcus.

Deemed by American Art and Architecture author Michael J. Lewis to be “quite simply the most important book on Kahn” published in over two decades, The Houses of Louis Kahn examines the architect’s nine major residential commissions in detail, offering an overview of Kahn’s relationship with his projects’ patrons and his active involvement with the design of interiors and furniture. The 280-page book features all new photography of the homes, alongside period photographs and original drawings, and previously unpublished materials from personal interviews, archives, and Kahn’s own writings.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comment section below: “Which Kahn project do you find most inspiring and why?”

You have until Monday, November 18th to submit your answers. The winner will be contacted the following day. Good luck! 

Sayavedra House / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
Sayavedra House / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha, Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha
Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Mauricio Rocha, Arturo Mera Ortiz, Gabriela Carrillo Valadez
  • Collaborators

    Carolina Velasco
  • Constructor

    Muzquiz y Asociados S.A. de C.V.
  • Area

    225.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha

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