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Engineers at Stanford Develop Cost-Effective Earthquake-Resistant House

00:00 - 15 November, 2014

In 1989, California's central coast was rocked by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, destroying infrastructure and buildings in San Francisco, Oakland, and a host of coastal cities. The Loma Prieta Earthquake caused an estimated $6 trillion in damage, prompting researchers to develop techniques for management of severe seismic activity in urban centres. Twenty five years later, a team of engineers at Stanford University have invented a cost-effective foundation for residential buildings capable of withstanding three times the magnitude of the catastrophic 1989 earthquake.

Find out more on Stanford's earthquake-resistant technology after the break 

Dichotomy Journal Plays the Odds: Open Call for Submissions on Taking Architectural Risks

00:00 - 15 November, 2014
Dichotomy Journal Plays the Odds: Open Call for Submissions on Taking Architectural Risks, The 'Gherkin' in London (background) and the Lloyd's Building (foreground) redefined the skyline through their unorthodox designs. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>. Image © Flickr CC User duncanh1
The 'Gherkin' in London (background) and the Lloyd's Building (foreground) redefined the skyline through their unorthodox designs. Used under Creative Commons. Image © Flickr CC User duncanh1

University of Detroit Mercy's Dichotomy Journal has issued an open call for submissions to its 21st edition on the theme of "Odds," inviting discussion on projects that "defy the status quo and aim for greater fortune." Risk takers rejoice: Dichotomy 21 will shine a spotlight on architectural anomalies and the "implications of defying the odds and embracing the strange." The journal aims to stimulate a new discourse on extraordinary and unconventional designs that push the architectural envelope. Submissions are invited to discuss ideas defying the odds in design, architecture, urbanism and community development.

Mario Palanti: Architect of Rome's Skyscraper That Never Was

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Mario Palanti: Architect of Rome's Skyscraper That Never Was, Palanti's Tower as it would have appeared. Image © Adam Nathaniel Furman
Palanti's Tower as it would have appeared. Image © Adam Nathaniel Furman

Adam Nathaniel Furman, architect and winner of this year's Blueprint Award for Design Innovation, is currently undertaking his tenure as the recipient of the 2014/15 Rome Prize for Architecture at the British School at Rome. His ongoing project, entitled The Roman Singularity, seeks to explore and celebrate Rome as "the contemporary city par-excellence" - "an urban version of the internet, a place where the analogical-whole history of society, architecture, politics, literature and art coalesce into a space so intense and delimited that they collapse under the enormity of their own mass into a singularity of human endeavour."

In this short essay inspired by the work of Dietrich C Neumann, an architectural historian at Brown University (Providence, RI USA), Furman examines what would have been "the tallest building in the world [...] housing Italy’s new Parliament, lecture halls, meeting rooms, a hotel, library, enormous sports facilities, lighthouse, clock, astronomical observatory, telegraph and telephone stations, [reflecting] sunlight off its acres and acres of white Carrara marble." In the shadow of Italian Fascism, Mario Palanti saw an opportunity to transform the skyline of the Italian capital by pandering to the egotistical ambitions of a dictator. Ultimately the extent of his vision was matched only by his failure.

Typological to Evolutionary: A New Theory of Cities

00:00 - 14 November, 2014
Typological to Evolutionary: A New Theory of Cities , Champs Elysees - Paris, France. Image © Flickr User justininsd
Champs Elysees - Paris, France. Image © Flickr User justininsd

Why do cities exist and how will they grow and change? As more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities it is becoming increasingly important for urban designers and planners to seek answers to these questions. This article by Laura Bliss from City Lab presents the “science of cities,” and the ways in which the urban-planning world is moving away from traditional methods of simply putting cities into categories, in favor of a more evolutionary theory. Benefiting from the vast amounts of data available today on statistics such as crime and voting patterns across cities, researchers have worked to establish the quantifiable characteristics of urban areas as a whole, and recent studies in this area reveal how the shapes of cities themselves could be connected to internal economic and social processes. Learn more about these radical developments in the full article from City Lab.

Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC

00:00 - 14 November, 2014
Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC, Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira
Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira

Eastbanc has tapped Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura to transform a former "Four Seasons gas station" site into a mixed-use condo. According to a report on the Georgetowner, the developer has asked residents to have "an open mind" for the design, which, as Urban Turf points out, is likely to stand out in the historic Washington D.C. district. Little details have been released. “We are considering all options, from condo to rental to hotel,” Eastbanc President Anthony Lanier stated. “It’s early in the design phase.”

20th Century Society Presents 100 Buildings 100 Years at the Royal Academy of Art

00:00 - 14 November, 2014
20th Century Society Presents 100 Buildings 100 Years at the Royal Academy of Art, 1952: Stockwell Bus Garage, London. Image © John East
1952: Stockwell Bus Garage, London. Image © John East

The 20th Century Society was founded in the 1970s, to protect British architectural heritage which was built from 1914 onwards - following from the protection of the Victorian Society, which protects architecture from the 19th century up until 1914. This year, to celebrate the one hundred years of architectural heritage which they are sworn to protect, they have selected one building from each year, presenting one hundred of the best, most interesting or most loved buildings from the last century with their 100 Buildings 100 Years project.

The 100 selected buildings are featured in an ongoing exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, and also feature in a new book published by Batsford Books. Read on after the break to learn more about 100 Buildings 100 Years, and see a selection of the chosen buildings from the past hundred years.

1960: Benton Park School, Leeds. Image © Sarah J Duncan 1934: Lawn Road Flats, London. Image © Nicholas Kane, courtesy Avanti Architects 2011: Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield. Image © Sarah J Duncan 1971: Anderton House, Devon. Image © James O. Davies/English Heritage +10

Refurbishment of an Old Barn / Arcoquattro Architettura

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Refurbishment of an Old Barn  / Arcoquattro Architettura, Courtesy of Arcoquattro Architettura
Courtesy of Arcoquattro Architettura

Courtesy of Arcoquattro Architettura Courtesy of Arcoquattro Architettura Courtesy of Arcoquattro Architettura Courtesy of Arcoquattro Architettura +18

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office / Za Bor Architects

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Yandex Saint Petersburg Office / Za Bor Architects, © Peter Zaytsev
© Peter Zaytsev

© Peter Zaytsev © Peter Zaytsev © Peter Zaytsev © Peter Zaytsev +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Arseniy Borysenko, Peter Zaytsev
  • Decor

    Nadezhda Rozhanskaya
  • Area

    3310.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Haghighi Residential Building / Boozhgan Architecture Studio + AAD Studio

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Haghighi Residential Building / Boozhgan Architecture Studio + AAD Studio, © Hamed Farhangi
© Hamed Farhangi

© Hamed Farhangi © Hamed Farhangi © Hamed Farhangi © Hamed Farhangi +32

13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific, GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Teams from Thailand and New York have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners are the “Protective Wing” bird sanctuary and a locally-adapted orphanage and library in Nepal. 

The 13 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards, to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Asia Pacific winners, after the break…

Leventis Art Gallery / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Leventis Art Gallery / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, © Hufton & Crow
© Hufton & Crow

© Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow +27

Alpha House / Studio Fabrício Roncca

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Alpha House / Studio Fabrício Roncca, © R.R.Rufino
© R.R.Rufino

© R.R.Rufino © R.R.Rufino © R.R.Rufino © R.R.Rufino +14

Office Dones del 36 / Zest Architecture

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Office Dones del 36 / Zest Architecture, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça de les Dones del 36, 08012 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Co Govers, Joana Ramalhete
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Viravent / Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Viravent / Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +29

Mühlestrasse Residential and Studio Building / AmreinHerzig

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Mühlestrasse Residential and Studio Building / AmreinHerzig, © Lucas Peters
© Lucas Peters

Courtesy of AmreinHerzig © Lucas Peters © Lucas Peters Courtesy of AmreinHerzig +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edlibach, 6313 Menzingen, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Pirmin Amrein, Claudio Herzig
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Léon Blum Viaduct Bridge / RFR

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Léon Blum Viaduct Bridge / RFR, Courtesy of RFR
Courtesy of RFR

Courtesy of RFR Courtesy of RFR Courtesy of RFR Courtesy of RFR +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poitiers, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Jean-François Blassel / RFR
  • Project Year

    2014

V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”

00:00 - 14 November, 2014
V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”, Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878   Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Drawings have long been used as a method for architects to represent their projects. However, architects sometimes make drawings to communicate a sense of space in a deeper and more meaningful way - in a manner that begins to venture into the realm of art. A new exhibition opening at London's V&A Museum this Saturday entitled Architects as Artists examines the overlapping relationship between architecture and art, and documents the many ways in which it is used and created.

Architectural concept showing a log harvest in 2041,from the series Re-Forestation of the Thames Estuary, 2010  Artist: Tom Noonan. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London Design for an artists house and studio,Tite Street, Chelsea, 1878  Artist:  Edward William Godwin. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London Egyptian temple Antony in Egypt, 1928   Artist:  William Walcot. Image Courtesy of RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection Night section, A House for Essex.  Artist: FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry. Image Courtesy of FAT Architecture +5

State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect, © Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.
© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc. © Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc. © Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc. © Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc. +22