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The Burgeoning Craft of 3D Printing

00:00 - 4 April, 2014
KPF’s models of concepts, facades, and building details. Image Courtesy of John Chu/Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
KPF’s models of concepts, facades, and building details. Image Courtesy of John Chu/Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

This article by Marc Kristal from Metropolis Magazine, originally titled "Digital Details," looks at the work of NRI, a New York company that is leading the way when it comes to 3D Printing (or rather, additive manufacturing) - finding that there is a craft in these machine-produced models after all.

First things first: The term “3-D printing” is a misnomer according to Arthur Young-Spivey, the digital fabrication specialist at NRI—a 116-year-old, New York–headquartered supplier of reprographic services to architects and their tradespeople. “The correct term is ‘additive manufacturing,’” he explains. “People call it 3-D printing because it enables you to wrap your head around it, but in some ways it’s confusing.”

Young-Spivey has a point, as the process by which a digital file is converted into an object isn’t “printing” in the commonly understood sense of applying pigment on a substrate. With 3-D printing, he says, “Instead of using paper, you’re printing with powder or plastics. It’s all one layer at a time.” The thinner the layer, the better the quality, and the longer the process takes. “And there’s always post-production processing, to clean up the model,” he adds. “That’s why ‘additive manufacturing’ is a more accurate description.”

Read on for more on the work of NRI

Casa C / Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
Casa C / Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten, © José Hevia
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Richter Dahl Rocha Develops Innovative Façade for SwissTech Convention Center

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Richter Dahl Rocha Develops Innovative Façade for SwissTech Convention Center, Grätzel façade. Image Courtesy of SwissTech Convention Center and Northern District
Grätzel façade. Image Courtesy of SwissTech Convention Center and Northern District

Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés' "ultramodern" SwissTech Convention Center opened its doors today. Housing a 3,000-seat modular amphitheater which can be converted from conference auditorium, to exhibition hall, to banquet room in only fifteen minutes, the convention center is the first large-scale convention hall to use EPFL's dye-sensitized solar cells (also known as Grätzel Cells). 

This latest addition to the campus's northern quarter already contains a collection of commercial stores and over 500 housing units. Its construction puts the finishing touch too what has been described as a "living campus where students can now stay on campus both night and day."

CEIP Mediterráneo de Alicante / Fernandez Soler Monrabal Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
CEIP Mediterráneo de Alicante / Fernandez Soler Monrabal Arquitectos, © Diego Opazo
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Hazukashi House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Hazukashi House  / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of 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

    93.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Gago House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Gago House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
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Learning Center FLA / Studio Marinoni

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
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AD Interviews: Brendan MacFarlane / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 3 April, 2014

Paris-based architect Brendan MacFarlane, of the firm Jakob + MacFarlane, spoke to us during our visit to the FRAC Centre in Orléans for the ArchiLab 2013 exhibition and conference. MacFarlane, who studied at Sci-Arc in the 80s and later received a degree from Harvard's GSD, successfully combines theory and form, placing him among the few architects that have been able to harmonize this balance.

Analog Folk / DH Liberty

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Analog Folk / DH Liberty, © Quintin Lake
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Warner Street, London, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Dara Huang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis and Lisa Hinderdael
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Winka Dubbeldam

01:00 - 3 April, 2014

At last week's Mextrópoli conference we spoke with Winka Dubbeldam about the challenges of architecture education. We also asked her to elaborate on why she thinks architecture should embrace industrial design tools. Watch the short clip to hear Winka's thoughts on making technology a more integral part of our built environment. 

Primary School J.Jaurès II / YOONSEUX Architectes

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Primary School J.Jaurès II / YOONSEUX Architectes, © Fabrice Dunou
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AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates, Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts © Jorge Salcedo / Shutterstock
Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts © Jorge Salcedo / Shutterstock

Kresge Auditorium, designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, was an experiment in architectural form and construction befitting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s focus on technology and innovation. This feat of sculptural engineering serves as a meeting house and is part of the cultural, social, and spiritual core of MIT’s campus. Kresge Auditorium is one of Saarinen’s numerous daring, egalitarian designs that captured the optimistic zeitgeist of Post-war America.

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BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum

00:00 - 3 April, 2014
BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum, © BIG. Image Courtesy of National Building Museum
© BIG. Image Courtesy of National Building Museum

The National Building Museum (NBM) has announced that BIG has designed a 61x61 foot maze to be housed in the building's grand atrium from July 4th to September 1st of this year. According to the NBM's website, the labyrinth's Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze's periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center. From the core, then, visitors receive a view of the entire layout - and a better understanding of how to get back out.

According to Bjarke Ingels, "The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" Of course, those uninterested in the challenge of figuring out the maze can peek down on it from the Museum's second and third floors - but where would be the fun in that?

More images, diagrams and drawings after the break!

Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
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  • Architect

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristóbal Fernández, Francisca Ruiz, Rodrigo O´ryan
  • Area

    120 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities, Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I'm interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I'm not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014

00:00 - 3 April, 2014
Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014, SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold
SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York have announced that Austin+Mergold have won “Folly 2014” – an annual competition among emerging architects to design and build a large-scale project for public exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City – with their project SuralArk, an installation that is "part ship, part house."

The annual “Folly” program strives to give emerging architects and designers the opportunity to build public projects that explore the boundaries between architecture and sculpture. This year's proposal beat out 171 submissions from 17 countries; it was selected by a jury made up of Chris Doyle, Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park; Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; Lisa Switkin, James Corner Field Operations; and Ada Tolla, LOT-EK.

SuralArk will open on May 11th through August 3rd. Learn more about the project after the break.

Nine Bridges Country Club / Shigeru Ban Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Nine Bridges Country Club  / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Hiroyuki Hirai
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Shigeru Ban Collaborator: KACI International, Inc.
  • Client

    CJ Group
  • Area

    20977.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
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