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Video: Re-imagining Paris Through Archi'llusion

00:00 - 9 August, 2014

Have you ever treated a famous city like your very own sketchbook? Claire and Max of Menilmonde did just that. The duo re-envisioned the buildings and monuments of Paris by capturing the lower stories through video and sketching imaginary additions in a project that viscerally challenges pre-conceived attitudes towards iconic structures. Take a walk through the City of Love and experience it anew as a work of art.

Folklore Meets Design, Architecture and Light Deep in the Canadian Forest

00:00 - 9 August, 2014

Imagine yourself standing at a glowing threshold between reality and make believe, watching as mythical creatures dash across trees and into other dimensions. Imagine a world where the glimmer of fairies is reflected on a forest floor illuminated by trees of all colours; a world where a sea of stars transforms into an imaginary wolf, standing sentinel over its fairy tale universe. This enchanted world exists, thanks to the creatives at Moment Factory. In their Foresta Lumina video mapping project, they create a narrative installation set in the mysterious backwoods of Quebec, Canada. Find out how they add a little fantasy to ordinary reality after the break.

Could a Window Office Help You Sleep Better?

00:00 - 9 August, 2014
Could a Window Office Help You Sleep Better?, Generous office windows such as in The Lantern by zigzag architecture might actually help you sleep at night. Image © Julien Lanoo
Generous office windows such as in The Lantern by zigzag architecture might actually help you sleep at night. Image © Julien Lanoo

Having an office with a view may be more than just a symbol of seniority. New findings show that there are public health benefits associated with working by a window, Fast Co Design reports. An interdisciplinary group of architects and medical researchers compared workers exposed to natural light with those who aren’t, and found that window workers sleep, on average, 46 minutes more a night. They also scored better on self-report health and sleep surveys. Learn more about the study in the full article, “Workers in Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes of Sleep a Night,” at Fast Co Design and start convincing your boss that it’s time you had a window office!

The Dalmeny / Enter Projects

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +20

Will Alsop Designs Apartment Tower on Stilts for London's South Bank

00:00 - 9 August, 2014
Will Alsop Designs Apartment Tower on Stilts for London's South Bank, Courtesy of aLL Design
Courtesy of aLL Design

Led by Will Alsop, aLL Design’s funky apartment tower will soon add a whole lot of interest to London’s south bank. The tubular building, which tapers at the bottom and top, will rise above an existing four-storey building on purple stilts and be adorned with corten steel cladding, brightly colored balconies, and irregular rounded windows. Each apartment will include two balconies overlooking the River Thames and the neighboring heliport – bringing about the name “Heliport Heights.” To learn more about the lively design, keep reading after the break.

Metropolitan Institute of Desing / Mauricio González González

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
Metropolitan Institute of Desing / Mauricio González González, © Gabriel González
© Gabriel González

© Gabriel González © Gabriel González © Gabriel González © Gabriel González +19

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 8

00:00 - 9 August, 2014
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 8, Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet
Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter outlines architecture’s connection to biology, and how biology influences our perception of form. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

The idea of a biological connection to architecture has been used in turn by traditional architects, modernists, postmodernists, deconstructivists, and naturally, the “organic form” architects. One might say that architecture’s proposed link to biology is used to support any architectural style whatsoever. When it is applied so generally, then the biological connection loses its value, or at least becomes so confused as to be meaningless. Is there a way to clear up the resulting contradiction and confusion?

Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes, Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes
Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    387 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France
  • Area

    2910.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

House in a Wall / Sérgio Koch

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
House in a Wall / Sérgio Koch, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23

Establishment for Dependent Elderly / PARALLELE

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Establishment for Dependent Elderly  / PARALLELE , © Laurent Dequick
© Laurent Dequick

© Laurent Dequick © Laurent Dequick © Laurent Dequick © Laurent Dequick +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carvin, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Antonio Pedro De Sousa, Pascal Hory, Grégoire Noyer
  • Area

    7400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Junya Ishigami to Install "Cloud Arch" in Downtown Sydney

00:00 - 8 August, 2014
Junya Ishigami to Install "Cloud Arch" in Downtown Sydney, © Junya Ishigami
© Junya Ishigami

Set to be installed over a set of light rail tracks, Junya Ishigami’s Cloud Arch will soon be one of the biggest landmarks in downtown Sydney.  Commissioned by Sydney’s public art program, City Art, the arch will symbolize Sydney’s qualities of being “Green, Global, and Connected.” Over 50 meters high, it will change shape as viewer’s walk past it. Cloud Arch will act as both a gateway for the pedestrian George Street, and a defining feature of the city.

Free CAD Files of 241 Major World Cities

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Free CAD Files of 241 Major World Cities, Image of the layers in the New York CAD file via bdon.org
Image of the layers in the New York CAD file via bdon.org

Creating designs for cities all over the planet may have just gotten a whole lot easier - thanks to Brandon Liu, a Software Developer from San Francisco who used data from OpenStreetMap to create .DXF CAD files of 241 major cities worldwide. These files are entirely free to download, and from San Francisco to Sydney, Buenos Aires to Beijing and Helsinki to Harare, most of the world's major cities are included.

The files do have some limitations, due to the way they were converted from online data (perhaps the most limiting is that roads are only marked by a single line), however the files give information on roads categorized from major to minor, buildings, railways, parks and bodies of water, with each element given its own layer on the drawing.

Check out the links to all 241 files after the break, and visit Liu's website here for more information.

Office of the brand agency Svoyo mneniye / za bor Architects

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Office of the brand agency Svoyo mneniye / za bor Architects, Courtesy of za bor Architects
Courtesy of za bor Architects

Courtesy of za bor Architects Courtesy of za bor Architects Courtesy of za bor Architects Courtesy of za bor Architects +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bolshaya Tatarskaya ulitsa, 35, Moscow, Russia, 115184
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of za bor Architects

Stacking House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Stacking House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architect & Associates, © Jin-Ming Zheng
© Jin-Ming Zheng

© Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng © Jin-Ming Zheng +34

Introducing the DEAD Prize: Recognizing the Worst in Design

01:00 - 8 August, 2014

Numerous awards recognize innovative, forward-thinking and environmentally-friendly design, yet there is no way to recognize projects that are harming the environment or detrimental to the planet – until now. Created by Cameron Sinclair, one of the co-founders of Architecture for Humanity and current Executive Director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the recently launched “DEAD Prize” seeks to highlight projects that have a negative impact on the planet, with the aim of inspiring designers to “see these failures as a challenge to create something new, to correct the mistakes of the past or to find the antidote for the project in question.” Tweet your nominations for the prize to @deadprize by November 1 and learn more about this tongue-in-cheek award at the DEAD Prize website.

Fourteen Tower Proposals Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Development

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
Fourteen Tower Proposals Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Development, S9 Architecture's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper
S9 Architecture's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper

New York City have released images of fourteen tower proposals as part of a controversial scheme to bring affordable housing to the 85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, originally designed by Michael van Valkenburgh and realised in 2004. The schemes, designed to be located on “two coveted development sites” on Pier 6, have been actively met with strong opposition from local community members. The park and surrounding area has seen a number of interesting recent regeneration proposals, from an 11,000ft² beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to a triangular pier proposed by BIG. Read on to see the proposals in detail, including those by AsymptotePelli Clarke Pelli, Davis Brody Bond, and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Asymptote Architecture´s proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper Pelli Clarke Pelli's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper BIG´s + Alloy Design's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper WASA Studio's proposal. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation via Architects Newspaper +42

Performance Space: Marina Abramović at the Serpentine Gallery

00:00 - 8 August, 2014
Performance Space: Marina Abramović at the Serpentine Gallery, © Marco Anelli
© Marco Anelli

One of the latest installations at London's Serpentine Gallery, where Smiljan Radic recently unveiled an ethereal pavilion, is Marina Abramović's performance installation entitled 512 Hours. Creating what has been described as "the simplest of settings" in one of the gallery's large spaces, the artwork employs Abramović's most frequently used material: herself. Coupled with the audience and a selection of common objects, the constantly changing sequence of events on display is the very first live installation by the artist displayed in the UK. Upon arrival, visitors are asked leave their baggage (including mobile phones, cameras and any other electronic equipment) behind in order to enter the exhibition. Find out more about what you can expect from it here.

NAB Docklands / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
NAB Docklands  / Woods Bagot, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

©  Trevor Mein © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath ©  Trevor Mein +21