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Why Students Need a Space of Their Own

10:30 - 22 March, 2015
Why Students Need a Space of Their Own, Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson
Cambridge Public Library / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects. Image © Robert Benson

Public/Private, the Spring 2015 issue of ArchitectureBoston (out now) examines current trends in how we view public and private space and the effect these have on architecture. Tackling spaces as diverse as social space, the workplace, residential life, transportation, or civic territory, the issue examines what happens when notions of public an private space intersect. In the following article, originally published under the title "Quiet, please," Laura Wernick FAIA explores the need for enclosed, private spaces within educational facilities.

I walk by William Rawn’s Cambridge Public Library extension twice a day on my way to and from work. I love the transparency of the south façade. It is sharp and crisp, and I can see right through to all of the exploring, socializing, reading, and working taking place within. When I go into the library for research or study, however, I tend to move quickly away from the openness of the new building into the old one. I find a semi-enclosed quiet spot away from the crowds, turn off social media, and get to work.

Weritas - Regional Visitor and Wine Center / gerner°gerner plus

10:00 - 22 March, 2015
Weritas - Regional Visitor and Wine Center / gerner°gerner plus, © Matthias Raiger
© Matthias Raiger

© Matthias Raiger © Matthias Raiger © Matthias Raiger © Matthias Raiger + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lower Austria, Austria
  • Design Team

    Matthias Raiger, Peter Blasl, Laurenz Vogel, Oliver Gerner, Christian Münster
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize "Organic Growth" Pavilion

08:00 - 22 March, 2015
Izaskun Chinchilla Turns to Kickstarter to Realize "Organic Growth" Pavilion, Courtesy of Izaskun Chinchilla Architects
Courtesy of Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

A few months ago, we announced that Izaskun Chinchilla Architects emerged as one of two winners of FIGMENT’s international “City of Dreams” pavilion competition in New York. Their proposal entitled “Organic Growth” is slated for assembly on Governors Island this summer, but they need your help! Due to the split funding of selecting two winners and FIGMENT’s non-profit status, the design team has launched a kickstarter campaign to make their proposal a reality through public contributions.

Learn more about how you can get involved, after the break.

Block 0704 / Simpraxis

06:00 - 22 March, 2015
Block 0704 / Simpraxis, © Marios Christodoulides
© Marios Christodoulides

© Marios Christodoulides © Marios Christodoulides © Marios Christodoulides © Marios Christodoulides + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cyprus
  • Architect in Charge

    Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
  • Design Team

    Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

CAP Llinars del Vallés / Gustau Gili Galfetti

03:00 - 22 March, 2015
CAP Llinars del Vallés  / Gustau Gili Galfetti , © Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Joaquim Blume, 08450 Llinars del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    1550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

23:00 - 21 March, 2015
Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 8 строение 1, Moskva, Russia, 123317
  • Design Team

    Murat Sakhtaryek, Kirill Zverev, Tatiana Yakovleva
  • Project Management

    Aleksandr Gornov, Maxim Panferov
  • Area

    208.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

N10-house / Masahiko Sato

20:00 - 21 March, 2015
N10-house  / Masahiko Sato, © Ishii Norihisa
© Ishii Norihisa

© Ishii Norihisa © Ishii Norihisa © Ishii Norihisa © Ishii Norihisa + 20

nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner Design Recreation Center for Nauen

16:00 - 21 March, 2015
nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner Design Recreation Center for Nauen, Aerial view. Image Courtesy of nps tchoban voss
Aerial view. Image Courtesy of nps tchoban voss

This first-prize competition winning proposal by nps tchoban voss and Hager Partner gives new life to the municipal outdoor pool facility in Nauen, Germany. Commissioned for future construction, the recreation center brings a multi-functional layout to the complex, activating the space year round and providing the public with a recreational hub. 

Read on after the break for more on the proposal.

Città della Scienza Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities

15:00 - 21 March, 2015
Città della Scienza Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

Developed for an international planning and architectural competition, this proposed masterplan for the Città della Scienza by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, coffice - studio di architettura e urbanistica, and Studio d'Architettura Briguglio Morales fuses sustainability with history to propose a self-sufficient urban ecosystem in Italy. Operating on the principle of living facades, the Città della Scienza revitalizes the forgotten military district into a vibrant, continually regenerating living city.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the plan.

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Residential. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture View toward Hotel. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture + 15

Guilhermina Restaurant / FGMF Arquitetos

14:00 - 21 March, 2015
Guilhermina Restaurant / FGMF Arquitetos, © Rafaela Netto
© Rafaela Netto

© Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
  • Area

    157.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

"Urban Platform" Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

12:00 - 21 March, 2015
"Urban Platform" Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition, Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim
Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium's Lisbon Open Room competition for their project "Urban Platform". 

One of 67 teams to enter the competition's "Young Architects" category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of "[providing] a more flexible space" for the city's urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Site History Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim + 8

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 9A

10:30 - 21 March, 2015
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 9A, Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí. "The perception of “life” in objects comes instead from a deep connection established between the observer or user, and the object". Image © Samuel Ludwig
Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí. "The perception of “life” in objects comes instead from a deep connection established between the observer or user, and the object". Image © Samuel Ludwig

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 expands on the phenomenon of “life” in buildings introduced in Chapter 3, and also introduces a simple test which can be used to determine the degree of “life” in a structure. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Approaching architecture from the entirely new perspective of organized coherence — what Christopher Alexander calls “wholeness” — unifies many phenomena. The traditional distinctions between ornament and function, between buildings and ecology, and between beauty and utilitarian structure are blurred. We can look for the “life” in artifacts and structures, which explains our experience of them.

Later in this course we are going to count features, and measure parameters that contribute to our impression of “life” in an object. These measures will show that the phenomenon of life is not idiosyncratic, but is, to a very large degree, shared among all people.

Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89

10:00 - 21 March, 2015
Contemporary Art Space in the Old Convent of Madre de Dios / sol89, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda Courtesy of sol89 © Fernando Alda + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    María González, Juanjo López de la Cruz
  • Area

    830.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Blueprint at Storefront for Art and Architecture / SO-IL

09:30 - 21 March, 2015
Blueprint at Storefront for Art and Architecture / SO-IL, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, United States
  • Client

    Storefront for Art and Architecture
  • Team

    Florian Idenburg, Max Hart Nibbrig
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Jan Gehl: “Architects Know Very Little About People”

08:00 - 21 March, 2015
Jan Gehl: “Architects Know Very Little About People”, © Basile Bornand via Tages Woche
© Basile Bornand via Tages Woche

Danish urban planner and committed pedometer user Jan Gehl is an expert in creating “cities for people.” Following a recent talk he gave on sustainable cities in Basel, Gehl sat down with Tages Wocke to discuss what makes a city desirable and livable. “We found people’s behavior depends on what you invite them to do,” says Gehl. “The more streets you have, the more traffic you get. A more attractive public realm will be used by more people.” Read the full interview and see why Gehl thinks social and psychological sciences should be taught in architecture school, here

AVEK – House in a Garden Park / DEVOLDERarchitecten

06:00 - 21 March, 2015
AVEK – House in a Garden Park / DEVOLDERarchitecten, © At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati
© At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati

© At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati © At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati © At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati © At Home Publishers & Abet Laminati + 30

Sisli City Hall / Boran Ekinci Mimarlik + Hakan Dalokay Mimarlik

03:00 - 21 March, 2015
Sisli City Hall / Boran Ekinci Mimarlik + Hakan Dalokay Mimarlik, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden + 25

Apartment in Tel Aviv / Amir Navon-Studio 6B, Maayan Zusman Interior Design, Moran Ben Ami

23:00 - 20 March, 2015

© Gidon Levin 181 Architecture Photography © Gidon Levin 181 Architecture Photography © Gidon Levin 181 Architecture Photography © Gidon Levin 181 Architecture Photography + 22