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2013 MoMA PS1 YAP Finalist: My Hair is at MoMA PS1 / TempAgency: Kutonotuk & mcdowellespinosa

2013 PS1 YAP Finalist: TempAgency
2013 PS1 YAP Finalist: TempAgency

"My Hair is at MoMA PS1" is exactly what it sounds like.  TempAgency, composed of architecture firms Kutonotuk and mcdowellespinosa have designed an installation that uses human hair from hair salons and barbershops as architecture.  The finalist for 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program has found inspiration in the material waste to develop a project of cultural and design significance.  Join us after the break for more images.

Podčetrtek Traffic Circle / Enota

Designed by Enota, their just completed Traffic Circle in  Podčetrtek marks the entrance to the dark monolithic volume of the municipal sports hall on one and the thermal spa complex on the other side of the regional road. With a primary intent to slow down the traffic in this consequently very busy area, the main accesses to both complexes also connect to the traffic circle. Its design also suggests a tectonic shift that has caused the road surface to bloat and belched out the massive blocks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders

Bringing attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 ASEAN nations, the Borderless Competition aims to improve their existing conditions. While there has been much discussion about achieving a “borderless” condition through economic and legislative intiatives, currently, the actual border spaces themselves have been neglected and are lagging behind these developments. For many people inhabiting these areas, the border remains a place of division and uncertainty. The competition seeks proposals that focus on local border sites, where specific cultural, social and ecological issues can be addressed while engaging in larger spatial and institutional scales. The goal is to demonstrate how architecture can re-define the future of ASEAN borders. The deadline for submissions is March 30. For more information, please visit here.

'I Love, Love, Love : to Build' Exhibition

The ‘I Love, Love, Love : to Build’ Exhibition, which will be on exhibit from February 10 – March 24, offers architects the opportunity to exhibit and share their private thoughts on their production. This series of invitations is in line with the Villa Noailles‘ querying on architects’ roles in our society, on the issues on which they work. Curators Jean-Pierre Blanc and Florence Sarano have simply decided to query each creator on his work: yesterday, today and tomorrow. The lecture by the architects will take place February 10th at 10:00am. For more information, please visit here.

Batman and Architecture Finally United in 'Batman: Death by Design'

From Tim Burton’s steamy, gothic megalopolis to Christopher Nolan’s cold, Miesian jungle, Gotham’s malice has always been manifested in its architecture. Writer Chip Kidd and artist David Taylor have pulled this nefarious background character to the forefront in the tale of Batman Vs. Mega-starchitect, entitled Batman: Death by Design

Read more about Batman : Death by Design after the break...

Cattaneo / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

The World’s First Relocatable Research Center Opens in Antarctica

This bizarre looking creature is the world's first relocatable research facility. Located on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, the Halley VI Research Station was officially opened on Tuesday, more than one hundred years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expeditions.

More on the building and its uncommon features after the break...

Cornege-Preston House / Bonnifait + Giesen

© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie
  • Architects: Bonnifait + Giesen
  • Location: Martinborough, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Main Contractor: Borman Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Spencer Holmes Engineers
  • Property Owners: Anne Cornege, Ted Preston
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie

AD Classics: Parc Güell / Antoni Gaudí

Parc Güell is a park designed by Antoni Gaudí upon the request of Count Eusebi Güell, who wanted to build a stylish park for the aristocrats of Barcelona. The Count had planned to build a housing development that would take advantage of the area's views and fresh air; however, only two show houses were completed. Gaudí himself inhabited one of them, designed by architect Francesc Berenguer in 1904. The house is now a museum showcasing some of Gaudí's work. The park is a common tourist attraction in Barcelona, and is known for its famous terrace and iconic entrance, flanked by two Gaudí buildings.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig

An Ever-Changing House: Dennis Maher's Story

Dennis Maher's Fargo House. Bridge Room looking west. Photo by Biff Henrich.
Dennis Maher's Fargo House. Bridge Room looking west. Photo by Biff Henrich.

Roof shingles, bird cages, rusty window frames, broken lamps, fishtanks, postcards. Most people would look at this collection of items and think “garbage,” but artist Dennis Maher sees beyond this so-called "junk." 

Maher, a professor of architecture at the University of Buffalo, has always been interested in how art and architecture relate to demolition, renovation, and restoration. And so, in 2009 he purchased an abandoned property from D’Youville College. 

What started as a small reconstruction project soon turned into a full-fledged quest for re-use. The interior structures of the house have grown so much that the house has practically become a living organism.So what is it like living in a space that is constantly growing and adapting? Find out after the break!

Het Bosch / Dreissen Architecten + JagerJanssen Architecten

© John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall

Re-inhabit the 21st century: Social Housing from the Modern Paradigm Competition

Courtesy of Arquine
Courtesy of Arquine

With a continuing interest in the exploration of socially important and relevant issues, encouraging the creation of spaces for dialog and the participation of architects resolving concerns through proposed projects; Arquine summons participants to its 15th International Architecture Contest to Re-inhabit the 21st century. Social Housing from the Modern Paradigm. 

For this edition of the competition, Arquine joins forces with CANADEVI (National Chamber for the Development industry and promotion of Housing), with the aim of expanding its reach and assuring the participation of the main social contributors faced with the proposed subject matter, Housing in the 21st Century. 

Projected Increase for Nonresidential Construction in 2013

AIA Construction Consensus Forecast
AIA Construction Consensus Forecast

Late last month the AIA released a report indicating that nonresidential construction is projected to increase by approximately 5% this year.  While the recovery of both residential and nonresidential construction markets continues to grow slowly, the indication that it is steadily increasing marks a sense of security or stability that owners are beginning to identify in the economy.  In the commercial / industrial sectors, hotels are seeing the largest projected growth at 15.7%, with retail and office buildings hovering between a 7 to 8% growth rate.  In the institutional sector, construction growth is projected to be highest in health care facilities, which is expected to rise by 4.4%, while public safety spending is expected to decline in 2013.

More on the report after the break.

Office-Garage / Ultra Architects

  • Architects: Ultra Architects
  • Location: Poznan, Poland
  • Architects: Marcin Kościuch,Tomasz Osięgłowski
  • Collaborators: K.Dembińska, B.Suszczewicz, A.Ostrowska, Ł.Piszczałka, A.Ronżewska-Kotyńska
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeremi Buczkowski

© Jeremi Buczkowski © Jeremi Buczkowski © Jeremi Buczkowski © Jeremi Buczkowski

Te Mirumiru / Collingridge & Smith Architects

© Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt
  • Architects: Collingridge & Smith Architects
  • Location: Kawakawa, northland
  • Architect In Charge: Phil Smith
  • Design Team: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
  • Client: Ngati Hine Health Trust
  • Area: 572.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt

MP House / alcolea+tárrago arquitectos

© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera
  • Architects: alcolea+tárrago arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Doctor Magallón 31293 Sesma, Navarra, Spain
  • Design Team: Rubén Alcolea, Jorge Tárrago
  • Technical Architect: Isabelino Río Rodríguez
  • Collaborators: Leire Zaldua, Aitor Acilu, Izaskun Bilbao
  • Structures: Víctor Goñi Juvera, Helena Goñi Barbarin
  • Contractor: Construcciones Irisarri-Munilla
  • Area: 588.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera