Post-occupancy surveys and/or interviews are a common tool used in architecture to evaluate the success of buildings. They can be very useful and should be implemented as long as architects do not expect or claim too much from them. Much has been said of their benefits, but it is concerning to see some architects present them as some kind of scientific proof of a design’s success or failure. Although I am a strong advocate for post-occupancy surveys, I think a little pushback is necessary. A brief review of their methodological weaknesses should make any architect pause before claiming a survey has vindicated their ideas.
World of Chlorophyll, a project by IAMZ Design Studio…, is an idea for a conceptual skyscraper containing the form of residential units in the near future. Their main concept involves the units taking the form of leaves, stemming mainly
Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G.
Location: Av. 4 Poniente, Barrio Oeste, Maipú, Chile
Design Team: Alfonso Kunstmann, Vallerie Haquin, Angela Castro, Francisca Valenzuela, Jaime Fuentes
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Site Surface: 20,300 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 13,400 sqm
Budget: U$ 7,237.440
Budget-Surface Ratio: U$ 540
Client: Inmobiliaria España
Structural Engineering: Claudio Hinojosa Torra
Contractor: Empresa Constructora Guzmán & Larraín
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is launching the 2012 program to stimulate curatorial opportunities for students and young professionals: the Young Curator Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program. The Young Curator Program offers the opportunity…
Architects: ATELIER LÜPS – Mauritz + W-E. Lüps
Location: Munich, Germany
Collaborators: Claudia Peter, Martina Machova
Construction Management: Silke Neugebauer, CLMap GmbH
Structure: Planungsgesellschaft Dittrich MBH
HVACR: GFI mbH
Elecrical engineering: IBM-TGA GmbH
Contractor: Mickan mbH&Co.KG
Photographs: ATELIER LÜPS
The American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter has awarded a Silver Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to Spillman Farmer Architects for their highly successful ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania, the dynamic performing arts, media and cultural center has served as an anchor for the revitalization effort in the City of Bethlehem that is transforming the once-abandoned historic industrial core into a dynamic, sustainable and livable mixed-use community. The 200-foot industrial ruins towering above the ArtsQuest Center is part of the country’s largest privately-owned brownfield.
AIA jurors praised the project saying, “The design captures the energy and utilitarian beauty that the best of the industrial revolution once offered. At the same time it demonstrates the power that a truly successful marriage of architecture and program can exert in bringing new purpose and hope to the most abandoned parts of our community.”
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Architects: Estudio Arquitectura Hago – Emilio Delgado Martos & Antonio Álvarez-Cienfuegos Rubio
Location: Málaga, Spain
Year of Construction: 2011-2012
Area: 350 sqm
Budget: 350,000 €
Engineering: Estudio Sinergia
Construction Company: Millangar Construcciones Costa del Sol
Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla
Architects: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson – Scott Robinson
Location: 443 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Completion: March 2011
Project Size: 75,000 sq. ft.
Collaborators: Design build project with EPOH; associate architects and Ellis Don; construction firm
Client: Sault College Academic Building
Photographs: Shai Gil
The ten finalists competing in the final phase of the National Mall Design Competition are dreaming big. Proposals to restore the National Mall include flourishing lakeside gardens, contemporary cafés hovering over water, grassy new amphitheaters and underground pavilions exposed at the foot of the Washington Monument. Since the announcement of the finalists, the teams have been refining there proposals behind closed doors.
Now, the Trust for the National Mall has released the highly anticipated proposals to the public. From now until Sunday, at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History, you can view each proposal in its entirety. If you don’t live in the D.C. area, no need to worry. Continue after the break to catch a glimpse of each submission and learn how you can help the jury decided who will revamp America’s “front yard”.
BrightFarms CEO, Paul Lightfoot is obsessed with efficiency. Spending most of his career improving market supply chains he has now turned his attention to the market supply chains of America’s produce. BrightFarms is an innovative and straight forward program whose goal is to eliminate the wasted energy expended on travel times between the farm and the shelf, to provide more nutritious and safer produce that is grown for the table and not for the endurance of days and weeks of transport, and to create a local market where consumers know their farmers and where the food is coming from and who is responsible for growing it. Littlefoot describes the blatant problems with the food industry today – efficiently factory farming and preserving produce that moves from one and end of the country to the other and inefficiently providing nutritious and tasty produce.
The challenge is to create a model that ensures quality while keeping costs down and BrightFarms appears to have found a strategy that works: hydroponic rooftop gardening near supermarket distribution centers or local markets. The newly renamed Federal Plaza #2, soon to be known as Liberty View Industrial Plaza to be developed by Salmar Properties, in Brooklyn, NY is set to be the world’s largest rooftop garden which will reportedly grow “1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs”. Find out how it works after the break!