Light Valley / Future Studio

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
Light Valley / Future Studio, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Bunzo Ogawa
  • Structures

    Eisuke Mitsuda
  • Area

    98.35 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +17

The Sydney Opera House: Celebrating 40 Years

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
The Sydney Opera House: Celebrating 40 Years, © Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

Today is the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Sydney Opera House, the symbol of Australia. Since its opening in 1973, the Opera House has welcomed over 65 million people to more than 80,000 memorable events. To celebrate, an Anniversary program will run from mid to late October, with concerts, tours, exhibitions, and cake! A true masterpiece that continues to redefine the ambitions of Australia, the Opera House is part of an incredible story, a work of architecture that belongs to everyone.

© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee © Jozef Vissel © Flickr - User: Heaven's Gate (John) © Tomas Klein +12

Piampiano Residence / Studio B Architects

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Derek Skalko © Derek Skalko © Derek Skalko © Derek Skalko +30

The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon, Under Construction in 1968. Image © Flickr – User: PhillipC
Under Construction in 1968. Image © Flickr – User: PhillipC

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the completion of Danish architect Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, The Opera House Project takes you on a journey from the project's inception in 1954 - known as Design 218 - to the completed masterpiece up to 2012, and all the personal, political and technical struggles that the designers were faced with. As expressed by Sam Doust, writer and director of the project, the epic journey is based on an "aspiration to perfection" and then the "failure to achieve it".

House M / hohensinn architektur

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
House M / hohensinn architektur, © Paul Ott photografiert
© Paul Ott photografiert

© Paul Ott photografiert © Paul Ott photografiert © Paul Ott photografiert © Paul Ott photografiert +12

TED Talk: The Walkable City / Jeff Speck

00:00 - 20 October, 2013

How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car - which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" - by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

Solar Decathlon 2013: Stanford University Places Fifth Overall, Ties First in Affordability

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Stanford University Places Fifth Overall, Ties First in Affordability, Courtesy of Start.Home - Solar Decathlon Team Stanford
Courtesy of Start.Home - Solar Decathlon Team Stanford

Stanford University's Start.Home has won fifth place overall and tied for first place in affordability in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Read the team’s description to learn more:

For the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, Stanford University designed the Start.Home to provide energy efficiency at the push of a button to a new generation of environmentally conscious occupants. With modular architecture and advanced controls to optimize each component, the house aims to spark a revolution by lowering the entry barrier for an ultra-efficient house and making sustainability trendy, social, and affordable.

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2B

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2B, Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum is an example of the kind of architecture deconstructivist thinkers praise. In this chapter of Unified Architectural Theory, Nikos Salingaros argues why the scientific approach is superior to that of the deconstructivists . Image © Liao Yusheng
Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum is an example of the kind of architecture deconstructivist thinkers praise. In this chapter of Unified Architectural Theory, Nikos Salingaros argues why the scientific approach is superior to that of the deconstructivists . Image © Liao Yusheng

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. Part one of Chapter Two outlined the scientific approach to architectural theory; the following, part two of Chapter Two, explains why Salingaros considers this approach to be superior to that taken by deconstructivists. If you missed them, make sure to catch up on the introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2A.

Some traditions are anachronistic and misguided, but as reservoirs of traditional solutions against which to check new proposals they are of immense importance. A new solution may at some point replace a traditional solution, but it must succeed in reestablishing the connections to the rest of knowledge. In the context of social patterns, architecture, and urbanism, new solutions are useful if they connect to traditional social, architectural, and urban patterns (i.e., all those before the 1920s). If there is an obvious gap where nothing in a discipline refers to anything outside, then there could be a serious problem.

Recently, Edward Wilson has introduced the notion of “consilience” as “the interlocking of causal explanations across disciplines” (Wilson, 1998a). Consilience claims that all explanations in nature are connected; there are no totally isolated phenomena. Wilson focuses on incomplete pieces of knowledge: the wide region separating the sciences from the humanities. He is happy to see it being slowly filled in by evolutionary biologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and researchers in artificial intelligence. At the same time, he is alarmed by people in the humanities who are erasing parts of the existing body of knowledge. These include deconstructive philosophers. Wilson characterizes their efforts as based on ignorance. 

Sydney Cruise Terminal / Johnson Pilton Walker Architects

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
Sydney Cruise Terminal / Johnson Pilton Walker Architects, © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff
© Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • Client

    Sydney Ports Corporation
  • Contractor

    AW Edwards
  • Structure & Civil Engineers

    Taylor Thomson Whitting Engineers
  • Services Engineers

    Hyder Consulting
  • Photography

    Brett Boardman, Ethan Rohloff
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff +22

Bed, Breakfast & Bauhaus

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Bed, Breakfast & Bauhaus, © Thomas Lewandovski
© Thomas Lewandovski

For architects, it’s a dream come true: the studio building at the Bauhaus is now open to visitors (and pilgrims) looking to spend a night in the famous building. This new development will undoubtedly solidify the school’s place on the modern “Grand Tour” list, but is also meant to foster a creative and lively atmosphere that hasn’t been seen there for almost a century. Learn more here

Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made, Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects
Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects

On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year’s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year’s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.

AD Architecture School Guide: Delft University of Technology

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Delft University of Technology, Faculty Workshop. Image Courtesy of www.urbanism.tudelft.nl
Faculty Workshop. Image Courtesy of www.urbanism.tudelft.nl

Recent reports by the UN on projected population growth until the year 2300, as well as current population trends, have raised numerous issues, from access to healthcare to housing. Of particular importance is how these issues will affect the urban landscape, and how professionals can respond to these changing conditions, on both a local and global scale. Urban planners and designers must not only be concerned about issues such as congestion and mobility, urban renewal and densification, but must also “[take] into account…economic globalization, the consequences of the financial crisis, [and] climate change” as well. 

Clearly, these are not matters that can simply be understood by scrolling through different websites over the course of a single afternoon. Luckily, just these issues are explored at Delft University of Technology’s Master of Science in Urbanism

Sommarhus at Stora Gasmora / LLP Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
© Åke Eson Lindman
© Åke Eson Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fårö Stora Gasmora, 624 67 Fårö, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Mattias Palme
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman +22

Hôtelières du Rail Offices and Residences / Platform Architectures

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
Hôtelières du Rail Offices and Residences / Platform Architectures, © J. Ricolleau
© J. Ricolleau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantes, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Pierre Paquier (studies) and Stéphane Allaire (construction)
  • Client

    Espaces Ferroviaires Résidences hôtelières du rail
  • Area

    3415.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau +11

Indonesian Ministry Appoints Curators for 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Indonesian Ministry Appoints Curators for 2014 Venice Biennale, © Indonesian Pavilion
© Indonesian Pavilion

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has partnered up with the Indonesian Institute of Architect to appoint architects Avianti Armand and Setiadi Sopandi, along side architectural historian David Hutama, Arsitek Muda Indonesia (AMI) founder Achmad Tardiyana, and writer Robin Hartanto as the curator team in charge for the first ever Indonesian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The team, selected through a nation-wide open competition, will curate a pavilion that will tell stories about Indonesian experience on building things during the last one hundred years. As the team described, “It is inevitable that our way of building things – nowadays – is pretty much (still) dominated by handy works, through the hands of our skilled and unskilled laborers as well as well-trained artisans. Some utilize intricate and sophisticated tools, but many are relying on the touch of the hands and fingers.“ 

Boutique Las Chicas / GUIV Arquitetura

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
© Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte - State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Guilherme de Vasconcelos
  • Building Company

    Gilberto Lacerda & Cia
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro +11

MONU Magazine New Issue: Greater Urbanism

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
MONU Magazine New Issue: Greater Urbanism

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Gatica House / Felipe Assadi y Francisca Pulido

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
Gatica House / Felipe Assadi y Francisca Pulido, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +24