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GENyO Laboratories / Planho

© Alejandro González
© Alejandro González

© Alejandro González © Alejandro González © Alejandro González © Alejandro González

Non-Design: Architecture's (Counter-Intuitive) Future

Global architecture underwent a seismic shift in the 20th Century. Governments, keen to mitigate the impoverishing effects of rapid urbanization and two world wars embarked on ambitious social housing programs, pairing with modernists who promised that design could be the solution to social inequality and poverty. Today, the problems inherent in these mid-century tower blocks are well documented and well known, and these modernist solutions to poverty are often seen as ill-conceived failures.

Wanka House / Galera Estudio

  • Architects: Galera Estudio
  • Location: Cariló, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect In Charge: Ariel Galera
  • Design Team: Horacio Riga, Diego Ballario, Veronica Coleman
  • Structure: Carlos Bereilh
  • Plot: 1,000 sqm
  • Area: 470.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Diego Medina

© Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina

Budapest Students Design Sustainable House for Indoor and Outdoor Living

It may look unassuming, but this sleek black box is the culmination of a two-year long collaboration of more than 50 students from 7 different faculties of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Initially envisioned by two architecture students and built for the European Solar Decathlon 2012 in Madrid, the goal of Odooproject was to encourage a new sustainable life by designing a house where as much time as possible can be spent outdoors.

More information about Odooproject after the break...

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi

BRG Neusiedl am See / Solid Architecture

© Kurt Kuball
© Kurt Kuball
  • Architects: Solid Architecture
  • Location: Neusiedl am See, Australia
  • Site Area: 26270.00 sqm
  • Gross Area: 9206.00 sqm
  • Useable Surface: 6812.00 sqm
  • Built Up Area: 5648.00 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Kurt Kuball

© Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball

Interstice / Fabi Architekten BDA

© Herbert Stolz
© Herbert Stolz

© Herbert Stolz © Herbert Stolz © Herbert Stolz © Herbert Stolz

RDM Innovation Dock / Groosman

  • Architects: Groosman
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Theo Peekstok

© Theo Peekstok © Theo Peekstok © Theo Peekstok © Theo Peekstok

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

  • Architects: SPARK
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
  • Design Team: Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG

Valle de Egüés Town Hall / Otxotorena Arquitectos

  • Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
  • Location: Egüés, Navarra, España
  • Architect In Charge: Juan M. Otxotorena
  • Collaborator Architects: Gloria Herrera, Iñigo Jiménez
  • Structural Engineer: José Ignacio Etayo
  • Construction Company: ACR
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

In Progress: The Biomuseo / Frank Gehry

The Puente de Vida Museum, more commonly referred to as The Biomuseo, will be Frank Gehry's first design in all of Latin America. It is located in Panama in the area called Amador, which sits only a few blocks from the country's principal cruise port and is adjacent to Panama City. The mission of the Biomuseo is to "offer an impressing and educational experience about the biodiversity and emergence of the isthmus in Panama in order to motivate all Panamanians to get to know and to value this natural component of their identity, as well as to generate in all its visitors the need to protect the environment" (Biomuseo Website). The Biomuseo intends to explore the importance of Panama's biological systems and its emergence as a geological link between North and South America, both of which have had global impacts many are unaware of. 

House VMVK / dmvA

  • Architects: dmvA
  • Location: Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium
  • Design Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Valerie Lonnoy, Katrien Geerinckx
  • Area: 506.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse

© Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse

Hi-pod / BKK Architects +

© Peter Bennetts © Mark Wilson © Mark Wilson © Mark Wilson

The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition

As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invite designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia. To be located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, this competition highlights the cultural value of the Prime Minister’s residence at Australia’s seat of government and hopes to build national significance. Submissions are due no later than May 4. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Furniture Fair Installation / Gert Wingårdh

On view now until February 9th, the installation by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh at the Furniture Fair in Stockholm suggests a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an ‘altar’ where panels hold sway. In collaboration with Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi, their creative teamwork has resulted in a design that will set the stage for talks on design and architecture at the fair. Starting out from their own perspective while adhering to a shared vision, the entire dome-like structure consists of stacks of paper sheets that hang from the roof in a Venetian blind-like construction. More images and their description after the break.

Video: Lakewood Garden Mausoleum / HGA

Serving as the foremost resting place for Minnesota’s distinguished citizens, the Lakewood Garden Mausoleum, designed by HGA, is a treasured landmark and community asset in the city’s neighborhood. The video above captures its pastoral quality and embraces the landscape while offering a contemplative interior experience. It also highlights the design’s relationship between natural light and nature, which strengthens the connection between the spiritual and the earth-bound.

'Networked Ecologies: Rethinking Remediation' Competition Entry / Studio One

A finalist entry in the Transiting Cities – Low Carbon Futures competition, Studio One‘s proposal, titled, ‘Networked Ecologies: Rethinking Remediation’ a variety of programs ranging from landscape / mining remediation, to urban agriculture are defined. These “in-between” sites will grow and develop according to the specific conditions and uses, eventually creating a network of infrastructure that will provide robustness to the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Arte s' Residential Tower / Spark Architects

Standing at 170m and 110m tall, the twin ‘Arte s’ residential towers sit at the base Bukit Gambir, a lush tropical mountain located at the heart of Penang Island in the Indian Ocean off the Western coast of Malaysia. Designed by Spark Architects, the geometry and composition of the towers is inspired the dramatic surrounding land and seascapes mediating between the steeply rising verdant mountain and the flowing currents of the Malacca Straits. The project, which began construction in 2012, is due to be completed in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Registration now open for 2013 AIA National Convention

It's that time of year again: the 2013 AIA National Convention is gearing up to provide architects with the latest technological, conceptual and design innovations over the course of a three-day conference in Denver, Colorado.  This year's theme: Building Leaders, is an opportunity for architects to see leading achievements in the profession as well as build upon their own knowledge.