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MARK Magazine #51

00:00 - 30 August, 2014
MARK Magazine #51, Courtesy of MARK Magazine
Courtesy of MARK Magazine

Articles on China’s building boom often highlight the property bubble, megalomaniac planners, governmental corruption and private graft, substandard building practices and the destruction of the nation’s cultural heritage.

In Mark #51, we interviewed four Chinese architects on four aspects of China’s building practices to reveal the mechanisms at the foundation of this unedifying image. Li Hu offers his thoughts on architecture, Liu Yuyang on urban planning, Li Xiaodong on aesthetics and Liu Jiakun on construction processes. What can we learn from their experience?

Lycée Louis Barthou / Pierre Marsan

01:00 - 30 August, 2014
Lycée Louis Barthou / Pierre Marsan, © Arthur Pequin
© Arthur Pequin

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin +34

Uruguai Station / JBMC ARCHITECTS

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Uruguai Station / JBMC ARCHITECTS, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • JBMC Architects

    Beatriz Pimenta Corrêa, Cecilia Pires, Cynthia Melo, Emiliano Homrich, Frederico Freitas, Gabriela Assis, João Batista Martinez Corrêa, Pedro Câmara and Sandra Morikawa
  • JBMC

    Caio D´Alfonso, Carina Oshita, Diogo Luz, Mariana Nito, Nara Borges and Raffaella Yacar
  • Area

    13774.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lions Park, Greensboro, AL 36744, USA
  • Student Design/Build Team

    Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
  • Architect of Record

    David Hinson, FAIA
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119, United States
  • Designer

    Michael Bongiorno
  • Project Architect, Sustainability Manager

    William Keoni Fleming
  • Project Associate

    Joseph Mayer
  • Area

    14000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Room Factory / Maincourse Architect

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Room Factory / Maincourse Architect, © Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  • Interior Designer

    Pavin Supasri, Sirima Pliencharoen, Amanda Tonavanik , Surapak Intarakul, Kiattikhun Nimcharoenwan
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

3XN Designs Affordable Housing Tower in Denmark

00:00 - 29 August, 2014
© 3XN
© 3XN

The influx of students in Aarhus, Denmark is causing the city to rapidly expand. In response to the growing need for affordable housing close to the local university, 3XN teamed up with developer Jens Richard Pedersen to design a residential high-rise near the institution. The future tower has been dubbed La Tour as an ode to the building that currently occupies the site, Hotel La Tour. 

Newly released renders and model photographs depict the tower as a sweeping semi-circular form that rises in steps. The gradual elevation of the building will start at the street, defining the transition from the surrounding small-scale buildings to the urban high-rise typology. For more information and images, read on after the break.

Courtesy of Adam Mørk/3XN Courtesy of Adam Mørk/3XN Courtesy of Adam Mørk/3XN © 3XN +6

The 6th Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to New York City

00:00 - 29 August, 2014
The 6th Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to New York City, "Who Dares Wins: Zaha Hadid". Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival
"Who Dares Wins: Zaha Hadid". Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival

The 6th Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival is set to return to New York City on October 15th for five days of premieres and showings. With a special themed focus on Women in Architecture, the US's largest architecture-related film festival will present over twenty five feature-length and short films in a programme curated by Kyle Bergman and Laura Cardello. Designed to provide "rare glimpses and intimate portrayals of seminal figures and growing movements in the fields of architecture, design, urbanism and fashion," this year's festival will also feature a 3D film series exploring six iconic structures from filmmakers such as Wim Wenders and Robert Redford.

Explore the highlights and find out more about the festival after the break.

"Cathedrals of Culture: Centre Pompidou". Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival "Dior & I". Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival "Why a Film About Michele De Lucchi". Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival "Christiana - 40 Years of Occupation". Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival +5

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
  • Portugal’s Office

    CC&CB - Arquitectos Lda.
  • Principals in charge

    1st phase (preliminary project) : Pedro Carvalho, Luís Reis. 2st phase (execution project) : Luís Reis
  • Collaborators

    Diana Vasconcelos, Susana Oliveira, Elisabete Queirós, Orlando Sousa, Rita Ferreira, João Figueiredo, Caitriona, Carolina Leite, Anand Sonecha.
  • Local Permit Architects and Engineers

    United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
  • Project management & construction supervision

    Stephen Wang, Richard Wang, Chiou-Huei Lin (WZWX Architecture Group)
  • 3d Models/Renders

    Francesco Sechi, João Figueiredo, Pedro Afonso, José Soares
  • Creative Integration Consultant

    Xue Xue Institute, Xue Xue Foundation
  • Engineering

    Shanghai Qingya Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co. (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications and security installation) RFR Shanghai (Stuctural review) Geberit China (Water drainage)
  • Construction company

    Zhejiang Urban Construction Group
  • Consultants

    HDP – Paulo Fidalgo (Structure) GET – Raul Bessa (Mechanical) GPIC – Alexandre Martins (Lighting) SIKA – Helena Beleza (Waterproofing of the concrete construction)
  • Client

    Por-Shih Lin, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area

    11000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Architect's Guide to Writing

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
The Architect's Guide to Writing, Illustration by Bob Gill. Image Courtesy of Images Publishing
Illustration by Bob Gill. Image Courtesy of Images Publishing

The following is an excerpt from Bill Schmalz's book The Architect's Guide to Writing

The architecture, design, and construction professions are seen, by ourselves and by those outside the professions, as visual and tectonic fields. Architects and designers are trained as visual artists, using two- and three-dimensional means to depict buildings, spaces, and urban environments. We learn how to sketch; to build physical and digital models; and to draw plans, elevations, sections, and details. Similarly, contractors and construction managers are trained in scheduling, cost estimating, and the physical requirements of constructing buildings. These are valuable skills for us design and construction professionals at all stages in our careers. But for most of us, there comes a time when we need to write stuff, when written documents dominate our professional lives. Letters, proposals, reports, specifications, contracts, RFIs and RFI responses, meeting minutes, emails, and white papers are just some of the types of documents that we spend much of our time writing. 

Unfortunately, we receive little training in our writing skills. True, our elementary school education may have given us the basics of English grammar and composition. In college, most of us had to fulfill liberal arts requirements that involved writing. But when we entered the profession, we were unprepared to deal with how much we would have to write, and how important it would be to our professional lives. 

Sky Loft / KUBE architecture

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Sky Loft / KUBE architecture, © Greg Powers Photography
© Greg Powers Photography

© Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography +21

House in Komae / architect cafe

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
House in Komae / architect cafe, © Satoshi Asakawa
© Satoshi Asakawa

© Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa +18

Winners Named for 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition: Border Crossing

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Winners Named for 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition: Border Crossing, Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

In Borders: A Very Short Introduction, Hagan Diener writes, "…every border has a story. Every line on a map, every maker in the landscape, was derived from some complex negation of power and culture." It is this potency of meaning that makes the physical and conceptual border such a fascinating site. The 2013-2014 ACSA administered and AISC sponsored Steel Design Student Competition challenged students to design a border crossing station addressing the complex factors of cross-border relationships, using structural steel as the primary material. Learn more about the competition and the winning projects after the break.

Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Kyle Marren, Ryerson University. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Jorge Cornet, Adam Schroth & Thomas Soldiviero, Catholic University of America. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture +19

Design Revealed for Norway’s New National Arts Museum

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
© Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten
© Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten

The planning phase for the new National Arts Museum in Norway is coming to a close and the images of the winning design by architects Kleihues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten have been released. With its modernization and expansion, the museum aims to enhance the fields of art and design in Norway and serve as a cultural hub for locals and tourists alike. Learn more about the project and see the proposed design after the break.

Capco and Bold Rocket offices / D+DS architecture office

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Capco and Bold Rocket offices / D+DS architecture office, © Tom Fallon
© Tom Fallon

© Tom Fallon © Tom Fallon © Tom Fallon © Tom Fallon +16

Number of Women Architects on the Rise in the UK

00:00 - 29 August, 2014
Number of Women Architects on the Rise in the UK, © Robert Venturi
© Robert Venturi

The number of women becoming architects in the UK is increasing, according to the latest figures by the UK’s Architects Registration Board (ARB). Now, 7,538 female architects are registered with the ARB, up nearly 74% from just 10 years ago, the Architects’ Journal (AJ) reports. Yet despite the overall increase, women still only make up 22% of the profession, and represented just 38% of the new registrants in 2013.

Read on after the break for comments from female architects…

Widmi Building / am-architektur

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Widmi Building / am-architektur, © Michael Haug
© Michael Haug

© Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug © Michael Haug +18

Light Matters: Whiteness in Nordic Countries

00:00 - 29 August, 2014
Light Matters: Whiteness in Nordic Countries, Dybkær Church, Silkeborg, Denmark. Architecture: Regnbuen Arkitekter. Image © Henry Plummer 2010
Dybkær Church, Silkeborg, Denmark. Architecture: Regnbuen Arkitekter. Image © Henry Plummer 2010

The Scandinavian countries have developed great buildings that resonate with both the scarce light in winter and the long summer days. Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has very carefully studied the various daylight phenomena in the Nordic countries, with extensive photo journeys and brilliant writing that combines an analytical perspective with a poetic touch. His view of daylight looks beyond the practical advantages of using reflective white spaces to facilitate bright rooms; the passionate photographer is much more interested in the light effects that play with the local beauty of nature and touch the human soul.

Read on for more about how Nordic light enters white spaces