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VIDEO: Kengo Kuma on Architecture, Materials And Music

00:00 - 19 May, 2014

In Kengo Kuma’s work you may see influences of light, transparency and materiality. But when visiting the Woodbury School of Architecture in San Diego, Kengo Kuma shared a few of his not so apparent influences, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to jazz music. Make sure to view “Knowing Kuma” to see the architect’s definition of architecture, materials and more.

AA Greece Visiting School / Folded Force

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
 AA Greece Visiting School / Folded Force

AA Greece Visiting School is a mobile workshop series which travels and reaches cities outside the country’s capital. It functions as a ‘satellite’ of education that promotes the Architectural Association’s exclusive, intensive form of teaching and learning around the country. AA Greece VS aims on visiting a different city each year and construct a single large-scale model which will act as an active nod of communication among the various locations. In 2014, the School will initiate its design agenda with an architectural approach that is focused on the aspect of connection. The city of Patras which is the starting node of AA Greece VS was chosen by the European Commission to be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2006. The concept of the event revolved around the main theme of "Bridges" and "Dialogues", drawing benefit from the city's rich history and its position as a "Gate to the West", to underline the essence of the productive interaction of culture and civilizations in Europe. The AA Greece Visiting School will investigate how well existing buildings with various sightlines and variant spatial grammars perform according to human perception. In sync with the flexible and adaptive concept of parasitical structures, the research focuses on the making of transformable large-scale creations that accentuate prominent architectural features of existing buildings. The research looks at how cultural factors, personal preferences, experiences, and expectations can lead to the transformation of architectural parasitical structures.

Terraville House / AT Arquitetura

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
Terraville House / AT Arquitetura, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • Authors

    Mauricio Ceolin, Andre Detanico, Tarso Carneiro
  • Project Team

    Flora Detanico, Dayane Paz, Juliana Schnor, Andreia Laschuk
  • Área

    350.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

RD Revnice / atelierSAD

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
RD Revnice / atelierSAD, © Tomas Soucek
© Tomas Soucek

© Tomas Soucek © Tomas Soucek © Tomas Soucek © Tomas Soucek +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Řevnice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    MgA. Adam Jirkal, MgA Jaroslav Koza,
  • Area

    164.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Bozen Waste to Energy Plant / Cl&aa Architects

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
© Alessandra Chemollo
© Alessandra Chemollo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bolzano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Claudio Lucchin
  • Design Team

    Michele Carlini, Giovanni Carlini, Claudio Orlati, Reinhard Thaler, Primo De Biasi
  • Area

    24.932 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo +28

House for Installation / Jun Murata JAM

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
House for Installation / Jun Murata JAM, Courtesy of Jun Murata
Courtesy of Jun Murata

Courtesy of Jun Murata Courtesy of Jun Murata Courtesy of Jun Murata Courtesy of Jun Murata +25

VARS house / aceboXalonso

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
VARS house  / aceboXalonso , © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

© Martin Varsavsky © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons +40

London Science Museum Announces Competitions For 3 New Galleries

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
London Science Museum Announces Competitions For 3 New Galleries, Courtesy of Flickr CC User Science Museum London
Courtesy of Flickr CC User Science Museum London

The Science Museum in London has announced plans to expand with three new galleries, launching three competitions to find designers. Two of the new galleries will house new permanent exhibitions about medicine and mathematics, while the third will host an interactive gallery. The three extensions combined will more than double the museum's current size.

The museum hopes to complete the mathematics and interactive galleries in 2016, with the larger medicine wing scheduled for a 2018 completion date.

Read on after the break for more on the competitions

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Gonca Paşolar, Natali Tombak, Taner Arıkan, Neşet Arolat, Şaziment Arolat, Berke Debensason, Deniz Odabaşı, Deniz Kösemen, Ercan Yılmaz, Fulya Eliyatkın, Gülin Derman, Hande Bağcık, Hilay Erkin, Merve Yüksel, Olcay Özten, Seden Suataç , Senem Okşar, Sezer Bahtiyar, Sinan Serdaroğlu, Şafak Kızılırmak, Volkan Buluç Yağ
  • Interior Design

    EAA
  • Area

    6350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building

The Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building, which takes place in Vicenza, the city of Palladio, is promoted by ALA-Assoarchitetti, the association for professional architects, in collaboration with the Regione del Veneto.

AIRBNB Pavilion Coming to the Venice

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
AIRBNB Pavilion Coming to the Venice, AIRBNB Pavilion, Hannes Meyer's Co-Op Room, 2014
AIRBNB Pavilion, Hannes Meyer's Co-Op Room, 2014

During this year's Architecture Biennale in Venice, homes rented through AIRBnB (although not the company itself) will host an independently curated pavilion. AIRBnB is a six-year old platform through which home owners can rent out rooms, apartments, and entire houses, allowing "the fortress of the family and the individual" to be infiltrated. The pavilion will take advantage of this "infiltration" and how it reveals "the house, the home and today's life." To learn more, follow @airbnbpavilion on instagram and twitter.

Luftwerk Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform Mies’ Farnsworth House into Visual Spectacular

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
Luftwerk Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform Mies’ Farnsworth House into Visual Spectacular, © Luftwerk
© Luftwerk

The creative minds behind Luftwerk have turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund a project that would transform Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into an immersive light show. Similar to their installation at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater residence in 2011, artistic duo Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero plan to illuminate the “structural minimalism and transparency” of the house in a way that would offer a new perspective of the modern masterpiece. 

Check out a video of the proposed light show and Luftwerk’s work at Fallingwater, after the break...

House in Kashiwa / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
House in Kashiwa / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office
Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Masuo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
  • Area

    107.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

Major Defects Uncovered at Homes Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
Major Defects Uncovered at Homes Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, © Flickr CC User Oxley Woods Photos
© Flickr CC User Oxley Woods Photos

A report uncovered by the Architects' Journal has revealed that an experimental housing project by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has developed major problems just seven years after construction. The low cost factory-built Oxley Woods scheme won the RIBA Manser Medal for housing in 2008 but a report commissioned by the scheme's developer has shown faults in the detailing are causing some parts of the construction to rot. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have distanced themselves from the defects insisting that it was "Taylor Wimpey and Wood Newton responsible for the final detailed design". You can find out more about the controversy at the Architects' Journal and the Financial Times.

Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy, Main Entrance. Image © Nemesi & Partners
Main Entrance. Image © Nemesi & Partners

Roma-based Nemesi & Partners has designed a 13,000 square meter “urban forest” that will serve as the Italian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Enveloped within an intricate, branch-like skin, the six-story lattice structure will be made from 900 panels of “i.active BIODYNAMIC” cement that will “capture” air pollutants and convert them into inert salts. 

Meander Medical Center / atelierpro

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
Meander Medical Center / atelierpro, © John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

© John Lewis Marshall © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © John Lewis Marshall +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Maatweg, The Netherlands
  • Design

    Hans van Beek with Mark Bruin, Jeroen Ekama, Paul Fouchier, Emile Jansen, Menno Roefs
  • Interior Architect

    Hans van Beek, Wessel Reinders, Ellen Vaal, Elisabeth Tukker, Thijs Klinkhamer ism Kleurmerk (Erna Tielen)
  • Design Duo Competition

    Hans van Beek ism Dorte Kristensen en Christina Kaiser
  • Project Leader

    Hein Doeksen, Mark Homminga and Ernstjan Cornelis
  • Design Team

    Mira van Beek, Ido de Boer, Roel Buijs, Mart Buter, Antonio Cannavacciuolo, Diana van Dongen, Michel van Gageldonk, Corine Jongejan, Priet Jokhan, Christina Kaiser, Hans Kalkhoven, Arthur Loomans, Mattijs van Lopik, Marjon Main, Cock van Meurs, Katarzyna Nowak, Paul Olink, Andrew Page, Emile Quanjel, Ferry Raedts, Sandrine Rointru, Arie van der Toorn, Felix Timmermans, Tobias Thoen, Paul Verhaar, Robert Witteman, Wais Wardak.
  • Area

    112000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Zenkonyu × Tamping Earth (Work in the Setouchi Triennale 2013) / Tadashi Saito + Atelier NAVE

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
Zenkonyu × Tamping Earth (Work in the Setouchi Triennale 2013) / Tadashi Saito + Atelier NAVE, © Toshihiro Misaki
© Toshihiro Misaki

© Toshihiro Misaki © Toshihiro Misaki © Toshihiro Misaki © Toshihiro Misaki +13

Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods"

00:00 - 18 May, 2014
Architecture for Humanity Toronto Launches Lecture Series: "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods", Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Toronto
Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Toronto

According to the most recent national census in Canada, almost half of Toronto residents are immigrants, one-third of whom arrived in the past ten years. To allow the city to adapt to this surging flow of immigrants, Architecture for Humanity Toronto (AFHTO) has called upon students and professionals from various backgrounds to rethink Toronto's urban fabric - and, in particular, its high-rise developments - by establishing a series of lectures and workshops entitled "Incremental Strategies for Vertical Neighborhoods."

At the inaugural event a few weeks ago, Filipe Balestra of Urban Nouveau* was invited to speak about his work and contribute to a design charrette inspired by the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal program. For more on Balestra and the event, keep reading after the break.