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Contour Crafting Picks Up Speed

In 2006, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, professor at the University of Southern California, introduced the world to Contour Crafting: the idea of applying Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing to homes and eventually larger buildings. As Dr. Khoshnevis explains in this TED Talk, Contour Crafting uses a giant 3D printer that hangs over a designated space and robotically builds up the walls of that building with layers of concrete. The robot can paint the walls and tile surfaces and even knows to construct plumbing and electrical wiring as it goes (Dvice). The idea is that by automating the construction process - one of the only processes humans still do largely by hand - homes will be cheaper and more quickly erected, with significantly lower labor costs. More importantly, Khoshnevis believes that Contour Crafting is essential to creating a more "dignified" architecture by eliminating slums in developing countries and aiding areas in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster. 

Obama Appoints Michael Graves to Key Administration Post

© Michael Graves & Associates
© Michael Graves & Associates

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint five individuals to key Administration posts, including architecture’s very own Michael Graves, stating: “These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles.  Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

The five individuals include: 

  • Vinton G. Cerf - Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation
  • Marta Araoz de la Torre - Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
  • Michael Graves - Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
  • Laurie Leshin - Member, Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum
  • Lynne Sebastian - Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Casa TdM / Bbats+Tirado

  • Architects: Silvia Barbera Correia, Cristóbal Tirado Luchsinger
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaborators: Agustin Pinedo, Luisa Santos, Ignacia Balart
  • Area: 235.0 sqm
  • Year: 2006
  • Photography: Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira

Art Residence Third Prize Winning Proposal / Megabudka

The third prize winning proposal for the design of art residences in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, Russia is based on the principle of ecological compatibility and convergence with nature. Designed by Megabudka, this is achieved by architectural solutions, volumetric-spatial structures, interaction with environment, and internal physical and mental filling. This new community for artists, and all creative people, will consist of dormitories, a nursery, community center, family houses, and private units. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Call for Entries: Organize the U.S. Representation at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

The U.S. Department of State recently announced a request for proposals from any U.S. nonprofit organization at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, which is set to take place June 7-November 23, 2014. This includes museums, galleries, design centers, schools of architecture and design, and independent curators affiliated with a non-profit organization. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013. For more information, please visit here.

Urban Park of Palouriotissa Third Prize Winning Proposal / Groundlab + Clara Oloriz

View of Environmental Centre / Open Cinema © Groundlab
View of Environmental Centre / Open Cinema © Groundlab

The concept of the park is based on the existing and traditional terraces of Cyprus and, more specifically, Latsia. These terraces not only allow for the management of the slope and water but link the project’s programme, as an environmental centre, to its spatial design. By consolidating the existing terraces, which define the park’s configuration, the terraces generate an intrinsic spatial relation between the park activities, the landscape and the views. Moreover, the terraces have been designed so a minimum amount of earth will be moved and so people with reduced mobility will have easy accessibility.

AECOM Announces Urban SOS Winners

AECOM has announced 'Unslumming Kibera' as winner of the fourth annual Urban SOS competition

Golf House / Seinfeld Arquitectos

  • Architects: Seinfeld Arquitectos
  • Location: La Molina , Lima, Peru
  • Design Team: Cynthia Seinfeld, Peter Seinfeld
  • Collaborator: Daniel Barúa
  • Area: 712.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano

The Bricks / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects:
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Contractor : Janghak Construction
  • Structure Engineer: Samjung EMC
  • Mechanical Engineer: Bowoo Technology Corporation
  • Electric Design: Shinhan Eletric Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

Ruins of an Alternate Future (Jinhua Architecture Park)

Courtesy of Chakroff
Courtesy of Chakroff

Originally published on the author’s website and blog on Archinect, 'Ruins of an Alternate Future (Jinhua Architecture Park)' was written by Shanghai-based architectural designer and theorist Evan Chakroff

One of the great, if seldom realized, promises of architecture is its capacity to affect change. The best architects seem to have this potential in mind constantly as they structure career-length narratives around the social impact that good design can achieve. While this is often hyperbole, and most projects are driven by functional or economic considerations, there is the occasional opportunity for artists and architects to create purely speculative work, where radical departures from established typologies suggest alternatives to the status quo. In these rare cases, novelty is embraced not for its own sake, but for its potential to generate new archetypes, to provide a glimpse into a parallel world where architecture truly has agency: where design can change society for the better. 

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Edificio 111 / Flores & Prats

  • Architects: Ricardo Flores, Eva Prats
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaborators: Constanza Chara, Fotini Trigonaki, Natalia Uribe, Celia Carroll, Robyn Creagh, Christine van Sluys, Laura Geraci, Jorge Lopez, Abdulla Al-Shamsi, Javier Lecumberri, Mar Garrido, Maria Amat, Elvire Thouvenot, Eirene Presmanes, Andrea Schneider, Filippo Abrami, Arabella Masson, Jorge Casajús, Horacio Arias, Ellen Barten, Michelle Lopez, Nadia Mustopo, Lars Bach, Jonny Pugh
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Year: 2004
  • Photography: Duccio Malagamba, Adrià Goula, Àlex Garcia

© Adrià Goula © Duccio Malagamba © Àlex Garcia © Àlex Garcia

Down Up House / Avignon-Clouet Architectes

Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Life

MoMA's upcoming exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light  celebrates the impact of this 19th century architect on space, materials, luminosity and on great places of assembly.  The exhibition will run from March 10th to June 24th, 2013 and will be the first solo exhibition of Labrouste's work in the United States.

New Law Courts of Caen Competition Entry / Baumschlager Eberle

With urbanistic planning in mind, the proposal by Baumschlager Eberle for the law courts of Caen redefines a new domain in the center of the city. In collaboration with Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Champenois, the shape of the building agrees not only with the tradition but of course with the more complex duties of law courts in the 21st century. An orthogonal pattern constitutes the base for the organization of the needs of the law courts. More images and architects’ description after the break.