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Treehouses in Paradise Competition: Taking something from a SCAM

Last year, we were reached by the organizers of Treehouses in Paradise Competition in order to help them spread the word. A couple of days later, we realized the competition was in fact a scam, so we took the call for proposals down, and published this statement

Mode Lab: Organic Modeling: Precision Sculpting with TSplines for Rhino Webinar

Coming up this Friday, March 8th, from 2:00pm-4:30pm EST, Mode Lab will be hosting the Organic Modeling: Precision Sculpting with TSplines for Rhino webinar offering guided curriculum and continuous support with the goal of providing you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. The principles and rationale behind T-Splines will be covered, providing students with the resources to model shapes of any complexity as a single smooth, water-tight surface. Additionally, this intensive course will introduce techniques for working with polygonal and box modeling, direct surface editing, and local definition tools interchangeably. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

House in South-Western Australia / Tierra Design

© John Madden
© John Madden
  • Architects: Tierra Design
  • Location: Western Australia
  • Design Team: Client, Martin Palleros , Robert Allen, Yun Nie Chong, Steven Postmus, Melita Tomic, Ryan de Winnaar
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: John Madden

© John Madden © John Madden © John Madden © John Madden

Olson Kundig Architects to Design New Museum of Art for WSU

Seattle-based architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig Architects has been selected by Washington State University to design a new Museum of Art. Over the years, Olson has complied a spectacular portfolio of stunning homes designed for art collectors worldwide. This experience has given Olson a “wealth of experience in not only crafting beautiful environments for works of art, but in working with artists to discover new opportunities for expressing their creativity,” according to Chris Bruce, director of the museum. 

'THE:SQUARE³' Mixed-Use Development Proposal / Moritz Gruppe + LAVA

Conceived by visionary developer Moritz Gruppe and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, LAVA, the three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonal shaped city blocks make up THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalizes a unique urban quarter in Berlin. With the theme, 'Life, Nature, Sports', their mixed-use concept is perfectly adapted and related to the nearby environment and reflects the local centre of excellence for high-performance sport, promotes local, national and global sports, generating positive social, health and economic benefits to the area. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Indicator: On Disappearance, Part 1

I remember February 27, 2013 because that was the day Aaron Betsky asked a good question on his Beyond Buildings blog at Architect Magazine. Not that he doesn’t ask good questions on other days…because he does…but this particular day presented architecture with the provocative title, “Architecture Beyond Work: Will Architecture and Work Disappear?”

Y-3 / Komada Architects' Office

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
  • Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
  • Area: 326.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima

'Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx' Exhibition

Currently on display at the Portland Museum of Art until May 19, 'Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx' showcases the power of design through an interactive exhibition featuring work of some of the world's leading architects and designers. The display, designed by architects Tim Ventimiglia and Jennifer Whitburn of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, includes a 17-foot-tall tower with three levels of images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. A dynamic image projection will light up two sides of the tower by using projectors embedded in the interior of the tower and will feature infrared light sensors, creating touch interactivity for visitors. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Air: A Hot Commodity in New York City

"There's a price on everything in New York, and the air is no exception." - Ross F. Moskowitz, Strock & Strock & Lavan

All of us are familiar with the practice of buying and selling property in the form of land, residential and commercial space, but the buying and selling of the air surrounding these spaces is a concept well-understood by few. With the recovery of the condominium market in New York City, residential development is at an all-time high, and this means taller and even more luxurious towers are fighting each other tooth and nail for the best possible views of the city. Because of this, the price of air above and around these potential developments is becoming more and more expensive, since a room with a view is worth a whole lot more than one without. Is it possible that these empty, vertical pockets are now worth more than the ground below them?

Read more about New York City's air rights to find out.

So what exactly are air rights? They can be defined as a building's "unused or excess development rights" measured by square foot and can be transferred from one building to another if zoning in that specific area permits. Air rights in NYC typically sell for 50-60% of what the ground below them is worth; some, however, can be worth much more than that, as in the case of air rights along the High Line. 

Hotel Wiesergut / Gogl Architekten

© Mario Webhofer
© Mario Webhofer
  • Architects: Gogl Architekten
  • Location: Hinterglemm
  • Project Manager: Monika Gogl
  • Design Team: Nina Steinbacher, Daniela Amann, Hildegard Platzer-Rieder, Elisabeth Oettl, Hannes Schroll, Jonas Davidson, Claudia Waler, Michael Kapeller
  • Area: 5047.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mario Webhofer

© Mario Webhofer © Mario Webhofer © Mario Webhofer © Mario Webhofer

N10-Eiras Sports Facility / Comoco

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Hands On Urbanism - "Cities in the 21st Century" at IHP

Sao Paulo; Courtesy of Flickr User Mau Alcântara. Licensed via Creative Commons
Sao Paulo; Courtesy of Flickr User Mau Alcântara. Licensed via Creative Commons

Urban planning and design as programs of study emerged at professional and graduate schools in the early to mid 20th century, but did not become an option for undergraduate students until the 1970s.  Today, urban studies associated with every social science have become a part of regular discourse in colleges and universities throughout the United States.  As Andrew Wade, professor for the International Honors Program (IHP) points out - "Urban studies programs are sprawling faster than the cities they critique. The qualifier “urban” has become ubiquitous: where once stood geography, politics, and ecology now stand urban geography, urban politics, and urban ecology."

As urbanism becomes a larger part of our colloquial vocabulary - describing more specifically the way cities emerge, develop, thrive, and collapse or endure - it has become clear that "cities are a source of problems and solutions for contemporary life" that require a deep level of exploration and understanding.  The "Cities in the 21st Century" study abroad program offered by the IHP is a unique opportunity that incorporates a hands on and observational approach to an urban planning education.  In an essay via Urban Omnibus, instructor Andrew Wade shares his and his students' experiences in the program.  Read on after the break for more.

House In the suburb of Osaka / ANDO Corporation

© Kenshi Noguchi
© Kenshi Noguchi
  • Architects: ANDO Corporation
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
  • Lighting: Yasuyo Suzuki
  • Area: 673.47 sqm
  • Photographs: Kenshi Noguchi

© Kenshi Noguchi © Kenshi Noguchi © Kenshi Noguchi © Kenshi Noguchi

Tanmen Oceanic Fishing Cultural Center and Museum Proposal / Office for Architectural Culture

London-based architectural practice Office for Architectural Culture (OAC) recently completed the master plan and architectural concepts for a prestigious International Oceanic Fishing Cultural Center and Museums in China. The 650,000 m2 project in Tanmen, located on the southern island of Hainan, aims to create a realm where new architecture and spaces are profoundly rooted in the village’s culture and heritage is our principal design approach. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion / University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
  • Interior Designers: University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Location: Kriegsbergstraße 55, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area: 29.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

Harvard University's "Putting Public Space in its Place"

Who should design public spaces? Should they even be designed at all? Can public space make a meaningful contribution to solving the world’s environmental problems? How should the success of a public space be measured?

Video: Bridge of Light

The NY Times published this amazing video of a spectacular art installation on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. Thousands of computer controlled LED lights can be seen during the night with this fantastic display. Enjoy!