The 10 Best Emerging Designers Right Now

00:00 - 14 October, 2013
The 10 Best Emerging Designers Right Now, Pernilla Ohrstedt worked on Coca-Cola's 'Beat Box' Pavilion at the London 2012 Olympics. Image via Flickr CC. Image © Roger Meyer
Pernilla Ohrstedt worked on Coca-Cola's 'Beat Box' Pavilion at the London 2012 Olympics. Image via Flickr CC. Image © Roger Meyer

In their quest to find the best emerging young designers in the world, Metropolis Magazine reached out to critics, curators and other industry leaders to get their picks for the most promising young professionals in the worlds of architecture, art, graphic design and product design. The results feature a trend towards interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Particular highlights are Pernilla Ohrstedt, selected by John Cary of Public Interest Design; Elliott Hedman, selected by President of IDEO Tim Brown and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg selected by Paola Antonelli of MoMA. You can view all the selections here.

Bilsey Place House / James Russell Architect

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
© Toby Scott
© Toby Scott
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fortitude Valley, Australia
  • Design Team

    James Russell & Andrew Shindler
  • Area

    258.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Toby Scott © Toby Scott © Toby Scott © Toby Scott +21

Zeta House / 29 design

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Zeta House / 29 design, © H. Lin Ho
© H. Lin Ho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Project Team

    Amanda Teh, Stephanie Maignan
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© H. Lin Ho © H. Lin Ho © H. Lin Ho © H. Lin Ho +23

Bathing Hut / SHARE Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Bathing Hut / SHARE Architects, © Kurt Kuball
© Kurt Kuball
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Project Team

    M. Bambuch
  • Structural Engineer

    Buschina & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Area

    45.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball +14

Gridiron, One St. Pancras Square / David Chipperfield

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Gridiron, One St. Pancras Square / David Chipperfield, Battle Bridge Place. Image Courtesy of Gridiron / King's Cross Central Limited Partnership
Battle Bridge Place. Image Courtesy of Gridiron / King's Cross Central Limited Partnership

London's King's Cross has seen a surge of redevelopment in recent years, the most iconic of which - John McAslan + Partner's new concourse for King's Cross Station - was completed last year. The area has also been defined by the new Central Saint Martin's campus, designed by Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams, and Google's new London headquarters. Plans have now been unveiled for Gridiron (One St. Pancras Square), a 50,000 square foot office building nestled between St. Pancras International and King's Cross Stations, designed by David Chipperfield Architects and set for completion in the first half of 2014.

House Rehabilitation / BAST

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
House Rehabilitation / BAST, Courtesy of BAST
Courtesy of BAST
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toulouse, France
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of BAST

Courtesy of BAST Courtesy of BAST Courtesy of BAST Courtesy of BAST +13

Not Guilty / Ippolito Fleitz Group

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group
Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Team

    Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Alexander Fehre, Felix Rabe, Katja Heinemann, Tanja Ziegler
  • Graphic Design

    Sonja Schneider
  • Area

    230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group Courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group +18

What Happens When Smart Cities Malfunction?

00:00 - 14 October, 2013
What Happens When Smart Cities Malfunction?, Image via Flickr CC user. Image © Mark Allerton
Image via Flickr CC user. Image © Mark Allerton

An interesting essay by Anthony Townsend in Design Observer investigates a largely unconsidered aspect of smart cities: what happens if (or perhaps when) they malfunction? Townsend argues that as technology seeps into every aspect of our life within a complex system such as a smart city, glitches and bugs are likely to be magnified many times. He also explains that many of the communications systems that smart cities will rely on are insufficiently resilient, meaning entire cities could be vulnerable to failure or attack - an issue that will not sit well with the AIA. You can read the whole essay here.

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors, © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A team of Austrian students from Vienna University of Technology (Team Austria) has won top honors for “designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house” at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon. The net-positive home, known as “LISI – Living inspired by sustainable innovation,” prides itself for being a simple, smart house that is capable of adapting to a variety of lifestyles and climate zones.

Prior to being crowned as winner, LISI competed against eighteen other student-built, solar-powered homes over the course of ten days in Irvine, California. This was the first time an Austrian university has participated in the U.S. Solar Decathlon. Learn more about the winning design by reading the team’s project description after the break.

© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon ©  LISI - Solar Decathlon Team Austria © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon +30

VIDEO: "Affairs in Blue" Mediterraneo House / Manuel Ocaña

00:00 - 14 October, 2013

Spanish architect Manuel Ocaña has shared with us an innovative video that explores his Mediterraneo House, in Alicante, Spain.

The view was produced by Taller de Casquería; Luis Rodriguez Carnero plays the protagonist. 

From the architect. Through travellings, point perspectives, a main character and a plot trick, the film creates a catalogue of experiences that open up a path to describing architectural spaces without conventional cliches, without still photos, and amplifies the importance of the human scale in the communication of architecture. 

Ilot Bois Soleil / TRANSFORM + 109 architect(e)s

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +30

Social Housing in Madrid / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office

01:00 - 14 October, 2013
Social Housing in Madrid / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office, Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office
Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office

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Nautic Cleb of Aldeia do Mato / Cannatà & Fernandes

00:00 - 14 October, 2013
Nautic Cleb of Aldeia do Mato / Cannatà & Fernandes, © Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves +16

Public School 158 Bayard Taylor Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE

06:00 - 13 October, 2013
Courtesy of A*PT ARCHITECTURE
Courtesy of A*PT ARCHITECTURE

Architects: A*PT ARCHITECTURE Location: 1458 York Avenue, New York, NY 10075, USA Area: 0.0 m2 Year: 2011 Photography: Courtesy of Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani

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SOILED: Windowscrapers / CARTOGRAM Architecture + Urban Design

00:00 - 13 October, 2013
SOILED: Windowscrapers / CARTOGRAM Architecture + Urban Design, Courtesy of CARTOGRAM architecture and urban design
Courtesy of CARTOGRAM architecture and urban design

Exploring the intersections of architecture, urbanism, and the world beneath our feet, SOILED is a journal that serves as a space for investigative discussion. The publication toes the line between serious and not-too-serious, aiming to instigate mischief and a close examination of the quotidian. Published by CARTOGRAM Architecture and Urban Design, the semi-annual journal has just released its fourth edition, Windowscrapers.

The Garriga Houses / Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
The Garriga Houses / Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura, © Albert Font
© Albert Font
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Rosselló d'Amunt, 10, 08530 La Garriga, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jaume Blancafort, Patricia Reus
  • Structural Calculation

    Ginés Sabater
  • Rigger

    Frederic De Buen
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Albert Font © Albert Font © Albert Font © Albert Font +10

House in Hyojadong / Min Soh + Gusang Architectural Group + Kyoungtae Kim

01:00 - 13 October, 2013
House in Hyojadong / Min Soh + Gusang Architectural Group + Kyoungtae Kim, © Namgoong Sun
© Namgoong Sun
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Principal

    Jin Hee Cho
  • Design Team

    Min Soh, Jin Hee Cho, Kyoungtae Kim, Sung Young Kim, Kyoungdon Kim, Hannah Lee
  • Construction

    Min Soh, Kyoungtae Kim, Hannah Lee, Gusang Architectural Group
  • Area

    254.12 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun © Namgoong Sun +37

RTKL to Debut Smart Transit Hub Proposal

00:00 - 13 October, 2013
RTKL to Debut Smart Transit Hub Proposal, HALO Transit Proposal. Image Courtesy of rtkl.com
HALO Transit Proposal. Image Courtesy of rtkl.com

RTKL, a global architecture and design practice, announced its HALO project will be featured as part of the TransformKC Exhibition (October 4th - 25th in Kansas City, Missouri), which seeks to illustrate what the future could look like for Kansas City transit and innovative rail projects. The HALO concept is a modular, five-foot panelized, glass-enclosed, sustainable walkway for bus passengers that will utilize new technology to capture kinetic energy expended from foot traffic - approximately 7 watts per tile per footstrike. More info here.