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MOS Architects Take on Humanitarian Design in Nepal

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
MOS Architects Take on Humanitarian Design in Nepal, Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre. Image © MOS Architects
Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre. Image © MOS Architects

In this article, which originally appeared on Australian Design Review as "Reframing Concrete in Nepal," Aleksandr Bierig describes how New York-based MOS Architects, a firm better known for its experimental work, is designing an orphanage for a small community in Nepal.

Strangely enough it has become almost unremarkable that an office such as New York-based MOS Architects would find itself designing an orphanage for a small community in Nepal. Now under construction in Jorpati, eight kilometres north-east of the capital, Kathmandu, is the Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre, which finds itself at the intersection of any number of tangential trends: the rise of international aid and non-governmental organisations, the seeming annihilation of space by global communications networks and the latent desire of architects to use their designs to effect appreciable social change. Emphasizing simple construction techniques and sustainable design features, the building hopes to serve as a model for the surrounding communities, as an educational and environmental hub, the provider of social services for Nepalese women and as a home for some 50 children.

MOS Architects, founded in 2003 by US architects Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, is not a practice known for its involvement in humanitarian projects. Its work is often experimental and, at times, willfully strange. Alongside its architecture, MOS makes films, teaches studios, designs furniture and gives lectures on its work. It was after one lecture in Denver, Colorado in 2009 that Christopher Gish approached Meredith and Sample to ask if they would be interested in designing an orphanage. 

Modernism in America Awards

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
Modernism in America Awards

DOCOMOMO US invites submissions for the first annual Modernism in America Awards. The awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.

Cycle d'orientation de Cayla / LRS Architectes

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Cycle d'orientation de Cayla  / LRS Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chemin William-Lescaze 8, 1203 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architects Collaborators

    Baillif et Loponte Architectes, Susanna Fritscher
  • Client

    DCTI / Etat de Genève
  • Area

    17558.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +20

Tavonatti House / PAR Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Tavonatti House / PAR Arquitectos, © Diego Elgueta
© Diego Elgueta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge

    Pablo Lopez, Alvaro Cortés, Rafael Grez
  • Construction

    Constructora Casa Viva Ltda
  • Structures

    Ingevsa, José Manuel Morales
  • Landscape

    Paisaje MPB - Francisca Pérez, Beatriz Majluf
  • Project Area

    1683.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta +21

Call for Expression of Interest: Connecting Divided Places

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
 Call for Expression of Interest: Connecting Divided Places

The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) is seeking curriculum partners for Connecting Divided Places, a project that investigates social, economic, environmental, and cultural divisions in cities. They are calling out to municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and companies interested in working with them to address the wicked problems dividing their cities and regions. They are looking for organizations interested in collaborating on design solutions that make for more balanced, healthier, and resilient city-regions of the future. They want to know what challenges your city is facing.

D. Residence / LP Architektur

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
D. Residence / LP Architektur, © wortmeyer photography
© wortmeyer photography

© wortmeyer photography © wortmeyer photography © wortmeyer photography © wortmeyer photography +10

House 3 in Payandé Hill / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
House 3 in Payandé Hill / Arquitectura en Estudio + Natalia Heredia, © David Uribe
© David Uribe

© David Uribe © David Uribe © David Uribe © David Uribe +19

Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Chapel of St Albert the Great / Simpson & Brown, © Chris Humphreys
© Chris Humphreys
  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH6 6EJ, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Simpson & Brown
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys © Chris Humphreys +26

The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation, Via Flickr CC User. Image © Brent Eades
Via Flickr CC User. Image © Brent Eades

In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position - related to the government but not controlled by it - effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.

DawnTown Announces 2nd Design/Build Competition

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
DawnTown Announces 2nd Design/Build Competition

DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami, is announcing an open call for portfolios to their new competition: DAWNTOWN DESIGN/BUILD 2.

Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors, © Steven King
© Steven King

In Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III has completed Lucid Stead: an optical illusion/installation that modifies an abandoned 70-year-old homestead with mirrors in order to make it appear transparent. The cabin was also fitted with LED lighting to “extract the distilled experience of how light changes over time — how a mountain can be blue, red, brown, white, purple, and black all in one day.” As Smith stated, the project is about light, shadow, and tapping into the quiet of the desert. Check out more images and a video of the cabin after the break!

© Steven King © Steven King © Steven King © Steven King +8

Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge, White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.
White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.

The Rockefeller Foundation has named the first group of cities selected in the “100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.” Each city has been chosen for demonstrating “a commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses.” More than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from cities around the world were submitted. After careful review of each city's challenges, these 33 where chosen: 

Building Transformed Into Giant Rubik's Cube

00:00 - 7 December, 2013

For his thesis project, Javier Lloret turned a building into a giant, solvable Rubik's Cube. Making use of the media facade of the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, he projected the world's most famous handheld puzzle onto a huge scale - inviting passers-by to solve the puzzle. In the process, Lloret transformed the nearby area, showing that (when used correctly) technology can make the urban environment more fun.

Read on to find out how Lloret did it...

© Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova +5

Competition Entry: Iran Pavilion (Expo Milan 2015) / New Wave Architecture

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Competition Entry: Iran Pavilion (Expo Milan 2015) / New Wave Architecture, Courtesy of New Wave Architecture
Courtesy of New Wave Architecture

New Wave Architecture's proposal (one of eight) for the 2015 Milan Expo demonstrates an essence of Iran brought together in a series of organic forms. The expo's theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is encapsulated the designer's exploration of the trace of cookery in culture, literature and Iranian art. The conceptual idea behind New Wave's proposal, The Persian Garden, reflects the cycle of a tree: the organism is fed by the soil, grows and blossoms, before nourishing people and spreading throughout the earth "to asset its support."

Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

01:00 - 7 December, 2013
Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, © Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects
© Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

In honor of Alabama’s 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign, a national design competition was launched to envision a “Monument to Foot Soldiers.” New York City-based Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects was one of many entrants who responded, hoping to design a monument that would honor the sacrifices made by the unnamed activists who fought for civil rights and celebrate the power of the human spirit. 

Sports Hall ‘De Smeltkroes’ Liessel / Slangen + Koenis Architects

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg
  • Architects

  • Location

    5757 Liessel, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis
  • Design Team

    Sander Laheij, Bart Solinger
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg +12

Long Window House / Another APARTMENT

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Long Window House / Another APARTMENT , © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Contractor

    Show Yo
  • Area

    23.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +14

Indautxu Square / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Elker Azqueta
© Elker Azqueta

© Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta +17