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Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Webinar: Subdivision Modeling with Grasshopper + Weaverbird

Taking place tomorrow, November 9th from 2:00-4:30pm EST, the Subdivision Modeling with Grasshopper + Weaverbird webinar put on by modeLab offers us a fluid way to create and control complex, continuous forms from simple shapes. Beginning with a presentation on…

House 2y / destilat

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Architects: destilat
Location: ,
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

A+A House / DVA Arhitekta

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Architects: DVA Arhitekta
Location: ,
Authors: Tomislav Curkovic / Zoran Zidaric
Co Author: Tomislav Burgund
Area: 387 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Robert Les

Le Candide / Bruno Rollet Architecte

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Architects: Bruno Rollet Architecte
Location: Vitry-sur-Seine,
Architect: Bruno Rollet
Assistant Architect: Emeline Pacreau
Engineers: EPDC
General Contractor: DEMATHIEU & BARD
Electricity: HELIN ELEC
Client: Vitry-sur-Seine OPH (housing improvement operation)
Area: 2,316 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly

2013 P.S.1 Shortlist

Wendy, 2012 Winner of YAP at MoMA P.S.1 © ArchDaily

MoMA P.S.1 has announced five finalists to compete in the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP). Now in it’s 13th edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series.

This year’s finalists are from Ithaca, ; Leong Leong Architects and Moorhead & Moorhead both from New York City; TempAgency from Charlottesville, Virginia and Brooklyn; and French 2D, based in Boston and Syracuse, New York.

Over the years, the YAP competition has inspired a vast amount of innovative proposals. Just check out last year’s winner, Wendy! This blue nylon beauty, designed by New York-based HWKN, graced the P.S.1 courtyard with her smog-eating, titania nanoparticle coated spikes. Learn more about the 2012 YAP award winner here.

Best of luck to the 2013 finalists!

via The Architect’s Newspaper, MoMA P.S.1

AD Round Up: Urban Projects Part I

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As probably you know today is the World Urbanism Day, a special day to recognize and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities. The main image belongs Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s New York High Line, a great example of recovering disused urban structures. Don’t miss waterfront projects like Copenhagen Harbour Bath designed by PLOT or Toronto Central Waterfront by West 8 and DTAH. Check out Plaza del Torico in Teruel, Spain by b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos. Finally you must watch, Jane Jacobs: Neighborhoods in Action video by Active Living Network. Happy Urbanism Day!

Two Single-Occupancy Detached Houses / L3P Architekten

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Architects: L3P Architekten
Location: Oberweningen ZH,
Project Manager: Boris Egli dipl. Architekt FH REG A SIA , Martin Reusser dipl. Architekt FH REG A SIA
Engineer: Andre Deubelbeiss, Niederweningen
Physical: Wichser Akustik & Bauphysik AG, Zürich
Lighting Design: Lichtblick, Zürich
Client: Generalunternehmen Arbeitsgemeinschaft L3P Architekten AG + Duttweiler Bau Gmbh
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Vito Stallone

Wolf D. Prix on Lebbeus Woods

’ only permanent structure, The Light Pavilion, built in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.

Lebbeus Woods was an architect’s architect. Artistically uncompromising, unapologetically theoretical, and, in his own way, marvelously optimistic, Lebbeus’ death last month deeply saddened the architectural community.

In a world where computers are making architecture an increasingly technical profession, Lebbeus provoked architects to consider – what is architecture’s purpose? And, more importantly, what is it’s potential? As Woods’ friend Thom Mayne told The Los Angeles Times, “Architecture wasn’t what he did. It’s who he was. There is no other Lebbeus.”

Today, , the oft-controversial figure, published his own eulogy to Woods, an architect and friend he held in high-esteem. Unlike the “Lady-Gaga-aesthetics,” that prevail in architecture today, Prix says, Woods’ forms were always new, profound, and impactive. Prix claims that Woods’ unique drawings”conquered the drawing boards of innumerable students and architects and [...] put the question about the contents of a future architecture into the foreground.”

“Lebbeus was the living proof of Derrida’s theory that often a small sketch can have more influence on the world than a large building.”

You can read all of Wolf D. Prix’s “For Lebbeus Woods” after the break…

Richard Meier x Massimo Vignelli: On the Edge of Modernism

Our friends at NOWNESS have shared with us this mesmeric film by Johnnie Shand Kydd that captures the illustrious modernist Richard Meier and multi-disciplinary creator as they reflect on their respective crafts, city life, and enduring friendship. Filmed inside the minimalist offices of & Partners on 10th Avenue and West 36th Street in New York City, the two powerhouses discuss their collaboration on the firm’s forthcoming monograph, Richard Meier, Architect Volume 6, chronicling the stark, white, rationalist buildings that define the firm’s aesthetic. Enjoy!

Continue after the break to browse through iconic works by Richard Meier & Partners.

New Paracelsus Spa and Pools in Salzburg Winning Proposal / HMGB Architects

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HMGB Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the competition to design the new Paracelsus Spa and Pools in , . Located at the northern edge of the Mirabellgarten Park, the project will replace the existing Paracelsus Spa and Pool from the 1950s to include a spa with 7 different pools (6 internal and 1 external pool), sauna and therapy spaces, as well as offices for various city departments. The design defines the northwestern park edge through the building’s clear volumetric mass and is divided into a southern part including all pools and a northern part including therapy and office spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sjövikstorget 1 / Rotstein Arkitekter

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Architects: Rotstein Arkitekter
Location: Stockholm,
Chief Architect: Rickard Rotstein
Team Leader: Anders Rotstein
Team: MÃ¥ns Elander, Christer Engdahl, Petter Forsberg, Christian Hansen, Linda Hedebro, Cecilia Hendefeldt, Leif Johansen, Anette Lebbad, Therese Nilsson
Client: JM AB
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E.son Lindman

First Commercial Vertical Farm opens in Singapore

It is projected that by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. With fears of overcrowding and land scarcity, the need to evolve our agriculture is one of the primary challenges we face in the 21st century.

A solution? Vertical farming. The innovative concept, which was first pioneered by Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier, is a promising solution that many of the world’s most populated are starting to consider. As of now, the land-scarce Republic of is leading the way with the opening of the world’s first commercial vertical farm, featuring 3.65-hectares of stacked vegetables in the northwestern district of Lim Chu Kang.

Continue reading to learn more…

Pier K Theatre and Arts Centre / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

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Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Location: Haarlemmermeer,
Architect Designer: Joost Ector
Area: 2750 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Kees Hummel, Jeroen Musch

Courtesy of COBE, NORD Architects, PK3 and Grontmij
Courtesy of COBE, NORD Architects, PK3 and Grontmij

Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal / COBE + NORD Architects

Aimed at being a city for kids, the Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal by COBE + NORD Architects…, in collaboration with PK3 and Grontmij, will be the largest daycare center in all of Denmark. It also presents a

How to Improve Architectural Education (In 12 Steps)

Adolfo Ibañez University / José Cruz Ovalle y Asociados. Image © Roland Halbe.

By James P. Cramer. Reprinted, with permission, from DesignIntelligence. If you like this article, you may also enjoy In Defense of an Architecture Education, which claims that, despite economic stagnation, the profession is still worth pursuing, and Thoughts on Architectural Education, a collection of observations and frustrations from an Architecture student.

You could argue that architectural education is pretty good the way it is. In fact, it is most likely the best that it has ever been. But it’s not good enough. Just as architects and designers need to deliver more value in the future, the education that supports and gives birth to the future of the profession needs to prove its relevance.

It is the profession’s responsibility to support the evolution of higher education. Human capital is in jeopardy. We have a talent supply problem as we look to the horizon.

There is a changing nature in the work of design. In this context many educators acknowledge that higher education has not kept up with the big changes taking place in the design professions. Who has? Change and uncertainty face all of us. Finger pointing is not going to advance us to a higher place. It is time for architects and educators to adopt a learning, non-blaming approach to change.

Find out the 12 steps that will help provide design students, educators and professionals the best opportunities for success today, after the break…

Ottawa River House / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Year: 2012
Photographs: Double Space Photography

Skidome Denmark / CEBRA

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 Our friends from CEBRA just shared the news of their next endeavor for designing a skidome in Randers, .  Serving as more than a series of complex slopes for those to enjoy, the project will become the largest skidome in the world.  When viewed in isolation, the massing’s gentle curves and minimalistic exterior treatment read as a subtle strategy to incorporate the slopes; yet, only when seen at the city scale does the project’s 1,000,000+ sqf  (including a hotel, restaurant and shops) allow the viewer to understand the project’s potential urban presence.

More after the break. 

House K / Auerbach Halevy Architects

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Architects: Auerbach Halevy Architects
Location: Central
Design Team: Ori Halevy, Sisi Ziri, Orly Taichtal, Yaara Trosman
Year: 2010
Photographs: Uzi Porat