New Hospital Tower Rush University Medical Center / Perkins+Will

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
New Hospital Tower Rush University Medical Center / Perkins+Will, © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography +48

Puzzle-Piece Homes, A Solution for Rapidly Growing Populations

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
Puzzle-Piece Homes, A Solution for Rapidly Growing Populations, Courtesy of ECOnnect
Courtesy of ECOnnect

By now, we have all heard the mantra. In twenty years time, the world's cities will have grown from three to five billion people, forty percent of these urban dwellers will be living at or below the poverty line facing the constant threat of homelessness - scary statistics and even scarier implications. 

ECOnnect, a Holland-based design firm, envisions a solution for these future housing shortages, one that could build a one-million-inhabitant city per week for the next twenty years for $10,000 per family. Peter Stoutjesdijk, architect at ECOnnect, created the concept after widespread devastation in Haiti caused by a massive earthquake left of hundreds of thousands of people homeless depending on tents for temporary relief.

Les Trois Mondes School Group / Joly&Loiret

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue Xavier Arsène-Henry, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Architect in Charge

    erge Joly, Paul-Emmanuel Loiret
  • Area

    5020.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +40

MSF House / ARCHI7

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
MSF House / ARCHI7, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fontenais, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Ferreira
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +19

The Cairns Institute – James Cook University / Woods Bagot + RPA Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2013

Plane House / K-Studio

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Plane House / K-Studio

© Yiorgos Kordakis © Yiorgos Kordakis © Yiorgos Kordakis Plane House / K-Studio +26

Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?, UMass Dartmouth Library, by Paul Rudolph. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth Library, by Paul Rudolph. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth

In this fascinating article on the Slate design blog, J Bryan Lowder takes on a commonly held myth: that brutalist buildings on college campuses were designed to prevent student riots. From the egalitarian design ethos of brutalism to the fact that many of these buildings were around before the widespread student uprisings of the late 1960s, he finds no support for the theory - however he does end with a possible reason why these buildings are now regarded with such suspicion. You can read the full article here.

Three-In-One Sports Center / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Three-In-One Sports Center / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher
  • Architects

  • Location

    Visp, Switzerland
  • Project Manager

    Dreipunkt Ag, Brig
  • Collaboration

    François Meyer Architecture, Sion
  • Civil Engineer

    Alp Andenmatten Lauber & Partner Ag, Visp
  • Hvac Engineer

    Tecnoservice Engineering Sa, Martigny
  • Electrical Engineer

    Demostene + Partner Ag, Brig
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +18

Pabellones De Arbolado / Israel Alba

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
Pabellones De Arbolado / Israel Alba, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Tablas, Madrid, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Mónica Domínguez
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +10

Villa Kanousan / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Villa Kanousan / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects, Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Principal Architect

    Yuusuke Karasawa
  • Mechanical Consultant

    gh9 co. ltd.
  • General Contractor

    Eiger co. ltd, Noriaki Fujii, Yousuke Ozaki
  • Area

    87.69 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects +26

Green Bean / Arctic Studio

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
© Carl Ander
© Carl Ander

© Carl Ander © Carl Ander © Carl Ander © Carl Ander +13

Moor Street Residence / Austin Maynard Architects

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +37

Timrarö Vacation House / Sandell Sandberg

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Timrarö Vacation House / Sandell Sandberg, © Magnus Östh
© Magnus Östh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stora Timrarö brygga, 184 91 Åkersberga, Sweden
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh +12

London Calling: The Man Behind the Stirling Prize

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
London Calling: The Man Behind the Stirling Prize, B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. Canadian Centre for Architecture. . Image © Giovanni Chiaramonte
B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. Canadian Centre for Architecture. . Image © Giovanni Chiaramonte

A few weeks ago the RIBA doled out the 18th Stirling Prize to London-based architects Witherford Watson Mann. The decision was a good one. It was good for WWM and good for the profession – a youngish practice being recognized for a small but beautiful piece of work. 

The scheme’s application of brickwork and joinery removes the work from the expediencies of modern construction technology and building products, which almost exclusively characterize the contemporary built environment. It genuinely feels like a project made at a different point in history, the result of the quite particular interests of three minds, Stephen Witherford, Chris Watson and William Mann. It is direct and personal. It reminds me of Stirling’s work.. 

And not just for its powerful draftsmanship, plan and restricted palette of materials, but for its intimacy. An intimacy that is apparent in much of Stirling’s oeuvre. I do not refer to the production of intimate spaces per se but the formulation of an architecture that is authored not by a factory but a few minds. 

The latest Stirling prompted me to look back, and reconsider the work of Stirling himself.

Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet, Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi
Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi

Where does architecture and the automobile industry meet? Many architects, including Le Corbusier, have tried to understand how building construction can be more like car manufacturing, with mass-produced parts that can be easily assembled on site. Ford recently explored the idea at their Design with a Purpose: Built Tough panel discussion held at New York's Center for Architecture. Click here to read The New York Times' coverage of the discussion, and check out ArchDaily editor-in-chief's thoughts on cars and architecture here.

3D Laser Technology to Digitally Preserve The World's Greatest Sites

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
3D Laser Technology to Digitally Preserve The World's Greatest Sites, CyArk's Scanned Parthenon Project. Image Courtesy of toptravellists.net
CyArk's Scanned Parthenon Project. Image Courtesy of toptravellists.net

CyArk, a non-for-profit 3D laser scanning organization, is scanning the world's greatest monuments, hoping to preserve over 500 cultural heritage sites around the globe, The Independent reports. The portable laser system creates such a detailed, digital blueprint of structures and ruins that each building can then be reproduced in 3D, with a margin of error of only two millimeters. So far, the statues of Easter Island, the Tower of London, Mount Rushmore, the Tower of Pisa have been preserved. Check out more about the technology in Ben Kacyra's TED Talk

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects +10

Five Teams Shortlisted for “Russia” Theme Park

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Five Teams Shortlisted for “Russia” Theme Park, Courtesy of Park "Russia"
Courtesy of Park "Russia"

The Russian Green Building Council has shortlisted five teams to continue on with the second stage of the international Park “Russia” competition, which plans to become the largest theme park in Europe. Designed to be a “trademark” for the country in Moscow’s Domodedovo district, the 1000 hectare “Russia” Theme Park aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one, commercially attractive destination. 

The five shortlisted teams are: