Designed by PMG Architects, their second prize winning proposal for the sustainable market square competition in Casablanca lets itself be admired, but only reveals itself partially and gradually in using a variety of different architectural elements. Beneath the immense arched galleries, as airy as they are luminous, the architects try to grasp the thousands of riches of this place, so many vibrant fragrances and unknown colors, enticing flavors, and colorful spices. From one arc to another, from one vendor to his counterpart, from one ambiance to its contrary. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Rui Cerqueira Barros
Location: Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, Portugal
Design Team: Rui Cerqueira Barros _ arch. – Cesar Barros _ eng. – Joaquim Barros _ eng. – Paulo Duval Sobreira _ arch. – Fernando Barbosa – Eugenio Pinto
Construction: JCA Construções
Area: 160.0 sqm
Photographs: José Campos, Courtesy of Rui Cerqueira Barros
The Bukit Panjang Hawker Center proposal by Materium…, which was announced as one of the finalists in the international competition, manifests and promotes the food culture of Singapore. Composed of a unique program, the project is a humble social
Architects: Estudio Entresitio
Location: Madrid, Spain
Architects In Charge: María Hurtado, César Jiménez, José María Hurtado
Design Team: Jorge Martínez, Laura Frutos, Vincent Rodriguez, Fabrice Quemeneur, Filipe Minderico, Clara Rodríguez, Marco Plazzogna, Miguel Crespo, Alvar Ruiz
Client: Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Area: 5,430.82 sqm
Photography: Roland Halbe, Raúl Belinchón
On display until February 3rd at the HangarBicocca in Milan, the ‘On Space Time Foam’ suspended art exhibit by Studio Tomas Saraceno… is composed of a transparent surface accessible to visitors, hanging at a height of 20 metres and covering
Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Graça Correia
Location: Portalegre, Portugal
Collaborators: Ana Neto Vieira, Nuno Miguel Ferreira, Telmo Gervásio Gomes, Ricardo Cardoso, Pedro Gama, Nuno Vasconcelos
Client: Fundação Robinson
Area: 0.0 sqm
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves, Courtesy of Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graça Correia
Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: Stirling, Scotland
Project Managers: Davis Langdon
Main Contractor: Miller Construction
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Group
Quantity Surveyor: Turner Townsend
Landscape Architects: Horner + MacLennan
Client: Forth Valley College
Area: 7,900 sqm
Photographs: Dave Morris
Last year, Gensler‘s LA Office researched how they could turn an existing building into more useful and sustainable structures. By highlighting the architectural phrase of ‘hacking the planet’, they even envisioned a plan to hack the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC (and LA’s Union Bank) by adding residences, big box retailers and a rooftop soccer field. As part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition, their vision for the office building of the future focused on how offices could become obsolete unless we turn them into useful spaces that improve the overall urban fabric.
More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: NL Architects
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team: Arne van Wees, Gerbrand van Oostveen
Structural Engineer: ABT Delft
Contractor: PBO Bouw
Photographs: Luuk Kramer, Patrick Bals
Experts from all continents will meet in Mumbai at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – April 11-13, 2013. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will advance concepts on how construction needs to be re-invented and aligned with principles of sustainable development.
The focus of the three-day conference will be on the ongoing economic challenges in many parts of the industrialized world driving a paradigm shift. Governments, companies and individuals are all becoming aware that although sustainable development incurs costs, it also offers considerable economic potential. The Holcim Forum includes workshops and site visits and will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), and chaired by architect Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, together with co-chair, engineer Battula K. Chakravarthy, IIT Bombay.
Sponsored by Holcim Foundation
This interview with professor and author Tom Fisher, Dean of University of Minnesota, is part of a documentary series called “Things May Happen”, in which he describes the dangers of Fracture-Critical Design. This topic is also the subject of his recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design. Fisher discusses examples in which our systems, whether they be architectural, structural or even social and financial, fail with disastrous consequences. In a TEDxUMN talk at the University of Minnesota, Fisher spoke about the 1-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007, the failure of New Orleans’ levees during Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast, the Wall Street investment bank failures, the housing foreclosure crisis and now the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Covering a whole spectrum of “when things go wrong” scenarios, Fisher illuminates the failed foresight in designing systems that are resilient to disaster.
Interestingly, he notes that our economic system, as designed, has a tendency to fail and fail big enough to affect the global economy. Our lifestyle, as designed, is unsustainable and requires “five planets to support”. These warnings are part of Fisher’s discourse and is a call for resilient and considered design systems that anticipate failure and avoid disaster.
San Francisco has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, San Francisco has actually surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.