Think Sol, International Ideas Competition

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Think Sol, International Ideas Competition, Courtesy of Piensa Sol
Courtesy of Piensa Sol

As part of the Architecture Week in Madrid, the "Past, Present and Future of Sol" exhibition was inaugurated and the brief for the International Ideas Competition was publicated.

PIENSA SOL is a reflection about the future of Madrid's Puerta del Sol plaza. Its objective is to compile proposals through an international ideas competition to profile the path of its evolution looking to improve the Puerta del Sol context. To get to this objective PIENSA SOL is planned in a structured process base in four complementary phases: COMPETITION, EXHIBITION, CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND REFLECTION.

Zaha Hadid to Design Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Zaha Hadid to Design Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia , Courtesy of Sleuk Rith Institute © Steve Double
Courtesy of Sleuk Rith Institute © Steve Double

The Documentation Center of Cambodia’s (DC-Cam) has commissioned Zaha Hadid to design the much-anticipated genocide studies institute in Phnom Penh. The new campus, known as the Sleuk Rith Institute, will serve as an extension of DC-Cam’s work as the country’s go-to archive for Khmer Rouge history as well as a leading center for genocide studies in Asia. Within a modest campus, the institute will house a “cross-section of pursuits,” including a genocide studies center, a school, a museum for memorial and education purposes, and more.

"Youk Chhang's vision is inspirational,” stated Zaha Hadid. “His brief for the Sleuk Rith Institute calls for beauty and an optimism for the future to heal and reconnect a country, with the Documentation Centre of Cambodia being key to that process."

Banksy Critiques One World Trade as "Shyscraper"

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Banksy Critiques One World Trade as "Shyscraper", One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

Banksy, the pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist who is currently making his rounds in New York City, has proclaimed the One World Trade Center as the city’s “biggest eyesore.” In a brief op-ed piece, Banksy describes the SOM-designed tower as a “shy skyscraper,” one that declares New York’s “glory days” are gone. 

“You really need to put up a better building in front of it right away,” stated Banksy. “... because you currently have under construction a one thousand foot tall sign that reads, New York - we lost our nerve.”

Criticism of the One World Trade isn’t new, as many leading critics have bashed its design for being “meh” - a watered-down version of Daniel Libeskind’s original proposal

Read Bansky's full op-ed, after the break.  

Municipal Sports Center and Swimming Pools / Alfonso Reina

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Municipal Sports Center and Swimming Pools / Alfonso Reina, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Mossèn Alcover, 17, 07190 Esporles, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Client

    Ayuntamiento de Esporles
  • Technical Architect

    Fermín Alava
  • Project Area

    785.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +23

Jewel Box / Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Jewel Box / Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou, © George Fakaros
© George Fakaros
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kifisia, Greece
  • Project Management - Construction

    Tconstructions Alexandros Triantafyllidis
  • First floor interior Design

    Stagedesignoffice (Stavros Papayannis )
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© George Fakaros © George Fakaros © George Fakaros © George Fakaros +18

Storebrand Offices / LINK arkitektur

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Storebrand Offices / LINK arkitektur, © Hundven-Clements Photography
© Hundven-Clements Photography

© Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography +8

Dymax Redux: Crowd.Sourcing a New Map for the Buckminster Fuller Institute

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Dymax Redux: Crowd.Sourcing a New Map for the Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is proud to partner with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design to exhibit DYMAX REDUX, a crowdsourcing design contest to highlight today's graphic designers, visual artists and citizen cartographers own interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map. Originally published 70 years ago, Fuller's map was a cartographic breakthrough showing one island in one ocean; an iconic design that has inspired generations since. 

RIBA Future Trends Survey Indicates Stability for UK Profession

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
RIBA Future Trends Survey Indicates Stability for UK Profession, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The latest Future Trends Survey, published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), indicates both stability and optimism. The Future Trends Workload Index increased to +26, a rise of four balance points from August 2013, "building upon the steadily increasing positive trend" seen since the start of this year. The survey also shows evidence that "the growing optimism about an upturn in overall workloads is now widespread" throughout the UK.

WALL HOUSE / AND’ROL

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
© Georg Schmidthals
© Georg Schmidthals

© Georg Schmidthals © Georg Schmidthals © Georg Schmidthals © Georg Schmidthals +18

300 Cornwall / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
300 Cornwall / Kennerly Architecture & Planning, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Richmond District, California, United States
  • Developer+ Builder

    Agosta Builders, Gerry Agosta
  • Structural Engineer

    Santos & Urrutia Structural Engineers
  • Area

    14000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +18

Sanibell / RoosRos Architecten

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Sanibell / RoosRos Architecten, © P. Kamp
© P. Kamp

© P. Kamp © P. Kamp © P. Kamp © P. Kamp +21

Social Center in Aubenas / Composite Architectes

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Social Center in Aubenas / Composite Architectes, © Studio Erick Saillet
© Studio Erick Saillet

© Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet © Studio Erick Saillet +15

Nakagin Capsule Tower: a Prototype for Today's Micro Housing

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Nakagin Capsule Tower: a Prototype for Today's Micro Housing, © Arcspace
© Arcspace

Seizing on the current trend for 'micro-apartments' in cities such as New York, Fast Company has an interesting profile (including some great photos) of the Nakagin Capsule Tower, the 1972 Japanese building, one of the first (and still one of the most extreme) examples of small-plan living. The article explores both the successful and unsuccessful elements of the design, such as the difficult maintenance and non-openable windows, as well as the ongoing battle for preservation since the residents voted to replace the tower with a conventional building. You can read the full article here.

Aurelia House / Jorge Hernández de la Garza

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza
Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza
  • Architect

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Abraham Ornelas, Layla González
  • Project Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza +22

Villa for Girls / Soliscolomer y Asociados

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
© Marko Bradich
© Marko Bradich
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Construction

    Indes, S.A., Constructora Alvarez, Salco Industrial, S.A.
  • Project Area

    8000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Marko Bradich © Marko Bradich © Marko Bradich © Marko Bradich +18

The Case For Tall Wood Buildings

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
The Case For Tall Wood Buildings, Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture
Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture

Michael Green is calling for a drastic paradigm shift in the way we build. Forget steel, straw, concrete and shipping containers; use wood to erect urban skyscrapers. In a 240 page report - complete with diagrams, plans, renders and even typical wooden curtain wall details - Green outlines a new way of designing and constructing tall buildings using mass timber, all the while addressing common misconceptions of fire safety, structure, sustainability, cost and climate concerns. 

The Indicator: A Rebuttal to "Why I Left the Architecture Profession"

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
The Indicator: A Rebuttal to "Why I Left the Architecture Profession", Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Courtesy of shutterstock.com

Christine Outram’s rant “Why I Left the Architecture Profession” is an honest and seemingly spontaneous attempt at staking out a position against an “outdated” profession. It’s explosive in its assertion that “you,” meaning all you architects, are out of touch. “You” don’t listen to your clients. “You” are obsessed with form-making. “You” are a soulless machine, designing by code templates and cut and paste, with no regard for humanity. Her essay hits like a splatter bomb, throwing shrapnel in all directions. It’s a drone strike that has killed innocents. It’s clumsy and reckless.

It begs to be deconstructed. It demands a counterattack. And, judging from the lengthy comment thread, this is what it has reaped. Be that as it may, the issues are obvious. Telling architects they are “outdated” or that they don’t listen seems like a calculated attempt to get the attention of architects and to get them to somehow prove themselves, to make them mad in ways equal to her own anger.

Well, it’s got my attention. Here’s my rebuttal.

+green / Sinato

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
+green / Sinato, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒154-0012 Tokyo, Setagaya, Komazawa, 1 Chome21−7 サナイコーポ2
  • Architect in Charge

    Chikara Ohno
  • Area

    1153.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +14