There are admittedly many differences from architecture school and working in the profession. One major difference is that while in school, people are in a mode of exploration, and any and all tools to facilitate that exploration are welcome. By the time one reaches the stage of “doing the work,” the suite of tools becomes far more narrow: AutoCad, Revit, Ecotect (maybe), and the occasional 3D program like Rhino. And if a person decides to hang out their own shingle, the computer tools becomes even more limited because of cost issues, unless bootleg copies are something you want to risk.
Acclaimed architect and designer Joshua Prince-Ramus…, whose projects include the Seattle Central Library and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, will deliver a lecture on March 2nd to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students and faculty
After winning the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship in 2011, Sahil Despande of the Rizvi College of Architecture in Mumbai has focused his research on understanding an urban planning scheme that would look beyond the typical architectural desires of constructing houses and public spaces, to the broader problem of providing proper sanitation. Proper sanitation is not a necessity most can afford; in fact, over 2.5 billion people have poor access to proper sanitation and for 1.5 billion, access is seemingly impossible. Without such a basic amenity, a city or settlement’s economic and health structure are often jeopardized. Despande feels the issue of providing proper sanitation is one in which architects often shy away from, as master plans focus on spatial aspects of the formation of a city rather than trying to install the proper infrastructure necessary for its citizens. In his research, Despande traveled to thirteen vastly different cities – ranging from the poorest informal settlement, Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya to places such as Zurich, Beijing and Delhi – in an effort to study the existing sanitation systems and understand the cultural context in which they reside. Despande’s research is bringing sanitation to the forefront to generate awareness about its inherent linkage with public health, and urge architects to tackle the issue to improve the conditions for billions of people. Check out his presentation and let us know what you think of his research findings.
The Hudson Exchange, a proposal for the Emerging New York Architects Competition by SWARM, was recently awarded second place for their concept. The design is a point of transfer incorporating a diversity of stakeholders relevant to community education, production, transport, and distribution of locally grown and sustainable food in West Harlem. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Saratoga, California, USA
Project Team: David Hart, AIA – Principal in Charge, Jeffrey Berg, AIA – Project Manager, Michael Miller– Job Captain, Shawna Upp – Job Captain, Lisa Welty O’Hare – Interior Design, David Ewell, AIA, Ryan Upp, AIA, Krista Olson, Victoria McReynolds, DedeImpink, AIA – Specifications
Photographs: Tim Griffith
The proposal for the new kindergarten and multipurpose hall by ABCG Architettura & Lopesbrenna Architetti in Lugano, Switzerland aims to rearrange the lot in question via a solution that has its strength in simplicity, bridging the gap to the free sides of the area. They do so through the volume of the school which is supported throughout via Nola, while the cube‐shaped multipurpose hall marks the public entrance into via Ferri. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Guijón Arquitectura – Angel Gijón Díaz, Vicente Guallart Furió
Location: Entorno Urbano De la Alcoholera, Motril, Granada, Spain
Collaborators: Maria Diaz, Mónica Luque, Fernando Meneses, Daniela Frogheri, Andrea Imaz, Adrian Martin Munoz, Manolo Matin Munoz
Projet year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda
The Sustainable Cities Symposium, put on by the faculty of environmental design, in partnership with the Development Studies program, at the University of Calgary, will explore global challenges and opportunities in addressing sustainable development. It will provide insights into planning…
Location: Floda, Gothenburg, Sweden
Design Team: Pär Thurfjell, David Josefsson, Joakim Haglund, Joanna Henje, Cecilia Segerstedt
Structural Engineer: Stefan Borg, Ramböll
Project Management: Mats Nyström, Helhetshus
Area: Four models with a span between 127 sqm– 186 sqm
Photographs: Bert Leandersson
Brought to you by Studio-due, Luce/Light explores four contemporary buildings of concrete, iron, water and glass that share a unique and indissoluble relationship with light. The Italian buildings featured are Fabrica by Tadao Ando, Il Cubo Nero (The Black Cube) by Silvia Dainese Studio + dns dsn, the Nardini Grappa Distillery Bolle by Massimiliano Fuksas and Memoria e Luce (9/11 Memorial) by Daniel Libeskind.
Directed and Edited: Francesco Mansutti
Photography: Daniele Gobbin
Music: Paolo Agostini
Executive Production: Studio Due
Art Direction: Venice International University
Supervision: Anna Guolo, Giulio Bodon
Production: Regione Veneto – Direzione Beni Culturali
Architects: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
Location: St Martin de Belleville, France
Designer: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
Project Manager: Lluc Giros
Stylism: Valentina Pilia & Emilie Mureau
Floor Surface (sqm): 530 sqm
Building cost VAT excl (installations included): 2 187 000€ (budget of works) – 4 126 € /sqm
Project Date: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Vincent Leroux / tempsmachine