Courtesy of Société de développement commercial du Village (SDCV)
Courtesy of Société de développement commercial du Village (SDCV)

5th Annual Creative Spaces Event

The fifth anniversary of the Creative Spaces summer event highlights the creation of a pedestrian mall on St. Catherine, between St-Hubert and Papineau streets. Taking place until September 16, the event offers an opportunity for the instigator of the project,…

Data Space / CLOG

“Every second, 2.8 million emails are sent, 30,000 phrases are Googled, and 600 updates are tweeted. While being absorbed into this virtual world, most rarely consider the physical ramifications of this data. All over the world, data centers are becoming integral components of our twenty-first city infrastructure [...] As cloud storage and global Internet usage increase, it’s time to talk about the physical space of data.” -  (5)

What does it look like to give the virtual, physical form? As every CLOG edition, Data Space explores “from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now” (5) and this subject, how to design “the infrastructure of invisible data” (103), could very well be the defining question of our age

Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

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Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 10,000 sqf
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Zaha Hadid Speaks out about Austerity

via AN Blog

With the economic stability of Europe still uncertain, Dame Hadid has recently spoken out against ideas of austerity, warning the UK government that such a move would lead to poor quality projects for the country’s citizens.  Hadid told Kath Viner of The Guardian,  ”I think that austerity is used as a cliche because people don’t have ideas, they want to crib (old ones) to do bad stuff.  Schools, housing, hospitals – I think the government should invest in good housing.”   Hadid went on to explain, “”There needs to be investment. We need some sort of quality.  All the privileged can travel, see different worlds, not everyone can. I think it is important for people to have an interesting local nearby. Buildings need to do another job, enlighten people, space enlightens the same way as music art and technology.”

Hadid states that slashing budgets will lead to horrible developments such as the British buildings of the 1960s.  While it would be a detriment to cut all project budgets, if a metropolis’ restructuring plan implements stricter budgets in order to more evenly distribute funds for the good of the whole, such a budget can not be ignored.  Upon being asked about the cost of her projects, Hadid described her work as “not particularly expensive”; however, her latest Olympic Aquatic Center, which will be in high demand in a few weeks, was originally budgeted for 75 million British pounds and reached more than 250 million by completion date.

While we find Hadid’s words inspiring, we want to know your thoughts on if there can be a balance between implementing measures of austerity while still investing in quality architecture to shape cities and uplift society.

 

Bøler Church / Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Hansen-Bjørndal Arkitekter AS
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Jostein Bjørndal, Ellen Soma, Helge Hansen, Erik Andreassen
Design Team: Anders Langhelle, Liv Schulze
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Laila Meyrick

Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten
Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten

‘Bambooline Berlin’ / Peter Ruge Architekten

Designed by Peter Ruge Architekten…, the ‘Bambooline Berlin’ project, exhibited at Gallery DEN in Berline, explores the city’s urban development and proposes a new approach for the temporary, interim use of sustainable urban wasteland. This new, imaginary band complements

FDNY Marine Company 9 / Sage and Coombe Architects

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Architects: Sage and Coombe Architects, LLP
Location: Staten Island, NY, USA
Proyect Year: 2012
Project Area: 9,500 sqft
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Courtesy of eme3
Courtesy of eme3

‘Bottom Up’ Public Intervention at International Architecture Festival / eme3

At the seventh edition of the International Architecture Festival from June 27-July 1, eme3…‘s project brings back the action to the public space. They aim to recover the format of former editions and take back the interventions and organization

Starfall Farm / Invisible Studio

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Architects: Invisible Studio
Location: , and North East Somerset, UK
Design Team: Piers Taylor, Tinyue Liu
Project Year:
Project Area: 220.0 sqm
Photographs: Invisible Studio

Two in One House / GAAGA

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Architects: GAAGA
Location: ,
Design Team: Esther Stevelink, Arie Bergsma
Structural Engineering: Buro Broersma, Den Haag
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

Primary School & Nursery in the “Claude Bernard” ZAC / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Brenac Gonzalez
Location: Quai du Lot, 75019 ,
Project Year: 2007-2012
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

El Rancho Relaxo / Wolveridge Architects

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Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: Mt Martha, ,
Photographs: Courtesy of Wolveridge Architects 

Tablets @ The Construction Site

The days of carrying around rolls of construction documents on site are in flux. The rapid change of both software and hardware has already dramatically changed the way architects, engineers, and general contractors communicate with each other. For those of you who do site visits on a regular basis, you are no doubt familiar with the relatively drawn out process the contractor has to take in order to get clarification on a detail or problem distillation – taking pictures of detail, scanning redlines, emailing to architect, etc. However, what if, and it is happening, you can bring out an or similar device with all the drawings loaded ready to view in palm of your hand. Questions can simply be marked up right on the spot and instantly fired off for review or approval.

The field of architecture has been immersed with a digital environment for decades now, but with the advent of BIM and smarter modeling it only makes sense to take the next step forward and leave the paper trail of construction drawings behind. One can simply load up a BIM model on their portable device on site and have a resolution achieved within a much shorter time frame. In a fast paced environment where time is a critical factor, expediting the construction process from both within the office and out in the field is mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

Software currently on the market that address and take advantage of portable tablet devices include Bentley’s Navigator, Autodesk’s AutoCAD WS, PlanGrid, and iRhino 3D (only a viewer at this point).

References: www.techcrunch.com

In Progress: New Parliament of Georgia / CMD Ingenieros

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Architects: CMD Ingenieros
Location: , Georgia
Year of Construction: 2011-2012
Design Team: Alberto Domingo Cabo – PhD in Structural Engineering , Carlos Lázaro Fernández – PhD in Structural Engineering, Juliane Petri – Civil Engineer. Master’s Degree in Land Use Planning, Francisco Palacios Climent – Civil Engineer
Client: Kutaisi City Hall
Surface: 45,000 sqm
Budget: 82,000,000 €
Photographs: Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros

   

AD Round Up: Wooden Houses Part IV

Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto

For today’s Round Up we have our 4th selection of Wooden Houses. In the main image is T House by Sou Fujimoto. Look again at Surfhouse from XTEN  Architecture, an abstract block of ebonized cedar near Hermosa Beach. You must check out the work of  Claudio Vilarinho in House 1 in Penafiel and the amazing Floating House by Mos Architects, located over Lake Huron in Canada. Last, but not least, revisit Cabin Verdehaugen from Fantastic ,  a cabin with a variety of sheltered outdoor spaces that relates the volume to its surrounding landscape.

Las Palmeras Beach House / RRMR Arquitectos

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Architects: RRMR Arquitectos
Location: Cañete, Lima,
Developers: Roberto Riofrio Navarro, Micaela Rodrigo Graña
Design Team: Edith Zamalloa, Anny Gutierrez, Jose Antonio Chavez, Jaime Alca, Roberto Pain
Completion time: 2011
Total floor area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Elsa Ramirez, Roberto Riofrío

   

New York City’s first Kahn Structure nears Completion

Aerial image courtesy Amiaga Photographers, Inc. www.amiaga.com

Nearly 40 years after Welfare Island was renamed to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), the Four Freedoms Park is nearly complete. The four-acre park, located on the southern tip of in , honors the 32nd U.S. President and the four essential freedoms he believed in. The legendary architect Louis I. Kahn , FAIA (1901-1974) was commissioned to design the memorial in the early seventies and completed the design right before his unfortunate death in 1974. As New York City approached bankruptcy, the project was put on hold until March 29, 2010. Now, many are anxiously anticipating the park’s grand opening that will take place this Fall.

Continue after the break to learn about the story and design of Four Freedoms Park.

S Cube Chalet / AGi architects

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Architects: AGi architects
Location: , Kuwait
Project Area: 750 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Garrido