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Left the Architecture Profession” is an honest and seemingly spontaneous attempt at staking out a position against an “outdated” profession.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 Telling architects they are “outdated” or that they don’t listen seems like a calculated attempt to get the attention of architects and to get them to somehow prove themselves, to make them mad in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.

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

Vespertinas Nuevo Continente School / Miguel Montor

01:00 - 28 October, 2013
Vespertinas Nuevo Continente School / Miguel Montor, © Alberto Moreno Guzmán
© Alberto Moreno Guzmán
  • Architect

  • Location

    Prolongación Zaragoza 61, Colonia la Capilla, 76176 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Collaborator

    Lorenzo Farfán
  • Structures

    Sergio Ruiz De Velasco
  • Construction

    Juvencio Álvarez
  • Project Area

    2400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

    Alberto Moreno Guzmán

© Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán +22

+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

ITI 68 / C Arquitectos

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
ITI 68 / C Arquitectos, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parques "Circuito Bicentenario", Circuito Interior (Paseo de las Jacarandas) esquina Insurgentes, Santa María Insurgentes, 06430 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Architect In Charge

    René Caro
  • Collaborators

    Jesús López, Alberto Mendoza, José Luis Rojo
  • Consultants

    CGS Mecánica de Suelos, PESA Proyecto Estructural, SeIIESA Instalaciones
  • Construction

    Renovarq
  • Owner

    Desarrolladora Inmobiliaria WELT
  • Project Area

    1185.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +17

2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture), Courtesy of UABB / Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory
Courtesy of UABB / Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization and is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, making it one of the most important events on its type in the region.

The UABB has developed strong alliances with partners both local, regional and from all over the world. Among them include globally renowned cultural institutions like Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), MAXXI, OMA, Droog Design, International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, MIT, MoMA New York, and The Berlage.

The curator for this year is Ole Bouman, and amajor attraction of the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale is the creative and dramatic transformation of an old Shenzhen glass factory into one of the Biennale’s core venues for this year. Spearheaded by Ole Bouman, the UABB’s curator and creative director, the project adhered to his manifesto statement of “Biennale as risk.” The revitalisation effort not only provides a unique and functional exhibition space for the Biennale but it reclaims a piece of heritage and history. As a broader objective, the makeover is also a step in redefining Shenzhen’s identity. In completing the urban intervention, Mr. Bouman now calls it a ‘Value Factory’ to manufacture ideas and knowledge.

More after the break.

Hall House / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Hall House / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Duluth, MN, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    David Salmela
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava
  • Builder

    Rod & Sons Carpentry
  • Structural Engineering

    Meyer Borgman & Johnson
  • Area

    2424.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby +28

Greenhouse Botanical Garden Grueningen / idA

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
© Markus Bertschi
© Markus Bertschi

© Ladina Bischof © Ladina Bischof © Markus Bertschi © Markus Bertschi +16

Hipsterkasbah (Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University) / ALA Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Hipsterkasbah (Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University) / ALA Architects, Boulevard Rendering. Image © ALA Architects
Boulevard Rendering. Image © ALA Architects

ALA Architect's submission for Aalto University's Campus2015 international design competition proposed a "conglomerate of buildings to form an incubator of activity." Their aim was to "connect existing structures and projects to create a new areal hotspot, an urban concentration with vivid street life" in order to nurture an "open display of creativity."

The Library: A World History

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
© Will Pryce
© Will Pryce

Written by James WP Campbell and featuring stunning photography by Will Pryce, "The Library: A World History" (published by Thames & Hudson 2013) explores the evolution of libraries in different cultures and throughout the ages. It investigates how technical innovations as well as changing cultural attitudes have shaped the designs of libraries from the tablet storehouses of ancient Mesopotamia to today's multi-functional media centres.

Read on for some insights from the book and more of its beautiful photography

Straight Lines or Curves, Which Do We Prefer?

00:00 - 27 October, 2013
Straight Lines or Curves, Which Do We Prefer? , © Flickr user, Simon & Vicki
© Flickr user, Simon & Vicki

Do we prefer straight lines or curves? According to Eric Jaffe's article on Fast Co.Design, it seems we subconsciously prefer the latter. Our brains, he claims, have evolved to perceive potential threat in sharp edges. "Square watches, pointy couches, and the like activate the amygdala. The part of the brain that processes fear."  Thus, our feelings, buying habits and favorite buildings are subject to our affection of curves. Investigate for yourself and make sure to read the full article here, “Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture.

Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition, Competition Site
Competition Site

Çanakkale, a city of unique urban heritage, is situated on the northwestern coast of Turkey along the Aegean Sea and Dardanelles. The new antenna tower to be designed will be located at the southern outskirt of Çanakkale and will broadcast to the surrounding cities. The site for the proposed tower is on the top of a hill -and within a national forest- providing stunning views of the Dardanelles.

The competitors are strongly recommended to consider the technological requirements of the broadcasting tower and recreational potentials of a public entity with equal emphasis.

The scope of the competition is not only limited to the design of an iconic antenna tower but also includes development of innovative concepts for creating outdoor and indoor spaces enabling public programs of leisure, recreation and exhibition that will attract local people as well as tourists. The design and the position of the project should create a destination in the region that will be renown throughout Turkey.

More information after the break.

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder, Courtesy of formlessfinder
Courtesy of formlessfinder

Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair's entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year's winning proposal, dubbed "Tent Pile," was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami's public.

Building Refurbishment in Pamplona / Alfonso Alzugaray

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Building Refurbishment in Pamplona / Alfonso Alzugaray , © Luis Prieto
© Luis Prieto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Nueva, 15, 31001 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Alfonso Alzugaray, Carlos Urzainqui
  • Collaborators

    Leire Leoz
  • Area

    188.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto © Luis Prieto +19

Toormix Workshop / vora arquitectura

00:00 - 27 October, 2013
Toormix Workshop / vora arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer del Torrent de l'Olla, 15, 08012 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Pere Buil, Toni Riba
  • Area

    20.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +9

A House In A Forest / Igloo Architecture

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
A House In A Forest / Igloo Architecture, © Andrei Creangă
© Andrei Creangă
  • Architects

  • Location

    Corbeanca, Romania
  • Design Team

    Bruno Andreşoiu, Ana Dinuţă, Catrinel Negru, Mircea Stroescu, Dana Tigan
  • Structural engineering

    Paul Sandu, Florentina Sandu
  • Installations

    George Cristescu, Emanuel Mihai
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Andrei Creangă © Andrei Creangă © Andrei Creangă © Andrei Creangă +19