Venecia Park / Héctor Fernández Elorza + Manuel Fernández Ramírez

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
Venecia Park / Héctor Fernández Elorza + Manuel Fernández Ramírez, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Zafiro, 22, 50007 Zaragoza, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Félix Royo Millán (Ingeniero de Caminos), José Antonio Alonso García (Ingeniero de Caminos), Antonio Gros Bañeres (Ingeniero Industrial), Beatriz Navarro Pérez (Arquitecta Técnica)
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano © Montse Zamorano +27

GD House / INOUTarchitettura

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura
Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bardovci, Macedonia
  • Project Leader

    Mario Benedetto Assisi
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura

Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura +22

MASS Design Group Joins African Education Initiative

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
MASS Design Group Joins African Education Initiative, Butaro Hospital. Image © Iwan Baan
Butaro Hospital. Image © Iwan Baan

Together with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), MASS Design Group is helping to build 15 conservation primary schools over the next 10 years in African landscapes, home to some of world's most important wildlife populations, including elephants, rhinos, great apes, and lions. They will design non-traditional educational campuses for primary school children that offer lessons and other services extending beyond the classroom walls.

City View House / Russian for Fish

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
Courtesy of Russian for Fish
Courtesy of Russian for Fish
  • Architects

  • Location

    London, UK
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Russian for Fish

Courtesy of Russian for Fish Courtesy of Russian for Fish Courtesy of Russian for Fish Courtesy of Russian for Fish +12

Window / LADAA

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
© Pere Peris
© Pere Peris
  • Architects

  • Location

    Urbanització Vall Monasterio, 46500 Los Monasterios, Valencia, Spain
  • Design Team

    Sergio Adelantado, Sara Lopez Blanco
  • Area

    745.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Pere Peris © Pere Peris © Pere Peris © Pere Peris +24

"Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay" Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
"Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay" Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize, Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay / Courtesy of RIBA. Image © Craig Sheppard
Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay / Courtesy of RIBA. Image © Craig Sheppard

The RIBA Lubetkin Prize, awarded annually to the architects of the best new building outside the European Union, was won this year by Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates for Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The prize, which was also awarded to Wilkinson Eyre in 2012 for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, is now in its 13th year. 

Upon announcing the news, RIBA President Stephen Hodder stated: 

'London As It Could Be Now': Reconnecting Londoners with the Tidal Thames

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
'London As It Could Be Now': Reconnecting Londoners with the Tidal Thames, The Thames Baths Project. Image © Studio Octopi / Civic Engineers / Jonathan Cook Landscape
The Thames Baths Project. Image © Studio Octopi / Civic Engineers / Jonathan Cook Landscape

Five proposals for reconnecting Londoners with the River Thames have gone on display at London's Royal Academy of Arts (RA). The competition, organised by the Architecture Foundation, "launched an open call for multidisciplinary design teams to put forward new ideas and visions for self-selected sites along the Tidal Thames" earlier this year. The five selected teams were shortlisted earlier this year and recently discussed their designs at a public design workshop. The schemes are now being exhibited as part of the Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out exhibition. 

Read extracts of the proposals after the break...

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology / WEISS/MANFREDI

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology / WEISS/MANFREDI, © Albert Večerka/Esto
© Albert Večerka/Esto
  • Architects

  • Location

    3205 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
  • Design Partners

    Marion Weiss, FAIA and Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Todd Hoehn
  • Project Architects

    Michael Harshman, AIA, Kimberly Nun, AIA, Ina Ko, AIA, and Michael Steiner, AIA, LEED-AP
  • Area

    78000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Albert Večerka/Esto © Albert Večerka/Esto © Albert Večerka/Esto © Albert Večerka/Esto +13

Family House B / LABOR13

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
Family House B / LABOR13, Courtesy of LABOR 13
Courtesy of LABOR 13
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prague, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Martin Vomastek, Jakub Vrtiška
  • Area

    145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of LABOR 13

Courtesy of LABOR 13 Courtesy of LABOR 13 Courtesy of LABOR 13 Courtesy of LABOR 13 +8

Endomédica Corporate Offices / Vicente Alonso Ibarra - PRAXIS Arquitectura

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
© Alberto Moreno Guzmán
© Alberto Moreno Guzmán
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Management

    Vicente Alonso Ibarra
  • Associate Architect

    Luis Coll Menéndez
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Fernando Cordero González

© Fernando Cordero González © Fernando Cordero González © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán +26

EEUU 4263 Building / BAK Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
EEUU 4263 Building / BAK Arquitectos, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Architects

    María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk. BAK Arquitectos
  • Location

    Estados Unidos 4263, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Area

    1419.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +21

Turkey Design Mission 2013

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
Turkey Design Mission 2013, Courtesy of Turkey Design Mission
Courtesy of Turkey Design Mission

Turkey's fast growth has increased the demands in the construction sector, opening many opportunities for architects. 

MIT Researchers Propose Self-Assembling Robots as Future of Construction

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
MIT Researchers Propose Self-Assembling Robots as Future of Construction, An exposed prototype of the M-Block, a new modular robotic system . Image © M. Scott Brauer
An exposed prototype of the M-Block, a new modular robotic system . Image © M. Scott Brauer

Picture this: self-assembling blocks that, when given a task, have the ability to reorganize themselves into new geometries. 

This is precisely what research scientist, John Romanishin, at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAILhas long envisioned for a near future — robotic modules known as M-Blocks. Romanishin has teamed with his professor, Daniela Rus, and colleague, postdoc Kyle Gilpin, to prototype robotic cubes with no external moving parts, able to climb over, around and even leap onto each other.

Till now, robots have depended on arms or attachments to move themselves. "We wanted a simpler approach," says Romanishin, that uses fewer moving parts. Inside each M-Block is a flywheel that spins at 20,000 revolutions per minute, creating enough angular momentum when it brakes that the blocks assemble themselves in new configurations. On each face and edge of the cubes are magnets, naturally connecting the cubes when spurred by the flywheel.

Learn more after the break...

If Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do "Donuts" Tell Us?

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
If Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do "Donuts" Tell Us? , Apple HQ (USA). Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
Apple HQ (USA). Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

In a recent article for the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote explores the 'Skyscraper Index', an informal term that suggests a correlation between the construction of a big company's ambitious headquarters and subsequent financial crisis: "Think of the Empire State Building opening into the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Twin Towers being completed as New York City was flirting with bankruptcy or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur taking the mantle of the world’s tallest building and presaging the Asian financial crisis." Heathcote goes on to describe the latest generation of headquarters being constructed for our current, tech-oriented goliaths - like Apple's monolithic "donut", by Foster + Partners, and Facebook's Gehry-designed Menlo Park campus - and wonders: "if skyscrapers can tell us something about the temperature of an overheating economy, what do these groundscraping new HQs say?" Read the full article here.

Cement Plant in Szentlőrinc / MHM Architects

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Cement Plant in Szentlőrinc / MHM Architects, © Kurt Hörbst
© Kurt Hörbst
  • Architects

  • Location

    Szentlőrinc, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
  • General Contractor

    STRABAG Hungary
  • Process Technology Planning

    A TEC Production & Services GmbH
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst +33

Solar Decathlon 2013

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013, © DOE
© DOE

Looking for something to do this week? If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, come check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) sixth Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Currently on view through October 13, this (free!) event showcases nineteen student-built, solar-powered homes that claim to be exemplars of sustainable housing. After being closely monitored by the DOE throughout the length of the competition, one team will be crowned as winner for successfully blending affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Catch a glimpse of each project, ranked in order of the current standings, after the break. 

House of the Arts / Future Architecture Thinking

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
© João Morgado
© João Morgado
  • Architects

  • Location

    3220 Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Miguel Correia, Cláudia Campos, Sérgio Catita, Patrícia de Carvalho, Miguel Cabral, Margarida Magro, Sara Gonçalves, Telmo Maia, Gabriel Santos, Hilário Abril, José Pico, Sara Távora
  • Builder

    TECNORÉM – Engenharia e Construções, S.A
  • Area

    2360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +30

Villa K / ARCHITECTENCSK

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Villa K / ARCHITECTENCSK, © Fedde de Weert
© Fedde de Weert

© Fedde de Weert © Fedde de Weert © Fedde de Weert © Fedde de Weert +12