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Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS

21:00 - 1 March, 2015
Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS, © Hwang hyochel
© Hwang hyochel

© Hwang hyochel © Hwang hyochel © Hwang hyochel © Hwang hyochel + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hwaseong-si, South Korea
  • Area

    246.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Archiculture Interviews: Ted Landsmark

14:00 - 1 March, 2015

"...In many of our architecture schools [...] we're finding that the students themselves are asking for a more socially-conscious and a more environmentally-conscious kind of architecture, a kind of architecture that really serves human needs." In the latest Arbuckle Industries' Archiculture interview, former Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark discusses his experience in the industry. He delves into the demographic trends that make up the field of architecture today, and the influence these have on the work that is being done. He also touches on the "privileged" ideology associated with architecture, and how the shifting global demands and client preferences are abandoning this mentality.

Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez

14:00 - 1 March, 2015
Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 13

Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

13:00 - 1 March, 2015
Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space, Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

One of ARCHITECT Magazine's six winners of a 2015 Progressive Architects Award (P/A), NADAAA and Himma Studio's Ordos 20 + 10 reflects a reconfiguration of the office typology for compact spaces. 

The project is part of a high density office park masterplan in Ordos City, located in Inner Mongolia, in which developments are subject to stringent zoning regulations. Offices included in the area must be comprised of multiple cubic volumes, and lack what NADAAA and Himma Studio describe as "an immediate urban context." Learn more about the project and the architects' response to these considerations after the break.

How Should Cities Prepare for an Aging Boomer Population?

09:30 - 1 March, 2015
How Should Cities Prepare for an Aging Boomer Population?, CannonDesign's plan for Jaypee Sports City features a continuous 10-mile park woven through a dense urban fabric of high- and low-rise developments. This entirely walkable parkland links all the city’s neighborhoods and social amenities. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign
CannonDesign's plan for Jaypee Sports City features a continuous 10-mile park woven through a dense urban fabric of high- and low-rise developments. This entirely walkable parkland links all the city’s neighborhoods and social amenities. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign

Since the end of the Second World War, one of the biggest agents for social change has been the "Boomer" generation, those born in the postwar years who thanks to a spike in birth rates in those years represent a disproportionate amount of the population. But as this group ages, what will their effect on our cities be? In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "How Boomers Will Shape the Future of Our Cities," principle at CannonDesign Peter Ellis outlines what his generation will need from the places they live as they get older.

I am an architect, and a designer of cities. I am also among the Boomer generation, the 65-year-plus demographic that, due to our increasing numbers, is creating a giant bubble at the upper end of the population charts.

We are not, however, aging like the generations that preceded us. “We will be able to give many people an extra decade of good health, based on what we are able to do in the lab now,” says Brian Kennedy, President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. The primary triggers for most disease can be controlled, enabling people to remain productive well into their eighties, nineties, and beyond.

How will this “revolution” in human longevity impact our cities? Unlike our parents, Boomers have not moved to retirement communities, preferring, rather, to stay as long as they are able in their urban neighborhoods—where they can continue to lead active lives.

40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

10:00 - 1 March, 2015
40 Housing Units  / LAN Architecture, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    3 Rue Marie Georges Picquart, 75017 Paris, France
  • Area

    2900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Calling All Visionaries: Jacque Rougerie Competition Seeks Evolutionary Designs for Sea and Space

09:00 - 1 March, 2015
Calling All Visionaries: Jacque Rougerie Competition Seeks Evolutionary Designs for Sea and Space, Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation
Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation

The Jacques Rougerie Foundation is now accepting registrants for its annual international architecture competition. Open to architects, engineers, and designers, the competition aims to inspire socially and environmentally conscious designs that utilize developing techniques for a sustainable future, enabling society to grow with its built environment. Composed of three categories in keeping with the foundation's focus - Innovation and Architecture for the Sea, Innovation and Architecture for Space, and Architecture and Sea Level Rise - the registration period ends June 2, 2015 and the winning proposals from each category will be announced at an award ceremony in December 2015. For full rules and registration information, visit here.

Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation

06:00 - 1 March, 2015
Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation , "Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
"Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing

From March 13, Berlin's Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing will showcase the work of acclaimed Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in the eponymous exhibition "Alexander Brodsky. Works." 

Curated by Daria Paramonova, architect and co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the exhibition will feature a collection of Brodsky's new and old work and run until June 5.

Learn more about the exhibition and view selected works on display after the break.

"Architect", Alexander Brodsky (1984). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (1993). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (2014). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Vanishing Points", Alexander Brodsky (1997). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing + 10

House In Zuidzande / MJOSE VAN HEE

03:00 - 1 March, 2015
House In Zuidzande / MJOSE VAN HEE, © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zuidzande, The Netherlands
  • Project team

    M-José Van Hee, Sam De Vocht
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Prefab House In Rimavska Sobota / GutGut

21:00 - 28 February, 2015
Prefab House In Rimavska Sobota  / GutGut, © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice)
© Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice)

© Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia
  • Partners in charge

    Štefan Polakovič, Lukáš Kordík
  • Project Team

    Štefan Polakovič, Lukáš Kordík, Peter Jurkovič, Roman Halmi, Jana Benková, Ivan Príkopský, Katarína Príkopská
  • Area

    3775.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk

19:00 - 28 February, 2015
Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk, The Site
The Site

The objective of the "Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk" competition in Seoul is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex Seoul's "urban-architectural heritage," it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

Video: Architect Rob Quigley on the 35-Year Struggle to Build the San Diego Library

16:00 - 28 February, 2015

"Big things don't happen overnight," says architect Rob Quigley, speaking to Breadtruck Films, "and civic buildings certainly don't happen overnight." The words ring true in the context of Quigley's San Diego New Central Library, which opened in 2013 following a protracted 17 year period of design and construction. After conceiving of the design in 1996, Quigley's plans for the library were "put on the back burner" when planning authorities chose to halt construction on the project in favor of a new ballpark. Construction eventually recommenced years later, in what has since been described as "absolutely a surreal experience."

In this video Quigley describes the driving force of "creating an architecture that responds honestly and authentically to who we are," and how the library has come to be a "symbol of [San Diego]'s commitment to learning and literacy." 

Now is Time to Apply to Bauhaus Lab 2015

14:00 - 28 February, 2015
Now is Time to Apply to Bauhaus Lab 2015, Courtesy of Foundation Bauhaus Dessau
Courtesy of Foundation Bauhaus Dessau

The Foundation Bauaus Dessau is accepting letters of interest now through March 31 to participate in the upcoming Bauhaus Lab 2015. The program, open internationally to post-graduates of architecture, curatorial, fine arts, and design programs, will run from May 4 through August 9, 2015. Eight applicants will be selected to participate by an international jury by April 4. Read on after the break for more information.

Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"

13:00 - 28 February, 2015
Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue", Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, made international headlines last year when it was announced that the entire town would be relocated two miles to the east due to mining operations by the state-controlled company. Now, the first phase of the Kiruna square redevelopment is set to commence with a design by Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg for an urban block of housing units around the town’s central square.

Kjellander + Sjöberg, along with development group Skanska, won a competition held by Kiruna Municipality for the square's regeneration. Under the moniker Fjällbäcken, the urban block responds to the idiosyncratic subarctic climate in a manner the architects describe as "sustainable in the long term." When realized, the 2000m2 housing development will have 90 apartments and feature a host of sustainable solutions. Onsite rainwater management facilities are incorporated into the project's planning, alongside provisions for green space and ecofriendly heating and cooling systems.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg + 8

North America's Radiant City: Le Corbusier's Impact on New York

09:30 - 28 February, 2015
North America's Radiant City: Le Corbusier's Impact on New York, Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors
Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors

Despite his status, Le Corbusier never had the opportunity to build in New York - in fact he only had one chance to build in the United States at all, completing Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge in 1963. But this doesn't mean his influence isn't visible all over the Big Apple. Originally published on 6sqft as "Towers in the Park: Le Corbusier's Influence in NYC," this article takes a look at three examples where Le Corbusier's "Radiant City" ideals were transplanted to New York.

Even before taking his first trip to New York in 1935, Le Corbusier described the city as “utterly devoid of harmony.” After seeing it in person, his feelings didn’t soften. He wasn’t impressed by the tall towers, rather stating that they were the product of an inferiority complex, and he thought the city’s leaders were too timid to hire him. He wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times saying that “American skyscrapers have not attained the rank of architecture; rather, they are merely small objects such as statuettes or knick-knacks, magnified to titanic proportions.” He thought the city would benefit from buildings that “don’t try to outdo each other but are all identical.”

8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson

08:00 - 28 February, 2015
8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson, "The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson
"The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson

These images by Swedish photographer, artist, and Photoshop genius Erik Johansson are anything but ordinary. What at first appears to be a room, house, or street quickly shifts into a mind-boggling optical illusion, using creative manipulations of perspective to keep the viewer perplexed. From cars driving on the underside of the freeway to people living on their ceilings, Johansson's strikingly convincing realizations of spatial impossibilities will have you second-guessing your surroundings.

More images and a "behind-the-scenes" video, after the break. 

"Closing Out". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson "Reverse opposites". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson + 8

Radiant / Z Architecture

21:00 - 27 February, 2015
Radiant / Z Architecture, © Jonathan Letoublon
© Jonathan Letoublon

© Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon + 14

Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

19:00 - 27 February, 2015
Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia , Courtesy of Curtin University
Courtesy of Curtin University

The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Helmed by AECOM and Donaldson and Warn architects, the plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University's main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a "vibrant urban community" that combines commercial, retail, residential, educational, and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage. 

The 5-star rating honours Australian Excellence in "innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability". Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University + 6