House in the woods / Hayakawa/Kowalczyk

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
House in the woods / Hayakawa/Kowalczyk , © Marcin Czechowicz
© Marcin Czechowicz

© Juliusz Sokołowski © Marcin Czechowicz © Marcin Czechowicz © Marcin Czechowicz +20

World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia

At the last day of the World Architecture Festival, the winners of each category had their chance to showcase their projects in front of the jury and the audience. The jury, which included Ken Tadashi Oshima (University of Washington), Ken Yeang (Llewelyn Davies Yeang), Patrick Bellew (Atelier Ten), Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects) and Dietmar Eberle (Baumschlager Eberle), gave the World Building of the Year Award to the new Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) and Archimedia

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

K House / Datum Zero

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
K House / Datum Zero, Courtesy of Datum Zero
Courtesy of Datum Zero
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nosara, Costa Rica
  • Design Team

    Guillermo Garita, Alexis Bravo E., Gustavo Fernández A.
  • Photography

Courtesy of Datum Zero Courtesy of Datum Zero Courtesy of Datum Zero Courtesy of Datum Zero +31

House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

©  Cristian Nanzer © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +35

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

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: 

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.

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

'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...

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

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

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. 

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.

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...