Suurstoffi / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

01:00 - 21 July, 2013
Courtesy of Holzber Kobler
Courtesy of Holzber Kobler

Courtesy of Holzber Kobler Courtesy of Holzber Kobler Courtesy of Holzber Kobler Courtesy of Holzber Kobler +21

David Rockwell to Design "Talk" Theater for TED2014

00:00 - 21 July, 2013

TED has commissioned architect David Rockwell to mastermind a temporary, pop-up theater inside the Vancouver Convention Centre, designed specifically to "create an even more powerful connection between speaker and audience — and to allow the audience itself to immerse themselves more deeply in the talk.”

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Rockwell, who designed the interior of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and the viewing platform at Ground Zero (on which he gave the TED Talk above), expresses his enthusiasm for the project, saying: "I have spoken [at TED] and have had that experience of: your talk is influenced by how you feel in the room. The environment affects how the talk evolves.”

The theater will house 1200 attendees in tiered seating areas that curve around the stage. The layout will be entirely flexible, allowing audience members to choose from multiple seating/standing options — from leaning on rails to traditional theater seats, sofas, or floor seating.

Learn more about Rockwell’s plans for the TED2014 theater in his interview with Charlie Rose (13:15), after the break...

AD Classics: Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie

01:00 - 21 July, 2013
Photo by Wladyslaw via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Wladyslaw via Wikimedia Commons

Habitat 67, designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie as the Canadian Pavilion for the World Exposition of 1967, was originally intended as an experimental solution for high-quality housing in dense urban environments. Safdie explored the possibilities of prefabricated modular units to reduce housing costs and allow for a new housing typology that could integrate the qualities of a suburban home into an urban high-rise.

Reflecting on the project’s significance in “A look back at habitat ’67” Safdie stated that “Habitat ‘67 is really two ideas in one. One is about prefabrication, and the other is about rethinking apartment-building design in the new paradigm.” [1]

Photo by Ian Korn via flickr.com/photos/iankorn via ethel-baraona.tumblr.com © Jade Doskow via studio3postindustrial.wordpress.com +17

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Britten Pears Archive / Stanton Williams

01:00 - 21 July, 2013
© Hufton & Crow
© Hufton & Crow

© Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow +29

Cloudscapes at MOT / Tetsuo Kondo Architects + TRANSSOLAR / Matthias Schuler

01:00 - 21 July, 2013
© Tetsuo Kondo Architects
© Tetsuo Kondo Architects
  • Architects

    Tetsuo Kondo Architects · Office Profile, TRANSSOLAR / Matthias Schuler
  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    Konishi Structural Engineers
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Ken’ichi Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takagi

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Yasuhiro Takagi © Tetsuo Kondo Architects +7

House in Naruto / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 21 July, 2013
© Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +18

'Spirit of Place' – 2013 Regional Architecture Conference

00:00 - 21 July, 2013
Falcon Beach House / © Adrian Iredale
Falcon Beach House / © Adrian Iredale

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland chapter, the 'Spirit of Place' – 2013 Regional Architecture Conference will focus upon the unique opportunities commonly available to architects practicing regionally, responding to the unique ‘Spirit of Place’. Taking place September 6-7, "the aim of the conference is to excite and inspire the practice of architecture in regional Australia," according to the creative director of the event, architect Stephen de Jersey. The conference features an illustrious set of keynote speakers, whose work responds to this mandate. In addition, there will be a rich range of associated tours and events that explore the extraordinary locality of the Cairns region. More information after the break.

Outside Architecture + Design: Digital Design and Fabrication Workshop

00:00 - 21 July, 2013
Courtesy of Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
Courtesy of Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design

Taking place at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech August 5-9, the Outside Architecture + Design: Digital Design and Fabrication Workshop is offered to advanced high school students and college students completing their first year of studies in a design field. Building on the well established Inside ARCHITECTURE + Design curriculum, the laboratory/workshop is intended to provide a forum for the exploration of emerging design technologies through a one-week immersion. More information after the break.

Architecture and the City Festival

00:00 - 21 July, 2013
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco

Taking place September 1-30, the nation's largest architectural festival of its kind will be presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Architecture and the City festival, which takes place in San Francisco every September, will feature behind the scenes walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. From theoretical urban interventions and works in progress to civic landmarks and hidden histories, architects and designers will discuss the ways their work alters and redefines the city we call home with over 40 festival programs. For more information, please visit here.

Future Fitting / Urbanista and Lime Wharf Gallery

00:00 - 21 July, 2013
La Defense Masterplan. Image Courtesy of AWP
La Defense Masterplan. Image Courtesy of AWP

"I have a lot of big plans for the gallery, but every idea is an experiment; I don't necessarily want to enforce what it will be, but rather find out what it wants to be." This is how Thomas Ermacora described his vision of the Lime Wharf Gallery, a largely hidden series of spaces squeezed between Vyner Street and Regents Canal in the middle of Hackney's burgeoning creative quarter.

Ermacora hopes the gallery will become an "accelerator of change through culture", bringing arts, technology and social enterprise together for projects which generate optimism for the future. All of these traits made Lime Wharf Gallery the perfect space to present "Future Fitting." This evening of talks, orchestrated by Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant (editor of the new webzine Urbanista), focused on urban design that has the foresight and flexibility to deal with the needs of the future.

Read about the ideas presented at the Future Fitting event after the break...

Divercity B / Turner

00:00 - 20 July, 2013
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Waterloo NSW 2017, Australia
  • Client

    Becton
  • Site Area

    1.9 hectares
  • Gross Floor Area

    29,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +9

La Corredoria Health Center / díaz|rojo arquitectos

01:00 - 20 July, 2013
© Kike Llamas
© Kike Llamas
  • Architects

    díaz|rojo arquitectos (Rafael Rojo Sempau, Esteban Díaz Amunarriz)
  • Location

    Calle Alfredo Blanco, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
  • Technical Architects

    Manuel Martínez Manso
  • Project Area

    8785.95 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Kike Llamas, Courtesy of díaz|rojo arquitectos

© Cortesía de díaz|rojo arquitectos © Kike Llamas © Kike Llamas © Kike Llamas +19

The 13 Most Devastating Architecture Disasters in History

00:00 - 20 July, 2013
Image of Savar Building Collapse via Flickr © rijans
Image of Savar Building Collapse via Flickr © rijans

This article on io9 counts down the worst architectural disasters in recorded history, from the failure of Yarmouth Bridge back in 1845 to the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh this April - revealing the latter as the most catastrophic structural failure in history. Read the article here.

Three Short Films on Informal Cities

00:00 - 20 July, 2013

Next City, in collaboration with AIA New York, will be presenting a series of three short films this coming Monday, July 22, about the role of informal settlements, economies and networks in rapidly urbanizing cities. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation's Informal City Dialogues, these films take viewers to Accra and Bangkok where locals are finding solutions to poverty and slum eviction. There will also be a discussion with the filmmakers at the event. The video above is one of three films that will be shown at the event, which takes place from 6-8pm EST. For more information, please visit here.

Sports Valldaura / Sulkin Marchissio SCP

01:00 - 20 July, 2013
Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio SCP
Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio SCP
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pavelló Municipal Valldaura, Carrer de Baltasar Gracián, 9 - 15, 08016 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Néstor Sulkin, Walter Marchissio
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Sulkin Marchissio SCP

Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio SCP Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio SCP Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio SCP Courtesy of Sulkin Marchissio SCP +11

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion / Cox Rayner Architects

01:00 - 20 July, 2013

VIDEO: A Look Inside The Futuro House - A Spaceship Vacation Home

00:00 - 20 July, 2013

Urban explorer The Unknown Cameraman takes us inside an abandoned Futuro House, one of the roughly hundred that were constructed in the 1960s/1970s. Shot around "various undisclosed locations in New Jersey" the video shows the futuristic saucer-shaped prefabricated dwelling made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic. Matti Suuronen, the Finn who conceived of the hatched house, thought of it as the ideal ski cabin (that could be plopped down and easily removed, regardless of the roughness of a given terrain).

AA Bilbao Visiting School Open Lectures

00:00 - 20 July, 2013
© AA Visting School
© AA Visting School

The AA Bilbao Visiting School will take place from July 22nd to August 1st in the Alhóndiga Cultural Centre, Bilbao in Spain. Together with the academic activities, there are a series of open lectures that you can attend. The complete list after the break.