This video from McGraw-Hill Construction is a close look at the Mason Lane Farm, a LEED-Gold Farm Storage and Service Center in Goshen, Kentucky. Narrated by architect Roberto De Leon of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, the video gives insight into the strategies associated with passive, economic and simple construction systems. De Leon discusses orienting the buildings on the site, assessing appropriate materials and providing comfortable conditions for the workers on the farm.
For a more detailed look at the Mason Lane Farm by following this link: Mason Lane Farm / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop.
Architect: Vivian Haddad and Marco Giunta
Location: Via Exaudinos, 1/9, 97015 Modica, Italy
Styling: Arianna Lelli Mami
Photographs: Andrea Ferrari
Leo A Daly architects has recently completed Flordia Atlantic University‘s College of Computer Science and Engineering Building. The new building holds the numerous different labs of the Computer Science and Engineering Programs within a building that leads the way for Florida’s academic buildings in technology and sustainability.
Architect: Leo A Daly
Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Project Team: William A. Hanser, AIA, Robert Thomas, AIA, Ron Wiendl, Stella Perico
Consultants: Affiliated Engineers SE, Inc., OMN&J, Inc., James Santiago, Miller Legg, Green Building Services
Project Area: 96,000 square feet
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Island Studios Photography – Stuart Gobey
Everyone knows the old adage and has most likely been stung by its inevitable truth. What happens, eventually, is that the other shoe unfortunately falls; the truth rears its ugly head and leaves us with egg on our face.
Well, it is no different in the world of architecture, construction, and real estate. Being deceived is a product of wanting something for less than its real value. Oftentimes we fall into the deception trap to close an unwanted gap between our budget and what we want actually costs. Budget and cost either match or they don’t! Expecting to get something for nothing, while human nature, is foolish. Either today or somewhere down the line, the truth will come out or it may be very hard to accept.
Five years ago, when the real estate and construction boom was out of control, there was always a shortage of really competent help because everyone was so busy. Prices became artificially high. People who were less and less qualified entered the workforce and were being hired regardless of the obvious. Let’s use Brooks as an example. I remember Brooks say, “He’s only a plumber. I’m not him paying $32,000…it’s only plumbing.” So instead of paying the licensed/insured/bonded plumbing company what they deserved, he had his general contractor friend (first mistake) hire some under qualified guy in order to “save” about 30%. “That’s gonna pay for my Viking stove,” he boasted at the time.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene it only seemed appropriate to take a second look at Rising Current, an exhibit that was featured at the MoMA just last year. To give you a refresher, the exhibit was a cohesive showcase of five projects tackling the lingering truth that within a few years, the waterfront of the New York harbor will drastically change.
Team Zero, comprised of ARO and dlandstudio, specifically took a look at the lower Manhattan landscape, proposing to develop a new soft and hard infrastructure solution paved with a mesh of cast concrete and engineered soil and salt tolerant plants. This would create greenways that act as absorptive sponges for rainwater. The porous green streets address daily tidal flows and storm surges with 3 interrelated high performance systems (network of parks, wetlands and tidal salt marshes). These systems stop sewage overflow, block higher sea levels and mitigate storm surge.
Rising Current provided an emphasis on how to re-think the city, relevant before, and even more pressing now after the flooding from the hurricane. Let’s hope that the ideas for solutions that were generated from the exhibit can now be considered for implementation. More about Rising Currents and Team Zero’s solution following the break.
Architect: HOLODECK architects
Location: Turnergasse 24, 1150 Vienna, Austria
Project Team: Arch. Marlies Breuss, Arch. Michael Ogertschnig, DI Carolin Saile, DI Christian Rottensteiner, Nana Schilling
Structural Engineer: DI Bernhard Ruczka Building Physics: DI Röhrer
Consultants: Ing. Riebenbauer, Oberwart Site Management: Arch. Reicheln
Building Firm: Habau GmbH Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus
With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, and everything else. More information after the break.
Architect of Record: Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects
Project Location: Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA
Project Team: Maurice Jennings, Walter Jennings, Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, David Pullium
Consultants: HP Engineering (MEP), Myers-Beatty Engineering (Structural)
Project Area: 1,080 square feet
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Walter Jennings
The new Busan Opera House, designed by Nabito Arquitectura, will put the city on the international map, allowing it to become part of the network of world renowned opera houses. As another node in the network, the I-Opera, the title of their project, will not only be integrated on an international level, but it will also serve as a landmark on the local level. It will be present in the collective memory of the people of Busan and also be a part of their daily life experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.
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We recently received the newest edition of Mark Magazine. Number 33 offers in depth looks of several projects ArchDaily has previously featured such as: Sunset Chapel by BNKR Arquitectura, iGuzzini Illuminazione Spain Headquarters by MiAS Arquitectes, Villa Geldrop by Hofman Dujardin Architects, the 3D Athletics Track by Subarquitectura, Helicopter Building by Stephane Maupin & Nicolas Hugon, House in Nasu by Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates, House in Sunami by Kazunori Fujimoto, Merida Factory Youth Movement by Selgas Cano, Metropol Parasol by J. Mayer H. Architects, Inside House & Outside House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Atelier Tenjinyama by Ikimono Architects, and The Termite Pavilion by Rupert Soar. If you enjoyed these features you’ll want to pick up this copy of Mark. There are several more project featured and an interview with structural engineer Niccolo Baldassin who has worked with Frank Gehry, Tom Mayne, and Renzo Piano.
Check out a preview we spotted on PublicInterestDesign of Tulane University’s School of Architecture URBANbuild program, a total collaborative effort of “individuals, organizations, and businesses committed to revitalizing New Orleans’ rich cultural and architectural heritage.” Working with Professor Byron Mouton, Make It Right and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, students have designed and built several LEED-certified homes such as URBANbuild 04 featured in the clip. This particular residence is situated in Central City of New Orleans and completely breaks with the traditional “shotgun homes” that line the streets. The young homeowner, Tami, appreciates the students’ talents and abilities to go beyond what the neighborhood, and even the city, is comfortable with to create a new urban identity. Challenged by Mouton to introduce new ideas, the students have created a beautiful residence that they can certainly be proud of and one that Tami loves View her story and a bit of the project’s journey in the video.
Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 18,000SqFt
Contractor: Diversified Design and Construction
Structural Engineer: Turner Structural Engineering
Civil Engineer: Presidio Engineering
MEP Engineer: Kelly, Wright, and Associates
Electrical Engineer: R.A. Alcala & Associates
Landscape Architect: Design Collaborations
Photography: Robert Reck, Henry Tom, Jared Logue
The Vienna Design Week, now in its fifth year, is Austria’s most important international design festival. From 30 September – 9 October 2011, it will bring some of the best designers of our time to the Austrian capital while simultaneously fostering talents of tomorrow. The festival is diverse in content – comprising the areas of product design, industrial design, and furniture design.
With exhibitions, venue-specific installations, theme specials, talks, and of course plenty of opportunities to party and network, Vienna Design Week is an attraction not only for the international design scene. It most explicitly aims to appeal to a wide public audience in Vienna, including international guests: in cooperation with many partners – museums, institutions and companies – the whole city becomes a platform and a showcase for design. The Vienna Design Week does not have the character of a trade fair, but instead offers a variety of venues and approaches specific to Vienna. More information on the event after the break.