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New Shoots Childrens Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects

  • Architects: Collingridge and Smith Architects
  • Location: Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Architect in Charge: Phil Smith
  • Design Team: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
  • Structural Engineers: McNaughton Consulting Engineers
  • Area: 650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects

Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects

Why Pitting the Sexes Against Each Other Won't Close the Gender Gap

An article published in The Telegraph last week has been getting a lot of negative attention for its headline: “For safer, prettier cities pick a woman to build them.”

Oh dear. It’s certainly hard to get past that third word - prettier. The Globe and Mail lamented the word’s “sexist twinge.” A blogger for bricksandclicks suggested that the unflattering adjective “would never have headlined in an article about male architects.” And as Kristen Richards, the Editor-in-Chief of ArchNewsNow.com perfectly put it in her Newsletter: “‘prettier’?!!? this headline wins our groaner-of-the-year award.”

But, groan-worthiness aside, it seems rather unproductive to spend time poking at “pretty,” when the central thesis of the article is so darned sexist in itself - for women and men architects alike. 

Films & Architecture: "North by Northwest"

Our latest movie in our Films & Architecture series is another ’60s classic, this time by the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. In North by Northwest we see a New York in the heyday of its architectural glory, with one scene taking place at a newly constructed United Nations building. In fact, the last scene takes place in a “house” that, under Hitchcock’s instructions, was meant to seem designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (in reality, the house was just another set design). The film shows a variety of urban spaces, and puts special emphasis on the contrast between the densities of  urban and rural realms.

As always, enjoy and comment!

El Solell School / Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: Sierra Rozas Arquitectes
  • Location: CEIP El Solell C/ Alberes s/n La Palma de Cervelló 08756 Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team: Glenda Puntel, Andrés Martínez de la Riva, Oriol Raventós
  • Structure: Eskubi-Turró arquitectes
  • Installations: K2 Consulting, Eduard Bou
  • Builder: Construcciones Caler
  • Promotor: Generalitat de Catalunya - GISA
  • Area: 3929.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca

Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Location: 2450 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
  • Principal in Charge: Dan Gallagher
  • Design Principals: Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
  • Project Manager: John Chow
  • Team: Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Juliana Sohn

© Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn

House in Coiros / Bals Arquitectos

©  Héctor Santos-Díez ©  Héctor Santos-Díez ©  Héctor Santos-Díez ©  Héctor Santos-Díez

Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L'Aquila

From the architect. In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the four anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a Renzo Piano-designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of the medieval city. 

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

More after the break...

© Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal

AADD House / Helder de Carvalho

  • Architects: Helder de Carvalho
  • Location: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Carla Zuzarte, Cláudio Ferreira, Michael Ferreira, Sérgio Azevedo, Sidónio de Jesus
  • Engineering: Jasmim Reis
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos

Trinity College Theological School Extensions / Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design

  • Architects: Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Peter Elliott, Justin Mallia
  • Design Team: Felicity Soh, Julian Tuckett, Wil Goodsir
  • Structural Engineer: Clive Steele & Associates
  • Landscape Architects: John Patrick & Associates
  • Head Contractor: Ducon
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

Arabista Ribera School / Victor García Martínez

  • Architects: Victor García Martínez, Victor García Terol, José Gozalbez Esteve
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Collaborators: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
  • Area: 13450.0 sqm
  • Photography: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

  • Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
  • Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
  • Area: 3250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

How to Design Safer Cities

Copenhagen, Superkilen
Copenhagen, Superkilen

Can a good public space influence social behavior and make a city more secure? 

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, professor at the University of Stanford, performed a social psychological experiment. He placed an unlicensed car with a lifted hood in a neglected street in The Bronx, New York, and another similar car in a wealthy neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. The car in The Bronx was attacked in less than ten minutes, its apparent state of abandonment enabling the looting. The car in Palo Alto, however, remained untouched for more than a week.

Zimbardo then took his experiment one step further and broke a window of the car in Palo Alto. Almost immediately, passersby began to take things out of the car and within a few hours, the car had been completely dismantled. In both cases, many of the looters did not appear to be dangerous people. This experiment lead Harvard Professors George Kelling and James Wilson to develop the Broken Windows Theory in 1982: “If a broken window is left without repair, people will come to the conclusion that no one cares about it and that there is no one watching it. Then more windows will be broken and the lack of control will spread from the buildings to the streets, sending a signal that anything goes and that there is no authority.”

Read more about designing safer cities after the break...

Glasgow Theatre Redesign Winning Proposal / Bennetts Associates

Bennetts Associates, one of the UK's leading architectural practices, was just selected by the Citizens Theatre to work on the plans for a major redevelopment of its iconic Gorbals home. This will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the building since it opened as a theatre in 1878. The planned capital project will transform the building creating a new vision for improved rehearsal, administration and learning accommodation, as well as improved facilities for the public. More images and architects' description after the break.

Rebière 21 housing / Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

  • Architects: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes
  • Location: 93 Rue Pierre Rebière, 75017 Paris, France
  • Project Manager: Charlotte Fagart
  • Project Team: Pierre Aubertin
  • General Contractor: Léon Grosse
  • Area: 1445.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ronan Lacroix

© Ronan Lacroix © Ronan Lacroix © Ronan Lacroix © Ronan Lacroix