Maybe Sandy, the colossal hurricane that has barreled across the East Coast this week, will finally get the message across: ”We are all from New Orleans Now.”
Thanks to climate change, America’s coastal cities, and particularly New York, have become increasingly vulnerable to nature’s wrath. Over two years ago, MOMA asked five architects to come up with a redesign of lower Manhattan that would prevent damage in the event of major flooding. Barry Bergdoll, the Curator of the “Rising Currents” exhibit, put it to the architects this way: “Your mission is to come up with images that are so compelling they can’t be forgotten and so realistic that they can’t be dismissed.”
Unfortunately, they were. As the many images from traditional news sources and social media users reveal, Sandy’s damage has been extensive – and perhaps, in many ways, preventable.
It often takes tragedy to instigate change. Let’s hope that Sandy will finally get the conversation of New York’s vulnerable urban landscape on to the table.
More images of Sandy’s damage, as well as plans from MOMA’s “Rising Currents” Exhibit, after the break…
ETB Studio shared with us their new project in Carrouge, Switzerland. The intervention tries to create an auxiliary building to the existent school building, and generate new urban dynamics for the neighbourhood, and offer to Carrouge a public space capable of improving the life conditions of the residents.
More images after the break.
This week we propose a much lighter film but that still linked with our profession since it shows most of the domestic issues of an architect’s life. Deadlines, unexpected changes of schedule, and overnight work become a routine on the main character’s…
Architects: Valle Architetti
Location: Roma, Italy
Architect In Charge:Piero Valle, Ugo Tranquillini, Stefano Bindi.
Design Team: Servizio Ingegneria Lamaro Appalti Spa Unipersonale, arch. Rossella Capri
Structures: SBG & Partners: biggiguerrini ingegneria Spa, ing. Massimo Guerrini, ing. Luciano Gioacchini.
Mechanical Systems: ENETEC Srl – Ingegneria Energetica e Realizzazione Impianti Roma, ing. Renato Tito, arch. Giorgio Landolfi.
Client: Porta di Roma Srl.
Building Contractor: ELLEPI S.C.A.R.L., Roma
Photographs: Giuseppe Dall’Arche
Location: New York, United States
Project Team: Diego Burdi, Paul Filek, Jeremy Mendonca, Jacky Kwong, Daniel Mei, Edwim Reyes, Anna Nomerovsky, Anthony Tey, Daniela Cerchie, Tom Yip; Callison Architecture, Inc.: David Curtis
Design Team: Joe Fresh Design Studio
Area: 17,783 sq ft
Photographs: Ben Rahn A-Frame
‘Silver Streak’ Architecture At Zero 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
Loisos + Ubbelohde just received the highest award at the 2012 Architecture at Zero competition for their proposal, ‘Silver Streak’. The contest, sponsored by PG&E and AIA San Francisco, was conceived as a response to the lofty zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission. As the recipient of one of two honor awards, their design for the University of California, Merced campus features an administration building that acts as both a threshold to campus and an energy field in the large plane of the agricultural valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Focused on ‘Cambodian Sustainable Housing’, the new Building Trust International Open International Design Competition looks into designing affordable, flood resistant housing in the South-east Asian country. In partnership with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity & the Cambodian Society of Architects…
Designed by PAR (Platform for Architecture + Research) and SES… (Sériès et Sériès), their stage two finalist entry for the Keelung Harbor competition adopts a form that resists easy classification to free-associate with successive symbols of the utilitarian, the industrial,
Architects: Oh Jongsang
Location: Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Site Area: 1,279 sqm
Area: 135 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Oh Jongsang
Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Location: 401, rue le Titien 34000 Montpellier, France
Year: 2007-2012: competition 2007, won competition April 2007, building site January 2010, Inauguration September 2012
Project Team: Damon Belusco (project leader), Michele D’Arcangelo, Nicola Cabiati (model), Ana Gugic (interiors)
Client: Région Languedoc-Roussillon
Contractors: GFC – structure, SMAC – façades, BARSALOU – frames
Consultants: ALTIA – Acoustics, NEVEUX-ROUYER – Landscape Architects, ALMA Consulting – Kitchen design
Net surface: 23,600 sq.m.
Gross surface: 25,736.80 sq.m.
Area surface:16,500 sq.m.
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Soho, Beijing, China
Architects In Charge: Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
Associate: Cristiano Ceccato
Project Architect: Yoshi Uchiyama
Project Team: Stephan Wurster, Michael Hill, Samer Chamoun, Eugene Leung, Rita Lee, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Wen Tao, Tom Wuenschmann, Seung-ho Yeo, Shuojiong Zhang, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura, Lydia Kim, Yasuko Kobayashi, Wang Lin, Yereem Park
Local Design Institute: BIAD Beijing Institute of Architecture & Design
Area: 332857.0 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Lengweg 3192 BM, Rotterdam , The Netherlands
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Joris van den Hoogen, Jos Beekhuijzen
Collaborators: Mai Henriksen, Jochem Homminga, Joost Korver, Marie Morin, Julius Klatte, Sjoerd Wilbers, Benine Dekker, Anne-Marie Diederich
Consultants: ABT BV, Wetering Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV
Area: 41100 sqm
Photographs: Jan Bitter, Courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects