TEDx: Metal that breathes / Doris Kim Sung

Biology student turn architect, has dedicated her studies to the infinite possibilities of thermobimetals, smart materials that respond dynamically to temperature change. As tested with DO|SU Studio Architecture’s recent installation “Bloom”, whose surface is completely fabricated with thermobimetal, these smart materials are capable of relieving our dependence on energy-inefficient mechanical systems with their self-shading and self-ventilating properties.

Imagine a building skin capable of maintaining thermal comfort in an environmentally responsible and cost effective way by responsively mimicking the characteristics of human skin.

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: , , United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Nic Neuman
Photographs: Paul Body

Post-Hurricane Sandy: Solutions for a Resilient City

Hurricane Sandy damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as communities band together to clean up the devastation and utility companies work tirelessly to restore the infrastructure that keeps City running, planners and policy makers are debating the next steps to making the city as resilient to as we once thought it was. We have at our hands a range of options to debate and design and the political leverage to make some of these solutions a reality. The question now is, which option or combination of options is most suitable for protecting City and its boroughs? Follow us after the break for more.

Controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Island For Sale

Courtesy of AHALife, via Architizer

It turns out the David Wright House isn’t the only unusual (and controversial) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gem on the market.

Petre Island (sometimes called Petra Island) is an 11-acre, heart-shaped island 47 miles from Manhattan. While Wright hand-picked the site himself in 1949, and drew up plans for a 5,000 square foot ”dream house” the following year, budget concerns forced him to scale down his vision, resulting in the construction of a smaller guest cottage.

Fast-forward 53 years later, and the island’s new owner, John Massaro, decided to make those long-sitting plans reality;  he hired architect and Wright scholar Thomas Heinz, who used ArchiCAD to model aspects of Wright’s design that weren’t obvious from the original renderings and updated the house with some modern amenities.

While the Foundation refuses to accept the house as authentic (they even tried to sue Massaro for claiming so), that hasn’t stopped AHALife, the web site featuring the island for sale, from proudly selling the “spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house” for $19,900,000 USD.

More images and info on this Wright-designed island, after the break…

73 Apartments ZAC Seguin Rives de Seine – Lot B3B / Philippe Dubus Architectes

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Architects: Philippe Dubus Architectes
Location: , France
Area: 9,297 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Michel Denancé

Video: 10×10 Drawing the City, Exhibition


The international development and disaster relief charity Article 25, named after the 25th article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, asked 100 of ’s artists and architects to take part in ‘10×10 Drawing the City‘. Zaha Hadid, Will Alsop, Eric Parry and Tim Makower have all created artwork inspired by an individually allocated 10×10 squared section of London’s urban landscape. The one-off pieces, which together are an impressive showcase of British architectural heritage, will be exhibited at the newly revamped West Wing of Somerset House on 14 November before all work is auctioned to the public.

Courtesy of Norman Kelley
Courtesy of Norman Kelley

‘NAWT Balloons’ Land Art Generator Initiative Competition Entry / Norman Kelley

Designed for the Land Art Generator Initiative competition, the ‘NAWT Balloons’ concept, which was recently shortlisted in the competition, aims to couple the image of an oversized helium-filled teardrop with a nuanced application of wind energy technology. While the balloon’s…

Foster+Partners’ First US Residential Building Breaks Ground

image by dbox for Foster and Partners

50 UN Plaza, Foster+Partners‘ first residential building in the U.S., broke ground this morning. With the Hearst Tower long finished, Tower 2 at Ground Zero near complete, and a new iconic building planned for 425 Park Avenue, 50 UN Plaza will only further solidify Lord Foster’s mark on .

The 44-story luxury tower’s privileged spot at the United Nations Plaza will give it remarkable views of the UN Building, the East River, and the Manhattan skyline. According to Foster, the building’s deep bay windows (which line each of the tower’s 3 volumes) will maximize that view and, along with its steel and glass facade, give the tower a distinctive, “jewel-like quality”: “The slender proportion of 50 United Nations Plaza is attenuated by the vertical stacks of bay windows, which give it a distinctive identity[...] The polished stainless steel detailing of the facade is in the sprit of earlier historic towers in the city and it reflects the sharp quality of light which is special to .”

The building, whose construction will incorporate recycled materials, also has a strong environmental agenda, combining active and passive energy strategies. According to the New York Observer, the tower’s 87 units will range in size from 1,100 square feet one-bedrooms; three bedrooms as big as 3,000 square feet; full-floor residences; and a penthouse duplex, measuring about 10,000 square feet. One of the marquee features will also be a private driveway. The tower is expected to cost $500 million and be completed in 2014.  

Foster+Partner’s description of 50 UN Plaza, after the break…

House Yagiyama / Kazuya Saito Architects

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Architects: Kazuya Saito Architects
Location: Sendai, Miyagi,
Structural Design: Atsuhiro Nakahata, Yasushi Moribe
Site Area: 468.96 sqm
Total Foor Area: 137.47 sqm
Area: 137.47 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yasuhiro Takagi

House S / LASSALA + ELENES Arquitectos

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Architects: LASSALA + ELENES Arquitectos
Location: , Jalisco, México
Area: 1,080 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcos Garcia

The Indicator: Morning, Lebbeus

© Fernando Arias

One October morning in 2003, shattered the sleepy air in Los Angeles with a swift and decisive re-deployment of his famed Foundation Cartier installation, The Fall. 1,400 steel rods were drilled into the polished concrete floors running SCI-Arc’s quarter mile. In a single night of cloaked activity, Woods and a gang of student volunteers made Maya, Rhino and all computer pyrotechnics, then all the rage, seem irrelevant with a forest of bent steel rods that seemed to react to the forces of the building…and seemingly appeared out of nowhere.

Continue reading after the break

Courtesy of Martin Fenlon Architecture
Courtesy of Martin Fenlon Architecture

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Martin Fenlon Architecture

This proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library by Martin Fenlon Architecture… aims to be an efficient, sustainable, yet bold response to the program which is articulated in a form that is shaped by the space it sits within. The

Dining-Multi Room, Iron Mountain / Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos

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Architects: Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos
Location: , Chile
Architects: Antonio Polidura, Pablo Talhouk
Year: 2011
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

OP13 / PHD Architectes

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Architects: Philippe Dubus Architectes
Location: , France
Client: Paris Habitat
Area: 4,697 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Simon Deprez, Michel Denancé

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Vasas Sports Hall Facade Competition Entry / A4 Studio

Designed by A4 Studio…, their design proposal for the new facade for the Budapest Vasas Sports club, one of the oldest and most successful sports associations in Hungary, won the realistic dream project award in the Trimo Architectural Awards

Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre / CEI Architecture + MCMP Architects

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Architects: CEI Architecture + MCMP Architects
Location: , Canada
Area: 65,000 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Howard Waisman

Tepoztlan Lounge / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

© Sandra Pereznieto

Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: Tepoztlan, Morelos,
Architects: Eduardo Cadaval, Clara Solà-Morales
Collaborators: Eugenio Eraña, Tomas Clara, Manuel Tojal
Structural Engineer: Ricardo Camacho
Project Year: 2009
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Diego Berruecos, Sandra Pereznieto

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© +imgs

‘Solar Loop’ Competition Entry / Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects

Designed by Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects…, their ‘Solar Loop’ finalist entry for the Land Art Generator Initiative competition aims to expose more surface as possible to the southern solar rays. Sited in FreshKills Park in New York City,