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TailorCrete Seeks to Revolutionize Concrete Fabrication

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
TailorCrete Seeks to Revolutionize Concrete Fabrication, © STAMER KONTOR
© STAMER KONTOR

Concrete construction has been an important part of architectural practice since the Roman Empire. Extremely malleable, fluid concrete is capable of being poured into almost any conceivable form. In theory, this makes it an ideal building material. In practice, however, creating complex forms out of concrete is extremely inefficient. Pouring on sight requires formwork that is painstakingly made by hand, and precast concrete is usually limited by orthogonal molds. Concrete has become restricted to a few simple forms that are easy and cheap to produce when, in many cases, a building would benefit from concrete casting that is optimized for its structural and economical needs. How do we make such optimization feasible? This is the question that the EU sponsored TailorCrete has attempted to answer. A research consortium lasting for four years, TailorCrete is exploring new technologies that could make non-standard concrete structures commonplace.

Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider , University of Illinois at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC
University of Illinois at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC

Of the four locations that are under consideration to host the future Barack Obama presidential library, two have released visions of what could be if their sites were selected - the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Hawaii at Honolulu (UH). UH, who’s offering a stunning oceanside site on Waikiki Beach, paired Snøhetta, MOS, and Allied Works Architecture with local architects to draw up proposals, all of which share a deep connection to nature. UIC, on the other hand, has proposed an idea that reinterprets the library as a systemized network of public infrastructure focused on revitalization. 

View all four proposals, after the break.

University of Illinois at Chicago. Image Courtesy of UIC Snøhetta and WCIT Architecture at UH. Image Courtesy of UIC Allied Works Architecture at UH. Image Courtesy of UIC MOS and Workshop-HI at UH. Image Courtesy of UIC +18

Samsung Commissions Choon-Soo Ryu to Design Vietnamese Community Center

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
Samsung Commissions Choon-Soo Ryu to Design Vietnamese Community Center, Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics is spearheading a village development project in ThuyHoa, Vietnam, as part of a new social contribution program named “the Nanum Village.” The Nanum Village is a project where the local government cooperates with residents of a village who are willing to develop their neighborhood, improving the public infrastructure and supporting local people’s initiatives for sustainable development of the village. This new community center by Korean architect Choon-Soo Ryu will be built in 2015 as a result of that initiative.

RIBA To Open Chapter In India

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
RIBA To Open Chapter In India, Charles Correa, Indian architect and recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal (1984). Image © Charles Correa Associates
Charles Correa, Indian architect and recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal (1984). Image © Charles Correa Associates

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that they will open a chapter in India in 2015 in order to offer "enhanced membership support, networking opportunities and a forum for local activities and CPD." It will also allow the RIBA to work "collaboratively with the Indian Institute for Architects (IIA) for the enhancement of the profession." The launch of this branch of the institute follows the opening of chapters in the USA, Hong Kong and the Gulf in recent years. According to Chloe Sadler, RIBA Head of International Chapters, the RIBA currently has "just under 100 members in India who are working tirelessly to uphold the principles of the [institute] and share the importance of good design." "This new Chapter will cement the RIBA’s commitment to support our members in India through knowledge exchange and the celebration of architecture."

Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver's Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver's Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On, The need for "body heat" to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development's 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson
The need for "body heat" to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development's 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson

Officially opened in 2010, the Woodward’s Redevelopment project designed by Vancouver based Henriquez Partners Architects and situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), was a contentious proposal from the time of its inception, and has continued to be so in the almost five years since its completion. Yet as the large-scale mixed-use complex, and its role in the community, nears the first of many milestone anniversaries, it offers us a chance for critical reflection and allows for perceptions and understandings to be gathered and assessed.

What has made Woodward’s an interesting case study, however, is the project’s attempt to act as a model for responsible development with respect to the regeneration of its surrounding urban and community context. Yet there has also been much criticism, with fears over rapid gentrification and claims that it has displaced some of the community’s most at-risk residents. For managing partner Gregory Henriquez, however, it was seen as an opportunity to introduce a place of inclusivity into the neighbourhood and as a chance to “share a portion of the wealth created in real estate development to support the greater good.”

© Bob Matheson The umbilical-cord-like "rebirth stair" is a defining feature of the development's public space. Image © Bob Matheson © Paul Worchal © Bob Matheson +8

Grimshaw Receives Planning Approval for Phase Two of Belfast's City Quays Masterplan

00:00 - 22 December, 2014
Grimshaw Receives Planning Approval for Phase Two of Belfast's City Quays Masterplan, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

Grimshaw Architects have received full planning approval for City Quays 2, the second building planned as part of their City Quays masterplan for Belfast Harbour’s Clarendon Dock. To be built on a former ferry terminal site, City Quays 2 will stretch nine stories high and provide over 95,000 square feet of flexible work space.

Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Siu Siu – Lab of Primitive Senses / DIVOOE ZEIN Architects, Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects
Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects

Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects Courtesy of DIVOOE ZEIN Architects +45

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Multicultural Centre in Isbergues  / Dominique Coulon & Associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda +41

Convento House / Enrique Mora Alvarado

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Convento House / Enrique Mora Alvarado, Courtesy of Enrique Mora Alvarado
Courtesy of Enrique Mora Alvarado
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chone, Ecuador
  • Project director

    Enrique Mora Alvarado
  • Area

    125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated "New York Light" Installation

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated "New York Light" Installation, © Zhonghan Huang
© Zhonghan Huang

From the architect. This holiday season, wedged between two New York City icons - the Flatiron and Empire State building - stands the #NewYorkLight public art installation by Brooklyn-based INABA. A magnificent place to experience the Manhattan grid, the installation frames a unique and uninterrupted view of the skyline due to the clearing of Madison Square Park. 

© Naho Kubota © Zhonghan Huang © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota +14

Fujigaoka T / Sinato

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Fujigaoka T / Sinato, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Chikara Ohno
  • Area

    68.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Apartment H+M / destilat

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Apartment H+M / destilat , © Monika Nguyen
© Monika Nguyen

© Monika Nguyen © Monika Nguyen © Monika Nguyen © Monika Nguyen +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariahilfer Straße, Wien, Austria
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Blackpool Talbot / AHR Architects

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Blackpool Talbot / AHR Architects, © Daniel Hopkinson
© Daniel Hopkinson

© Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Talbot Lodge, 376 Talbot Road, Blackpool, Blackpool FY3 7AT, United Kingdom
  • Architectural Team Members

    Dominic Manfredi, Dan Barnes, Dan Lesser, Jon Wallis, Carl Fowler, Ben Rigby, Nick Barnes, Tom Locke, Geoff Goodman, Andrew Crompton, Pamela Griffin
  • Area

    12002.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Link / The Ranch Mine

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Link / The Ranch Mine, © Jason + Anna Photography
© Jason + Anna Photography

© Jason + Anna Photography © Jason + Anna Photography © Jason + Anna Photography © Jason + Anna Photography +24

Iwan Baan: No Filter

00:00 - 21 December, 2014
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Frank Gehry. Image © Iwan Baan
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Frank Gehry. Image © Iwan Baan

Cultured, one of the leading art, architecture and design magazines, has shared with us part of the 16-page photo essay “No Filter” by Iwan Baan that is being featured in its Winter Issue, on stands now. Enjoy! 

If you pore endlessly over images of architecture the way we do, chances are you’ve been drooling over work captured by Iwan Baan. Though he’s adamant that he not be referred to as an “architectural photographer,” Baan has probably captured more buildings, pavilions, residences and just about every other structure in between than any other single lensman. Yet it is Baan’s background in documentary photography that most influences his work. “I choose my projects not so much for the architecture, but for its relationship with the city around it and how people respond to it,” says Baan. “I’m trying to tell the story of the built environment—the places where we live.” Here, Baan tells the story behind 11 projects completed this year, and two others that he has a personal connection to.

“I love great architecture that is very specific for its site and client, it’s for an architect always a dance between him, a site and a client. Here, Gehry was given complete freedom to design every detail, every nook and cranny of a building for Bernard Arnault to house his art collection.”

Read on for more quotes and images by the renowned Iwan Baan. 

House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors, © Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine
© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine

© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine © Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine Courtesy of Thomas Gouws © Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine +11

Yangzhou Jade Workshop / Atelier Xuk

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
© Lv Hengzhong
© Lv Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wantou Land Resources Institute, 783 Qin You Lu, Guangling Qu, Yangzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 225006
  • Project Team

    Liukenan Zhangxu, Lujun Zengyahan, Chenruizhi Dongxiao
  • Area

    6500.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong +46

Aedas' Huasha Plaza Set to Complete Next Year

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
Aedas' Huasha Plaza Set to Complete Next Year, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled designs for a mixed-use development in Xuzhou, China. Planned for a scenic reserve area between Yunlong Mountain and Lake, “Huasha Plaza” hopes to minimize its footprint by acting as an extension to the surrounding landscape. Once complete in 2015, the project will be comprised of a hotel, residential, office and retail. Read on for more details. 

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +5