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Kickstarter: DIY Concrete House Ring

00:00 - 16 November, 2013
Kickstarter: DIY Concrete House Ring, Courtesy of Linda Bennett, via archi-ninja
Courtesy of Linda Bennett, via archi-ninja

Dream of one day making your own home? Well, here's a fun mini alternative in the meantime. The "DIY Concrete House Ring" is a high quality silver and concrete ring that lets users experience the process of 'making'. The ring itself is made from a DIY compact kit, and comes in two familiar architectural silhouettes - gable roof or saltbox roof - and in either light or dark concrete. The project was developed by Linda Bennett, author of "10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Architecture School" and "Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know…" via her blog, archi-ninjaCheck out the project's debut on kickstarter (which offers fantastic perks for backers) for more information. 

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Aarhus Harbour

01:00 - 16 November, 2013
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Aarhus Harbour, Visualization. Image © Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Visualization. Image © Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has won a competition to design a landmark urban sculpture in Aarhus Harbour, a new district in Denmark's second largest city. The tower, shaped like a "sharp origami cut," is designed to "celebrating vision and social encounters at the edge of the water." Made of welded steel plates, the structure will be manufactured in a shipyard before being sailed to site. 

Substances of Concern: Why Material Transparency Matters

00:00 - 16 November, 2013
Substances of Concern: Why Material Transparency Matters, In Progress: Terminal 2A Heathrow / Luis Vidal + Architects. Image Courtesy of LHR Airports Limited
In Progress: Terminal 2A Heathrow / Luis Vidal + Architects. Image Courtesy of LHR Airports Limited

The materials we select and specify to make up our buildings have a real meaningful impact on human health and the environment. Unfortunately, due to a lack of material transparency, that impact is frequently negative, damaging the environment and harming populations across the globe.

In February of this year, Chinese authorities were forced to face the tragic facts and admit that “cancer villages” existed in areas where harmful chemicals, many of which are banned in developed nations, are prevalent in current manufacturing processes. There are many that believe these chemicals are contributing to make cancer the number one killer in China, surpassing cardiovascular disease.

Winners of 2013 Architecture at Zero Competition Announced

01:00 - 16 November, 2013
Winners of 2013 Architecture at Zero Competition Announced, NZ+ Beyond Net Zero Energy. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero
NZ+ Beyond Net Zero Energy. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero

Industry leaders recently came together to announce the winners of the 2013 Architecture at Zero competition, which included five professional and one student awardee. The competition, which is co-sponsored by AIA San Francisco and Pacific Gas & Electric, focuses specifically on the design of zero-net energy structures. 

While zero net energy is easily achieved in smaller buildings, it's a challenge in larger structures - and the competition challenged entrants to think big. With the aim of being as close to zero net energy as possible, competition entries had to be a mix of affordable and market rate housing units and include a full neighborhood-serving grocery store on the ground level. 

Read more for the winners...

Dreamhouse / KAAN Architecten

01:00 - 16 November, 2013
Dreamhouse / KAAN Architecten, © Sebastian van Damme
© Sebastian van Damme
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen Luca Baialardo, Timo Cardol, Aksel Coruh, Luuk Dietz, Paolo Faleschini, Antonia Rief
  • Area

    1050.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme +19

Orangerock / Möhn + Bouman

01:00 - 16 November, 2013
Orangerock / Möhn + Bouman, © Sarah Blee
© Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee +13

Carlos Santa María Center / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

01:00 - 16 November, 2013
© Adrián Vidal
© Adrián Vidal

© Adrián Vidal © Jorge Allende © Adrián Vidal © Jorge Allende +44

NYIT Students Turn Plastic Bottles Into Disaster Relief

01:00 - 16 November, 2013

Last week’s devastating typhoon in the Philippines has reminded designers of the ongoing challenge of creating safe, temporary shelters when natural disasters hit. Crates of food and water are some of the first types of aid delivered to these ravaged areas; so what if these resources could be designed to also provide shelter and minimize waste? The New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture asked just that question and came up with a solution: SodaBIB, a new type of shipping pallet that would allow commonly used plastic bottles to be used for shelter.

Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team Courtesy of The HOME₂O Team +15

Chipperfield Among 3 Competing for Stockholm's Nobel Prize Headquarters

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Chipperfield Among 3 Competing for Stockholm's Nobel Prize Headquarters, A P(a)lace to Enjoy / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB. Image © Nobelhuset AB
A P(a)lace to Enjoy / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB. Image © Nobelhuset AB

Out of the 11 high-profile, anonymous entries shortlisted in early October, only 3 are still in the running to design the Nobel Foundation’s new headquarters in Blasieholmen

With completion aimed for 2018, the Nobel Center plans to become on of Stockholm’s most attractive destinations. Not only will the Center’s large auditorium host the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, but it will offer key amenities to serve its surrounding public; In addition to a library, restaurant and retail shop, the Center will include spaces for exhibitions, school programs, events, and interdisciplinary meetings.

The proposals, listed in no particular order, are:

House at Komazawa / Atelier HAKO Architects

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
House at Komazawa / Atelier HAKO Architects , © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Komazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
  • Structural Engineer

    Shin’itsu Hiraoka / Hiraoka Structural Engineers
  • Constructor

    Hirano Kensetsu Co.,Ltd
  • Area

    31.92 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts +21

Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture, © Espen Grønli
© Espen Grønli

© Espen Grønli © M.Herzog Visualis © M.Herzog Visualis © M.Herzog Visualis +23

Turkish Cultural Center / Atelier PUUUR

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Turkish Cultural Center / Atelier PUUUR, © Milad Pallesh
© Milad Pallesh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Doetinchem, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Furkan Köse
  • Area

    1900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh © Milad Pallesh +18

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Wins Competition to Design Danish Theater, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

A team led by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre in Hjørring, Denmark. Once complete in 2016, the 4,200 square meter building will act as a new and vibrant cultural hub within the city. 

Brunswick House / Christopher Botterill

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Brunswick House / Christopher Botterill, © Christopher Alexander
© Christopher Alexander

© Christopher Alexander © Christopher Alexander © Christopher Alexander © Christopher Alexander +12

Maison des Etudiants / Lacroix Chessex

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Maison des Etudiants / Lacroix Chessex, © Radek Brunecky
© Radek Brunecky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Grégoire Martin, Jon Onandia, Cristina Moldes, Boris Pflugfelder, Stéphane Koularmanis Competition phase: Hiéronyme Lacroix, Simon Chessex, Ubaldo Martella, Leonhard Kanapin
  • Partners

    Hiéronyme Lacroix, Simon Chessex
  • Associate

    Frédéric Crausaz
  • Structural Engineering

    Thomas Jundt Ingénieurs Civils
  • Photographs

© Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky +43

Los Chillos House / Diez + Muller Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Los Chillos House / Diez + Muller Arquitectos, © Sebastían Crespo Camacho
© Sebastían Crespo Camacho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de los Chillos, Cuenca Canton, Ecuador
  • Project Architects

    Gonzalo Diez P, Felipe Muller B.
  • Construction

    Ing. Diego Cueva
  • Project Area

    550.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Sebastían Crespo Camacho © Sebastían Crespo Camacho © Sebastían Crespo Camacho © Sebastían Crespo Camacho +18

PLAT 4.0 Call for Submissions

00:00 - 15 November, 2013
PLAT 4.0 Call for Submissions

PLAT Journal invites content for its forthcoming issueMassAt once a spatial and social practice, architecture produces mass: an accumulation that, given momentum, projects a social attitude. Mass is assertive—whether through a tactful manipulation of scale, an astute engagement of its context, or a specific formal legibility, it speaks plainly but with conviction.

An Architect's Journey to Brazil

00:00 - 15 November, 2013
Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann
Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann

When I was student in New York City, I would often spend hours thumbing through the titles of books at the Strand Bookstore.  One day I came across Latin American Architecture Since 1945. The black and white book, written by Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1955, showed a world of precise modernism. The buildings, situated in a tropical climate, set atop pilotis with gardens flowing in and under them, with brise soleils filtering the strong equatorial light, were perfect. I often would stare into the pages and attempt to create similar projects on my drafting board.  

Fifteen years later, on a journey to Brazil, I sought out the projects that were indelibly written into my memory.  I expected, or hoped, to find them as they were on the pages. But what I found instead are buildings that are used and worn, showing age like the yellowing pages of the book itself. Despite this, the buildings were very much alive. Children were kicking a ball around in the housing bar and patients were still healing in Neimeyer’s hospital. These projects were not the crisp sun drenched modernism of my imagination, but they exceeded my expectation with an unexpected vibrance.