AD Classics: The Dymaxion House / Buckminster Fuller

01:00 - 12 July, 2013
Bucky and the Dymaxion © Bettmann/Corbis via britannica.com
Bucky and the Dymaxion © Bettmann/Corbis via britannica.com

The Dymaxion House was a futuristic dwelling invented by the architect and practical philosopher R. Buckminister Fuller - who would have turned 118 today. The word “Dymaxion,” which combines the words dynamic, maximum and tension, was coined (among many others) by Fuller himself.

via www.trumanlibrary.org model via scene.org © MoMA © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, via myipamm.net +18

House MY / Studio Za Arhitekturu

01:00 - 12 July, 2013
© Sandro Lendler
© Sandro Lendler

© Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler +19

Turkish Parliament Passes Bill to Protect Historic Skylines

00:00 - 12 July, 2013
© Harvey Barrison
© Harvey Barrison

In an effort to protect Turkey’s historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization, the Turkish Parliament has passed an amendment that would grant zoning authority to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization as well as set up an aesthetic architectural commission. 

More after the break...

Little Brick Studio / MAKE Architecture

01:00 - 12 July, 2013
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +18

Erik Schlangen Proves the Potential of “Self-Healing Asphalt”

00:00 - 12 July, 2013

Imagine a pervious asphalt that not only significantly reduces noise pollution, but saves millions in maintenance and repairs by its ability to self-heal. Well, this type of super-asphalt is not far from being distributed world-wide as experimental micromechanic pioneer Erik Schlangen of Delft Technical University has been studying the material’s potential on a test track in The Netherland’s for the past few years.

Basically, with the introduction of small steel wool fibers, Self Healing Asphalt is capable of repairing micro-cracks and significantly extending the service life of roadways through induction heating. Similarly, Schlangen is leading the research on Self Healing Concrete, where by infusing concrete with a harmless limestone-producing bacteria that feeds off of calcium lactate - a component of milk - the material has the potential to self-heal micro-cracks in the presence of rainwater. 

Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal / MVRDV

01:00 - 12 July, 2013
© MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV was just announced by the city of Emmen, Switzerland as the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block, which consist of 95 homes of 16 different types. Their urban hybrid development proposal combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighborhood community.  Construction is expected to start in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont NSW 2009
  • Design Team

    Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
  • Landscape

    FJMT
  • Area

    13097.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +38

Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Hai Zhang
© Hai Zhang
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York City, NY, USA
  • Architectural Designer

    Fabrica 718
  • Architect of Record

    Studio Cicetti Architect
  • Design Team

    Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
  • Structural Engineer

    Anastos Engineering
  • Expediter

    Schnall Consulting
  • Contractor

    WM Dorvillier & Co
  • Passive House Engineer

    ZeroEnergy Design
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang +23

Dabbous / Brinkworth

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Louise Melchior
© Louise Melchior

© Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior +10

Corona Electric Head Office and Factory / Sachie Isaka of bews + Yuji Tanabe Architects

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Yuji Tanabe
© Yuji Tanabe

© Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe +23

What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking?

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating
Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating

I get most of my knowledge about the current trends and interests of architects through social media and various websites. My Facebook newsfeed constantly shows an array of pictures, articles, and videos of things ranging from new buildings to data algorithms to bacteria evolution to (usually confusing) romantic, poetic statements about architecture. 

They all share one thing in common: they are posted on Facebook by architects and architecture students. To me, this shows the current disarray and lack of focus in the field. Architecture publications and websites only confirm my thoughts further. And nothing reaffirms this more than my daily experiences at MIT. 

Read more, after the break...

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station Competition Shortlist Revealed

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Flinders Street Station and Flinders Street; Courtesy of the Victorian Coalition Government
Flinders Street Station and Flinders Street; Courtesy of the Victorian Coalition Government

The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine Flinders Street Station in Melbourne has entered its final phase with the six shortlisted competitors submitting their final designs. Selected from 117 entries, the shortlist includes the following Australian and international firms:

Ryhan Villa Complex Gate Winning Proposal / Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Courtesy of Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio
Courtesy of Waltritsch a+u + Rndr Studio

Waltritsch a+u, in collaboration with Rndr Studio, just won the 1st prize in a international competition for the design of the Ryhan villa complex ‘s gate in Mazandaran province, North Iran. The entrance will warmly receive the people back home, and bless them before they leave for their daily activities in the world. The architects' inspiration from beautiful forms of Iranian architecture has been summarized into a simple and delicate gesture. More images and architects' description after the break.

Houses for Change Competition

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Courtesy of IE University, School of Architecture & Design
Courtesy of IE University, School of Architecture & Design

IE University just announced its first competition initiative “Houses for Change,” hosted by IE School of Architectureand Design. The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk and to propose viable housing alternatives for those often neglected or left out. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today. Registration is free, and the deadline for submissions is December 16. More information after the break.

41.26 / GoKo

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Aki Itami R.
© Aki Itami R.
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Jose Martín González M., Christopher Koehn M.
  • Project Manager

    Isaac Guzmán R.
  • Area

    1560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Aki Itami R.

© Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. +46

Kiritoushi House / SUGAWARADAISUKE

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +19

Legendre / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

01:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Stephane Chalmeau
© Stephane Chalmeau

© Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma © Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma +18

Controversy Reigns Over Southbank Centre

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Feilden Clegg Bradley
© Feilden Clegg Bradley

The Southbank Centre and Feilden Clegg Bradley have taken their designs back to the drawing board, deciding to delay their planning application in order to resolve the mounting issues surrounding the proposal.

The designs to update the brutalist cultural centre have divided people from the start; however, the tide of opinion seems to have definitively shifted away from the design due to a sustained campaign by skateboarders (who make use of the undercroft) and now criticism from the neighboring National Theatre and the UK design council CABE.

Read more about the controversy surrounding the Southbank Centre after the break...