TED Talk: The Walkable City / Jeff Speck

00:00 - 20 October, 2013

How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car - which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" - by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2B

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2B, Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum is an example of the kind of architecture deconstructivist thinkers praise. In this chapter of Unified Architectural Theory, Nikos Salingaros argues why the scientific approach is superior to that of the deconstructivists . Image © Liao Yusheng
Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum is an example of the kind of architecture deconstructivist thinkers praise. In this chapter of Unified Architectural Theory, Nikos Salingaros argues why the scientific approach is superior to that of the deconstructivists . Image © Liao Yusheng

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. Part one of Chapter Two outlined the scientific approach to architectural theory; the following, part two of Chapter Two, explains why Salingaros considers this approach to be superior to that taken by deconstructivists. If you missed them, make sure to catch up on the introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2A.

Some traditions are anachronistic and misguided, but as reservoirs of traditional solutions against which to check new proposals they are of immense importance. A new solution may at some point replace a traditional solution, but it must succeed in reestablishing the connections to the rest of knowledge. In the context of social patterns, architecture, and urbanism, new solutions are useful if they connect to traditional social, architectural, and urban patterns (i.e., all those before the 1920s). If there is an obvious gap where nothing in a discipline refers to anything outside, then there could be a serious problem.

Recently, Edward Wilson has introduced the notion of “consilience” as “the interlocking of causal explanations across disciplines” (Wilson, 1998a). Consilience claims that all explanations in nature are connected; there are no totally isolated phenomena. Wilson focuses on incomplete pieces of knowledge: the wide region separating the sciences from the humanities. He is happy to see it being slowly filled in by evolutionary biologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and researchers in artificial intelligence. At the same time, he is alarmed by people in the humanities who are erasing parts of the existing body of knowledge. These include deconstructive philosophers. Wilson characterizes their efforts as based on ignorance. 

Sydney Cruise Terminal / Johnson Pilton Walker Architects

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
Sydney Cruise Terminal / Johnson Pilton Walker Architects, © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff
© Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • Client

    Sydney Ports Corporation
  • Contractor

    AW Edwards
  • Structure & Civil Engineers

    Taylor Thomson Whitting Engineers
  • Services Engineers

    Hyder Consulting
  • Photography

    Brett Boardman, Ethan Rohloff
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff © Brett Boardman & Ethan Rohloff +22

Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made, Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects
Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects

On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year’s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year’s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.

Sommarhus at Stora Gasmora / LLP Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
© Åke Eson Lindman
© Åke Eson Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fårö Stora Gasmora, 624 67 Fårö, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Mattias Palme
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman © Åke Eson Lindman +22

Hôtelières du Rail Offices and Residences / Platform Architectures

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
Hôtelières du Rail Offices and Residences / Platform Architectures, © J. Ricolleau
© J. Ricolleau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantes, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Pierre Paquier (studies) and Stéphane Allaire (construction)
  • Client

    Espaces Ferroviaires Résidences hôtelières du rail
  • Area

    3415.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau +11

AD Architecture School Guide: Delft University of Technology

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Delft University of Technology, Faculty Workshop. Image Courtesy of www.urbanism.tudelft.nl
Faculty Workshop. Image Courtesy of www.urbanism.tudelft.nl

Recent reports by the UN on projected population growth until the year 2300, as well as current population trends, have raised numerous issues, from access to healthcare to housing. Of particular importance is how these issues will affect the urban landscape, and how professionals can respond to these changing conditions, on both a local and global scale. Urban planners and designers must not only be concerned about issues such as congestion and mobility, urban renewal and densification, but must also “[take] into account…economic globalization, the consequences of the financial crisis, [and] climate change” as well. 

Clearly, these are not matters that can simply be understood by scrolling through different websites over the course of a single afternoon. Luckily, just these issues are explored at Delft University of Technology’s Master of Science in Urbanism

Bed, Breakfast & Bauhaus

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Bed, Breakfast & Bauhaus, © Thomas Lewandovski
© Thomas Lewandovski

For architects, it’s a dream come true: the studio building at the Bauhaus is now open to visitors (and pilgrims) looking to spend a night in the famous building. This new development will undoubtedly solidify the school’s place on the modern “Grand Tour” list, but is also meant to foster a creative and lively atmosphere that hasn’t been seen there for almost a century. Learn more here

Indonesian Ministry Appoints Curators for 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Indonesian Ministry Appoints Curators for 2014 Venice Biennale, © Indonesian Pavilion
© Indonesian Pavilion

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has partnered up with the Indonesian Institute of Architect to appoint architects Avianti Armand and Setiadi Sopandi, along side architectural historian David Hutama, Arsitek Muda Indonesia (AMI) founder Achmad Tardiyana, and writer Robin Hartanto as the curator team in charge for the first ever Indonesian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The team, selected through a nation-wide open competition, will curate a pavilion that will tell stories about Indonesian experience on building things during the last one hundred years. As the team described, “It is inevitable that our way of building things – nowadays – is pretty much (still) dominated by handy works, through the hands of our skilled and unskilled laborers as well as well-trained artisans. Some utilize intricate and sophisticated tools, but many are relying on the touch of the hands and fingers.“ 

Boutique Las Chicas / GUIV Arquitetura

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
© Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte - State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Guilherme de Vasconcelos
  • Building Company

    Gilberto Lacerda & Cia
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro +11

MONU Magazine New Issue: Greater Urbanism

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
MONU Magazine New Issue: Greater Urbanism

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Gatica House / Felipe Assadi y Francisca Pulido

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
Gatica House / Felipe Assadi y Francisca Pulido, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +24

Historic New York City House Seeks Permanent Home

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Historic New York City House Seeks Permanent Home, Courtesy of The Aluminaire House Foundation
Courtesy of The Aluminaire House Foundation

After being relegated to storage facilities for much of its lifetime, proposals to relocate the Aluminaire House seem to be picking up steam. The project, which was the first all-metal house in the United States, originally stood as a symbol for architectural modernism in a rapidly urbanizing New York.

Tennyson Point Residence / CplusC Architectural Workshop

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
Tennyson Point Residence / CplusC Architectural Workshop, © Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks +16

NRW State Archive / Ortner & Ortner

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
NRW State Archive / Ortner & Ortner, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +20

Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City, Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance
Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance

China's rapid urbanisation has meant not only the speedy growth of cities but also the disappearance of traditional Chinese architecture. Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (of Tsao & McKown) find this particularly troubling and so developing a new kind of Chinese city. These pedestrian friendly live-work communities would exist in stark contrast to the high-rise cities that dot the contemporary Chinese landscape. But it hasn't all been easy. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: "Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown Bring New Eco-Friendly Designs to China."

Solar Decathlon 2013: Stevens Institute of Technology Places Second in Architecture, Fourth Overall

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
Courtesy of  Jason Flakes / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Courtesy of Jason Flakes / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

From the architect. This "L-shaped" energy smart house by the Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), dubbed Ecohabit, won second place in the architecture category and fourth overall in this year's Solar Decathlon competition. The L-concept divides the house into two modules, "wet" and "dry". Read the team's description to learn why:

In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect + MaP3 Structural Engineering

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect  + MaP3 Structural Engineering, Courtesy of MaP3
Courtesy of MaP3
  • Architects

  • Location

    Licang, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • Structural analysis and Inspection

    SSDI
  • Construction Documents

    BIAD
  • General Contractor

    CSCEC
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MaP3

Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 +52