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An App That Draws Impressively Accurate Floor Plans In Minutes

00:00 - 24 September, 2014
An App That Draws Impressively Accurate Floor Plans In Minutes, 感谢Locometric
感谢Locometric

RoomScan is an app for iOS which draws floor plans in minutes - touching your device to a wall is the only input required. Using the iPhone's internal sensors, RoomScan recognises a sequence of flat vertical surfaces, measuring the distance in between and creating impressively accurate plans. When you come to a door, you just tap the phone to the door frame and continue. Claiming that measurements are accurate to the nearest 10cm (or 6 inches), this app - the basic features of which are available for free - is not only great fun to play with, but also considerably useful in every day situations.

Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio, © Maira Acayaba
© Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba +39

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Autores

    Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Sérgio Cabra
  • Project Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

RIBA Awards 2015 Royal Gold Medal to O'Donnell + Tuomey

00:00 - 24 September, 2014
RIBA Awards 2015 Royal Gold Medal to O'Donnell + Tuomey, The LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which has been shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize. Image © Alex Bland
The LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which has been shortlisted for this year's Stirling Prize. Image © Alex Bland

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has selected Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey as recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world's most prestigious lifetime achievement awards for architecture. Approved personally by the Queen, the award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of architecture.

The RIBA praised the way O'Donnell + Tuomey came together in the early 1990s to combine "Sheila’s quiet, studied 'rationalism' alongside John’s fluent, rhetorical 'constructivism,'" commenting that "through their buildings, publications, exhibitions and teaching they have forged a confident new identity for Irish architecture."

An Gaelaras, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2011. Image © Dennis Gilbert Lyric Theatre, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2012. Image © Dennis Gilbert Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 1999. Image © Alice Clancy Lewis Glucksman Gallery, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2005. Image © Dennis Gilbert +6

Endesa World Fab Condenser / MARGEN-LAB

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Endesa World Fab Condenser  / MARGEN-LAB, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 08013 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Daniel Ibáñez, Rodrigo Rubio
  • Collaborator

    FAB LAB NETWORK
  • Client

    IAAC, ENDESA
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch, © Christopher Barrett Photographer
© Christopher Barrett Photographer

© Christopher Barrett Photographer © Christopher Barrett Photographer © Christopher Barrett Photographer © Christopher Barrett Photographer +39

M&V Branch Office / Rudolf Müller

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
M&V Branch Office / Rudolf Müller, © KIVA
© KIVA

© KIVA © KIVA © KIVA © KIVA +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hněvkovského 603/81, 617 00 Brno-Brno-jih, Czech Republic
  • Area

    987.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Naruse House / MDS

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Naruse House / MDS, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Machida, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

August ABI Remains Strong

00:00 - 24 September, 2014
August ABI Remains Strong, August 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
August 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Demand for design services in the US continue to increase, as momentum from July’s highest recorded strength since 2007 continues. The American Institute of Architects reported the August Architecture Billings Index (ABI) at 53.0, down from July’s mark of 55.8, and the new projects inquiry at 62.6.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Álvaro Siza Wins Fritz Höger's Top Honors for Innovative Use of Brick

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
Álvaro Siza Wins Fritz Höger's Top Honors for Innovative Use of Brick, Winner Grand Prix: Álvaro Siza / Rudolf Finsterwalder, Stephanskirchen | Siza-Pavillon Insel Hombroich © Tomas Riehle
Winner Grand Prix: Álvaro Siza / Rudolf Finsterwalder, Stephanskirchen | Siza-Pavillon Insel Hombroich © Tomas Riehle

Álvaro Siza has won top honors in the “2014 Fritz Höger Awards for Excellence in Brick Architecture.” The awards, now in their third edition, highlight projects that harness the creative potential of brick. Projects from New Delhi, Barcelona and Frankfurt have all been awarded gold and silver prizes. 

View all the winners, after the break.

Cachaça Museum / Jô Vasconcellos

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
Cachaça Museum / Jô Vasconcellos, © Junia Mortimer
© Junia Mortimer

© Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer +45

Niceto Vega 5924 / Jonathan Tyszberowicz + Diego Cherbenco

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
Niceto Vega 5924 / Jonathan Tyszberowicz + Diego Cherbenco, © Albano Garcia
© Albano Garcia

© Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia +24

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 6, “The Pedreiro and the Master Planner”

00:00 - 23 September, 2014

The last episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series tells the story of Ricardo, an informal builder in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela. “A foreign architect would not get into this hole and dig. He would hire someone or would hire machines. But here in the favela, we are hands on,” he says in the episode. Ricardo has built over one hundred houses in Rocinha despite not having any formal training. Yet as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, life in Rocinha is changing. This 25-minute episode follows Ricardo as well as Luis Carlos Toledo, the architect behind the government’s regeneration of Rocinha, as the two seek to incorporate their solutions into the future of the country's favelas. 

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Herzog & de Meuron Designs 28-Story Luxury Tower for Manhattan

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron Designs 28-Story Luxury Tower for Manhattan, Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company
Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company

Herzog & de Meuron has teamed up with British designer John Pawson to design a 28-story tower for Manhattan’s Bowery district. The raw concrete tower, as developer Ian Schrager describes, will be designed as the “ultimate expression of Uptown meets Downtown.” Eleven luxury residences will top a 370-room hotel, all featuring open plans and mullionless floor-to-ceiling windows that frame unobstructed views of the city. 

Hacking the Biennale: "Project Source Code" Uses Augmented Reality to Stage a Rebel Exhibition

00:00 - 23 September, 2014
Hacking the Biennale: "Project Source Code" Uses Augmented Reality to Stage a Rebel Exhibition, Embryological House, 1997, Greg Lynn Form. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office
Embryological House, 1997, Greg Lynn Form. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office

This year at the Venice Biennale, not all of the exhibitions are visible. Ozel Office of Los Angeles have "hacked" the Venice Biennale with the help of some major architecture firms: Asymptote Architecture, Greg Lynn Form, Neil M. Denari Architects, Murmur, and Oosterhuis Lenard. Together, these firms have created a rogue digital addition to the Biennale only accessible through a virtual portal revealing a world of levitating models, movable objects, and much more, activated by physical components of the Koolhaas-curated central pavilion.

Find out how you can hack the Biennale after the break.

The VW Beetle Shell, 1967, and The Utah Teapot, 1975, Ivan Sutherland and Martin Newell. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office Corrugated Duct House, Neil M. Denari Architects. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office Virtual Trading Floor, Asymptote Architecture. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office Spreebogen Master Plan, 1993, Roberge, Rudy, Hoffman, Koebel. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office +7

The Wall of Nishihara / SABAOARCH

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
The Wall of Nishihara / SABAOARCH, © Ohno Shigeru
© Ohno Shigeru

© Ohno Shigeru © Ohno Shigeru © Ohno Shigeru © Yuji Nishijima  +29

Take a Walk on the High Line with Iwan Baan

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)
View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)

Sunday marked the completion of the New York City High Line, a three-phased project that transformed the once disused elevated rail tracks on Manhattan’s West Side into one of the world’s most respected public parks. With the first section opening in 2009, architectural photographer Iwan Baan has been documenting the entire process. Now, for the first time we present to you a photographic journey through the completed High Line designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Take a look, after the break.

6 Identical Differences / Architectuuratelier Dertien12

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
6 Identical Differences / Architectuuratelier Dertien12, © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ploegstraat, 9120 Beveren, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Dieter Haemers and Matthias Laukens
  • Investors

    Gewestelijke Maatschappij voor Huisvesting Beveren
  • Area

    1002.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Hupomone Ranch / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

01:00 - 23 September, 2014
Hupomone Ranch / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, © David Wakely
© David Wakely

© David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely +18