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Feed Meat Market / FGMF Arquitetos + Projeto de Perto

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Feed Meat Market / FGMF Arquitetos + Projeto de Perto, © Rafaela Netto
© Rafaela Netto

© Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto +24

Origami / TSC Architects

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Origami / TSC Architects, © Masato Kawano
© Masato Kawano

© Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mie, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshiaki Tanaka
  • Area

    112.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Villa ITO / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Villa ITO / Nakahira Architects, © Ken’ichi Suzuki
© Ken’ichi Suzuki

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki +16

Applications Now Open for ManTownHuman's Summer School

00:00 - 17 April, 2014

Building on the success of their first Winter school in 2010, ManTownHuman's "Critical Subjects" school returns this summer. The week-long event that will serve as a platform to debate vital architectural questions as diverse as "what is 'nature'?"; "whatever happened to the avant garde?"; and "what is architecture for?" Applications are currently open - 30 of the UK's keenest architecture students will be chosen for their critical and innovative thought.

Mies, the Modernist Man of Letters

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Mies, the Modernist Man of Letters, Mies van der Rohe with smoke, 1957; photographed for Life magazine. Image Courtesy of Frank Scherschel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Mies van der Rohe with smoke, 1957; photographed for Life magazine. Image Courtesy of Frank Scherschel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

This review of Detlef Mertins' book "Mies" - by Thomas de Monchaux - originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine as "Mies Reconsidered". According to de Monchaux, Mertins reveals the modernist master as a voracious reader who interpreted a wide variety of influences to arrive at his stripped-down style.

The quintessential page of the 528 that make up Detlef Mertins’s monumental new monograph on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—entitled simply Mies (Phaidon, 2014)—is 155. There, you will find a reproduction, a page within a page, of page 64 of Romano Guardini’s 1927 book Letters from Lake Como—a book about modernity and human subjectivity—with Mies’s own annotations penciled in the margins, in a surprisingly ornate and delicate hand. 

And there, you will find Mertins’s notes on Mies’s notes on Guardini: “Of all the books in Mies’s library, Guardini’s Letters is the most heavily marked. Mies highlighted passage after passage with bold and rapid margin strokes and wrote key words diagonally and in large script across the first pages of many of the chapters: Haltung (stance), Erkenntnis (knowledge), Macht (power).” Mertins’s vivid marginality, his attention to the divine details along edges, recalls the experience of reading the Talmud, that commentary on Jewish law and scripture in which, by marking and emending earlier readers’ marks and emendations, generations of rabbis enacted an intimate conversation across time and space. 

Read on for more insight into Mies' influences.

Mies van der Rohe, 860–880 Lake Shore Drive Apartment Buildings, Chicago, 1948–51; under construction, 1950–1. Image Courtesy of Chicago History Museum Mies van der Rohe, Westmount Square, Montreal, 1965–8; plaza. Image Courtesy of Chicago History Museum Mies van der Rohe, Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper project; Berlin, 1921-2, opaque version of photomontage. Image Courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Photo: Markus Hawlik Mies, wearing glasses and reading, with model of new IBM building in background, ca. 1969–71. Image Courtesy of Chicago History Museum +10

Milan Expo 2015: Shortlisted Designs Revealed for UK Pavilion

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Shortlisted Designs Revealed for UK Pavilion, Team 2. Image Courtesy of UKTI
Team 2. Image Courtesy of UKTI

Details have been released on the eight proposals competing to serve as the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Each design draws inspiration from the theme “Grown in Britain: Shared Globally,” which is intended to showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global food challenges. 

Presented anonymously, the proposals will be reviewed by an esteemed jury before a winner is announced in May. 

Check out all the innovative proposals, after the break...

Studio in a Mountain Resort / Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Studio in a Mountain Resort / Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos, © Yen Chen
© Yen Chen

© Yen Chen © Yen Chen © Yen Chen © Yen Chen +22

AMLGM Proposes to Top New York Transportation Hubs with Sprawling Tower

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
AMLGM Proposes to Top New York Transportation Hubs with Sprawling Tower, Train View. Image © AMLGM
Train View. Image © AMLGM

Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM have envisioned a new residential tower typology for New York that can connect and transform unused space surrounding various transportation hubs into a dense, mixed-use housing tower. 

The proposal, dubbed Urban Alloy, which won first in Metropolis’ Living Cities Residential Tower Competition and received honorable mention in Evolo Skyscrapers 2014, is capable of responding to a number of unique spacial and environmental situations, providing a new way for the city to grow "organically" and provide adequate housing for the expanding population. 

Read on for the architect's description...

Headquarter building for the Science Park of the University of the Basque Country / ACXT

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Headquarter building for the Science Park of the University of the Basque Country / ACXT, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leioa, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Gonzalo Carro
  • Project Team

    Oscar Ferreira, Javier Manjón, Aintzane Gastelu-Iturri
  • Area

    11440.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The House of Kubogaoka / Kichi Architectural Design

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
The House of Kubogaoka  / Kichi Architectural Design, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +28

US Pavilion Establishes Temporary Practice, Sets Agenda for the Future Production of Architecture

00:00 - 17 April, 2014
US Pavilion Establishes Temporary Practice, Sets Agenda for the Future Production of Architecture, OfficeUS in U.S. Pavilion, Leong Leong, 2014. Image © Leong Leong and Storefront for Art and Architecture
OfficeUS in U.S. Pavilion, Leong Leong, 2014. Image © Leong Leong and Storefront for Art and Architecture

The curators of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale has unveiled OfficeUS, a “radical experiment” that explores the ways in which “space, structures, and protocols of the U.S. architectural office” have influenced the construction of Modernity. 

New York based architects Leong Leong, graphic designer Natasha Jen (Pentagram) and technology consultants at CASE have been commissioned to re-design the U.S. Pavilion in Venice’s Giardini as a modern architectural practice. Eight architects will be selected from an international open call to serve as the ad-hoc practice’s acting principles, collaborating with 90 satellite offices from around the world to revisit and re-envision historical projects from an onsite archive of 1,000 buildings so that they may construct an agenda for the future production of architecture.

Eliza Apartments / Tony Owen Partners

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Eliza Apartments  / Tony Owen Partners, Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners
Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners

Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners +13

Central Library of the PUC Campinas / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Central Library of the PUC Campinas / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados, © Bebete Viegas
© Bebete Viegas

© Bebete Viegas © Bebete Viegas © Bebete Viegas © Bebete Viegas +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida John Boyd Dunlop, Campinas - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    José Armênio de Brito Cruz, Renata Semin
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

Conference: Cities for Tomorrow

00:00 - 17 April, 2014
Conference: Cities for Tomorrow

Building resilient and sustainable urban centers. That's going to be the main issue that over 30 speakers will be addressing at the Cities for Tomorrow Conference next Tuesday, April 22 at TheTimesCenter, NY. The event, hosted by NY Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, will feature Shigeru Ban's first public appearance since winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His presentation will be on the eve of the conference, on Monday, April 21. Although the reception is invitation-only, we will be live-tweeting the presentation.

Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours

00:00 - 17 April, 2014
Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours, Workmen assembling one of Winsun's printed walls.  Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal
Workmen assembling one of Winsun's printed walls. Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal

Winsun New Materials, a construction firm based in Suzhou, China, has successfully built ten small-scale houses using a massive 3-D printer. The 22 foot tall machine uses glass fibers and cement to produce building elements, such as walls, in successive layers. Winsun estimates that their printing process is approximately half as costly as traditional construction methods. Acknowledging China’s strict environmental policies, the company also has plans to use scrapped construction materials to print future buildings. You can read more about this ongoing project in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Synthon Laboratory Building / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Synthon Laboratory Building  / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +37

Material Studies: When Architecture Meets Fashion

00:00 - 16 April, 2014

A few months ago, fourteen 5th-year architecture students at the University of Southern California (USC) were given an unusual challenge: select two materials, and two only, to design and construct... a Mao jacket. 

The results, exhibited at the university on March 7th, were fourteen fascinating experimentations with unusual materials - including everything from rubber erasers to acrylic paint to 5,500 metal Mao pins (shipped direct from China). 

As Lee Olvera, the studio lead, told USC News, “It’s an exploration of program and function. In architecture, we’re called upon to design the skins of buildings all the time. This project infuses our intuitive skills of artistry and aesthetics with the rigor of analytical and performance-based material experimentation to create innovative working solutions."

Check out more images from this unusual studio project, after the break.

"Penny matches – 41,600 of them – were stuck into plastic crochet mesh by Caroline Duncan. The matches were clipped, one row at a time, to create a fabric of varying heights. The green dots are the matchheads". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page "Nick Tedesco discovered that it took about 10 hours to hand-sew a square foot of his colored pencil erasers". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page "Industrial strength caulk wasn’t strong enough to hold the smooth surface of thumbtacks on Sean Miller’s jacket, leading to torn sections and emergency repairs". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page "Corey Koczarski started with Rockite, a substance used for patching cracks in concrete. He cast Rockite in silicon molds, experimenting with thicknesses and profile to come up a shape that could be reproduced 4,948 times and linked together". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page +8

NYU and Hudson Yards to Use Big Data to Improve Cities

00:00 - 16 April, 2014
NYU and Hudson Yards to Use Big Data to Improve Cities, Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards
Phase One Visualisation © Nelson Byrd Woltz; Courtesy of Hudson Yards

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress has teamed up with the developers of Hudson Yards to transform the future 28-acre mixed-use neighborhood into the nations first “quantified community.” As Crain’s New York reports, the aim is to “use big data to make cities better places to live.” Information, from pedestrian traffic to energy production and resident activity levels, will be collected in order to study how cities can run efficiently and improve quality of living. You can read more on the subject, here