EEUU 4263 Building / BAK Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 October, 2013
EEUU 4263 Building / BAK Arquitectos, © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Architects

    María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk. BAK Arquitectos
  • Location

    Estados Unidos 4263, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Area

    1419.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +21

Turkey Design Mission 2013

00:00 - 7 October, 2013
Turkey Design Mission 2013, Courtesy of Turkey Design Mission
Courtesy of Turkey Design Mission

Turkey's fast growth has increased the demands in the construction sector, opening many opportunities for architects. 

MIT Researchers Propose Self-Assembling Robots as Future of Construction

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
MIT Researchers Propose Self-Assembling Robots as Future of Construction, An exposed prototype of the M-Block, a new modular robotic system . Image © M. Scott Brauer
An exposed prototype of the M-Block, a new modular robotic system . Image © M. Scott Brauer

Picture this: self-assembling blocks that, when given a task, have the ability to reorganize themselves into new geometries. 

This is precisely what research scientist, John Romanishin, at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAILhas long envisioned for a near future — robotic modules known as M-Blocks. Romanishin has teamed with his professor, Daniela Rus, and colleague, postdoc Kyle Gilpin, to prototype robotic cubes with no external moving parts, able to climb over, around and even leap onto each other.

Till now, robots have depended on arms or attachments to move themselves. "We wanted a simpler approach," says Romanishin, that uses fewer moving parts. Inside each M-Block is a flywheel that spins at 20,000 revolutions per minute, creating enough angular momentum when it brakes that the blocks assemble themselves in new configurations. On each face and edge of the cubes are magnets, naturally connecting the cubes when spurred by the flywheel.

Learn more after the break...

If Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do "Donuts" Tell Us?

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
If Skyscrapers Predict Crises, What Do "Donuts" Tell Us? , Apple HQ (USA). Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
Apple HQ (USA). Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

In a recent article for the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote explores the 'Skyscraper Index', an informal term that suggests a correlation between the construction of a big company's ambitious headquarters and subsequent financial crisis: "Think of the Empire State Building opening into the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Twin Towers being completed as New York City was flirting with bankruptcy or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur taking the mantle of the world’s tallest building and presaging the Asian financial crisis." Heathcote goes on to describe the latest generation of headquarters being constructed for our current, tech-oriented goliaths - like Apple's monolithic "donut", by Foster + Partners, and Facebook's Gehry-designed Menlo Park campus - and wonders: "if skyscrapers can tell us something about the temperature of an overheating economy, what do these groundscraping new HQs say?" Read the full article here.

Solar Decathlon 2013

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013, © DOE
© DOE

Looking for something to do this week? If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, come check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) sixth Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Currently on view through October 13, this (free!) event showcases nineteen student-built, solar-powered homes that claim to be exemplars of sustainable housing. After being closely monitored by the DOE throughout the length of the competition, one team will be crowned as winner for successfully blending affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Catch a glimpse of each project, ranked in order of the current standings, after the break. 

Cement Plant in Szentlőrinc / MHM Architects

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Cement Plant in Szentlőrinc / MHM Architects, © Kurt Hörbst
© Kurt Hörbst
  • Architects

  • Location

    Szentlőrinc, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
  • General Contractor

    STRABAG Hungary
  • Process Technology Planning

    A TEC Production & Services GmbH
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst © Kurt Hörbst +33

House of the Arts / Future Architecture Thinking

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
© João Morgado
© João Morgado
  • Architects

  • Location

    3220 Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Miguel Correia, Cláudia Campos, Sérgio Catita, Patrícia de Carvalho, Miguel Cabral, Margarida Magro, Sara Gonçalves, Telmo Maia, Gabriel Santos, Hilário Abril, José Pico, Sara Távora
  • Builder

    TECNORÉM – Engenharia e Construções, S.A
  • Area

    2360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +30

Villa K / ARCHITECTENCSK

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Villa K / ARCHITECTENCSK, © Fedde de Weert
© Fedde de Weert

© Fedde de Weert © Fedde de Weert © Fedde de Weert © Fedde de Weert +12

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The United Nations Headquarters

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The United Nations Headquarters, © LEGO®
© LEGO®

LEGO® has officially announced the next addition to their architecture-inspired products: The United Nations Headquarters. Standing alongside New York City’s East River, the United Nations Headquarters is a beacon of modernism and international collaboration, designed by a team of multinational architects including Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. Scaling 5 inches high x 8 inches wide x 6 inches deep, this representation of the UN Headquarters costs  $49.99. 

Check out more about the building and its history here.

Medical practice / HPSA

01:00 - 6 October, 2013
Medical practice / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +18

Could Mobile Technology Help Us Define "Good" Architecture?

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
Could Mobile Technology Help Us Define "Good" Architecture?, Courtesy of gizmodo.com
Courtesy of gizmodo.com

Architecture researchers in Edinburgh have completed a breakthrough study on brain activity recorded in situ by using mobile electroencephalography (EEG) technology, which records live neural impressions of subjects moving through a city. Excitingly, this technology could help us define how different urban environments affect us, a discovery that could have provocative implications for architecture. Read the full story on Salon. Also, check out this article from Fast Company about how a similar mobile technology could show us the effects of urban design - not on our brains, but on our bodies. 

Architect Floats "100 Colors" for Japanese Art Festival

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of color, has created yet another vibrant space, this time for the 2013 Shinjuku Creators Festa in Japan

Shikiri, meaning "to divide space using colors," is a made-up term the French architect has embraced in her art and architecture. She aims to "use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces." 

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners +7

A Simple Brick Interior / Pencil Office

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
Courtesy of Pencil Office
Courtesy of Pencil Office
  • Design

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Design Architect

    Erik G. L’ Heureux AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Area

    143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pencil Office

Courtesy of Pencil Office Courtesy of Pencil Office Courtesy of Pencil Office Courtesy of Pencil Office +8

BigO / CODA

00:00 - 5 October, 2013
BigO / CODA, © Somoskoi Gabor
© Somoskoi Gabor
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vigántpetend, Csórompuszta, 8294 Hungary
  • Project Architects

    Enrique Soriano y Pep Tornabell de CODA BarcelonaTech
  • Design Team

    Peter Krompáczki, Alma Tóth, Dóri Komlóssy, Akos Takacs, Paul, Irina , Marta Ventura, Daphne Zografou
  • Project Area

    75.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Somoskoi Gabor, Donat Kekesi, Enrique Soriano, Peter Krompáczki

© Somoskoi Gabor © Donat Kekesi © Enrique Soriano © Donat Kekesi +14

17 / Torsten Ottesjö

01:00 - 5 October, 2013
© David Relan
© David Relan

© David Relan © David Relan © David Relan © David Relan +18

Light Walls House / mA-style Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2013
© Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
  • Structural Engineer

    Daisuke Hasegawa
  • Area

    266.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +28

Video: Firminy: José Oubrerie / 32BNY and Spirit of Space

00:00 - 5 October, 2013

32BNY in collaboration with Spirit of Space has released its fifth videopolemic, entitled Firminy: José Oubrerie. In this video José Oubrerie, a French architect and protégé of Le Corbusier, currently teaching at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, remembers his time working for Corbu, working on the Church in Firminy.

AA Students "Amplify the Forest"

00:00 - 5 October, 2013
AA Students "Amplify the Forest", Courtesy of Stewart Dodd and the Architectural Association
Courtesy of Stewart Dodd and the Architectural Association

Marking the Forest, now in its second year, is a ten-day summer course by the Architectural Association. Set in a managed forest in central Oregon, it aims to engage students with the forest through thoughtful architectural intervention.