Animal Architecture seeks exciting projects that engage the lives, minds and behaviors of our alternate, sometimes familiar companion species — insects, birds, mammals, fish and microorganisms – each one with unique ways of world-making. As our society re-examines its place in the global ecology Animal Architecture invites your critical and unpublished essays and projects to address how architecture can mediate and encourage multiple new ways of species learning and benefiting from each other – or as we say it here: to illustrate cospecies coshaping.
Animal Architecture wants to hear your ideas. Animal Architecture (formed in 2009) is dedicated to providing a forum for addressing the myriad issues arising from the complex interactions between animals and human society. The lens of our focus is Architecture. The aim of our study is to again see ourselves as partners in an intimate and reciprocal relationship with larger (sometime smaller) ecological forces.
All creatures great and small. Submit your project to us. Submissions can include past work, current research and built or unbuilt projects. Winning entries will be announced mid summer 2011 and will be eligible for inclusion in a publication and exhibition. More information on the competition’s official website.
In Fall 2008, the First Unitarian Society of Madison completed a major new addition to its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed National Historic Landmark Meeting House. Commissioned by the First Unitarian Society in 1946 and completed in 1951, the original Meeting House has been hailed as one of the world’s most innovative examples of church architecture. In 1960 the American Institute of Architects listed the Meeting House as one of seventeen buildings to be retained as an example of Wright’s contribution to American culture.
This eye-catching house in the picturesque Pajottenland landscape was designed by MDMA. Although its form stands in contrast to the surrounding area, the exterior walls and roof reflect the traditional colors of earthernware with gray-brown wooden shingles and polycarbonate sheet with dark orange insulation behind. The result is a house that both fits and stands out from its setting.
The design of the Gateway has been developed in an effort to minimize impact on the native Sonoran Desert environment while celebrating a sense of entry and passage into the 36,400 acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Preservation of native desert habitat is one of the most important environmental issues with continued growth and expansion of the Phoenix Metro area. Preserving nearby open space, and providing easy access and connectivity were guiding principles in the design and development of the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. From the Gateway, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can access a network of over 45 miles of trails within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Gateway is the location individuals regardless of their physical condition or hiking capability can go to explore and experience the magic of the Sonoran Desert.
Architect: Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio
Location: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Project Team: Philip Weddle (AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect), Brandon Gowen, (LEED AP, Project Manager)
General Contractor: Valley Rain Construction Corporation (Project GC), The Construction Zone (Building GC)
Landscape Architect: JJR | Floor
Structural Engineer: Bakkum Noelke Consulting Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Associated Mechanical Engineers
Civil Engineer: Kland Engineering
Project Area: 6,033 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Chris Brown
Our friends from myLapse shared with us a timelapse video on the construction of Diagonal ZeroZero Building, designed by Enric Massip Bosch in Barcelona. The video was made with more than 500,000 photos, 600 hours on site, 400 hours of post production and more than two terabytes of material. Hope you enjoy it!
About an hour car ride outside of Madrid, Spain, is a tiny rural village that just a few years ago had high hopes for an abundant housing market. Yebes is now an example of the economic crisis that has affected the growth of cities. With an excess of 250 row houses, of which only 50 are settled, bad debt has caused these new homes to fall into disrepair with concrete chipping off the buildings, stolen piping, radiators and doors and ghostly empty streets.
Read on for more information after the break.
Borrowing from the symbiotic relationship of a young saguaro cacti and its nurse tree along the arroyos edge, the expansive roof of this branch library creates a shaded microclimate, providing filtered daylight, shelter and a nurturing environment for intellectual growth. This project’s strength is in the integration of the exterior with the interior of the building.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Project Team: James E. Richard (AIA Designer & Principal-in-Charge), Kelly Bauer (FIIDA Project Manager + Interior Design), Steve Kennedy (AIA, NCARB Project Architect & CA), Erik Koss (RA Project Architect), Stacey Kranz (IIDA, FF+E Speicifications + CA)
MEP Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Civil and Structural Engineer: KPFF, Inc.
Landscape Architect: E-Group
Project Area: 15,378 sqf
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.
Through May 17th, Tomas Saraceno’s ‘Cloud City’ at the Carpenter City is one of three major works of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design exhibition, The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is an “exploration of the emerging domain of experimental spatial practice where the concerns of art, design, and activism are powerfully converging today.”
Curator’s Statement from Sanford Kwinter
In the project presented here on the terrace of the renowned Le Corbusier–designed Carpenter Center, Saraceno will erect and dock an air-filled, 7-meter-tall, 14-sided, irregular, transparent structure loaded with solar cells, sensors, recorders, and transmitters intended not only to record the environment but to incorporate and be integrated into it as well.* In collaboration with various space agencies and local amateur operators, the apparatus, or a confederacy of others like it, has the potential to be launched into free space to interact with the urban ocean above.
Architects: Regino Cruz Architects
Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Project Team: Regino Cruz, Conceição Costa, Augusto Lopes, Jorge Serrano, Sónia Nunes, Susana Meireles, Pedro Campos, Duarte Amâncio
Structures: PECS – Projecto de Engenharia, Lda
Specials Technical Facilities: Energia Técnica Lda
Project area: 20,635 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Regino Cruz Architects
Arup, the engineering firm behind dozens of architectural masterpieces [check out our coverage of ARUP here], has opened three new architecture offices, officially known as Arup Associates. Stretching to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzehen, the overseas expansion marks the first of its kind for the 65 year old practice. These offices will employ about 15 architects and 12 engineers. While Arup’s London office has faced declined in the recent years, the Chinese offices are already thriving with the design of a campus for Nokia and an insurance building for Ding He in Shenzhen. Declan O’Carroll, Arup’s head of global architecture, told the British publication Building Design, “The traditional model of the Western international practice has been to have a shop window in developing countries but with the work executed back at home. We are looking at a much more fluid, unorthodox model.”
The annual Pratt Show 2011, featuring the best new design work of graduating students of Pratt Institute, is a juried exhibition of over 300 works. On display at The Manhattan Center from May 10th to 13th, this event is free and open to the public.
Pratt Show 2011 is designed to give industry professionals and the public a chance to see the best work of students in Pratt’s design programs, many of whom will go on to become masters in these industries. Pratt Show 2011 will also feature for the first time products designed in collaboration with corporate sponsored studios and iconic corporations such as Barnes & Noble, Cabot Wrenn, Cotton Incorporated, Nachtmann, Umbra, and West Elm.