Architect: Lowney Architecture
Location: Pacifica, California, USA
Project Team: Ken Lowney, Tim Sloat, Tony Valadez
General Contractor: Pankow Special Projects, L.P.
Structural Engineer: Ingraham DeJesse Associates
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 17,000 sp ft Anchor Space, 3,000 sq ft Retail Space
Photographs: Courtesy of Lowney Architecture
INDEX dreams of a world that is designed to suit the needs and aspirations of mankind. Their ten years of experience have shown, through thousands of conversations and thousands of life-improving designs, that design is a decisive factor towards creating a better world.
The 60 finalists for INDEX: Award 2011 have been carefully selected by the international INDEX: Jury as the best of the best Design to Improve Life. As a whole, the finalist group offers unique proof of the wide reach and huge potential of Design to Improve Life in terms of challenges addressed, solutions created and people affected. More images and description after the break.
The city of Korla has announced that inFORM Studio has been selected as the winner of an international design competition for the Civic Cultural Exhibition and Activity Center in Korla, China. It will be a symbol of a progressive future for the region of Xinjiang. The conceptual proposal embraces the master plan vision for an axial relationship of cultural buildings and a strong east/west pedestrian linkage through the site; it also responds intelligently to the climate, geological heritage, ecology, and contextual views and relationships. More about the Civic Cultural Exhibition and Activity Center after the break.
OPEN Architecture was invited to participate in a competition to design a zeppelin hangar situated in the serene landscape of Maan Mountain of Auhui Province, China. The challenge is to design a single structure with a clearance of 100 meters wide by 300 meters long and 100 meters in height to house the production and storage of the zeppelin. The structure also demands a single door with a clear opening of 100 meter by 100 meter to let the zeppelin go in and out. Heavy duty cranes are to be hung off the ceiling of the structure, adding substantial loads to this super structure. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Designing a gathering point for the city of Timisoara, Prechteck’s main focus for the pavilion was to stand out as an attractor and fit in the context at the same time. Located within the green lung of the city with direct connection to its surrounding districts and due to its vertical orientation, the highseat has a great potential to serve as a cultural, social and urban focal point to attract people back to the park. More images and brief project description after the break.
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Project Team: Chris Reed, Scott Bishop, Tim Barner, Cathy Braasch, Steve Carlucci, Jill Desimini, Adrian Fehrmann, Carl Frushour, Kristin Malone, Chris Muskopf, Susan Fitzgerald, Jana Kienitz, Lisl Kotheimer, Bryan Miyahara, Graham Palmer, Megan Studer, Sarah White
Project Area: 2.5 acres
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: StossLU, Jeff Mirkes
Commercial Complex for Building Industry Proposal / Alireza Mahdizadeh Hakak, Ali Aleali, & Fatemeh Farmanfarmayee
In an open competition, Alireza Mahdizadeh Hakak, Ali Aleali, & Fatemeh Farmanfarmayee were challenged to design a 10,000m2 commercial center for building industry in the Gilan Province, which is located in the northern part of Iran within a moderate climate and surrounded with forests. Enough precipitation and unique landscape scenes are the main characteristics of the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.
A new vision of the map for London’s Tube has been posted to depict a more geographically accurate representation of the underground train system. Navigate through the map for yourself here: http://www.london-tubemap.com/.
The original map was designed by Harry Beck; he compromised geographical accuracy for a rationalized system of connection, transfers and passages on a map that in 1931 only depicted 7 train lines. While those principles remain in use today, the underground subway system has doubled in size. The increased complexity of the system increased has amplified these inaccuracies and has received a lot of criticism for its diagrammatic quality and lack of correlation with London’s street level.
This updated map attempts to keep some of the principles of clarity that Beck designed as part of the original map, such as fixed line angles – in this case 30 and 60 degrees instead of the original 45. But the map attempts to establish a relationship between relative distances through the train and on the street, so that users can identify which routes are faster for walking or hopping on the Tube.
For more on the discussion what design means, sparked by the new vision for London’s Tube Map, follow this link: London Tube Map Sparks Debate: “Design” and the Multi-screen World.
The proposed project for this residence, located in a gated community in the city of Mogi das Cruzes, was designed for an architect, his wife and kid. It was proposed that the construction should be done in stages, according to the family growth. Sustainability of its use was also considered in the project. The sloping terrain has a forest of native trees at the lower part of the plot, making the first block more suitable for occupation to be done on two levels, therefore preserving as many species of trees as possible. And at a later stage, an expansion of another block in the lower part of the plot, dedicated to children.
Architect: Frederico Zanelato | Arquitetos
Location: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Project Team: Frederico Zanelato, Arthur Pugliese, Fernanda Kano, Regina Sesoko and Milena Mendes
Collaborators: Regina Santos and Flávio Coutinho
Structural: Wagner de Oliveira Garcia
Construction: Architects Frederick Zanelato
Frames: Jair Bolanho
Interns: Guilherme Bravin and Nayara Mendes
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Peter Abude
Cushman & Wakefield, in collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks Initiative, recently released its second annual Green Building Opportunity Index and three New York City submarkets cracked the top ten. Midtown, Midtown South, and Downtown placed second, fourth, and seventh, respectively in the Index. One of the goals of this initiative is to assist urban planners and policymakers in examining data to understand what new policies and incentives may be useful in accelerating green building practices at the local level.
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., currently the sixth largest bank in the United States, is a leader in green design, currently possessing over 100 green buildings. PNC was an early adopter of sustainable design, opening its first green building in 2000. PNC and Gensler have recently announced plans to design and construct the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information and images after the break.
Vernacular architecture, the simplest form of addressing human needs, is seemingly forgotten in modern architecture. However, due to recent rises in energy costs, the trend has sensibly swung the other way. Architects are embracing regionalism and cultural building traditions, given that these structures have proven to be energy efficient and altogether sustainable. In this time of rapid technological advancement and urbanization, there is still much to be learned from the traditional knowledge of vernacular construction. These low-tech methods of creating housing which is perfectly adapted to its locale are brilliant, for the reason that these are the principles which are more often ignored by prevailing architects.
More on vernacular architecture after the break.
Material Landscapes is an exhibition that recently opened at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. The show is curated by Liane Hancock, Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University. It features materiality in contemporary landscape architecture through projects by a group of national and international landscape architects.