Video: Water Cathedral, GUN Architects

An extended view of Water Cathedral, the selected project by GUN Arq for the 2011 YaP installation in Santiago, Chile, shot by photographer Cristobal Palma.

The Water Cathedral is a large, horizontal urban nave for public use. The structure is made up of numerous slender, vertical components, which hang or rise like stalactites and stalagmites in a cave, varying in height and concentration. The project incorporates water dripping at different pulses and speeds from these hanging elements, fed by a hydraulic irrigation network. When filled with small amounts of water, the stalactite components act as interfaces out of which water droplets gradually flow and cool visitors below. The stalagmites topography provides elements of shade, along with plants and water that collect under the Water Cathedral’s canopy.

Last week, the and the PS1 announced HWKN as the winner for the 2012 YAP in NY.

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Parents House In Ajmer / Matharoo Associates

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Architects: Matharoo Associates
Location: , Rajasthan, India
Completion: 2009
Principal in charge: Gurjit Singh Matharoo
Project Team: Prof. MC Gajjar, Architectural Advisor: Sujith GS, Trainee: Mahalaxmi B, Trainee: Rashmi Sinha, Trainee
Client: Mr & Mrs Rajendra Singh Matharoo
Site Area: 167 sqm
Building Area: 143 sqm
Total Floor Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Matharoo Associates

Sabadell Housing Renovation / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos 
Location: Sabadell, Barcelona,
Years: 2005-2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos


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Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis Lectures at SCI-Arc

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will be hosting the lectures of well-renowned architect, Peter Eisenman and architectural theorist, Jeffrey Kipnis… at their W.M. Keck Lecture Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Eisenman’s lecture will take place Monday, March 5th at

Forest View House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architect: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Hyogo,
Structural System: Reinforced concrete
Site Area: 3,306.14 sqm
Building Area: 188.74 sqm
Total Floor Space: 362.19 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

‘REACH: The Architecture of The Freelon Group’ Exhibition

's Anacostia Library / © Mark Herboth

The Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning will showcase the architecture of The Freelon Group in an art exhibition opening February 15th at the Wolk Gallery at MIT. The exhibit, which runs through April 13th, includes ten projects designed by the Freelon Group, plus a table from the furniture collection designed by founder Philip Freelon. Featured projects include museums, university buildings, libraries and an airport parking structure (we’ve published a few you can see here. And don’t miss our interview with Philip Freelon). More information on the event after the break.

Shiseikan / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture,
Completion: 2008
Site area: 65,892.34 sqm
Total floor area: 5,002.529 sqm
Photographs: Fujita Syashin Kobo

Video: ‘Architecture Export – Created in Styria’

A collaborative project by KMKG Studio and OchoResotto, Architecture Export is a video project from CIS [Creative Industries of , based in the city of Graz in ] aiming at making Styrian architecture better known on the international level. Styrian architecture has already enjoyed considerable success in an international context in the past and Graz, the Styrian capital and second largest city of , has recently been award the tittle of Unesco City of Design.

Dutch Mountains / Francine Houben / Mecanoo Architecten

We are pleased to bring attention to the book Dutch Mountains that focuses on Francine Houben from and her inspiring work that spans the globe. We have featured Mecanoo Architecten before and you can see them here.  Houben came to architecture like many great young architects who are driven by social idealism.  “Uplifting the people, contributing to quality of life—that was the great goal.” Among being named Business Woman of the Year in Netherlands in 2008, Houben still works for social idealism. Houben says about her Birmingham library, “I want to create cohesion among the ethnic diversity of the city and the traces of its industrial past.”

La Coruña Center For The Arts / aceboXalonso studio

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Architects: aceboXalonso studio – Victoria Acebo y Ángel Alonso
Location: La Coruña,
Years: 2001 – 2011
Photographs: Hector Santos-Diez


Video: Michael Pawlyn discusses Biomimicry in Architecture

Check out this condensed video, provided by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), featuring . As many architects have been inspired by nature, Pawlyn concentrates on ’s potential to influence the function rather than the form of a building. He believes a functional revolution needs to occur, stating we need to focus on a radical increase in resource efficiency, a shift to closed-looped systems and the transformation from our current fossil fuel economy to a solar economy. With the natural world as our living proof, Pawlyn believes all three of these challenges are crucial and achievable.

Want more? Check out this interview with Michael Pawlyn on Biomimicry and his book Biomimicry in Architecture.

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ArchiSpel / NOV’82 Architecten

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Architect: NOV’82 Architecten
Location: Ringweg, ,
Design team: Saynzo Osinga and Laura Ubachs
Area: 6,000 sqm
Client: Municipality of Haarlemmerliede & Spaarnwoude
Contractor: Compeer B.V. Halfweg
Project Date: 2011
Photographs: Laura Ubachs, Saynzo Osinga

How Would You Like Your Architecture?

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We found this Venn diagram on arthitectural. This illustration was originally created by Colin Harman in regards to graphic design. However, there is no doubt this logic can apply to architecture, or any other design profession.

Via, Web Urbanist

Club Octagon / Urbantainer

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Architects: Urbantainer
Location: ,
Area: 2,600 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

‘Forest Life’ / OOZE

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OOZE architects shared with us their mixed residential and commercial project located in Gundala, 35 km south of the Hyderabad city center in . Their aim for ‘Forest Life’ was to create an eco-community with different individual villa typologies located within the existing forest next to a much denser mixed use development with residential towers and a commercial podium with proximity shops leisure activities and offices located along the main road leaving Hyderabad towards the south. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Morpholio Project App

Morpholio app

The Morpholio Project seeks to create a new platform for presentation, critique, and collaboration relevant to all designers, architects, artists, or members of any image driven culture, through a dedicated mobile app for iOS devices. Created by a group of five architects, and academics, the app explores to re-image the portfolio: “Although essential to design culture, the current methods of creating and sharing design portfolios and presentations still ultimately rely on fixed notions of time, media and outdated technologies of sharing.”

FUNDECOR New Headquarters Proposal / MOOV

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The fundamental concern that guided the decision process from the start was how to produce a solution that is environmentally responsible, functional, cost effective and iconic. The circular shape of the building aims at giving a positive response to all of the above.The proposal by MOOV not only preserves the locations and offers living conditions to its dwellers, but also enhances the actual natural conditions, by regenerating the plot. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dalian Library / 10 Design

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The engaging and dynamic proposal for the Library by 10 design represents an attention for both an urban and internal connectivity. The library is intended to be a transformative environment that pulls visitors into a unique landscape. The building weaves into the ground creating a series of courtyards and topographic undulations- rooting itself, and then sweeping up into the air forming a bold urban landmark becoming a community center for the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.