Theory: Chapter 2

The question is whether to move forward, backward, or to remain in place. The house would be the place but now that his father had died the house was a question. Dean had been in and out of it, back and forth, for the past few months. He’d fixed some things. A coat of paint here and there. At first in preparation for his father to come home. Later for himself. Later still just for something to do.

With death comes division. The body’s cells, alarm clocks ticking down. All property follows the body into division. Collected things get distributed to other houses, other relatives. There are the morbid Craigslist strangers, those death shoppers who flock to death sales. They are related to garage sale prowlers and trash-heap diggers. They come baring claws to fight over the dead’s things, assigning new ownership and purifying.

Video: Chris Burden / Metropolis II

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’s massive kinetic sculpture, , will debut at at LACMA this fall. The project took Burden and his chief engineer Zak Cook four years to complete.

Burden, a performance artist known for crucifying himself on a Volkswagen and once hiring a friend to shoot him in the arm, doesn’t have any particular interest in transportation or urban planning, he says, although he has used toys in his artworks since the 1970s. “Toys are interesting as objects — they’re the tools you use to inculcate children into adults,” he told Fastco Design. “They’re a reflection of society.” His mini-city is “modeling something that’s on the twilight of extinction: the era of the ‘free car,’” Burden says, referring to the idea of jumping into one’s car anytime and going wherever one pleases. “Those days are numbered, but think it’s a good thing. The upside is that cars can be faster and safer, and you don’t have to worry about drunk drivers. Think about it: The cars in Metropolis II are going a scale speed of 230mph. That’d be great to do for real in L.A.”


AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LIII

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Our Flickr Pool has now more than 56,000 photos! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by toxophilite in London, . Check the other four after the break.

In Progress: Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo architecten

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Architect: Mecanoo architecten
Location: ,
Photographs: Paul Reynolds, Mecanoo architects

A Wood Screen for Dinant Road / Corbacreative


Architect: Corbacreative sprl
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Corbacreative

Fortress of Fortezza / Markus Scherer with Walter Dietl

© Alessandra Chemollo

Architects: Markus Scherer with Walter Dietl
Location: ,
Client: Autonome Provinz Bozen
Collaborator: Heike Kirnbauer, Elena Mezzanotte
Structural Engineering: Baubüro-Klaus Plattner, Bozen
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: René Riller, Alessandra Chemollo

Fashion and Architecture: Le Corbusier inspired Designs

Highlighting fashion one more time this week (take a look at An Architect’s Dress Code) we wanted to share with you this inspired design. Taking a nod from one of architecture’s greats the Corneliani man for Fall/Winter 2011 is an interpretation of the Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier’s timeless elegance and the ‘talking jacket’. Setting a scene reminiscent of a 1940s movie set the Italian brand’s new collection is described as ‘a suit with peak lapels, a soft, enveloping, deconstructed overcoat, thick glasses and a bow tie symbolise with an eccentric touch a sophisticated and relaxed chic.’

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Seixal City Hall / Nuno Leonidas Arquitectos

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Architect: NLA – Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda.
Location: Quinta do Quterio, Lote 0 – ,
Project Team: Nuno Leonidas, Vasco Leonidas, Duarte Tenera
General Coordination: Nuno Leonidas Arquitectos
Client: ASSIMEC – Imoveis e Construcoes da A. Silva e Silva, SA
Struture: ESTIPLANO – Estudos e Projectos, Lda.
HVAC/Technical Management/Safety/Electrical/Hydraulic/Acoustic/Traffic: Coopacil, CRL
Landscape Architect: ARTEMISIA
Supervision: ASSIMEC – Imoveis e Construcoes da A. Silva e Silva, SA
Construction: OPWAY
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jose Manuel

2011 Monterey Design Conference

Praised as the most prestigious and best attended architectural design conference in the , the Monterey Design Conference was founded in 1979.  Held in Pacific Grove at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds, past attendees of this prestigious design conference include such starchitect names as Rem Koolhaas.

This year’s speakers include , Tom Kundig, Michael Maltzan, David Salmela, Brigitte Shim, Borja Ferrater, and Peter Walker.

The 2011 MDC will take place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on Oct 7-9th. A complete conference schedule can fe found at the AIACC Monterey Design Conference website and to register click here.

During the MDC there will be a guided Modern Home Tour which will include visits to projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Bernard Trainor + Associates, Jonathan Feldman, among others.

As a teaser, you can read interviews with  Jeanne Gang, and past speakers Thom MayneNeil Denari and Lawrence Scarpa.

More details after the break:

Haikou Tower Competition Winner / HENN

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HENN have won the first prize in the international competition to design the Haikou Tower in Haikou, . More information and images after the break.

Box House / Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato


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Architects: Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato
Location: Ilhabela, Sao Paulo,
Project year: 2008
Site area: 8,000 sqm
Constructed area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Djan Chu

House in Cadiz / Alfonso Alzugaray + Carlos Urzainqui

© Iñaki Bergera

Architects: Alfonso Alzugaray + Carlos Urzainqui
Location: Cadiz,
Collaborators: Leire Leoz y Jesús Ramírez
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

Design Studio: Top 10 Things you should know

Editor’s note: We welcome Bob Borson to ArchDaily. We will be presenting periodic updates from his popular blog Life of an Architect, generating a space for conversation among architects.

So school started a few weeks ago and architecture students are back in the studio environment – Aaahhhhh (breathing deeply) the familiar smell of despair, B.O. and basswood. There are a few things that I thought I would share with all you new studio rats. These are things you will probably have to figure out for yourself but I wish someone had told me some of these things when I was still spending 35 bazillion hours a week up at studio. There are many different experiences people might value from their time spent with other future architects but I would like to expose some commonly held urban legends associated with architecture and design studios.

Habitat For Humanity Adopts Student House Design

Courtesy of Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon

Vert House, a low-cost sustainable house design, has been approved and adopted by Houston Habitat for Humanity. Designed by Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon, graduate architecture students at , the 1,300 square-foot, 3-bedroom house will be constructed by Rice students and alumni in Spring 2012 as the Rice Centennial House, a student initiative in honor of of the university’s centennial celebrations. The design will also be added to Houston Habitat’s portfolio of home designs for additional builds in the future. More information on the project after the break.

1111 Lincoln Road / Raymond Jungles

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We have previously featured 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron. We focused mostly on the building and interior design, but the landscape is equally note worthy and should not be missed. , the project’s landscape architect, generously shared with us the project from his perspective.

Landscape Architect: Raymond Jungles Inc
Location: 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Landscape Architect of Record: Raymond Jungles, FASLA
Design Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Client/Owner: Robert Wennett and the City of Miami Beach
General Contractor: G.T. McDonald Enterprises, Inc.
Landscape Contractor: Superior Landscaping, Inc.
Specimen Tree Broker: Sean Jacobus Company, Inc.
Landscape Contractor: Plant Creations, Inc.
Lighting Consultant: Leni Schwendinger, Light Projects LTD.
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Aquatic Consultant: Biscayne Aquaculture
Urban Soil and Tree Consultant: James Urban
Bromeliad Donations: Bulis Bromeliads
Silva Cell /Design: Deep Root Partners
Project Area: 43,560 sqf
Photographs: Steven Brooke

Update: Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero / dbox

Illustration(s) by dbox

During the last week of August, the first installment of Spielberg’s Rising aired on the Discovery Channel.   Throughout the three hour segment, the documentary played to viewers’ emotions by sharing family members’ stories of that day and introducing us to a few iron workers who are slowly, but surely, bringing the Freedom Tower to life.    The documentary also featured amazing visualizations showing the complex while designers’ discussed the strategies behind the project.  Back in 2002, dbox: a branding & creative agency, with studios in , and Taiwan, became involved with the WTC and has been working on one or more of the projects at the site.  In collaborated with KPI, executive producer Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, dbox provided brand identity, graphics, CGI and aerial cinematography for the Rising series which affords us glimpses into the future and reveals to the world the renewed skyline of New York.  We love the sunlight catching the edge of the sleek Tower and, for those familiar with the PATH at the WTC, the atmosphere shown in Calatrava’s transit hub leaves us anxiously awaiting its completion.  Take a look at the images and let us know which is your favorite.

View more illustrations after the break.

Casa Sasso / 57Studio

© Luly Pozo

Architect: 57Studio
Location: Santiago,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,658SqFt
Collaborators: Felipe Zamora
Construction: 57Studio + Francisco Sass0
Structural Engineer: Roberto Ibaceta
Photography: 57StudioLuly Pozo, Mauricio Fuertes


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The Exbury Egg / Perring Architecture + Design (PAD)

Idyllically located on the mud flats of the Exbury bank of the Bealieu River, The Egg is a project that young architectural practice, Perring Architecture + Design (PAD)…, are developing in partnership with ArtSway, a contemporary visual arts organization