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Country House / zaa

02:00 - 14 September, 2017
Country House / zaa, © Paolo Belvedere
© Paolo Belvedere

© Paolo Belvedere © Paolo Belvedere © Paolo Belvedere © Paolo Belvedere + 13

  • Architects

    zaa
  • Location

    Treviso, Italy
  • Other Participants

    Mogs srl
  • Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

SO-IL with Ana Prvački Debut Musical-Spatial Performance at 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

23:00 - 13 September, 2017
SO-IL with Ana Prvački Debut Musical-Spatial Performance at 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, L'air pour l'air / SO-IL and Ana Prvacki. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
L'air pour l'air / SO-IL and Ana Prvacki. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Today SO-IL, in collaboration with Ana Prvački, debuted L’air pour air on the occasion of the press preview of the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The performance explores the art of performing behind a filter in an age where many cities suffer from the environmental impact of human habitation. Described as "part installation and part musical performance," the creators have drawn inspiration from abundant plant life and the interconnectedness of people and nature.

Gigi-Verde Kobe / SIDES CORE

22:00 - 13 September, 2017
Gigi-Verde Kobe / SIDES CORE, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fujimoto Bldg. 1F 2-4-12 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan
  • Area

    76.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Half House / SU Architects

20:00 - 13 September, 2017
Half House / SU Architects, © Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Hao Chen © Xuguo Tang © Xuguo Tang © Hao Chen + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mogan Shan, Deqing, Huzhou, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Keyuan Ma
  • Design Team

    Shaoxun Guo, Jiachen Xie, Ming Tang
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Anfrum Hair Salon / Hidenori Tsuboi Architects

19:00 - 13 September, 2017
Anfrum Hair Salon / Hidenori Tsuboi Architects, © Daisuke Shima
© Daisuke Shima

© Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Uehonmachinishi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0062, Japan
  • Lead Architect

    Hidenori Tsuboi
  • Area

    55.8 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Homework / SAVVY Studio

17:00 - 13 September, 2017
Homework / SAVVY Studio, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    De La República 9, Tabacalera, 06030 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Foster + Partners Gains Planning Permission for Snowdon Aviary Transformation at the London Zoo

16:00 - 13 September, 2017
Foster + Partners Gains Planning Permission for Snowdon Aviary Transformation at the London Zoo, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

The Westminster Council has approved plans for the Foster + Partners-led transformation of the Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo. Designed by English architect and theorist Cedric Price in collaboration with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon, the Grade II-listed structure became the first aviary in the UK to allow visitors to walk through a natural bird habitat when it opened to the public in 1962.

The revamp will preserve many of the original design qualities from the original structure, while updating safety and viewing strategies for its new inhabitants: a family of colobus monkeys and parrots. To make the monkeys feel at home, the design features a series of platforms and vertical elements, allowing visitors to learn about the animals as they swing, jump and explore their surroundings.

"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York

15:15 - 13 September, 2017
"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York, Cornell Tech Campus. Image © Iwan Baan
Cornell Tech Campus. Image © Iwan Baan

The innovative Cornell Tech campus has officially opened on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Master planned by SOM and featuring buildings and landscapes by Morphosis, Weiss/Manfredi, Handel Architects, and James Corner Field Operations, the campus represents a new vision of a campus for the digital age. Two years after breaking ground in 2015, the campus now houses some of the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world.

The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for Morphosis The Bridge / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Iwan Baan The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for Morphosis The House / Handel Archtiects. Image © Field Condition + 17

Minima | Maxima / MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

15:00 - 13 September, 2017
Minima | Maxima / MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, © NAARO
© NAARO

© NAARO © NAARO © NAARO © NAARO + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Astana 020000, Kazakhstan
  • Context

    World Expo 2017
  • Commissioned by

    Epazote Sa. Vladislav Sludskiy
  • Material

    ⅛” Power-Coated Aluminum | # Structure Stripes: 5,312
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

K House / Architectstm

13:00 - 13 September, 2017
K House  / Architectstm, © Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ranelagh, Ireland
  • Architect in Charge

    Tom Maher
  • Area

    104.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Studio Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Exhibitors Selected for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

11:10 - 13 September, 2017
Studio Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Exhibitors Selected for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

The curatorial team for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale have announced the seven designers who will create the pavilion’s main exhibitions. Consisting of architects, landscape architects, artists and designers, the group will produce responses to the theme of Dimensions of Citizenship, exploring “the meaning of citizenship as a cluster of rights and responsibilities at the intersection of legal, political, economic, and societal affiliations.”

The seven exhibitors include:

Tribo São Judas Building / Onze arquitetura

11:00 - 13 September, 2017
Tribo São Judas Building / Onze arquitetura, © Pedro Mascaro
© Pedro Mascaro

© Pedro Mascaro © Nathalie Artaxo © Pedro Mascaro © Nathalie Artaxo + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Sebastião Guimarães Corrêa, 43 - Vila Monte Alegre, São Paulo - SP, 04304-060, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Eduardo Telles, Max Tango, Rogério Takeuti
  • Area

    3126.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo: “It is Important Not to Doubt That Architecture is Art”

09:30 - 13 September, 2017
Estudio Iturbide, Coyoacán, México City, 2016-2017. Image Courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo
Estudio Iturbide, Coyoacán, México City, 2016-2017. Image Courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo

In August I moderated a round table at UNAM in Mexico City in which I posed a provocative question: is architecture art? The participants, architects Mauricio Rocha, Gabriela Carrillo, and Victor Legorreta argued that despite architecture’s limitations, it is architects’ attempts to overcome them that makes it art. Meanwhile Gabriel de la Mora, an artist trained as an architect, drew a line, separating the two disciplines: “Art is art and architecture is architecture,” he insisted. Yet both sides were not quite satisfied with their initial assertions and the discussion continued, opening up to many interesting positions that pulled and pushed the interlocutors closer together and further apart with every attempt to give an explanation. I loved the discussion and I hoped we would not reach any definitive answers; the last thing we need in architecture is a consensus. It is our insistence on questioning that leads to new visions and unique solutions.

The following is my conversation with Rocha and Carrillo, as part of my City of Ideas column, in which we talked about their desire to make gravity feel light, seeing each project as a dialogue, their love for making decisions based on accidents, and their disinterest in being perfect. The architects strive to achieve a “meaningful silence” and they prefer to pay no notice to that line between architecture and art, the boundary that so few architects even dare to approach.

School of Plastic Arts, Oaxaca de Juárez, México, 2007. Image Courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo Library for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Ciudadela, Mexico City, 2012-2013. Image Courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo Compensatory Care Center for Blind and Visually Impaired, Mexico City, 2001. Image Courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo Academic and Cultural Center of San Pablo, Alfred Harp-Helú Foundation, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, 2008-2011. Image Courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo + 72

Lanka Learning Center / feat.collective

09:00 - 13 September, 2017
Lanka Learning Center / feat.collective, © Barbara Vetter - Vincent Heiland
© Barbara Vetter - Vincent Heiland

© Barbara Vetter - Vincent Heiland © Barbara Vetter - Vincent Heiland © Barbara Vetter - Vincent Heiland © Barbara Vetter - Vincent Heiland + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sri Lanka
  • Design Team

    Matthias Both, Carolin Lintl, Felix Lupatsch, Noemi Ott, Valentin Ott, Stefanie Schwemle, Spela Setzen, Felix Yaparsidi
  • Area

    710.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The 10 Best Revit Apps and Add-Ins

08:00 - 13 September, 2017
The 10 Best Revit Apps and Add-Ins, via Enscape
via Enscape

This article was originally published by ArchSmarter as "The 10 Revit Apps You Should Be Using in 2017."

I recently asked ArchSmarter readers what tools they’re using to be more productive in Revit. Over 75 different add-ins were recommended! I tallied up all the votes and came up with this list of top-ten recommendations. There are some repeat nominees from my previous round-ups (which you can read here and here) as well as some welcome newcomers. 

So who made the cut? Here’s this year’s list of the top 10 Revit apps you should be using.  

Spotlight: Tadao Ando

06:00 - 13 September, 2017
Spotlight: Tadao Ando, Church of the Light. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/hetgacom/22029029686'>Flickr user hetgacom</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Church of the Light. Image © Flickr user hetgacom licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As the recipient of the 1995 Pritzker PrizeTadao Ando (born 13 September 1941) is highly regarded for his unparalleled work with concrete, sensitive treatment of natural light, and strong engagement with nature. Based in Osaka, Japan, Ando's ascetic yet rich version of modernism resonates with the traditional Japanese conception of architecture, and has caused him to be regularly referred to as a "critical regionalist."

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hyogo_prefectural_museum_of_art08s3200.jpg'>Wikimedia user 663highland</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> The Langen Foundation. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Langen_Foundation_Neuss_02.jpg'>Wikimedia user Perlblau</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0 DE</a> The Pulitzer Foundation. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pulitzerfoundation.jpg'>Wikimedia user Garfield226</a> Licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Church of the Light. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/hetgacom/22029029686'>Flickr user hetgacom</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> + 14

Chicken House / Büros für Konstruktivismus

05:00 - 13 September, 2017
Chicken House / Büros für Konstruktivismus, © Martin Eberle
© Martin Eberle

© Martin Eberle © Martin Eberle © Martin Eberle © Martin Eberle + 16

Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects

03:00 - 13 September, 2017
Command of the Oceans / Baynes and Mitchell Architects, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet + 32