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Moor Street Residence / Austin Maynard Architects

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +37

Timrarö Vacation House / Sandell Sandberg

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Timrarö Vacation House / Sandell Sandberg, © Magnus Östh
© Magnus Östh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stora Timrarö brygga, 184 91 Åkersberga, Sweden
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh © Magnus Östh +12

London Calling: The Man Behind the Stirling Prize

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
London Calling: The Man Behind the Stirling Prize, B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. Canadian Centre for Architecture. . Image © Giovanni Chiaramonte
B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. Canadian Centre for Architecture. . Image © Giovanni Chiaramonte

A few weeks ago the RIBA doled out the 18th Stirling Prize to London-based architects Witherford Watson Mann. The decision was a good one. It was good for WWM and good for the profession – a youngish practice being recognized for a small but beautiful piece of work. 

The scheme’s application of brickwork and joinery removes the work from the expediencies of modern construction technology and building products, which almost exclusively characterize the contemporary built environment. It genuinely feels like a project made at a different point in history, the result of the quite particular interests of three minds, Stephen Witherford, Chris Watson and William Mann. It is direct and personal. It reminds me of Stirling’s work.. 

And not just for its powerful draftsmanship, plan and restricted palette of materials, but for its intimacy. An intimacy that is apparent in much of Stirling’s oeuvre. I do not refer to the production of intimate spaces per se but the formulation of an architecture that is authored not by a factory but a few minds. 

The latest Stirling prompted me to look back, and reconsider the work of Stirling himself.

Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet, Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi
Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi

Where does architecture and the automobile industry meet? Many architects, including Le Corbusier, have tried to understand how building construction can be more like car manufacturing, with mass-produced parts that can be easily assembled on site. Ford recently explored the idea at their Design with a Purpose: Built Tough panel discussion held at New York's Center for Architecture. Click here to read The New York Times' coverage of the discussion, and check out ArchDaily editor-in-chief's thoughts on cars and architecture here.

The Best US Architecture Schools for 2014 are...

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
The Best US Architecture Schools for 2014 are..., Gund Hall, Harvard University. Image © Harvard University
Gund Hall, Harvard University. Image © Harvard University

It’s that time of year again: DesignIntelligence has released their 2014 rankings of the Best US Architecture Schools. Though many students and professionals are curious to know just who is number 1, we encourage you to forget the rankings and consider the  survey’s invaluable insight on the current state of architecture and architectural education.

Hundreds of design educators and professionals participated in the 2014 survey to identify the profession’s biggest challenges, as well as just how design education is evolving to reflect those challenges and which schools are really producing students best equipped for the profession today.

Out of all the data, two Universities stood out. 

Read more to find out which two Universities are best preparing students in 2014, after the break…

3D Laser Technology to Digitally Preserve The World's Greatest Sites

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
3D Laser Technology to Digitally Preserve The World's Greatest Sites, CyArk's Scanned Parthenon Project. Image Courtesy of toptravellists.net
CyArk's Scanned Parthenon Project. Image Courtesy of toptravellists.net

CyArk, a non-for-profit 3D laser scanning organization, is scanning the world's greatest monuments, hoping to preserve over 500 cultural heritage sites around the globe, The Independent reports. The portable laser system creates such a detailed, digital blueprint of structures and ruins that each building can then be reproduced in 3D, with a margin of error of only two millimeters. So far, the statues of Easter Island, the Tower of London, Mount Rushmore, the Tower of Pisa have been preserved. Check out more about the technology in Ben Kacyra's TED Talk

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects +10

Five Teams Shortlisted for “Russia” Theme Park

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Five Teams Shortlisted for “Russia” Theme Park, Courtesy of Park "Russia"
Courtesy of Park "Russia"

The Russian Green Building Council has shortlisted five teams to continue on with the second stage of the international Park “Russia” competition, which plans to become the largest theme park in Europe. Designed to be a “trademark” for the country in Moscow’s Domodedovo district, the 1000 hectare “Russia” Theme Park aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one, commercially attractive destination. 

The five shortlisted teams are:

Cascades Academy of Central Oregon Campus / Hennebery Eddy Architects

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
Cascades Academy of Central Oregon Campus / Hennebery Eddy Architects, © Josh Partee
© Josh Partee
  • Architects

  • Location

    19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road, Bend, OR 97701, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Timothy R. Eddy, AIA
  • Project Architects

    Dan Petrescu
  • Project Designer

    Camilla Cok, AIA
  • Project Team

    Siavash Kazeminejad, Kristy Hausladen, Steve Sandstrom
  • Design Team

    James Gantz, AIA; Diana Bustardo; Alan Osborne, AIA;
  • Interior

    Angelique Nossa, IIDA
  • Area

    38500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee +18

Architects Tackle LA's Water Scarcity

00:00 - 3 November, 2013
Arid Land Institute Geo-spatial Model. Image © Arid Land Institute
Arid Land Institute Geo-spatial Model. Image © Arid Land Institute

Water scarcity is a profound challenge for designers of the built environment. Beyond looking for water sources and creating sustainable ecosystems, how can we begin to create cities and buildings that will help us to celebrate and mitigate hydro-logical concerns? Hadley and Peter Arnold, co-directors of the Arid Land Institute (ALI) at Woodbury University, have decided to tackle this problem around Los Angeles. With the support of the World Water Forum and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, they recently developed a high-resolution geospatial model to strategically identify and quantify the potential for improving storm water capture within urban areas. 

Columbia University School of Nursing / CO|FXFOWLE

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
© CO|FXFOWLE
© CO|FXFOWLE

FXFOWLE and CO Architects (CO|FXFOWLE) have teamed up to design a seven-story School of Nursing building for the Columbia University Medical Center campus in upper Manhattan. The result of an invited design competition, the design will provide 65% more space than the school's current location and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Vivienda en Playa Espiñeiro / Epb42

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
Vivienda en Playa Espiñeiro / Epb42, © Luis Díaz
© Luis Díaz
  • Architects

  • Location

    A Coruña, Spain
  • Author

    Andres Soto | Epb42
  • Team

    Raquel Del Rio | Maria Paz Polo | Carmen Gonzalez
  • Builder

    Mocafeal S.L
  • Area

    419.5 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Luis Díaz © Luis Díaz © Luis Díaz © Luis Díaz +20

CASELLES / Josep Miàs

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
CASELLES / Josep Miàs , © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Les Caselles, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Girona, Spain
  • Collaborators

    Horacio Arias, Lluís Carballeda, Marta Cases, Bárbara Fachada, Carlota Martínez, Orlando Melo, Marco Miglioli, Carolina Momparler, Alejandra Vázquez
  • Consultors

    Structure (José Carrasco), Technical advisor (Àlex Palacios)
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +12

A Walking City for the 21st Century

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
A Walking City for the 21st Century, Courtesy of Poliedro
Courtesy of Poliedro

In a world where people live more mobile lifestyles than they have for centuries, cities are facing a problem they rarely planned for: their citizens move away. When jobs and resources start to decline, modern cities, such as Detroit, suffer difficult and often wasteful processes of urban contraction. In contrast to this, Manuel Dominguez's "Very Large Structure," the result of his thesis project at ETSA Madrid, proposes a nomadic city that can move on caterpillar tracks to locations where work and resources are abundant.

Of course this is not the first time that the idea of a nomadic city has been proposed. Ron Herron's Walking City is one of the more recognizable Archigram designs from the 1960s, and has been influential to architectural theory ever since. However, the design for the "Very Large Structure" expands on the Walking City by including strong proposals for energy generation on board the city. 

Read on to see more on this provocative project - including a full set of presentation boards in the image gallery.

Courtesy of Poliedro Courtesy of Poliedro © Manuel Dominguez / Zuloark © Manuel Dominguez / Zuloark +15

Architecture on the Frontline at The Battle Of Ideas

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
Architecture on the Frontline at The Battle Of Ideas , Popups, like this store by ///byn were just one topic under scrutiny . Image © Jiang Yong
Popups, like this store by ///byn were just one topic under scrutiny . Image © Jiang Yong

The Battle of Ideas is an annual, weekend-long series of panel discussions hosted at the Barbican in London, ranging across subjects from neuroscience to music and everything in between. With a strong thread of architecture and urbanism, this year offered a spectacular chance to probe the popular trends and fads in today's design culture.

Read on after the break for the highlights of the event.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
National Renewable Energy Laboratory  / SmithGroupJJR, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Golden, CO, USA
  • Team Members

    SmithGroupJJR, JE Dunn Construction
  • Area

    182500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +21

Onion Skin / Olivier Ratsi

00:00 - 3 November, 2013
© Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr]
© Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr]
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Visuals

    Olivier Ratsi
  • Music

    Thomas Vaquié
  • Management & Production

    Nicolas Boritch
  • Text

    AntiVJ
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr] © Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr] © Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr] © Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr] +17

House for two families in Maracon / LOCALARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
House for two families in Maracon / LOCALARCHITECTURE, Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE
Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Maracon, Switzerland
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE

Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE Courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE +12