Quote: Tadao Ando

Langen Foundation building by Tadao Ando, – Photo by reiser+reiser via Flickr

“We borrow from nature the space upon which we build.”

-Tadao Ando

Bridging the gap between management & design

It is quite controversial that in general terms 80% of architects are entrepreneurs. This potentially could be the highest share in comparison to other professions. Yet if you think about it, it is still true that architects don’t receive special training in managerial skills & that the market is already is prepared for an evolution. IE School of Architecture & Design is keen in being at the edge of this reinvention. In 2010 IE was ready to launch its unique Master in Architectural Management & Design, a blended format program that combines online & onsite periods taking place in Madrid & in collaboration with the Royal College of Art. Since then IE has been leading debates with top practitioners worldwide about bridging the gap between management & design.

Great leaders such as OMA, SCB, Aedas, Zaha Hadid, SOM, Foster & Partners are part of the structure of the master program, among others top tier global practices in a module called “The Architect’s Backstage” (brief video below). Each one of these practices excels in coupling their management and design strategies and share with students their experience in the necessary back office work to achieve outstanding design. IE School of Architecture & Design started an unexpected shift in education that has been recognized by the Design Intelligence Report of 2010 where it is ranked as “Hidden Gem of Global Architecture” (among few non-US schools to receive mention).

More after the break.

Data Centers: Anti-Monuments of the Digital Age

375 Pearl, originally built in 1975 as a Telephone Communications building, was bought in 2011 to be repurposed as a Data Centers. The intimidating, unbroken facade is typical of a . Photo via Flickr CC User wallyg.

Your Macbook Air has come at a price. And I’m not talking about the $1,000 bucks you shelled out to buy it.

I’m talking about the cost of lightness. Because the dirty secret of the “Cloud” – that nebulous place where your data goes to live, thus freeing up your technological devices from all that weight – is its very physical counterpart.

Data Centers. Giant, whirring, power-guzzling behemoths of data storage – made of cables, servers, routers, tubes, coolers, and wires. As your devices get thinner, the insatiably hungry cloud, the data centers, get thicker.

So why are you struggling to picture one in your mind? Why do we have no idea what they look like? What they do? Where they are? Because Data Centers have been hidden away and, although carefully planned, intentionally “undesigned.” The goal is to make the architecture so technologically efficient, that the architecture becomes the machinery, and the machinery the architecture. In the words of author Andrew Blum, Data Centers are “anti-monuments” that ”declare their own unimportance.

But if architecture is the expression of our society’s values and beliefs, then what does this architectural obliteration mean? That we are willfully ignoring the process that creates the data we daily consume. As long as the internet works, who cares where it came from (or at what cost — and there is a considerable cost)?

So can design change our alienated relationship to our data? Should it? And if so, how?

The Shard’s Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration / Tonight at 10.15

Tonight, Renzo Piano’s Shard will officially celebrate its opening complete with an amazing light show.  A dozen lasers and thirty searchlights will beam streams of light across the city, creating a network between 15 other significant landmarks in , such as the Gherkin, Eye, Tate Modern, and Tower Bridge.  (So, if you are in , don’t miss the event at 10.15 this evening, and be sure to share some photos with us!)

Capping out at 310 meters, has become the tallest building in London, as well as the entire European Union.  We have been following the history of Renzo Piano’s creation, and although laden with financial troubles, a change in developers,  and criticism from Londoners, the project has finally reached completion.

More about the history of the tower after the break.

House at lake Rupanco / Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: Rupanco, Puerto Octay, Los Lagos Region,
Design Team: Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
Engineers: Luis Soler P. y Asociados
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 353.0 sqm
Photographs: Luis Izquierdo

Courtesy of Building Trust International

HOME Design Competition

With less than a week left to register, the HOME design competition, hosted by Building Trust International, seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single…

House of Garden / mA-style architects

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Architects: mA-style architects
Location: , Shizuoka Prefecture,
Design Team: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 91.09 sqm
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Courtesy of Situ Fabrication
Courtesy of Situ Fabrication

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Exhibition / Situ Fabrication

Situ Fabrication… was hired by MA3 Agency to engineer and build six display structures for Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Designed by Sebastien Leon Agneessens, the structures, entitled ‘Fragments’, house a number of historic Audemars Piguet watches, media

Stadion Miejski Wrocław / JSK

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Architects: JSK Architekci
Location: Wrocław,
Architect In Charge: JSK Architekci
Design Team: Zbigniew Pszczulny, Mariusz Rutz, Piotr Bury (project manager)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: JSK Architekci

H27D / Kraus Schoenberg Architects

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Architects: Kraus Schoenberg Architects
Location: Constance,
Area: 930 sqm
Cost: 1,5 mio.€
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

   

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Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition

As a main event of the 2012 Daegu Architectural Culture Biennale, the committee just launched the International Architectural Competition for a Public Library in Daegu, Korea. Open to all unregistered or registered architects and students of architecture schools from all…

Annie Residence / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: Austin, Texas,
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio
Area: 19,000 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

   

Amhurst Road / Edgley Design

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Architects: Edgley Design
Location: London,
Client: Laura Hamilton
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Edgley Design

International Commerce Centre / KPF

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Hong Kong is often referred to as one of the densest cities in the world, lined with an impressive array of skyscrapers along its shores. The latest supertall addition by architects KPF reaches an altitude of 484 meters above the in . Located atop the new Station, a transportation hub that feeds a network that ferries over 11 million passenger journeys per day, the International Commerce Centre is an integral part and centerpiece of the Union Square reclamation project.  Internal programming includes office space, 2 hotels, and an observation deck amongst other mixed-use functions. More details after the break.

Orfi Sera / YERce Architecture

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Architect: YERce Architecture – Nail Egemen
Location: ,
Project year: 2011
Photographer: Emin Emrah

AD Round Up: Architecture in Iceland

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If Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Björk sound familiar to you, probably you know something about the amazing . So for today’s AD Round Up we have our first selection dedicated to this secluded country architecture. In the main image is Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center by ARKÍS architects. Check out the interesting Geothermal Pump Stations designed by PK Arkitektar or the Hof Residence by Studio Granda, a house located in Skagafjörður fjord, less than 100km from the Arctic Circle. Look again at Superstring, a proposal for a new type of structure for the high-voltage electric transmission in Iceland from korean architect Yong ho Shin. Finally revisit the impressive Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre by Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects.

Ginza Steak Tajima / Doyle Collection

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Architect: Doyle CollectionAiji Inoue
Location: Tokyo,
Project Area: 103.95 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Floriade 2022 proposal for Almere / MVRDV

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The City of has revealed it’s MVRDV-designed proposal for the candidature! Almere is one of four Dutch cities competing to be the next location of the prestigious horticultural Expo, which takes place once every ten years in the Netherlands and is currently open in Venlo.

Rather than creating a temporary expo site, MVRDV has designed a lasting Cité Idéale, which would serve as a green extension to Almere’s city center. Drawing upon research from the radical DIY urbanism plan for Almere Oosterwold and the Almere 2030 master plan, MVRDV has designed an ambitious sustainable city that strives to be a 300% greener exhibition than the current standard.

Continue reading for more on this potential, exemplary green city!