Kickstarter: London Skyline Reimagined as Chess Set

00:00 - 30 August, 2013
Kickstarter: London Skyline Reimagined as Chess Set, © Courtesy of Skyline Chess
© Courtesy of Skyline Chess

Imagine your city skyline as a chessboard battleground; which landmark would declare itself as the almighty king and who serve as its faithful pawn? Well, according to British designers Ian Flood and Chris Prosser, London’s Canary Wharf, Renzo Piano’s Shard and Norman Foster’s Gherkin would all deserve high ranks while the ubiquitous London terraced house fulfilled the role of the pawn. 

OZ 3459 / estudiotrama + arqtipo

00:00 - 30 August, 2013
OZ 3459 / estudiotrama + arqtipo, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saavedra 3459, Olavarría, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Diego Aceto, Dario Litvinoff, Diego Lorenzo, Matías Tozzini
  • Collaborators

    Paola Castelnuovo, Cecilia Gimenez, Lucas Gorroño
  • Project Area

    300 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian +28

33 MacKenzie Street / Elenberg Fraser

01:00 - 30 August, 2013
© Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    CALLUM FRASER
  • Project Manager

    CEL Australia Pty Ltd
  • Contractor

    Brookfield Multiplex
  • Photographs

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +34

Arrowtown House / Kerr Ritchie

01:00 - 30 August, 2013
Arrowtown House / Kerr Ritchie, © Paul Mc Credie
© Paul Mc Credie

© Paul Mc Credie © Paul Mc Credie © Paul Mc Credie © Paul Mc Credie +14

Southern States Outlaw LEED Building Standards

00:00 - 30 August, 2013
Southern States Outlaw LEED Building Standards, 1315 Peachtree, in Atlanta, achieved LEED Platinum Certification. However, will newer buildings in Georgia be held to the same standards? . Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
1315 Peachtree, in Atlanta, achieved LEED Platinum Certification. However, will newer buildings in Georgia be held to the same standards? . Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

The US Green Building Council’s federally adopted LEED certification system has come under legislative siege with lobbyists from the timber, plastics and chemical industries crying out, “monopoly!” Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama have lead efforts to ban LEED, claiming the USGBC’s closed-door approach and narrow-minded material interests have shut out stakeholders in various industries that could otherwise aid in the sustainable construction of environmentally-sensitive buildings.

Most recently, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, slipped in a last minute amendment to both the Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation appropriation bills stating no tax money may be used to require implementation of any green building certification system other than a system that:

Lo Curro House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 August, 2013
Lo Curro House / Peñafiel Arquitectos, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architect

    Jose Domingo Peñafiel
  • Project Area

    820.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +27

Green Screen House / Hideo Kumaki Architect Office

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
Green Screen House / Hideo Kumaki Architect Office, © Yukinori Okamura
© Yukinori Okamura

© Yukinori Okamura © Yukinori Okamura Courtesy of Hideo Kumaki Architect Office © Mayuko Ebina +18

ADEPT Selected to Construct “Green Loops City” in China

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
ADEPT Selected to Construct “Green Loops City” in China, Courtesy of ADEPT
Courtesy of ADEPT

Danish practice ADEPT has won an international, invited competition to master plan the 17KM2 site of Laiyan New Town and Binjian District in Hengyang, China. Their winning proposal, “Green Loops City” was lauded for developing an innovative and sustainable way to accommodate rapid urban growth while preserving Hengyang’s cultural heritage and lush surrounding landscape. 

Aidi Su from ADEPT stated: “Much of Hengyang’s cultural and natural resources are still very much intact when compared to other Chinese cities facing rapid urban development. This is an incredible opportunity for us to make a difference in Chinese cities.”

INDEX: Award 2013 Recipients Announced

00:00 - 29 August, 2013
INDEX: Award 2013 Recipients Announced , Smart Highway via INDEX: Award 2013
Smart Highway via INDEX: Award 2013

The world’s biggest design prize, INDEX: Award has announced their 2013 recipients. From the Danish capital’s pioneering plan of how to address the changing climate to a Dutch take on intelligent roads of the future, each of the five recipients will receive a €100,000 award to implement their ideas which all offer sustainable solutions to global challenges. 

The INDEX: Award 2013 recipients are: 

Woodcube / architekturagentur

00:00 - 29 August, 2013
Woodcube / architekturagentur, © Martin Kunze
© Martin Kunze

© Martin Kunze © Martin Kunze © Martin Kunze © Martin Kunze +17

La Floresta House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
La Floresta House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes , Courtesy of Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
Courtesy of Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
  • Architects

  • Location

    08198 La Floresta, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa y Xavier Morell
  • Project Area

    247.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, Ivan Raga, Sara Roig

© Ivan Raga © Ivan Raga © Sara Roig © Sara Roig +27

'Show Under Skin' Riga Theatre Reconstruction Competition Entry / NRJA + IG Kurbads

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
'Show Under Skin' Riga Theatre Reconstruction Competition Entry / NRJA + IG Kurbads, Courtesy of NRJA + IG Kurbads
Courtesy of NRJA + IG Kurbads

Designed by NRJA + IG Kurbads, their ‘Show Under Skin’ proposal for the reconstruction of the new Riga Theatre corresponds to the dynamism of the creative process within the theater - minimalist, smooth finish, combined with a twisted in a motion stopped volume.The skin is a multi-functional covering structure which is connected with the historical volume, covering it and combining various features and space dimensions in a single organic volume, also matching different adjacent building heights. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Welcome to the Wellness Center: A New Breed of Recreation Design

00:00 - 29 August, 2013
The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions
The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University. Image Courtesy of JWest Productions

Until recently, student health and counseling services have predominantly been offered independently of athletics and recreation. But as institutions contemplate a more unified approach to health and wellness, the boundaries of these traditionally separated campus services are becoming blurred. Many believe that unifying these various programs and services under one roof is in the best interest of their students’ long-term health, as well as a potential budgetary and operational boon. 

This recent shift in mindset has supported the emergence of a new breed of recreation centers that is only anticipated to multiply. “We’re seeing more and more universities come to us with a new set of challenges and program needs, as opposed to simply saying ‘we need this type of building,” says Brad Lukanic, Cannon Design’s executive director of education. 

More on this new breed of Wellness Center, after the break...

Wohnhaus in Münster / Roman Hutter Architektur

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
Wohnhaus in Münster / Roman Hutter Architektur, © Markus Käch
© Markus Käch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Münster-Geschinen, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Roman Hutter, Anne Janzen
  • Area

    634.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Markus Käch © Markus Käch © Markus Käch © Markus Käch +25

The House of Chutes-Lavie / Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne

00:00 - 29 August, 2013
The House of Chutes-Lavie / Damien Fluchaire & Julien Cogne, Courtesy of FDC-Studio
Courtesy of FDC-Studio

Courtesy of FDC-Studio © D. Fluchaire © P. Terraz Courtesy of FDC-Studio +19

Esther Roca House / Josep Llobet

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
Esther Roca House / Josep Llobet, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer del Mil·leni, 17412 Maçanet de la Selva, Girona, Spain
  • Structures

    Manuel Fernandez - Bernuz&Fernandez
  • Technical Architect

    Ismael Fernandez
  • Project Area

    880.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photography

    Eugeni Pons, Courtesy of Josep Llobet

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons Courtesy of Josep Llobet Courtesy of Josep Llobet +31

La Solana Stable / Nicolas Pinto da Mota

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
La Solana Stable / Nicolas Pinto da Mota, Courtesy of Eduardo Moras
Courtesy of Eduardo Moras
  • Architects

  • Location

    Soriano, Uruguay
  • Associated Architect

    Victoria Maria, Falcón
  • Team

    Matías Cosenza, Tadeo Itzcovich, Agustín Aguirre
  • Project Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Cortesia de Eduardo Moras

Courtesy of Eduardo Moras Courtesy of Eduardo Moras Courtesy of Eduardo Moras Courtesy of Eduardo Moras +16

Garden House at the Pond Másílko / OK Pla

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
Garden House at the Pond Másílko / OK Pla, Courtesy of OK Plan Architects
Courtesy of OK Plan Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Humpolec, Czech Republic
  • Project Team

    Luděk Rýzner, Jiří Vincenc, Radek Kubát
  • Area

    41.7 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OK Plan Architects

Courtesy of OK Plan Architects Courtesy of OK Plan Architects Courtesy of OK Plan Architects Courtesy of OK Plan Architects +9