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Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City, Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance
Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance

China's rapid urbanisation has meant not only the speedy growth of cities but also the disappearance of traditional Chinese architecture. Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (of Tsao & McKown) find this particularly troubling and so developing a new kind of Chinese city. These pedestrian friendly live-work communities would exist in stark contrast to the high-rise cities that dot the contemporary Chinese landscape. But it hasn't all been easy. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: "Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown Bring New Eco-Friendly Designs to China."

Solar Decathlon 2013: Stevens Institute of Technology Places Second in Architecture, Fourth Overall

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
Courtesy of  Jason Flakes / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Courtesy of Jason Flakes / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

From the architect. This "L-shaped" energy smart house by the Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), dubbed Ecohabit, won second place in the architecture category and fourth overall in this year's Solar Decathlon competition. The L-concept divides the house into two modules, "wet" and "dry". Read the team's description to learn why:

In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect + MaP3 Structural Engineering

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect  + MaP3 Structural Engineering, Courtesy of MaP3
Courtesy of MaP3
  • Architects

  • Location

    Licang, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • Structural analysis and Inspection

    SSDI
  • Construction Documents

    BIAD
  • General Contractor

    CSCEC
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MaP3

Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 +52

The #ModernismProject Challenge: #ModernismAcrossTheGlobe

00:00 - 18 October, 2013
The #ModernismProject Challenge: #ModernismAcrossTheGlobe

The #ModernismProject is back this year with new themes, new judges, and more chances to win tickets to Modernism Week! For those of you who are new around here, it’s a mobile initiative encouraging the Modernism Week community to get involved and capture modernism in everyday life through the photo lens. Starting in October through January, participants will have the opportunity every few weeks to win tickets to Modernism Week events or prizes by simply snapping a photo and showing their own personal perspective on modernism.

Casa Valle Encantado / H+LA

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
Casa Valle Encantado / H+LA, © Jorge Taboada
© Jorge Taboada
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Building

    FM Arquitectura
  • Area

    481.0 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada +17

The New Clignancourt Centre / gpaa

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
© 11h45
© 11h45
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Paris, Université Diderot Paris 7, 1 Rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France
  • Architectes Associés

    SPV Management
  • Project Management

    Bouygues bâtiment Île-de-France
  • Area

    20212.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 +39

Zumtobel Group Award

00:00 - 18 October, 2013
Zumtobel Group Award

As a result of its long experience of networking with leading architects, engineers and lighting designers, the Zumtobel Group knows that visionary solutions in architecture and urban planning can help reduce global energy consumption and at the same time improve the general quality of life. Against the backdrop of the finite nature of natural resources and in order to live up to its own high standards, the Zumtobel Group has announced the Zumtobel Group Award - Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment for the fourth time. By doing so, the company is seeking to stimulate new developments and concepts in the built environment.

Namly House / CHANG Architects

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
©  Albert Lim K.S.
© Albert Lim K.S.

©  Albert Lim K.S. ©  Albert Lim K.S. ©  Albert Lim K.S. ©  Albert Lim K.S. +16

Ablon-Sur-Seine Reception And Leisure Centre / Nomade Architects

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ablon-sur-Seine, France
  • Consulting Engineer

    Surveyor: Cetba nox
  • Area

    950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Luc Boegly, Courtesy of Nomade Architects

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +17

Manlleu Market / Comas-Pont arquitectes

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
Manlleu Market / Comas-Pont arquitectes, Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes
Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes
  • Architects

  • Location

    08560 Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    2187.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes

Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes Courtesy of Comas-Pont arquitectes +23

The Left-Over-Space House / Cox Rayner Architects

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
The Left-Over-Space House / Cox Rayner Architects, © Casey Vallance
© Casey Vallance

© Casey Vallance © Casey Vallance © Casey Vallance © Casey Vallance +23

The Indicator: Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference?

00:00 - 18 October, 2013
The Indicator: Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference? , Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Courtesy of shutterstock.com

On October 23rd, the Walt Disney concert hall, the project that almost never was, will celebrate its ten-year anniversary. Throughout these ten years it has had all manner of transformative power attributed to it. But has it really transformed LA? What would the city have been like if it had never been built? Would it be fundamentally different? 

The answer? No.The city wouldn’t even be that different in the immediate vicinity of Grand Avenue. 

ReForm of Garden / SPACESPACE

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
ReForm of Garden / SPACESPACE, Courtesy of SPACESPACE
Courtesy of SPACESPACE

Courtesy of SPACESPACE Courtesy of SPACESPACE Courtesy of SPACESPACE Courtesy of SPACESPACE +17

Beam House / Future Studio

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
Beam House / Future Studio, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiroshima, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Bunzo Ogawa
  • Area

    261.85 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +16

Could Libraries Offer More in the Aftermath of Storms?

00:00 - 18 October, 2013
Could Libraries Offer More in the Aftermath of Storms?, Hurricane Sandy Aftermath. Image © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath. Image © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

Zadie Smith recently suggested that libraries are “the only thing left on the high street that doesn’t want either your soul or your wallet." Michael Kimmelman has put forward the argument in the New York Times that local libraries could be far more important than we think in the aftermath of large storms, suggesting that "places that serve us well every day serve us best when disaster strikes" by fostering congregational activity and offering well-needed warmth, power and friendly faces. You can read the full article here.

Kimmelman Drafts To-Do List for Next NYC Mayor

00:00 - 18 October, 2013
Kimmelman Drafts To-Do List for Next NYC Mayor, © Richard Perry/The New York Times, via "Building a Better City"
© Richard Perry/The New York Times, via "Building a Better City"

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year reign has left an undeniable impression on the built environment, which transformed “whole swaths of the city” but also made it “increasingly unaffordable to many.” According to architectural critic Michael Kimmelman, “The next mayor can keep architecture and planning front and center or risk taking the city backward.” Understanding that “the social welfare of all cities is inextricable from their physical fabric,” Kimmelman has laid out a comprehensive, mayoral “to-do list” to “building a better city.” Read it here on the New York Times

Solar Decathlon 2013: Czech Technical University Wins Architecture Contest, Places Third Overall

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Czech Technical University Wins Architecture Contest, Places Third Overall, © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Lauded for incorporating warm, natural wood finishes to create a “comfortable place to dwell and reenergize,” the jury of the 2013 Solar Decathlon has named Czech Technical University as winner of the competition’s “Architecture Contest,” placing them third overall. 

Based on a “house within a house” concept and inspired by the Czech tradition of spending weekends in the country, the “AIR House” features a flexible, open interior that is protected by an intelligent second skin - a “solar wooden canopy” that generates energy and provides hot water via photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels. Read for the team’s project description. 

Video: Doris Sung's Living Architecture

00:00 - 18 October, 2013

Doris Sung, from DO|SU Studio Architecture, has done a really interesting work experimenting with software, building mediums and metals, and nature in her designs. Last year, we published 'Bloom', which was displayed at the Materials and Application Gallery in Los Angeles.