Conan Library and City Hall of Ville de La Malbaie / acdf* + Bisson + Desganés Architectes in Consortium

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Architects: acdf* + Bisson + Desganés Architectes in Consortium
Location: Ville de La Malbaie, Québec,
Completion: 2011
Costing: 6.5M $
Area: 2,040 sqm
Client: Ville de La Malbaie
Team: Jonathan Bisson, Normand Desgagnés, Benoit Dupuis, Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Caroline Lajoie, Matthew Belaen, Hugo Blanc, Sabrina Boivin, Antonio Di, Bacco, Jacques Dion, Angélique Dufour, Michelle Dufour, Luis Arias Duque, Yolande Jeanson, Julie Lapointe, Jean-Philippe Parent, Chloé Barabé-Pépin, Joan Renaud, Émilie Turgeon
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Janet Echelman Reshaping Urban Airspace World-Wide

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Inspired by the local materials and culture of Mahabalipuram, an Indian fishing village famous for sculpture, American Artist Janet Echelman stumbled upon a material that would change her art, and life, forever. One evening, while observing the fishermen’s nightly routine of bundling their nets, Echelman imagined a new type of sculpture – a volumetric form that could be the scale of a large building but remain light enough to ripple in the wind, constantly reshaping the net and creating ever-changing patterns.

With a sophisticated mixture of ancient craft and modern technology, Echelman collaborates with a range of professionals including aeronautical and mechanical engineers, architects, lighting designers, landscape architects, and fabricators to transform urban environments world-wide with her net sculptures.

Continue after the break to view some of Echelman’s most famous projects.

TEDx: How to Build a Better Block / Jason Roberts

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In this TEDx Talk,  – known as the “The Bike Guy” in his Oak Cliff community outside of Dallas, Texas – gives his audience a how-to guide in improving a community one block at a time as part of a project called “The Better Block“.  The project did not start off as an organization with vast goals and strong following; instead it started off with Roberts’ interest and desire to develop his community into one that had a legacy apart from the highways and overpasses that dominate the landscape.  Inspired by the rich history and existing street life of European cities with their historic buildings and monuments, plazas, and vistas; Roberts started small and eventually built a foundation and organization that is now nationally recognized and used as a tool to develop cities across the country.

Read on for more after the break.

Amelia Teles 315 / Smart

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Architecture: Smart
Location: Rua Amélia Teles 315, , RS, Brazil
Design Team: Ricardo Vellinho Ruschel, architect – author, Márcio Carvalho, architect – co-author, Carlos Eduardo Voegeli, civil engineer – co-author. Andressa Venturini and Matheus Silveira, INTERNS
Structural Project: Paulo Stumm
Lighting Design: Eduardo Becker
Construction Engineer: Carlos Lopes
Completion: 2010
Photographs: André Cavalheiro

Pavilion Spéciale 2012 / Ball Nogues Studio

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The Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in recently announced Los Angeles based, Ball Nogues Studio as the winner of the 2012 edition of the “Pavilion Spéciale” competition in Paris, . The Pavilion Spéciale is an installation that can be arched and curled at full scale with a small crane to form different types of space for the site. The installation will create a sense of place while providing a respite from the sun and rain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Architecture Department 2012 Spring Lecture Series

The 2012 Spring Lecture Series, put on by the architecture department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art is currently in progress until April 18th. Upcoming lectures include Iain Low, ‘Architecture Week’, in celebration of the new building for the…

Cancer Counseling Center Proposal / EFFEKT

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The first prize winning proposal in the competition for a new cancer counseling center by EFFEKT, in collaboration with Hoffmann and Lyngkilde, is designed as a cluster of seven small houses around two green outdoor spaces. Each house has its own specific function and together they form a coherent sequence of different spaces and functions such as a library, kitchen, conversation rooms, lounge, shops, gym, and wellness facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Architectural Detail / Edward R. Ford

We all know the mantra first expressed by French novelist Gustave Flaubert and later by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, “le bon Dieu est dans le detail,” (God dwells in the details.) But what is a detail? Is it merely a fetish as Greg Lynn, Zaha Hadid and Peter Cook argue? “Is detailing nothing more than small-scale architectural design, requiring a bit more technical knowledge simply because it occurs at the end of the process?” asks . If there is anyone that knows details it is , and he tries to answer this seminal question in his latest book. He is the author of several other books including The Details of Modern Architecture, volumes 1 and 2, but he never answered the question of what a detail is in those two influential works.

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New Våler Church Proposal / Martina Engblom & Ragnar Eythorsson

As an attempt to translate the history and dignity this space possesses, the design proposal for the New Våler Church by Martina Engblom & Ragnar Eythorsson… presents visitors with an upraised monolithic structure, calling attention to what lies underneath to

Widescreen House / RZERO

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Architects: RZERO
Location: ,
Team: Edgar Velasco Casillas, Alejandro Zarate de la Torre, Gilberto Muñoz +, Isaac Guzman Ramirez, Ariadna Lopez Almaraz, Pablo Serrano (Serrano-Monjarraz)
Structure: Giron Megaproyectos S.A. de C.V. Ing. Humberto Giron
Engineering: Integra S.A. de C.V.
Contruction and management: Nano C S.A. de C.V. Roman Garcia
Photographs: Pedro Iriart

  

Bright Future / Pratt Manhattan Gallery

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Pratt Manhattan Gallery has unveiled their exhibition “Bright Future: New Designs in featuring innovative and mesmerizing uses for the centuries-old material.  The exhibit, which features furniture, tableware, architectural elements and lighting designs, will be on display until May 5th, 2012.  The artists and firms featured here displays a refined use of glass in conjunction with metal, concrete and pigment to evoke its qualities of flexibility and transparency.  In conjunction with this exhibit, Pratt will be hosting a free panel discussion: “Glass, Light and Public Space” on April 5th at 6pm in Lecture Hall 213 of Pratt’s Manhattan Campus at 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor.

Read on after the break to see previews of the exhibit and for more on the panel discussion.

The Free Universal Construction Kit

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Whether you would like to admit it or not, most of us share a similar fetish for Legos, Tinkertoys and any other awesome “childrens” toy that most likely helped us create our first “masterpiece”. Well, you will pleased to know that F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have created the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of connections between otherwise closed systems – enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.

The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego®, Duplo®, Fischertechnik®, Gears! Gears! Gears!®, K’Nex®, Krinkles®, Bristle Blocks®, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoys®, Zome®, ZomeTool® and Zoob®. Adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

While we are at it, don’t forget to try and win Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House from LEGO® Architecture! The giveaway closes Sunday, March 25th at 11:59 EST.

Suspensions Of Space / htmn

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Architects: htmnHiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata
Location: Nerima-ku, , Japan
Completion: 2010
Contractor: Minaduki Kousan Ltd.
Total Floor Area: 222.79 m
Photographs: Daici Ano

   

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New Church in Våler Proposal / Studio DMTW

Compared to the design of a secular building, where the focus primarily lies on the programmatically and functional aspects, Studio DMTW… believes a church has additive characteristics which need to be considered. Their design combines both the history of the

Energy Center, Woodchips Energy Plant / LÜPS

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The proposal by LÜPS for the Energy Center, Woodchips Energy Plant at the the convent of arch abbey St. Ottilien aims to stand out from the existing, architecturally less appealing buildings. Above a massive concrete architrave block, a transparent facade arises, made from frame-less polycarbonate sheets, allowing a view onto the wooden branch-like structure inside the building. Lying in the north of the convent grounds, between agriculture and hen-houses, the energetic project finds its importance represented by the impression one gets of the newly constructed building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Call for CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 11th Annual Awards program. They are asking all interested candidates to submit your tall building projects for consideration for one of the Council’s Best Tall…

Menis / menis arquitectos


A short time ago we received a monograph of ’ work. We are big fans of ’ work and have featured some of his projects (see here).  The photography in this book from photographers like Kim Yong-Kwan and Roland Halbe really pull you into Menis’ work. The work has a great textural quality about it. You find yourself touching the page wishing you could experience the actual project. As noted in the book, “Fernando Menis’ works combine physical grip with mental freedom, tactile attachment to constructive matter and the visual imagery of his compositional language, close ties with the mineral landscape of the Canary Islands and the rich catalogue of their frond references.”

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Hotel / Mecanoo

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Hilton Worldwide and Schiphol Real Estate, Schiphol Group’s real estate subsidiary, have today signed an agreement to introduce a new landmark 433 guest room Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel to Airport Schiphol, to be designed by prominent Dutch architects, Mecanoo. The new cube-shaped building, which will feature rounded edges and a diamond-shaped façade with diagonal lines, has been designed with a view to it becoming an airport landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.