Learning from Coral to make Cement

Biomineralization expert and Stanford scientist Brent Constantz has found a way to mimic the way coral builds reefs, by creating from carbon dioxide and water. Constantz was inspired to pursue this idea when he learned that for every ton of Portland produced a ton of carbon dioxide is emitted. The process in which Constantz is proposing actually removes carbon dioxide from the air. Constantz’s company, Calera, has a demonstration plant on California’s Monterrey Bay that uses waste CO2 gas from a local power plant and dissolves it into seawater to form carbonate, which mixes with calcium in the seawater and creates a solid.

Reference: fastcompany.com

Wildbach- & Lawinenverbauung / KREINERarchitektur

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Architects: KREINERarchitektur ZT GmbH 
Location: A-8940 , Schönauerstraße 50,
Completed: 2007
Photographs: Mirja Geh

   

Cemetary Service Building at Ulriksdal / Petra Gipp Arkitektur ​and In Praise of Shadows

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Architect: Petra Gipp Arkitektur AB and In Praise of Shadows AB
Location: Stockholm,
Collaborators: Petra Gipp, Katarina Lundeberg, Maria Videgård and Fredric Benesch
Client: Solna Kyrkogårdsförvaltning and Svenska Kyrkan
Contractor: Sundvalls Byggnads AB
Project year: 2011
Project area: 670 sqm
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Green Hotel in Williamsburg / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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Oppenheim Architecture + Design recently won the international competition to design a new hotel in , NY. A third pillar of the Williamsburg Bridge to emerge after 108 years. Their design of the Williamsburg hotel attempts to capture the essence of this vibrant neighborhood. Adjacent to both the Williamsburg Bridge and the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank, the building expresses itself as three dramatically proportioned, rectilinear volumes of varied height and materiality. Soaring high above the neighborhood, the hotel becomes the third pillar of the bridge, while serving as an archetypical tower to the domed basilica of the historical bank.

Sustainability was once again an important issue for . The hotel will have geothermal, wind, and solar power generation, along with other resource saving strategies, for which they achieved Platinum LEED rating. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Are architects depressed, unhealthy and divorced?

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How often do you hear phrases with the following general undertones: “architecture isn’t a profession it is a calling,” “architecture isn’t a career it is a way of life,” or “architecture doesn’t make life possible it makes it worth living”? Perhaps not that often, but enough that many architects see themselves as uniquely sacrificing aspects of their life for a higher cause. Some claim that architects have high divorce rates, suffer from , and endure a special degree of stress that causes early mortality from cancer and heart disease. Yikes! But what evidence is there for these serious claims? Admittedly, the evidence for or against such claims is not very robust. The first and best answer, except in the case of divorce, is to say, “I don’t know.” Sorting out the muddled statistics takes a fair degree of interpretation and guesswork. However, after reviewing the data that are available, it is more reasonable to believe that architects are, on average, happily married and healthy people.

Gehry at the GRAMMYs

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The Recording Academy® has announced that architect Frank Gehry will create the official artwork for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Traditional GRAMMY iconography will merge with Gehry’s distinct architectural style, creating the official artwork for the world’s premier music event, gracing the cover of the GRAMMY Awards program book, telecast tickets and promotional poster.

Pixel / studio505

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Architect: studio505
Location: , Australia
Photographs: Ben Hosking, John Gollings, studio505

   

Design Teams Announced to create New Public Spaces for London’s Olympic Park

South Plaza Proposal via Olympic Park Legacy Company

Olympic Park Legacy Company has announced the winners of two competitions that will transform the north park and south plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in . New York-based James Corner Field Operations’ proposal for a 50 acre urban landscape consisting of a tree-lined promenade connecting flexible event and cultural spaces was selected as the winning entry for the south plaza.

The north park winning proposal by London-based firm erect architecture consists of an imaginative community hub building that is integrated within the parkland and river valley. Along with community hub, the design proposes an interactive playground that inspires children to “climb trees, build dens and have everyday adventures in nature.”

Continue reading for the complete team list and their design proposal boards.

The Darling / Cox Architecture

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Architect: Cox Architecture 
Location: , New South Wales,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Cox Architecture

Multi-functional Pavilions / Aleksander Wadas

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The main idea of the Multi-functional Pavilions by Aleksander Wadas is to create public spaces with social functions like culture, recreation, sports.  They would be built with temporary pavilions of minor scale that can be easily fitted in the existing urban tissue, would have light components and could be mobile . They could be places where people could take some fitness exercises, take part in workshops or expositions or just rest. More images and project description after the break.

Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) / Diamond Schmitt Architects & Edward J. Cuhaci And Associates Architects Inc.

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects & Edward J. Cuhaci And Associates Architects Inc.
Location: Ottawa,
Project Area: 194,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Tom Arban

‘La Fabrique Sonore’ Exhibition / Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

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Taking place at the Vranken Pommery Monopole in Reims, , La Fabrique Sonore combines ancient paper folding techniques with contemporary computer-aided-design and manufacturing processes. Curated by Charles Carcopino and Claire Staebler and designed by Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier, the form is inspired by mathematician and origami expert Taketoshi Nojima, especially his work reproducing organic forms from folded paper. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Park Shops Adaptive Reuse / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: ,
Client: North Carolina State University
Project Team: Donna Francis, Don Kranbuehl, Clymer Cease, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
Size: 51,000 SF
Completion: 2009
Photographs: JWest Productions

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Disaster Prevention and Education Center / Vulmaro Zoffi

Vulmaro Zoffi… shared with us a proposal for the Disaster Prevention and Education Center in Istanbul. The design shows the events which involve earth, air and water in a friendly manner, enclosed by a public ETFE greenhouse, where all the

112 Reus / ACXT Arquitectos

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Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 14.985 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

The new 112 Building in Reus is the model for the new emergencies management and service system in Catalonia, and the first public facility in the country to have a LEED certification. It is a new architectonic typology that brings together all the bodies in charge of managing emergencies in Catalonia.

School 4 Burma Design Winning Proposal / Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa

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Building Trust International recently announced that designers Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa, of Berkeley, California have won the School 4 Burma Design Competition. The winning design, for a modular school for migrant and refugee children in the Thai-Burma border town of , beat entries from all over the world as the competition generated progressive, contemporary design solutions. Over 800 designers and academic institutions expressed interest. More images and description on the winning proposal after the break.

Flashback: B 018 / Bernard Khoury Architects

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B 018 is a music club designed by Bernard Khoury Architects, a place of nocturnal survival. In the early months of 1998, the B 018 moved to the “Quarantaine”, on a site that was better known for its macabre aura. The “Quarantaine” is located at the proximity of the port of . During the French protectorate, it was a place of quarantine for arriving crews. In the recent war it became the abode of Palestinian, Kurdish and South Lebanese refugees (20,000 in 1975). In January 1976, local militia men launched a radical attack that completely wiped out the area. The slums were demolished along with the kilometer long bordering wall that isolated the zone from the city. Over twenty years later, the scars of war are still perceptible through the disparity between the scarce urban fabric of the area and the densely populated neighborhoods located across the highway that borders the zone.

Prodigy MSN / Space

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Architects: Space
Location: Santa Fe, , Mexico
Project Architects: Juan Carlos Baumgartner LEED AP, Fabiola Troyo del Valle LEED AP
Design Team: Marcos Aguilar, Francisco Montoya
Area: 800 sqm
Completion: August 2010
Photographs: Paul Czitrom