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iPad App Provides Guide To Building The Perfect Sustainable City

Inspired by the Harvard Graduate School of Design‘s book, Ecological Urbanism, published in 2010, the school commissioned Portland-based interactive studio Second Story to transform the book into an iPad app. This app aims to be a resource that draws from the original text, focusing on sustainable city-building, but can also be updated with new projects and papers as needed, which is something a physical book would not be able to do. Available now for free here, the app shows how dynamic areas of study can benefit greatly from equally dynamic texts. With the world moving so fast, books can’t keep up – thus technology allows books to remain updated and relevant to our lives.

agriCultural Mountain Winning Proposal / Group IUT

As one of the winners for the international competition, “Performance architecture”, the agriCultural Mountain project by Group IUT (Nuno Miguel Lima Cruz, Bruno Martins Afonso Gomes, António da Silva Lopes) explores the paradox of an ephemeral monument creation. It´s an artificial mountain placed at the city outskirts, outside the dense urban core, at an agricultural area called “Veiga de Creixomil”. Cultural activities are mainly urban happenings. Rural people and rural areas are usually outside the mainstream circuit of the cultural industry. This proposal aims to bring the cultural phenomenon to the agricultural realm. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Square Skylight House / NKS Architects

© Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki
  • Architects: NKS Architects
  • Location: Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Noriko + Kaoru Suehiro
  • Structure: RC+S, 2 stories
  • Area: 532.38 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Ken'ichi Suzuki

© Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki

Point Dume Residence / Griffin Enright Architects

  • Architects: Griffin Enright Architects
  • Location: Malibu, California, USA
  • Architects In Charge: John Enright, Margaret Griffin
  • Area: 613.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan

Flashback: Maria’s Residence / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

© Pambis Iakovou
© Pambis Iakovou

© Pambis Iakovou © Pambis Iakovou © Pambis Iakovou © Pambis Iakovou

'Hong Kong at 15: Redefining the Public Realm' Exhibition

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office are opening the “Hong Kong at 15: Redefining the Public Realm” exhibition this Monday, December 10th at 7:00pm and will be on exhibit until January 23rd. Taking place at the Center for Architecture in New York, the exhibit features architectural projects built in Hong Kong designed by New York architects, and highlights the 15 year milestone of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty and highlights the contribution of New York architects to the design of Hong Kong. Fueled by a famously free economy, and reputation as a gateway to China, Hong Kong has continued to grow over the past 15 years with the city’s architects and engineers producing highly sophisticated solutions to the challenged faced in the city. For more information about the event, please visit here.

IE University to Launch New Master in Workspace Design Program

Organized as part of the launch of IE University’s Master in Work Space Design, which will receive its first intake next February, the school organized a workshop focused on What’s Next in Workspaces? Designing with Change. Distinguished panelists shared their vision on changing forces and trends in work space design, and how it is creating new and exciting working environments. The new program combines modules in Madrid and London with online periods, and is run in collaboration with strategic partner the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art. Experts agreed that the work place has made a shift in the last years, due to flexibility, mobility and generation gap within the work forces. The role of office designers will become in the future more about facilitation and that simplicity will prevail in office space of the future. For more information on their new, upcoming program, please visit here.

KPF DesignCloud

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates recently announced the launch of their KPF DesignCloud, the first global design charrette involving all 6 of the firm’s offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Abu Dhabi. The web-based vehicle for interaction amongst designers is intended for the exchange of ideas, observations, and questions. This is done quarterly to frame a specific problem to be solved. Their first charratte focuses on “Rest, Relieve, Relax, Repose” where KPF staff members were given one week to come up with a design concept, after which the jurors and designers were able to review and comment through the KPF DesignCloud website. For more information, please visit here. A video of their last charrette can be viewed after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTW

Aiming to provide a meeting place for information, knowledge, skills, and stories, the proposal by Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTW for the Helsinki Central Library competition reflects the creativity, innovation and interaction for the people of Helsinki. Resulting in the sculptural massing of the building, their design derives from the creation of an vertical circulation element, connecting the building by transiting from one function to another throughout the entire collection area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

IR House / SUB. Studio for visionary design

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Twin Houses / Ekler Architect

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects: Ekler Architect
  • Location: Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Dezső Ekler DLA
  • Team: 4N Architect Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: Kovács & Kovács Studio Ltd
  • M&E: Optimal+ Ltd
  • Interior Design: Ekler Architect Ltd., Renáta Rőth
  • Area: 483.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

House With Eaves And An Attic / ON design partners

  • Architects: ON design partners
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Takanori Ineyama, Rie Yanai
  • Site Area: 182.25 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 84.84 sqm
  • Area: 58.18 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ON design partners

Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners

Maison 2G / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma

Four House / Hernández Silva Arquitectos

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

Architects: Hernández Silva Arquitectos Location: Zapopan, México Architect In Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Andrea Assad Álvarez Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 584 sqm Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

Solar Towers Proposal / AAIMM

Designed by AAIMM, the project of the Solar Towers is based on the analysis of the urban fabric of the city Sabadell, Barcelona. A medium-scale, self-sufficient and productive infrastructure promoting energy production from renewable and clean sources, the project also intends to promote the enhancement of healthy mobility through electric bicycles and electric cars, and to generate productive urban farming spaces and social community spaces for elderly, temporarily unemployed, or displaced inhabitans; all in one single infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bjarke Ingels in Sydney for HASSELL and AIA

Bjarke Ingels, who heads up the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), was in Sydney recently and did a talk at the Australian Institute of Architects, which was sponsored and organized by HASSELL. With the common design values and easy fit between BIG and HASSELL, they make a powerful team. So BIG, whose projects we have published here, visited Sydney to explore the potential for future project collaborations. More information and a video after the break.