The Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe’s is one the most iconic modern residences in the United States. Situated in Plano, Illinois, near the Fox River, its location is nothing short of picturesque. However, what may not be known is that due to its location, it has been subject to the wrath of the local river. Specifically, on September 14, 2008 a torrential rain storm caused the Fox River to overflow and flood the house, resulting in extensive damage to the interior, furniture, and the large wardrobe of Edith Farnsworth. The IIT Design Build Studio led by Professor Frank Flury was sought out by Farnsworth House director Whitney French to distill a solution to house the 12’ x 6’ x 2’ wardrobe that was unable to be accommodated in the visitor center. More details after the break.
Architects: Arquitecnica – Roberto Moreno Klemming, Peru Cañada Omagogeascoa
Location: Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Spain
Colaborators: Isabel Domínguez Segura, José Ramón Espinosa, Nuria Martín Alcaraz, Rubén Martínez de Rituerto.
Quantity Surbeyor: Oscar Bernedo Antoñanzas
Photographs: Aitor Estevez Olaizola
Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects – Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe, Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson
Location: Øverbyvegen88-104, 2825 Gjøvik, Norway
Client: Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg), Tommy Pedersen
User: Gjøvik Care Centre
User representative: Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat), Anne-Beth Brekke, Geir Rune Nyhus and Kai Børresen
Curator: Public Art Norway (KORO), Mette Kvandal and Per Henrik Svalastog
Design Team: Dagur Eggertsson, Julian Fors, Fabricio Ferreira Fernandes, Matthew Donnachie, Sölvi Magnússon, Kaori Watanabe and Vibeke Jenssen
Photographs: Pasi Aalto
The Architectural Department of Moscow City Government (MosComArhitectura) has announced the shortlisted teams competing to design the strategy that will be used to double the size of Moscow. With an uneven distribution of working places throughout the Russian Federation capital, millions of residents are forced to commute each day to the over-populated, historic city center, thus causing serious transportation, ecological and social problems within the region.
The Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept will see the city annex 150,316 hectares to its south-west in order to overcome its chronic space problems. OMA, Diller Scofidio & Renfro and McAdam Architects, lead by the well-known Russian architects Andrey Chernihov and Alexei Ginsburg, are a few names that appear among the ten shortlisted teams. Continue reading for more competition details and the entire shortlist.
Architect: Steinberg Architects
Location: San José, California, USA
Team: Ernie Yamane, AIA – Principal in Charge, Jeffrey Berg, AIA – Project Manager
Brigitte Williams, AIA – Designer, Danielle Hornberger, Dave Ewell, AIA, Lisa Welty-O’Hare, DedeImpink, AIA, Clementine Mainini, Jihoon Kim, Jocelyn Martinez, Michael Cervantes, AIA, Paul Bae, Priya Raman, Shannon Healey, Tom Lawrence, Wendy Woo
Photographs: Tim Griffith
Space Group, based out of Oslo, Norway, recently completed the master plan for Lexington, Kentucky’s new Arena, Arts and Entertainment District. Beating out 13 other architectural firms, the 46 acre development will incorporate a basketball arena, convention center, performing arts center, school of the arts, offices, retail shops and housing. A unique aspect that was incorporated was the distinctive compactness of the existing downtown area and its proximity to residential neighborhoods. In order to accommodate predicted future growth, Space Group conceived a strategy that mirrors the footprint of the existing downtown district and projects it along an axis in line with the Rupp Arena. More info after the break.
This workshop is a two-day intensive parametric design workshop by Studio Mode / modeLab to be held in Brooklyn during the weekend of April 07-08, 2012. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, this workshop will engage both the conceptual as well as technical domains of applied parametric design.
Rhino, in conjunction with the parametric modeling plug-in Grasshopper, offers the possibility to explore parametric and computational design with unprecedented fluidity. Leveraging this capacity, we have structured this workshop around a series of design strategies and case-study exercises with the capacity to generate and control degrees of variation within fields of entities. Emphasis will be placed on workflows that utilize constraint-based design, visualization techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions. For more information, please visit here.
Community-Oriented Architecture in Schools: How ‘Extroverted’ Design Can Impact Learning and Change the World
You’ve considered every detail: re-thought the spatial configurations of the classrooms to account for over 40 students, ensured that the noise from outside doesn’t drown out the teacher, perhaps even adjusted the storage to kid-friendly heights.
As an architect, you live in the skin of the people who will daily occupy your buildings. And of course, the impact of physical conditions should never be underestimated, especially in the design of a school. Study after study has cited that the correct environment can greatly improve student engagement, enrollment, and even general well-being. 
However, there is another vital way in which design can impact learning. An approach that recognizes the power of society and culture, that aims to create a school not only permeable to the community around it, but charged with positive symbolic value.
Two well-known arbiters of modern design, Dwell Media and Design Within Reach, recently announced the launch of their Live/Work Design Contest which challenges designers to create a workspace “classic of tomorrow” – a new home-office solution that DWR could potentially manufacture and sell. Dwell will accept online only submissions through March 31, 2012. In April, a panel of judges will select up to 10 finalists based on evaluations of both overall design and manufacturing potential. More information on the competition after the break.
Gdańsk Historic Heritage Center, designed by Mariusz Piesik and Kuba Szymański, is meant to be a multifunctional building and a part of targ sienny / targ rakowy complex – a new project in the very center of Gdańsk, Poland. The building’s main purpose is to host an exhibition of a large scale model of a pre-World War II center of the city and mark the starting point of tourist excursions around it’s streets. More images and architects’ description after the break.