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TED Talk: Architecture at Home in its Community / Xavier Vilalta

00:00 - 1 December, 2013

In this TED Talk, Xavier Vilalta of Xavier Vilalta Arquitectura walks through the design of two projects: a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a multi-family apartment complex in Tunisia. Each is a prime example of how harnessing nature and referencing local traditions can allow architecture to naturally grow from its surroundings and become an integral component of the city. 

Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization / Partar Architecture Studio

01:00 - 1 December, 2013
Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization / Partar Architecture Studio, Courtesy of Partar Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Partar Architecture Studio

The design for the Qom Central Building of Construction Engineering Organization by Partar Architecture Studio began with “a key question that discussed the feasibility and impossibility of imagining a unique design which best suits the spatial quality of traditional Iranian architecture." Partar’s design process was based on this challenge, and has led to an interesting proposal that attempts to bridge the art of architecture and the technology of construction using an understanding of the phenomenological aspects of Persian art and ornament, coupled with traditional Persian building techniques. 

Mirador de los Dominicos House / Carreño Sartori Arquitectos

01:00 - 1 December, 2013
Mirador de los Dominicos House / Carreño Sartori Arquitectos, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Claudia Wagner
  • Builder

    Hector Fuentes. Constructora Los Benedictinos limitada.
  • Technical Advisors

    Eduardo Valenzuela (CALCULO), ICG (ELECTRICIDAD y CORRIENTES DEBILES), Pedro de la Piedra (CLIMA), Patrcio Vega (SANITARIOS).
  • Area

    343.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +22

Why Garden Cities Should Stay in the 20th Century

00:00 - 1 December, 2013
Why Garden Cities Should Stay in the 20th Century, Town square in Letchworth Garden City, one of the UK's first. Via Flickr CC user. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Town square in Letchworth Garden City, one of the UK's first. Via Flickr CC user. Used under Creative Commons

After the Wolfson Economics Prize announced a challenge to deliver new garden cities in the UK for the 21st Century, Feargus O'Sullivan of Atlantic Cities responds, calling the attempt to bring back garden cities "misguided". His article gives a comprehensive rundown of why garden cities were popular during the 20th century, why they are becoming popular again and, ultimately, why they are a bad idea that will not succeed this time around - finishing with some ideas from The Netherlands and Sweden that would be much more appropriate. You can read the full article here.

House in Oiso / Atelier HAKO Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2013
House in Oiso / Atelier HAKO Architects , Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects
Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oiso, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
  • Structural Engineer

    Shin’itsu Hiraoka, Hiraoka Structural Engineers
  • Area

    8972.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects

Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects +22

Tiny Houses: Downsizing The American Dream

00:00 - 30 November, 2013

In the wake of the housing crisis and Recession, the "American Dream" of a super-sized home in the suburbs has lost its appeal; today, it's the "tiny house" that seems more aligned with America's readjusted ideals. Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, a couple out of Colorado, are just one example of people taking the "tiny" leap - they began the construction of their 124 sq ft. home back in 2011, and their journey has been documented in a new film called "TINY: A Story About Living Small," which premiered on Al Jazeera America last Sunday. 

Living by the Sea / Minarc

01:00 - 30 November, 2013
Living by the Sea / Minarc, Courtesy of Minarc
Courtesy of Minarc
  • Architects

  • Location

    Malibu, CA, United States
  • Design Team

    Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Minarc Courtesy of Minarc Courtesy of Minarc Courtesy of Minarc +11

Rosewood Abu Dhabi / Handel Architects

01:00 - 30 November, 2013
Rosewood Abu Dhabi / Handel Architects, © Gerry O’Leary
© Gerry O’Leary

© Don Riddle © Don Riddle © Gerry O’Leary © Gerry O’Leary +21

BIM: Collaboration Via the Cloud

00:00 - 30 November, 2013
BIM: Collaboration Via the Cloud, Screenshot of a Revit Model. Via Flickr CC user. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Screenshot of a Revit Model. Via Flickr CC user. Used under Creative Commons

This article on Line/Shape/Space by Jeff Yoders discusses how BIM can be used to good effect by bringing different professionals together early on in a design project. By utilizing the shared BIM model over the cloud - or even by providing a dedicated "Computer-Aided Visual Environment" or "BIM CAVE" (seriously) - clashes can be detected early, design priorities can be more balanced, and ultimately the time and cost requirements of a project can be significantly reduced. You can read the full article here.

El Fabuloso / MEMA arquitectos + Colette Studio

01:00 - 30 November, 2013
© Mauricio Mendoza
© Mauricio Mendoza

© Mauricio Mendoza © Mauricio Mendoza © Mauricio Mendoza © Mauricio Mendoza +13

How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies

00:00 - 30 November, 2013
How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies, Courtesy of Mithūn
Courtesy of Mithūn

The challenge of converting a sea of parking lots, that so often riddles auto-dependent suburbs, is in densification. Architects are introducing compact urban living models to small towns all across the country, retrofitting single-use zoning into more walkable, diverse and connected communities. Perhaps nowhere is this evolution more evident than Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, home to the country’s oldest shopping malls. Learn how the town became denser and greener, transitioning to a transit-oriented development, “Gray, Green, and Blue: Seattle’s Northgate.”

"A House for Pink Floyd" Compeititon Entry / Arqbauraum

01:00 - 30 November, 2013
"A House for Pink Floyd" Compeititon Entry / Arqbauraum, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Arqbauraum
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of Arqbauraum

Pink Floyd, "considered to be one of the icons of revolutionary, progressive music," was adept at using "sonic experiments and philosophical lyrics to cross social boundaries and redefine values." The international design competition A House for Pink Floyd similarly aimed to translate that philosophy into a built architecture, the focus of which being on "creating any object of architecture that transcends rules and standardization and innovates through itself." 

With no constraints to site, program or size Arqbauraum's entry, "based on man meeting with himself, and doing so through the senses," aims to "return to man a place for him to pulse with the world, a space that appealed to solidarity and to the strength of the use of words."

GMT Mysłowice Win Competition to Design Poland's Stadion Ruch Chorzów

00:00 - 30 November, 2013
GMT Mysłowice Win Competition to Design Poland's Stadion Ruch Chorzów, Courtesy of GMT
Courtesy of GMT

The design for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland's largest football clubs, has been unveiled. The winning proposal, designed by GMT Mysłowice, will have a capacity for 12,000 seats and, although described as not being "the most impressive [design] overall," has been selected for its simple, clean form and "value for money." With ruch meaning 'movement' or 'motion' in Polish, the concept for the design has hinged around "giving passers-by a different perspective from every possible angle as they move along the stadium."

Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto

01:00 - 30 November, 2013
Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto, Courtesy of Casa do Pego
Courtesy of Casa do Pego

Courtesy of Casa do Pego Courtesy of Casa do Pego Courtesy of Casa do Pego Courtesy of Casa do Pego +20

The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 30 November, 2013
The House of the Early Childhood / TOPOS ARCHITECTURE, © Jérôme BLIN
© Jérôme BLIN

© Jérôme BLIN © Jérôme BLIN © Jérôme BLIN © Jérôme BLIN +17

Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

01:00 - 29 November, 2013
Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +25

Town Centre Sarleinsbach / Heidl Architekten

01:00 - 29 November, 2013
Town Centre Sarleinsbach / Heidl Architekten, © Josef Andraschko
© Josef Andraschko

© Josef Andraschko © Josef Andraschko © Josef Andraschko © Otto Hainzel +7

Can a School Ensure East London's Olympic Legacy?

00:00 - 29 November, 2013
Can a School Ensure East London's Olympic Legacy?, Via CC Flickr User. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Via CC Flickr User. Used under Creative Commons

In this article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright reviews Chobham Academy, a new school built as part of East London's Olympic Legacy by architects AHMM. While he finds the school impressive and ambitious, Wainwright questions whether the campus, which acts as the 'fulcrum' between the poverty-stricken streets of Leyton and the high end flats of the former Athlete's Village, will be able to bring the two parts of this community together. You can read the full article here.