Rafael Viñoly Architects have just announced the official groundbreaking of their Math Institute at the University of Oxford. Prior to the project, Oxford’s mathematics department was scattered across the University in different locations. RVA was commissioned to provide a design solution that provided a centralized building for the entire department, to create a balanced environment for academics’ need for privacy with the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.
More about the design after the break.
For the passing fan or the honorary Jedi that knows ever detail of the series, Star Wars: The Blueprints offers an amazing (in fact never before seen!) opportunity to discover how an entire galaxy was engineered.
Compiling over 200 of the original production, highly detailed architectural drawings created for all six films of the STAR WARS Saga, the book provides an in-depth look into the universe that was painstakingly pieced together down to the most minute detail. Complimenting the blueprints are over 500 photographs (which even highlight the construction process) and illustrations.
Stay tuned as ArchDaily will have an exclusive surprise about Star Wars: The Blueprints in the coming days. Take note that only a total of 5,000 English language collector’s volumes will be printed. For more about this exciting new book follow the break.
Architects: Tate Snyder Kimsey
Location: Fernley, Nevada, USA
Project Team: Windom Kimsey, Mike Purtill, Vincent Novak, Christopher Lujan, Molly Smith, Kevin Kemner, Pat Pusich, Jake Gay, Dorothy Schwankle, Jeni Masters, Daniel Chenin, Nick Rosania, Mike Brown
General Contractor: Rafael Construction, Inc.
Project Area: 97,520 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Bonner
Steven Holl Architects recently received an American Architecture Award for 2011 for the Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China.The awards, administered annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies honor ‘new and cutting-edge design’ and aim to promote ‘the best of new architecture and urban design.’ More on the project after the break.
Architect: Perkins+Will, FBT Architects
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Project Team: Eric Brossy de Dios, Angela Kunz, Ann Knudsen, Charlene Martin, Kevin Mereness, Ashley Stoner, Nathan Wilcox
Executive Architects: Fanning Bard Tatum Architects AIA, Ltd.
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: New York Focus Photography
Miami University Department of Architecture and Interior Design recently announced their Fall 2011 Architecture and Interior Design Lecture Series, which began on the 24th of August and runs through the 14th of November.
More event information after the break.
The design for Panther Lake Elementary School focuses on bringing together the school’s learning and common areas in order to enrich the students’ educational experiences. Long rows filled with formal learning spaces run parallel to each other, while a corridor containing the school’s major common areas runs through the rows at a diagonal, bisecting and connecting the separate learning areas. As a result, the various learning centers remain open to one another even though they appear to be separated by their different colors and structural elements.
Local New York architect Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects recently gave a speech at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s Teachers Seminar 2011. He addresses numerous issues that are currently being debated within the profession where the theme of the three-day seminar was “Performative Practices.” The roles of the architect and builder, the architect and engineer, etc. The roles of architects as instruction makers who outsource to specialists in façade or fabrication may not be as clear as in previous generations. His own firm is prime example of the shifting of roles. SHoP has branched off with its own SHoP Construction subsidiary that is managing the fabrication of their design for the new Barclays Center rusted steel skin. More details after the break.
Architect: HOLODECK architects
Location: Wolfsberg, Carinthia, Austria
Project Team: Arch. Marlies Breuss, Arch. Michael Ogertschnig, Di. Manuel Garcia Barbero, Di. Christine Schmauszer, Di. Gernot Köfer
Construction Engineer: Oberressl Kantz ZTGmbH, Klagenfurt
Construction Physics: DI Röhrer, Korneuburg
Construction Survey: KFW/Vorstädtische Kleinsiedlung, Klagenfurt
Heating, Cooling and Electricity: KELAG Consulting, Klagenfurt
Construction Coordination: Bau&Plan
Photograph: Paul Ott
Architect: Gould Evans
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Project Year: 2008
Client: University of Arizona
Project Cost: $21M
CMAR: Hensel Phelps
Landscape Architect: Wheat Scharf
Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Bridgers & Paxton
Technology Consultant: The Sextant Group
Photography: Roland Bishop
Alsop High School is a popular mixed comprehensive with nearly 1800 pupils, including over 300 in the sixth form. It is the largest secondary school in Liverpool. Prior to development, the arrangement and condition of the existing buildings were severely restricting the school’s progress. The school playground was mostly tarmac with no green space for student play or social interaction. The main school building was built in 1926 and had little flexibility for modern teaching and the curriculum. Temporary dining accommodation was in use and the school were using more than 30 ‘portacabin’ type classrooms which were in desperate need of repair. Unfortunately, these cabins were not only a poor setting for education, but also terrible eyesores for the immediate community of the Walton Village conservation area who overlooked the site.
Architect: 2020 Liverpool
Location: Walton, Liverpool, England
Collaborators: Morgan Sindall
Project Area: Site area: 31,222 sqm, Gross Floor area: 5853 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of 2020 Liverpool
Global events such as the Olympic Games have the potential to enrich the city in which they are held, both economically and socially. The Olympics in particular promote cultural and social development. However, the effort and economics that the city invests is only advantageous when the event leaves a lasting trace. It is a delicate balance, warns Richard Sennett. The balance rests in the sustainability of the economic and social development of the city at the conclusion of the global event. The investment and design and planning strategies should be thought of in regards to long-term development and flexibility for twenty years down the road when the grounds can be acquired for other uses by the city. In 2012, London will be hosting the Olympic Games and it seems promising that the development of the grounds will bring continued social and economic profit to the area at the end of the games.
More on this discussion after the break.