Video: WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin at TED2013

00:00 - 31 May, 2013

In this talk at TED 2013, WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin elaborates on some of the ideas which he presented in 2012. WikiHouse is his project to create an open-source library of houses which can be downloaded, manufactured with a CNC machine and assembled in a day - an idea which he hopes will democratize the production of housing and the city as a whole - as he puts it, "In a way it should be kind of obvious that in the 21st century maybe cities could be developed by citizens".

Casa Munita Gonzalez / Arias Arquitectos + Surtierra Arquitectura

01:00 - 31 May, 2013
© Luis García
© Luis García
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Batuco, Santiago, Chile
  • Architect

    Patricio Arias, Pablo Alvear
  • Collaborators

    Lía Karmelic, Francisca Gómez
  • Contractor

    Surtierra Arquitectura
  • Calculation

    Gerardo Fercovic Musre
  • Area

    275.0 sqm
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Luis García, Pablo Alvear

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New Headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Service Competition

01:00 - 31 May, 2013
Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) just announced the launch of a new design competition on behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to create a new central London Headquarters - replacing their existing New Scotland Yard building. The Invited Design Competition provides architects/practices with the opportunity to produce a design for the renovation of this landmark in one of London’s most important and historic areas - to provide a modern, flexible and secure office environment for the MPS. The deadline for submissions is June 27. For more information, please visit here.

'Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype' Exhibition & Installation

00:00 - 31 May, 2013
© Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype, SCI-Arc, 2013
© Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype, SCI-Arc, 2013

Opening October 11 until December 1, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will present 'Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype', an exhibition and public art installation which highlights the well-known American architect's work, including several original, rarely seen Woods drawings from private collections. Complemented by a symposium and catalog, this exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery and related large-scale public art installation in the Arts District’s Bloom Square, aims to demonstrate the fearless nature with which the late visionary architect and draftsman created. More information on the exhibition after the break.

580 Carroll Street / TEN Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos
Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos

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8008 / Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Courtesy of Urban Fourth
Courtesy of Urban Fourth

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Madison House / XTEN Architecture

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
©  Steve King
© Steve King
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Quinta, California
  • Architect in Charge

    Austin Kelly AIA, Monika Haefelfinger SIA, Scott Utterstrom, Tina Rothermund, Jae Rodriguez, Qichen Cao, Christina Kaneva, Dana Nishimura Bryan, Stephanie Sent
  • Landscape

    Pamela Burton & Company
  • Structural Engineer

    Axial Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Sladden Engineering
  • Civil Engineer

    RCE Consultants
  • Electrical Engineer

    OMB Electrical Engineers
  • General Contractor

    M.A.P. development
  • Area

    10650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Steve King · Photographer Profile, Art Gray, Jeremy Bittermann

© Art Gray © Art Gray ©  Steve King © Jeremy Bittermann +19

Wong House / MC2 Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos
Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    valle de Casablanca
  • Architect in Charge

    MC2 Arquitectos
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos

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AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
image via sageclassroom.com
image via sageclassroom.com

Social justice. How can that be achieved? At Portland State University School of Architecture, faculty and students are exploring just this issue in different forms. Often when people think of Portland or the state of Oregon, images of “crunchy” eco-“warriors” come to mind, but these issues are not simply proxies for a lifestyle or consumer choices. Rather, when discussing people and ecology, the issues are about resources. Specifically, how do humans use and allocate resources to promote fair, well-distributed advancements rather than exploitation, oppression and conspicuous consumption.

New operations center Rolle / Burckhardt + Partner

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Courtesy of Burckhardt + Partner
Courtesy of Burckhardt + Partner

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48 Logements BBC / Atelier Tarabusi

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Benoît Fougeirol
© Benoît Fougeirol
  • Architects

  • Location

    35 Avenue Jean Moulin, 93390 Clichy-sous-Bois, France
  • Architect in Charge

    P. Tarabusi, C. Thiret, M. del Gaudio
  • Graphic Designer

    J. Boitias
  • Executive Architect

    V. Falcucci
  • Engineers

    Sibat
  • Contractor

    Bouygues
  • Area

    4750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Benoît Fougeirol

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New Tryvann Tower Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Courtesy of MAD Arkitekter
Courtesy of MAD Arkitekter

With a unique, prominent position in the urban landscape of Oslo, the Tryvann Tower is an existing TV transmission tower high up on the forested hills surrounding the city. Launching the idea of developing a new Tryvann Tower, MAD Arkitekter envisioned a tower with an elegant and bold design, placed in the same position as today’s tower. The new Tryvann Tower would be both higher and more spacious, giving increased room for a public program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

First Israeli Team to Compete in The Solar Decathlon

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Lior Avitan, Courtesy of Solar Decathlon Team Israel
© Lior Avitan, Courtesy of Solar Decathlon Team Israel

The Solar Decathlon, also called the “Olympics of Sustainable Architecture,” is a design competition that takes place biennially and challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are Net Zero Energy Buildings and are affordable, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends cost-effectiveness, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Summer of 2013 will be the first year that a team from Israel will participate in this worldwide competition. Their hope was to develop and display a method of planning and design in which buildings could better respond to change, with the potential to be deconstructed, taken apart, modified and recycled. Values of environment, community, society and Israeli culture are all intertwined in a design that aims to raise awareness of these four elements and better incorporate them into Israeli architecture.

Read on for Team Israel's Decathlon design.

Project Lost Homes / Tsukihashi Laboratory (Kobe University)

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Taro_Jason Halayko (Ritsumeikan University)
© Taro_Jason Halayko (Ritsumeikan University)

A collaborative effort by Osamu Tsukihashi + Tsukihashi Laboratory, many professors and architecture students at all over Japan, "Projects Lost Homes" aims at lamenting lost towns and considering the disaster and the damaged areas brought about by Great East Japan Earthquake. Damaged areas were looked at dreadful circumstances, and the original sites were flowed away by Tsunamis, especially lots of areas on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Tohoku. Since 2011, their project has consisted of restoring damaged towns and villages, especially the coastal areas devastated by the following terrible tsunamis, by 1:500 scale models. More images and architects' description after the break.

Tony's Organic House / Playze

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Bartosz Kolonko
© Bartosz Kolonko
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Team

    Mengjia He, Pascal Berger, Marc Schmit, Martina Knotkova, Mching Wang, Didier Callot, Felix Zheng, Maggie Tang, Benny Hou, Daisy Yuan, James Liu, Chao Yu
  • Light Design

    UnoLai
  • Area

    1230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Bartosz Kolonko

© Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko +21

Cafe del Bosque / Castro Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Ana Velez
© Ana Velez
  • Architect Office

    Castro Arquitectos
  • Location

    Medellín, Colombia
  • Architects Designers

    Ana Elvira Vélez Villa, Lorenzo Castro Jaramillo
  • Team Director

    Jhenny Nieto
  • Team Members

    Eliana Beltrán, Julia Cano, Juan Camilo Vaquero, Ligia Cardona, Andrés Castro
  • Built Area

    1034.69 m2
  • Area

    2116.61 m2
  • Year

    2006
  • Photography

    Ana Velez, Lorenzo Castro

© Lorenzo Castro © Lorenzo Castro © Lorenzo Castro © Lorenzo Castro +30

2013 Pritzker Prize Ceremony, Toyo Ito

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
Thomas Pritzker, Toyo Ito, Lord Palumbo, Martha Thorn
Thomas Pritzker, Toyo Ito, Lord Palumbo, Martha Thorn

Last night we attended the Pritkzer Prize ceremony, where the 2013 laureate Toyo Ito accepted the prestigious award at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.

Dexia / Atelier Pierre Hebbelinck

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Marie Franáoise Plissart
© Marie Franáoise Plissart

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