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Competition Asks Young Architects to Transform Abandoned Factory into Cultural Center

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Competition Asks Young Architects to Transform Abandoned Factory into Cultural Center, Mention: ECOLE/AAKAA (Adrien Durrmeyer, Martin Le Bourgeois, Nicolas    Simon, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Violette). Image Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions
Mention: ECOLE/AAKAA (Adrien Durrmeyer, Martin Le Bourgeois, Nicolas Simon, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Violette). Image Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions

In our progressively digitized world, factories are often left behind. Outdated and no longer capable of serving their original purpose, these vast spaces become vacant and full of potential. A recent Young Architect Competition (YAC), entitled Space to Culture, recognized this trend and called upon young minds to turn such a factory in Granarolo, Bologna into a center for culture and entertainment. The competition asked entrants to focus on the idea of temporality and ensure the re-purposed factory's longevity through dynamic and flexible spaces. To see the winning entries, continue after the break.

Ten Buildings Pushing The Boundaries of Wood

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler

Wood is the ultimate material - it's renewable, sequesters carbon and more importantly, it's buildable. Nevertheless wood is rarely used in tall, vertical construction. Now reThink wood has come out with their Tall Wood Survey (available in full on their website), which surveyed over 50 wood experts to explore three main areas in which wood is usually questioned: financing, insurance and performance. But beyond discussing the pros and cons of wood, the survey also highlights 10 projects that show how wood products are being used in ways you never thought existed. See all ten innovative projects, after the break. 

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bodebo Store In Barcelona   / CAVAA, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Sant Hermenegild, 7, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
  • Builder

    Josep Massana
  • Area

    74.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Bar Aquarium / Next Level Studio

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bar Aquarium / Next Level Studio, © Martin Kocich
© Martin Kocich

© Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Josefa Stancla 154, 686 01 Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Michal Kutalek
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +26

ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina's released his latest series of illustrations: Archimusic, architectural representations of 27 songs, from Miles Davis to Michael Jackson to Amy Winehouse. See all 27 after the break!

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina +28

Reinstating the Relevance of Academic Journals: trans magazin

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
Courtesy of trans magazine
Courtesy of trans magazine

trans magazin, a semi-annual journal published by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ, seeks to address "issues in architecture and urban development from a variety of perspectives." Managed by an independent student editorial team since 1997, the publication studies and discusses humanities, politics, philosophy and the arts. It is "a platform for interdisciplinary discourse" packaged in a beautifully printed, weighty periodical.

Oceanique Villas / MM++ architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Oceanique Villas / MM++ architects, © Hiroyuki OKI
© Hiroyuki OKI

© Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mui Ne, Phan Thiết, Binh Thuan, Vietnam
  • Project Architect

    My An PHAM THI
  • Area

    1014.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House 9,74 x 9,74 / f m b architekten

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
House 9,74 x 9,74 / f m b architekten, Courtesy of f m b architekten
Courtesy of f m b architekten

Courtesy of f m b architekten Courtesy of f m b architekten Courtesy of f m b architekten Courtesy of f m b architekten +27

Happy Birthday Charles Eames

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
Happy Birthday Charles Eames, Ray and Charles Eames. Image © Eames Office
Ray and Charles Eames. Image © Eames Office

Today Charles Eames - the taller half of modernism's greatest power couple, Charles & Ray Eames - would have turned 107. Although perhaps best known for their furniture design (particularly the Eames Lounge & Shell Chairs), the couple is well known in architectural circles for the home they designed in 1945 and subsequently lived in: the Eames House (or Case Study House No. 8, as it was part of the Arts & Architecture magazine's "Case Study" program).

In honor of Charles Eames' birthday, we've rounded up some fantastic videos: produced by the Eames themselves, HOUSE (a tour of their home) and Powers of Ten (their 1977 exploration of the universe's magnitudes), this 1956 clip of the pair's first TV appearance, a video of the construction of the Shell Chair and, at the Vitra Campus, the Eames Loungethe TED Talk delivered by the pair's grandson, and the trailer to The Architect & The Painter (the must-watch documentary on the pair's lives). See all the videos after the break!

Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Dobongsan Car Park / Jae Kim | CoDeAU + Namoa Architects , © Kwang Sik Jung
© Kwang Sik Jung

© Sungmin Yoon © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung © Kwang Sik Jung +20

China's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014: Mountains Beyond Mountains

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the Curators. By making space the manifestation of content and content an insight of the space, space and content are correlated in the China Pavilion in that content provides an explicit timeline of China’s 100 years’ of architectural thinking (dual theme threads), while space presents an implicit theme of Yi Xiang (imagery-scape) through the history of Chinese architecture.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +10

Huize Vreeburg / HILBERINKBOSCH Architecten

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Huize Vreeburg / HILBERINKBOSCH Architecten, © Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

© Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit © Rene de Wit +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dorpsstraat 66, 5241 ED Rosmalen, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Geert Bosch, Annemariken Hilberink
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size, The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

One of the major challenges in translating 3D Printing technology into architecture has been the issue of scale. So far, this has generally resulted in ever larger printers, with one of the most successful examples being the KamerMaker, which has been used to 3D print a Dutch Canal House in 2x2x3.5 metre chunks. However, recognizing the limitations on the size of 3D printers, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a family of three small, mobile robots which together can print a structure of any size.

Read on after the break for more on the process.

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot can travel in any direction across the structure adding extra layers to strengthen the structure.. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Strengthening layers added by Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia +14

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Korean Research Center

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Korean Research Center, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have broken ground on their Hankook Technodome, a state-of-the-art research and development facility for the Korean Tyre giant. Based in Daejeon, the 'silicon valley' of Asia, the new facility will provide light filled offices and laboratories, as well as social spaces which nurture a culture of openness and innovation.

Highway Support Center / 24H architecture

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Highway Support Center / 24H architecture, Courtesy of Boris Zeisser
Courtesy of Boris Zeisser

Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser Courtesy of Boris Zeisser +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Balkendwarsweg, 9405 Assen, The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Boris Zeisser, Maartje Lammers, Fieke Poelman
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem's ArtA Center

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem's ArtA Center, View from the Rhine. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
View from the Rhine. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Amsterdam-based firm NL Architects have been selected to design Arnhem's new ArtA Center, a new public arts cluster that will house the Arnhem Museum and Focus Cinema. Coming out on top in a shortlist which included BIG, Kengo Kuma & Associates and SO-IL, NL Architects' terraced design features a rooftop urban park with views over the Rhine, subterranean movie halls and an adaptable, open plan stepped museum.

The jury's decision commends the design for the way it "radiates enthusiasm", and the "simple and clear" concept, as well as praising the "inventive and innovative" mentality of the architects. 

More on the design and the jury's selection after the break

Museum. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Arts Square. Image Courtesy of NL Architects Museum. Image Courtesy of NL Architects City View. Image Courtesy of NL Architects +17

Warehouse transformation into Visual Arts School / Matthieu Place + Thomas Raynaud

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud
Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud

Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud Courtesy of Thomas Raynaud +11