With architects building globally – often disconnected from their own cultural and political contexts – what is their responsibility toward the workers who construct their buildings? Organized by the Vera List Center in collaboration with Kadambari Baxi (Barnard College), Mabel…
The video above, produced by ITDP Mexico is a surprisingly fun look at the dire traffic situation in Mexico City. With the help of two Barbie Ken dolls (who else?), the video describes two types of drivers: the Everyday Driver, who drives everywhere no matter what, and the Shadow Driver, who drives only when it’s most convenient.
The situation facing Mexico City isn’t too far off from that facing American Suburbia (as our infographic “Burbs Going Bust” and our two-part “Saving Suburbia” series recently highlited). The ‘burbs, designed to convenience the Everyday Driver, have essentially turned Shadow Drivers into Everydays. Hence why passenger cars account for up to 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in some car-intensive communities in the U.S.
It gets you thinking… if we could design Suburbia for the Shadow Drivers (or the “Disencarchised” Driver, who can’t afford a car at all) and make driving less convenient for the Everydays, then maybe we could convert the Shadow drivers (to the “light”side) and increase the demand for walkable streets and denser communities.
Architects: Bailo Rull ADD+ – Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran
Location: Santa Eugenia de Berga, Spain
Project Area: 2,700 sqm
Collaborators: A.Brito, A. Estevez , N. Font, M. Girbau, M. Hita, P. Jenni, A. Marin, A. Mañosa, J. Maroto, J. Pala, A. Rovira, M. Rull, J. Jimenez, Ll. A. Casanovas
Photographs: Courtesy Bailo Rullo ADD+
The winning proposal for the design of a stadium for Russia’s 2018 World Cup was created by the design institute “Mosproject-4″ from Russia and HKS Architects… from the United States. The main characteristics of the stadium include an innovative constructive
Architects: Vaíllo & Irigaray & Galar - Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
Location: Pamplona, Spain
Project Manager: Daniel Galar Irurre
Collaborators: Borja Benavent, David Eguinoa, Oscar Martínez, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Isabel Franco
Client: Navarre Health Service
Cost: 18,000,000 €
Area: 12,150 sqm
Photographs: Jose Manuel Cutillas, Ruben P. Bescos
Inspired by the volcanic topography of Jeju island and the cocoon of a living organism, Seoul-based architectural practice, Planning Korea, completed their design for the Cocoon House, which is complemented with their amazing rendering techniques which is evident in their gallery of images. The cocoon, located at the center of the house, provides a space made by nature that protects and develops inner living things from outside. The first phase of the construction will be started in September 2012 and will be completed in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Leo A Daly, in collaboration with Local Design Institute WDCE, recently won a competition to design Phase 2, Plot B, of the international headquarters campus of China Mobile Ltd. in Beijing. One of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world, China Mobile Ltd. selected their design for the research and development office and laboratory buildings, each a five- and nine-story facility, which are organized on an east-west pedestrian axis and mirrored in their massing to establish opposite, formal entries linked to internal courtyards at the ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
Location: Es Pujol de s’Era, Formentera, Spain
Collaborators: Marga Ferrer, Laura Tur, Carmen Martínez, Josep Castelló, Catalina Verdera, Jaume Luís, Segundo García, Pep Yern & Belén Molina
Structure: Albert Yern Ribas, José Antonio Molina, Salvador Soteras & Agustí Yern
Built Area: 201 sqm
Photographs: Estudi EPDSE
With the installation of a girder on the 100th floor, the One World Trade Center has become the tallest building in New York. Currently standing at 1,271 feet (387m) tall, the “Freedom Tower” has surpassed the 1,250 foot Empire State Building. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the US and the third tallest in the world upon completion.
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You may remember Sou Fujimoto Architects radical House NA from this video we shared with you last November. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.
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