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TERMES: A Robotic Swarm That Collectively Constructs Modular Structures

00:00 - 25 February, 2014

Termite mounds offer a fascinating architectural quandary: how is it possible that these towering structures (which include complex systems of openings, passages, large volumetric spaces, and even active ventilation systems and humidity regulation) are constructed with no centralised control or planning? The spatial complexity that these thousands of insects can collectively achieve has inspired a Harvard team to create TERMES, a project focused on programming an artificial robotic swarm to build modular structures.

Six of Britain's Best Shortlisted for Crystal Palace Project

00:00 - 25 February, 2014
Six of Britain's Best Shortlisted for Crystal Palace Project, Aerial view of site for Crystal Palace rebuild. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group
Aerial view of site for Crystal Palace rebuild. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

After an open competition that sought to attract "the very best British architecture can offer," six architects - including Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers - have been selected as the potential architects of the project to rebuild the Crystal Palace in south London. See the full shortlist after the break.

2 Oaks House / OBIA

01:00 - 25 February, 2014
2 Oaks House / OBIA, © Georgi Ivanov
© Georgi Ivanov

© Georgi Ivanov © Alumina Elit © Alumina Elit © Alumina Elit +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Architects in Charge

    Nikolay Ostrev, Vladislav Ignatov
  • Area

    475.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

New Mountain Hut At Tracuit / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

01:00 - 25 February, 2014
New Mountain Hut At Tracuit / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +23

Maison Fabrizzi / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

01:00 - 25 February, 2014
Maison Fabrizzi / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, © Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +18

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT

00:00 - 25 February, 2014
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barajas, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Design Team

    Alex Ruiz, Susana Oses, Cesar Trujillo, Marta Ruiz Nieto, Jordi Gorbe Neira, Valentina Antinucci, Laura Weiss, Jack O’Kelly, Cristián Ferrera,Vaiva Simoliunaite, Jesús Baranda, Carls Ernesto Lince, Carolina Carvalho, Ramón Gómez, Pedro Rodríguez Gómez Limón, Marco Coletti.
  • Area

    12568.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +40

Moose Road / Mork-Ulnes Architects

22:00 - 24 February, 2014
Moose Road / Mork-Ulnes Architects , © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    4500 Moose Road, Ukiah, CA 95482, United States
  • Design Team

    Greg Ladigin, Casper Mork-Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad
  • Area

    1140.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

MiCasa / Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects

21:00 - 24 February, 2014
MiCasa / Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects, © Lyndon Douglas
© Lyndon Douglas

© Lyndon Douglas © Lyndon Douglas © Lyndon Douglas © Lyndon Douglas +17

House Between 2 Gardens / Pitsou Kedem Architects

19:00 - 24 February, 2014
House Between 2 Gardens / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ramat HaSharon, Israel
  • Design Team

    Pitsou Kedem, Nurit ben Yosef
  • Site Area

    1000 sqm
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

NOA Garden House / Jaanus Orgusaar

18:00 - 24 February, 2014
© Terje Ugandi
© Terje Ugandi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ida-Viru County, Estonia
  • Area

    22.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Terje Ugandi , Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar

© Terje Ugandi Construction Process. Image Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar Construction Process. Image Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar Construction Process. Image Courtesy of Jaanus Orgusaar +63

Lake House / Andersson Wise Architects

16:00 - 24 February, 2014
Lake House / Andersson Wise Architects, © Paul Bardagjy
© Paul Bardagjy

© Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy © Paul Bardagjy +9

Frogs Hollow / Williamson Chong Architects

14:00 - 24 February, 2014
Frogs Hollow / Williamson Chong Architects, © Bob Gundu
© Bob Gundu

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Grey Highlands, ON, Canada
  • Design Team

    Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, Donald Chong, Partner, Kelly Doran, Maya Przybylski
  • Structural Engineering

    Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd
  • Construction Management

    Wilson Project Management Inc
  • Millwork

    Speke Klein Inc
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Block 21 / Andersson Wise Architects

12:00 - 24 February, 2014
Block 21 / Andersson Wise Architects, © Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Tom McConnell © Jonathan Jackson +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States
  • Design Team

    Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Catherine Craig, Leland Ulmer, Christopher Sanders, Laura McQuary, Robin Bagley Logan
  • Architect of Record

    BOKA Powell
  • Contractor

    Austin Building Company
  • Structural Engineer

    Thornton Tomasetti
  • Area

    18000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

10:30 - 24 February, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, Frank Lloyd Wright. H. C. Price Company Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952–56. Apprentices working on the model in the Taliesin drafting room. Spring Green, Wisconsin, c. 1952. Gelatin silver print on paper. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York); Installation view of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal. February 1–June 1, 2014. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel
Frank Lloyd Wright. H. C. Price Company Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952–56. Apprentices working on the model in the Taliesin drafting room. Spring Green, Wisconsin, c. 1952. Gelatin silver print on paper. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York); Installation view of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal. February 1–June 1, 2014. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel

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The Fear Sustaining Sustainable Urbanism

09:30 - 24 February, 2014
The Fear Sustaining Sustainable Urbanism, ‘Habitat of Homo Economicus’, a piece for ‘The Competitive Hypothesis’, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, 2013. Image Courtesy of Ross Exo Adams and Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco
‘Habitat of Homo Economicus’, a piece for ‘The Competitive Hypothesis’, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, 2013. Image Courtesy of Ross Exo Adams and Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco

In this article, originally published on the Australian Design Review as "Longing For a Greener Present", Ross Exo-Adams examines the fear that lies behind the trend toward sustainable urbanism, and finds that the crisis we find ourselves in might not only be confined to an ecological one.

Over the past decade, architects have found themselves increasingly commissioned to design districts, neighbourhoods, economic free zones and even entire new cities: a phenomenon that has been accompanied by a commitment to ‘sustainability’, which now seem inseparable from urban design itself. While ‘sustainability’ remains a vague concept at best, it nonetheless presents itself with a sense of urgency similar to that which galvanised many of the great movements of modern architecture vis-a-vis the city. Underlying such urgency is a rhetorical reference to a collective fear of some palpable sort, whether it be fear of revolution (Le Corbusier), fear of cultural tabula rasa (Jane Jacobs, Team X) or our new fear: ecological collapse. It is obvious that the myriad ‘eco’ projects that have popped up all around the world would not be viable if not for the fact that they appear against a background of imminent catastrophe – a condition of terrifying proportions. Yet the essence of this fear is far from clear. Indeed, in light of ecological catastrophe and amidst any fetish for windmills or vegetation, architects have cultivated what seems to be a curious nostalgia for the present – a pragmatism whose lack of patience for the past seeks a kind of reconstitution of the present in imagining any future. So if not for climate mayhem, what is the true nature of fear that lies at the core of today’s urban project, ‘ecological urbanism’?

Find out after the break

Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli

10:00 - 24 February, 2014
Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli, © Juergen Eheim
© Juergen Eheim

© Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim +29

House Quinta Do Carvalheiro / GSMM Architetti

08:00 - 24 February, 2014
House Quinta Do Carvalheiro  / GSMM Architetti, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Francisco da Serra, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Giorgio Santagostino, Monica Margarido
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tamedia Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects

06:00 - 24 February, 2014
Tamedia Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Didier Boy de la Tour
© Didier Boy de la Tour

Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour +52