Casa 115 / Miquel Àngel Lacomba

01:00 - 24 July, 2013

Villa Pecatu / Wahana Cipta Selaras

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Villa Pecatu / Wahana Cipta Selaras, © Fernando Gomulya
© Fernando Gomulya
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge

    Rudi Kelana
  • Design Team

    Matheus R.
  • Area

    1600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya +16

Beach House / Clare Cousins

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Beach House / Clare Cousins, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +20

'Recon-Figure': FARROC Competition Entry / The Open Workshop

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
'Recon-Figure': FARROC Competition Entry / The Open Workshop, Courtesy of The Open Workshop
Courtesy of The Open Workshop

Instead of perceiving water as something to defend against, The Open Workshop took on the challenge of repositioning the water as a performative feature that connects across the obstructions currently on Arvene East of Far Rockaway. Taking the logic of the stabilizing rock jetties, the 'Recon-Figure' proposal utilizes a series of nested figures to augment the existing coastline. The figures engage the water, functioning as groynes and breakwaters that also offer recreational spaces, stabilize the coast, and concentrate wave action and associated energy capture. More images and architects' description after the break.

House with Gardens / Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
House with Gardens / Tetsuo Kondo Architects, © Ken’ichi Suzuki
© Ken’ichi Suzuki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    Konishi Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer

    ES Associates
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki +16

June’s ABI Reflects Consistent Industry Growth

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
June’s ABI Reflects Consistent Industry Growth , June ABI via Calculated Risk
June ABI via Calculated Risk

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained positive again in June after the first decline in ten months in April. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 51.6, down from a mark of 52.9 in May. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, up sharply from the reading of 59.1 the previous month. 

Key ABI highlights and details on the construction industries remaining threats after the break...

Academy Of Fine Arts Wroclaw / Pracownia Architektury Glowacki

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Academy Of Fine Arts Wroclaw / Pracownia Architektury Glowacki, Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki
Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wrocław, Poland
  • Design Team

    Sylwester Duda, Agata Kaczmarek, Justyna Kleszcz, Michał Mrzewa, Katarzyna Rybczyńska, Paweł Steć, Agnieszka Śliwińska, Paweł Wróblewski, Piotr Zarzycki, Marek Woźniczka, Tomasz Grębski
  • Head Of Design

    Tomasz Głowacki
  • Structure Engineer

    Antonina Pawłowa
  • Area

    13060.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki

Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki +21

Mana Tamariki / Tennent + Brown

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Mana Tamariki / Tennent + Brown, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +7

RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

UPDATED: Out of 52 exemplars of UK architecture, RIBA has chosen the six buildings that will compete for the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize (awarded to the building that makes the greatest contribution to British architecture that year). See the six contenders, including a video of each, after the break...

Micro Housing Makes a Comeback

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
Micro Housing Makes a Comeback, adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED
adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED

In the early 20th century rooming houses and residential hotels with small bedrooms and shared bathrooms were the norm of city life: they provided cheap, day-to-day housing near downtown areas (where affordable food and entertainment was abundant). However, a tide of well-intentioned health and safety regulations in the 50s and 60s led cities to essentially ban this type of housing across the United States. 

In an article for the Slate, the director of the Sightline Institute, Alan Durning, suggests that this was one of the most misguided legislations ever implemented in American cities: instead of enforcing higher quality housing for cities’ lower earning peoples, it has instead left them stranded, with fewer and fewer affordable housing options.

More after the break...

House in Kamoshima / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
House in Kamoshima / Naoko Horibe, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +17

Bildungszentrum Tor zur Welt / Bof Architekten

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
© Hagen Stier
© Hagen Stier
  • Architects

  • Location

    Krieterstraße 7, 21109 Hamburg, Germany
  • Area

    22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier +24

Next Landmark 2013 Winners Announced

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Next Landmark 2013 Winners Announced, Courtesy of Shoko Murakaji
Courtesy of Shoko Murakaji

Launched by Floornature, the winners of the second edition Next Landmark competition were just announced. Originality, environmental sustainability and all the ideas that exploit relations between people, architecture and landscape were the main determinants of the winning projects. For the first time, the 3 winning projects and the 6 special mentions were announced in a live streaming event conducted by anchor-architect, Pietro Polidori with the participation of all the big names on the judging panel. Next Landmark 2013 was an all-women edition, with two women winning first prize for the First Work and Research categories, Shoko Murakaji from Japan and the Russian, Nataly Abramova respectively. The first prize for the new Photography section went to the very young photographer and designer, Hugo Soo from Canada. More images and information on the winning projects after the break.

Drink Shop Harpf / Monovolume Architecture + Design

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
© Jürgen Eheim
© Jürgen Eheim

© Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim +24

Ex Unione Militare Refurbishment / Fuksas Design

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
© Gianni Basso
© Gianni Basso
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Tomacelli, 7, 00186 Roma, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Massimiliano, Doriana Fuksas
  • Area

    6116.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gianni Basso © Gianni Basso © Gianni Basso © Gianni Basso +11

Lifted-Garden House / acaa

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Lifted-Garden House / acaa, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuhiko Kishimoto
  • Area

    618.19 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +31

AD Architecture School Guide: The University of Hong Kong

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: The University of Hong Kong, Exhibition at Shanghai-Tongji, image via http://fac.arch.hku.hk/arch/gallery/2011-12/march-studios/stephen-lau/
Exhibition at Shanghai-Tongji, image via http://fac.arch.hku.hk/arch/gallery/2011-12/march-studios/stephen-lau/

Architecture school should provide an environment to explore issues alongside practical skills and professional training. Ideally, there will also be opportunities to work with faculty and students in fields that complement architecture. Add a campus situated at an international city and you have The University of Hong Kong.

Located on the island of Hong Kong, HKU’s program is not one single entity but rather, it is a consortium under the Faculty of Architecture, what other universities refer to as a “college.” The Faculty of Architecture includes the departments and divisions of Architecture, Real Estate and Construction, Urban Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture. In addition, it also runs the Shanghai Study Centre. Sited in Shanghai, it provides a public arena for conferences, houses a public gallery. Interdepartmental as well as inter-university studios are also conducted there.

China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019, Government building and plaza in Xilinhot, 2009. Image © Flickr User CC timzachernuk
Government building and plaza in Xilinhot, 2009. Image © Flickr User CC timzachernuk

In a move to tackle corruption and improve the image of the Communist Party (CPC), China's President Xi Jinping has banned the construction of government buildings for the next five years. The BBC reports that "Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage." The ban also includes luxury renovations and expansions "done under the guise of repair work."