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Review: ‘Richard Rogers: Inside Out’ at the Royal Academy

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Review: ‘Richard Rogers: Inside Out’ at the Royal Academy, Zip-Up House Concept drawing (1968) - courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Richard and Su Rogers
Zip-Up House Concept drawing (1968) - courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Richard and Su Rogers

“Architecture is too complex to be solved by any one person.”

Richard Rogers is an architect who understands the significance of collaboration. As a man with an intense social mind and a thirst for fairness in architectural and urban design, Rogers’ substantial portfolio of completed and proposed buildings is driven by the Athenian citizen’s oath of “I shall leave this city not less but more beautiful than I found it.”

In honor of his success, London’s Royal Academy (RA) is currently playing host to a vast retrospective of Richard Rogers’ work, from his collaborations with Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, to the large-scale projects that define Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) today. The RA’s extensive exhibition has been condensed into a series of motifs that have defined his architectural work, punctuated by memorabilia which offer personal insights into how Rogers’ career has been shaped by the people he’s worked with and the projects that he has worked on.

Continue after the break for a selection of highlights from the exhibition. 

Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects, ©  Tim Hursley
© Tim Hursley

©  Tim Hursley ©  Tim Hursley ©  Tim Hursley ©  Tim Hursley +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    500 Front St, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
  • President / Design Principal

    Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Brad McWhirter AIA
  • Design Team

    Ed Gaskin AIA, Mark Hash, Michael McCune AIA
  • Project Team

    Sean David, Blake Fisher, Erik Herrmann, David Merlin, Benjamin Rath, Judson Terry
  • Area

    28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Osypyte single family house / Javier Corvalán + Laboratorio de Arquitectura

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Project Team and Construction

    Arq. Gizella Alvarenga, Marco Ballarin, Nicola Bedin, Arq. Sonia Carísimo, Andrea Castellani, Joaquín Corvalan, Giacomo Favilli, Laura Ferres
  • Project Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photography

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +17

Hotel del Valle Spa - Rinconada / Estudio Larraín

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
Hotel del Valle Spa - Rinconada / Estudio Larraín, © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ruta Los Libertadorea Km. 53, Rinconada Los Andes, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Rodrigo Larraín Gálvez, Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
  • Collaborators

    Alonso de Orbegoso, Nicolás Yates, Francisca Rossel
  • Project Area

    1422.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes +18

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 1

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 1, The Farnsworth House, by Mies van der Rohe, has influenced generations of architects -- but is it really the best paragon for architecture?. Image © Greg Robbins
The Farnsworth House, by Mies van der Rohe, has influenced generations of architects -- but is it really the best paragon for architecture?. Image © Greg Robbins

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter, "The Structure of Architectural Theories,"  posits that architecture, if it is truly to work with natural ecosystems, must adopt a  scientifically-informed, systemic approach. If you missed the introduction, you may find it here.

Architecture is a human act that invades and displaces the natural ecosystem. Biological order is destroyed every time we clear native plant growth and erect buildings and infrastructure. The goal of architecture is to create structures to house humans and their activities. Humans are parts of the earth’s ecosystem, even though we tend to forget that.

Logically, architecture has to have a theoretical basis that begins with the natural ecosystem. The act of building orders materials in very specific ways, and humans generate an artificial ordering out of materials they have extracted from nature and transformed to various degrees. Some of today’s most widely-used materials, such as plate glass and steel, require energy-intensive processes, and thus contain high embodied energy costs. Those cannot be the basis for any sustainable solution, despite all the industry hype. 

Resource depletion and a looming ecological catastrophe are consequences of detachment from nature, and a blind faith in technology to solve the problems it creates. 

Golf Club House La Graiera / BC Estudio Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
Golf Club House La Graiera / BC Estudio Architects, © Julio Cunill
© Julio Cunill
  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Barcelona, España
  • Architects

    Javier Barba, Gabriel Barba, Susana Zanón
  • Interior

    BC Estudio Architects, Dani -Freixes
  • Landscape

    Jordi Barba
  • Technical Architect

    Josep Soldevila
  • Constructor

    Eduardo Díez
  • Area

    1310.0 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Julio Cunill

© Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill +29

In Pursuit of Architecture: A Conference on Buildings and Ideas

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
In Pursuit of Architecture: A Conference on Buildings and Ideas

To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, Log presents In Pursuit of Architecture, a conference featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions. Join architects and critics for a daylong discussion of architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how we measure the cultural value of architecture.

Want to Get Into 3D Printing? Follow These Tips...

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Want to Get Into 3D Printing? Follow These Tips..., Courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of The Chicago Architecture Foundation

Even if you're a 3D printing whiz (if so, consider entering our exciting 3D Printing Challenge), to many people it remains something of a mystery: how does it work, what can it do and how much does it cost? Thankfully, this recent article and infographic by Line//Shape//Space, aimed at "early adopters" of the technology, covers all this information (and even some common pitfalls to be avoided). You can read the full article here.

Melbourne's Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Melbourne's Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built, Flinders Street Station Proposal. Image Courtesy of HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron
Flinders Street Station Proposal. Image Courtesy of HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL's winning design for Melbourne's Flinders Street Station might not be built due to the fact "the State Government has of yet, refused to promise funding for the design, and ruled out selling the station in order to finance the construction." The project was estimated to cost "approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion to be realised", which is "on top of the $1.6 million already spent on the competition", leading critics to describe the competition as a "waste of money."

BIG Designs Pier 6 Viewing Platform for Brooklyn's Waterfront

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Following the news that Studio V Architecture has been commissioned to convert the 19th century Empire Stores, next to Brooklyn Bridge, into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for "a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform" close by.

AD Interviews: Marie-Ange Brayer & Frédéric Migayrou / 9th ArchiLab, Naturalizing Architecture

01:00 - 17 September, 2013

The 9th ArchiLab opened to the public over the weekend at the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, France.

Norrish House / Herbst Architects

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Whit Preston
© Whit Preston

© Whit Preston © Whit Preston © Whit Preston © Whit Preston +11

North Presbyterian Church / SILO AR+D

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Pease Photography
© Pease Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Principal

    Marc Manack AIA
  • Project Architect

    Kurt Weaver AIA
  • Project Designer

    Charles Chambers LEED AP
  • Area

    455.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Pease Photography © Pease Photography © Pease Photography © Pease Photography +10

—Scape Adaptors: Maria Alessandra Segantini Lecture at Columbia

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
—Scape Adaptors: Maria Alessandra Segantini Lecture at Columbia

Maria Alessandra Segantini, principal of C+S Architects will be giving a lecture on Thursday, September 19, 1:00pm at Columbia GSAPP, New York. The lecture, called -Scape Adaptors, will be introduced by Kenneth Frampton. 

Crematorium Heimolen / KAAN Architecten

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
Crematorium Heimolen / KAAN Architecten, © Sebastian van Damme
© Sebastian van Damme

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +17

Audi design wall at the Pinakothek der Moderne

00:00 - 17 September, 2013
Audi design wall at the Pinakothek der Moderne, © Audi
© Audi

The Pinakothek der Moderne in Münich by Stephan Braunfels (2002) recently went through a complete renovation, and for the re opening of the museum Audi debuted the design wall, an installation that has become part of the permanent collection of the Die Neue Sammlung (The International Design Museum). 

House SLM / Archequipe

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
© Roland Unterbusch
© Roland Unterbusch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Solingen, Germany
  • Design Team

    Sebastian Filla, Bartosz Czempiel, Jutta Klare
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Roland Unterbusch © Roland Unterbusch © Roland Unterbusch © Roland Unterbusch +30

enTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

01:00 - 17 September, 2013
enTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Estanque, 42164 Almarza, Soria, Spain
  • Building Surveyor

    Óscar Javier Rodríguez López
  • Collaborator

    Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra
  • Area

    314.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +7