Techne: Virtual Tools for CAD

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Architecture professionals often agree that CAD applications, whether in the PC or Mac platforms, could use some help. Revit of course offers some dramatic improvements but not everyone uses it. So some Engineering faculty at Washington State University have come up with an alternative solution. The Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory or VRCIM offers a unique solution for increasing the effectiveness of CAD-based design and visualization.

The approach is very simple: embed VR capabilities into CAD to improve the tools and effectiveness of CAD. Basically, we are discussing the ability to perform such simple tasks as visualization and tracking to complete haptics drawing within the CAD platform. This first step in improving CAD involves the construction end of projects using VR and CAD. Thus, one can envision the assembly and disassembly of projects using VR versions of mechanical tools such as wrenches and the like. And the functionality is easily adapted to haptic devices. And of course, the team has designed templates that can be easily implemented.

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‘The Lantern’ Metro Station and Public Arena / ShaGa Studio + MaDG

ShaGa studio, in collaboration with MaDG…, shared with us their proposal for The Lantern, a new metro station and public arena for the future extension of Metro Line 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Shortlisted from over 130 entries in

The Shadow House / Liddicoat & Goldhill

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Architect: Liddicoat & Goldhill
Location: ,
Site: 38a St. Paul’s Crescent, London, NW1 9TN
Client, Architect and Main Contractor: David Liddicoat & Sophie Goldhill
Structural Engineers: Peter Kelsey Associates
Completion date: Winter 2011
Gross internal floor area: 77 sqm
Total construction cost: £210,000
Photographers: Keith Collie, Tom Gildon

  

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Archtitects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: , UAE
Design: Zaha Hadid
Project Architect: Graham Modlen
Project Team: Garin O’Aivazian, Zahira Nazer, Christos Passas, Sara Klomps, Steve Power
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

Sea Side Apartment / Ooze Architects

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Architects: Ooze Architects
Location: ,
Project: Holiday Apartment for a Dutch art collector
Area: 150 sqm
Team: OOZE, Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Mauricio Freyre, Rene Sangers
Consultant: Mobile Kitchen / Tiles: Maxime Ansiau – Artist
Dining-table: OOZE & Vincent de Rijk – Designer
Curtain: Erick Klarenbeek – Designer
Site manager: Ruben Cattrysse – Crux architecten
Project Date: July 2010
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

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Kyiv Islands Masterplan Proposal / BudCud

Designed by BudCud…, the Kyiv Islands masterplan proposal, one of the finalists in the open international urban competition, responds to the ‘genius loci’. In the wild area, it is humble and almost invisible, but where the islands make visual

Solid 11 / Tony Fretton Architects

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Architects: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, Sandy Rendel, Laszlo Csutoras, Clemens Nuyken, Chris Neve, Donald Matheson, Michael Lee, Martin Nässén
Project A: Laszlo Csutoras
Area: 2,000 sqm
Client: Albert Ravestein, Stadgenoot
Budget: €18.3 million
Photographs: Peter Cook

   

Oil Silo Home / PinkCloud.DK

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The Oil Silo Home, designed by PinkCloud.DK, recycles existing empty oil silos by transforming them into affordable housing for families worldwide. It’s a 100% self-supporting housing solution for the post-oil world and as an adaptive-reuse design, it incurs extraordinarily low costs. It’s highly structurally stable, efficient to assemble and disassemble, and has the capacity for pre-fabrication and mass production. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tangshan Museum Expansion / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: No.22, Long Ze South Road, Tangshan, Hebei Province,
Construction Period: 2011
Site: 24,444 sqm
Floor Area: 49,008 sqm
Client: Tangshan Museum
Project Designers: Wang Hui, Wu Wenyi, Du Aihong, Hao Gang, Zhang Yongjian, Liu Yinyan, Zhang Miao, Cheng Zhi, Zheng Na, Chen Chun, Wei Yan, Liu Shuang, Liu Nini, Yang Qing, Chen Lan, Huo Zhenzhou
Collaborator: Beijing Longanhuacheng Architectural Design Co., Ltd
Photographs: Chen Yao, Hao Gang

Riga International Airport Winning Proposal / Haptic Architects

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Haptic Architects, in collaboration with Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, and Griff Arkitektur recently won the open international competition for the new airbaltic terminal at International Airport in Latvia. Selected from 125 entries from 70 different countries, their design features a roof for the airbaltic terminal that is influenced by the gently undulating forms of the latvian landscape, with peaks and troughs responding to the structure’s internal configuration and passenger flows. More images and project description after the break.

Schuurbain / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

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Architect: Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Location: Zedelgem,
Engineer: UTIL
Project Year: May 2010
Photographs: Tim Van De Velde

A Thousand Traps to Escape / Olivier Bourgeois and EAUL atelier 5D

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“A Thousand Traps to Escape” is a temporary installation designed by 13 students from Laval University under Olivier Bourgeois in the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada.  The project builds on the collaboration of themes of architecture, art, landscape and installation in the creation of space based on simple materials, the landscape and “the basic rules of construction”.  The “local material” chosen for this construction is the ubiquitous lobster trap made of wood and fishnet.  Its formal simplicity allowed for an basic stacking technique that produced relatively complex visual results of transparencies and opacities.

Read on for more information on the development of this project.

UK Centre For The Carnival Arts / Ash Sakula Architects

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Architects: Ash Sakula Architects
Location: Luton,
Photographs: Ash Sakula Architects

Vanke Triple V / Ministry Of Design

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Architects: Ministry Of Design
Location: , China
Design Team: Colin Seah, David Tan, Daniel Aw, Jeremiah Abueva, Lynn Li, Noel Banta
Project Area: 750 sqm
Built: 2011
Photographs: CI&A Photography – Edward Hendricks

AD Round Up: Offices Part IX

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Halfway through 2009 we published some really great offices. Like this curved office building in Heidenau, Germany, designed by Gerd Priebe Architects. Maybe you’ll like how PROJEKTSTUDIO divided their project into two clearly divided buildings – hall and administration.

We also have two unique refurbishment projects in Spain. The first one, is a 720 sqm architecture studio in Navarra. The second one, a workspace in a former coal bunker in Barcelona. Finally, Novan&Vesson Architects’ own studio located in the second storey of a building built in 1899.

Flashback: Towerhouse / Marlon Blackwell Architect

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Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Project Location: 2570 Old Missouri Road, Arkansas,
Project Year: 2000
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Richard Johnson

  

Update: The Battle continues for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Over the River” Project

Photo: Wolfgang Volz / © 1999 Christo

The battle carries on as world-famous artist Christo fights for approval to construct a temporary work of art that will suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the River, along a 42-mile stretch between Salida and Cañon City in south-central . Over the River has been on the drawing boards for 20 years now, with over $7 million of Christo’s money invested into it with environmental studies, mock-ups, surveys from the air and wind tests.

In November, Christo received approval from the federal Bureau of Land Management, which owns 98 percent of the riverfront. This was a huge step forward in the project and now only a few more local permit approvals are standing in the way.

Continue reading for more.

House In Saitozaki / Koichi Futatsumata

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Architect: Koichi Futatsumata from CASE-REAL 
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Completion: October 2011
Structural Engineer: Jikuu-koubou
Site area: 169.0
Building area: 76.9
Floor area: 123.2 (1F/76.9 2F/76.3)
Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki