This is Hybrid / a+t research group

Following years of research, a+t publishers presents the first theoretical-practical book on hybrid buildings. Taking its inspiration from the four issues of a+t magazine’s Hybrid series, the book takes a look at the theories and projects which have had the greatest historical importance. prefaces the book with an introduction where he foresees the path which hybrid typologies should take towards the creation of new urban spaces.

Chemistry Oxford / FJMT

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The University of has received planning permission for a new £170M chemistry laboratory complex designed by Francis- Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). This follows a unanimous vote in favour of the scheme by Oxford City Council’s West Area Planning Committee where the scheme was described as one of the most striking new buildings in Oxford. More images and complete press release after the break.

Water-Curse or Blessing!? Exhibition / S+PBA

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The -based Architecture firm S+PBA has been invited to attend the exhibition Water-Curse or Blessing!? organized by Aedes East – International Forum for Contemporary Architecture n.p.o. as part of the Asia Pacific Weeks 2011. The event will take place at Aedes Gallery in Berlin from the 9th to 21st September 2011. More images and event description after the break.

Surface Deep Garden / asensio_mah

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Architects: asensio_mah / Leire Asensio Villoria, David Syn Chee Mah
Location: , Canada
Students: Harvard Graduate School of Design / Somkiet Chokvijtkul, Daekwon Park, Benjamin Winters, Yuan Zhan, Fred Chung, Troy Vaughn, Lisl Kotheimer, Day Jimenez, Mariela Alvarez, Benjamin Tew, Victor Perezamado
Collaborators: Adams Kara Taylor Engineering (Structure), Bryophyta Technologies / Suzanne Campeau (Moss)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: asensio_mah, Martin Bond

Keret House / Centrala

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In , Poland in the district of Wola lies a small crack of space between the buildings on 22 Chłodna Street and 74 Żelazna Street.  Jakub Szczęsny of Centrala, recognized the potential to create something unique within this narrow area, and derived a design of an art installation entitled Keret House. The house upon completion shall become the narrowest house in Warsaw, measuring an interior that will vary between 122 centimeters and 72 centimeters in its narrowest spot.

Architects: Centrala
Location: Wola, Poland
Designer: Jakub Szczęsny
Project Area: 14,5 sqm
Project Year: December 2011
Project Curators: Sarmen Beglarian, Sylwia Szymaniak
Project Announcement: Wola Art Festival “CityProjectWola
Organizers: Modern Polish Art Foundation, President Piotr Nowicki, Wola District Office of the Capital City of Warsaw; Coordinator Anna Fiszer-Nowacka; Gmina Wyznaniowa Żydowska w Warszawie, Coordinator Judyta Nekanda-Trepka

Chai Tour Office / aMA Design Studio Co.

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Architects: aMA Design Studio Co.
Location: , Bangkok
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 1,020 sqm
Photographs: Wilson Tungthunya

Hirozakari Sake Brewery / Kunihiko Matsuba + Ksuke Fukushima

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Architects: Kunihiko Matsuba
Location: Gunma,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tomoki Hirokawa

Satu House / Chrystalline Artchitect

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Architect: Chrystalline Artchitect
Location: Jakarta,
Design principal: Christophorus Jauhari
Design team: Febrian Adhitya , Suryo Adi , Dwi Utomo , Marita Satyawati, Nelly Candra, Margareth
Structure consultant: Hadi Jahja & Associates
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: William Sebastian

House of Trough / Jun Igarashi Architects

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Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 98.44 sqm
Photographs: Jun Igarashi Architects

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LI

Photo by Wojtek Gurak - http://www..com/photos/wojtekgurak/

Just over 53,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Wojtek Gurak in Madrid, Spain. Check the other four after the break.

Mac OSX Lion and CAD software

Mac OSX Lion screen capture

Yesterday Apple released the latest version of their operative system: Mac OS X Lion. I started using it yesterday and it works like a charm on my Macbook. At a first glance, there’s a lot of focus on handling all  your applications thanks to features like Mission Control (an improved view of everything running on your computer) and Launchpad (a new way to organize your apps). Other interesting feature is Airdrop, which will allow you to easily share files with your co-workers. There is also a lot of focus on security, back up, system recovery and versions of files, that I know will be very useful for architects.

But what about the software we architects use on a daily basis? A word of advice before you upgrade:

Disclaimer: Graphisoft is the sponsor of our Software section.

The Indicator: Terra Vague

Sustainable Cenotaph for Isaac Newton – Boullée, 1784. Courtesy Star Strategies+Architecture as cited in The Architect’s Newspaper, AN Blog

Sustainability and Form have dominated architectural discourse, trapping the discipline between utopian play-acting—promising what it cannot deliver—and computerized “gaming” of design extremism.”

– Mark Jarzombek, “ECO-Pop” in Cornell Journal of Architecture 8:RE, January 2011.

In what he calls ECO-POP, Mark Jarzombek, associate dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT (i.e. someone with credentials), draws attention to how sustainability is deployed as an ideology and visual trope more than as a repertoire of achievable, well-thought-out strategies. This is my unabashedly biased interpretation of his manifesto-like article—in fact, let’s just call it a manifesto.

Sunset Vine Tower / Kanner Architects

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Neighbor to the Hollywood landmark Cinerama Dome, Sunset Vine Tower is a conversion of a 22-story office building into a 63-unit apartment building. This adaptive reuse project stands atop street-level retail. As the tallest building in Hollywood, Sunset Vine Tower’s Modernist design creates a dynamic exclamation point in the mostly traditional fabric of the Hollywood residential renaissance.

Architect: Kanner Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Area: 110,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nicolas O.S. Marques

Quarter Cultural Center / Mikolai Adamus

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Mikolai Adamus shared with us his design for the Quarter Cultural Center located in , Poland. The main idea was to supplement the empty square with tissue which surrounds the site for a more intimate and open expression. More images on the project after the break.

Dakar Sow House / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA / Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Juliet Kavishe
Location: Dakar,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,402 sqm
Photographs: SAOTA

Work Environments / DETAIL

We recently got to preview the newest addition to ’s typological series, Work Environments: Spatial concepts, Usage strategies, Communications. It will be available next month (August 2011), and it is great for anyone who is interested in improving a user’s working conditions beyond the basic ergonomic and safety requirements. The first third of this volume deals with spatial organization, acoustics, lighting, and user satisfaction. The rest of the volume features projects from which the various concepts developed in the first third can be used to analyze them. I, personally, enjoyed the section on user satisfaction and how to measure it. After reading this section I speculated how researchers would control for the various confounding factors that exist in the uniqueness of each building presented in the rest of the book. This would not be an easy task by any means, but the necessity of such research is made clear throughout this volume.

Read more after the break.

House in Bohumilec / mimosa architekti

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Architects: mimosa architekti
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Lucie Mlynarova

Herzog & de Meuron Preferred Bidder for the ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

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VINCI-FAYAT consortium has been selected as preferred bidder for the ‘Grand Stade de ’ which includes designs by Herzog & de Meuron and landscape design by . Slated for completion in 2015 the ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ will be located within the city’s existing green belt district.  The design provides a natural sense of fluidity, with easy approachability beginning with the multiple staircases at all points of the stadium.  Never loosing site of the stadiums location a large focus of the concept incorporates the surrounding environment blending with the building, as reflected in the concave roof which is supported by a series of spindly white columns, appearing like a forest of birch trees.  Home field to the FC Girondins de Bordeaux, the ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ will also host a variety of cultural events.

Additional renderings and a video can be found following the break. Be sure to take a look.