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Paperhouses: Architecture in Open Source

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Paperhouses: Architecture in Open Source, Tatiana Bilbao S.C.'s design for Paperhouses, The Module House. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses
Tatiana Bilbao S.C.'s design for Paperhouses, The Module House. Image Courtesy of Paperhouses

“Architecture does not change anything. It’s always on the side of the wealthy. The important thing is to believe that it can make life better.” -- Oscar Niemeyer 

As much as we'd care to deny it, Niemeyer makes a valid point here. Architecture is almost always "on the side of the wealthy"; the profession, as it has existed for about a century, rarely changes anything; and yet - and yet - it can make life better. If only for a select few. 

But what if architecture could make life better for the many. What if good-quality, life-bettering architecture were open-source and available to download off the internet? For free? 

Well, thanks to Paperhouses, it already is. 

Casa V / Dosis

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Casa V / Dosis, © Alberto Bandín
© Alberto Bandín

© Alberto Bandín © Alberto Bandín © Alberto Bandín © Alberto Bandín +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oleiros, A Coruña, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Ignacio Peydro, Isabel Collado
  • Design Team

    Pilar González Ariza. Fernando Alonso Tuero. Borja Comendeiro. Valentina Micucci. Federica Fiacchini. Rubén Guerrero. Adrián Jabonero. Jonathan Renier.
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Gjennomsikte / Kollaboratoriet

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Gjennomsikte / Kollaboratoriet, © Feileacán McCormick
© Feileacán McCormick

© Feileacán McCormick © Feileacán McCormick © Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal © Feileacán McCormick +28

Bing Thom Architects to Design University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
Bing Thom Architects to Design University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong , Mount Davis, Hong Kong. Image via Wikipedia
Mount Davis, Hong Kong. Image via Wikipedia

The University of Chicago has chosen Bing Thom Architects to design a new home for the Chicago Booth Asia Executive MBA Program in Hong Kong. The center will begin construction in October 2014 on Mount Davis, a heritage site that was originally used as a military encampment for the British Army in the 1940s and then a detention center.  

House in Rubí / BETA OFFICE ARCHITECTS

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
House in Rubí / BETA OFFICE ARCHITECTS , © Miquel Coll Molas
© Miquel Coll Molas

© Miquel Coll Molas © Miquel Coll Molas © Miquel Coll Molas © Miquel Coll Molas +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rubi, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Raúl Bañón Tomás, Brian Ramón Aguilar, Xavi Freire Cano
  • Area

    511.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Occupational Activity Center INCE Mengeš / Jereb in Budja arhitekti

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Occupational Activity Center INCE Mengeš / Jereb in Budja arhitekti, © Blaž Budja
© Blaž Budja

© Blaž Budja © Blaž Budja © Blaž Budja © Blaž Budja +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mengeš, Slovenia
  • Architect in Charge

    Rok Jereb, Blaž Budja
  • Project Team

    Rok Jereb, Blaž Budja, Sara Zorzut, Grega Smrekar, Nina Majoranc, Tadeja Božičnik
  • Landscape Architecture

    Dr. Dušan Stupar, Krajinaris
  • Area

    1650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Sports Hall St. Martin / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Sports Hall St. Martin / Dietger Wissounig Architekten, © Jasmin Schuller
© Jasmin Schuller

© Paul Ott © Jasmin Schuller © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +23

OMA's De Rotterdam Becomes Screen for Stunning Video Projection

00:00 - 27 November, 2013

Last night, the facade of Rem Koolhaas' critically-acclaimed skyscraper - De Rotterdam - became the screen for the largest video mapping project ever displayed in Europe. The A15 Project, an initiative of Natuur & Mielieu, re-envisions the A15, the Netherlands' busy highway, into a "sustainable highway." Check it out in the video above!

2014 Cambodia Live Build Workshop

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
2014 Cambodia Live Build Workshop

Building Trust is a non-profit charity founded in 2010. Last month, we featured one of the schools they have worked on in Thailand, and they now have a number of sustainable design and build projects in Cambodia during 2014, including a health center, a school, a wildlife conservation project and housing.

Forever Home: Open Source Building Design Challenge

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Forever Home: Open Source Building Design Challenge

Architecture for Humanity Denver (AfH) and Open Tech Forever (OTF) are demonstrating that it is possible to build an open source, compressed earth block (CEB) house that meets the Living Building Challenge 2.1 standard.

ArchDaily at the University of Arizona

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
ArchDaily at the University of Arizona

ArchDaily will lecture on Dec 2nd at the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, as part of their Critical Practice lecture series.

Taipei Announced as 2016 World Design Capital

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
Taipei Announced as 2016 World Design Capital, OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.
OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.

It’s official: Taipei has been selected as the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC). This doesn’t come by surprise, as back in August they were the only city selected by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to move onto the competition’s final round. 

The city campaigned under the slogan “Adaptive City: Design in Motion,” focusing on how design can improve the living standards of their citizens. To strengthen their campaign, officials proposed 20 projects under the “Public Policy by Design” program that intended to strengthen the connection between designers, the public and funders. Over 600 workshops have already been conducted, encouraging collaboration between the city’s top officials and design professionals, and many more are scheduled to take place.

Prachasongkroa Kindergarden School / NPDA Studio

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
© Tanet Chantaket
© Tanet Chantaket
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Alongkorn Chaijumras, Pongharit Tientatchai
  • Design Director

    Nutthawut Piriyaprakob
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tanet Chantaket © Tanet Chantaket © Tanet Chantaket © Tanet Chantaket +20

An Interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
An Interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ , Zhang Yonghe. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Zhang Yonghe. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

"When you find a piece of stone which is three or four hundreds years old, then you understand the notion of time as more than what we can experience as human beings. At that moment the old thing might be beautiful, it might be ugly. It doesn't matter, but it gives you a sense of profound time, and then you understand your history and ancestors that lived in a different world, different from the one we are in now."-Yung Ho Chang

Located in Beijing’s Yuanming Yuan Park, next to the ruins of the mixed-style Baroque Palace, Yung Ho Chang's office is in an ancient wooden dwelling, surrounded by vegetable gardens grown by the architects of the studio.

In this conversation, Yung Ho, who established China’s first independent architectural office, Atelier FCJZ in 1993, laying the foundation of contemporary practice in China, talks about his story, describing a Beijing which has disappeared as well as the contemporary Beijing and its "New Beijing Sky." He talks about architecture using references from movies, literature, art and artists, describing his approach to architecture in accordance with his philosophy of life.

Gardening center / Architekti DRNH

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Gardening center / Architekti DRNH, © Tomáš Malý
© Tomáš Malý

© Tomáš Malý © Tomáš Malý © Tomáš Malý © Tomáš Malý +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kromeriz, Czech Republic
  • Design Team

    Eduard Štěrbák
  • Master Plan

    Transat architekti
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Hotel ICON / Rocco Design Architects

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Hotel ICON / Rocco Design Architects, Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects
Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects +10

Menlo Oaks Residence / Ana Williamson Architect

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
Menlo Oaks Residence / Ana Williamson Architect, © Dasja Dolan
© Dasja Dolan

© Dasja Dolan © Dasja Dolan © Dasja Dolan © Dasja Dolan +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Menlo Park, CA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Ana Williamson
  • Landscape Architect

    Keith Willig Landscape Architecture & Construction
  • Interiors

    SDK Designs
  • Area

    4018.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 4)

01:00 - 26 November, 2013
The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 4), Courtesy Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand
Courtesy Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand

This four part series (originally published on Aggregate’s website) examines the Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners, showing how the urban icon engaged and leveraged perceptions of risk. In part one, author Jonathan Massey introduced the concept of "risk design” to describe how the Gherkin’s design managed the risks posed by climate change, terrorism, and globalization. In parts two and three, Massey examined the building’s treatment of risks associated with climate change and terrorism. In this final installment, Massey concludes by addressing the building’s engagement with risks posed to the City of London by globalization. 

Unlike New York and other cities in which zoning codes entitle landowners to some kinds of development “as of right,” the City of London regulates property development through case-by-case review by planning officers, who judge how well the proposed construction conforms to City-wide plans and guidelines regarding factors such as building height, development density, access to transit, and impact on views and the visual character of the area. In order to develop the Gherkin, the property owners and Swiss Re had to secure planning consent from the City Corporation through its chief planning officer, Peter Wynne Rees. The review and permitting process that culminated in the granting of planning consent in August 2000 spanned the planning office as well as the market, the courts, and the press. Rees brokered a multilateral negotiation so intensive that we could almost say the building was designed by bureaucracy. Part of that negotiation entailed imagining and staging risk: climate risk, terrorism risk, and, especially, the financial risks associated with globalization.