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JA+U Interviews Japanese Architect Kumkio Inui

JA+U presents this brief interview with Japanese Architect Kumiko Inui of the Office of Kumiko Inui.  The interview gives an inside look at to how architects choose to design.  In Inui’s case, she explains how drawing and sketching is a way for her to explore her ideas in concepts, schematics and tectonics.  Sometimes these ideas are not fully formed and Inui uses sketching as a strategy to let her mind wander and unfold her various thoughts on the architectural problems before her.  Through iteration and reinterpretation, Inui explains how an idea from the depths of her subconscious, eventually surfaces.

New York Cityvision Competition Awards Ceremony

Courtesy of CityVision
Courtesy of CityVision

This Friday, October 12, CityVision will celebrate its second year during the event UNKNOWN, a special event that will take place at Galleria di Architettura “come se”, a Roman architecture space devoted to creativity and innovation. The event will feature the winners of New York CityVision International Competition, which were recently featured here and the competition Awards Ceremony. During the event CityVision Magazine # 7, the new issue of the international free press on contemporary architecture, will also be presented and free distributed. it will be also possible to have a look at the site specific artwork made by SBAGLIATO for CityVision about the theme Past Shock. Another capital moment of the event will also be the seventh edition of PECHA KUCHA NIGHTTM ROMA.  

Transforming Seattle's 520 Floating Bridge Competition Winners

RETHINK REUSE recently announced the winning entries in their Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition. With the goal of envisioning new, innovative reuse strategies, the winners successfully answer the questions: What is a floating bridge when its function is no longer needed? What can designers do when faced with the design problem of reusing thirty-three floating concrete pontoons? More images and information on the winners after the break.

My Motherhood + Architecture Adventure / Samara Greenwood

In a recent article for The Guardian, Hannah Rosin interviewed Emily White, a Facebook executive, who noted that our lives are no longer about work/life balance, but rather the work/life “merge.” Much like women in high-power executive positions,  women in architecture (and particularly mothers) similarly must learn how to negotiate never-ending demands – from the workplace and the home – on a daily basis.

Samara Greenwood discusses this difficult “work/family equation” below. You can find the full, un-edited version at Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, If you like this post, you may also enjoy Work/Life/Work balance, by Andrew Maynard.

My own motherhood + architecture adventure began six years ago – so far, it has been a pretty wild ride. There are times I have felt invincible, like I’ve found the magic key to a brilliant life. But more often than not life has felt out of whack, like something wasn’t quite right. Again and again, I’ve attempted to put my finger on the problem, to find the missing piece of the jigsaw. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t.

I don’t think I am alone.

House in Hofit / Paritzki & Liani Architects

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

Architects: Paritzki & Liani Architects Location: Hofit, Israel Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 919 sqm Photographs: Amit Geron

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners 2012

Courtesy of Fernando Guerra
Courtesy of Fernando Guerra

Arcaid Images, in conjunction with The Architectural Review and World Architecture Festival, just announced the 2012 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners in the categories of exterior, interior, sense of place, and buildings in use. Images and the winners of each category can be viewed after the break.

Alberto Kalach Lecture

Each year the Architectural League presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, the program kicks off this year with the Alberto Kalach lecture, which will highlight his current work. Cited as one of the most versatile and prolific architectural voices in Mexico City today, Alberto Kalach co-founded the firm Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) in 1981. Kalach’s concern for the emerging problems of his vast native city has inspired projects at a range of scales, from his minimal $5,000 houses to housing developments and urban master plans. Kalach’s most ambitious speculative plan, México Ciudad Futura, is the largest project ever conceived for Mexico City. The lecture is taking place Monday, Octobr 15, at 7:00pm at Cooper Union in New York. For more information about the event, please visit here.

Beacom School of Business / Charles Rose Architects

© John Linden
© John Linden

Architects: Charles Rose Architects Location: Vermillion, SD, USA Project Year: 2009 Photographs: John Linden

© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden

Auotmative Industry Exporters Union Technical and Industrial High School / Oficina Asma Bahçeleri Houses

  • Architects: Oficina Asma Bahçeleri Houses
  • Location: Bursa, Turkey
  • Architectural Group: Metin Kılıç, Dürrin Süer
  • Architectural Office: Seden Cinasal Avcı, Merih Feza Yıldırım, Serdar Uslubaş, Duygu Ceylan Saylım, Tuğçe Şık
  • Supervisor: Deniz Güner
  • Area: 32000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden

Ingelheim Funeral Chapel / Bayer & Strobel Architekten

  • Architects: Bayer & Strobel Architekten
  • Location: Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany
  • Design Team: Gunther Bayer, Peter Strobel
  • Client: Stadt Ingelheim am Rhein
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bayer & Strobel Architekten

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Ingfah Restaurant / Integrated Field co.,ltd.

  • Architects: Integrated Field co.,ltd.
  • Location: Khaolak, Phangnga
  • Area: 2040.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Integrated Field co.,ltd.

Courtesy of Integrated Field co.,ltd. Courtesy of Integrated Field co.,ltd. Courtesy of Integrated Field co.,ltd. Courtesy of Integrated Field co.,ltd.

ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)

Produced by the Boston Society of Architects, the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) will take place November 14-16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Boasting the most comprehensive education program and largest marketplace for the design and construction industry in New England, the event offers over 175 professional development opportunities. This covers a range of topics from building technology to design, software, social sustainability and code. The tradeshow and conference launches on Wednesday morning with Speaking of Architecture, an Opening Plenary panel discussion moderated by Renée Loth of ArchitectureBoston Magazine and Robert Campbell FAIA of the Boston Globe. Tours are also provided, allowing attendees an inside look into some of the most unique and interesting buildings in Greater Boston, including the recently re-opened Tea Party Museum, Hostelling International and the MassArt Tower Building.To register and for more information, please visit here.

Sports Centre Csörsz / T2.a Architects

© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár

Architects: T2.a Architects Location: Budapest, Hungary Architect In Charge: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi Project Team: Zsolt Frikker, András Göde, Orsolya Gönczi, László Földes, Barna Láris, Péter Márk, Eszter Mészáros, Levente Skultéti, Zoltán Stein, Miklós Vannay Photographs: Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár

Venice Biennale 2012: ModellStudiengang

The artists in this installation share, with Thomas Demand, a very particular attitude towards models, which stems from their engagement with architecture. Models, according to Demand, are ways of understanding the environment without the distraction of a multitude of diverging stimulations. They are pieces of cultural technology.

Renzo Piano is not an architect

Renzo Piano © Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Renzo Piano © Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Well, according to the UK’s Architects Registration Board (ARB) he isn’t. Last week, BDOnline received an email from the ARB asking them to refrain from calling Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind an architect, since “they are not registered with the ARB they are not entitled to be described as such”. The statement said: “BD referred to two eminent individuals as architects – neither of whom are on the UK register. This is one of a number of peripheral areas, and architects often contact us when they are concerned about the use of the title ‘architect’ in the press although no breach of the legislation in fact occurs.”