LEGO® Architecture Studio Now Available Worldwide

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
LEGO® Architecture Studio Now Available Worldwide, © LEGO®
© LEGO®

LEGO® has unveiled the newest addition to their architecturally-inspired family of products: LEGO® Architecture Studio. Designed as a tool for adults to unleash their inner creative, the 1200-piece, monochromatic set is intended to inspire the masses to think like an architect by creating their own building designs. For just $150, LEGO® fanatics can acquired their own architecture studio set and learn from some of the world’s most renowned architects with a 272-page inspirational guidebook. Though all-nighters are not a prerequisite, most LEGO® Architecture Studio owners have experienced long-lasting design charrettes due to the addictive nature of LEGO®. 

AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014, Via AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA
Via AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA

With slower than expected activity in the nonresidential construction sector in the first half of the year, the projections for growth in spending have been scaled back.  Led by the hotel and retail project categories, the commercial sector looks largely unchanged, but a noteworthy drop in demand for institutional projects has caused participants in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast , a survey of the United State’s leading construction forecasters, to reduce projections for spending to a 2.3% increase in 2013, with next year’s projections raised to 7.6%.

An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois, Lever House / SOM. Image © SOM.
Lever House / SOM. Image © SOM.

"In architecture’s 'Mad Men' era, there was a woman." So begins David W. Dunlap's eloquent eulogy, published yesterday in The New York Times, to Natalie de Blois. Dunlap explores de Blois' significant contributions to Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's iconic buildings, including the Lever House, as well as the significant hurdles she had to overcome. As SOM partner Nathaniel Owings wrote of de Blois in his autobiography: “Her mind and hands worked marvels in design — and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of S.O.M., owed much more to her than was attributed by either S.O.M. or the client.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.

South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects, © Brad Feinkopf
© Brad Feinkopf
  • Architects

  • Location

    500 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
  • Design Principal

    Carol Ross Barney
  • Principal in Charge

    Eric Martin
  • Project Architect

    Jonathan Graves, Marc Anderson
  • Design Team

    Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Huili Feng
  • Architect of Record

    Champlin Architects
  • Local Architect

    Lupton Rausch
  • Area

    95750.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Brad Feinkopf © Brad Feinkopf © Brad Feinkopf © Brad Feinkopf +36

Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson & Owen Hatherley Selected to Curate British Pavilion

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
Venice Biennale 2014: FAT, Crimson & Owen Hatherley Selected to Curate British Pavilion, Museum of Copying, FAT’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2012. FAT is part of one of the teams competing to design the British Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
Museum of Copying, FAT’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2012. FAT is part of one of the teams competing to design the British Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

FAT Architecture, Crimson Architectural Historians and Owen Hatherley have been selected to curate the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale next June. The chosen team will respond to Rem Koolhaas’ theme “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014” with a project titled “A Clockwork Jerusalem.”

Vicky Richardson, British Council, said: "We look forward to working with FAT, Crimson and Owen Hatherley on ‘A Clockwork Jerusalem’. The Selection Committee felt their approach was both challenging and poetic, and that their work will make an important contribution to understanding modernity in British architecture."

Palace Of Water Sports In Kazan / SPEECH Architectural Office

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
Palace Of Water Sports In Kazan / SPEECH Architectural Office, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov
  • Design Team

    Tatiana Varyukhina, George Glebov, Tatiana Logunova, Alexey Shubkin
  • Area

    10387.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +18

Black Family Visual Arts Center / Machado and Silvetti Associates

01:00 - 1 August, 2013
Black Family Visual Arts Center / Machado and Silvetti Associates, © Anton Grassl / Esto
© Anton Grassl / Esto

© Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto © Anton Grassl / Esto +16

FABRA & COATS / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto & Francesc Bacardit architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
FABRA & COATS / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto & Francesc Bacardit architects, © Shlomi Almagor
© Shlomi Almagor

© Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo © Ferran Mateo © Shlomi Almagor +27

Paju Book City / Stan Allen Architect

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
Paju Book City / Stan Allen Architect, Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect
Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect

Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect +15

UCD Student Centre / FKP Architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
UCD Student Centre / FKP Architects, © Donal Murphy
© Donal Murphy

© Donal Murphy © Donal Murphy © Donal Murphy © Donal Murphy +28

Seville University Residence Hall / Donaire Arquitectos + SSW Arquitectos

01:00 - 1 August, 2013
Seville University Residence Hall / Donaire Arquitectos + SSW Arquitectos, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Flor de Azalea, 41020 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero, Miguel Ángel de la Cova Morillo Velarde, Javier Arroyo Yanes
  • Design Team

    Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Jesús Núñez Bootello, Delia Pacheco Donaire, José Francisco García Gutiérrez, Hilario José García González, Oscar Manuel Ortega Pacheco, Pablo Baruc García Gómez
  • Area

    1864.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +33

Are LEED Skyscrapers Our Biggest Energy Hogs?

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
Are LEED Skyscrapers Our Biggest Energy Hogs?, The Bank of America Building, by Cook + Fox, is LEED Platinum. However, due to its use, it is one of the buildings that consumes the most energy in NYC. Image courtesy of Bank of America, via The New Republic.
The Bank of America Building, by Cook + Fox, is LEED Platinum. However, due to its use, it is one of the buildings that consumes the most energy in NYC. Image courtesy of Bank of America, via The New Republic.

In an excellent article for The New Republic, Sam Roudman brilliantly tackles many of the same, timely issues as Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros in "Why Green Architecture Hardly Ever Deserves the Name." Roudman unpacks the loop-holes of LEED, most notably how it ignores a building's intended use, which often make a building anything but sustainable at all. Read the whole article at The New Republic.

District of Columbia Public Library / The Freelon Group Architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +15

Vanke Brand Center / Vector Architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
© Shu He & Su shengliang
© Shu He & Su shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Design-partner-in-charge

    Gong Dong
  • Project Advisor

    Nan Wang, Yue Han, Xiangdong Kong
  • Project Architect

    Bin He
  • Design Team

    Chen Liang, Qifeng Wang, Zhimin Zhou, Jian Wang, Mary Jane Kwan, Pingdong Sun, Feng Xu, Qing Chang
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Shu He & Su shengliang © Shu He & Su shengliang © Shu He & Su shengliang © Shu He & Su shengliang +44

John and Frances Angelos Law Center / Behnisch Architekten + ASG

01:00 - 1 August, 2013
John and Frances Angelos Law Center / Behnisch Architekten + ASG, © Brad Feinknopf
© Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf +36

Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates

01:00 - 1 August, 2013
Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates, © John Kealey
© John Kealey
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Senior Design Associate

    Chris Davis
  • Design Associate

    Sarah McMurtry, David King
  • General Contractor

    Westboro Homes (Nicholas Heins)
  • Landscape

    Empire Enterprises (Brad Beerwort)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© John Kealey © John Kealey © John Kealey © John Kealey +21

Architecture's Brave New Digital World

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
Architecture's Brave New Digital World, John Tolva is working to make Chicago a leader in digital urbanism. Image of Chicago © Brad Wilke via Flickr
John Tolva is working to make Chicago a leader in digital urbanism. Image of Chicago © Brad Wilke via Flickr

“Increasingly we experience cities mediated by digital technology — whether that's via smartphone maps, digital transit signage, or texting a friend that you've arrived at a destination. How our city is built to support residents, businesses, and visitors [...] is now part physical and part digital.”

John Tolva, the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, is on a mission: a mission to bring the physical and digital worlds into conversation.

To embed more and more digital information into the physical world, a growing number of digital specialists are beginning to embrace the worlds of architects, planners and urbanists. But, so far, it has not been a two way street to make the digital leap.

Find out why architects should be at the forefront of the digital/spatial overlap, after the break...

+ House / ninkipen!

01:00 - 1 August, 2013
+ House / ninkipen!, © Hiroki Kawata
© Hiroki Kawata
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kawasaki city, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Construction

    es co.,ltd
  • Area

    73.6 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata +20