Michael Pawlyn is not your typical designer. Inspired by nature’s examples as design tools, Pawlyn established Exploration in 2007. In this Ted Talk, he shares the investigation of natural organisms and how their unique structure, for example, is just one way we can radical increase our resource efficiency. Pawlyn also focuses on how through design we can transition from a linear to closed loop system and change our fossil fuel economy to a solar economy.
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a 57-acre urban state park located 500 feet above the city in the heart of Los Angeles. The park includes a new 10,000 square foot visitor center, observation deck and viewing areas, hiking trails, picnic areas and restored natural landscape. The turbulent history of the Baldwin Hills site, from oil wells to plans for massive residential development, stripped this mountain of most of its natural past. A critical part of the design process was to define the period that represented the site in its natural state and to create a suitable approach to the restoration of the site. It was also important to understand the history of land development in Los Angeles in order to better understand the symbolic value of this verdant mountain in the midst of a dense city.
Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef & Associates
Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
Landscape Architect: Wallace Roberts & Todd
MEP Engineer: Integrated Engineering
Habitat Restoration: NewFields Agricultural & Environmental Resources
General Contractor: Metro Builders and Engineers Group, Ltd.
Project Area: 57 Acres
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Undine Prohl
The masterplan competition for the Center of Promotion of Science in Belgrade, Serbia has produced another design, this time by architecture firm SADAR+VUGA. The design proposal is an urban development that incorporates the existing architectural programs on the site, while providing extensions and innovative additions to the site.
The urban project includes the existing Faculty of Drama Arts with its proposed extension, provides four new Faculties, a mathematics gymnasium, a science center with 50m tower, as well as the new building of the Centre of Promotion of Science. The buildings are arranged as eight islands on the site, among which five plazas are developed.
More on this proposal after the break.
Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: Sammamish, WA, USA
Client: King County Library System
Civil and Structural Engineering: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Space Planning: Design Perspectives
Cost Estimating: Davis Langdon
Landscape Architecture: Nakano Associates
Electrical Engineering: Sparling
Mechanical Engineering: Stantec
Contractor: Sierra Construction
Project area: 20,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Department of Unusual Certainties was recently awarded honorable mention for their submission to Conditions Magazine’s Tell Them What They Need Competition, a competition which asked people to come up with alternatives for architectural competition practice. Their submission “Warehouse for Architectural Recycling (W.A.R.)” proposes a global institution which archives competition submissions and auctions them off to potential buyers elsewhere. A re-purposing of loser ideas. Follow after the jump for a comprehensive description of W.A.R. from DoUC.
Invisible Garage is a project that makes a case for experimental form in suburban architecture. !ndie Architecture proposes in this project to tweak the suburbs rather than viewing them as a problem to be fixed or as an amalgam of morally bankrupt development strategies. For !ndie Architecture it is a matter of considering what could be designed instead of what should be.
More drawings and the architects description following the break.
Architects: !ndie Architecture
The design of this small residence on a corner lot in the City of Minneapolis was conceived as a progression of defined volumes: beginning with the public front yard, continuing with the two-story portion of the home, following with the tall volume of the living area, the enclosed garden and the garage.
Architect: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Design Principal: Julie Snow, FAIA
Project Team: Linda Morrissey, Jennifer Charzewski, Ernesto Ruiz-Garci
Project Area: 2,400 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Dean Kaufman