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In "Her," A Hopeful Vision for LA's Future

00:00 - 2 February, 2014
In "Her," A Hopeful Vision for LA's Future, LA's Future Subway System, as depicted in Spike Jonze's "Her". Image © Geoff McFetridge and Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC, via The Atlantic Cities
LA's Future Subway System, as depicted in Spike Jonze's "Her". Image © Geoff McFetridge and Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC, via The Atlantic Cities

In his review of Spike Jonze's movie "Her", LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne explains a rather comforting aspect of the movie: instead of the dystopia that usually characterizes films set in the future, "Her" is set in a future version of LA which is more dense, has better public transport (with a subway map with a story all of its own) and has managed to overcome its dependence on the car. No wonder this film has touched a chord with architects and urban designers. Read the full review here.

VIDEOS: ArchiLab 2013 Discusses "Naturalizing Architecture"

01:00 - 2 February, 2014
VIDEOS: ArchiLab 2013 Discusses "Naturalizing Architecture", The Turbulences FRAC Centre / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects. Image © Nicolas Borel
The Turbulences FRAC Centre / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects. Image © Nicolas Borel

This past September marked the commencement of ArchiLab 2013 at the newly completed FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. Forty architects, designers and artists gathered for the annual architectural exposition and conference’s ninth edition to discuss the deepening overlap between digital architecture and the sciences, particularly molecular biology. Under the theme “Naturalizing Architecture,” two international symposiums took place which provided the opportuntiy for architects and scientists to present, and debate, the latest research revolving this subject and its ever-evolving role within the living world. 

To encourage the continuation of discourse, we have complied a video list of all the discussions from the symposium for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy them, after the break, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Bricks Grown From Bacteria

00:00 - 1 February, 2014
Bricks Grown From Bacteria, Courtesy of bioMason
Courtesy of bioMason

A unique biotechnology start-up company have developed a method of growing bricks from nothing more than bacteria and naturally abundant materials. Having recently won first place in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation ChallengebioMason has developed a method of growing materials by employing microorganisms. Arguing that the four traditional building materials - concrete, glass, steel and wood - both contain a significant level of embodied energy and heavily rely on limited natural resources, their answer is in high strength natural biological cements (such as coral) that can be used "without negative impacts to the surrounding environment."

Alamillo Health Center / Suárez Corchete

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
Alamillo Health Center / Suárez Corchete, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +21

Crone Partners Rethink the Community Center in Rhodes

00:00 - 1 February, 2014
Crone Partners Rethink the Community Center in Rhodes, Overview. Image Courtesy of Crone Partners
Overview. Image Courtesy of Crone Partners

Australian practice Crone Partners has recently won a competition to design a new community precinct in Rhodes, New South Wales. Starting with the intention to rethink the traditional community building and civic space typology, Crone Partner's winning design features clusters of spaces with programs subdividing by size and demands. In moving away from traditional public buildings, which are "characterised by [their] scale, elaborate and sometimes extravagant aesthetic", their proposal was no longer "constrained by a singular form".

Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto Designs the "Ideal Museum" in Japan

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto Designs the "Ideal Museum" in Japan, © Odawara Art Foundation via WSJ
© Odawara Art Foundation via WSJ

“This is the worst space I have ever encountered,” claimed Hiroshi Sugimoto in regards to the OMA-designed main gallery space at Seoul’s Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Not a stranger to criticism, the Japanese photographer has decided to take museum design into his own hands, drafting what he claims to be the “ideal museum” on a coastal site in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture.

Milroy Perera Designs World's Tallest Residential Vertical Garden

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
Milroy Perera Designs World's Tallest Residential Vertical Garden, Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy Perera
Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy Perera

Milroy Perera Associates, in collaboration with Mäga Engineering, has unveiled plans for the world's tallest residential vertical garden in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. The Clearpoint tower will house 164 apartments spread across 46 floors within 10 kkilometers from the centre of Columbo. Overlooking the tributaries of the Diyawanna Lake in Kotte, planted viewing terraces will encircle the entire structure fed by "inbuilt self-sustaining watering systems."

City College Norwich / BDP

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
© Kilian O'Sullivan
© Kilian O'Sullivan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • Area

    2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kilian O'Sullivan © Kilian O'Sullivan © Kilian O'Sullivan © Kilian O'Sullivan +12

House with two focal points / Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
House with two focal points / Daigo Ishii  + Future-scape Architects, Courtesy of Future-scape Architects
Courtesy of Future-scape Architects

Courtesy of Future-scape Architects Courtesy of Future-scape Architects Courtesy of Future-scape Architects Courtesy of Future-scape Architects +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect

    Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects
  • Area

    201.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Future-scape Architects

Camping Luca Vuerich / Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
Camping Luca Vuerich / Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto, © Flavio Pesamosca
© Flavio Pesamosca

© Flavio Pesamosca © Flavio Pesamosca © Flavio Pesamosca © Flavio Pesamosca +23

DG House / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
© Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz
  • Architects

  • Location

    31620 Huarte, Navarre, Spain
  • Authors

    Iñigo Esparza, M. Asun Oses
  • Project Director

    Iñigo Esparza Andrés
  • Collaborators

    Jesús Corera Gutiérrez, Mikel Cañadas Tanco
  • Constructor

    PROCOVI A5 GRUPO EMPRESAS, S.L
  • Area

    361.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz +33

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

00:00 - 1 February, 2014
Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory is an exhibition spanning the 50-year career of internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta, the designer of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art building and one of the century's most fundamental contributors to postmodern architecture. 

Casa Encuentro, A house in the Desert of Tabernas / Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 January, 2014

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +19

gmp Wins Bid to Redevelop Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium

00:00 - 31 January, 2014
gmp Wins Bid to Redevelop Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium, © Real Madrid
© Real Madrid

A proposal by gmp Arquitectos, L35 Arquitectos and Ribas & Ribas has been announced as winner of an international competition to revamp Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Spain. Selected over an impressive shortlist of candidates including Foster & Partners, Herzog & de Meuron and Populous, the winning gmp-led team is expected to “transform the Santiago Bernabéu into the most advanced and developed stadium of the 21st century,” as described gmp owner Volkwin Marg. 

“This building is undoubtedly the most important project of our careers.," Marg added. 

The City of the Books and the Images / Taller 6A

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
 The City of the Books and the Images / Taller 6A, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +37

Flotanta House / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
Flotanta House / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture, © Garcia Lachner photography
© Garcia Lachner photography

© Garcia Lachner photography © Garcia Lachner photography © Garcia Lachner photography © Garcia Lachner photography +33

Dunkerque Logements / RemingtonStyle

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
Courtesy of RemingtonStyle
Courtesy of RemingtonStyle
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dunkirk, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Pierre Frinault, David Jouquand
  • Area

    2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of RemingtonStyle

Courtesy of RemingtonStyle Courtesy of RemingtonStyle Courtesy of RemingtonStyle Courtesy of RemingtonStyle +21

The Number 6 / Building

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
© Piero Ottaviano
© Piero Ottaviano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Alfieri, 6, 10121 Torino, Italy
  • Design Team

    Building Engineering
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano +53