CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone Winning Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone Winning Proposal / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas recently unveiled their master plan proposal for the CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone. Located in Beijing, their concept consists of a trio of urban, garden and lake environments while aiming to become the capital’s core cultural and commercial district and establish an international modern city life standard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rebollar Complex / SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85
Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Victor H. Valverde Hernández, Diego García Córdoba, Saúl Figueroa Orendain
  • Project Area

    553.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85

Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 +16

Kanpur Riverfront Development Proposal / Studio Symbiosis

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Kanpur Riverfront Development Proposal / Studio Symbiosis, Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Designed as a sustainable master plan, the concept of water, waste, and energy management are integral to the concept of the Kanpur Riverfront Development project. Proposed by Studio Symbiosis, conservation of energy on the basis of transport management has been designed as an active design element in the master plan, which is a part of an overall scheme for rehabilitation of the Ganga river and the Ganga riverfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Finalists Announced for FAR ROC Competition for Resilient Rockaways

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
© McGregor Coxall
© McGregor Coxall

The FAR ROC Competition, released shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard, called for a thoughtfully considered proposal for an 80-acre, 11-mile long peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in the Rockaways (Queens, NY). The RFP expressed the need to explore a comprehensive solution to developing Averne East, a FEMA designated Hazard Area Zone that experienced extensive storm surge damage and continues to be a vulnerable site for future natural disasters.  While the competition focused on this particular site, the full intention is to develop strategies that could be appropriated to low-lying and vulnerable regions all over the world.

The first phase of the competition was completed earlier this month: four finalists and six honorable mentions were announced.  The four finalists - Ennead Architects of NYC, USA; Lateral Office of Toronto, Canada; Seeding Office of London, UK; and White Arkitekter of Stockholm, Sweden - will continue on to Phase Two with a $30,000 stipend, due in early October.

Join us after the break for more details on the finalists and honorable mentions.

The Indicator: Starchitect, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Portmanteau

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
The Indicator: Starchitect, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Portmanteau

Is the word “starchitect” really denigrating to architects? Is it really a problem for the profession? Really? It depends on how you look at it. 

And, yes, as it was pointed out to me, “This question itself is a rehash.” Well, the issue of labeling architects has been a rehash since the sixteenth century so we might as well trot it out one more time. 

It’s a rehash principally because the way we label architects has implications for the profession’s bottom line. It drives fees up for a few and down for everybody else. It makes some firms busy and others less so. Or does it even do anything but put contemporary architecture on the minds of the general public, the broader client base? 

Ajijic / Tatiana Bilbao S.C.

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Ajijic / Tatiana Bilbao S.C., © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago de Chapala, Jalisco, México
  • Architect in Charge

    Tatiana Bilbao, David Vaner, Catia Bilbao
  • Design Team

    Tatiana Bilbao, Thorsten Englert, Damián Figueras, Adriana de Carvalho, Alex Cabrales, Marco Robles, Edgar Gonzalez
  • Structural engineering

    MONCAD, Ing. Jorge Cadena
  • Area

    3870.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +22

The Gherkin Receives CTBUH’s Inaugural 10 Year Award

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
The Gherkin Receives CTBUH’s Inaugural 10 Year Award, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

Norman Foster’s Swiss Re Headquarters, a.k.a. “The Gherkin,” has been selected as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) first 10 Year Award recipient. The uniquely-shaped skyscraper, as described by CTBUH, “cleared the way for a new generation of tall buildings in London and beyond. Ten years on, its tapering form and diagonal bracing structure afford numerous benefits: programmatic flexibility, naturally ventilated internal social spaces that provide user comfort while reducing energy demand, and ample, protected public space at the ground level.”

© Nigel Young © Nigel Young © Foster + Partners © Nigel Young +5

Casa 115 / Miquel Àngel Lacomba

01:00 - 24 July, 2013

Beach House / Clare Cousins

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Beach House / Clare Cousins, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +20

Villa Pecatu / Wahana Cipta Selaras

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Villa Pecatu / Wahana Cipta Selaras, © Fernando Gomulya
© Fernando Gomulya
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge

    Rudi Kelana
  • Design Team

    Matheus R.
  • Area

    1600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya © Fernando Gomulya +16

House with Gardens / Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
House with Gardens / Tetsuo Kondo Architects, © Ken’ichi Suzuki
© Ken’ichi Suzuki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    Konishi Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer

    ES Associates
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki +16

'Recon-Figure': FARROC Competition Entry / The Open Workshop

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
'Recon-Figure': FARROC Competition Entry / The Open Workshop, Courtesy of The Open Workshop
Courtesy of The Open Workshop

Instead of perceiving water as something to defend against, The Open Workshop took on the challenge of repositioning the water as a performative feature that connects across the obstructions currently on Arvene East of Far Rockaway. Taking the logic of the stabilizing rock jetties, the 'Recon-Figure' proposal utilizes a series of nested figures to augment the existing coastline. The figures engage the water, functioning as groynes and breakwaters that also offer recreational spaces, stabilize the coast, and concentrate wave action and associated energy capture. More images and architects' description after the break.

June’s ABI Reflects Consistent Industry Growth

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
June’s ABI Reflects Consistent Industry Growth , June ABI via Calculated Risk
June ABI via Calculated Risk

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained positive again in June after the first decline in ten months in April. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 51.6, down from a mark of 52.9 in May. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, up sharply from the reading of 59.1 the previous month. 

Key ABI highlights and details on the construction industries remaining threats after the break...

RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

UPDATED: Out of 52 exemplars of UK architecture, RIBA has chosen the six buildings that will compete for the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize (awarded to the building that makes the greatest contribution to British architecture that year). See the six contenders, including a video of each, after the break...

Academy Of Fine Arts Wroclaw / Pracownia Architektury Glowacki

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Academy Of Fine Arts Wroclaw / Pracownia Architektury Glowacki, Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki
Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wrocław, Poland
  • Design Team

    Sylwester Duda, Agata Kaczmarek, Justyna Kleszcz, Michał Mrzewa, Katarzyna Rybczyńska, Paweł Steć, Agnieszka Śliwińska, Paweł Wróblewski, Piotr Zarzycki, Marek Woźniczka, Tomasz Grębski
  • Head Of Design

    Tomasz Głowacki
  • Structure Engineer

    Antonina Pawłowa
  • Area

    13060.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki

Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki +21

Mana Tamariki / Tennent + Brown

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Mana Tamariki / Tennent + Brown, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +7

House in Kamoshima / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
House in Kamoshima / Naoko Horibe, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +17

Micro Housing Makes a Comeback

00:00 - 24 July, 2013
Micro Housing Makes a Comeback, adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED
adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBED

In the early 20th century rooming houses and residential hotels with small bedrooms and shared bathrooms were the norm of city life: they provided cheap, day-to-day housing near downtown areas (where affordable food and entertainment was abundant). However, a tide of well-intentioned health and safety regulations in the 50s and 60s led cities to essentially ban this type of housing across the United States. 

In an article for the Slate, the director of the Sightline Institute, Alan Durning, suggests that this was one of the most misguided legislations ever implemented in American cities: instead of enforcing higher quality housing for cities’ lower earning peoples, it has instead left them stranded, with fewer and fewer affordable housing options.

More after the break...