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Richard J Williams Talks Modernism & Sex

00:00 - 23 August, 2013
Richard J Williams Talks Modernism & Sex, © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

In this interview with BD, Richard J Williams discusses his recent book "Sex and Buildings," which analyses how some places, such as his home town of Edinburgh, "wear their morality on their sleeve," while other places. such as Brazil, have an idea that "modernism can be sexy." He also talks about the US attitudes to sex and modernism, bringing up the 'Playboy townhouse' of the 1960s and the TV show Mad Men, as well as architects Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and John Portman. You can read the full interview here.

PacificDazzle baton / Atelier KUU

01:00 - 23 August, 2013
PacificDazzle baton / Atelier KUU, © Seiryo Yamada
© Seiryo Yamada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tarumi Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Design

    Nobuo Kumazawa, Yuuki Kunimatsu
  • Collaborator

    HARE / Harumi Oura
  • Lighting

    Light Style/Shiro Miki
  • Landscape

    Garden aube Arc.
  • Project Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Seiryo Yamada

© Seiryo Yamada © Seiryo Yamada © Seiryo Yamada © Seiryo Yamada +10

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013

00:00 - 23 August, 2013
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013, Courtesy of Estonian Centre of Architecture
Courtesy of Estonian Centre of Architecture

Launching September 4th, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale: Recycling Socialism will be exploring the modernist and socialist architecture from the 1960s to the 1980s in a 5-day long main program. The core events of the program are the two-day Symposium, the Curators' Exhibition, the Vision Competition Award Ceremony and the International Architecture Schools' Exhibition. With such a diverse program, this event is expected to be one of the most outstanding events in the region. Events run until September 30th. More information after the break.

The Long House / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 23 August, 2013
The Long House / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J
© Shamanth Patil J
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers

    Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand, Raju S. and Akanksha Chhajer
  • Civil Contractors

    J.J. Constructions Pvt. Ltd
  • Landscape

    Garden World Pvt. Ltd
  • PHE Consultant

    JR Consultancy
  • Electrical Contractor

    MK Electricals
  • Electrical Consultant

    Services Design Consultants
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J +23

49 Social Housing Estates / BROISSAND arch

01:00 - 23 August, 2013
49 Social Housing Estates / BROISSAND arch, © David Boureau
© David Boureau
  • Architects

  • Location

    6 Rue des Grippeaux, 37270 Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Renaud Broissand
  • Architects Collaborators

    Eric Hardy, Augustin Brisedou
  • Area

    3120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau +22

Azuchi House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    88.36 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +15

AD Interviews: Saskia Sassen

01:00 - 22 August, 2013

Sociologist Saskia Sassen's researches and writes about the social, economic and political dimensions of globalization, immigration, and networked technologies in cities around the globe. Her books and writings—published in over sixteen languages—have sustained the interests of architects and planners who seek to better understand the city via the systemic conditions that find expression in the reality of urban space.

Now actively involved in teaching Columbia University, we caught up with Sassen at the Arquine Congress in Mexico City, where she shared some interesting views on the role of architects, her contemplations on the future of the city, and her thoughts on the impact of the internet on the city.

Check out a full transcript of our interview with Sassen after the break.

Villa S / TWO IN A BOX - ARCHITEKTEN ZT GMBH

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
Villa S / TWO IN A BOX - ARCHITEKTEN ZT GMBH, © Simon Bauer
© Simon Bauer

© Simon Bauer © Simon Bauer © Simon Bauer © Simon Bauer +13

LA’s Iconic Case Study Houses (Finally!) Make National Register

00:00 - 22 August, 2013
LA’s Iconic Case Study Houses (Finally!) Make National Register, Case Study House #22, (playboy), 1960 Los Angeles, CA / Pierre Koenig, architect © Julius Shulman
Case Study House #22, (playboy), 1960 Los Angeles, CA / Pierre Koenig, architect © Julius Shulman

Ten of Los Angeles’ Case Study Homes have been deemed historically significant an worthy of being included on US’s National Register of Historic Places. Despite the Los Angeles Conservancy’s belief that all of them deserve “equal preservation protections,” the 11th home was not included due to “owner objection.”

The Case Study Houses spawned from a post-WWII residential experiment, presented by the Arts & Architecture magazine in 1945, which introduced modern movement ideas for affordable and efficient housing. The homes - designed by the likes of Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen and others - redefined the modern home. And, with the help of Julius Shulman, placed Los Angeles as an epicenter for mid-century modernism. 

The 11 homes included on the register are:

Hedge House / GKMP Architects

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
Hedge House / GKMP Architects, © Alice Clancy
© Alice Clancy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leeson Walk, Ranelagh
  • Contractor

    RandU Limited
  • Engineer

    David Maher & Associates
  • Lighting Consultant

    Wink Lighting
  • Area

    253.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy © Alice Clancy +13

Toward A Fourth Architecture

00:00 - 22 August, 2013
Toward A Fourth Architecture, Helicon Building, an example of what Curtis B. Wayne calls "The Fourth Architecture". Image Courtesy of Paul Grundy, bdonline.co.uk
Helicon Building, an example of what Curtis B. Wayne calls "The Fourth Architecture". Image Courtesy of Paul Grundy, bdonline.co.uk

When New York City architect Curtis B. Wayne first started talking about “The Fourth Architecture,” it was clear he was not doing so to make friends. You do not write manifestos to make friends. You write them because of some perceived urgency, because the time is right. 

As a long-standing practitioner, radio host, and graduate of Cooper Union and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, he already has a lot of friends. What he’s interested in is saving architecture from the current orthodoxy of form-making over substance, or “sculpture you can live in.” “We are too wise for this,” writes Wayne. 

In fact, I can go further. Judging from the little red book that has finally emerged from Wayne’s brain, appropriately titled, The Shape of Things that Work: The Fourth Architecture, I’m almost certain he set out to piss people off. But not without a purpose. 

Student Thesis Project Turns Bus Into Tiny House

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
Student Thesis Project Turns Bus Into Tiny House, © Justin Evidon
© Justin Evidon

Like many architecture students, Hank Butitta was frustrated. Frustrated that the projects he and his fellow classmates were painstakingly, time-consumingly crafting at architecture school resulted—almost always—in nothing.  But Hank Butitta, unlike many architecture students, decided that, for his thesis, he would buy an old school bus and turn it into a flexible living space. The result: a 225 square foot mobile home—complete with reclaimed gym flooring and dimmable LED mood lighting. 

On his website (www.hankboughtabus.com), Butitta says, “This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood.” Since the project (which was envisioned with a nod to the tiny house movement) was picked up by the media last week, fans and commenters have flooded the site, asking Hank how he resolved certain problems and where he sourced the materials. 

© Justin Evidon © Justin Evidon © Justin Evidon © Justin Evidon +30

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron by Paul Clemence

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron by Paul Clemence, © Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

The Herzog & de Meuron designed Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, NY is captured here by brazilian photographer Paul Clemence from Facebook.com/Archi-Photo. This photo gallery very elegantly emphasizes the building's delicate placement on the landscape as well as its natural surrounding beauty of which the architects took their inspiration. Clemence also captures the project's moment of outdoor shelter that surrounds the building to  emphasize the importance of the site and its interaction with the art within.The full photo gallery can be viewed after the break.

eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition, Courtesy of eVolo Magazine
Courtesy of eVolo Magazine

eVolo Magazine just announced the launch of the 2014 Skyscraper Competition which is open to architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe. One of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture, it recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods.

The competition is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The early registration deadline is November 19, and the deadline for submissions is January 20. For more detailed information, please visit here.

How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones

00:00 - 22 August, 2013
How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones, © Kenneth Cheung
© Kenneth Cheung

MIT researchers have developed a lightweight, interlocking composite component which can be snapped together to create airplanes, spacecraft and even larger structures. Likened to chain mail but based on a newly-developed geometry, the parts form a structure that is 10 times stiffer for a given weight than existing ultralight materials. The structure allows much less material to carry a given load and could revolutionize all moving vehicles, reducing their weight and the costs of construction while allowing greater design flexibility. To find out how it happens, read the full description here.

G House / Fleming + Hernandez Architects

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
G House / Fleming + Hernandez Architects, © Tom Ferguson
© Tom Ferguson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gladesville NSW, Australia
  • Team

    Adrian Hernandez, Peter Fleming, Dung Le
  • Landscape

    Fleming + Hernandez Architects
  • Builder

    Catacon
  • Structural

    Nastasi & Associates
  • Hydraulic

    EWFW
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson +19

More Park, Less Way: Improving Philadelphia's Parkway

00:00 - 22 August, 2013
More Park, Less Way: Improving Philadelphia's Parkway, © elPadawan
© elPadawan

In this article in the Wall Street Journal, a number of key players discuss the ongoing work to transform "the most elegant urban boulevard in the US", Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parkway has been on a long journey from boulevard to highway, and thanks to a new plan entitled "More Park, Less Way", it could be on its way back, with a variety of plans to change the Parkway into a vibrant, more densely populated series of spaces with more amenities for local residents. You can read the full article here.

Museum of the Atacama Desert / Coz, Polidura & Volante Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 August, 2013
Museum of the Atacama Desert / Coz, Polidura & Volante Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© CPVARQ © Karin Hofert © Karin Hofert © Sergio Pirrone +52

  • Architects

    Ramon Coz Rosenfeld, Marco Polidura Alvarez, Eugenia Soto Cellino, Ignacio Volante Negueruela
  • Location

    Av. Angamos 1307, Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Región de Antofagasta, Chile
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs