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RAINHA / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

01:00 - 18 August, 2013

In Progress: Costanera Lyon 2 / Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
Courtesy of Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart
Courtesy of Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart
  • Architects

  • Location

    Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team

    Juan Santa Maria, Danilo Magni, Alvaro Romero
  • Lightning

    Oriana Ponzini
  • Structure

    Eduardo Spoerer
  • Area

    23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart

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Hello Wood 2013: Step Closer!

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
Hello Wood 2013: Step Closer!, POLIPHONY. Image © Kékesi Donát
POLIPHONY. Image © Kékesi Donát

Back for its fourth year, the creative camp Hello Wood was held last month in Hungary, set in the countryside north of Lake Balaton. At Hello Wood, 120 young designers and architects worked with leading experts to create installations which approach issues of society and community in architecture, ideas encompassed by this year's motto "Step Closer!" Twelve teams had one week to create these installations using timber as their primary material, with the projects being judged and a winner awarded at the end of the week.

Read on to find out about the installations, and which one was judged the winner, after the break

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CAADRIA 2014 Conference

00:00 - 17 August, 2013
CAADRIA 2014 Conference, Courtesy of Kyoto Institute of Technology
Courtesy of Kyoto Institute of Technology

CAADRIA 2014: The 19th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia is set to take place May 14-17 in Kyoto, Japan. Hosted by Kyoto Institute of Technology, keynote speakers include Paul Richens (Professor, University of Bath), Joichi "Joi" Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab), and Hitoshi Abe (Chair, Professor, UCLA & Architect).

With the theme, 'Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture,' the conference is influenced by Buckminster Fuller’s holistic worldview as the concept of Comprehensive Design was proliferated by the publication of the Whole Earth Catalog, an American counterculture publication, by Stewart Brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 45 years have passed since then, and now the concept of Comprehensive Design has evolved from a utopian idea to an actualized design tool. More information after the break.

Stamford Transportation Center Winning Proposal / Studio V Architecture

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
Stamford Transportation Center Winning Proposal / Studio V Architecture, Courtesy of Studio V Architecture
Courtesy of Studio V Architecture

Studio V Architecture recently won the competition put forth by the Connecticut Department of Transportation for the design of a $500 million redevelopment of the Stamford Transportation Center and surrounding area. Grown to become the second largest in the region after Grand Central Terminal, Studio V, along with developer Stamford Manhattan Development Ventures (SMDV), aims to transform this traffic-congested station into a dramatic new 24-hour community that reconnects Downtown Stamford to the South End and the city's waterfront. More images and architects' description after the break.

Happy Panda / Hou de Sousa

00:00 - 17 August, 2013
Happy Panda / Hou de Sousa, Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer
Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Design Team

    Nancy Hou, Josh de Sousa
  • Contractor

    Hou de Sousa
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer

Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer Courtesy of Hou de Sousa & Jay Vandermeer +26

Agar Grove Estate Redevelopment Proposal / Hawkins\Brown

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
Agar Grove Estate Redevelopment Proposal / Hawkins\Brown, © Forbes Massie
© Forbes Massie

Hawkins\Brown, with Mae Architects and Grant Associates, have been appointed by London Borough of Camden to develop proposals in collaboration with residents for the potential redevelopment of the Agar Grove Estate, a major housing regeneration project for London with an estimated construction value of £55 million. The current proposal being developed includes the demolition of 112 homes and the provision of around 360 new homes, bringing the total number of homes to around 500. A range of unit types has been introduced including family terrace housing and maisonettes with gardens, as well as lateral flats with balconies. More images and architects' description after the break.

UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China

00:00 - 17 August, 2013
UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China , Courtesy of Team UOW
Courtesy of Team UOW

Team UOW from the University of Wollongong in Australia has been awarded first place at the 2013 Solar Decathlon China, taking top honors for its net-zero, water-conserving design. Selected from 22 teams and 35 universities, Team UOW’s winning entry - the Illawarra Flame House - was the first retrofitted house ever to be submitted in decathlon history.

Castrol office / Za Bor Architects

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
© Peter Zaytsev
© Peter Zaytsev

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EIGHT Point.One S / LAVA

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
EIGHT Point.One S / LAVA, © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG.
© EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG.
  • Architects

  • Manufacturing

    Prinzing
  • Planning

    Designtoproduction (Arnold Walz and Fabian Scheurer )
  • Structural Engineering

    Consuplan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. +14

Cantina alle Pendice dell' Etna / Gaetano Gulino + Santi Gaetano Albanese

00:00 - 17 August, 2013
Cantina alle Pendice dell' Etna / Gaetano Gulino + Santi Gaetano Albanese, © Santo Eduardo Di Miceli
© Santo Eduardo Di Miceli
  • Architects

  • Location

    95012 Castiglione di Sicilia CT, Italy
  • Architectural project

    Gaetano Gulino, Santi Gaetano Albanese
  • Structural design

    Gaspare Francesco Ciaccio
  • Construction work

    Impresa edile Campione Vincenzo
  • Electrical Installations

    Eurolux
  • Water and air conditioning systems

    Mirabile Angelo- Sordato
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Santo Eduardo Di Miceli © Santo Eduardo Di Miceli © Santo Eduardo Di Miceli © Santo Eduardo Di Miceli +23

Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute
Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

Located in the core area of Kunming Chenggong New C.B.D, the main challenge for the design of the Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center was to integrate the local cultures plus various functional programs into one contemporary yet harmonious form. Designed by team members Wang Wensheng, Damian Donze and Sidney Gong of the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their winning proposal takes on an abstract path to integrate the local cultures. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The ICRAVE Studio / ICRAVE

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
Courtesy of ICRAVE
Courtesy of ICRAVE
  • Architects

  • Location

    1140 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, USA
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICRAVE

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Billboard in Lima Harvests Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

00:00 - 16 August, 2013
Billboard in Lima Harvests Drinking Water Out of Thin Air , The billboard reads "A panel that produces potable water out of air is ingenuity in action." Courtesy of UTEC.
The billboard reads "A panel that produces potable water out of air is ingenuity in action." Courtesy of UTEC.

According to the UN, about 60% of the world's population will be living in cities within the next 8 years - a human migration that adds more and more strain on cities' sanitation and resources. One of these many urban centers is LimaPeru, the second largest desert capital in the world that receives less than 2 inches of rain a year. Despite its nearly nonexistent rainfall, Peru has some of the highest atmospheric humidity anywhere - 98%.

The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) and an ad agency called Mayo DraftFCBand saw great opportunity in this invisible source of water and created a billboard that can capture this humidity and turn it into potable drinking water for nearby residents.

Video: Spirit of Space Captures the Essence of Chicago's Public Art

00:00 - 16 August, 2013

Spirit of Space has shared with us their most recent collaboration with Phil Enquist of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: Art in the City. Pairing powerful quotes with imagery from the Chicago’s most prominent works, the film "expresses the vitality and vibrance that public art can bring to the urban environment by experientially including the viewer in the making of place.” As Spirit of Space describes, “The art is a reflection of the City, the art becomes a part of the City, the art is instrumental in making the City.” 

Jardim Edite Social Housing / MMBB Arquitetos + H+F Arquitetos

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
Jardim Edite Social Housing  / MMBB Arquitetos + H+F Arquitetos, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +52

  • Arquitetos

  • Localização

    Av. Engenheiro Luís Carlos Berrini - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, Brasil
  • MMBB Arquitetos Team

    Marta Moreira, Milton Braga e Fernando de Mello Franco
  • H+F Arquitetos Team

    Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú
  • Project Area

    25714.0 sqm
  • Ano do projeto

    2010
  • Fotografias

John-Jacob-Astor Competition

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
John-Jacob-Astor Competition, Courtesy of EXPO REAL
Courtesy of EXPO REAL

In his day, John Jacob Astor's name was closely associated with the most innovative real estate projects and pioneering commercial buildings as he became a successful, results-focused real estate tycoon. In his honor, EXPO REAL is now seeking the most extraordinary and fascinating contemporary commercial real estate projects through the medium of the John-Jacob-Astor Competition. All new and converted commercial real estate developments or mixed use real estate completed between 2007-2013 are eligible for submission. Submissions are due no later than September 13. For more information, please visit here.

MoMA's Le Corbusier Exhibit is Must-See, Says Critic Alexandra Lange

00:00 - 16 August, 2013
MoMA's Le Corbusier Exhibit is Must-See, Says Critic Alexandra Lange, Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) with Pierre Jeanneret. Villa Savoye Poissy-sur-Seine, France. 1929–31. Wood, aluminum, and plastic, 16 x 34 x 32" (40.6 x 86.4 x 81.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC. Image Courtesy of MoMA.org
Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) with Pierre Jeanneret. Villa Savoye Poissy-sur-Seine, France. 1929–31. Wood, aluminum, and plastic, 16 x 34 x 32" (40.6 x 86.4 x 81.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC. Image Courtesy of MoMA.org

Although critiquing the exhibit for some "critical flaws" - namely the choice of theme and the lack of explanatory text - Alexandra Lange's review for The New Yorker praises the MoMA's Le Corbusier exhibit, “An Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” as a "must-see" thanks to its varied displays, which show "the terrific span of Le Corbusier's career in time, space, and scale [...] If current architects take anything from the exhibition [...]  it should be the power of those big, gestural drawings, where visual and verbal argument vividly come together." Read the rest of Lange's critique at The New Yorker.