Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti

00:00 - 13 April, 2013
Installation view, Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti, on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013. Photo: Bill Timmerman
Installation view, Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti, on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013. Photo: Bill Timmerman

In 2010, SMoCA initiated a series of three exhibitions exploring the trajectory of Paolo Soleri's art, architecture and philosophy. Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti is the second in the series. This exhibition begins in the early 1960s when Soleri shifted his focus from bridges and residences to large-scale urban planning based on environmental accountability. Soleri's first comprehensive vision of a community is Mesa City, an example of what he calls an “arcology,” or an architectural project based on the synthesis of architecture + ecology. In Mesa City, Soleri combines the goals of high-density living, a vibrant urban space, respect for natural resources and a commercial sector based upon creativity. The exhibition will end with Arcosonti (arcology + Cosanti), a project built in the 1970s near Mayer, Arizona.

Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
Transbay Transit Center Aerial View; © Pelli Clarke Pelli / Transbay Joint Powers Authority
Transbay Transit Center Aerial View; © Pelli Clarke Pelli / Transbay Joint Powers Authority

The revamped Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco broke ground earlier this week, a project that will introduce a 1.5 million square foot development that will be part transportation hub, part public park and urban space, and part offices and retail establishments.  The massive undertaking, designed by renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli will bring together 11 systems of local and national transportation, serving 45 million people per year.  In addition to securing access to myriad transit lines, the project will also provide downtown San Francisco with a 5.4-acre rooftop park, designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, along with numerous cultural programs.  The project is budgeted at 4.2 billion dollars and is projected for completion in 2017.  It is funded in part by the construction of a 1,070-foot tower that is adjacent to the Transbay Transity Center.  It is also designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and is slated to be the tallest tower in San Francisco.  The tower will secure 60 stories of office space and jobs and will contribute to the projected $87 billion of revenue through 2030.

Join us after the break for more details on this project.

Pixel Cloud Installation / UNSTABLE

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
© Marcos Zotes
© Marcos Zotes

Designed and directed by Iceland based architect Marcos Zotes and his studio UNSTABLE, their Pixel Cloud installation is the winning competition entry for the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2013, organized by Höfuðborgarstofa, Orkusalan and the Iceland Design Center. The installation creates an opportunity for Icelanders to reconsider the use and management of their urban public spaces. With the current financial situation leaving a permanent landscape of obsolete scaffolding structures scattered across the city, this has resulted in urban scars that remind us of the fragility of their current society. This installation takes advantage of this condition by transforming an ordinary scaffolding structure into a fully immersive environment of light and sound in the heart of Reykjavík. More images and architects' description after the break.

Peter Wilson Awarded 2013 AIA (Australian Institute of Architects) Gold Medal

00:00 - 13 April, 2013
New City Library by BOLLES+WILSON / © Christian Richters
New City Library by BOLLES+WILSON / © Christian Richters

Peter Wilson, partner in the Münster based office of BOLLES+WILSON, was recently awarded the AIA's (Australian Institute of Architects) highest honor, its 2013 Gold Medal. The recognition acknowledges Peter Wilson's role as remarkable statesman for Australia as well as an outstanding body of architectural works of great distinction, widely published and exhibited over more than thirty years. The Gold Medal also cites Wilson's longstanding contribution to the development of architectural drawing as a tool of representation and research. More information on Wilson's award after the break.

AIA's 2013 Small Projects Awards Recipients

00:00 - 13 April, 2013
Studio for a Composer; photo © John J. Macaulay
Studio for a Composer; photo © John J. Macaulay

Selections of the AIA's 2013 small project awards have been announced, revealing a broad range of projects, varying in scale, program and function that bring attention to the value of architectural practice no matter the size or scope of the project.  The ten projects were selected on the basis of four categories: small project construction up to $150,000; small project construction up to $1,500,000; up to 5,000 SF project in which the architect played a significant role in construction and or fabrication; and an inbuilt workhorse up to 5,000 SF.  Among the recipients are MIN | DAYKariouk AssociatesJohnsen Schmaling ArchitectsLawrence ArchitectsCooper Joseph StudioRobert M. Gurney, FAIAWRNS Studio, and Edward Ogosta Architecture.

All the Buildings in New York...Drawn by Hand

00:00 - 13 April, 2013
Courtesy of James Hancock
Courtesy of James Hancock

ALL THE BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK is a blog, a book, and, above all, illustrator James Gulliver Hancock's love letter to New York City. 

As his website reveals, Hancock "panics that he may not be able to draw everything in the world… at least once." Since Kindergarten, he's been obsessed with drawing in meticulous detail (or, as he tells the Atlantic Cities, with a mix of "technicality and whimsy"), a characteristic this native Australian brought with him when he moved to Brooklyn, New York. 

What began as a blog, All The Buildings In New York, to keep track of his many sketches of New York's architecture (particularly the brownstones), is now a book (All The Buildings in New York: That I've Drawn So Far - which includes about 500 drawings)Organized by neighborhoods, it features New York architectural icons from the past and present, including the Chrysler Building, the Flatiron, Apple's 5th Avenue store, as well as the everyday buildings that make up New York's unique cityscape.  

See more images from All the Buildings in New York, after the break...

NN House / Kozo Yamamoto

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    a・s・t atelier
  • Contractor

    B・L home
  • Area

    61.59 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +21

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / INDEX

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
Courtesy of INDEX
Courtesy of INDEX

Located in the rapidly urbanizing Mladost area on the edge of central Sofia, the new Collider Activity Center, designed by INDEX, draws on the process of the tectonic movement and operations of geological forms as an organizational system to create architecture. The center will be one of the first new buildings to occupy the quasi Greenfield site and the broader urban structure plan for the area will eventually play host to a variety of new facilities, capitalizing on the latent potential of Bulgaria as an emerging economy. More images and architects' description after the break.

AA Visiting School Ivrea: 'Factory Futures II Architecture Without Humans'

00:00 - 13 April, 2013
Courtesy of AA Ivrea Visiting School
Courtesy of AA Ivrea Visiting School

In July 2012, the AA, in partnership with the Adriano Olivetti Foundation and Gehry Technologies, launched Factory Futures: A three year research program aimed at exploring innovative architectural responses for the productive landscape of the future. The mission of Factory Futures is to connect the realms of contemporary urban theory with computational design techniques for the affirmative re-empowerment of the architectural practice within contemporary conditions of production. This year, the Ivrea Visiting School will develop design tools and research concepts to confront this phenomenon, which is challenging the conventions of both architectural design and urban theory during their workshop which takes place July 1-12. More information after the break.

Louviers Music School Rehabilitation and Extension / Opus 5 Architectes

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +25

Udbetaling Danmark Holstebro / CEBRA

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
© Mikkel Frost
© Mikkel Frost

© Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost © Mikkel Frost +31

Assisted Living for the Elderly in Utebo / Basilio Tobías

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute
  • Architects

  • Location

    Utebo, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    José Ángel Pérez
  • Building Services

    JG Ingenieros - Isabel Gómez, Susan Valdivia
  • Client

    Instituto Aragonés de Servicios Sociales
  • Construction

    Bruesa
  • Area

    10.262,41 m2
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +17

Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / FORA + Beth Hughes

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
Courtesy of FORA & Beth Hughes
Courtesy of FORA & Beth Hughes

FORA and Beth Hughes, with Raul Moura and Tudor Vasiliu, have been selected as one of four finalists for the second phase of the Danish site in the Nordic Built Challenge - an open multidisciplinary design competition for the refurbishment of five buildings one in each Nordic country. Their proposal addresses the Ellebo Housing Estate in Ballerup, Denmark. The estate was built in 1963, and features four buildings for a total size of 20,000m2, enclosing playgrounds, playing fields and green recreational areas. Their challenge was to renovate the existing buildings and outdoor areas, and for 5,000m2 of additional housing. More images and architects' description after the break.

MAR – Rio Art Museum / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
  • Arquitetos

  • Localização

    Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen e Thiago Bernardes
  • Project Coordination

    José Luis Canal e Ricardo Castello Branco
  • Project Team

    Aline Bianca de Almeida, Bruna Fregonezi, Daniel Vannucchi, Edgar Murata, Fernanda Maeda, José Miguel de Sousa Ferreira, Lívia Ribas, Renata Leite, Maria Vittoria Oliveira, Maya Leal de Nobrega, Pedro Henrique Ramos, Priscilla Martins Costa e Veridiana Ruzzante.
  • Interiors

    Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
  • Interiors Architect

    Eza Viegas
  • Interiors Team

    Isabel Beloniel, Luiza Torres Homem
  • Project Area

    11240.0 m2
  • Ano do projeto

    2013
  • Fotografias

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +28

WXY's Claire Weisz "Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay" Lecture

00:00 - 12 April, 2013
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Claire Weisz, AIA, founding principal of WXY and a frequently cited expert source on waterfront design, will be speaking on the topic "Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay" with a panel at 6:00pm on April 25 in New York City. A leading advocate for post-Hurricane Sandy infrastructure design, Weisz's firm is known for such waterfront projects as the East River Blueway, a planned reconstruction of miles of Manhattan water's edge, as well as Transmitter Park, Rockaway Park, Sherman Creek Waterfront, and Battery Park. 

Molymet Corporate Building / David Rodriguez Arquitectos

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
© Pedro Mutis
© Pedro Mutis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Regina Gálvez 28-30, San Bernardo, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    David Rodriguez Cuevas , David Rodriguez Cañas, Maria Jose Sanchez M.
  • Architect on Site

    Raul Manzano R.
  • Area

    4200.0 m2
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis +30

Through the Lens: Sci-Fi & Architecture

00:00 - 12 April, 2013
Screenshot of Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Center in the film Gattaca. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Screenshot of Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Center in the film Gattaca. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

You would think that of all film genres, Science Fiction would be the one least likely to feature real buildings. It stands to reason that production designers would want to avoid connections with things so grounded in reality. But in fact, there is somewhat of a tradition of using modern architecture as a foundation for the creation of fictional film worlds. 

Science fiction relies on an audience believing in the world they are presented with. Clever camera work, perspective design, and temporary materials can only do so much. What often tips the balance in favour of using real, Modern buildings - rather than a temporary set - is the authenticity and atmosphere they provide the Science Fiction genre.

Read about Modern architecture in Sci-Fi films Blade Runner, Gattaca, Aeon Flux, and more, after the break...

Milan Design Week 2013: Office for Living / Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
© Alessandro Russotti
© Alessandro Russotti

This week, 2008 Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel is expressing his vision for the workspaces of the future at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Nouvel was asked by Cosmit, the Salone's parent company, to create a huge project tailored specifically to the Saloni that would document the tremendous changes that have altered living and working spaces over the past few years. Nouvel responded with a project that "frees up the office space" and is a "counter to urban segregation and the zoning of other specially dedicated workplaces." He achieves these goals in his design by rejecting cloned and enclosed spaces as well as serial repetitiveness, suggesting more cohesive formulas that will better serve the domestic and international workplaces of the future.

More from Cosmit on "Project: office for living" after the break.