Urban Hut / Takehiko Nez Architects

© Takumi Ota Photography

Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Structure: ASA
Contractor: Shinei
Completion: 2011
Site area: 30.37 sqm
Total floor area: 44.26 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota Photography

Tarrant County College / Bing Thom Architects

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Architect: Bing Thom Architects
Location: 245 E. Belknap Street, , Texas,
Associate Architect: Bennett Benner Pettit (formerly Gideon Toal)
Design Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Francis Yan, Shinobu Homma, Matthew Woodruff, Amirali Javidan, Bibianka Fehr, Lisa Potopsingh, Berit Wooge, Nicole Hu, Michael Motlagh
Client: Tarrant County College
Photographs: Nic Lehoux Photography

‘Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment’ Exhibition Review

                   Federal Reserve Bank of NY (unbuilt) | One United Nations Plaza                    Courtesy of Museum of the City of New York


The Museum of the City of New York is host to several exhibits focusing on the architectural environment of the urban setting. Through February 5th, the museum is hosting a collection of Kevin Roche’s work in Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment. This exhibit features elegant projects that span through Roche’s career and features variety of styles and influence throughout.

For more on this exhibit, follow us after the break.

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David Chipperfield is the new director of the Venice Biennale 2012

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London-based architect David Chipperfield has been officially named as the new curator for the Venice Biennale 2012, the world’s largest architecture exhibition. More information after the break.

Taishido House / Akira Koyama + Key Operation


Architects:  Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS
Location: Setagaya,
Construction: Architecture\ Tokyo Gumi
Gross Floor Area: 148.24 sqm
Completion: October 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS

Video: Wang Shu, “Geometry and Narrative of Natural Form”

Founder of Amateur Architecture Studio and Head of Architecture at the China Academy of Art, Wang Shu was the first Chinese architect to hold Harvards Graduate School of Design (GSD) Kenzo Tange professorship. The Harvard lecture honors architect Kenzo Tange by bringing distinguished architects from around the globe to the GSD.

’s practice caught the world’s attention with their pavilion for the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006. As a critique of the architectural profession, excessive building and the on-going demolitions caused by the rapid urbanization of China, their installation ‘Tiled Garden’ was constructed of 66,000 recycled tiles salvaged from demolition sites. Their work is embedded in the history and traditions of Chinese culture, referencing everyday building tactics and the Chinese vernacular tradition of building, hence their practice name “amateur architecture”.

Reference: The Harvard GSD

Private House In Barcelos / Rui Grazina

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Architect: Rui Grazina
Location: Cambeses, ,
Area: 300 sqm
Total area: 290 sqm
Gross building area: 3300 sqm total plot area
Completion: 2011
Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga
Photographs: Nelson Garrido


New App Connects iPad to 3D Software Programs

New App Connects iPad to 3D Software Programs

Maide Inc. recently released an app that controls 3D programs over the wifi network from the iPad. The app now works with Maya, 3DS Max, Sketchup, Rhino and Solidworks (Beta). The company is just one step closer to controlling all…

White Elephant / Jimenez Lai

© Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol

Architects: Jimenez Lai
Project Manager: Thomas Kelley
Fabrication: PR&vD, Andrew Akins
Team: , Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins
Construction Assisted by: Mike Mead, John Stoughton, Anton Bakerjian
Photographs: Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle and Kamil Kroll.


Updating New York’s Zoning Resolution / Zone Green

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As Manhattan grows and progresses, change, with regard to building performance, is inevitable. Many newly constructed buildings uphold sustainable standards from the start; yet, the city is overwhelming settled with existing structures that need some upgrading – case in point, the retrofit project of the Empire State building that will cut energy usage by close to 40% and carbon emissions by over 100,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.  As the city tries to put its greenest face forward by retrofitting older buildings and adding sustainable features, zoning laws from the 1960s did not account for, and thus, in some cases do not allow, such changes.

Recently, the city has introduced its latest initiative, Zone Green, which Amanda Burden, Chair of the City Planning Commission, has called the most comprehensive effort of any U.S. city to sweep aside zoning obstacles to the construction and retrofitting of green buildings.  ”Removing zoning impediments to green buildings will give building owners more choices to make investments that save money, save energy, and improve the quality of our environment,” explained Burden.

More about Zone Green after the break. 

Warming Huts v.2012 Competition Winners

FIVE-HOLE by Gehry Partners

Warming Huts v.2012, an arts and architecture competition on ice in , Canada, recently announced the winners which demonstrate a collection of varying interpretations of shelter.

Frank Gehry will design a hut made from large blocks of ice entitled, FIVE-HOLE. The blocks are slated to be shipped from Montreal especially for Gehry’s project. Three huts were chosen from over 40 other entries in the open design competition. The winning designs, WIND CATCHER, Ice Pillows, and ROPE Pavilion represent Norway, and New York respectively. The fifth and final hut, entitled HOTHUT, came from a call to University of Manitoba Architecture students who competed in teams for the final coveted spot. More images and information on the winning proposals after the break.

Villa Midgård / DAPstockholm

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Architects: DAPstockholm
Location: , Sweden
Area: approx 300 sqm
Client: Private
Completion: 2011
Landscape: In collaboration with Nod Combine
Photographs: ÅkeE:sonLindman


Protection Project and Musealization of Séviac Archaeological Site / Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos


Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos recently won the international competition for the protection project and musealization of the Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac, in Montréal-du-Gers, . The project sets up a protective device and does not relate to a known typology that is a technical device with its own logic – a homogeneous-looking device that creates an event – which does not compete with the archaeological remains, but rather gives a new insight into the importance and influence of the villa. The event: to take this opportunity to give contemporary architecture its legitimate place in Gers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Eegoo Offices / dEEP Architects


Architects: dEEP Architects
Location: Beijing,.
Principal Architect: Li, Dao de
Floor area: 2300sqm
Client: eegoo Culture
Photographs: DEEP, ZERO GC


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Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Counterspace’ / CODA

In typography, the ‘Counter’ is the space contained by letters (this is where monkish Irish Illuminators famously had space to play). For the monks, the space between the letters was as meaningful as the letters themselves. In ‘Counterspace’, the winning…

Thomas Eco House / Designs Northwest Architects

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Architects: Designs Northwest Architects
Location: , , USA
Photographs: Courtesy of Designs Northwest Architects


Family Houses in Popovicky / Jan Stempel

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Architects: Jan Stempel
Location: , Czech Republic
Landscaping: Lucie Vogelova / Terra florida
Project area: 150 sqm + 149 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Ivan Nemec / CFA

Wim Wenders to make 3D Documentary on Architecture

© European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

Since Wim Wenders’s new documentary “Pina” hit the theaters this month, the online world hasn’t stopped talking about the German film director’s plan to create a 3D documentary film on architecture. In a recent interview with the Documentary Channel, Wenders revealed his plans stating, “I have actually already started a long-term project, another documentary in 3D. It will take several years, but it’s going to be about architecture. I have always wanted to do a film about architecture, and I have a lot of architect friends. But that is another subject I never really knew how to approach with film. I realized through PINA that architecture is something that could have a real affinity to this medium. We started shooting already, but it’s at the very, very beginning. That’s going to be my next documentary project in 3D, but I would definitely also do a narrative film in the future in 3D as well.”

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