10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

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USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.

Isernia Golf Club / Medir Architetti

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Architects: Medir Architetti
Location: Isernia,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Medir Architetti

How to name your design firm

One the first things you must consider when starting your new architectural firm, is what to name it. The choices are varied and the ramifications staggering. If the personality of the firm is going to be projected by the name, you had better take it seriously – every one else will. That’s where Life of an Architect can help (not really) - because I am a creative and critical thinker and somebody has to think about these things.

Originally, before architects were licensed professionals and to add some credibility to the profession to help distinguish themselves from the other trade crafts (like carpenters and contractors), architecture firms turned to law firms as an example and starting stringing together the last names of the founding individuals or partners (i.e. McKim, Mead & White) . This method is still wildly used simply because it is the easiest albeit least creative method. It doesn’t take much to recognize that some of the older more established firms have chosen this method:


Hybrid Prototypes Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab is pleased to announce the next installment of the coLab workshop series: Hybrid Prototypes. As a follow-up workshop to the coLab workshop held in January 2011, Hybrid Prototypes is a two-day intensive design and prototyping workshop to be held in City during the weekend of September 24-25, 2011.

This fast-paced workshop will focus on hardware and software prototyping techniques. Using remote sensors, microcontrollers (Arduino), and actuators, we will build virtual and physical prototypes that can communicate with humans and the world around them. Through a series of focused exercises and design tasks, each attendee will make prototypes that are configurable, sensate, and active. As part of a larger online infrastructure, , this workshop provides participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning.

Attendance will be limited to provide each participant maximum dedicated time with instructors. Participants should be familiar with the basic concepts of parametric design and interface of Grasshopper and Arduino. Hybrid Prototypes was conceived through a collaboration between Studio Mode/modeLab and Andrew Payne/LIFT Architects/Grasshopper Primer/Firefly. To register or for more information click here.

FOM Institute AMOLF / Dick van Gameren architecten

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Architect: Dick van Gameren architecten
Location: Amsterdam,
Project team: Dick van Gameren; Otto Diesfeldt, Jarno van Essen; Maarten de Geus; Willmar Groenendijk, Maarten Peters
Contractor: Heijmans IBC, Leeuwarden
Structural Engineer: Aronsohn raadgevende ingenieurs BV, Rotterdam
Technical Engineers: Deerns, Rijswijk; Peutz, Mook
Client: F.O.M. Instituut AMOLF
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

65,000 LEGOS Create a 10-Foot Tall Replica of the Trump Tower


There’s a new Trump in town — and it’s ten feet tall! Chicago’s Trump International Hotel and Tower has been given the treatment, thanks to designer Sean Kenney. The LEGO expert has been creating sculptures from the children’s toy, and paying tribute to the country’s finest buildings over the last few years, choosing Trump’s Apprentice headquarters as his latest project and using 65,000 pieces to complete it! More images and project description after the break.

House in Pirque / 332 Arquitectos

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Architects: 332 Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago, Chile
Project team: Paola Adrovez, Daniel Díaz and Rafael Bas
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 69.70 sqm
Photographs: Fran Parente

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GSAPP Columbia University Events

Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation recently shared with us their event schedule for Fall 2011. The event series will run from September 9th to November 29th and start at 6:30pm in Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, unless otherwise…

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Polymorphic / Columbia University GSAPP

Ten architecture students from Columbia University GSAPP have recently completed Polymorphic, a kinetic installation utilizing an innovative design and engineering solution inspired by the kinetic action of a see-saw and the reverberating motion of a slinky.
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‘Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment’ Exhibition

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Pritzker Prize-winner is one of America’s most influential and prolific architects, acclaimed for his skillful integration of man-made and natural environments. Drawing on material originally presented at the Yale School of Architecture, Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment, which runs from September 27nd-January 22nd, has been expanded to highlight Roche’s contributions to the fabric of New York City, including the Ford Foundation building and more than four decades of master planning, design, renovations, and new additions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition features original drawings, models, photographs, and ephemera documenting Roche’s career, along with extensive video presentations of projects and interviews with the architect.

For more information on the event, visit their website here.

AD Classics: Bagsværd Church / Jørn Utzon

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The Church by Jørn Utzon was completed in 1976. Though not his most famous work, the church is an example of the architect’s inventive work at a different scale. Utzon designed the church with an unassuming exterior that merely hints at the stirring forms he created inside.

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In Progress: Phoenix International Media Center / BIAD UFo
Phoenix International Media Center locates in the southwest corner of Chaoyang Park; the site area is 1.8 hectares. The total floor area of the building is 65,000m2 with a height of 55m. Apart from the media office, the broadcasting studios and the production offices, the building provides abundant of open spaces for the public to get interactive experiences, which expresses the unique operation concept of Phoenix Media (read more…)

Theo Jansen Exhibition: The Beach Animal That Eats Wind / Theo Jansen with Earthscape

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Designers: Theo Jansen with Earthscape
Location: Art Museum / 865 Ueno city , Japan
Photographs: Earthscape/Yusuke Komatsu, Shin Suzuki

Transpo’s Emil ‘Lucky’ Reznik Administration, Maintenance & Operations Facility / RNL Design

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Architects: RNL Design
Associate Architects: Forum Architects, Maintenance Design Group
Location: South Bend, ,
Client: South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (TRANSPO)
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 164,200 sqf
Photographs: James Steinkamp, Ken Paul

Gavroche Centre for Children / SOA Architectes

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Architect: SOA Architectes
Location: 50 rue Arago, Zac Victor Hugo, Saint-Ouen, France
Project Managment: SOA, Starck (feasibility consultants and economists), GA (acousticians)
Client: City of Saint-Ouen
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Clément Guillaume

Welcome Wacom’s new Inkling Digital Pen

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Wacom’s new Inkling Digital Pen is bridging the gap between sketching by hand and drawing on the computer.  The technology allows you to sketch anywhere on paper with a pressure sensitive pens, that can pick up 1024 levels of sensitivity and an electronic receiver that clips onto the drawing medium.  The information is stored onto the device, which has room for up to 50 projects and can then be transferred via a USB connection as digital media to a computer.

Win a Richard Meier Designed Ana Watch

Italian architect Ernesto Rogers once famously stated that he wanted to design everything from “a spoon to a city”.  Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier has done nearly that with his newly designed wristwatch, which becomes part of the prolific collection of objects designed by the architect.  In collaboration with the Markuse Corporation the Meier designed Ana Watch adheres to a modernist vocabulary, focusing on proportion, human scale and the manipulation of a strong geometry. “Working on various designs of objects used in daily life, such as watches, I am conscious of participating in a tradition of architects that worked in a variety of scales such as Joseph Hoffmann and Frank Lloyd Wright. In my case, the theoretical point of departure is consistently related to function and beauty,” said Richard Meier.

We want to know your opinion about architects and product design. For you, what is the importance of the architect’s ideals provided in a compact form? Leave us your answer in the comments below, and among all the registered users who comment, thanks to Markuse and Richard Meier Architects, one of our readers can win this exclusive watch.

You can become a registered user right here, and make sure to share with us your comment by Sunday, September 18th.  More information about the Richard Meier designed Ana Watch along with official rules can be found after the break.

Pitfire Pizza / Bestor Architecture

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Architects: Bestor Architecture
Project Location: Culver City, ,
Project Team: Barbara Bestor (Principal), Cathy Johnson (Project Architect), John Colter (Senior Designer)
Landscape Architect: Urban Organics Landscape Design, Nicholas Tan
Structural: Gordon Polon Engineering
Contractor: Colin Thompson
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ray Katchatorian