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Boekenberg Park / OMGEVING

  • Architects: OMGEVING
  • Location: Deurne, Belgium
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of OMGEVING

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Lebbeus Woods, the Experimental Architect, Dies

The Light Pavilion by Lebbeus Woods in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.
The Light Pavilion by Lebbeus Woods in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.

Lebbeus Woods, the American architect, artist, and theorist, has died today at the age of 72.

Woods may be best known for his radical re-imaginings and re-constructions of cities in crisis. While most of Woods' politically-charged, fantastical sketches were too fantastical to be built, many have been displayed in Art Museums across the globe; the last exhibit occurred just this March at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City. His only built project, the Light Pavilion of the "Sliced Porosity Block," commissioned by his longtime friend Steven Holl, was completed and opened this year. 

In his blog, Woods described the Pavilion as a space "designed to expand the scope and depth of our experiences. That is its sole purpose, its only function. If one needed to give a reason to skeptics for creating such experimental spaces in the context of this large urban development project, it would be this: our rapidly changing world constantly confronts us with new challenges to our abilities to understand and to act, encouraging us to encounter new dimensions of experience."

Indeed, it is this quality that characterizes all of Woods' works. As Geoff Manaugh, the author behind BLDGBLOG , puts it: "Woods's work is the exclamation point at the end of a sentence proclaiming that the architectural imagination, freed from constraints of finance and buildability, should be uncompromising, always. One should imagine entirely new structures, spaces without walls, radically reconstructing the outermost possibilities of the built environment. If need be, we should re-think the very planet we stand on."

More on Woods' life and career, after the break...

Home Box / Architech - Architecture and Technology

  • Architects: Architech - Architecture and Technology
  • Location: Minihaus im Holzcontainer, Italy
  • Design Team: Han Slawik, Sonja Tinney
  • Area: 63.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Architech - Architecture and Technology

Courtesy of Architech - Architecture and Technology Courtesy of Architech - Architecture and Technology Courtesy of Architech - Architecture and Technology Courtesy of Architech - Architecture and Technology

Ocasa / JENDRETZKI

  • Architects: JENDRETZKI
  • Location: Long Island City, New York, United States
  • Area: 200,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Pablo Corradi, Courtesy of JENDRETZKI

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Takanawa House / Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A.

  • Architects: Hiroyuki Ito, O.F.D.A.
  • Location: Minato-ku,Tokyo,Japan
  • Site Area: 161.50 sqm
  • Building Area: 95.15
  • Area: 229.49 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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Tree Hut / Barnaby Gunning Architects

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A Circle in a Square / Binocle

  • Architects: Binocle
  • Location: Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Architectural design: Massimo Bartolini and Lorenzo Bini
  • Collaborators: Enrico Forestieri
  • Area: 470.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Osamu Nakamura, Courtesy of Binocle

© Osamu Nakamura © Osamu Nakamura © Osamu Nakamura © Osamu Nakamura

MONU Magazine New Issue: Next Urbanism

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics. This new issue of MONU is dedicated entirely to the topic of “Next Urbanism” – meaning the urbanism of the cities of the so-called “Next Eleven” or “N-11″, which include eleven countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam. These countries have been identified as growing into, along with the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – the world’s largest economies in the 21st century. Next to interviews with Saskia Sassen and with the Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, and a series of contributions that discuss Next Urbanism in general, we feature eleven articles that focus specifically on the cities of each of the Next Eleven countries. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue

Mayor Emanuel supports Prentice Hospital Demolition

© C. William Brubaker via Flickr user UIC Digital Collections
© C. William Brubaker via Flickr user UIC Digital Collections

Despite strong opposition from preservationists and architects world-wide, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced his decision to support the demolition of Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. In a op-ed piece released by the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel supported his stance by arguing that Northwestern’s new biomedical research facility would “bring 2,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment” to Chicago. Emanuel believes Goldberg’s “vision is alive in Chicago beyond one building” and allowing Northwestern to build the new medical center is crucial in keeping Chicago at the forefront of scientific innovation. Emanuel stated, “Chicago’s architectural legacy is part of a larger story of a city that has been a trailblazer from the beginning and remains on the forefront of design and dance, medicine and manufacturing. To honor that legacy and build on it for the next generation of Chicagoans, we cannot simply preserve the past: we must promote opportunity for the future.” In return, Northwestern has committed to “include a Chicago architect in its design process, adhere to the city’s minority hiring requirements, preserve other historic buildings and ensure public safety around the new building.” via Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times

BIG and Diller Scofidio Renfro shortlisted for Barangaroo Central

Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression © Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

The redevelopment of Sydney’s an inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo is making progress, as the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) has announced the five teams shortlisted for the master planning services for Barangaroo Central. The project will complete the long term vision for Barangaroo, which was masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, by forming the “heart of the site” that will be the transition along the waterfront walk from the southern urban and commercial spaces to the natural form six hectare of the Headland Park. The full shortlist includes:

Finalists announced for Japan’s New National Stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects Entry No.17 - Courtesy of Japan Sport Council
Zaha Hadid Architects Entry No.17 - Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Tadao Ando and the Japan Sport Council (JSC) have announced the eleven finalists who will compete in the final round of the international competition for the New National Stadium Japan. With the reconstruction, the National Stadium hopes to attract world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality. The new stadium is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and is slated for competition in 2018. Tadao Ando describes: “Our wish is to see a stadium designed by someone who shares this earth, with wisdom and technology that looks to the future of out planet.” The finalists after the break…

Films & Architecture: "Click"

This week we propose a much lighter film but that still linked with our profession since it shows most of the domestic issues of an architect’s life. Deadlines, unexpected changes of schedule, and overnight work become a routine on the main character’s work. In the comedy, this lack of hours for sharing with the family and rest of social life is beaten through a new device able to control time.

'Silver Streak' Architecture At Zero 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates

Courtesy of Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
Courtesy of Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates

Loisos + Ubbelohde just received the highest award at the 2012 Architecture at Zero competition for their proposal, ‘Silver Streak’. The contest, sponsored by PG&E and AIA San Francisco, was conceived as a response to the lofty zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission. As the recipient of one of two honor awards, their design for the University of California, Merced campus features an administration building that acts as both a threshold to campus and an energy field in the large plane of the agricultural valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Building Trust International Open International Design Competition

Focused on ‘Cambodian Sustainable Housing’, the new Building Trust International Open International Design Competition looks into designing affordable, flood resistant housing in the South-east Asian country. In partnership with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity & the Cambodian Society of Architects (CSA), proposals will have to keep below a budget of $2000 and deal with the yearly flooding that effects most residential areas. The winning design will be built by Habitat for Humanity Cambodia and will influence the way they build housing in the region. This competition is a real chance to make a difference to a large group of working Cambodians lives. Submissions are due January 15. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

ARBRE / ETB Studio

Courtesy of ETB Studio
Courtesy of ETB Studio

ETB Studio shared with us their new project in Carrouge, Switzerland. The intervention tries to create an auxiliary building to the existent school building, and generate new urban dynamics for the neighbourhood, and offer to Carrouge a public space capable of improving the life conditions of the residents. 

More images after the break.

Crabill / Tonic Design

  • Architects: Tonic Design
  • Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA
  • Designers: Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design
  • Clients: John and Stacy Crabill
  • Builder: Tonic Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Richard Kaydos-Daniels
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

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