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20th Street Residence / SF-OSL

  • Architects: SF-OSL
  • Location: 1330 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Casper Mork Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad, Grygoriy Ladigin
  • Landscape Architects: Flora Grubb
  • General Contractor: Natal Modica Construction, Inc.
  • Engineer: Double D Engineering
  • Metal Work: Defauw Design & Fabrication
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

Gate House / NL Architects

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Architects: NL Architects Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch) Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

'House of Flags' Installation / AY Architects

Courtesy of AY Architects
Courtesy of AY Architects

Installed on Parliament Square, London, the ‘House of Flags’ is a flexible, demountable, and totally reconfigurable architectural intallation conceived as a gigantic ‘house of cards’ in the Eames’ spirit. The project was designed by AY Architects after an invited international design competition initiated by the Greater London Authority for the Mayor of London’s ‘Wonder Series of Incredible Installations’. 206 panels depict the flag icons of the nations and combined create a collaged image of the world. All together they make up a large building jigsaw, a united ‘house’ of symbols, shimmering colors and perforations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CAD SP / PAX.ARQ + Vazquez Junqueira Arquitetura

© PAX.ARQ
© PAX.ARQ

PAX.ARQ, in collaboration with Vazquez Junqueira Arquitetura, designed this concept for the CAD SP (Digital Arts Center of São Paulo) as a study for São Paulo’s secretary of culture. The transparent, prismatic cube arises from the concepts of inter-connectivity, transparency and respect to pre-existing architectural surroundings. Learn more after the break.

The New SimCity: A Beacon for Sustainable Design?

Since it launched 23 years ago (to the day, oddly enough), SimCity has been inspiring would-be urban planners to design, build (and, if the mood so calls for it, blow up) the cities of their dreams. The lasest edition of the game, coming out in February, is no exception – however, it does have a bit of a twist.

In the words of Fast Company reviewer Ariel Schwartz, the newest version ”retains most of the game’s previous elements (including its addictive quality) while bringing a whole new level of complexity to the tilt-shift inspired world. You might not even notice how Maxis is subtly teaching you about the pros and cons of renewable energy, preserving natural resources, and cooperating with neighboring cities. But it is.”

With over 180 million copies of Sim games sold worldwide, and players spanning ages, nationalities, and genders, SimCity could be a powerful way (and by far the funnest) to impart to the average citizen the simple fact that Urban Planners have known for years: Sustainable Design is the future.

Find out how SimCity makes Urban Planning and Sustainable Design fun, after the break…

Free Webinar: Introduction to Python Scripting in Grasshopper

Python is the most intuitive language we have found for both learning programming and developing powerful scripts. Beginning with a presentation on the main principles of scripting with Python, this webinar will incrementally unpack a diverse set of Programming techniques through a series of “live” exercises with Python and Grasshopper. With two instructors offering guided curriculum and continuous support it is our goal to provide you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. Additional topics covered will include: the basics of scripting with python, where to look for help and references, and when to script in Rhino3D vs Grasshopper.

This Webinar will last 2.5 hours including a 30 minute Q & A session. A video of the Webinar will be uploaded after the broadcast – all participants will have unlimited access to the webinar content and this video online. We look forward to your participation!

Topics, registration and more details after the break.

Foster + Partners to design Manhattan’s next 'Iconic' Building

425 Park Avenue; Image by dbox branding & creative for Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue; Image by dbox branding & creative for Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is about to break the mold of New York’s static Park Avenue skyline, as they have been announced as winner of the highly publicized competition to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new world-class, sustainable office tower. Lord Foster said: “I have a personal connection with New York, which has been a source of inspiration since my time at Yale, when the new towers on Park Avenue and its neighborhoods were a magnet for every young architect. Seeing first-hand the works of Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson was tremendously exciting then – I am delighted to have this very special opportunity to design a contemporary tower to stand alongside them. Our aim is to create an exceptional building, both of its time and timeless, as well as being respectful of this context – a tower that is for the City and for the people that will work in it, setting a new standard for office design and providing an enduring landmark that befits its world-famous location.” Continue after the break to learn more about Foster’s winning proposal and to review the existing condition of 425 Park Ave.

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

© NBBJ
© NBBJ

With a 3-2 vote, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project. The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.

Panel on Women in Architecture: Today in NYC

Today at 6:30pm in New York City, Design critic Alexandra Lange will moderate a panel of award-winning female architects (Galia Solomonoff, Claire Weisz of WXY Design, and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi) on “their experiences in a male-dominated field and how the gender landscape has changed since the start of their own careers.” According to an excellent blog post by Lange, she already knows the first question she’s going to ask: How do they feel about Architect Barbie? But the panel will go beyond gendered toys. As Lange points out, many women have been reluctant to discuss the issues facing women in architecture, preferring to let their work speak for itself; however, the reality is that little has changed for women over the last 15 years (As Lange says: “when I graduated from college in 1994 the percentage of female members of the AIA was 15 percent. In 2010, it was 17 percent.”) The time is ripe to truly explore this issue and possible solutions -including systemic change and improved work/life balance (not just for women, but for all architects). If you’re interested in taking part in this panel, you can buy your tickets ($20) here. Story via Design Observer

Video: Tempeliaukkio, Rock Church / The Helsinki Series

Barrier Island House / Sanders Pace Architecture

  • Architects: Sanders Pace Architecture
  • Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
  • Architect In Charge: Brandon F. Pace
  • Project Team: Michael A. Davis, Shane Elliott, Matt Hutchinson
  • Structural Engineering: ML Engineering, Inc
  • Mep Engineering: Rescalc of Southwest Florida
  • Landscape Architect: Dan Ford & Associates Landscape Design
  • General Contractor: Roth Builders, Inc
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Cole

© Bruce Cole © Bruce Cole © Bruce Cole © Bruce Cole

Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event

Taking place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on October 11, the Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event features Mike Lydon, the primary author of Tactical Urbanism Volumes 1 and 2. He will discuss chair bombing, site-previtalization, depaving, open streets, intersection repair, and numerous other placemaking tactics at a time when cities and citizens are increasingly using short-term action to spur long-term revitalization. The event, which starts at 12:30pm, is free and presented in association with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Smart Growth Network. For more information, please visit here.  

modeLab Simulation Lab

Taking place October 20-21, modeLab is putting on Simulation Lab, a two-day workshop on the topic of simulation with processing. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover technical programming concepts such as syntax, control, and modularity. Utilizing a suite of libraries to extend processing’s functionality, they will explore and incrementally develop force-based, physics-based, and agent-based simulations. Additionally, they will examine strategies for visualizing the dynamic nature, unexpected tendencies, and behavioral effects present in our simulations. For more information, please visit here.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Vander Hotel / Sadar + Vuga

  • Architects: Sadar + Vuga
  • Location: Krojaška Ulica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Lotric, Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič

Harbonnieres Residential

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly