WATERMARKS: Acqua Alta, Resiliency, and Precise Meanders

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Architect Jennifer Bonner‘s installation at the Woodbury Hollywood Gallery.

“Bonner filled the gallery with water in order to provoke a discussion of crisis, flood, drought, and watershed geographies. This piece is not only timely, but critical. The question of flooded environments is not an abstraction but a reality. In an arid climate such as , the wet, hot, and humid installation heightens awareness of other environments and potential future scenarios.” -Mimi Zieger

GEORGE / Studio Ma

© Bill Timmerman

Architect: Studio Ma, Inc.
Design Team: Christiana Moss, Dan Hoffman, Christopher Alt, Robert Des Rosiers, Brad Pfahler
Location: , Arizona
Contractor: Wespac Construction
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 19,200SqFt
Project Cost: $3.5M
Client: 12th & Missouri, LLC
Civil Engineer: Erie & Associates
Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry
Mechanical Engineer: Associated Mechanical Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering
Landscape Architect: Levinson Studio
Soil Consultant: Speedie & Associates
Lighting Consultant: Roger Smith Lighting Design
Photography: Bill Timmerman Photography


Gowanus Connections Exhibition at SET Gallery in Brooklyn

Courtesy of Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle, Brandon Specketer

Gowanus Lowline Competition: Connections will be exhibiting winning entries from the Open Ideas Competition on Thursday, September 15th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the SET Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Check out the winners here: Gowanus Lowline Competition Winners. The competition was framed with the goal of inspiring projects that questions and confronted urban development in postindustrial sites. The open-ended program asked for a “pedestrian-oriented architecture” that engaged the canal and the watershed, long neglected as an industrial and manufacturing zone. This competition is a first of a series that focuses on the connections in and around the canal. As it is right now, the Gowanus Canal is just out of reach, and with its levels of contamination – which the EPA is begining to address – it may be for the best.

House N / Sou Fujimoto

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Oita,
Project Team: Yumiko Nogiri
Structural Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Site Area: 236,57 sqm
Constructed Area: 150,57 sqm
Photographer: Iwan Baan

Retreat House / John DeSalvo Design

© David Robert Elliot

Architect: John DeSalvo Design (JDD)
Location: , Indiana, USA
Interior Designer: John DeSalvo Design, Chicago, IL.
General Contractor: Patrick Poland, HP Construction Westville, IN
Landscape Architect: Dune Landscape, Portage IN.
Project Area: 1,400 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Robert Elliot

What does 486 billions pounds of trash mean for the future of design?

Courtesy of Herman Miller

The EPA estimates that in 2009, the United States produced approximately 486 billion pounds of solid waste, most of which could have been recycled. And where did all that solid waste go? Right into our landfills, not too far from where we live and work. The same year, 34% of municipal solid waste was recycled (compared with only 10% in 1980) but the problem remains that, according to Chemical & Engineering News, most product-design methods used today are short-sighted. Most of these products were not designed with an end-of-life solution in mind, therefore most cannot be recycled or reused.

Read on to find out what this means for design after the break.

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Stephen Breyer and Zaha Hadid: New Jurors for the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury

Justice – Photo by Steve Petteway, Photographer, Supreme Court of the United States / Zaha Hadid – Photo by Simone Cecchetti

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, as well as widely acclaimed Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Zaha Hadid of the United Kingdom, will join the jury that selects Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates, it was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize.

In addition to his distinguished career in the law, Justice Breyer has a long history of interest in art and architecture, having authored the foreword to a book titled, “Celebrating The Courthouse: A Guide For Architects, Their Clients, And The Public” in 2006. Further, in 2009, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies honored him with the first Leonore and Walter H. Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts at a ceremony where the chairman of the foundation, Jo Carole Lauder, said, “His passion for ensuring that federal buildings — where our country’s democratic principles are upheld — represent modern day thinking and culture is truly admirable. Since the birth of our nation, America’s ever changing democracy has been captured through art and architecture and, thanks to Justice Breyer, this legacy will continue.”

Hadid, who received the in 2004, has since become one of the world’s busiest architects with projects in numerous countries, including the United States, China, Germany, Spain and Italy. The distinguished architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, who at the time was a Pritzker juror, said: “Zaha Hadid is one of the most gifted practitioners of the art of architecture today.”

More after the break.

ArchiCAD BIM Provides Competitive Edge for Conceptual Design

Sahana Tower -

Phoenix-based Orcutt|Winslow (O|W) has been hired to design a verdant, green residential tower that will soar into the sky above Mumbai, . The project, currently in a conceptual phase, addresses ’s burgeoning housing demand by creating an alternative to Mumbai’s densely-packed extensive horizontal communities, which have erased the once-lush tropical landscape. Embracing a trend toward vertical development, the design provides opportunities to re- introduce nature at the ground plane and improve the quality of life for Mumbai residents. Offering breathtaking views of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to one side, as well as panoramic views of the city, Sahana Pride at Sion encompasses a challenging and compact footprint. O|W focused the building design on allowing residents to reconnect with nature, despite being located in the center of a bustling city such as Mumbai. Rising from a strong base, surrounded with vegetation, the proposed building expands to provide a wide range of activity spaces.

Travertine Plaza for Chickens

Photo by Compassion in World Farming - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciwf/

Yeah, Hi… Is Svehn in?

- He is, can I say who’s calling.

Umm, sure, it’s Cameron, from United Chicken Inc.

- Can I tell him what this is regarding?

Well, ok, ummm… You sent me some preliminary drawings and I have a few questions.

- Ok, please hold…

“….Tall and tan and young and lovely, The girl from Ipanema goes walking, And when she passes…”

- Hi Cameron, It’s Svehn, what can I do for you?

GRAPHISOFT BIMx™: The Latest GRAPHISOFT Innovation for the iPad/iPhone

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Our sponsor GRAPHISOFT recently launched their new mobile device, called GRAPHISOFT BIMx™, which is their latest innovation for the iPad/iPhone. The development makes BIMx an interactive environment with game-like navigation, available to anyone, even those that do not hold a license of the professional authoring software in which the building model was originally created.

BIMx models can be viewed on the iPad/iPhone through a purpose-built app directly linked to the BIMx community for “social” model sharing on Facebook.

More information on their innovative product after the break.

Bus Station of Rio Maior / Domitianus Arquitectura

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Location: Rio Maior,
Project Team: Andreia Morais, Nuno Monteiro, Luís Miranda, Rodolfo Gomes;
Lead Architect: Paulo Tormenta Pinto
Consultants: SAMPRIZ – Mário Leitão; Francisco Alvim; EPETE – Rui Silva e Santos, Miguel Leitão and Isabel Martins;
Client: Câmara Municipal de Rio Maior
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra



So, you know about Bjarke Ingles’ Yes is More…but how about CLOG? The inaugural issue of the publication will focus on BIG projects offering different critiques and contributions from over 40 writers, as well as responses from Bjarke Ingles.  The work is a reaction to this fact-paced ago of online press, blogs, tweets, etc. where the public is introduced to alarming amounts of work is such a short period of time.  “CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen. “   Bringing together contributors from backgrounds including art, architecture, criticism, journalism, parkour, engineering, comics, photography, philosophy, CLOG:BIG presents the first holistic, critical examination of Bjarke  Ingels and his firm.   And, on October 7, the diagloue will continue at the Storefront for Art and Architecture with Bjarke Ingles and CLOG.  Check out the 100+ page book here.

WBF Lab / Flad Architects


Architect: Flad Architects
Location: , California
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Flad Architects 

Kindergarten and Primary School / (se)arch Architekten

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With a primary focus on schools, kindergartens and housing design, (se)arch Architekten, a German architectural firm, based in Stuttgart, shared with us their proposal for an elementary school and kindergarten which won the first prize in an international competition. Situated in Uhland Park, in the outskirts of Tübingen, south of the Neckar River Channel and neighbouring the Lindenbrunnen Elementary School building, the two squared-plan volumes are designed as a replacement to the existing school. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

La Fabrique de Lunettes / Marc Ifrah Architecture

© David Cousin-Marsy

Architects: Marc Ifrah Architecture
Location: , France
Project Team: Marc Ifrah, Stephen Saada, Neila Ben Menadi (intern)
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: David Cousin-Marsy

West Gate Office Building / Studio Kalamar

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Located in Ljubljana, on a corner site at the western entrance to the city, the composition of the West Gate office building, designed by Studio Kalamar, is defined by two office towers. The southern tower rises over the intersection, accentuating the direction towards the city with its sharp projecting corner while the lower northern wing serves as a background to the principal motive as its composition approaches the dynamic of railway traffic behind it. More images and architects’ description after the break.

0178CMBT Boticas Town Hall / Belém Lima Architects

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

Location: Boticas,
Project Team: Pedro Pinto, Carla Barros, Sofia Lourenço
Client: Câmara Municipal de Boticas
Engineering: Norvia | coord MJ Borges
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,900 sqm
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty Branch Addition and Renovation / EDGE Studio

© Ed Massery

Architect: EDGE Studio
Location: , Pennsylvania
Project Team: Anne Chen AIA LEED AP, Jonathan Eggert AIA, Amanda Markovic, Stephen Mrdjenovich, Matthew Manzo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery