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AL_A Creates Stackable Soccer Pitches for Unused Urban Lots

14:00 - 3 December, 2016
AL_A Creates Stackable Soccer Pitches for Unused Urban Lots , © AL_A
© AL_A

Architectural firm AL_A has unveiled its design for Pitch/Pitch, a series of 5-a-side soccer pitches designed for unused or temporarily vacant lots across London, as well as in other cities internationally. 

Created as a response to shortage of sport space in inner cities, the project is meant to be fast and easy to construct, “meaning it could be set up for a fortnight to coincide with a World Cup tournament, or last for a year, bringing use to vacant sites that might otherwise lie dormant.”

After working with Arup, the practice developed a modular system that utilizes a lightweight carbon-fiber structure, a material generally associated with the aerospace industry, but that is emerging architecturally at larger scales.

RB Systems Proposes Cutting-Edge Hyperloop Station

08:00 - 15 November, 2016
RB Systems Proposes Cutting-Edge Hyperloop Station, © RB Systems
© RB Systems

Earlier this year, Hyperloop One announced a list of design partners that included Aecom, Arup, and Bjarke Ingels Group. Now, RB Systems—which was a finalist in the SpaceX Hyperloop One Pod Competition—has released a speculative design vision for a Hyperloop station and passenger pod. The spatial and programmatic concepts are largely experimental, as there are no precedents for this futuristic building typology. 

© RB Systems © RB Systems © RB Systems © RB Systems +32

How New Video-Game-Inspired Tools Are Redefining Post Occupancy Evaluation

09:30 - 1 November, 2016
How New Video-Game-Inspired Tools Are Redefining Post Occupancy Evaluation, A real-time synthetic environments screen grab of the reception area at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in St Helens, UK. Image Courtesy of Arup
A real-time synthetic environments screen grab of the reception area at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in St Helens, UK. Image Courtesy of Arup

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "A Video Game Is Overtaking Post-Occupancy Evaluation in Architecture."

Evaluating the user performance of a particular building design is obviously a good way for clients and architects to gauge whether their design was successful—or could have been better.

There’s even an entire academic discipline called post-occupancy evaluation (POE) devoted to this concept, and Arup is tapping into it with a network of 22 industry partners using the Building Use Studies (BUS) methodology. Too few designers tap into POE, but with gamified simulations done before projects are built, that could change.

Earthquake Resistant Tower in San Francisco to Become Most Resilient Tall Building on West Coast

12:00 - 8 October, 2016

Soaring high above! #SanFrancisco #RealEstate #181Fremont #LEED #tech #office

181 Fremont—which will become the third tallest structure in San Francisco and the most resilient tall building on the West Coast of the U.S.—has been awarded the REDi™ Gold Rating, a new earthquake resilience rating. The building was designed by San Francisco-based Heller Manus Architects.

The 56-story mixed-use tower, built above five basement levels, is being constructed in compliance with a new set of holistic design and planning guidelines—the Resilience-based Earthquake Design Initiative (REDi Rating System)—that allow it to withstand the impact of a 475-year seismic event (roughly a M7.5-M8.0 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault) with minimal disruption.

Developed by Arup with contributions from external collaborators, the REDi™ system outlines design and planning criteria within a resilience-based framework, creating a system that not only considers occupant safety but also takes into account the future of the building after an earthquake.

Tredje Natur, AART Architects and Arup Team Up for Copenhagen Island Competition Proposal

06:00 - 2 September, 2016
Tredje Natur, AART Architects and Arup Team Up for Copenhagen Island Competition Proposal, © TREDJE NATUR, AART ARCHITECTS AND ARUP
© TREDJE NATUR, AART ARCHITECTS AND ARUP

TREDJE NATUR, AART Architects, and Arup have teamed up for a competition proposal to redesign Kronløbsøen, an island development marking the transition between port and city in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. Composed of 30,000 square meters of housing, six water-rooms, a houseboat colony, harbor bath, and multi-story underwater parking, the project aims to create an island celebrating all aspects of harbor life.

Taking into account the local port’s spirit, scale, material palette, and history, Kronløbsøen is “composed of eight porous monoliths shaped by physical connections, visibility, and microclimate, creating the optimal conditions for housing and urban life.” 

© TREDJE NATUR, AART ARCHITECTS AND ARUP © TREDJE NATUR, AART ARCHITECTS AND ARUP © TREDJE NATUR, AART ARCHITECTS AND ARUP © TREDJE NATUR, AART ARCHITECTS AND ARUP +17

Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Hotel and Residential Tower in Qatar

11:20 - 12 July, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Hotel and Residential Tower in Qatar, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects have released plans for a 70,000 square meter (750,000 square foot) hotel and residential tower in the Marina District of Lusail City, Qatar. The design is the first of two ZHA projects commissioned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani for Lusail City’s integrated community master plan, which when complete will become Qatar’s first and largest sustainable city, providing entertainment, employment and accommodation for up to 450,000 residents and visitors.

BIG, Arup, and Aecom Are Now Partners With Hyperloop One

16:00 - 11 May, 2016
BIG, Arup, and Aecom Are Now Partners With Hyperloop One, Courtesy of Hyperloop One
Courtesy of Hyperloop One

Elon Musk first proposed Hyperloop transit in 2013, but the innovator responsible for Tesla and SpaceX has yielded to outsiders to test and build the technology. In response to that challenge, Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies, Inc. rebranded as to not be confused with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a competitor) conducted its first test today on a track north of Las Vegas. Meanwhile as reported on Slate and The Verge, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has simultaneously been working on a different passive magnetic levitation system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Labs. For those unfamiliar, Hyperloop is a tubular transit system that relies on maglev (magnetic-levitation) technology to transport passengers or cargo at speeds in excess of 700 miles per hour, in other words, traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour.

Temporary Permanence Installation / Arup Associates

20:00 - 3 May, 2016
Temporary Permanence Installation / Arup Associates, © Lingxiao Zhang
© Lingxiao Zhang

© Lingxiao Zhang © Lingxiao Zhang © Lingxiao Zhang © Lingxiao Zhang +24

These Unique, Beautiful Sundials Are Designed Using Location-Specific Solar Data

09:30 - 23 April, 2016
These Unique, Beautiful Sundials Are Designed Using Location-Specific Solar Data, Courtesy of Prescription
Courtesy of Prescription

Design group prescription., in conjunction with Arup, have developed a sophisticated sundial based off of solar path data that takes the form of a flowering fan. The geometry is optimized using the specific solar data from any world location, giving the sundial a completely unique form based on where it is constructed, and is materialized in a strong, flexible plastic through a 3D printing process.

Students Propose to Revitalize Sydney Opera House in 2015 MADE Program

08:00 - 31 January, 2016
Students Propose to Revitalize Sydney Opera House in 2015 MADE Program, © Prudence Upton
© Prudence Upton

The 2015 session of MADE—the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange—has recently been completed and presented to the public. Established in 2013 by the Sydney Opera House, the MADE Program is an extracurricular experience for Australian and Danish students of architecture, engineering, and design.

Teams of five students are exchanged between Australia and Denmark and work in multidisciplinary teams of two architects, two engineers, and one designer for six weeks on a collaborative project aligned with Jørn Utzon’s Design Principles.

Studio Libeskind, Mecanoo and Haptic Appointed to Van Alen Institute's International Council

04:00 - 19 January, 2016
Studio Libeskind, Mecanoo and Haptic Appointed to Van Alen Institute's International Council, Van Alen Institute. Image © Cameron Blaylock
Van Alen Institute. Image © Cameron Blaylock

New York City's Van Alen Institute have announced four new members—Haptic Architects, Mecanoo, Studio Libeskind, and Trahan Architects—to their International Council, a platform for exchange among leading architects, designers, developers, and planners. Furthermore, Jing Liu (SO–IL), Kim Herforth Nielsen (3XN), and Raymond Quinn (Arup) have joined its board of trustees to help guide the organisation's cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and design competitions.

Arup Releases Report Envisioning a Greener Madrid

06:00 - 14 December, 2015
Arup Releases Report Envisioning a Greener Madrid, Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

Arup’s Foresight + Research + Innovation, Madrid Sustainability and Master Planning, and Landscape Architecture teams have released Madrid + Natural, a series of guidelines to address climate change within the city.

The forward-thinking report to seeks to provide “multiple nature-based solutions to regulate Madrid’s urban environment and respond to problems like pollution, increased heavy storm events, drought, periods of abnormally hot temperatures, and local biodiversity loss.”

River stream restoration. Image Courtesy of Arup Urban farming. Image Courtesy of Arup Sustainable roofs. Image Courtesy of Arup Microclimates. Image Courtesy of Arup +8

Arup’s Singapore Sports Hub Deemed Best in Structural Engineering for 2015

12:00 - 19 November, 2015
Arup’s Singapore Sports Hub Deemed Best in Structural Engineering for 2015, Courtesy of DP Architects
Courtesy of DP Architects

The Singapore Sports Hub, designed by DP Architects and Arup Associates, in collaboration with Arup as the structural engineer, has been awarded the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, the highest award given out by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) at their annual Structural Awards. The award honors the best example of structural engineering design entered during the year.

The sports stadium features the largest free-spanning dome in the world, stretching 310 meters to cover the 55,000-seat stadium, and uses a “third of weight of steel normally used to span this size,” writes Arup in a press release. To provide shade during sporting events, the dome roof structure is retractable and features “an energy-efficient cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat.”

6 Compete to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen

14:00 - 2 November, 2015
6 Compete to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Six teams have been shortlisted to design the world's largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen, China: Arup, Atkins, AECOM, Gerber Architekten, Schmidt Hammer Lassen with Gottlieb Paludan Architects, and local firm Tanghua Architects. Aiming to manage Shenzhen's growing population (and waste accumulation), the "Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant" plans to incinerate 5000 tonnes of waste daily and generate an estimated 550 million kWh per year. 

"A Folly For London" Pokes Serious Fun at London's Architectural Troubles

08:00 - 17 October, 2015
"A Folly For London" Pokes Serious Fun at London's Architectural Troubles, The Green Fire of London. Image Courtesy of A Folly for London
The Green Fire of London. Image Courtesy of A Folly for London

London is in the throes of an architectural identity crisis, compounded by a severe shortage of housing. While politicians and public figures debate various solutions to the city's design dilemmas, a London-based artist has conceived of a "satirical competition for architecture of the absurd." Known as A Folly for London, the free open-call for solutions to London's architectural conundrums was created in response to Arup and Heatherwick Studio's proposal for the yet to be built, and highly controversial, Garden Bridge

Unlike traditional architectural competitions, A Folly for London sought to ignite debate on the current state of architecture in London. Presented with a distinctly British sense of humour, the competition received more than fifty entries. Winning proposals include the systematic burning of London's forests, construction of a massive inhabitable light bulb and the creation of a catacomb of submerged signature double-decker buses at the centre of the River Thames.

See the winners of "A Folly for London" after the break

The Bulb. Image Courtesy of A Folly for London The Green Fire of London. Image Courtesy of A Folly for London The Bulb. Image Courtesy of A Folly for London Floating Tidal Exploded Bus Maze. Image Courtesy of A Folly for London +7

FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel

11:00 - 8 September, 2015
FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel, The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock
The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock

FC Barcelona has announced 14 teams in the running for two planned overhauls of their facilities at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, including alterations to their main stadium and the rebuilding of the Palau Blaugrana, the nearby arena owned by the club and used primarily for basketball and handball. The alterations to the two buildings are part of a larger €600 million project, known officially as "Nou Espai Barça," which seeks to improve the club's entire campus, also adding an ice skating rink, new offices, 5,000 parking spaces and improving the outdoor space surrounding the facilities. The Nou Espai Barça project was approved by the club's fanbase last April after a 72% vote in favor of the proposal.

The list names eight teams - including BIG, Populous, HKS and Arup Sport - in the running for the overhaul of the stadium itself, which will involve the addition of almost 6,000 seats to bring the stadium's total capacity to 105,000, increasing the stadium's lead as the largest football stadium in Europe. It will also include a complete redesign of the lowest seating tier to offer improved views, and the addition of a roof over the terraces. Also named are the six teams in the running to rebuild the Palau Blaugrana.

Arup Design a 'Sky Pool' Suspended 35 Metres Above London's Nine Elms

04:00 - 21 August, 2015
Arup Design a 'Sky Pool' Suspended 35 Metres Above London's Nine Elms, The 'Sky Pool' will be suspended 35 metres above ground level. Image © Hayes Davidson
The 'Sky Pool' will be suspended 35 metres above ground level. Image © Hayes Davidson

A twenty five metre long, ten storey high suspended swimming pool—dubbed the 'Sky Pool'—has been planned for the second phase of a new high-end residential development in the London district of Nine Elms, next to the new Embassy of the United States. The pool is part of two buildings, designed by London-based practice HAL and part of a complex of 2000 homes developed Ireland's Ballymore Group. The water will be held in suspension by just twenty centimetres of "structure free" transparent glass, and will connect two housing blocks together. Alongside a rooftop bar, orangery and spa, a second connection between the two is also planned in the form of a footbridge.

Preston Bus Station: What Does the Winning Proposal Say About Open-Call Competitions?

04:00 - 20 August, 2015
Preston Bus Station: What Does the Winning Proposal Say About Open-Call Competitions?, Preston Bus Station (1969). Image via BDP
Preston Bus Station (1969). Image via BDP

In 2013, following a number of campaigns, a 1969 Brutalist icon in the northern British city of Preston was listed. The future of this bus terminal—one of the largest in the UK and the biggest in Europe when it originally opened—was, until last month, a matter of considerable speculation and debate. This week the results of an international open-call competition for proposals transforming into a new youth centre were revealed, selecting the proposal of New York based practice John Puttick Associates as 'the best of the lot.' The 'lot', however, left something to be desired.