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Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia

Born in 1957 in Moscow, artist Nikolay Polissky creates impressive, handcrafted structures in the middle of Russia's vast landscapes. Mostly carried out in the town of Nikola Lenivets -- located 200 km from the Russian capital --  his works are built entirely by the area's residents, using local materials, such as branches, trunks and wooden tables. Traditional construction techniques are used as a starting point for the projects. 

His work is inspiring not only because of its imposing form, but also because he managed to re-activate a semi-abandoned village through art and architecture, involving residents in the creative process and transforming the region into a sort of open cultural center. Since 2003, his work has been part of Archstoyanie, the largest Land-Art festival in Russia.

Gates of Perm (2011). Image © Tima Radya Hyperboloid / Volcano (2009). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Lighthouse (2004). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Media tower (2002). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky

The Shelter Corporation Announces 17th International Architectural Design Competition for Students

Japanese office, The Shelter Corporation, has announced their 17th international architectural ideas competition, open to undergraduate and post-graduate students (as of September 11, 2015) across the world. The Shelter Corporation, which focuses on timber and wood-framed buildings, hosts this competition annually to generate discussion among students on the future of wood and timber construction. Believing in the importance of a sustainable built environment, the firm hopes that this competition can be the gateway for many young architects-to-be to enter the workplace with new ideas.

Watch How This Blade Uses One Cut to Make a Perfect Corner

Developed by Andrew Klein, this simple carpentry technique can bring your small-scaled, DIY constructions to new levels.

Klein’s specially designed saw blade has a specific shape that cuts wood without completely breaking it, allowing the board to be folded to form three-dimensional parts with varying uses. 

Check out a series of GIFs showing how it works after the break. And if you're interested in learning more about systems for building with wood, check out our Materials catalog

Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build

A new study shows that timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than traditional designs in several different building types. The study, “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project,” was led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia. Part of a seminar series touring Australia, the report contains detailed designs of four building types in both timber and conventional construction, with a quantity surveyor comparing cost estimates between them. See how timber compared to conventional methods after the break.

TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition 2015/2016

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The student competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).

The purpose of the Competition is to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials, and designing healthy living and working environments.

Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel

Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig have opened their "Outpost Basel" pavilion for the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Incorporating materials and cultural elements from America, Japan, Austria, and Romania, the pavilion is a “high-design space made from everyday materials,” with a design centered on the idea of contrast, much like the concept of yin-yang. Different levels of lighting, material colors, and uses of space are contrasted with balance in order to create a functional, flexible meeting and gathering space.

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott

Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?

Michael Green has teamed up with Finnish forestry company Metsä Wood and Equilibrium Consulting to redesign the Empire State Building with wood as the main material. The project is part of Metsä Wood’s “Plan B” program, which explores what it would be like for iconic buildings to be made of timber. Their work shows that not only can wood be used to produce enormous structures in a dense urban context, but also that timber towers can fit into an urban setting and even mimic recognizable buildings despite differences in material.

'De Heuvelrand' Voorthuizen Swimming Pool / Slangen+Koenis Architecten

  • Architects: Slangen+Koenis Architecten
  • Location: Roelenengweg 41, 3781 BA Voorthuizen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis, Dean Moran, Robert de Boer, Sjef Vosters, Aad van den Berg
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcel van den Burg

© Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg

IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Purpose / A+I

  • Architects: A+I
  • Location: Flatiron District, New York, NY, USA
  • Area: 15000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat

Thao Dien House #2 / MM++ architects

  • Architects: MM++ architects
  • Location: Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki OKI

© Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI

(un)curtain office / dekleva gregoric architects

  • Architects: dekleva gregoric architects
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Lea Kovič u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel stud.arch., Naia Sinde arq.
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt

Townhouses in Cordoba / Estudio A+3

© Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte

A-Frame ReThink / Bromley Caldari Architects

  • Architects: Bromley Caldari Architects
  • Location: Fire Island Pines, Fire Island, NY 11782, USA
  • Collaborators: Eurometal (stairs), Lynbrook (skylights), North Shore Window & Door (window)
  • Area: 218.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects

Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects

Sharma Springs / IBUKU

  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Location: Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge: The Key Team members
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Rio Helmi, Errol Vaes

© Rio Helmi © Rio Helmi © Rio Helmi © Rio Helmi