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SCI-Arc Grad Thesis 2018 Preview

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SCI-Arc Grad Thesis 2018 Preview, Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) Hiplights (or Enlighted Hips) 2011 Installation with used and washed underpants, steel cables and custom-made LED lamps Dimensions variable  © Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.. Image Courtesy of SCI-Arc
Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) Hiplights (or Enlighted Hips) 2011 Installation with used and washed underpants, steel cables and custom-made LED lamps Dimensions variable © Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.. Image Courtesy of SCI-Arc

Summer at SCI-Arc is synonymous with Graduate Thesis. The culminating moment of both the M.Arch 1 and M.Arch 2 programs, Graduate Thesis asks students to come up with an original creative conjecture that proposes and defends a belief or position about architecture and articulate it through an architectural project. A few weeks ago, the school held its Miniatures exhibition at Hauser and Wirth Gallery and midterm reviews for Grad Thesis 2018.

Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) Hiplights (or Enlighted Hips) 2011 Installation with used and washed underpants, steel cables and custom-made LED lamps Dimensions variable  © Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine. Image Courtesy of SCI-Arc Courtesy of SCI-Arc Courtesy of SCI-Arc Courtesy of SCI-Arc + 10

100 Years of Bauhaus: 10 Facts That Will Make You Look Like an Expert

06:00 - 10 September, 2018
100 Years of Bauhaus: 10 Facts That Will Make You Look Like an Expert, Bauhaus Dessau © Nate Robert via Flickr  License Under CC BY-SA 2.0. Image
Bauhaus Dessau © Nate Robert via Flickr License Under CC BY-SA 2.0. Image

The Bauhaus in Germany was a dynamic think tank and its ideals were spread worldwide. Next year, all of Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the Bauhaus with a colorful festival program. To impress in conversations about next year’s big event, we have compiled 10 surprising facts.

Waiting Rooms, Reception Areas, & Courtyards: 43 Notable Examples of Hospital Architecture

12:00 - 9 September, 2018
Waiting Rooms, Reception Areas, & Courtyards: 43 Notable Examples of Hospital Architecture, © Bart Gosselin
© Bart Gosselin

© Tiago Casanova © Andrés Valbuena © Neave Bozorgi © JUNGLIM Architecture + 44

Hospitals and projects related to healthcare must follow specific guidelines based on the rules and regulations of their country. These standards help us to design complex spaces, such as those located in areas of surgery, hospitalization, diagnostics, laboratories, and including areas and circulations that are clean, dirty, restricted or public, which create a properly functioning building.

There are a few spaces that we, as architects, can develop with great ease and freedom of design: waiting rooms, reception areas, and outdoor spaces. These are spaces where architects can express the character of the hospital. To jump-start you into this process, we have selected 43 projects that show us how creativity and quality of a space go hand-in-hand with functionality. 

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 9 September, 2018
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects

08:00 - 8 September, 2018
17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects, Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra
Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra

Landscape architecture is responsible for the transformation and resignification of the landscape, either by enriching architecture or by bringing forth the history of the site. As with buildings, when we design with vegetation it allows us to work a series of stimuli, qualities, and functions.  

This Week in Architecture: Buildings as Identity, Lost and Found

06:30 - 8 September, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Buildings as Identity, Lost and Found, luis.rib. Via Instagram
luis.rib. Via Instagram

It is in moments of disaster - natural, military, or otherwise - that the value of our built environment as a form of cultural identity comes most noticeably and tragically to light. The fire that ripped through Brazil’s Museo Nacional on Monday night destroyed not just invaluable historic artefacts, but a building that stood as a symbol for both a country and a people. The erasure of the urban landscape is the erasure of identity, culture, and people.

From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design

06:00 - 8 September, 2018
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design, Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.
Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.

In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3,200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can triple by 2030. 

New Open Course by Dominique Perrault to Explore the Potential of Underground Architecture

06:00 - 7 September, 2018
Courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture
Courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and architect Dominique Perrault have jointly announced a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) exploring the subterranean architecture of cities. The course, entitled “Groundscape Architecture Design Lab, rethinking cities underground” is available on open course hub edx and is free to registered users. Classes will begin on the 15 October.

Shaping the Future: What to Consider When Designing for Children

09:30 - 6 September, 2018
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

Le Corbusier stated in his seminal text, Towards a New Architecture, that “...man looks at the creation of architecture with his eyes, which are 5 feet 6 inches from the ground.” Logical and rational codes such as this form the standard for much of architectural production - but of course, these "norms" are as constructed as architecture itself. This particular standard is especially irrelevant when designing for children, for whom the adult-centric assumptions of architecture do not and should not apply.

© Katsuhisa Kida © Antoine Espinasseau © John Donat RIBA Library Photographs Collection © Dorte Mandrup + 24

13 Instagram Accounts That Showcase the Diversity of Facades Around the World

09:30 - 5 September, 2018
Instagram user @serjios (Serge Najjar). ImageZaha Hadid in Beirut
Instagram user @serjios (Serge Najjar). ImageZaha Hadid in Beirut

In recent years, social media (especially Instagram) has become an extremely important tool in the field of architecture. Instagram has become the go-to visual platform for showcasing a wide variety of architectural typologies and styles, city views, and stunning edifices that often go unnoticed. While these buildings may seem ordinary to the everyday passerby, they become objects of art for not only architects but those who stop to take notice of their design.

Below we have selected 13 Instagram accounts dedicated to highlighting facades and walls from around the world, showcasing the diversity of our cities.

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Professional Architectural Networking Community

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 5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Professional Architectural Networking Community, Illustration by Jowin Foo
Illustration by Jowin Foo

Have you ever considered joining a professional architectural networking community? Below, we list 5 reasons why you should make this a priority.

Architecture and Criticism: By the People, for the People?

09:30 - 4 September, 2018
Architecture and Criticism: By the People, for the People? , Frank Gehry flips off a reporter who challenged him of practicing "showy architecture. . Image© EFE
Frank Gehry flips off a reporter who challenged him of practicing "showy architecture. . Image© EFE

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Architectural Criticism that's Not Just for Architects."

In case you hadn’t noticed the world is going from paper to pixels. You’re reading this, here. Everything is changing, and that includes how we talk and think and write about architecture.

How (Not) to Design a Biennale: Is Freespace Free?

06:30 - 4 September, 2018
© Italo Rondinella
© Italo Rondinella

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine under the title "Taking a Second Look at This Year's Nebulous Venice Architecture Biennale."

One of the few incontrovertible truths to emerge from the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which opened in Venice on May 26 and runs through November 25, is that sensitivity and skill in making architecture do not necessarily transfer to the work of organizing an architecture exhibition.

The Best Structures of Burning Man 2018

14:00 - 3 September, 2018
The Best Structures of Burning Man 2018, Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels
Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels

As Burning Man 2018 comes to a close, snapshots and glimpses of the event have begun to emerge in the mediasphere. The most recognizable among these is, perhaps, BIG's Orb, a hovering sphere representing a scaled version of the earth itself.

See How the Design of Chairs, Beds and Sofas Have Evolved Through History

06:00 - 3 September, 2018
See How the Design of Chairs, Beds and Sofas Have Evolved Through History, via Angie's List
via Angie's List

Evidence suggests that furniture was used as far back as the Neolithic period and daily life without it is unimaginable. So how has furniture changed through the ages? From the exclusive and luxury furniture of Ancient Egypt, to the functional and streamlined design of the Bauhaus – these animations created by Angie's List take you on a fascinating journey through the evolution of furniture design.

Uniqueness Through Hand Embossing: A Vibrant Interplay of Light and Shadow

00:00 - 3 September, 2018
Uniqueness Through Hand Embossing: A Vibrant Interplay of Light and Shadow

Innovative and sustainable products made of natural raw materials, such as the new large size façade panels Texial, are borne of ingenuity and expertise. The fine surface structure gives the appearance of a fabric and is always one-of-a-kind because it is embossed by hand.

17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project

12:00 - 2 September, 2018
17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project, © Mark Cocksedge
© Mark Cocksedge

Cortesía de Olgooco Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh © Tomas Balej © Fran Parente © Christian Richters + 18

Guardrails and handrails are two elements that are often confused. While the first is used to close a space and prevent a person from falling, the second is a support bar for balance. Normally standard solutions are used for both elements, but with an attractive design, they can become standout details in a project.

For inspiration on materials, structures, and details of guardrails and handrails, here are 17 notable examples.

Exploring Architecture Through Vertical Dance

06:00 - 1 September, 2018
Exploring Architecture Through Vertical Dance, via BANDALOOP
via BANDALOOP

What do dance and architecture have in common? It's difficult to explain how our experiences of dance are stored in our bodily memory, but central to our recollection of a performance is the architectural space that it inhabited. Although dance may have been the central focus, the site is integral to its experience. Both disciplines are fundamental when exploring the ways we navigate and create cities and urban spaces. 

It's no surprise that many choreographers explore both disciplines: dance and architecture. These pieces question how our bodies navigate through built environments. However, it is important to note that this experimentation is not merely contemplative but speaks to the way specific groups of peoples and cultures operate in their surroundings. In the words of the philosopher Marina Garcés: "The body is no longer what is and binds us to a place, but it is the condition for every place. It is the zero point of all the spatialities that we can experience, and at the same time, all the links that constitute us, materially and psychically."

This Week in Architecture: Labors of Love, from the Hedonistic to the Homegrown

09:30 - 31 August, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Labors of Love, from the Hedonistic to the Homegrown, Courtesy of BIG Ideas
Courtesy of BIG Ideas

Working life as an architect is notoriously difficult. Unreasonable demands from clients, be they about budget, deadlines, or design (not to mention uncompromising personal standards) make the job tough, particularly as architecture continues to be seen as a product. And while it's no reason to accept low (or unequal) pay, troubling mental health, or any of the myriad issues architecture seems beset with, architects anywhere will tell you: you do it because you love it.

11 Brazilian UNESCO World Heritage Sites That Every Architect Must Visit

08:00 - 31 August, 2018
11 Brazilian UNESCO World Heritage Sites That Every Architect Must Visit, Image: Roberto Rosa/Iphan/Reproduction
Image: Roberto Rosa/Iphan/Reproduction

On August 17th, Brazil celebrated its National Heritage Day. Created in 1998 to honor the historian and first president of IPHAN (National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute), Rodrigo Melo Franco de Andrade, who would have turned 100 years old. This date aims to reinforce the recognition and appreciation of the country’s cultural heritage.

The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine

06:00 - 31 August, 2018
The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine, Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower
Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower

In Metropolis Magazine's latest - and last - installment in their annual design cities review, the focus is not on output or culture but on cities themselves as the point of inspiration. For the designers surveyed, these were the cities that made their hearts beat a little faster; the ones that remained in their minds and wormed their way into their work.

High Speed Rail in the US: Myth or Near-Future Possibility?

09:30 - 30 August, 2018
High Speed Rail in the US: Myth or Near-Future Possibility?, Courtesy of Flickr user Andrew Stawarz. ImageKing's Cross Station Concourse / John McAslan + Partners
Courtesy of Flickr user Andrew Stawarz. ImageKing's Cross Station Concourse / John McAslan + Partners

In Europe, Asia and much of the developed world, high speed rail is convenient and accessible. Whether for business or pleasure, travelers are served by an efficient and extensive rail network that connects passengers to the desired destination on time and with relatively little effort. Although these train systems can travel as fast as 350 kilometers per hour, speed is not the only important factor. Rail stations in Europe, for example, are an integral part of the historic urban fabric. These facilities are often perceived as civic destinations that play a fundamental role in the mobility system, providing a wide range of services for the larger collective; shopping, entertainment, commercial and civic uses are often paired with transit services as new stations are built and historic stations are retrofitted.

Could You Live in 15 Square Meters of Space? SUMATORIA's 'Tiny Home' May Make You Think Twice

08:00 - 30 August, 2018
Could You Live in 15 Square Meters of Space? SUMATORIA's 'Tiny Home' May Make You Think Twice, Cortesía de Sumatoria
Cortesía de Sumatoria

Casa FOA is one of the most important exhibitions for architecture, interior design, landscaping, and industry in Latin America. Chilean architects SUMATORIA were selected to represent their country in the 'Emerging Design of Miniature Housing,' or the Tiny Home, a living space of only 15 square meters (equivalent to the size of a container module).

Cortesía de Sumatoria Cortesía de Sumatoria Cortesía de Sumatoria Cortesía de Sumatoria + 12

100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the US

04:00 - 30 August, 2018
100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the US, © Jeremy Bitterman
© Jeremy Bitterman

Considered one of the noblest building materials - and also a favorite of many global architects - wood delivers aesthetic, structural, and practical value in the most versatile of ways. Through different techniques, such as crafted or prefabricated wood, wooden construction remains relevant not only in the history but also in the forefront of architecture and design (thanks to new technologies that have expanded its possibilities).

From temporary pavilions to single-family homes and multi-story, large-scale institutions, wood has shown its value at the same level as many other structural materials such as steel, brick, or even concrete. This is especially prominent in the United States, where renowned architects are using new techniques to advance the solutions that this material can provide. Also, new regulations are allowing architects to further explore the diversity and possibilities of building with wood.

With the help of ThinkWood, we’ve gathered 100 examples of the best wood structures in the United States.