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5800 Individual Bamboo Poles Stand Tall as a Lightweight Transportable Theater

06:00 - 13 October, 2017
5800 Individual Bamboo Poles Stand Tall as a Lightweight Transportable Theater, © Rick van der Bent
© Rick van der Bent

Studio Akkerhuis' bamboo design for a mobile theater proposal off the Netherlands coast addresses the characteristics of the material in the construction of light, resistant, accessible and transportable structures.

The project, a compact space similar to a small amphitheater, allows reuse with different configurations in various places with its joints made up of ropes and screws.

© Studio Akkerhuis © Studio Akkerhuis © Studio Akkerhuis © Studio Akkerhuis + 25

From Recycled Plastic Waste to Building Material

14:00 - 30 April, 2017
From Recycled Plastic Waste to Building Material, © Project.DWG / Artwork by Jelle de Graaf
© Project.DWG / Artwork by Jelle de Graaf

Project.DWG and LOOS.FM have unveiled their PET pavilion, a temporary structure in a community park in The Netherlands that focuses on issues of sustainable building, recycling, and waste by rethinking the ways that buildings are developed, built, and used. Specifically, the pavilion is a study of the use of plastic waste as a building material.

Using the elevated framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the structure consists of two monumental slabs in a steel framework. “From floor to ceiling, double-walled transparent corrugated sheets hold over 40,000 plastic bottles,” with bottle caps attached to bottlenecks supporting the system.

© Project.DWG / Artwork by Martin Oostenrijk © Marco van der Ruit / Artwork by André Boone © Project.DWG © Paul Clason / Artwork by Martin Oostenrijk + 16

Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”

12:10 - 10 March, 2015
Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”, AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

An overlooked strip mall at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards will soon be replaced by a mixed-use, walkable community designed by Frank Gehry. Known to be the “gateway to the Sunset Strip,” the West Hollywood site will be comprised of 249 apartments, restaurants, retail storefronts and a central plaza - all within "an environmentally sensitive building that complements and contributes to the historic architecture in the neighborhood.”

“Frank Gehry’s deep understanding of the property, its history and the context will elevate the project to the iconic and timeless status that it deserves,” said Townscape partner and project developer Tyler Siegel.

3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

00:00 - 22 April, 2014
3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Screenshot of the proposed site of the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.. Image © Google Earth
Screenshot of the proposed site of the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.. Image © Google Earth

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced 3XN as the winner of the competition to design the IOC's new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The decision to choose the Denmark-based firm over eleven other firms, including OMA, Toyo Ito, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College.

The 14,000 square meter Headquarters will be part of a greater 'Olympic campus' of administrative buildings, located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva.

The entire shortlist and more from 3XN, after the break...

The Rise of the Endless City

01:00 - 12 March, 2013
Aerial view of San José, California, USA. Image via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons User Robert Campbell
Aerial view of San José, California, USA. Image via Wikimedia Commons User Robert Campbell

"While [...] everyone would like to be as sustainable as Copenhagen, creating true sustainability in a mega-city is a totally different story." 

In this article, which originally appeared in The Dirt, Jared Green explores how mega-cities - expanding and merging with other cities, fast becoming endless cities - must focus their growth in a productive, sustainable way. Expanding on the theories of Ricky Burdett, a Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics, he explores which mega-cities are doing growth right (Bogota, London) and which are only headed towards increased inefficiency and inequality.

Read more about our endless cities - and how limiting them is the key to sustainable development - after the break...