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Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life

04:00 - 22 November, 2018
© Paul Finkel
© Paul Finkel

Home automation, or Domotics, is a set of technologies applied to a residence to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. Its systems allow for efficient management of energy consumption, security, accessibility, and the general comfort of the building, becoming an important issue to consider when designing, building, and living.

Domotic systems are based on the collection of data by sensors, which are then processed to issue precise orders to the executors, varying the environmental quality of each enclosure according to the needs of the user. The pace of current life and the technological advances we have experienced in recent years have led to new ways of living, motivating the design of homes and more human, multifunctional and flexible buildings. What was once a luxury is now a feasible and effective solution for all types of projects.

In this article, we've compiled a collection of smart homes where domotics have been used.

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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

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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. 

City Hyde Park / Studio Gang Architects

11:00 - 23 February, 2018
City Hyde Park / Studio Gang Architects, © Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

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Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

14:00 - 21 November, 2017
Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

Architect Magazine has unveiled the 2017 edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. The 2017 rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability. This year saw more entrants than ever before, with several first-time entrants making notable impressions, including the number 1 ranked design firm, WORKac. Topping the overall list was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), who also ranked in the top 10 in both design and sustainability.

See the top 10 from each category after the break.

Jeanne Gang, Sebastián Irarrázaval Among 2018 RIBA International Fellows

06:00 - 4 October, 2017
Jeanne Gang, Sebastián Irarrázaval Among 2018 RIBA International Fellows, Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang. Image © Hedrich Blessing
Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang. Image © Hedrich Blessing

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the list of 9 architects selected for their 2018 RIBA International Fellowships program, established to "reward the particular contributions non-UK architects have made to architecture." In addition, 14 individuals from diverse backgrounds have been named honorary fellows.

Read on after the break for the full Fellowship lists

Jeanne Gang Honored with 2017 Louis Kahn Memorial Award

14:00 - 9 May, 2017
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang. Image © Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang. Image © Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

Jeanne Gang has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Louis Kahn Memorial Award, an annual prize established by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design in 1983 to recognize “an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of architecture,” while honoring one of the city’s most influential architects.

Previous winners of the award include Bjarke Ingels, Norman Foster, Peter Bohlin, Daniel Libeskind, Robert A.M. Stern, Rafael Viñoly and César Pelli.

Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

13:05 - 17 January, 2017
Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have named 18 architectural and interior projects as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition for excellence in design.

According to the AIA, “the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

The awarded projects were selected from nearly 700 submissions. The winners will be honored at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.

The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants

12:20 - 22 September, 2016
The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Today, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 23 recipients of their 2016 MacArthur Fellowship Grants, which are awarded annually “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 for the recipients to use for individual pursuits, paid out in equal quarterly installments over a five year period. Fellows are selected based on 3 criteria: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

This year’s fellows include artists, playwrights, geobiologists, poets, jewelrymakers, novelists and historians, but, for the fifth straight year, no architects. In the program’s 36 year history, just 6 recipients have come from architecture-related fields.

Studio Gang Selected to Design Next Iteration of National Building Museum's Summer Block Party

14:00 - 4 September, 2016
Studio Gang Selected to Design Next Iteration of National Building Museum's Summer Block Party , Studio Gang’s Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Image © Hedrich Blessing
Studio Gang’s Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Image © Hedrich Blessing

Studio Gang has been selected to design next year’s installation of the Summer Block Party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The temporary exhibition will be the latest in the Museum’s annual series, after this year’s ICEBERGS by James Corner Field Operations, and previous installations like Snarkitecture’s The BEACH in 2015, and Bjarke Ingels Group’s BIG Maze in 2014.

Moving Everest Charter School / Team A

15:00 - 22 July, 2016
Moving Everest Charter School  / Team A, © Hedrich Blessing
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2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winners Announced

14:00 - 16 April, 2016
© Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected seven projects to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. This awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries, reflecting the evolving role of the library as a community space.

The seven recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

American Enterprise Group National Headquarters Renovation / BNIM

17:00 - 29 March, 2016
American Enterprise Group National Headquarters Renovation  / BNIM, © Nick Merrick
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Writers Theatre / Studio Gang Architects

11:00 - 3 March, 2016
Writers Theatre / Studio Gang Architects, © Hedrich Blessing
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AIA Names 18 Projects as Best New Architecture in US

15:00 - 15 January, 2016
Henderson-Hopkins School / Rogers Partners. Image © Albert Vecerka ESTO
Henderson-Hopkins School / Rogers Partners. Image © Albert Vecerka ESTO

A boathouse by Studio Gang, the Smithsonian's BIG plan, and a new Baltimore school by Rogers Partners' are some of 18 projects selected for the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards. The awarded projects were chosen from 500 submissions as the US' best new architecture, interiors and urban design projects. Each recipient will be honored at the AIA 2016 National Convention in Philadelphia.

The 2016 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture are...

Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan / BIG. Image © Doug & Wolf Case Inlet Retreat / MW Works. Image via AIA Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis Architects; Associate Architect: Good Fulton & Farrell. Image via AIA WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang Architects. Image © Hedrich Blessing + 19

Allen Institute / Perkins+Will

15:00 - 3 December, 2015
Allen Institute / Perkins+Will, © Hedrich Blessing
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Walter Netsch: The "Radical Mind" That Designed SOM's Air Force Academy Chapel

09:30 - 4 March, 2015
Walter Netsch: The "Radical Mind" That Designed SOM's Air Force Academy Chapel, © Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

Having joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill after World War Two at the age of 27, Walter Netsch was promoted to become a partner at the age of 31. Netsch entered the firm during what was arguably its defining era, when the reputation of Gordon Bunshaft and the image of a corporate-driven, teamwork-minded made SOM one of the most recognizable practices in the US. He was also, at the age of just 34, responsible for one of SOM's most recognizable projects of the decade, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and its striking geometric chapel.

To honor what would have been Netsch's 95th birthday, SOM recently republished an interview between Netsch and architecture theorist and writer Detlef Mertins, which had originally been published in 2001 in SOM Journal 1. In the following extract from this interview, Netsch discusses the story of how he developed the design, and what it was like to participate in one of America's most influential practices among a host of strong characters.

© William Lukes Workers prepare the glass strips for installation in the chapel. Image © SOM © William Lukes © SOM + 6

National Museum of the Marine Corps / Fentress Architects

00:00 - 17 June, 2011
National Museum of the Marine Corps / Fentress Architects, © James P. Scholz
© James P. Scholz

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AD Classics: Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Hostess House / SOM

01:00 - 6 April, 2011
AD Classics: Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Hostess House / SOM, © Hedrich Blessing
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