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Mola Structural Kit 3 Launches on Kickstarter

10:00 - 15 May, 2019
Mola Structural Kit 3 Launches on Kickstarter, Mola Structural Kit 3. Image Courtesy of Mola Model
Mola Structural Kit 3. Image Courtesy of Mola Model

Following the popularity of their first two structural modeling kits, today Mola Model launches their Kickstarter campaign for Mola Structural Kit 3. Mola3 introduces cable structures to the system of hands-on structural learning, integrating seamlessly with the previous two kits. Because the Mola kits are designed as a single modular system, the new kit can be combined with the previous two, all connected via magnets, to model iconic structures like the Sydney Harbor Bridge or London’s Stansted Airport with the help of the bilingual instruction booklet.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale Announces the Programme for TAB 2019

10:00 - 11 May, 2019
Tallinn Architecture Biennale Announces the Programme for TAB 2019, The winner of the Installation Program “Huts and Habitats”: Steampunk, designed by Soomeen Hahm Design, Igor Pantic, and Fologram. Image Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale
The winner of the Installation Program “Huts and Habitats”: Steampunk, designed by Soomeen Hahm Design, Igor Pantic, and Fologram. Image Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale

TAB 2019, Tallinn’s 5th Architecture Biennale, will commence with its Opening Week from September 5-11, 2019. Earlier this week, the Biennale announced its programme of events for this year’s festival, which bears the theme “Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty”. TAB is an international celebration of architecture, organized by the Estonian Centre for Architecture and curated this year by Head Curator Dr. Yael Reisner. The Biennale consists of five main events, to take place in various venues in the heart of Tallinn, as well as a Satellite Programme hosting other events around the city.

TAB 2015 Installation by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam. Image © Tõnu Tunnel TAB 2017 installation by Gilles Retsin. Image © NAARO TAB 2017 Curatorial Exhibition ecoLogicStudio. Image © NAARO TAB 2017 Curatorial Exhibition. Image © NAARO + 12

Why Technology Isn’t The Answer for Making Cities Smarter

07:00 - 7 May, 2019
Why Technology Isn’t The Answer for Making Cities Smarter, via KENTOH/ISTOCK
via KENTOH/ISTOCK

Innovation and technology are often presented as inextricably linked ideas. Yet, when it comes to solving today’s urban problems, technology does not always represent the best way forward.

Innovation instead should come from a thorough understanding of the city’s functions and processes, including its municipal government and other local organizations. Technology can help, yes, but cannot be used as a panacea.

KAAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design Shortlisted for International Design Competition in Kuwait

10:00 - 14 April, 2019
KAAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design Shortlisted for International Design Competition in Kuwait, © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design
© KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design

A two-stage international design competition recently concluded for the new headquarters of The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the country’s leading organization for advancing science, technology, and innovation. KÂAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design were shortlisted as finalists in the second stage of the competition for their collaborative entry, a concept which anchors the future within the past. Drawing inspiration from the local traditions, climate, and urban fabric, the group places their design firmly in the context of its location in Kuwait City.

© KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design + 9

3GATTI Proposes 'Green Spaceship' for Madrid Library

08:00 - 13 April, 2019
3GATTI Proposes 'Green Spaceship' for Madrid Library, © 3GATTI
© 3GATTI

A Green Spaceship appears to have landed in Villaverde, Madrid, in design firm 3GATTI’s proposal for the new municipal library. The design for the landmark building employs the public’s curiosity to draw visitors in and create an iconic presence in the city. The library is split between two floors, both architecturally and conceptually. The ground level is transparent and open, meant to house the noisy, public aspects of the program; the upper floor is the architectural showpiece, floating above the ground and containing the more private, quiet study spaces.

© 3GATTI © 3GATTI © 3GATTI © 3GATTI + 14

LAD Reimagines a Public Square in Milan with Hanging Garden

06:00 - 24 March, 2019
LAD Reimagines a Public Square in Milan with Hanging Garden, © LAD
© LAD

In the city of Milan, architecture firm LAD identified a busy roundabout with the potential to host a new public square typology. Sovraparco, literally “over park,” is a design by the Italian firm and Hypnos Studio to better utilize an existing area in the city, Piazzale Loreto, by infusing it with greenery and public space. The project intentionally does not impose on the surrounding buildings to revamp the area, but instead inserts itself into the central space and aims to rethink what belongs to the public sector.

© LAD © LAD © LAD © LAD + 12

Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition

04:00 - 21 March, 2019
Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition, © Dodi Moss
© Dodi Moss

Responding to the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, “Beauty Unites People,” a team led by Dodi Moss imagined a multi-layered architectural experience evoking Italy’s history and identity. The design pulls apart the pieces that make up architectural space, separating the building into its structural volume and its tactile, material components. The proposal won third place in Invitalia’s competition to design the Italian Pavilion at the Expo, behind carlorattiassociati and Gianluca Peluffa & Partners.

© Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss + 14

Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan

05:30 - 18 March, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan, Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti
Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti 24-hour school in Tirana. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Tirana 2030 - Agriculture. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti + 19

6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

07:00 - 20 February, 2019
6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

Architectural education has always been fundamentally influenced by whichever styles are popular at a given time, but that relationship flows in the opposite direction as well. All styles must originate somewhere, after all, and revolutionary schools throughout centuries past have functioned as the influencers and generators of their own architectural movements. These schools, progressive in their times, are often founded by discontented experimental minds, looking for something not previously nor currently offered in architectural output or education. Instead, they forge their own way and bring their students along with them. As those students graduate and continue on to practice or become teachers themselves, the school’s influence spreads and a new movement is born.

OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

04:30 - 19 February, 2019
OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall, Cross section
Cross section

Nestled in a valley north of Beijing, a building will soon be completed that may appear to have always been there, or to have emerged from and grown out of the surrounding stony landscape. OPEN Architecture’s Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China was recently recognized in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, chosen as one of ten projects to receive the commendation. The P/A Awards focus on innovative, ongoing work that promotes new ways of thinking about architecture. The Chapel of Sound was noted for its creation of a new, progressive type of environment and its reimagining of an established typology.

Outdoor stage Great wall viewing platform Outdoor concert Exterior view + 14

7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

08:00 - 12 February, 2019
7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

After the dissolution of the Bauhaus due to Nazi political pressure in April 1933, the ideas, teachings, and philosophies of the school were flung across the world as former students and faculty dispersed in the face of impending war. Of the numerous creative talents associated with the Bauhaus, many went on to notable careers elsewhere. Some made a living as artists or practitioners, others either continued or began careers as teachers themselves - and many did both throughout the course of their lives.

Main building of the former Black Mountain College. Image via Wikimedia under public domain Gropius House. Imagevia Picryl under public domain Ulm School of Design building by Max Bill . Image © <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HfGUlmbuilding.jpg'>Flickr user alphanumeric</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Barn at Pond Farm. Image © <a href=‘https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pond_Farm_Barn_Exterior.JPG'>Wikimedia user MikeVdP</a> licensed under <a href=‘https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> + 11

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

07:00 - 9 February, 2019
Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts, Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus
Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © Spaceus Storefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © Spaceus Harvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © Spaceus Zine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus + 10

"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building

05:00 - 7 February, 2019
"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building, Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven
Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven

The public will soon have the opportunity to experience the vulnerability and awe of briefly inhabiting an animal domain at the “Reverse Zoo,” LABIOMISTA. Translating to “mixture of life,” the 60-acre project is spearheaded by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen and is set to open in 2019.

SET Architects' Climbing-Frame Inspired Sassa School Prioritizes Adaptability

11:00 - 27 January, 2019
SET Architects' Climbing-Frame Inspired Sassa School Prioritizes Adaptability , Courtesy of SET Architects
Courtesy of SET Architects

Ten years after a destructive earthquake rocked Italy's central Abruzzo region, many students still attend class in temporary modules similar to containers. Named winners of an international competition, SET Architects’ design for the new “Sassa School Complex” proposes reconstructing a place for students and the community to learn, gather, and grow. Inspired by the modularity and essential nature of climbing frame play structures, the architects describe the design as a metaphor for “freedom and social aggregation as a fundamental value for dynamic and innovative teaching.”

Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects + 28

Scary People in Architectural Photography

04:00 - 31 October, 2018
Scary People in Architectural Photography, DD16 / BIO-architects
DD16 / BIO-architects

Halloween. A day plagued by ghost, ghouls, and goblins. Historically, on All Hallows' Evening, many believed that spirits could return to the earthly world. On this frightful occasion, we’re highlighting phantoms from the beyond that have entered the architectural realm. Below, 13 hellish projects and their supernatural counterparts. Scroll down if you dare. 

The Focal Length / RENESA Architecture Design Interiors Studio The Barn / ZIEGLER Antonin architect Tree-ness House / Akihisa Hirata Tobogan House / Z4Z4 AAA + 14

Alternative Ways for Architects to Architect

07:00 - 11 October, 2018
Alternative Ways for Architects to Architect, Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam
Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam

The more architecture students that I converse with, the more I hear this common dissent amongst them: “I don’t want to become an architect.” Despite participating in long studio hours for a five-year professional degree, somehow very few peers actually want to become the kind of architects that create buildings.

Aside from the conventional alternatives of interior or graphic design, there is a rising trend in the popularity of firms that use architectural skills for beyond the scope of designing luxury condominiums for wealthy clients. For prospective architects (and current ones), below are examples of firms that may not be what one initially imagines to do with their degree, but a taste of the potential of what they can.

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