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This Brick Arch Installation Dissolves in the Rain to Leave a Mortar Skeleton

07:00 - 23 July, 2019
This Brick Arch Installation Dissolves in the Rain to Leave a Mortar Skeleton, © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj
© EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj

Sometimes known as the “Island of the Gods,” Jeju Island in South Korea is characterized by its volcanic rock, stunning waterfalls, and warm, tropical climate. Here, life is integrated with nature and the architecture is in harmony with the landscape. Dissolving Arch, a weather-specific installation by stpmj, responds to the island’s tropical environment. The structure began life as a solid brick vault, which then slowly dissolved in the hot and rainy periods of Jeju to produce a light, porous skeleton made of the remaining mortar which connects people with nature.

© EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj + 20

SR32 Residence / HARDT Planejamento

10:00 - 3 May, 2019
SR32 Residence / HARDT Planejamento, © Jefferson Carollo Filho
© Jefferson Carollo Filho

© Jefferson Carollo Filho © Jefferson Carollo Filho © Jefferson Carollo Filho © Jefferson Carollo Filho + 44

Quinta da Baroneza House / Estúdio Penha

14:00 - 12 March, 2019
Quinta da Baroneza House / Estúdio Penha, © Marcelo Magnani
© Marcelo Magnani

© Marcelo Magnani © Marcelo Magnani © Marcelo Magnani © Marcelo Magnani + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bragança Paulista, Brazil
  • Category

  • Team Project

    Vitor Penha, Verônica Molina, Daniela De Mattos Ferraz, Guto Vicentainer
  • Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Leisure Pavilion / brro arquitetos

14:00 - 5 March, 2019
Leisure Pavilion / brro arquitetos, © André Scarpa
© André Scarpa

© André Scarpa © André Scarpa © André Scarpa © André Scarpa + 27

CM House / Arquea Arquitetos

13:00 - 3 March, 2019
CM House / Arquea Arquitetos, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli + 25

Eaves House / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design

14:00 - 28 February, 2019
Eaves House / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Guilherme Ortenblad, Kathleen Chiang, Mariane Takahashi Christovam, Ana Carolina de Lima, Mariana Poli Gortan, Rosa Clara Alves e Karin Kussaba.
  • Area

    4843.76 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

University of Mpumalanga / GAPP Architects & Urban Designers

08:00 - 19 February, 2019
University of Mpumalanga / GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, © Tristan McLaren
© Tristan McLaren

© Tristan McLaren © GAPP Architects & Urban Designers © Tristan McLaren © Tristan McLaren + 27

The World's First Zero-Waste Bio-Brick is Grown from Human Urine

03:00 - 2 November, 2018
Courtesy of University of Cape Town
Courtesy of University of Cape Town

Some years ago, researchers in the United States previously tested the concept of using synthetic urine-based substances to fabricate building materials. However, new research conducted by Masters student Suzanne Lambert at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, puts forth a zero-waste process of producing urine-based bricks by using collected human urine for the first time.

Courtesy of University of Cape Town Courtesy of University of Cape Town Courtesy of University of Cape Town Courtesy of University of Cape Town + 6

MVRDV Proposes Respectful Renovation for 19th Century Heritage Building in Wrocław, Poland

09:00 - 3 October, 2018
MVRDV Proposes Respectful Renovation for 19th Century Heritage Building in Wrocław, Poland, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has released details of their proposed renovation of a 19th-century listed building on Slodowa Island in Wroclaw, Poland. The “Concordia Hub” will see the retention of the existing façade, with the addition of a contemporary rear extension to “create a focal point” for the general public and visitors.

The site’s former use as a German artillery base in 1945 means almost all of the island’s structures were destroyed in the closing months of World War II. The Concordia Hub scheme seeks to preserve one of the only surviving heritage structures on the island, while transitioning the building into the modern age.

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 4

More Than 2,000 Unique Robotically Manufactured Bricks Generate Variable Walls in This Pavilion

04:00 - 30 August, 2017
More Than 2,000 Unique Robotically Manufactured Bricks Generate Variable Walls in This Pavilion, © Christian J. Lange
© Christian J. Lange

Developed by researchers and students from the Faculty of Architecture at HKU and supported by Sino Group, the 'Ceramic Constellation Pavilion' is built on a wooden structure that supports a series of "walls" formed by about 2,000 clay bricks. Each of these individual components is unique and has been manufactured using robotic technology and 3D printing, allowing to generate different types of transparency and opacity in their different faces.

© Christian J. Lange © Christian J. Lange © Christian J. Lange © Christian J. Lange + 32

Highlights at the 2016 Dutch Design Week Center on Reinventing the Humble Brick

04:00 - 8 November, 2016
Highlights at the 2016 Dutch Design Week Center on Reinventing the Humble Brick, © Nick Bookelar
© Nick Bookelar

The strength of Dutch Design Week (DDW), held annually at the end of October, lies primarily in product design. Although the event has expanded over the past five years to incorporate more fashion, graphics and architecture, small-scale industrial design has retained its preeminence. Many of the designers on show in this year's edition, however, have embraced the challenges of other design disciplines and allowed them to feed into their work. But where does product design meet architecture? Building materials and, most notably at the 2016 event, some really nice bricks. Rotterdam-based architect Alison Killing guides us through her top installations.

Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog

16:00 - 1 December, 2015
Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog, Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother

From the Bird’s Nest to the CCTV headquarters, for the past 100 days Chinese performance artist "Nut Brother" has been wandering the streets of Beijing collecting smog with an industrial vacuum so that he can eventually turn it into bricks. He has now began to form his bricks by mixing a combination of the collected "dust and smog" with clay. As he told Quartz, the project is meant to be a symbol. Read the whole story here

This New Brick by MIT-Researchers Uses Little Energy and Helps Deplete Landfills

11:30 - 15 July, 2015
Traditional Red Bricks. Image Courtesy of MIT Tata Center
Traditional Red Bricks. Image Courtesy of MIT Tata Center

India has one of the fastest growing populations in the world and to accommodate it, a better building material is needed. Currently over 200 billion of the country’s traditional clay fired bricks are manufactured every year, resulting in numerous pollution and environmental problems. To address these issues, a team from MIT –- composed of students Michael Laracy and Thomas Poinot, along with professors Elsa Olivetti, Hamlin Jennings and John Ochsendorf -- has developed Eco-BLAC bricks: an alternative to traditional bricks that reuses industrial waste and is low-cost and low energy.