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DETAIL Prize 2016 Winners Announced

14:30 - 2 September, 2016
DETAIL Prize 2016 Winners Announced

DETAIL Magazine has announced the winners of the DETAIL Prize 2016. This year, the jury selected five projects from a pool of 337 projects from 42 different countries by looking for “realizations in which the overall design concept and the detailing were brought together in a coherent way.” The winners were noted for being “future-oriented, innovative and pioneering projects from different disciplines that have outstanding architectural and technical qualities.”

This is the seventh edition of the biennial award, which aims to “strengthen architecture in public debate, strengthen the role of architects in public, and strengthen networking among architects, industrialists, developers and politicians.”

Continue after the break to see the winners.

DETAIL Special: Hermann Kaufmann IZM

15:00 - 23 August, 2015
DETAIL Special: Hermann Kaufmann IZM, Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher. Illwerke Zentrum Montafon - Next-generation Wooden Construction

The evolution of the largest wood-hybrid construction to date 

The federal state of Vorarlberg holds a distinguished position in wooden construction. The sole renewable building material has given rise to an active and innovative scene here, where tradespeople, planners and industrial enterprises build upon their possibilities and develop their field together.In this dynamic environment, Hermann Kaufmann is one of the key protagonists and has been working with his team to push the material to its limits for decades.

DETAIL Special: Alpine Retreats

11:00 - 16 August, 2015
DETAIL Special: Alpine Retreats, Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher: Unique hotel architecture

A travel guide to unique places and accommodation throughout the Alps

Fascinated by the Alps, the authors spend most of their free time in the mountains. Always searching for new and special places, ranging from stop-offs, to final destinations for a peaceful stay, they have now compiled a wide variety of different kinds of accommodation.

DETAIL Green Books: Sustainable Construction Techniques

11:00 - 15 August, 2015
DETAIL Green Books: Sustainable Construction Techniques, Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher. From structural design to interior fit-out: Assessing and improving the environmental impact of buildings

What makes building materials sustainable? How to reduce the amount of embodied energy in building constructions? And how does a Life Cycle Analysis work? These are questions which are becoming increasingly more common in the context of sustainable construction.

DETAIL Practice: Colour

13:00 - 8 August, 2015
DETAIL Practice: Colour, Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher. Visual spatial effects and communication

Colour in the past, present and future

Colours affect people, induce emotions and often evoke memories, which is why not only artists but also scientists, psychologists, planners, and writers are all preoccupied with colour. Choosing colour is a very demanding task for architects, one that can have an enormous impact if it is carried out professionally.  

Net Zero Energy Building / Detail Green Books

02:00 - 14 April, 2012

Detail recently sent us Net Zero Energy Building from their Green Books series. Like everything Detail does, this books takes a thorough look at the technology surrounding this specific subject. It also, as always, gives great examples from the Virginia Tech Solar House to the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.

Description: Net-zero energy buildings, equilibrium buildings, or carbon-neutral cities depending on location and underlying agenda, the statistics vary. The variety of terms in use indicates that a scientific method is still lacking which poses a problem not just in regard to international communication, but also with respect to planning processes as a response to energy challenges. The clarification and meaning of the most important terms in use is extremely important for their implementation. Since October 2008 a panel of experts from an international energy agency has concerned itself with these topics as part of a project entitled Toward Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings. The objective is to analyze exemplary buildings that are near a zero-energy balance in order to develop methods and tools for the planning, design, and operation of such buildings. The results are documented in this publication. More than just a showcase presentation of select projects, the focus of this publication is on relaying knowledge and experience gained by planners and builders.

DETAIL Magazine: Digital Processes

20:00 - 18 May, 2011

I recently read Detail Magazine’s latest issue about Digital Processes. The issue is divided into three parts. The first part deals with digital planning technologies that include mapping techniques for analysis, terrestrial laser scanning, and geographic information systems among others. The second section delves into digital production technologies such as CNC laser cutting, hot wire cutting, and jointed-arm robotics. The final piece brings these together by showcasing six projects that utilize these technologies. In its totality, the issue is a good overall look at the present and future opportunities digital technology offers the profession.

DETAIL Magazine: Architecture and Recycling

09:00 - 28 March, 2011

“Environmental issues such as sustainability, the protection of resources or reducing emissions have long been the focus of politics, industry and the economy. High time, then, to examine their role in the world of architecture more closely.

The recycling, and with it the re-introduction of materials into the cycle of matter takes place in different forms in the construction industry. The projects presented in the magazine range from the recycling of entire building components (e.g. from concrete), to the use of waste products (e.g. wood) and demolition waste (e.g. stone) or even the completely invisible use of recycling materials like façade panels made from old glass.

In the »Discussion« section, chemist M. Braungart describes the principle of »cradle to cradle«, which questions ecological efficiency and calls instead for intelligent design. He believes that products must be designed so that instead of becoming waste at the end of their lifetime, they can be used to create new things. He shows how this can be done in architecture with several already completed examples.”

Further information, photos, plus the full table of contents after the break.

Featuring Steel

10:21 - 1 November, 2010

DETAIL: Featuring Steeel

Authors: Andrea Bruno, Klaus Bollinger, J. Michael Davies, Markus Feldmann, Manfred Feldmann, Federico M. Mazzolani ISBN: 978-3-920034-32-4

More information about this publication after the break.

Innovative Design + Construction

12:30 - 25 October, 2010

DETAIL ISBN: 978-3-920034-33-1

See full index after the break.

DETAIL Magazine 6/2010

15:08 - 21 October, 2010

We received Detail Magazine‘s 6th issue of this year. Check the review after the break.

DETAIL Magazine: Interiors and lighting

11:41 - 18 October, 2010

Full index after the break.

In DETAIL: Exhibitions and Displays

14:01 - 10 May, 2010

DETAIL Magazine is a very good reference to understand the details of contemporary buildings, grouped by materiality/program.

In DETAIL offers a compilation of works grouped under a given theme, in book format. In this case, Exhibitions and Displays covers a wide selection of projects (with highly detailed drawings, as usual in DETAIL) ranging from museums to a supermarket, along with articles on branding, sustainability on temporary projects, and more.

More info after the break.

DETAIL Magazine 2/2010

16:57 - 28 April, 2010

DETAIL is one of my favorite periodic publications in terms of construction inspiration. The reason? It’s packed with highly detailed drawings of contemporary projects.

Each volume features a specific building system (concrete in this case), presented in the form of articles, short reports, new technologies, products, and the most attractive section, recent projects with the mentioned detailed drawings.

For example, in this issue we find an interesting article by Hubertus Adam on the current state of concrete in Switzerland illustrated with photos of Valerio Olgiati projects; and projects such as the Children’s Playhouse by LAN Architecture, the Bus Operation Center by ECDM, or the MAXXI Museum by Zaha Hadid with detailed sections of walls, roofs and more.

This magazine is a good reference material, and even if the projects presented on each issue are very recent, the technical information is timeless.

More info after the break.