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In Lake|Flato’s Eco-Conservation Studio, Sustainability and Education Go Hand-in-Hand

04:00 - 5 May, 2019
In Lake|Flato’s Eco-Conservation Studio, Sustainability and Education Go Hand-in-Hand, Known primarily for their ranch houses, which combine modern forms and rich local material traditions, Lake|Flato Architects have also developed an architecture of “eco-conservation.” An example is their Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit in the middle of Texas’s Chihuahuan Desert.. Image © Casey Dunn
Known primarily for their ranch houses, which combine modern forms and rich local material traditions, Lake|Flato Architects have also developed an architecture of “eco-conservation.” An example is their Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit in the middle of Texas’s Chihuahuan Desert.. Image © Casey Dunn

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine.

Green building was always part of the firm's DNA, though a little more than ten years ago Lake|Flato formed an internal studio that would focus on landscape and resource management.

For over three decades, San Antonio’s Lake|Flato Architects have advanced the cause of critical regionalism in South Texas. Founding partners David Lake and Ted Flato met in the office of O’Neil Ford, an early Texas Modernist whose work combined structural innovation with local building traditions. When they started their own practice in 1984, Lake and Flato carried this germ with them, turning out a series of ranch houses that garnered attention for their deft blending of modern modes of living, indigenous materials, and agro-industrial vernacular.

NUDES designs School in Malawi made from Straw Bales

11:00 - 29 April, 2019
© NUDES
© NUDES

Architecture firm NUDES has released details of their proposed secondary school in Malawi, constructed from straw bales. Responding to a brief focused on modularity, incremental expansion, deployment, and sustainable technology, the scheme is formed of a modular “ladder” component deployed to create a structural system that houses the pedagogical intent of the school.

© NUDES © NUDES © NUDES © NUDES + 11

Perkins+Will Designs Flexible STEM School with Movable Walls in Miami

09:00 - 17 April, 2019
Perkins+Will Designs Flexible STEM School with Movable Walls in Miami, © Perkins+Will
© Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will has released details of their design for the Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida. The school’s new STEM building will feature flexible classrooms with mobile walls and furniture, and an emphasis on indoor/outdoor connectivity. The school’s role as a nationally-renowned center for science and technology will also be aided by tech-enabled educational tools, fabrication and maker labs, a rooftop outdoor lab, and an entire roof of solar PVs.

© Perkins+Will © Perkins+Will © Perkins+Will © Perkins+Will + 4

David Chipperfield Architects to Design Elliptical Campus for Padua University in Italy

09:00 - 15 April, 2019
David Chipperfield Architects to Design Elliptical Campus for Padua University in Italy, © David Chipperfield Architects
© David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects Milan has won an international competition for the design of a new campus for the University of Padua. Developed in collaboration with engineering company Steam, the competition challenged firms to design a new “PiaveFutura” campus of Social and Economic Sciences. Among the practices selected for the restricted procedure competition were Bak Gordon, Barozzi Veiga, Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, Foster + Partners, and Sauerbruch Hutton.

© David Chipperfield Architects © David Chipperfield Architects © David Chipperfield Architects © David Chipperfield Architects + 4

Anne Taylor on How Design Education Can Transform Our Schools

12:00 - 7 April, 2019
Anne Taylor on How Design Education Can Transform Our Schools, © School Zone Institute
© School Zone Institute

This article was originally published on CommonEdge as "How Design Education Can Transform Our Schools".

Volume Zero Announces Winners of RE School Competition, Imagining the Future of Remote Education

13:00 - 29 March, 2019
Volume Zero Announces Winners of RE School Competition, Imagining the Future of Remote Education, First Prize. Image via Volume Zero
First Prize. Image via Volume Zero

Volume Zero has announced the results of their RE School architecture competition 2018, which challenged participants to design and innovative school that brings education to children living in the most inaccessible areas of the world. Serving as a hub for interaction between local communities, the winning schemes ranged from a school floating above a shanty area to a transportable building made of hands-on material.

Below, we have republished the three winners from the competition. For more information about the competition, honorable and special mentions, visit the official website here.

C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT Win Competition for Danish Maritime Academy

09:00 - 25 March, 2019
C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT Win Competition for Danish Maritime Academy, via C.F. Møller Architects
via C.F. Møller Architects

C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT has won an architectural competition for the design of the new SIMAC (Svendborg International Maritime Academy) in Svendborg, Denmark. Set to be completed in 2022, the open, flexible, modern learning institution seeks to educate the leaders of Denmark’s future innovative maritime industries. In addition to their role as design team for the academy, C.F. Møller Architects and EFFEKT have also prepared a masterplan for a surrounding district including housing, commerce, and urban green space.

The 12,500-square-meter SIMAC will contain common areas such as a Campus Square, teaching areas including auditoriums, laboratories, and simulator centers, and rooms for administration and support. The SIMAC will also sit within an overall development plan for the area, dubbed the “Harbour of the Future,” also designed by EFFEKT.

via C.F. Møller Architects via C.F. Møller Architects via C.F. Møller Architects via C.F. Møller Architects + 19

MK:U International Design Competition

06:00 - 30 January, 2019
MK:U International Design Competition, MK:U International Design Competition, images Luke Hayes
MK:U International Design Competition, images Luke Hayes

The MK:U International Design Competition seeks world-class design teams for a new model university in the Oxford to Cambridge innovation arc.

Beloved by architects as the most original and successful of the mid-twentieth century’s wave of ‘New Towns’, and famously ‘different by design’, Milton Keynes (MK) has successfully reinvented itself as a ‘Smart City’ and is a key contributor to the United Kingdom’s knowledge economy.

This success has highlighted the need for a university — MK is the largest urban area in the UK without its own university — and to resolve this, MKC and Cranfield University, a global leader for postgraduate

Herzog & de Meuron design a "Hovering Trapezoid Structure" for the University of Zurich

11:00 - 10 January, 2019
Herzog & de Meuron design a "Hovering Trapezoid Structure" for the University of Zurich, © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has released details of their proposed Forum UZH, creating a new center for education and research on the city campus of the University of Zurich. The new building is a seen as a crucial element for ensuring the future viability of Zurich as a higher education hub, upgrading and consolidating an existing aging, dispersed campus.

Due to be completed in 2027, the Forum UZH will occupy a prominent corner site, combining expansive public space with the firm’s recognizable clean, contemporary language. Situated in the old city’s university quarter, dominated by stand-alone buildings set back from the street on below-ground plinths and terraces, the Forum UZH forms the 21st-century embodiment of the stately urban campus.

© Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron + 6

Open Call: MEDS Workshop Tutor Call in Spetses, Greece

15:50 - 8 January, 2019
Open Call: MEDS Workshop Tutor Call in Spetses, Greece

In its 10th edition, MEDS Workshop is going to take place this year in Greece, on Spetses Island with its theme “MEMNISO,” which in ancient Greek means “to remember.” The idea of the workshop is to bring traditional professionals together with contemporary crafts and design by exploring new capabilities and learning techniques from local expert craftsmen. The goal of the workshop is to not only learn from local artisans but also exchange knowledge and share skills.

Coding March / XuTai Design And Reseach

23:00 - 31 December, 2018
© Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Hao Chen © Hao Chen © Hao Chen © Hao Chen + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinyan Road, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tianbao Yang, Diamond, Linmeng Xu, Zhiwei Qin, Ling Wu
  • Indoor Construction

    Shanghai Yanyue Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Open Call Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing'

15:29 - 17 December, 2018
Open Call Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing'

OPEN CALL - SPRING SCHOOL
‘Borders are for Crossing’
18—25 March, 2019

RIBA’s Nationwide Architecture Program Exposes Young Students to Thinking Like an Architect

08:00 - 1 December, 2018
RIBA’s Nationwide Architecture Program Exposes Young Students to Thinking Like an Architect, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

This November, RIBA launched a national school program devoted to providing children between the ages of 4-18 access to architecture programs. This will be the UK’s first nationwide architecture program. The instructors, formally known as Architecture Ambassadors, are volunteer architecture professionals donating their time to partnering schools at which students participate free of charge.

Before launching the nationwide program, RIBA conducted a pilot version - gaging interest and success from students, school administrators, and ambassadors. The pilot phase visited over 200 schools in England and 18,000 students. Each school’s architectural workshop was highly individualized to the community and location, adding a personal aspect to the student’s introduction to the vast field of architecture. These tangible projects investigated local areas, assessing their needs, issues that affect the community, and their hopes for the future.

"A School of Schools": Interview with Jan Boelen, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

02:00 - 3 October, 2018

Design, in all forms, is a fundamental part of our daily lives; it's even at the core of the new economy. As a result, design education is such an important topic for discussion that design curator and educator Jan Boelen puts at the center of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

As the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, together with associate curators Vera Sacchetti and Nathine Botha, Boelen questions the role of education in design today -- just as the Bauhaus celebrates 100 years.

In a rapidly changing world with an uncertain future we cannot anticipate what will happen in the next few years, nor even the skills that we will need. Instead, we need to develop "learning as an attitude" to constantly deal with change, as Jan discusses in our video interview.

To address these issues the curators laynched an open call with 753 submissions, from which 120 were chosen to be part of "A Schools of Schools". In this strong response Boelen found projects that "are an answer and maybe already a forecast of a new kind of design where speculation, criticality and relational aspects are infusing the traditional design world, that is making solutions for the issues that we have today."

The 120 participations are organized around six schools which occupy six cultural venues in central Istanbul, encouraging visitors to explore the city while visiting the Biennial. Here are the schools and our picks:

Office Ou Designs First Urban Public School in Central Prague in Nearly 100 Years

12:00 - 22 September, 2018
Courtesy of Office Ou
Courtesy of Office Ou

Office Ou, a Toronto-based landscape design firm, in collaboration with INOSTUDIO Architects, has designed a new public school for the historic Smíchov district of Prague. The initial competition, organized by the Centre for Central European Architecture, chose the Office Ou & INOSTUDIO design out of 66 anonymous submissions. This school would be the first new public school built in Prague's urban center in close to 100 years.

Courtesy of Office Ou Courtesy of Office Ou Courtesy of Office Ou Courtesy of Office Ou + 15

Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture

06:00 - 12 September, 2018
Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture , Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus
Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus

Within the architecture field, the relationship between design and education has gained prominence, especially when it comes to children’s education. The relationship between architecture, philosophy, and sociology is well known. Frequently, when designing, issues introduced by these fields work as tools to reflect upon the relationship between the space and the user. When we consider children’s education, we must go beyond ergonomics and think of architecture as an educational tool.

Shaping the Future: What to Consider When Designing for Children

09:30 - 6 September, 2018
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

Le Corbusier stated in his seminal text, Towards a New Architecture, that “...man looks at the creation of architecture with his eyes, which are 5 feet 6 inches from the ground.” Logical and rational codes such as this form the standard for much of architectural production - but of course, these "norms" are as constructed as architecture itself. This particular standard is especially irrelevant when designing for children, for whom the adult-centric assumptions of architecture do not and should not apply.

© Katsuhisa Kida © Antoine Espinasseau © John Donat RIBA Library Photographs Collection © Dorte Mandrup + 24

AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings

12:30 - 14 August, 2018
AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings, Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners
Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has issued a statement outlining its new initiatives in response to the rising tide of school shootings in the United States. The statement, titled “Where we stand: School design and student safety,” outlines four paths of action the Institute intends to take to support architects and school communities.

While not containing a detailed policy to tackle the ongoing crisis, the AIA statement commits to updating school design guidelines, supporting education to achieve safe school design, making safe school design eligible for federal grants, and establishing a federal clearinghouse on school design.