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Manuelle Gautrand Designs Futuristic Housing Block for Amsterdam

05:00 - 13 February, 2019
Manuelle Gautrand Designs Futuristic Housing Block for Amsterdam, Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari
Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari

Manuelle Gautrand has designed a 400 unit mixed housing block for the futuristic Hyde Park district in Amsterdam. The homes are divided into nine buildings that make up "thematic" houses organized around a landscaped island core. Each house stands unique, made of different volumes, materials, colors and heights. Formed around the idea of a village, the project aims to develop ambitious environmental goals while bringing people together to rethink urban life. 

Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari  ©LMNB. ImageHyde Park Residence Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari Hyde Park Residence. Image Courtesy of Romain Ghomari + 15

RIBA Announces a New Award for Housing in Memory of Neave Brown

07:30 - 31 January, 2019
RIBA Announces a New Award for Housing in Memory of Neave Brown, Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner
Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the foundation of a new award focused on recognizing work in housing in the UK. The award is named in memory of Neave Brown, the British architect, and designer famed for his many housing estates in London.

Alexandra Road Estate. Image © Flickr user Steve Cadman Dunboyne Road Estate. Image © Flickr user Steve Cadman The Alexandra Road Estate Dunboyne Road Estate. via Wikimedia + 5

Strelka KB Announces Winners of Russia's Alternative Housing Competition

13:00 - 28 January, 2019
Strelka KB Announces Winners of Russia's Alternative Housing Competition, Courtesy of THE CENTER FOR SPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES + LEVERAGE STRATEGY
Courtesy of THE CENTER FOR SPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES + LEVERAGE STRATEGY

The urban consultancy Strelka KB has announced the winners of the international competition for alternative housing in Russia. Designed to test the country's new Integrated Guidelines for Urban Development, the competition asked participants to rethink standardized housing and apartment typologies. 689 projects were submitted from 37 countries to address issues of adaptability, ergonomic efficiency and functional diversity.

Courtesy of ATARCHITECTURE / AVNEESH + NEHA Courtesy of THE CENTER FOR SPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES + LEVERAGE STRATEGY Courtesy of SIDEREAL Courtesy of AKVS ARCHITECTURE + 21

The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year

12:00 - 27 January, 2019
The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year, Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize. Image © Hisao Suzuki

For those in the northern hemisphere, the last full week in January last week kicks off with Blue Monday - the day claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Weather is bleak, sunsets are early, resolutions are broken, and there’s only the vaguest glimpse of a holiday on the horizon. It’s perhaps this miserable context that is making the field seem extra productive, with a spate of new projects, toppings out and, completions announced this week.

The week of 21 January 2019 in review, after the break: 

LocHal / Mecanoo. Image © Ossip van Duivenbode © TMRW, courtesy of Gensler ©Jaime Navarro The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year + 11

AD Classics: Amsterdam Orphanage / Aldo van Eyck

16:30 - 21 January, 2019
AD Classics: Amsterdam Orphanage / Aldo van Eyck, © CCA Mellon Lectures
© CCA Mellon Lectures

© CCA Mellon Lectures © CCA Mellon Lectures © CCA Mellon Lectures © CCA Mellon Lectures + 14

Dutch Architect Aldo van Eyck built the Amsterdam Orphanage in 1960. His design focused on a balance of forces to create both a home and small city on the outskirts of Amsterdam.

AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger

16:30 - 18 January, 2019
AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger, Flickr User IK's World Trip
Flickr User IK's World Trip

AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger AD Classics: Trellick Tower / Erno Goldfinger + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, England
  • Category

  • Architect

    Erno Goldfinger
  • References

    www.galinsky.com, www.housingprototypes.org, www.open2.net, www.modernarchitecturelondon.com
  • Project Year

    1972

Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India

13:00 - 1 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India, Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Architecture practice Carlo Ratti Associati has designed a low-cost prefabricated housing system for Indian non-profit WeRise. The new "Livingboard" system was made so that homeowners can build any structure they like on top of it. Made as a pilot project to encourage rural housing development, the system is being tested in a village outside Bangalore. As a portable "motherboard", the design provides homeowners prefabricated and flat-packed elements like waste management and water treatment systems.

California Approves Rule Requiring Solar Panels on New Homes

13:00 - 28 December, 2018
California Approves Rule Requiring Solar Panels on New Homes, via Creative Commons
via Creative Commons

The California Building Standards Commission has approved a new rule starting in 2020 that requires all new homes built in the state to include solar panels. As the first of its kind in the United States, the new rule includes an incentive for homeowners to add a high-capacity battery to their electrical system. The move hopes to help meet the state's goal of sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions while drawing all electricity from renewable energy sources.

Japan's Bet on Adaptive Reuse to Alleviate an Emerging Housing Crisis

07:30 - 13 December, 2018
Japan's Bet on Adaptive Reuse to Alleviate an Emerging Housing Crisis, via Flickr. Image © Bo Nielsen
via Flickr. Image © Bo Nielsen

Half a century after the new suburban tract home was the dream of many a young American family, refurbished properties are gaining in popularity. This trend extends beyond North America, with exciting renovations of existing structures popping up all over the world, from Belgium to Kenya to China. The attraction to this typology likely lies in its multiplicity; renovations are both new and old, historic and forward-looking, generative and sustainable. 

Nowhere is this trend more visible and popular than in housing, where the transformation is often led by the owners themselves. Loosely grouped under terms like “fixer-upper” and “adaptive reuse,” these projects begin with just the structural skeletons and the building’s history. At the personal scale, renovation/refurbishment is an opportunity to bring a part of yourself to your home - but do these small projects together have the potential to turn around a housing crisis?

Sara Göransson on Housing and the Future of Urban Infrastructure

12:00 - 10 November, 2018
Sara Göransson on Housing and the Future of Urban Infrastructure, Public park on top of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Public park on top of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau

Swedish studio Urban Nouveau created a plan to save Stockholm's Gamla Lidingöbron bridge by transforming it into a linear park and housing. After launching a petition to save the bridge and re-purpose it, ArchDaily followed up with Sara Göransson, founding partner at Urban Nouveau, to ask her about her background and how the studio approaches social integration, housing and the future of urban infrastructure.

Connecting-Stockholm, a strategy for regional urban growth. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Sketch showing life inside the apartments of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Aerial photo of the Yerawada slum in Pune, India. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau + 7

Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA

14:00 - 8 November, 2018
Puukuokka Housing Block  / OOPEAA, © Mikko Auerniitty
© Mikko Auerniitty

© Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty + 46

  • Architects

  • Location

    40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila
  • Project Architects

    Juha Pakkala (construction stage),
 Iida Hedberg (design process stage), Jussi-Pekka Vesala (master plan stage)
  • Other Team Members

    Teemu Leppälä, Mia Salonen, Teemu Hirvilammi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Santtu Hyvärinen
  • Area

    18650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Housing, What’s Next? Challenges and Innovation in the Global South

17:08 - 23 October, 2018
Housing, What’s Next? Challenges and Innovation in the Global South, HOUSING: WHAT’S NEXT?  FROM THINKING THE UNIT TO BUILDING THE CITY
HOUSING: WHAT’S NEXT? FROM THINKING THE UNIT TO BUILDING THE CITY

During the twentieth century the world population increased at a higher rate than at any other period in time, from around 1.5 billion people in 1900 to nearly 7 billion today. Facing these figures, it is impossible not to think about what we have done to accommodate this population, or rather, what all these people have done to obtain housing. Figures indicate that although we have been able to build large quantities of houses, and have begun to cover the quantitative deficit, today the great challenge is to improve the quality of the existing housing stock. At a time in which this effervescent population growth persists–particularly in the geographical regions of the Global South and in emerging economies–the question is how do we change the paradigm and start thinking about housing in relation to the quality of the urban fabric to build better cities.

Challenge Studio's Award-Winning Design Envisions a New Residential Typology

05:00 - 17 October, 2018
Challenge Studio's Award-Winning Design Envisions a New Residential Typology , Courtesy of Challenge Studio
Courtesy of Challenge Studio

In the age of skyscrapers, the immediate solution to housing is to build up and duplicate single units in the plan. In contrast, the Zafereniah Tower designed by Challenge Studio, project laureate of the recent 2018 Architizer A+ Award, proposed a conceptual endeavor as a prototype for mid-rise, multi-unit housing.

The Tehran-based firm won both the Jury and Popular Choice Awards for their response to the prompt for a design that "champion[s] its potential for a positive impact on everyday life."

Courtesy of Challenge Studio Courtesy of Challenge Studio Courtesy of Challenge Studio Courtesy of Challenge Studio + 8

AD Classics: Weissenhof-Siedlung Houses 14 and 15 / Le Corbusier + Pierre Jeanneret

22:00 - 4 October, 2018
AD Classics: Weissenhof-Siedlung Houses 14 and 15 / Le Corbusier + Pierre Jeanneret, © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com
© Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com

This article was originally published on March 26, 2014. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

The two-family structure known as Houses 14 and 15, designed by International Style, Le Corbusier's work in Stuttgart serves as a critical prototype in the development and realization of the Swiss architect’s architectural identity, which would revolutionize 20th century architecture.

© Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com © Hassan Bagheri / hbarchitectural.com + 18

2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries Open

15:42 - 27 September, 2018
2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries Open, 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists (Photo Credits on RBA Website)
2017 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists (Photo Credits on RBA Website)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. 

Call for Entries: Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho

08:46 - 10 September, 2018
Call for Entries: Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho, rise in the city 2018: Pushing the boundaries of design
rise in the city 2018: Pushing the boundaries of design

rise in the city is a unique international architecture competition for students and recent graduates worldwide. The challenge is to design affordable and sustainable housing solutions for Africa’s growing population. We invite all innovative problem solvers in the built environment to design a low-income housing prototype in an effort to curb Lesotho’s housing problem in an environment challenged by increased urban migration, climate change, and scarcity of resources.

Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis

16:00 - 6 September, 2018
Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis, The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects have created a prefabricated tiny house to address Australia's housing crisis. Made to raise money for the not-for-profit organization Kids Under Cover and support homeless youth, The Peak project provides an affordable option for young people priced out of the housing market in Australia's cities. Designed to go completely off grid or integrate with city infrastructure mains, the project was formed around IKEA furniture within a double-height volume. All profits from The Peak support Kids Under Cover in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.

The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects + 6

Renovation in Zayuan / FESCH Beijing

19:00 - 22 August, 2018
Renovation in Zayuan / FESCH Beijing, © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song
© Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song

© Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Daisuke Matsumoto + 13