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  • Tropism of wild flower by L'EAU Design

    about 11 hours ago from

    A City is a community filled with diverse discrete entities and a silhouette appears by the creation of a standardized system for the mutual co-existence of all entities. It is the Architecture which forms their living environment within this unknown disorder among the city's entities. Architecture is a multi-layered, three dimensional object within the Urban Eco-system. If the architecture is seized by the logic of economy and hardens to a solid object and cannot react flexibly to the variety of changes and the environmental stimulus, the flow of symbiosis forms within the biosphere will inevitably break naturally.
    Today’s institutional model of neighborhood multi-use facilities is our main life stage found in typical residential areas fulfilling the general purpose of the facility which is "A Facility adjacent to the residential area to provide convenience to people's lives". Therefore, unlike the massive building towers located adjacent to the main roadside, the neighborhood multi...

  • Mecanoo's newly opened Delft train station hall stays true to its city roots

    about 13 hours ago from

    Six years after the project was first announced, Delft's new railway station hall opened its doors to the public this past Saturday. Designed by native Dutch firm Mecanoo, the new building purposefully nods to its cultural roots so that visitors arriving at the station will know from the get-go that they are in Delft indeed.

    The station hall, which is the first phase of the development, is built above a new train tunnel that will replace an old 1965 concrete viaduct by 2017. Amsterdam/Aachen-based Benthem Crouwel, who worked on the Rotterdam Centraal Station, designed the station's below-ground platforms.

    With Francesco Veenstra as design lead, Mecanoo focused on balancing Delft's rich history with its present and future for their design concept. As expected, the Delft Blue color scheme is rampant throughout the building's exterior and interior.

    The building's outer fused-glass skin was designed to "reflect the Dutch skies" and features a lens-like sphere pattern that refers to a commo...

  • Waste to Wonder: student work

    about 14 hours ago from

    Assistant Professor Nikole Bouchard has given her students the challenge to reconsider waste in our lives.

    Waste is generally a concealed and ill-understood amalgamation of items, most often hidden from view, whille on the other hand, reflecting our society. How do we engage with an infrastructure that is more-or-less shrouded and inaccessible, yet completely interlaced in our daily routines?  Given our lack of contact with waste infrastructure, how can research and design mediate our interface with waste and inspire innovative ways for us to turn our trash into treasure?
    Students were encouraged to research the life cycle of items, produce precedent analyses, maps, diagrams, infographics and assembly drawings to discover imaginative ways to work with Waste.,

    No Item was off-limits, as a result, there have been some interesting goings-on in studio....

    Thanks to the students in this studio for sharing their work:

    Rachel Momenee, Bradley Pokrzewinski, Kyle Resheske, Brandon Sather, Ryan Sh...

  • Upper Main Line Residence by Robert Jamieson

    about 14 hours ago from

    Robert McElroy.  McElroy built many similar modern homes in the Philadelphia area from the 1950’s through 1970’s.  Many, like this one, were set into beautiful, yet hilly sites that take full advantage of the natural surroundings with open floor plans and abundant use of floor to ceiling glass. 

    The owners have carefully updated the home, by completely renovating the kitchen and bathrooms, and modernizing other key components to support the existing character. The flooring on the lower level was unified from carpeting and laminate wood floor to a reclaimed basketball court from a college in Wisconsin.  The guest bathroom was updated with modern fixtures and matte white penny tile throughout. 

    The upper level saw an update to the kitchen to include all new cabinetry and appliances to go along with hand formed and dip dyed porcelain wall tiles, soapstone countertops, petrified wood drawer pulls, Carrera marble mosaic floor and a reclaimed walnut bar top.  The stair received a new steel ...

  • The town that Hyperloop built

    about 15 hours ago from

    For [Hyperloop Transportation Technologies], the Quay Valley test track is a way to test its idea of smaller hyperloop rings that could eventually connect to a bigger loop that runs along I-5. For Quay Valley and Hays, the test track is a wildly futuristic attraction [...] It follows a narrative pulled from the world of consumer technology, rather than conventional urban planning. Quay Valley isn't really a place with people yet ... it's a collection of technologies that residents will use.

    Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?

    Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California's Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk's pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with UCLA to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles – the end-lines in Musk's original proposal.

    The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley's 7,500-acre plot, gettin...

  • With London's Palace of Westminster crumbling, the British government may have to find a new home

    about 17 hours ago from

    Let me share a secret with you. Even those who love the Gothic extravagance that is the Victorian Palace of Westminster know that great swaths of it are out of date. [...] In 2015 the urgent question is again what to do about it. [...] options ranging from staggering on as usual with make-do-and-mending to a new 21st-century building on a new site, possibly far from London.

  • North Dakota, the skyscraper state

    about 20 hours ago from

    Many of the tallest structures in the world are not designed by starchitects, and you’ve likely never seen them [...] dozens of nearly anonymous towers around the United States, most in small rural communities, dwarf all but the tallest man-made structures in the world. Take the KVLY-TV Tower in Blanchard, North Dakota, a township of 26 people north of Fargo. At 2,063 feet (628.8 meters), it’s the tallest structure in the western hemisphere and the fourth-tallest structure in the world.

  • Hélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award

    about 21 hours ago from

    The WUHO Gallery in Hollywood was abuzz on the opening night of “Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light” this past Saturday, in celebration of Binet as the 2015 recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. Co-curated by JSI Managing Director Emily Bills and Binet, “Fragments of Light” is the photographer’s first U.S. exhibition featuring around 20 photos out of her vast body of work from 25 years of working in the field.

    Treating light as if it were a building material, Binet’s signature style renders the buildings of architects like Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, and Le Corbusier into black and white atmospheric compositions of light, shadow, and sharp details that Binet masterfully captures all through a film camera.

    The crowd slowly trickled into the narrow but long gallery space, which was soon full of friends, associates, Woodbury architecture students and alumni, and photography and arts enthusiasts chattering away over light refreshments.

    Notable attendees in...

  • Get Lectured: Pratt Institute, Spring '15

    about 21 hours ago from

    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015

    Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session! Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    The next featured poster comes from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture.

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Below are upcoming events only. Free + open to the public.
    BK = Brooklyn campus; M = Manhattan campus

    Mar 6-7
    SCULPTING THE ARCHITECTURAL MIND 3: “Neuroscience and the Education of an Architect” conference
    More info here.

    Mar 27
    6 pm (M)
    “Peoples Climate March followup + the citywide Climate Works campaign: advocating and guiding NYC climate agenda”
    Matt Ryan / Representative from NYC Central Labor Council + from NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

    Mar 30
    6 pm (BK)
    Andrew Wha...

  • hotbox for winterstations by Michaela MacLeod

    about 23 hours ago from

    An ice house is a traditional architectural typology used in northern climates to provide shelter while ice fishing on a frozen lake. In its simplest form, it is a temporary structure constructed from plastic tarps and draped over two-by-fours. The building’s purpose is not only to give protection from low temperatures and high winds, but also to facilitate what has become a social activity in many Canadian regions. 

    HOTBOX mimics this typology and heightens the contrast between inside and outside, allowing visitors to experience warmth through visual, auditory, tactile, and associative means, while acting as a catalyst for social exchange during Toronto’s Winterstations Festival. Entering from the harsh landscape through a cold, dark, rubber exterior, one finds themselves in an insulated, soft, muffled and light-filled space that conjures feelings of shelter, intimacy, quietude, and a sense of respite from the often-unforgiving Canadian landscape. Where traditional ice houses enclos...

  • Archinect Project Collections presents your Bamiyan Cultural Centre proposals!

    about a day ago from

    Many teams have already followed Archinect & Bustler's recent call to post your non-finalist entries to the highly popular Bamiyan Cultural Centre design competition in Afghanistan directly on your Archinect profiles.

    As we're continuing to gather all submissions in one handy list, you can now access the Bamiyan Project Collection here.

    To give you a better impression of the quality and scope of received entries, here are just a few proposals that especially stood out to us.

    Entry by by KSR Architects

    Entry by Kaluzhak Maxim, Oleg Budeanu, Andrei Vatamaniuc, Ina Borozan, Irina Dubinschi

    Entry by Karolos Michailidis, Zapantiotis Fotis, Papanagiotou Stathis

    Entry by 1.61 Arquitectos

    Entry by Shift Process Practice

    Entry by by Jong Kim, Shawn Conte, Mark Talma

    Entry by Maryam Moayery Nia, Hamed Zarrinkamari, Fatemeh Mousavi, Masoud Moayery Nia (CG artist: Milad Kambari, Pouria Abbasi)

    Entry by Chiara Mazzarello with 4rkitects Team

    Haven't submitted your entry yet but would like t...

  • "A Culture of Fear": U of Manitoba architecture dean resigns amid controversy

    about a day ago from

    Ralph Stern, the dean of the faculty of architecture at the University of Manitoba in Canada, resigned last week following the publication of a damning report by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Accused of contributing to the creation of a “culture of fear and retribution,” Dean Stern has faced controversy since assuming the post in 2010, with repeated complaints lodged from both colleagues and students.

    The CAUT report detailed the rapid turnover of personnel within the department. Over the course of Dean Stern’s tenure, three different department heads passed through, two of them leaving with documented grievances directed at Stern. In particular, former head of the department Nat Chard wrote in a published letter, “My sole reason for leaving the University of Manitoba was the behaviour of the Dean, who established a culture of fear within the faculty and appeared only to try to find problems with the department, despite its peer reviewed success. It was clea...

  • Transsolar KlimaEngineering, Thomas E. Lollini, Thomas Luebke, the Mies van der Rohe 2015 finalists, and Peter Kitchen are among this week's winners

    about a day ago from

    At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

    Here's recap #49 for Feb. 23-27, 2015 below:

    Winners of the AIA 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award + Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement 

    Both awards distinguish significant contributions and lasting influence in the architecture profession and the community. University campus architect Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA and Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts Thomas Luebke, FAIA won in their respective categories for, coincidentally, the Thomas Jefferson Award. The Lyceum Fellowship and Transsolar KlimaEngineering were the lucky recipients for the Collaborative Achievement award.

    Entrants showcase their potential for Nine Elms to Pimlico Pedestrian Bridge over London’s River Thames 

    The London Borough of Wandsworth launched a competition back in December inviting multidisciplin...

  • Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper

    about a day ago from

    A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year. The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe’s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about €60m (£44m).

    Designed by Rüdiger Lainer and Partner, the skyscraper would consist of 76% wood. The material choice, according to project developer Caroline Palfy of Kerbler, is largely ecological. While wood requires hewing down trees, its net environmental impact is far lower than concrete: construction would produce 2,800 tonnes less of CO2 emissions than an equivalent-sized concrete structure.

    Of course, there's a reason why our cities don't tend to be populated by wooden towers. And the Viennese fire service has already expressed concern over the designs. But, with measures including "a more fail-safe sprinkler system," the building will likely pass muster.

    For others, criticism of the proposed skyscraper center around its height. Politicians and other civically-engaged Austrians have expressed concern that the tower will not fit into the historic city's skyline.

    More generally, there's been a good deal of interest in the use of wood in skyscraper design in the last few years. For related conte...

  • A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture

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    “There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,” says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. “But we simply don’t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.”

    Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit. 

  • Get Lectured: University of Arkansas, Spring '15

    about a day ago from

    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015

    Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session! Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    Designed by SILO AR+D, the next featured poster comes from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture with their Spring '15 lecture series, "INFLUENCE."

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Listed below are upcoming events only. Unless noted, events take place at 5 pm in the Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Vol Walker Hall. Free + open to the public.

    Mar 2
    Adam Greenspan / PWP Landscape Architecture

    Mar 9
    Suzan Tillotson / Tillotson Design Associates

    Mar 16
    Krista Ninivaggi / K&CO

    Mar 30
    Peter Gluck / Gluck+

    Apr 6
    Helle Sohølt / Gehl Architects

    Apr 13
    Tod Williams + Billie Tsi...

  • Building the First Slavery Museum in America

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    Built largely in secret and under decidedly unorthodox circumstances, the Whitney [Plantation] had been turned into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery — the first of its kind in the United States. Located on land where slaves worked for more than a century, in a state where the sight of the Confederate flag is not uncommon, the results are both educational and visceral.

  • is this normal stuff to happen in architecture firms.

    about 4 days ago from

    hi all..i'm a female, korean, staff at an archi firm in Seoul.

    i spent around a year in this firm right after i graduated from school (all in seoul)

    a year with this firm was okay, not bad and the work was also acceptable. people were nice enough to work together with. but the thing is i wonder some experience is only happening here or only in korea.

    there was one occasion that i think is not acceptable. current project that im participating is a public museum. the korean government placed an order. by now there had been lots of meetings and presentations especially with the town hall officials. lots and lots of (boring) submission (which i sometimes feel as.. waste of paper....) (puhaha, time for preparing documents is wayyyyy longer than designing anything) . things were really boring sometimes but i wasn't really being dissatisfied. i was bored but that was what had to be done.  but one day, there was a very important official meeting with the people related to this project. public ...

  • Get a drone's eye view of Foster + Partners' Masdar City in Abu Dhabi

    about 4 days ago from

    UK/Dubai-based media company Electric Lime Productions recently released a film for the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi called "The Arcology", defined as "a vision of architectural design principles for very densely populated habitats (hyperstructures)"

    The short video below is a highlight from a student recruitment film, showing off beautiful aerial shots of Foster + Partners' solar-powered Masdar City and its desert landscape -- all captured by drone.

  • Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all

    about 4 days ago from

    It’s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams remarked that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren’t as many glaring shiny erections or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don’t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called HistoricPlacesLA, that history is becoming much more accessible.

    A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA is essentially an online database of all the significant physical urban elements in LA – from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapped, and acce...

  • Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for February 2015

    about 4 days ago from

    It's already time for the next round-up of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page. Check out this month's list right below.

    BOOKNITURE- Furniture Hidden in a Book

    Designed by Hong Kong-based MIKE/PLATEAUS, BOOKNITURE is a sleek Origami Structure "book" that unfolds like an accordion into a clever portable piece of furniture. The Kickstarter, which has already far surpassed its initial goal, will help fund necessary tools for mass production.

    re Brut: Brutalist Architecture Re-Imagined

    As a winning design in a student studio seminar course/competition, the "re Brut" pavilion reinterprets the Brutalist architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kickstarter funds would support the pavilion's realization for the UIC School of Architecture's annual Year End Show (Y.E.S.)

    Obelisk: Volume I: On Art, Architecture, & Antiquities

    OBELISK Vol. 1 contains 36 articles and interviews from the Obelisk quarterly journal. Most of the articles in the 240-...

  • Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future

    about 4 days ago from

    Los Angeles is a place that is “conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,” asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum’s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan’s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.

    The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...

  • Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan

    about 4 days ago from

    “Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,” asserts Bjarke Ingels of BIG at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn’t adopted a particular language for buildings.” Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio.

    Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios – they’re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,” while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...

  • Archinect's Lexicon: "Ethnoburb"

    about 4 days ago from

    ethnoburbs (noun): "suburban ethnic clusters of residential areas and business districts in large American metropolitan areas. They are multi-ethnic communities, in which one ethnic minority group has a significant concentration, but does not necessarily comprise a majority."

    Dr. Wei Li, currently a professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at ASU, coined the term while a PhD student at USC in the 1990s. The above definition is quoted from the abstract of "Anatomy of a New Ethnic Settlement: The Chinese Ethnoburb in Los Angeles", Li's 1998 paper where the term was first published, when Li was an assistant professor of geography and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut.

    (Google's ngram charting published instances of "ethnoburb".)

    The word grew out of Li's research on Los Angeles, where high concentrations of non-white ethnicities were settling in suburban areas, such as the San Gabriel Valley, during the 1980s and 1990s. The term has since been applied to demograph...

  • HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York

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    The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.

    "Architecture is Building-plus-value." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...