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  • Gökçeada Sustainable School Campus by ONZ Architects

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    Gökçeada Sustainable School Campus - Honorable Mention Prize

    ONZ Architects + Goland


    Gökçeada Highschool Campus Project was a preselected architectural competition for the design of a high school campus comprising two high schools, a sports hall, a conference center, and dormitories. 18 teams were preselected to compete for the project, 15 designs were submitted. Gökçeada is an island in Turkey near the Dardanelles with a population of approximately 8000 people. The existing high school buildings were emptied because of earthquake hazard and Çanakkale Governorate opened an architectural competition for the design of a new campus. 

    For the design of the school campus, the remarkable topography of the site has been the major source of inspiration. School buildings have been positioned on the north-south axis in order to give small façades to north because of Gökçeada’s harsh climatic conditions. The main mass positioned on the site has been divided from north to south into public (spo...

  • Chinese School puts running track on its roof

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    In use since September 1, 2014, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building. In "School puts running track on its roof" Chinese architect Ruan Hao [LYCS Architecture], chief architect of the teaching building, said "that breaking the tradition of a running track on the ground might provide a solution for other schools with limited land."

    The "No 2 Elementary School of Tiantai Chicheng district" - located near Hangzhou - is one of the 11 case-studies that is part of the "ADAPTATION - architecture and change in China"-exhibition - one of the 21 Collateral Events of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - curated by prof. Marino Folin & MovingCites, and hosted by the EMGdotART Foundation at Palazzo Zen in Venice.

    As part of the exhibition, and in co-production with China Daily Video, EMGdotART Foundation created a short documentary on the construction of this project called "Ruan...

  • Apple Campus 2 construction: house i-something is building

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    "Small is huge" - Mac mini slogan in early 2009.

    It's a giant circling pit. How I wish that was a moat filled with crocodile data, making it impossible for software architects to escape the premises and create even more tech for the masses.

    Is the new thing in architecture medievalism?

  • See For Yourself

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    it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 percent of the housing stock affected, five percent of the housing stock is uninhabitable – an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged. This on top of a shortage of 71,000 housing units before the Israeli attack.

    This is a real challenge for architecture. I urge Architecture for Humanity to directly involve and bring this crisis into their working platform, producing ideas of reconstruction. 

  • SALT festival celebrates arctic architecture in Sandhornøy, Norway

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    Taking place on the island of Sandhornøy in the Arctic Circle region of Norway, SALT will host its opening festivities this weekend, starting August 29 to September 1. Founded in 2010 by acclaimed curator Helga-Marie Nordby and cultural entrepreneur Erlend Mogård-Larsen, SALT celebrates the rarely traversed arctic landscape and promotes Norway's contributions to art and design history.

    This weekend's events include traditionally inspired architecture designed by Rintala Eggertson Architects.

    Find out more on Bustler.

  • Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for August 2014

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    Take a gander at our latest roundup of Kickstarter and crowdfunding projects for Archinect's curated Kickstarter page! Here are our picks for August 2014:

    Space Rites: Interactive Installation & Performance Series

    After the success of their musical architecture Dithyrambalina campaign, New Orleans Airlift is working with sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd and the Lower 9th Ward community in an interactive art installation at the deconsecrated St. Maurice Church. As performers and visitors sing, dance, and speak, Shepherd's reclaimed-TV oscilloscopes will translate the sounds into responsive visuals in the church. Funds will support materials for artwork production and pay the musical performers.

    Dirty Furniture Magazine

    Dirty Furniture is a new indie biannual design magazine founded and edited by an experienced group of design writers consisting of Pete Maxwell, Anna Bates, and Elizabeth Glickfeld. Each issue focuses on a piece of furniture as its theme and uses it to explore and provoke ...

  • Orandajima House by Martin van der Linden

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    Orandajima House: Afterschool Facility and Community Centre



    After a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the town on 11 March 2011, several major companies were urged to help by a longtime friend of Yamada-machi in The Hague, the Netherlands. This business group decided to offer the town a facility where children would have a place to play, heal and come together. Having gone to the city shortly after the tsunami and seeing the devastation first hand was our biggest inspiration and motivation.


    Project Description:

    Yamada-machi is a town located on the central coastline of Japan’s Iwate prefecture. Its economy is based mainly on the fishery industry.  Following extensive consultations with the Yamada-machi authorities, it was proposed in February 2012 to establish an after-school house and community centre.The Foundation is named after the island where in 1643 a Dutch ship, called the ‘Breskens’ landed in the Bay of Yamada. This island was called 'Oranda-jima ('Holland I...

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Art-chitecture" Pinterest Board

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    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

    (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

    Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Art-chitecture.

    Collapse Construction in Los Angeles, CA by Formation Association in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus; Photo: Hammer Museum

    ↑ From "Personal Work" by Megan McGlynn

    Empty Architecture by J. F. Bautista

    ↑ From "Selected Artwork" by Christopher Alexander

    GOOGLE CAMPUS project by Dimitra Tampaki in cooperation with Irem Dokmeci, Dimitra Pavlakou, Angel Tenorio

    The Chair Pavilion by Michael Jantzen

    Cable car project in Wengen by Fei Alexeli

    Vista Initiation 12 by Aimilios Davlantis Lo

    Drawings on John Cage by Nurhan Gokturk

    (Cover pic: Illustration by Angel Beale)


    Click her...

  • MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike

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    Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a new helmet that shows, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps and tracks your engagement, and allows you to share your maps with others. These maps provide quantified insight that empower you to maximize your riding experience, and they are a great resource for riding communities and street advocacy.

    Unlike many other biometric monitoring devices, the MindRider helmet isn't just about recording your physical activities; it's about harvesting data from normal routines to better inform public policy. The MindRider "reads" electrical activity between the brain's neurons, but the technology isn't invasive enough to determine anything beyond where on the route you're concentrating ("Hotspots") or coasting ("Sweetspots"). For an individual rider, boiling down the data into these two categories simplifies the ride experience, but with enough participants, the service can paint the cycling personality of an entire city, and provide a highly personal way to publicly engage with cycling. Maybe it can even make drivers empathize with stressed out cyclists.

    While the actual helmet isn't commercially available quite yet, MindRider recently reached its Kickstarter goal to create "The MindRider Guide to New York City", a map and guidebook to the city's mental cycling infrastructure. Whether tha...

  • Palm Springs: New Architecture and Design Center to open in November

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    Each year Palm Springs dedicates a week to celebrating Midcentury Modernism architecture in the desert city. Now, it has more reason to celebrate. The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, is set to open Nov. 9. It will provide a place to showcase the sleek style pioneered by architects such as Richard Neutra, Donald Frey and E. Stewart Williams. The project is an expansion of the Palm Springs Art Museum, which also is housed in a Williams building.

  • Along the High Line: Top This!

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    The facades of his 515 Highline, a 12-unit condo at 515 West 29th Street in West Chelsea that will almost touch the elevated park, will be rippled like the surface of a sea. And Soori High Line, a 27-unit condo across the street at 522 West 29th, will have not only rooftop pools [...]. More than a dozen lower-floor apartments will also come with private pools to allow residents to float above it all while contemplating the brash buildings that increasingly populate the surrounding blocks.

  • In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass

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    On a breezy summer afternoon here in the newly renovated Sanayeh Garden, children are climbing the monkey bars, pedaling on bikes and kicking a ball by the huge water fountain in the park’s center. [...] While this would be an ordinary scene in Paris, New York or Singapore, it’s practically a new invention for today’s residents of Beirut. Functional public parks have been virtually nonexistent here for decades.

  • Get Lectured: University of Texas at Austin, Fall '14

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    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014

    Another school year, another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    Our poster today comes from The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture.

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

    Lectures begin at 5 p.m. in Goldsmith Hall, Room 3.120. Exhibitions are located in Goldsmith Mebane Gallery, open M-F from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., unless noted.


    Sept 3
    Lance Hosey / RTKL - Washington, D.C. 


    Oct 1
    Joeb Moore / Joeb Moore + Partners - Greenwich, CT

    Oct 8
    Alice Kimm & John Friedman / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects - Los Angeles, CA

    Oct 15
    Lisa Heschong / Heschong Mahone Group - Sacramento, CA

    Oct 22
    Wendell Burnette / Wendell Bur...

  • Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal

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    Fashion design may seem far removed from architecture, but both disciplines have the human scale at their centers. One intimately wraps the body, the other moderates its passage through the world, but both are occasions for self-expression and vital to survival. The organizers behind Parametrica [Digi Fab School]’s “Architecture in Digital Fashion” workshop are encouraging architecture and design students to apply their skillset in these overlaps, to explore how wearable materials and architectural forms can inform one another.

  • A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City

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    In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey

    Pure interiors. Buildings with no roof and exterior.

    Also see Aaron Locke's blog; Indo Inquisition 13 weeks in India

    the most pure form of subtractive architecture- via

  • What People Cured of Blindness See?

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    The absence of these rules can frustrate the newly sighted, whose visual world can be both blurry and two-dimensional—paintings and people are often described as “flat, with dark patches”; a far-away house is “nearby, but requiring the taking of a lot of steps”; streetlights seen through glass are “luminous stains stuck to the window”; sunbeams through tree branches collapse into a single “tree with all the lights in it.

    Now, go ahead and incorporate some of these images into your architectural visualization...

  • MOCA Announces New Performance Festival for Downtown LA

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    This month, audiences will be able to check out the first program to emerge from Vergne's nascent administration: Step and Repeat, a multidisciplinary festival of performing arts, takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over four Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 13 [...] Step and Repeat will feature a unique nightly lineup of poetry readings, noise/experimental music, performance art, stand-up comedy, live bands and deejays, all presented side by side.

    The news that performance and other public programming will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a sign for some that the new director, Philippe Vergne, is already returning the embattled museum  to its former strength. Vergne replaced the former director Jeffrey Deitch, whose stewarding of the institution provoked controversy and ended in his resignation. Some contended that Deitch oriented the museum too much around pop culture and celebrity, with exhibits like "Rebel" featuring the work of James France and "Art in the Streets" about graffiti. When he announced a show about disco, prestigious artists like Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger resigned from the museum board.

    MOCA has a long history of being an "artist's museum," due to the active and experimental role of artists in its programming. For example, the ongoing MOCAtv showcases the works of artists who have not necessarily fully broken into the mainstream, such as the recent episodes by the Jogging or Ed Fornieles. ...

  • Steam Stratum — Baltic Thermal Pool Park by The Open Workshop

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    Geologic Building

    Steam Stratum taps into the rich geologic history of Latvia and the presence of natural thermal baths. Conceived of as an extrusion of the sedimentary rock below, the building is organized into various layers, or strata. These layers are placed to separate and connect the differential programs in a precise manner — lifting to create higher ceiling heights below, or descending to connect directly to adjacent programs. As the topographic cut moves through the building it interacts with the different levels to allow for seamless navigation through the linear resort. Despite its appearance, the building is primarily glazed to allow for uninterrupted views of the surrounding natural landscape. To provide privacy, a series of vertical stone fins quarried from a local mine, are organized to line the glazed façade and provide the simultaneous sense of a monolithic stone that is rooted within its natural environment while being porous. Moving through the layers of the buildi...

  • Editor's Picks #382

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    The latest edition of the Working out of the Box: series featured, Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede.

     jla-x had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "Fantastic!" and second "love this series".

    Plus, Nicholas Korody explored the current work of Bruno Zhu, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work ‘Builder’, he offers up the following explanation, it "is quite naïve and stubborn. It’s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project’s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness". 

    Douglaswittnebel felt there was a "Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when".

     Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week, ...

  • Metro (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) seeking Transportation Planning Manager IV, Countywide Planning & Development – System wide Planning in Los Angeles, CA, US

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    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is seeking a motivated transportation planning and design professional to serve as Transportation Planning Manager IV, Countywide Planning & Development – System wide Planning. This is an exciting time to join Metro and actively participate in the rapid growth of the regional transit system which will expand mobility options and transform how people move around Los Angeles County.

    This position will be responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of initiatives to create consistency in the planning, design and implementation of transit projects and ensure systemwide integration, continuity and branding. Projects will include supporting the passenger experience by improving the physical integration of rail, bus and other modes of transportation, and fostering strong connections with the surrounding community and urban environment.

    The incumbent must have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience ...

  • Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute

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    Google's satellite imaging allows us to virtually tour remote or inaccessible locales the world over, and with recently improved resolutions and initiatives from the Google Cultural Institute, our gaze can go farther and more intimately into places we may never physically visit. Google's interest in maintaining this visual resource has implications as far-reaching as its imagery, but it's also a boon for architecture education, where access to imagery and certain spaces can be highly exclusive, and retaining a global (and historical) perspective is exceedingly important.

    To this end, Google's Cultural Institute has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation in order to make the famous Finnish architect's spaces (and of course his famous stool no. 60) available online in 360-degree panoramas, detailing every surface. The partnership's collection focuses on eight sites, including Aalto's studio, Säynätsalo Town Hall, and the House Kantola, as well as an exhibition at the Aalto Museum in...

  • Water Wars: the Islamic State and the Mosul Dam

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    Water has become a central focus for both the Islamic State and its combatants in the current struggle being waged over the large geographic area of northern Iraq and southern Syria. Previously overshadowed by the conflicts in Gaza and Crimea, the rapid emergence and expansion of the Islamic State (IS) has recently become the focus of international media attention, accelerated by the release and dissemination of a video depicting the execution of American journalist Steven Foley, allegedly by the IS. 

  • The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?

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    It's been a long time since the Houston Oilers or any other team called the Astrodome home, and voters rejected a bond measure to adapt and reuse this domed cathedral last year. But Emmett's not giving it up. Yesterday, he led the press on a tour of the Astrodome to introduce his own plan to restore it: By creating the world's largest indoor park. This isn't the first scheme mounted by preservationists who see a future for the dome.


  • A Sticker Pack For Urban Item Sharing

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    Haven’t we all a huge pile of very handy but hardly used things in our house that fill our closets and make us need even more space than we already occupy? Swiss initiative Pumpipumpe wants to encourage urbanites to share all these occasionally used items with a handy set of stickers. The Pumpipume stickers, that can be stuck to front doors or mailboxes, allow urbanites to easily indicate which items they are willing to loan to neighbors.

  • Making Space for More Tech Firms in New York City

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    As New York City’s burgeoning tech economy continues to grow, startups face the same challenges for office space they would anywhere else—but have the added challenge of Manhattan-level price tags, vying for space with law firms, banks, and other well-financed tenants. An absolute lack of space is not the issue, however. New York’s low 10 percent office vacancy rate may be second only to Washington, D.C.’s 9.6 percent, but an enormous amount of inventory is going up [...].

    Related: Working out of the Box interview with Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer at WeWork.

  • The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq

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    “The cities we’re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,” says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can’t Iraqis redesign their own cities? “There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren’t there – yet,” [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.

  • Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea

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    The North Korean government has approved plans by two Norwegian artists to open an art academy in the country. Henrik Placht and Morten Traavik travelled to North Korea together for the first time in August to flesh out the proposal and to look for potential sponsors. So far they have received financial support from the Prince Claus Fund. [...] “One of the reasons for us going to North Korea is that we don’t believe in sanctions and the boycott of art,” Placht tells The Art Newspaper.

  • Get Lectured: South Dakota State University, Fall '14

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    Another school year, another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    Today's poster comes from the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Department of Architecture with their Convention lecture series, curated by SDSU architecture instructor Sara Lum.

    A quick summary about Convention:
    "Convention investigates the established protocols related to notions of representation, geographical location, modes of practice, building techniques, and the return of history currently in question...While architectural projects both professional and academic respond to given criteria in multiple ways, agreed upon conventions serve as a way to communicate and validate intellectual production across a broad spectrum of projects."

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