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Serving underprivileged families, Winnipeg’s Centre Village housing cooperative utilizes design to help revitalize a neglected inner-city neighbourhood and to provide its residents with a unique setting that inspires pride and encourages community-building.
The site was an abandoned L-shaped lot zoned for six single-family houses. Instead, the project established a micro village of 25-dwellings within six, three-storey blocks that would be easy to build and maintain. The blocks’ arrangement both defines and animates two public spaces – a through-street and a shared courtyard – that weave the city through the project and provide amenities for residents and the surrounding neighbourhood. The landscaped courtyard offers a calm and protected place for children to play, and the new street is an informal meeting place. Each dwelling has its own entrance, either at grade or up an exterior staircase, thus reducing internal circulation and the size of the overall building, and also prompting ...
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Here's another look at what to expect at the Milan Expo in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based ecoLogicStudio designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect Cesare Griffa.
Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI ‘Feeding New Ideas for the City’ exhibition at Cortile d’Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.
Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.
Dig into the project details right below:
"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio’s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world’s first bio-digital canopy integra...
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Companies across the U.S. from Texas to Virginia and Nebraska are struggling to fill positions with metropolitan jobless rates below the 5.2 percent to 5.6 percent level the Federal Reserve regards as full employment nationally. [...] “The competition for people is really fierce right now,” said Gar Muse, principal with Cooper Carry, an architectural firm that has increased staff to 50 in Alexandria from 40 in 2010 and plans to hire more.
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Inside a warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard steel beams and flat metal sheeting rest atop a workbench. A diagram–which looks an awful lot like IKEA furniture assembly instructions–spells out where each beam and metal screw belongs. [...] The metal may not look like much yet, but it’s on its way to becoming part of the world’s tallest modular residential high-rise. [...] “This is bringing the best of manufacturing and construction together.”
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Maidan Square in Kiev. Taksim Square in Istanbul. Tahrir Square in Cairo. Recent democratic movements around the globe have risen, or crashed and burned, on the hard pavement of vast urban public squares. [...] But too few observers have considered the significance of the empty public spaces themselves. [...] If public squares are essential to democracy, is their relative absence in modern American life bad for our democracy—or a sign that we’re not as democratic as we imagine?
New library loft for a private residence with a spectacular book collection.
Project Name: Library for Kunming University of Science and Technology
Location : Kunming, Yunnan Province, China
Area : 27,000 sqm
Scope : Interior Design
Timeframe : 2009 – 2012
Status : Design Completed and Constructed
Design Agency: STUDIO TWIST
Creative Director: Lip Chiong
Text: Lip Chiong
Photographer: STUDIO TWIST
Client: Kunming University of Science and Technology
Ordered Spaces of Knowledge
The Library of Kunming University of Science and Technology designed by Studio Twist opened In January 2012. This library is regarded as the symbolic center of the university campus. The building form resembles stacked cubes on a plinth with bi-axial symmetry and a vertical central atrium. The central circular atrium serves as the spiritual center as well as the main vertical circulation of the library.
Our initial design for the rotunda is to demolish the mono functional spiral stairs in a column, and replace it with a series of staircases along the round edge of each floor plate that link ever...
The place is a regular 12x25 meters plot located in an elevated zone at the northwest side of Aguascalientes city, with an east front and having the privileged view to the Cerro del Muerto's sunset in the back.
The project responds to the needs of a four member family, zoning areas by levels. It has the lower plan for social activities, the upper plan for rooms and services and the top plan as a work studio with a terrace.
The construction takes up from the north side of the lot, leaving a garden in the south to allow a dialogue with all the house spaces, strengthening the interior-exterior relation in a private way. A closed facade emerges to the outside, revealing only the entrance to the house inside a volume game that spins and moves around a vertical axis that joins them.
Indoor areas are structured through a path that goes across the house lengthways. A double and a half height space is cut by a glass corridor, letting light pass and turning itself into the backbone of access to...
Last week I attended the seventh World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia, where more than 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe. [...] Unfortunately, a number of important countries, the U.S. and Canada among them, remain worryingly undecided about joining this widespread call for a city-specific SDG from countries as diverse as Germany, Colombia, and Ghana.
In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.
I’d asked Stokes whether the technology challenges of designing a building to last 100+ years are more difficult today than they were in, say, 1900 — or if it’s as difficult, just different. He said the challenges might be more difficult today, but regardless, maybe technology is changing the solution: we shouldn’t try to design buildings today to last 100 years, but design them so they’ll last for, say, 20 years and then be replaced.
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The housing dynamic in San Francisco raises the capital intensity of consumption. That contributes to an increase in the capital share of income and to the stock of wealth in the economy. Zoning restrictions are a tool of the oligarchy, effectively. I'm only one-fourth kidding.
The author(s) examine the origins/causes of the growing housing/rent crisis in American cities, such as San Francisco.
h/t David Madden
He’s waited until his ninth decade, but Frank Gehry is turning his attention to the London skyline, starting with Battersea Power Station, where he will draw on the capital’s sweeping crescents and stucco terraces as part of its £8bn redevelopment. He tells Harry Mount about courting controversy, banter with Norman Foster and working for Mark Zuckerberg
[...] Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week’s Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace.
This project is located in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture which is heavily damaged by the tsunami in 2011. The goal of the project is to create a gathering space for the local people and to raise their morale. In this project, we try to extract the essential elements from the traditional Japanese architecture. The building is consisted of several tradition Japanese spaces including the Doma (ground space), Engawa (corridor space) and tatami space, which are connected by the big roof. The big roof provide a big shaded gathering space and also a big space for the storage of fish in the harbor.
What's Your Story? :: Cameron, Lucca, Daniel, and Unnumbered Sparks
By Rose Brakesman, Master of Architecture Candidate
“When we find out about a project we let our minds’ wander about what should actually be there,” and the fun begins for three BAC students who are working in the studio of local sculptor Janet Echelman. The studio focuses on public art and urban transformation. Lucca Townsend says that her favorite part of the process is the brainstorming and idea generation. Somebody throws an idea out, then another and another, generating ideas and discarding them, finding what works for the particular place.
Likewise Daniel Zeese loves the iterative design process, and he has been working in Janet Echleman’s Studio for two years.
The Studio makes giant suspended net installations. Recently, Cameron Chateauneuf, Lucca Townsend and Daniel Zeese all contributed to the final design of the 745 foot installation that went on display in Vancouver, Canada in March 2014. Check out the video ...
Projected Topographies Light Installation: Yael Erel’s upcoming show is an interactive laboratory that exposes different micro-topographies of reflective surfaces as projected light drawings. The work is based on her graduate research at RPI and Subliminal Transcriptions Light Installation.
Yael Erel is a licensed architect and light artist, co-founder of lightexture, where she designs light fixtures and installations. She graduated with an honors from The Cooper Union and Rensselaer. Erel has been teaching architecture since 2004; she taught at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union, and currently is teaching at the Rensselaer School of Architecture.
If Brougher and other academy leaders can compel the architects to reconcile the clear potential of the new wing's interior spaces with its unconvincing, unwieldy exterior, they may be able to salvage the design before construction begins. If not, they may well have an architectural flop on their hands when the museum opens in 2017 — not to mention the third disappointing Piano building within a quarter-mile radius.
Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's this week's batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.
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New bike lanes certainly make life better for cyclists, but how do they affect drivers? This question is hotly debated, especially when a new bike lane replaces a lane used by vehicular traffic. It seems that unless a ton of people start commuting by bicycle, giving away a lane would cause increased car traffic. But is this really the case?
Today we call those changes “inequality,” and inequality is, obviously, the point of the McMansion. The suburban ideal of the 1950s, according to “The Organization Man,” was supposed to be “classlessness,” but the opposite ideal is the brick-to-the-head message of the dominant suburban form of today.
The axe is set to fall on the American Folk Art Museum -- after months of controversy and protest, MoMA initiated its expansion and began preparing the FAM for demolition this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA, the museum's distinctive façade will be preserved, but it's unlikely to abate the sour feelings of those who oppose both the loss of the FAM, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's expansion designs.
When MoMA first announced it would raze the FAM in April of 2013, the news resonated not only as a blow to preservationism and sustainability, but as an issue of architectural ethics and institutional monopolies. #folkmoma became a rallying post for protest and alternative proposals, and the widespread news coverage brought architectural drama to the front page.
But pro-con feuding aside, the Folk/MoMA issue implicates difficult questions of architecture's responsibilities -- to preservation, sustainability, other architects, and the public’s opinion. Architects and Archinect c...
Superstorm Sandy brought the Rockaways into the forefront of New Yorkers’ consciousness for a period of time, [...] subsequently as a key reference point in debates about rebuilding versus retreating from the flood zone. [...] The last of these sites is Arverne East, 81 acres of City-owned land that have remained vacant since the neighborhood was razed in 1969. Below, Jonathan Tarleton and Gabriel Silberblatt consider Arverne East’s uncertain future.
Central Terminal B is the new centerpiece of Sacramento International Airport, reflecting the sense of identity that is the Sacramento Region. The terminal positions the airport for projected long term growth, with future expansion incorporating additional gates and converting the existing Terminal A to an airside concourse linked to the central terminal by a second APM. The plan provides accommodation of growth well beyond the year 2050 through development of additional airside concourses. The design approach for Terminal B recognized the constraints of new development within the existing terminal area by providing a solution that allowed construction of the terminal in a single phase, saving time and money.
Adolf Loos said that “only a small part of architecture belongs to art: tombs and monuments”. Funerary architecture has a highly expressive value encompassing the loving act of those who commisioned it, the sign of an insurmountable desire to defeat death through memory. The tomb, a place of remembrance, moves at the same time towards a new life.
The form of this private chapel, just 3 meters by 3 meters, symbolically manifests this desire for eternity. The structure has two levels: the lower level marks the entrance to the chapel through two large rough-hewn blocks of marble, positioned so as to metaphorically evoke the memory of the stone rolled away from the tomb of the risen Christ. The upper level, a contrast of lightness and simplicity, is made of pure white plaster to represent the spirit that is separated from the materiality of earthly life, with its cares and labours, and ascends to a spiritual dimension to reach Heaven and “return to being the purest divine spark”. The cro...
Considering The Quake: Seismic Design on Edge is an exhibition first held in Toronto. SOFTlab designed the exhibition for its installment hosted by the American Institute of Architects at the CFA in New York. The exhibition also included an interactive installation that was designed by SOFTlab in collaboration with Arup.
Along with the overall exhibition designed we also produced an interactive installation in collaboration with ARUP. This installation was a center piece of the exhibition and acted as a way for the audience to not only physically engage with the content, but also as an educational element that visitors were able to learn from. The installation visualized the effects of an earthquake and some of the considerations that are taken into account while designing buildings in seismic regions. A foam layer represented depth change in a soft material similar to soil. This layer not only has its own period put also effects the overall length of each pipe. Each pipe had a weigh...
As a symbol of modern and future oriented technologies a spaceship severs as the basic design idea for this competition entry. It embodies visions of the future, connected with the development and application of the latest technologies.
The introverted, winding passage is accessible via three main gates. The elliptical access platforms are the only connection of the building complex to the surrounding outer world. The inner space functions as a closed, self-sufficient microcosm in which visitors are able to indulge in the lifestyle and shopping purpose without further distractions. In a club like atmosphere the customer can explore the different aspects and possibilities of future life.
The hull is a functional layer, for producing electricity through solar panels, protecting the interior and enabling communication through a light façade. These three aspects are fused by an iridescence scaly skin that is changing the appearance the whole day long. This effect is created by glass panel...
Our building is a 3 story brick built around 1899. The neighbor is excavating next door to build a building. We have cracks on the brick face, in basement floor, on stucco, and inside around windows and doors. Doors are dragging and have already been cut down twice, and locks realigned to keep them working. The crack monitors were installed AFTER most of the movement already occurred.
My question is how much of this movement is normal and should we be worried about the building falling down? A trench has been dug along our foundation but the entire site hasn't been excavated yet. Should we call the DOB and have them shut down? What can be done to stabilize our building so he can continue his construction safely? Shouldn't he pay for that and for the repairs so far?
Any thoughts would be welcome! And recommendations for an AFFORDABLE engineer and/or lawyer in the NYC area who has experience with this kind of situation!
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Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.
In this installment, we're talking with Emily Fischer, Founder of Haptic Lab.
Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, please send us a message.