Grorudparken (Grorud Park) is one of four new neighbourhood parks in Groruddalen. The park introduces facilities for athletics, play, recreation, youth programmes, social interaction, and cultural activities for the diverse local population. LINK Landskap was the project Landscape Architect, under commission from Oslo Municipality’s Department of Water and Sewage. However, several other municipal departments were also involved in the project – The Department of Recreation, The Planning Office, The Office of Cultural Heritage Management, and the District of Grorud. Planning and design work for the park began in the autumn of 2009, based on recommendations contained within the Development Control Plan for Alna Reserve (KDP Alna Miljøpark).
The project establishes a continuous landscape and recreation corridor from Lillomarka, via Grorudparken, through to Leirfossen (waterfall) and Hølakøkka. The River Alna is the central element of the landscape master plan, which integrates existing c...
A classical layout is transformed through a lively and extensive dialogue with the owners, with a celebratory and irreverent selection of art, furnishings and color.
This project was the complete renovation of a 3,500 square foot home. Through a horizontal addition and extensive subterranean excavation, an additional 4,000 square feet were added to the residence.
Working to bring the beauty of the surrounding landscape into the home, large panels of glazing were used for much of the homes exterior, while an open floor plan compliments the space creating a bright and natural feel within the home.
The staircase that became a center piece of the home’s interior uses cantilevered wood treads, glass guardrails, and walls with open risers to maintain key lines of sight through the home. Steel columns, and exposed black trusses provide a contrast to the rich wood tones in the ceiling.
The Solar Gardens Visitors Center
The Solar Gardens Visitors Center was created as a proposal for a large public art structure designed to harvest energy from the sun, and to collect and store rainwater for use in and around the structure. In addition, the structure and the surrounding plaza would be made from photo catalytic concrete that cleans itself, and the air.
The visitors center consist of a tall cone shaped structure that appears to grow out of the surrounding plaza. A large array of solar cells is mounted onto a sun tracking platform at the top of the structure. The solar cells convert sunlight into electricity, which powers the visitors center. The excess electricity is sent into the local power grid.
The shape around the perimeter of the structure flares out near the top in order to catch rainwater and direct it down into storage container buried under the p...
Located in a luscious public park in the heart of Mexico City, the new home for Latin-America’s first design collection Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura introduces a new building typology in the Mexican capital. The 3000 m2 building brings life and regenerative energy to an undiscovered part of the capital, challenging the trend for enclosed facades and stimulating the upcoming neighborhood through culture and design. The space offers visitors a variety of functions and activities beyond the permanent collection of exclusive design items. Spaces for social events, talks and commercial use have been prioritized to create a more dynamic atmosphere, facilitating dialogue and critical cultural exchange.
The 6-story raw exoskeleton opens up to the generous surroundings welcoming the visitors inside. The structure of the building consists of a vertical core and horizontal floor plates that branch out into the garden, creating an unusual mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. A spiraling staircase...
Log 32 presents a thoughtful snapshot of the current moment in architecture with contributions from preeminent and emerging voices. A record 39 contributors to this Fall 2014 issue deliver a stimulating mix of writing styles and content, from new theories on architecture and the urban to dispatches from recent exhibitions and pavilions to interviews with new leaders in architectural pedagogy. Log 32 also includes 55 pages devoted to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale – an open-ended, manifold response to that much publicized exhibition set here among a full slate of other articles that insists on the innumerous modes of thinking architecture today.
In this issue: Ross Exo Adams questions resilience; George Baird rereads landscape urbanism; Carson Chan learns nothing from Venice; Preston Scott Cohen authors successive architecture; Cynthia Davidson lunches with Odile Decq; Reinier de Graaf & Laura Baird chart megalopoli(tic)s; Marco De Michelis traces OMA exhibitions; Tina Di Carlo...
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I'm at UC Berkeley in the beautiful East Bay to hear Christopher Hawthorne speak at the College of Environmental Design. From the UC Berkeley website:
Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Before coming to The Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.” Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and has a bachelor’s from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the design flaws in his dormitory, designed by Eero Saarinen.
6:44 pm: Introductions. "What really characterizes Hawthorne's writing is his search to find vigor...what creates that vigor and to put it in a setting of culture and place." He understands what is happening in the profession in both a large and small context.
"What's marvelous about what Chris does is that he looks carefully ...
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The winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East regional competition were recognized in a recent awards ceremony in Beirut, making it the fourth installment of the 2014 global awards program. The Africa Middle East competition focused on multi-disciplinary design solutions for building social and environmenal resilience...The winning projects will be implemented in nine countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, and Morocco.
Check out a selection of the Africa - Middle East winners:
HOLCIM AWARDS GOLD 2014 - Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey
AUTHOR: Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem, ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey
HOLCIM AWARDS SILVER 2014 - Evergreen City: Urban pine forest rehabilitation, Beirut, Lebanon
MAIN AUTHOR: Raëd Abillama, Raëd Abillama Architects, Metn, Lebanon
FURTHER AUTHORS: Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, Associaton for Forests Development & Conservation, Jdeideh, Lebanon; Youssef Abillama, Maintenance Management Group, Antelias, Lebanon
HOLCIM AWARDS BRONZE 2014 - Incremental Construction: Low-cost modular housing scheme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
MAIN AUTHORr: Dirk Donath, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
FURTHER AUTHOR: Brook Haileselassie, Asgedom Berhe, Helawie Sewnet and Sarah Yusuf, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building, Construction & City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Peter Dissel, Afro-European Engineers, Addis Ab...
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Sunday, October 19:
- The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolition: According to The Oregonian's piece, the architect does not think any of the problems are by his design, but rather its application under budgetary and civic constraints.
Thursday, October 16:
- Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list: Responding to corruption and mismanagement of environmental risks by the Venetian government, UNESCO may have to declare Venice a "Heritage at Risk".
Wednesday, October 15:
- Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness: It is now a misdemeanor in the popular tourist destination of Waikiki to "sit or lie on sidewalks", punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a maximum $1,000 fine.
Tuesday, October 14:
- Maya Lin wins the 21st Annual $300K Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize: At $300,000 USD, the prize is one of the US's largest, afforded to artists working to affect social change.
- Petrified Forest buildings named national treasu...
In an outstanding location in the northwestern part Mexico City, FREE had the opportunity to develop a mixed-use complex that includes a shopping mall, offices, apartments, and two new museums in a former industrial zone. In order to consolidate the area center and create a new destination in the city, FREE designed “Torre Cervantes” housing. Sections are organized along a vertebral spine that provides structural rigidity where all vertical services are located. Maximizing the extraordinary setting, the orientation of the building makes the most of the site’s views onto the city’s cultural center to the south. This connection allows the center to participate in a subtle dialogue with the city that generates a new dynamism for the center’s educational and artistic elements, strengthening the identity of both the Jumex Museum and the theater in the middle of the plaza. The asymmetrical plan of the center is consolidated with a continuous window façade that can open completely, allowin...
Li Xiaodong, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Maya Lin, Steven Holl, OMA+OLIN, and Haworth Tompkins are among this week's many winners
Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
The week of Oct. 13-17, 2014 was quite an eventful one. Here's Recap #31:
The Liyuan Library by architect Li Xiaodong won the first CAD$100,000 Moriyama RAIC International Prize in Toronto, which was launched by The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation and distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. Archinect contributor Terri Peters gave a recap on attending the awards ceremony.
Every year, the LEAF International highlights projects that are perceived as setting the standard for the international architecture and design community in various categories. From 40 shortlisted projects, this year's overall winner was One Central Park in Sydney, Australia...
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 Malaysia-born Melbourne-based sculptor and creator of fascinating miniature objects Daniel Dorall.
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.
Clinging to antiquated urban notions, the District’s building height regulations imagine a skyline filled with spires, domes and minarets.
The debate over the Capital's skyline should not pit preservationists against contemporary designers. In fact, regulations that take advantage of the rooftop space would contribute to the monumental character of the city.
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Intern Magazine is devoted to “intern culture” in the creative industries, elevating the talents of an oft under-valued workforce in a classy, bi-annual glossy. Part polemic and part showcase, the magazine is dissatisfied upfront with the current state of unpaid/underpaid intern labor, and hopes its pages can provoke a reevaluation of the too-often exploited population.
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Congolese performance and theater group Studios Kabako from Kisangani was announced as the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize winner this past weekend at an awards ceremony in Brussels...Studios Kabako was established in 2001 to address the various emotions linked to the aftermath of civil war. Located in a city that is isolated geographically and culturally, the studio has provided its community a safe creative haven of dance, theater, and music through its urban interventions and cultural programs.
Studios Kabako will start a U.S. tour including in New York from October 21 to November 1, 2014, with two performances at the BRIC theater in Brooklyn.
The studio will receive a $100,000 grant prize, and were also featured in a short documentary by the Curry Stone Foundation, which you can watch entirely below.
Read more about the studio on Bustler.
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Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.
Give and Take: Michael Kimmelman and Annabelle Selldorf discuss architectural ethics in urban environmentsabout 12 hours ago from archinect.com
The power of architecture at work in the modern city was a theme that emerged from the start at last Thursday night’s Big Ideas, Bold Thinkers, Brilliant Dialogue series at Pratt Institute. This particular conversation featured New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Architect Annabelle Selldorf. Moderator Spencer Bailey of Surface magazine used the broad term of “power of architecture” as a catalyst that spawned a conversation on the social responsibility of architecture as we move into an ever‐growing, thickening urban environment.
Selldof’s recent Sunset Park Recycling Center Brooklyn got the discussion going. Selldorf began by explaining why she was so excited to take on an infrastructure project, noting the architectural demands of the site and program were very interesting problems to take on. But the thing that most fascinated her about the project was its capacity to give back to the city by providing an important logistical hub to New York City as well as co...
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Say hello to 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 featured poster for today comes from the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona, Department of Architecture in Pomona, CA.
Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are upcoming lectures only. Unless noted*, lectures take place at noon in Bldg 89 (Interim Design Center) at the Cal Poly Pomona campus.
BENJAMIN BALL / Ball-Nogues Studio
JIMENEZ LAI / Bureau Spectacular
MICHAEL ROTUNDI / Roto Architects
*at Bldg 25 (University Theater)
ANDREW ATWOOD, ANNA NIEMARK / First Office
For further details and other updates, click here.
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At the 1974 national convention of the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, Judith Edelman presented data showing that 1.2 percent of registered architects in the United States were women....These survey results, she said, “clearly demonstrate that the alleged grievances are not all in the heads of some paranoid chicks.” She then agreed to lead a task force to tackle the issue, out of fear that someone “insufficiently stubborn” would get the job.
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Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.
Is it possible Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.
This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.
ben lepley- Not sure what this means for MAD >:l
orhan ayyuce- maybe he he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?
bl- or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? or both
oa- are you back in china?
bl- no, in Tucson still. clean air here. but I keep in contact with those who are still there. I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big. If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still the...
The Portland Building: Architect Michael Graves fiercely defends his controversial creation against demolitionabout a day ago from archinect.com
Graves came out swinging. "I saw some people outside selling tomatoes," he said. "I have no idea what that meant." He complained about his treatment in the local news media: "350 buildings, and I don't have this treatment anywhere else. . . Usually when I revisit buildings, it's to get the keys to the city. Here, there are tomatoes for sale."
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After a glorious lunch in the sun, looking out over the bay, we're back for the first afternoon session. (You can catch up on our morning session here.) (You can also view the full survey results from the Equity in Architecture Survey 2014 here.)
Amber Evans, senior associate at GouldEvans, is introducing the session on negotiation. "If you don't negotiate your salary, the amount of money you will forfeit over your career will likely be over a million dollars." "Don't wait for others to notice and offer things to you."
Laurie Dreyer: There are five personality types in terms of negotiation:
Designers and architects are most often avoiders and accommodators. "An introverted architect will look at their shoes; an extroverted architect will look at your shoes."
The 'competing' type is the most aggressive, and is often represented among client representatives, which can make it hard for architects. But there's a cost to be paid for th...
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There's a sold-out crowd for the big Missing 32% event today in San Francisco, at the gorgeous San Francisco Art Institute. We're in an intimate auditorium for introductions and recognition of sponsors who collectively shared $34k for the symposium.
8:49 am: Rosa Sheng is explaining how she became involved with Missing 32%: there was a "perfect storm" of Architect Barbie, the Denise Scott Brown petition, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In--and Rosa was invited to speak at a symposium, drawing her in.
It's no longer a clear-cut issue of outright discrimination, but one of implicit bias, and other subtle and difficult problems.
8:58 am: Emily Grandstaff-Rice of Cambridge 7, president of the Boston Society of Architects, is delivering the keynote. "I cringe when I hear the term woman architect."
What does the public think about when they think of an architect? The audience shouts "Frank Lloyd Wright," "Mies Van Der Rohe," "Frank Gehry"--white men. Women (and minorities, implicitly) are a minority ...
Following RIBA's announcement of the 2014 Stirling Prize winner, two more UK-based projects won big in the 2014 Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize competitions. The Stormy Castle in Wales by Loyn & Co. Architects received the Manser Medal, which is the UK's highest housing design award. The Stephen Lawrence Prize, which recognizes fresh architectural talent and smaller construction budgets, went to a residential project this year: House No 7 in Scotland by Denizen Works.
Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:
2014 Manser Medal winner: Stormy Castle in Wales by Loyn & Co. Architects
2014 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner: House No 7 in Scotland by Denizen Works:
Find more photos and project details on Bustler.
Damningly described as ‘hell on wheels’, ‘malice in blunderland’, and ‘a field of dreams’; welcome to a run-down of some of the world’s most eye-wateringly over-budget projects.
After adjusting costs for inflation and converting into US Dollars, Podio put together a simple, nifty visualization of the world's most over-budget monuments. Unsurprisingly, Olympic and large infrastructure projects rank high, with projects like Healthcare.gov and the International Space Station thrown in the mix for comparison.
Check out the projects below in the interactive infographic:
The massive Beltline and an impressive grid of protected lanes that will connect the trail system to key urban destinations are poised to remake transportation in the city that anchors the country's ninth-largest metro area. [...] As the video above shows, Atlanta's embrace of active space is part of a psychic shift in a city that's shaking off its old Sprawlville USA image with a combination of bike, transit and affordable housing infrastructure.
Similar bike-friendly development is underway in the South's other notorious mega sprawl metro area, Houston: The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston?
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Haworth Tompkins architects spent nine years transforming the rundown historic Everyman Theatre in Liverpool into the building it is today. Those nine years were well worth it, as Haworth Tompkins just won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for the UK's best new building of the year.
Find more photos and project details on Bustler.
Previously: 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is revealed