July 31, 2007

Pecha Kucha :: Global Caribbean

I have recently recieved permission to host the Pecha Kucha in the Caribbean

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work

Here is YOUR chance to tell the the world about YOUR design, YOUR thoughts, YOUR ideas

But as we all know, give a microphone to a designer (especially an architect) and you'll be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. It doesn't hurt to serve drinks as well.

Pecha Kucha is a copyright of Klein-Dytham architects and is a not for profit organisation

The Millwood residence by Canadian practice Farrow Partnership

July 29, 2007

another white box

A 150 sq.m home & office by Marià Castelló

July 27, 2007

CASA PR34 house,Mexico City by Rojkind Arquitectos

July 26, 2007

World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum

Designed by Leeser Architecture, the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum is designed as a low-impact & highly insulated response to the extreme climate, elevated 20 feet above off the thermally sensitive permafrost by structural supports to minimize heat transfer.


July 25, 2007

New Zealand Masterclass with John Lindsay, Peter Stutchbury, Richard Leplastrier and Ian Athfield.

No Love

Apparently the fetish has fell from the Floating Podium

DesignBoom interview with Jean Nouvel

aka Dr. Evil

Links to previously mentioned designers

Hella Jongerius
Jurgen Bey
Fernando & Humberto Campana
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Greg Lynn
Jürgen Mayer H
and an article on Jerszy Seymour from ICON Magazine

July 24, 2007

My Home

MyHome - Seven experiments for contemporary living

Interventions by Jurgen Bey, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Hella Jongerius, Greg Lynn, Jürgen Mayer H., and Jerszy Seymour

July 23, 2007


A modern prefabricated house by Kohn Shnier Architects

more info here, and here

An article on a recent addition to a 1950s modernist house by Aidlin-Darling Design

The only thing we really care about existing beyond us is the buildings,” Billy Tsien

Not so for many other architects, many top US architects trade years of architectural process for profit whilst others consider it unethical.

July 21, 2007

The Great Bow Yard, is an ecological attempt at residential development comprimising of 12 houses and apartments. The units have been built with sustainably sourced materials, sans toxic chemicals typical of new construction; additionally with greater insulation (above UK standards) and involve green energy use and passive solar devices.

Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture by Carter Wiseman

and its review


On the late Friday night 20th July, architechnophilia hit another milestone with over 200,000 visits to the site since March 2005. Thanks to all who make the site part of their architectural commute.

July 20, 2007


thunderstorms knocked out all power and communication for 24 hours...will blog later

July 18, 2007

dad architects

current reading

A History of Orgies by Burgo Partridge

The Suburban Nation, the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck

July 17, 2007

Thomas Daniell Architects. "Improvisation during construction is an essential part of the design process," conceiving architecture in continuity with the built environment, not by mimicking other buildings, but by being influenced by each locale's identity."

via Wallpaper


This prefabricated solution aims at creating an architecture for post-emergency demographics and rural locations in need of off-the-grid power and water. The clean hub, conceived by Shelter Architecture, and designed and built by University of Minnesota architecture students in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity


July 16, 2007


The top ten green towers...a subjective list.

Steven Holl wins two RIBA International awards for his School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa and the new residence at the Swiss Embassy.

Other winners include Bligh Voller Nield, David Chipperfield, Foster, Grimshaw, Design Engine Architects and JCY Architects

July 15, 2007

July 13, 2007

K2S Architects takes their cues from other mid century Finnish modernist, aiming for functionality and authenticity in the making and experience of space. Their approach to the design of new architecture, additionally makes the critical interpretations of building heritage.

July 12, 2007

I found this image on Archipass, but like them I'm unsure who the architect is. My suspicions are that it is by BIG it seems to have their aesthetic.

John Pawson has contributed a photogram of his cutlery to be displayed in an album along with 150 leading designers (architects, photographers, fashion designers and artists) in celebration of the V&A Museum 150 years anniversary.
The modernist architecture of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City, was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites for its 'unique example of 20th-century modernism integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscape design and fine arts.'

July 11, 2007

Monocle believes that the measure of a city is more about everyday wonders - pavements, well-designed schools, punctual transport - rather than one-off grand projects.

tent house

This intriguing structure by FAR (architects Frohn & Rojas) is actually referred to as the wall house, however its facade of layered fabric recalls nomadic tensiles structures more than anything else

A recently completed three legged tensile structure by Zaha Hadid, is serving as a stage for the Serpentine Gallery's fund raiser whilst the main pavillion, the usual venue for such events, is under construction. The main pavillion is designed by architect-artist duo Kjetil Thorsen (Snohetta) and Olafur Eliasson.

more on BD online

July 10, 2007

A house and office by architects Sarah Wigglesworth, in north London constructed of straw bales for the walls attempts an intriguing design strategy despite being sustainable.
World’s most interesting building projects <- their title not mine. Of those listed I perhaps only care about a 1/3 of them. The rest, particularly (what's left of) the Freedom Tower, is a rather attempt to disguise captalist ideals, at the loss of quality place making.

July 9, 2007

Inhabitat features Carabanchel 16. This is another housing project in Spain by an international practice - this time by FOA (Foreign Office Architects). Previously featured was by MVRDV

these shoes are actually green

July 7, 2007


French architectural practice Atlier OS has a futuro-modern aesthetic

(site is in French)
de Paor Architects

July 6, 2007

Le Corbusier for Sale

An article on the auctioning/ fleecing of Modernist artifacts from Chandigarh


July 5, 2007


Originally uploaded by primabeeld.

Foundation Beyeler
Museum of Art, in Basel by Renzo Piano

July 4, 2007

Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid

July 3, 2007

The designs are original and modern, with influences from Jamaica...Enbee Designs

A proposal for a 32-storey tower in Iris Bay, Dubai by Atkins Architects, featuring an ovoid design comprising of two identical double-curved shells


Geoff Mcnaugh of BLGBLOG to join the staff of Dwell Magazine as Senior Editor

Architecture MNP has a fun take on "A Few Good Men Architects"

and Archinect's WonderK has her own blog, wonderSphere

July 1, 2007

2nd Advanced Architecture Contest

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is issuing an international summons to architects, designers and students from around the world, inviting proposals for the construction of self-sufficient dwellings with an emphasis on exploring people's capacity to self-construct their own homes.

Introducing the 2nd Advanced Architecture Contest a self-sufficient housing competition.

Registration is free.The prize (total value: € 39.500, 00) to be distributed at the discretion of the Jury
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