January 29, 2010

January 28, 2010

on the boards: Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre

The site located at North Parade in downtown Kingston, Jamaica is to become the new home of the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre. Designed by the architects at the Urban Development Corporation (UDCJA), the scheme involves the renovation of 4 existing buildings to house an interpretation centre, conference rooms, staff offices and commercial facilities.

credited architects Deon Clarke & Kamou Kambui UDCJA

on the boards: Taipei Performing Arts Centre

Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects' competition entry for the Taipei Performing Arts Centre. The design consists of a large translucent volume, populated by large truncated shapes and capped with a ribbed parasol roof.

on the boards: Urban Umbrella

New York City has unveiled a new design for sidewalk sheds – the wood and steel structures built to protect pedestrians walking alongside buildings under construction has remained unchanged since the 1950s. The new design, the result of the urbanSHED competition awarded to Young-Hwan Choi, will reduce the impact on businesses, increase pedestrian safety and available space on sidewalks.

January 27, 2010

House of the Week 054: House Saramago

A single family house in South Africa by Hugo Hamity Architects is defined by the central open space that serves as circulation and the main living area.

January 26, 2010

ArchMedium is an international organization that arranges architecture competitions for students around the world. Their goal is to offer students the opportunity to participate in academic architecture, design and city planning competitions under the same conditions as professional competitions.

Spontaneous Architecture

Spontaneous Architecture seeks to provide a platform for architects and designers to engage in a rapid response to current events. Traditionally, the term "spontaneous" conveys impulsive or unforeseen action that is provocative by implication. This understanding leads to results which are seldom as interesting as the act itself

January 25, 2010

blog wunderlust: 25 Jaunary 2010

The blog wunderlust is a weekly round up summarizing the architectural highlights, news and web links, that don't otherwise fit the format of this blog. If you have any to share feel free to drop me an email

Sketches for Sale | architecture, or whatever | plug & play hospital | imaginary landscapes | Gehry does context... sort of | anaesthetizing violence | the last picture show | the ultimate Trottoir Roulant guide | transform cities into lush jungles | stunning container city springs up in Mexico City | alphabet city and the architecture typeface | Best of 2009?

A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.
Jorge Luis Borges. Afterword to El Hacedor, 1960.

January 22, 2010

INFINITE SPACE: The Architecture of John Lautner

INFINITE SPACE: The Architecture of John Lautner is a feature-length documentary about the visionary mid-century architect.

Richard Goodwin - Artist/Architect

Richard Goodwin - Artist/Architect

also check out this video mash up Architects of Fear

January 21, 2010

David Baker + Partners

An inspiring promotional film featuring the office of Db+P (David Baker + Partners)

be sure to check out Better Living Through Density as well

Dwell Films: Adam Kalkin

Dwell follows Adam Kalkin of architecture and hygiene

on the boards: Living Bridge

Okay last cube for today... the second place entry in the 2009 Evolvo Skyscraper competition by Nicola & Adelaide Marchi, for a 400-meter high building (containing recreational, cultural, residential functions) spanning the river Seine in the historic district of Paris.

on the boards: Dove of Peace

Dove of Peace is a Protestant Church in Inner Mongolia designed by Chinese architects Sunlay Design Group, that draws inspiration from the rolling hills of the Ordos area.

on the boards: Augustenborg Harbour

DEVE Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark have been awarded one of the Europan 10 Architecture competition prizes for a project to revitalize an industrial harbour area in Augustenborg. The proposal aimed to both address the historical and spatial implications of building in the city with a scheme that reinforces the municipality's plan to be carbon neutral by 2030.

on the boards: UN Memorial

And another box... this one by London based architects ACME and their competition entry for a United Nations memorial to be located in South Korea. The memorial proposed a 1,500 seating assembly, two conference halls, a theatre and spaces for exhibitions in a self contained cube that represented in it's form the coming together of nations to make one.

on the boards: Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

The Administration and Information Centre at the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China by Aedas architects is a complicated program of teaching, student services and administration housed in a singular building. The proposal combines these functions forming the edges of a cube with internal voids that create opportunity to engage with the surrounding context.

January 20, 2010

house of the week 053: House K

House K is a single family residence in Zagreb, Croatia by architects 3LHD built around a central atrium used to provide sunlight in the living-room area.

January 18, 2010

blog wunderlust : 18 January 2010

The blog wunderlust is a weekly round up summarizing the architectural highlights, news and web links, that don't otherwise fit the format of this blog. If you have any to share feel free to drop me an email

earthquakes don't kill people, buildings do follow the link to see what you can do to aid those in Haiti

Prehistoric building found in modern Israeli city | blind architects has a feel for the site | Barbie as an architect? | homeless city in the woods | flawed building likely a big element | The Most Over-Rated Architects + Architects who deserve more credit | beyond neo-victorianism | Gehry calls it quits | 250 ft green wall | Benjamin Latrobe: America's First Architect

links: the Design-Build Network
also the architects + film post has been updated

In working with concrete you can create disappearing curving space, all kinds of spaces that are solid and real and free
John Lautner

January 15, 2010

And the winner is??

The masses have voted (twice) and it is widely felt (at least by our humble viewers) that architect Steven Holl will likely be awarded architecture's high honour, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Let's hope our prediction holds true

top 10 things architects will never say

built to last

Great video (except up to 2:06 into it where it assumes the solution to suburbanism is new urbanism versus urban or city living but that's another discussion kiddies). It was the Winner of the Congress for New Urbanism CNU 17 video contest.

Kirnu - the Giant's Kettle

Finland Pavilion Kirnu by JKMM architects

January 14, 2010

on the boards: MAMM

51-1 architects competition proposal of stacked textured boxes for the design for a complementary building to house the extension to the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellín, Colombia (MAMM)

ACSAC ::: Haiti Response

Association of Commonwealth Societies of Cariibean Architects ( ACSAC )

Linda Moore ACSAC Deputy Chair has made contact with Graham Saunders who is Head, Shelter and Settlements Department for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). Graham is coordinating the shelter response by the UN, Red Cross and NGO's and is currently coordinating the international community shelter response to the current crisis.

He has outlined to us what ACSAC can effectively do at this time and in reparation for ways in which we may be able to contribute to the relief effort. For the link for the summary

on the boards: The New York Korea Centre

The New York studio of SAMOO Architects and Engineers (Seoul, Korea) has won an international competition for the design of The New York Korea Centre, a new home for the Korean Cultural Service in New York with aspirations towards LEED Plantinum. More via Inhabitat

on the boards: Bungoma House

The Bungoma House proposed for a site in Kenya is centred around an internal courtyard that provides view and ventilation to the rooms. The proposal, part of the One Acre Fund Housing project is intended to be handed over to a family on completion. Construction to commence January 2010.

on the boards: Finnish Pavilion (Shanghai Expo)

Dubbed the giant's kettle or kirnu, was the winning design for the Finnish pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Exposition designed by JKMM architects. Currently under construction the design was conceived as a microcosm of Finland, it's people and culture.

January 13, 2010

on the boards: Fort d'Issy-Les-Moulineaux

A residential proposal for a 7 story, 50 apartment building in France by Hondelatte + Laporte architects. The plan is composed of two shifted ellipses creating terraces with panoramic views.

House of the Week 052: Uccle 2003

Designed by Belgian architect Marc Corbiau the sleek fair faced concrete house sits partially submerged on a rolling green, revealing an elegant composition on the interior.

also check out this proposal for an Instant house by H3AR

January 11, 2010

blog wunderlust : 11 January 2010

buildings of disaster | 10 best in nyc over the last 10 years | World's tallest building pointless? or a building to look up to? | a wiki devoted to all things morphosis | Bird's Nest revisited | the beauty of concrete | open source architecture 2.0 | AD 100 | a hammock cafe | blueprints of the Eiffel tower | the buildings outside the box to shape the next decade

Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul
Ernest Dimnet

January 8, 2010

The Third and the Seventh

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

:output student competition

Works produced by students are often only shown to a limited audience, this competition aims to change that. :output is the largest international student competition for students of design and architecture and judged by an international panel. Registration is open and closes the 15th February 2010 - Grand Prize is € 3,000.
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