July 31, 2012

blog wunderlust : 30th July 2012

Architecture is a fundamental part of culture
Mark Raymond

5 Companies on the Cutting Edge of Sustainable Prefab Housing | London Officials To Erase Banksy’s Latest ‘Olympic’ Street Art | Foreigners in battle for Invaders Bay | Oscar Niemeyer: Now in 3D | architect Robert Venturi retires, firm renamed | Concrete Mushrooms | BIMx for Android | Dar es Salaam: Africa's next megacity? | Unreal Estate: the problem of housing in London | Olympic Stadiums: The Best Architecture Over The Years

last word: Heatherwick, the architect? and Why everyone loves Thomas Heatherwick

July 27, 2012

Japanese Architecture

Alain de Botton wonders if embracing the modern world automatically means losing touch with the traditions of a culture... and visits Japan to find out.

July 26, 2012

On the Boards: Tallaght Post-Primary school

Scottish architects ARPL has awarded the first prize in a competition to the design a new 1,000-student post-primary school in Dublin, Ireland. The winning scheme is to be developed on a site owned by the Department of Education in Kingswood, Tallaght.

On the Boards: Union Station

Amtrak is proposing a $7 billion upgrade to Union Station, intended to triple passenger capacity and transform it into a high-speed rail hub facilitated by a U$1.5 billion and 3 million ft2 complex of offices, residential towers and a hotel by development. The site will be re-named to honour Union Station's original architect Daniel Burnham.

July 25, 2012

House of the Week 148: Catch the View House

This is a 134 sqm house in Bumi Serpong Damai, Indonesia designed by architects Atelier Riri. The two-floor townhouse sits on only half the 216 sqm lot with pivoting glass doors that open out to the landscape. The ground floor comprises of a living room living room, master bedroom, pantry, dining room and laundry area. The top level of the apartment has only two rooms divided by a light partition and has deep portal shaded windows.

July 24, 2012

New Work ::: Hotel Nau Royal

This new boutique hotel in São Sebastião in Sao Paulo was designed by Brazilian Architects GCP. Large window openings face the views along the Cambury Beach and are framed by certified timber brise-soleils. The design from inception aimed to minimize the impact with the environment; the hotel harvests all rain and gray water used on the property, which is then treated and re-used in the toilets and all hot water is produced by Solar water heaters.


July 23, 2012

blog wunderlust : 23rd July 2012

Nature Envelopes the Building in Natural Manner
Interview with Eneko Atxa

The advantage of size | Pedro Gadanho: curating is the new criticism | Massive 200,000-Piece Roman Colosseum made from LEGO | Architecture + motherhood | The Most Beautiful Skate Parks in the World | 1X20: 20 design studies for an urban infill lot | Falmouth redevelopment plan by year-end | New Face of Design | Inside the houses that Brad Pitt built | Architects face uphill struggle for public recognition | London 2012 Olympics: A story of sustainable architecture

last word: Green and Pleasant Lands: Eco-Friendly Caribbean Living

July 20, 2012

Coleman Oval Skatepark

NY Skateboarding interviewed community partner Steve Rodriguez about the newly-built Coleman Oval Skatepark designed by Architecture for Humanity in partnership with Nike Game Changers Grant. He comments about the obstacles, community, design considerations and homages in the park's continuing identity.

Lautner's Concannon Residence, from Dust to Dust

July 17, 2012

Installation ::: Stairway Cinema

Designed by architects OH.NO.SUMO the Stairway Cinema is located in Auckland, New Zealand between a busy pedestrian intersection and in proximity to two universities. The structure is made using a slender timber frame with a translucent waterproof fabric canopy that protrudes from an existing exterior stairway that provides seating. Short films previously shared online are projected onto the canopy for all the public to enjoy.

July 16, 2012

blog wunderlust: 16th July 2012

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.
Frank Lloyd Wright

image (c)designerisland.blogspot.com

Q&A with Pakistan's First Female Architect | North Korea’s bizarre buildings and structures | Louis Kahn’s Fisher House Up For Sale | Scaling the Shard | Gehry's Hong Kong Opus | Home truths: architects tackle the housing crisis | How to Architect [video] introduces renovation series | Outdoor wallpaper for exteriors of buildings | Eco living: the rise of the passivhaus | Toward an Architecture of Place: Moving Beyond Iconic to Extraordinary | A Glass Box That Nests Snugly on the Roof

last word: Architecture of Independence - Colin Laird and the Building of a Nation

the Aesthetic Olympics, Architecture

Archie Grand is introducing the Aesthetic Olympics, a democratic competition in the spirit of the ancient Olympics, where the Greeks would made no distinction between mind and body people as such competed in the fine arts as well as in sports.

for more information (please remember to vote)

July 15, 2012

Installation ::: Threshold

Threshold is a performance and installation that examines the home as both a sacred and profane place. The choreography explores the dialectics of interior and exterior, using the threshold as a central metaphor for addressing emotional edges. The architectural installation is created by Blake Beckham with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects and is presented by The Lucky Penny with artistic direction by Malina Rodriguez.

The performance run from the 16-19 August 2012

Competition ::: Transforming The Bridge

The Cleveland Design Competition invites professionals, students, firms and designers to re-imagine the abandoned lower streetcar level of Cleveland’s Detroit-Superior Bridge as a dynamic public space, performance venue and pedestrian experience. At the beginning of 2012, a group of local designers and business leaders launched an initiative called “The Bridge Project” to raise public awareness about the potential of The Bridge and to engage the community for input on opening the lower level for public use. The Cleveland Design Competition has partnered with The Bridge Project to engage designers to propose compelling visions for the permanent use of The Bridge, public access into and passage through the lower level of The Bridge, and connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods.

July 14, 2012

Jeanne Gang - Aqua Tower

The 86-story Aqua Tower a mixed-use skyscraper located in Chicago designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects

July 11, 2012

House of the Week 147: Hijuan House

Hijauan house sits on a small treed lot in a residential development in Kuala Lumpur. The massing of the house is carved and notched around existing greenery, two mature mango trees along the side boundary. Designed by Twenty-Nine Design utilizes courtyards and shallow pools to bring in light, air, and nature.

July 10, 2012

New Work ::: The Technology School of Guelmim

The Technology School of Guelmim in Morocco was designed architects Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani & Mohamed Amine Siana. The programme consists of classrooms, workshops, laboratories and a library, as well as administrative spaces, teacher’s offices and office staff housing - there is also an amphitheatre for public gatherings.

The exterior palette draws from the land, utilizing a cladding technique symbolizing both the Moroccan earth and earthern building practices. The massive textured volume of the exterior is in contrast to the smooth white interior spaces. The spaces are brought together with indoor gardens that appear cut from the mass.

The protruding windows and brise soleils that appear carved from the facade show a clarity and understanding of the harsh climate.

July 9, 2012

Blog Wunderlust : 9th July 2012

The comfort of a dwelling lies in its complete control of space, climate, light, mood, within its confines.
R. M. Schindler

Mom, Dad, This Playground’s for You | Urban planner Dr James Armstrong: Port-of-Spain is underdeveloped | Architects want Denver library torn down | Creative Reuse Transforms Asheville Community | Aesthetics/Anesthetics | Bucky on Film | Bogotá, With Pockets of Hope in Recent Architecture | Four Freedoms Park Designed by Louis I. Kahn to Open This Fall on Roosevelt Island | How architecture can change lives | From steeples to domes, architecture reflects religious diversity | An architect steers an unlikely course

last word: Let Them Have Architecture! Dame Zaha Hadid Calls for Better Buildings During Periods of Austerity

July 6, 2012

Studio Banana Tv:::Jorge Gorostiza

Studio Banana TV interviews the Spanish architect, author and cinematographic investigator Jorge Gorostiza and examines about the relationship between cinema, architecture and the city.

July 4, 2012

House of the Week 146: Bonaire House

Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean Architecture
Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean Architecture
Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean Architecture
Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean Architecture
images by Robin Hill Photography

The Bonaire House is a single family residence in the Netherlands Antilles designed by Florida based practice Silberstein Architect. The 3 bedroom sits on 1/3 acre triangular lot lies at end of a cul-de-sac,   flacked by double story residences on either side. The depth of the property is aligned with the local trade winds allowing natural ventilation through the home.

July 1, 2012

blog wunderlust : 1st July 2012

The details are not the details. They make the design
Charles Eames
(c) Yaron Abulafia

Famed architect Étienne Gaboury urges city to preserve his building | Cambodia refuses to extradite French architect to China | Can computer programs replace architects? & How Is Computing Changing the Architect’s Job? | Shake the room: how architecture is inspiring dance | A Trailblazing Black Architect Who Helped Shape L.A. | Omega Centre for Sustainable Living named World's greenest building | Mindblowing large scale street art |

last word: [blog] architecture + film + city

competition: Building Malaria Prevention

Mole Magazine: Call for Submissions

A group of architecture students affiliated with the University of Waterloo School of Architecture are launching a new publication, Mole Magazine. With a jury including Mason White of Lateral Office, Daniel D'Oca of Interboro Partners, Brigitte Shim of Shim - Sutcliffe, and John Hong and Jinhee Park of SsD. The inaugural theme is "Cute Little Things"; As our world expands, its components are becoming infinitely small: smartphones, microchips, mp3’s, teacup chihuahuas and so forth. We have become obsessed, and increasingly adept, at compacting complex systems and ideas into cute little packages. The downsizing movement has become immensely profitable; even the infamous American consumerism has been won over by this ubiquitous trend, putting pressure on product designers to cater to a marketplace where “smaller is better”; nanotechnology, ‘fun-sized’ snacks, Smart cars, and microbreweries have established a viable and pervasive market. New forms of infrastructure, technology and architecture are emerging in response to this vastly expanding framework. Architectural representation has begun to stray from the standard methods of communication, encapsulating entire projects into intellectually bite-sized diagrams.

Deadline is September 30th, 2012
Submissions should be article, project, drawing, or photography based
Send submissions to editor@molemagazine.com
For more specifics, refer to the submissions page at molemagazine.com,
or send an email to info@molemagazine.com"
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