March 29, 2013

Massimiliano Fuksas

The Events & Research Space for the Nardini Distillery in Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Italy designed by Architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

Moby Celebrates L.A. Architecture

Musician, DJ, photographer, and architecture blogger Moby riffs on L.A. architecture in this video about the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

March 28, 2013

On the Boards: Passive Solar Charter School

The Passive Solar Charter School, in Caldwell, Indiana designed by architects Studio Patano+Hafermann is a 60,000 ft2, 2-story middle school for roughly 700 students. The programme includes a library, technology centre, gymnasium, specialized classrooms for teaching art, music and science, and a performance space with seating for 500.

March 26, 2013

New Work ::: Shining Stars Kindergarten

This neighbourhood kindergarten designed by architects Djuhara + Djuhara is located on a busy street in the suburbs of Jakarta, Indonesia. The palette is comprised of local materials including hollow bricks and ceramic tiles - patterned to create interest and reclaimed lumber for doors, decks and furniture and simple concrete floors. The play areas are placed in lawned courtyards and are buffered by big sliding doors help to bring natural light and aid cross ventilation. At the highest level of the 560m2 kindergarten is a roof top garden with potted fruit trees.

IFAC Sunshade Competition

Sunshade is an international competition promoted by IFAC International Festival of Art and Construction. The objective of the competition is to design a itinerant textile sunshade device no larger than 100 m2 in order to build it during summer workshop at the IFAC from the 4 - 15 August, 2013 in Covarrubias, Spain.

The winner proposal team will be develop and build their prototype at the workshop at the International Festival of Art & Construction 2013. The winning team will also get two IFAC entry passes and a prize of 300 €

March 25, 2013

blog wunderlust: 25th March 2013

For us the word architecture implies something new, something different - because otherwise you won't be better
Jordi Badia
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Invasive and Exotic Architectural Species: The Legacy of Addison Mizner | David Bowie's Caribbean Getaway | Michael Speaks has been appointed as the new Dean of Syracuse's School of Architecture | International architects BIG to design LEGO experience centre in Denmark | Northwestern gains permit to raze old Prentice hospital | Hemp creates a buzz in new Architecture for Humanity headquarters |

last word: Taking Advantage of Trinidad's Picturesque Terrain

March 22, 2013

Parkour Savoye

Le Corbusier's architectural gem Villa Savoye becomes the site for a parkour adventure

Tallinn Architecture Biennale: Recycling Socialism

The aim of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 Vision Competition is to gather architectural ideas and methods to re-envision and to enhance the iconic block-housing district of Väike-Õismäe ("Little Blossom Hill") designed by Estonian architects Malle Meelak and Mart Port in Tallinn. Despite its geometric and seemingly perfect planning principles, Väike-Õismäe lacks coherence and versatility as a living environment and similar to other modernist apartment block areas of that era its every-day life are still searching for a common language.

TAB 2013 Vision Competition is an open international architecture competition.

Bjarke Ingels – BIG, Founding Partner
Endrik Mänd – City of Tallinn, Chief Architect
Inga Raukas – Allianss Arhitektid, Founding Partner

Deadline: April 30th, 2013

March 21, 2013

On the Boards: 344 Fulton Street

This rental housing facility was designed by architects David Baker + Partners and was conceived in tandem with a new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club. Located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Hayes Valley, San Francisco the facility is comprised of 70 studio and two-bedroom apartments wrapped around a courtyard, and aside from the adolescent clubhouse will have neighborhood-serving retail spaces.

On the Boards: Kimball Art Centre

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The competition entry for the Kimball Art Centre in Park City, Utah by Sparano & Mooney Architects was conceived as a sustainable project, that would produce energy as well as reduce consumption and the design would be specific the Mountain West. The design is made up of a series of skins that illuminates the interior forms of the museum with the dimming light.

March 20, 2013

House of the Week 163: Northcote House

The Northcote house designed by Robert Simeoni, sits on a tree-lined cul-de-sac lot in Melbourne, Australia. The house marries attractive natural elements with modern details to create a tropical contemporary home that echoes the adjacent Rubie Thomson Nature Reserve. Double height voids in the architecture invite the environs in the living and dining areas whilst the bedrooms and office remain private and secluded.

March 19, 2013

Interiors : Apartment in Paris

This 750 ft2 apartment was designed by the directors l’Atelier d’Archi as family home for them and their young son. Situated on the last floor of an old convent in the centre of Paris, the loft affords views of roof tops and the open skies. Neutral tones and natural materials are combined with dramatic design elements to create an inviting residence with just enough adventure.

March 18, 2013

blog wunderlust: 18th March 2013

The creative process cannot be defined, it can only be felt.
Artist Barrington Watson

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Toyo Ito awarded 2013 Pritzker prize | A High Line in Queens: Just Imagine the Food | Moby, the Architectural Blogger | Big Ideas, Tiny House | New Affordable Housing Complex with Roof Top Farm | Drive-Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Palettes | Survivalist faces charges for teaching in self-built school | [video] Sagrada Familia on CBS | Nebraska architecture firm presents concept for NASA moon base |

last word: Miami Architecture Mocked in National Media

March 15, 2013

BIG in Florida

Grove at Brand Bay designed by the Bjarke Ingles Group In collaboration with landscape architecture firm Raymond Jungles, will feature "highly evolved" residences inspired by the natural beauty of Coconut Grove.

Le CORBUSIER - The Chapel Notre-Dame du Haut

March 13, 2013


Artforming's Summer/Build programme is an experimental learning opportunity for students and professionals, of art and design, sharing a passion for translating ideas. Coupling the acts of thinking and making the design-build workshop will explore, express and aim to translate spatial thinking into built form. Structured as a two week intensive workshop at the Windhover Centre for the Performing Arts in Rockport, Massachusetts.

The programme runs from the 5th to 15th August 2013

Follow the link for more information.

blog wunderlust: 11th March 2013

The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture
Tadao Ando

The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History | The Financial Times calls Zaha an "Unlikely ‘pushover’ who doesn’t play safe" | Non-Profit Builds First Autism Community Housing | Creating Hipsturbia | Climate Change Resilient Buildings Survey Underway for the Caribbean | Light and geometry interventions by Javier Riera | the Greenest Building in the World | Architects and the Public Health Imperative |

last word: An architectural bauble

March 12, 2013

New Work ::: Green Dot Public School

Brooks + Scarpa have recently completed a school for 500 students in Inglewood, Los Angeles. The block wide site is located in a poverty stricken community of residential and light industrial buildings and is adjacent to a busy freeway. The 52,000 ft2 facility hovers over the western portion of the site, freeing the ground floor areas and in contrast to typical academic big box precedents. The southern elevation is clad with solar panels that currently provides 75% of the school's energy needs whilst simultaneously shading the building.

March 8, 2013

Sliced Porosity Block - part 2

Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Spirit of Space has created two short films on the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China.

Sliced Porosity Block - part 1

Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Spirit of Space has created two short films on the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China.

March 7, 2013

On the Boards: Tianjin Eco-City Ecology & Planning Museums

Tianjin Eco-City Ecology & Planning Museums designed by Steven Holl Architects. The 60,000m2 museums were conceived to be complementary buildings, both in terms of their missions and their architectural forms - showing that ecology and planning are interconnected one is subtractive whilst the other is additive. The site when complete, is expected to be a model for sustainable development in China.

March 3, 2013

blog wunderlust: 4th March 2013

[His] death filled me with an immense joy. [...] Le corbusier was a pitiable creature working in reinforced concrete.
Salvador Dalí

Renaissance architecture do double duty as Tableware | Architectural Drawings by Daniel Libeskind | Best of a "Bad Boy" Engineer | Holl Stays Busy in China | After Dropping Zaha and BIG, Kent State University Ups the Ante for Design Competition | Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles | Harvesting energy for the win: D.C. students compete to build energy-efficient house of the future |

last word: Reggae Museum Design Should've Been Open To Competition

March 1, 2013

Design Lives -- Michael Green, MGB Architecture

Design Lives -- Michael Green, MGB Architecture from Design Lives on Vimeo.

Nancy Bendtsen, design observer and commentator, interviewed architect Michael Green about his work, “green architecture”, and his personal sources of inspiration and motivation.
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