Thursday, May 31, 2012

On the Boards : Buffalo School of Medicine


International architecture firm HOK has been selected to design the new University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on its downtown campus. Located at the centre of the region’s emerging bio-sciences corridor, the new transit-oriented medical school development will anchor a lively, urban mixed-use district on campus and bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff downtown.

On the Boards ::: Al Ain stadium

© MZ Architects

Sunken into the cooler depth of the desert sand, the Al Ain stadium, designed by MZ Architects emerging from the ground like a hidden treasure. The mountain provides backdrop for the stadium and allows for the gathering of a large number of visitors in the heart of the vast landscape.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

House of the Week 142: Corallo House

(c)Paz Architects

The Corallo House in Santa Rosalia, Guatemala city, Guatemala designed by Paz Architects is a three level concrete residence completed in 2011. Located in a dense hillside forest the penetrates the home, merging nature into the daily activities of the users. The glass façades reinforce the connection to the landscape. The main structural element is fair-faced concrete that bears the texture of the formwork, creating a dialogue between the man-made and the natural.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Blog Wunderlust : 21st May 2012

The world is how you see it. Don't let anyone else's image of it determine yours.
Farshid Moussavi

From Bauhaus to Rundhaus | Silent World: What Makes A City A City | Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson by OMA | Archifocus Awards | Work/life/work balance | 2nd Annual Small Project Award Winners | Calling All Women: Finding the Forgotten Architect | Now towering over London's Olympic Park: 'The Godzilla of public art'| Rehabilitating Vacant Lots Improves Urban Health and Safety | After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here? | A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography |

last word: Bold, frank criticism can only nourish architecture

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blogging the Future

Architect Louis Kahn, was known best for his design of the National Assembly Building in Bangladesh.

sLAB Costa Rica: Recycling Centre in Nosara

NYIT architecture students want to help build a recycling center they designed in Costa Rica, and fund a documentary film about it. More regarding this initiative

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Call for Submissions: SHIFT

Call for submissions: North Carolina State University's Student ASLA Chapter seeks submissions for it's 2nd annual professional-reviewed landscape architecture student journal, SHIFT: process. Recognizing that students represent the next generation of leaders and design innovators, SHIFT provides a scholarly and provocative forum for professional-reviewed student research into emerging issues at the forefront of landscape architecture theory and practice. SHIFT fosters creative interaction across disciplinary boundaries and raise awareness of emerging trends within academic and professional communities. SHIFT: process will build upon SHIFT: infrastructure, the winner of the 2011 Student ASLA Award of Excellence in Communications, by focusing on new ways of thinking about the design process.

How can we engage the designer, the community, and ecology in the process of design?
What does this process look like? Where does it happen?
How do these processes improve on current techniques?

For detailed submission requirements and for more information

On the Boards : Bauhaus Museum

images Courtesy of Pedro Monteiro, Rodrigo Cruz, and Sérgio Silva

The winning competition entry for the New Bauhaus Museum proposed for Weimar, Germany designed by Pedro Monteiro, Rodrigo Cruz, and Sérgio Silva. The enclosed mass of the exhibition areas of the museum are organized around and in contrast to the openness of the courtyard. The design proposes the use of the geothermal mass to reduce the need for insulation and mechanical control of the temperature.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Work : Ten Bangkok

images via gotarch
Designed by CASE Studio (Community Architects for Shelter & Environment) the group takes a humanitarian and anthropological approach to creating appropriate housing in informal settlements. The projects undertaken by this collective often involve community members as participants in the process of improving their shelter and environment from community surveying to group meetings and workshops. This alternative housing option for the middle class, features 10 units for a variety of persons including some of the architects. The volumes are staggered, interspersed with gardens and courtyards creating common spaces for physical and visual respite and blurring public/private boundaries. The process, as well as the aesthetic has conjured a community identity and a relationship between dwelling and context - the result is an architecture that is the fruit of cooperative design where the architects are also the clients; the clients are also the architects

80*120 Workshop

Over the month of October 2010, 28 participants in the "80*120" workshop produced11 street furniture items were made from pallets. The self-build workshop organized by Izmo was targeted to students and professionals in the field of architecture and design. The project was to make outdoor furniture within the urban redevelopment of an abandoned green area, "di pallet In the pallet."

Guided by a design process and theory, the project has focused on the disclosure of reuse and method of self-build in order to make sustainable and environmentally friendly outdoor furniture for the public space. The design process was characterized by the following phases: theory, design, construction, installation in public space.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Call for Abstracts - Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) at Kent State University invites writers, designers, artists and thinkers to submit abstracts for Volume 5 of their annual publication, Urban Infill. This journal examines themes in contemporary urban design, architecture, and planning and has in past volumes addressed shrinking cities, temporary urbanism, urban hydrology, and storytelling in an urban context.

Volume 5 is focused on diagrams. We invite examples and perspectives on diagramming and its place in urban design practice and processes. We are particularly interested in the intents and agendas behind various forms of diagramming within the following framework. Submissions may correspond to any of these six (6) themes:

  • Defining the Diagram
  • Meaning | Function
  • Translation | Interpretation
  • Vagueness | Suggestion
  • Composition | Narrative
  • Exchange | Engagement

Abstracts due no later that 8th June 2012, for submission requirements and dates, refer to the Infill website

blog wunderlust : 14th May 2012

Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.
Maya Angelou

Boring still life objects turned into intriguing erotic images | Love it or hate it: Toronto’s OCAD building | Walk [your city] | Prefab houses... for birds | Where the Heart Is — This Sri Lankan architect knows | Amid the Art Fair Rush: “Expanding Museums” at Frieze Talks | Google SketchUp sold to Trimble Navigation | Inside the Kowloon Walled City | Tadao Ando Book Clock | The Promise Of The $300 House And Other Reverse Innovations | Want Maximum Value? Hire An Architect |

last word: Beware Of 'Fake' Architects!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Discotecture: nightclub of the future

VICE has recently premiered its first-ever nightlife and design-centric series, Discotecture, featuring David Byrne, Andre Balazs, Peter Gatien, Kenny Scharf, Eric Goode, Michael Musto, Amy Sacco, Steve Lewis, and other icons of New York nightlife. The series follows five young designers from different disciplines as they come together to create their vision of the "nightclub of the future" and get the best advice from the best in the industry. The designers' nightclub were brought to life, opening its doors to the public last month at the Milan International Design Fair.


This is a collaboration between University of Houston College of Architecture and School of Communication for class project. Story by Bundharic Taout, Screenplay by Wells Barber & Bundharic Taout.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

[In]Closure: Seattle Urban Intervention Competition

French practice ABF Final proposal for the Seattle Urban Intervention Competition. The design envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.

House of the Week 141: Lakeshore View House

(c)Amir Sultan
The Lakeshore View House is one of a number of residences built along the Sentosa Cove in Singapore, facing the sea with the mountains in the background. The 720m2 house by Aamer Architects is designed in a simple yet contemporary language that bonds and coexist with the natural surrounding context - a truly modern tropical aesthetic. The open spaces which encourage natural ventilation alleviating the humid climate whilst offering residents vistas across the water.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Interiors : The Brick Loft

This project entailed the conversion of a former industrial office located in Joo Chiat in Singapore, into an airy & chic apartment. Designed by architects & cross disciplinary practice, FARM the spaces of the loft are bathed in light against the stark white wall surfaces and steel floated concrete floors. Conceptually the apartment borrows a localized aesthetic seen in textured ventilation blocks, painted brick and exposed, unrendered structure.

New Work ::: The Jesolo Lido Village

 photographs (c) Roland Halbe
The Jesolo Lido is a residential project on the Adriatic coast coast of Italy designed by architects Richard Meier & Partners. Completed in the 2007 the scheme is comprised of a number of facilities including a number of 3 story townhouses, a hotel and condominiums facing the sea. The architectural language marries the unpigment Meier-esque palette with a decidedly Hellenistic aesthetic.

Monday, May 7, 2012

blog wunderlust : 7th May 2012

[Architecture should answer] the needs of the people, not the needs of luxury.
Hannes Meyer

Bauhaus-inspired building blocks | The House That Doe Built | Aga Khan Award ups prize fund to $1m | Meier Tapped for Office Project in Trendy Rio Neighborhood | Jimenez Lai: Not just the comic book architect | Trailing a Master Photographer in Los Angeles | In Praise of Impermanence | One chair a week | Lego Architecture with Rem Koolhaas | The Next Generation of BIM | Installations: Cornelia Konrads | architectural souvenirs | Zaha's Maxxi museum faces closure |

last word: 5 Questions for Bjarke Ingels

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

ONE Prize 2012

The ONE Prize 2012 competition is powered by the idea that social, ecological, and economic struggles can simultaneously be addressed through collaborative action and innovative design. ONE Prize 2012 is an annual call to put design in the service of the community, to reinvigorate de-industrialized and depressed urban areas, and to repurpose spaces for economic growth and job creation. It aims to explore the socially, economically, and ecologically regenerative possibilities of urban transformation and design.

The ONE Prize Award is an international competition open to architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

On the Boards : Marena

Marena apartments in Manantiales, Punta del Este, Uruguay designed by architect Martin Gomez. The 70m2 units are spread over two blocks feature spacious terraces or gardens.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

House of the Week 140: Two Hulls House

Designed by architects MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple for a young family of four, the programme of the coastal home in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada is divided into a ‘day pavilion' and a ‘night pavilion.' The architectural expression is defined by two ship-like rectangular volumes that cantilever above the shoreline and concrete seawall. Internally the spaces are simple concrete floors, naturally finished timber and white plaster walls and like most projects from the architect's oeuvre stresses place, craft, and community.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Work ::: Richardson Apartments

photos (c) Bruce Damonte

The Richardson apartments in San Francisco were named in honour of political & civil activists Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson and provides supportive housing to 120 formerly homeless persons. Designed by architects David Baker + Partners the affordable housing apartments sit on a corner lot on Fulton Street and presents a fresh face to the neighborhood with shiny metal, stucco, and reclaimed lumber. Sunshades on the West and South faces provide solar protection as well add architectural interest. Transparent planes on the ground floor bring light, depth, security, and visual connection to the courtyard and over 7,500 ft2 shared spaces. The green roof provides stormwater management, and the rooftop garden allow residents to grow their own food. The living units satisfy universal design practices and feature a medical suite providing on-site care and counseling.