Atomic Alchemy: Photographs of Nuclear Landscapes in the American West

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[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ]

There’s a quiet sense of foreboding permeating this series of black and white photos of old uranium mining towns and nuclear test sites throughout the West, captured by Australian-American photographer Brett Leigh Dicks. The images depict scenes that once held enormous potential: first for progress, then for danger and destruction. Now they’re just empty. “Atomic Alchemy: Nuclear Landscapes Across the American West” explores how these sites scattered across Utah, Idaho, Arizona and New Mexico rose and fell along with public perception of nuclear power in the early stages of its development and post World War II, after the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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From Digital to Built: Six Experimentations With Brick

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© TEM 2015 © TEM 2015

Argentine firm Estudio Arzubialde and Chilean architect Verónica Arcos led a Material Experimentation Workshop in Rosario, Argentina, during which six different groups of students designed and built projects using a variety of brick laying techniques.

Each project used different brick patterns based on simple rules, resulting in a structure with a certain degree of geometric complexity. 

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51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge

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51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge
Alveoles . St. Nazaire 51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge . + baunetz During the Second World War, a huge submarine base was built by the occupying forces in the city of St. Nazaire, on the French Atlantic coast. When the city was flattened towards the end of the war, the submarine base was the only … Continue reading 51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge
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Quebec Pool House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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© James Brittain © James Brittain
  • Architects: Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
  • Location: Pincourt, Quebec, Canada
  • Category: Residential
  • Lead Architects: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Peter Broughton, Bruce Allen, Dalton Kaun, Etienne Lemay, Izak Bridgman, Rimon Soliman, Jonny Leger, Matthew Bishop
  • Area: 2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: James Brittain

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Carlos Garaicoa

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Carlos Garaicoa
Garden . 1998 + Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea Garden (From the Series A city view from the table of my house) depicts a domestic scale for a landscape, a beautiful garden you could seize in your hands, with a lovely –and lonely- bonsai tree. On the opposite corner of the table, a video showing a … Continue reading Carlos Garaicoa
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ArchDaily's 2019 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

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2018 marked a banner year for ArchDaily. Our global audience has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, taking advantage of the nearly 40,000 new articles and 4300 projects added to our site. We are proud and excited to reach readers in every corner of the world, and we savor the opportunity to continue sharing the inspiration, knowledge, and tools needed to design a positive urbanizing world.

We recently shared with our readers the trends that will define the field of architecture in 2019. We are able to confidently identify these trends, not just because of our experience in reporting on them but also due to our data-driven approach. We are committed to listening to and sharing the interests of our readers - and no effort exemplifies this better than our annual Building of the Year awards.

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Self+ / Kube Arquitetura

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© João Magnus © João Magnus
  • Architect: Kube Arquitetura
  • Location: Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Category: Showroom
  • Lead Architect: Juliana Neves
  • Team: Bárbara Mingozzi, Carolina Magoga, Ivna Reis, Lucia Santoro, Raphaela Fogaça
  • Area: 42.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: João Magnus

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SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing

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Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to go swimming inside a water tower. In reality, it would probably be dark and creepy and not as cool as it sounds, but that’s not the case with Danish firm SquareOne’s design, where the top of an abandoned water tower becomes a public swimming pool and spa. Utilizing the existing structural system of the tower, SquareOne is also proposing adding 40+ student housing units suspended around the tower. This dual-purpose scheme addresses Copenhagen’s desperate housing shortage while also giving new life to an old building.

 

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Towards Openness

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Towards Openness
Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
ar+d (Applied Research + Design), February 2018



Paperback | 6-3/4 x 9 inches | 288 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1940743226 | $35.00

Publisher Description:
Drawn from keen observation of the rapidly changing social economic landscape of China, and using OPEN projects as case studies, Towards Openness is a symphony of seven built projects and six idea chapters which are intriguingly interwoven to offer an in-depth examination of OPEN’s unique practice and the critical thinking underlying their work, work that actively engages with the rapid transformation of the society, with unwavering hope for a better future.

Towards Openness offers a unique approach to understanding the transformational power of architecture, presenting a humanistic approach to architecture in relation to nature, touching upon our fundamental sensitivity as human beings to go far beyond the boundaries of nations. This book challenges the preconceived and often prejudicial notions of what Chinese architecture ought to be, by providing a fresh perspective on contemporary architectural practice in China through the innovative work of OPEN.dDAB Commentary:

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Gains Approval for Hammersmith Town Hall Refurbishment in London

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Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T Visualisation of Hammersmith Town Hall. Image © 7-T

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have gained planning permission for the proposed extension and full refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall in London. A joint venture with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and commercial partners a2Dominion, the scheme seeks to promote “the creation of a new high quality civic mixed-use development” derived from the historic structure.

Through the demolition of a 1970s extension, the scheme will create a new public square that enhances the setting of the existing protected Town Hall, reinstating its presence on Kings Street. The main alternations seek to enhance the existing building through a glass box rooftop extension containing council office space.

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Studio NAB designs a Floating Urban Farming Tower for Future Cities

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© Studio NAB © Studio NAB

Studio NAB has released details of their proposed Superfarm project, a six-story exercise in indoor urban farming that “focuses its production on the culture of foods with a high nutritional value.” The project is founded on the principles of pragmatic implementation, high-yielding foods, reducing health risks, promoting short circuits, reviving economies, energy self-sufficiency.

The scheme is a response to the projections that by 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in urban centers, demanding an area of farmland 20% more than is represented by the country of Brazil. By moving farm systems indoors, Superfarm represents an “ecological transition” that is resilient, human-sensitive, and technologically advanced.

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In New York City, When Form Follows Finance the Sky's The Limit

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Courtesy of SHoP Architects Courtesy of SHoP Architects

The hyperreal renderings predicting New York City’s skyline in 2018 are coming to life as the city’s wealth physically manifests into the next generation of skyscrapers. Just like millennials and their ability to kill whole industries singlehandedly, we are still fixated on the supertalls: how tall, how expensive, how record-breaking? Obsession with this typology centers around their excessive, bourgeois nature, but – at least among architects – rarely has much regard for the processes which enable the phenomenon.

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Global Alliance for Urban Crises launches knowledge products at Humanitarian Networking and Partnerships Week 2019

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On February 8th, the Global Alliance for Urban Crises officially launched a series of knowledge products at Humanitarian Networking and Partnerships Week 2019 in Geneva. The products were produced by multi-constituency Alliance Working Groups, and focus on the key objectives, including urban profiling for a shared understanding of crises in urban contexts, stronger collaboration among actors through an urban protocol, mobilizing the right expertise in urban crises through the Urban Competency Framework, and shaping common goals through urban resilience.

Additionally, the Alliance participated in a session with Global Cluster panelists from UNHCR, IOM, RedR UK, and IMPACT Initiatives, on strengthening inter-sector coordination in urban areas. Following the inter-network session, the Alliance held an all-day members meeting, joined by Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva and chair of the UCLG Taskforce, to discuss the creation of a platform in Geneva for local governments to engage with the humanitarian community and facilitate access to knowledge..

Visit urbancrises.org to view and download the new Alliance Knowledge Products, and learn how to get involved.

 The Global Alliance for Urban Crises is a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice.

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