Umi-Play Children’s Dramatic Arts Center / AntiStatics Architecture

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Theater. Image © Zhenyong Yang Theater. Image © Zhenyong Yang
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Swim BIG: Artificial Island Supports World’s Largest Saltwater Pool Complex

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Now open on the edge of Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, the Harbor Bath project features a main 150-foot-long pool as well as diving and children’s pools, plus a pair of saunas. Naturally, the water is drawn directly in from the surroundings.

Designed by architects from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) — images by Rasmus Hjortshøj — the complex can support up to 650 bathers at one time. Various pool sizes are elegantly integrating into the tapering form, creating poolside areas as well as swimming and lounging spaces.

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David Chipperfield

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The James Simon Galerie . Berlin David Chipperfield Architects . + wallpaper The James Simon Galerie, which serves as the new entrance building to Berlin’s Museum Island, is nearly complete. On 13 December, the building has been officially handed over to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Over the coming months the interiors will be fitted … Continue reading David Chipperfield
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Durisch+Nolli

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federal center for asylum seekers . Novazzano / Balerna Durisch+Nolli Architetti . renders: © Onirism Durisch+Nolli wins a competition for a new Federal Center for asylum seekers in Novazzano / Balerna, in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland. _ Di Passaggio Passaggio ‹pas·sàg·gio› s.m. (pl. -gi) 1 Nozione relativa alle implicazioni spaziali e temporali riferibili ai … Continue reading Durisch+Nolli
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HOOP Dance Gathering Place / Brook McIlroy

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© Tom Arban © Tom Arban
  • Architects: Brook McIlroy
  • Location: 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5, Canada
  • Lead Architect: Calvin Brook
  • Architecture: Brook McIlroy – Paul Gorrie, Chris Chan, Heather Gibbons
  • Area: 180.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Tom Arban
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The Lake House / Suyama Peterson Deguchi

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© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott
  • Architects: Suyama Peterson Deguchi
  • Location: United States
  • Design Team: George Suyama, Ric Peterson, Chris Haddad, Alex Rhodes, Greg Gartrell, Davis Hammer, Jessie Kingsley
  • Area: 1841.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Kevin Scott
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Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab

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Moscow. Image via Creative Commons Moscow. Image via Creative Commons

The government of Moscow has begun developing an existing district in the city to test nearly 30 new ‘smart’ technologies for urban development. Home to over 8,000 people, the district is testing ideas on smart lighting, smart waste management, and smart heating. The city intends to evaluate what impact technologies bring to residents and adjust its urban renewal plan once the pilot is complete.

When creating a smart district, cities tend to choose new, empty or even abandoned areas to build a district from a scratch, which is faster, easier and more cost-efficient. However, Moscow authorities made the decision to create one in an already existing neighborhood to bring top tech solutions. In April 2018, authorities began implementing technologies in selected buildings situated in Maryino district on the southeast of Moscow. The district includes seven apartment buildings with different years of construction from 1996 to 1998. Each residential building has a different construction type that gives an advantage to pilot the technologies under various conditions.

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GG House / sommet

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© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti
  • Architects: maria ines saavedra, mariano donoso, diego frias, yazmin lara
  • Location: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  • Architect In Charge: Sebastian Fernandez de Cordova Frerking
  • Area: 747.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographer: Leonardo Finotti
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Architects and the New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?

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Max Mekhovnikov, The Walls Technology. Moscow, Russia. @thewallstechnology. Image via Morpholio Max Mekhovnikov, The Walls Technology. Moscow, Russia. @thewallstechnology. Image via Morpholio

Can tablets help architects better conceive and execute their designs? If you’re skeptical, you’re not alone. To a certain extent, architects are still unsure if meaningful work can be created on an iPad. As the novel of virtual reality wears off, it’s worth asking if portable augmented reality is the push forward that will combine the best of traditional and digital architectural technology. So beyond their utility as lightweight, untethered screens, what can tablets offer the professional architect?

The iPad is an endless clean slate that appeals to creatives’ desires to sketch or illustrate in a way befitting of our time. Until 2015, with the launch of the first Apple pencil, users of Apple’s products could employ a third-party stylus but the inaccuracy and discomfort of these tools proved hopeless as practical or useful architectural drawing implements. As a result, there was no industry-wide surge in the adoption or demand of iPads for architects.

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Presentación de la XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo

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Javier Corvalán / Laboratorio de Arquitectura. Casa Hamaca, Luque, Praguay, 2010. Foto: Leonardo Finotti.

El lunes 17 de diciembre se presenta la XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo en Casa América de Madrid y entre los actos destaca la conversación entre los arquitectos paraguayos Javier Corvalán, de Laboratorio de Arquitectura, y Joseto Cubilla con Arturo Franco, Comisario/director de la XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo.

Joseto Cubilla, Casa Takuru, Piribebuy, Paraguay, 2016. Fotografía: Federico Cairoli.

Programa de la jornada:

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FHV Fruehauf Henry & Viladoms

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FHV Fruehauf Henry & Viladoms
Unithèque . Lausanne FHV Fruehauf Henry & Viladoms Unithèque updated scheme design. The extension of the university library means working on a building that is perfectly integrated within its natural environment, precisely located on the gentle slope overlooking Lake Geneva. It is dearly loved by all who know it and is affectionately referred to as … Continue reading FHV Fruehauf Henry & Viladoms
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Warmia Thermal Baths / Plaskowicki + Partnerzy Architekci

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© Piotr Krajewski © Piotr Krajewski
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Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition

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First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka

Laka has published the results of the 2018 edition of their annual Architecture that Reacts competition, focusing on “architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings.” This year saw 200 participants from more than 30 countries submit 130 designs, following an interdisciplinary approach reaching beyond typical building solutions.

This year’s winners hailed from the USA and Austria, confronting issues such as climate change, ubiquitous computation, and new ways of perceiving space in a machine-driven future. Below, we have rounded up the winners, special recognitions, and honorable mentions from the 2018 edition. For more information on the competition, and previous results, visit the official website here.

First Prize

Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam

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Casa PH2 / DX Arquitectos

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© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco
  • Architects: DX Arquitectos
  • Location: Padre Hurtado, Chile
  • Author Architects: Juan Luzoro, Federico Novoa
  • Area: 184.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Pablo Blanco
  • Collaborator: Pablo Hip
  • Reckoner: Rodrigo Bravo
© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco

Text description provided by the architects. The house PH2 is a three-slope monovolume, fully dressed in the rusty tin on site, material taken from the rural environment, where agro-industrial buildings abound in various states of destruction. This "architecture without architects" that benefits from the lack of pretension serves us as a material reference, delimiting a stripped and essential formal language.

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Centre for Contemporary Art DOX+ / Petr Hajek Architekti

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© Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel
  • Architects: Petr Hajek Architekti
  • Location: Poupětova 1339/3, 170 00 Prague 7-Holešovice, Czech Republic
  • Architects Team: Petr Hájek, Tereza Keilová, Cornelia Klien, Benedikt Markel, Martin Stoss
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Benedikt Markel
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Anthony Saroufim Captures the Skeletal Materiality of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences

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© Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim

The architectural and engineering feats of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava can be admired around the world, but his City of Arts and Sciences, designed alongside Felix Candela, has remained a modern architectural marvel. Like many international visitors, Lebanese photographer Anthony Saroufim found himself inherently attracted to the highly publicized building complex with a specific, tailored angle - unraveling the relationship between the built reality and the people interacting with it.

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Japan is Selling Dilapidated Homes for Extremely Low Prices to Alleviate its Housing Crisis

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via Flickr. Image © Bo Nielsen via Flickr. Image © Bo Nielsen

Today, many individuals, both young and old, desire to buy property, redesign, and refurbish an existing house into their dream home. Umbrellaed under terms like “fixer-upper” and “adaptive reuse,” these projects begin with the skeletons of old structures and the building’s history. Many architects around the globe have utilized abandoned structures and transformed them into architectural marvels for both civic and domestic purposes.

Japan, in particular, has implemented a system to help alleviate the country’s current housing crisis. Despite rising urban real estate prices and limited space, over 8 million properties across Japan are unoccupied - according to a government report in 2013. It is believed that around 2 million of these structures are abandoned and deserted. Following the current trends, these numbers continue to grow each year. It is estimated that 21 million homes will be unoccupied by 2033.

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Pepe Espaliú

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Pepe Espaliú
In These Twenty-Five Years + garcía | galería Although Espaliú initiated his art career in Barcelona in the early seventies, during the rise of conceptual art in Catalonia, it wasn’t until the beginning of the eighties that his work became a complex territory of concealment and desire, where issues such as the body, identity, the … Continue reading Pepe Espaliú
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