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Architects and the New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?

13 December, 2018 - 13:30
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

13 December, 2018 - 12:32

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

13 December, 2018 - 12:24
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

Warmia Thermal Baths / Plaskowicki + Partnerzy Architekci

13 December, 2018 - 12:00
© Piotr Krajewski © Piotr Krajewski

Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition

13 December, 2018 - 11:00
 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

13 December, 2018 - 10:00
© 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

13 December, 2018 - 08:00
© 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

Anthony Saroufim Captures the Skeletal Materiality of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences

13 December, 2018 - 07:00
© 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

13 December, 2018 - 06:00
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

13 December, 2018 - 05:15
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

A House in a Garden / David Leech Architects

13 December, 2018 - 05:00
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C&P Corporate Headquarters / INNOCAD

13 December, 2018 - 04:00
© Paul Ott © Paul Ott
  • Architects: INNOCAD
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Project Team: Patrick Handler, Jörg Kindermann, Martin Lesjak, Elisabeth Krammer, Dominik Gladik
  • Area: 2465.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Paul Ott

Villa Zeist 2 / HofmanDujardin

13 December, 2018 - 03:00
© Matthijs van Roon © Matthijs van Roon
  • Architects: HofmanDujardin
  • Location: Zeist, The Netherlands
  • Team: Barbara Dujardin, Michiel Hofman, Anne Boonstra, Fabian van den Bosch, Maik Peters
  • Area: 375.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Matthijs van Roon

UCCA Dune Art Museum / OPEN Architecture

13 December, 2018 - 02:00
Aerial View. Image © Qingshan Wu Aerial View. Image © Qingshan Wu
  • Architects: OPEN Architecture
  • Location: Qinhuangdao, China
  • Architect In Charge: Hu Li, Wenjing Huang
  • Design Team: Tingting Zhou (Project Architect), Mengmeng Wang, Boji Hu, Kuanyin Fang, Joshua Parker, Di Lu, Bong Lin, Qing Ye, Steven Shi, Han Jia
  • Area: 930.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Qingshan Wu, Nan Ni


13 December, 2018 - 01:36
Transformation of 530 dwellings, block G, H, I . Bordeaux Lacaton&Vassal . Frédéric Druot . Christophe Hutin . photos: © Philippe Ruault . video: © Christophe Hutin . + Simon 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. _ · The project consists of the transformation of 3 inhabited social buildings, … Continue reading Lacaton&Vassal

Continuing House / Naf Architect & Design

13 December, 2018 - 01:00
© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects: Naf Architect & Design
  • Location: Yokosuka, Japan
  • Architects In Charge: Akio Nakasa (Principal Architect) , Teppei Amano
  • Area: 104.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

S Space / H&P Architects

12 December, 2018 - 23:00
© Nguyen TienThanh © Nguyen TienThanh
  • Architects: H&P Architects
  • Location: Dong Van town, Duy Tien district, Ha Nam province, Vietnam
  • Team: Doan Thanh Ha ,Tran Ngoc Phuong, Nguyen Hai Hue, Nguyen Duc Anh, Tran Van Duong, Trinh Thi Thanh Huyen
  • Construction: Dong Phat company & Local workers
  • Land Section Area: 720.0 m2
  • Area: 300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Nguyen TienThanh
© Nguyen TienThanh © Nguyen TienThanh

Text description provided by the architects. Not quite far from a large polluted industrial park, the project is located in a new emerging urban area with a high construction density in Dong Van town, Ha Nam province.  This is an open space for the community with its focus on cultural and artistic aspects on a periodical basis, among which coffee space is a daily activity.

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Álvaro Siza

12 December, 2018 - 22:55
Álvaro Siza
The ‘Eduardo Souto Moura’ coin Álvaro Siza Souto de Moura is worth now 7.5 €. Many times 7.5 €, in fact. Álvaro Siza has designed a coin in honour of Eduardo Souto de Moura. Banco de Portugal has put a silver-alloy collector coin into circulation with face value of €7.50, entitled ‘Eduardo Souto Moura’. The … Continue reading Álvaro Siza

DAS_Lab Office / DAS Lab

12 December, 2018 - 22:00
© Yifei Xu © Yifei Xu
  • Interiors Designers: DAS Lab
  • Location: Zao-Fong Universe Building, No. 1800 Zhongshan Road West, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Designer: Jingze Li
  • Design Team: Guo Xiang, Yu Qian, Zeyuan Chen
  • Area: 120.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Yifei Xu
© Yifei Xu © Yifei Xu

Text description provided by the architects. The reversal brought by emotions in the atmosphere create a balance state in two areas.

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ThuBao's House / 85 Design

12 December, 2018 - 21:00
© To Huu Dung © To Huu Dung
  • Architects: 85 Design
  • Location: Vietnam
  • Architect: To Huu Dung
  • Client: Mr.Bảo/ Mrs. Thư
  • Area: 104.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: To Huu Dung
© To Huu Dung © To Huu Dung

Text description provided by the architects. This house is located in a small alley in Danang City with a width of only 4m and a depth of more than 25m. The task is to design a full living space for a small family of 4 people including a Garage, Living, Kitchen and Dining, Study room, and 3 separate bedrooms.

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