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Come Hell or High Water: Cities Must Evolve in the Face of Climate Change

12 December, 2018 - 20:00
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

The time to talk about climate change as if it’s merely a hazy possibility that won’t occur in our lifetime anyway has long passed. Multiple recent reports have made it clear that it’s already happening, and its effects will be much worse than previously expected.

In 2016, the Paris climate accords set a goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (at which it’s already failing); the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now says two degrees is both inevitable by the year 2040 and genocidal, set to cause the death of all coral reefs, extreme wildfires, heat waves and other weather events that will subsequently threaten the world’s food supply and transform the global economy.

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Island House / Michael Pinche

12 December, 2018 - 19:00
© Derek Skalko © Derek Skalko
  • Architects: Michael Pinche
  • Location: United States
  • Lead Architects: Mike Piche
  • Area: 3100.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Derek Skalko
© Derek Skalko © Derek Skalko

Text description provided by the architects. Located in a playful, eclectic neighborhood on the southern shore of Kauai, the Island House integrates the ubiquitous indoor/outdoor Hawaiian living with modern design.

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depA Architects

12 December, 2018 - 18:58
depA Architects
Sapientia Hotel . Coimbra depA Architects . photos: © José Campos The three pre-existing buildings around a mediterranean courtyard are located Coimbra, in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Protection Zone. In such delicate surroundings, the intervention seeks a delicate design balanced between the need for technical adaptations to contemporary building demands, the legal requirements for … Continue reading depA Architects

ECDM

12 December, 2018 - 18:35
ECDM
ENSEMBLE MIXTE Binet Porte de Montmartre . Paris ECDM . photos: © Salem Mostefaoui We designed this hotel as a succession of plans and sequences condensing the long traveling shot that leads the traveler to Paris. Access to the hotel is from a reception on the roof of the city, a place from which one … Continue reading ECDM

MVRDV

12 December, 2018 - 18:17
MVRDV
Westerpark West . Amsterdam MVRDV . renders: © CIIID MVRDV’s strategic master plan for a former ING office complex. Located in the Amsterdam Brettenzone, directly to the west of the city’s popular Westerpark, the plan includes 12 buildings, 5 of which are also designed by MVRDV. Placing an emphasis on green space and architectural diversity, … Continue reading MVRDV

Missouri Innovation Campus / DLR Group

12 December, 2018 - 18:00
© Michael Robinson © Michael Robinson
  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Location: 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO 64086, United States
  • Design Leader: DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA
  • Architect In Charge: Gould Evans
  • Area: 135000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Michael Robinson

Casa Piloto / Meraki Arquitectura + Diseño

12 December, 2018 - 16:00
© Leonardo Méndez © Leonardo Méndez
  • Architects: Meraki Arquitectura + Diseño
  • Location: Asunción, Paraguay
  • Architect In Charge: Violeta Perez + Amado Franco Rabito
  • Collaborators: Alvaro Iparraguirre, María José Zac, Cielo Paredes, Marcela Volpe y Guillermo Correa
  • Area: 4951.4 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Leonardo Méndez
© Leonardo Méndez © Leonardo Méndez

Text description provided by the architects. In a 12 × 30 ground ... 3 modules in Y ... 4 modules in x ...
They shape the way we pose on the ground.

In the first module Y on the left you will receive the main door of 3.45 m (width of the module) whose visual point of the garden is the pool and its water fall.

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Google Reveals Revised Mountain View Campus Plan by BIG and Heatherwick Studio

12 December, 2018 - 15:00
Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio Google Mountain View Campus. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group & Heatherwick Studio

New details of Google's Mountain View campus by BIG and Heatherwick Studio have been revealed. Initially announced in 2015, the project has seen several revisions after first running into difficulty with the city planning board. The latest scheme includes a combination of office, retail, public and residential space. Located in North Bayshore, California, the revised plan focuses on the site's natural environment and affordable housing.

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LAM Agency / Marcos Miguélez

12 December, 2018 - 14:00
© Antonio Vázquez © Antonio Vázquez
  • Architects: Marcos Miguélez
  • Location: Av. De Astorga, Ponferrada, Spain
  • Authors: Marcos Miguélez
  • Design Team: Alejandro Mikrós
  • Area: 484.37 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Antonio Vázquez
© Antonio Vázquez © Antonio Vázquez

Text description provided by the architects. The project consists in the transformation of a small business premises into a work space for a travel agency.

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CREUSeCARRASCO

12 December, 2018 - 13:38
CREUSeCARRASCO
CASA C . Costa da Morte CREUSeCARRASCO . fotos: © Luís Díaz Díaz / © Hector Santos-Díez La vivienda se sitúa en un terreno elevado 3,5 metros sobre la carretera. Se trata de una zona de crecimiento del núcleo urbano principal dónde, a lo largo de los años, han ido apareciendo bloques de vivienda de … Continue reading CREUSeCARRASCO

KPF Proposes a New "Participatory Urbanism" with Shanghai Towers

12 December, 2018 - 13:00
© Plompmozes © Plompmozes

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled details of Huamu Lot 10 in Shanghai. The three-tower scheme, totaling 279,000 square meters, is dedicated to commercial offices and a future museum, positioned around a central grand plaza.

Described as a “new form of participatory urbanism,” the scheme has been designed to accommodate large-scale artwork in a public setting, thus activating the central plaza as a cultural hub.

© Plompmozes © Plompmozes

The urban significance of this cluster of buildings go beyond their office function. They combine with a major museum to make cultural space, and create a “sky plane” above that raises the aspirations of the city.
-James von Klemperer, President and Design Principal, KPF

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Kokkedal Climate Adaption by Schonherr

12 December, 2018 - 12:23
The assignment Schønherr: The challenge of the project was to develop a climate adaption which also could promote an improved urban life: connect the fragmented urban areas, create new attractive meeting points and overall bring nature closer to the residents. The site Climate Adaption Kokkedal covers an area of 60 ha in the North of […]

Ceiba House / Jorge Ramirez

12 December, 2018 - 12:00
© Paulina Ojeda / contra taller de diseño © Paulina Ojeda / contra taller de diseño © Paulina Ojeda / contra taller de diseño © Paulina Ojeda / contra taller de diseño

Text description provided by the architects. Ceiba House was created starting from a small and old neocolonial construction of the 1930s, in which the current owner lived for more than 10 years. Suddenly, the need arose to expand it to house his new family: Himself: plastic artist, a dancer/yoga teacher and two small children.

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Zaha Hadid’s “Project Correl” Exhibition Allows Visitors to Build a Virtual Structure Over Time

12 December, 2018 - 11:00
© Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group has published details of Project Correl, a collaborative experiment to test the potential of virtual reality as a tool for design. The experiment is currently on display in the University Contemporary Art Museum (MUAC) in Mexico City, where it forms part of Zaha Hadid Architects’ “Design As Second Nature” exhibition.

In the exhibition, visitors have the chance to engage with Project Correl in real time, transported to a virtual environment to collaborate with each other on an ever-evolving structure. The design will be periodically captured and exhibited in the gallery as scaled 3D printed models to further demonstrate the design process encouraged by Correl.

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French Embassy in Haiti / Explorations Architecture

12 December, 2018 - 10:00
© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé
  • Architects: Explorations Architecture
  • Location: Port au Prince, Haiti
  • Lead Architects: Explorations Architecture (Benoît Le Thierry d’Ennequin, Yves Pagès, Marie Ferrari, Claudia Trovati)
  • Area: 1200.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Michel Denancé

Will Snøhetta's Redesign Calm the Outcry From Its Original Controversial Proposal?

12 December, 2018 - 09:00
Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta

Labeled as "vandalism" and "murder" of an icon of postmodernism, Oslo-based firm Snøhetta's redesign proposal for Phillip Johnson and John Burgee's AT&T Headquarters was received with instantaneous backlash across the architectural community last year. Architect Robert A. M. Stern, marched alongside a protest outside 550 Madison Avenue, and even critic Norman Foster, who never claimed to have any sympathy for the postmodern movement, still vocalized his sentiments that "[the building] is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such."

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BV House / Traama Arquitetura

12 December, 2018 - 08:00
© Edgard César © Edgard César
  • Architects: Traama Arquitetura
  • Location: North Asa, Brazil
  • Architects In Charge: Ana Luiza Veloso, Amanda Saback
  • Area: 110.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Edgard César
© Edgard César © Edgard César

Text description provided by the architects. Inserted in a beautiful landscape with a view to a reserve, this compact house was built in the Lago Norte neighborhood, Brasília, Brazil. Environmental constraints such as a big ground level difference and a lot of solar incidence in the terrain had a great influence on how the house was located in the property, as well as in the interior layout and window openings on the facade.

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Architecture That Uses Meshes and Nets for Escape, Play and Rest

12 December, 2018 - 07:00
Courtesy of Numen / For Use Courtesy of Numen / For Use

Architects use meshes and nets as a way to brighten up homes, hostels, and even office spaces. Functioning as a hammock, mesh establish a connection between floor levels. This playful feature often creates unexpected places for leisure, escape, and rest. Below, we've selected 17 projects that feature nets and meshes.

OB Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

Jerry House / onion + Arisara Chaktranon & Siriyot Chaiamnuay

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CAA Statement

12 December, 2018 - 06:56

“Following its 91st Council meeting, the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) notes with concern the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and recognises the important role played by architects throughout the Commonwealth in the battle against climate change.

In light of the 24th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Agreement currently being held in Katowice, Poland, the CAA calls on its member organisations to develop and implement action plans to engage with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and advance the world’s global agenda to safeguard people, prosperity and the planet.

Following the ‘Survey of the Profession in the Commonwealth’ that was undertaken earlier this year, the CAA is also aware of the challenges being faced by a number of Commonwealth countries which are urbanising most rapidly and are among the most vulnerable. The CAA calls on its member organisations to collaborate with one another, and with other built environment professions, to help deliver a sustainable future for all.”

Iconic American Buildings Re-Envisioned in the Gothic Revival Style

12 December, 2018 - 06:00
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image Courtesy of Angie's List Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image Courtesy of Angie's List

With its intricate ornamentation and complex ribbed vaulting, Gothic architecture introduced a slenderness and exuberance that was not seen before in medieval Europe. Epitomized by pointed arches, flying buttresses, and tall spires, Gothic structures were easily identifiable as they reached new heights not previously achievable, creating enigmatic interior atmospheres.

Several centuries later, a new appreciation for Victorian-era architecture was reborn in the United States with the Gothic Revival movement most famously depicted by Chicago's Tribune Tower. A series of computer-graphics (CG) renderings done by Angie's List reinterpret some of America's iconic architecture from the 20th century to mirror buildings from the Middle Ages. View the republished content from Angie's List complete with each building's informative descriptions below.

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