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Yo-Yo Pedestrian Zones: What Makes Urban Walkability Flourish or Fail?

15 August, 2018 - 19:00
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

A bustling car-filled street by day and a 1,500-foot pedestrian promenade on weekend nights, Sai Yeung Choi Street South in the dense neighborhood of Mong Kok was the stage upon which urban life in Hong Kong played out – markets, music, dancing, protests, parties. Clashes with police. Noise. So much noise, in fact, that after 1,200 complaints in a single year, the district council decided to end the street’s 18-year run as a part time pedestrian zone and reopen it to vehicular traffic 24/7. What will this mean for a city where public transit accounts for 90 percent of daily passenger trips, yet infrastructure revolves around cars?

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lightHOUSE / HK Associates

15 August, 2018 - 19:00
© Logan Havens © Logan Havens
  • Architects: HK Associates
  • Location: Tucson, United States
  • Lead Architects: Kathy Hancox, AIA, Michael Kothke, AIA
  • Area: 2400.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Logan Havens
© Logan Havens © Logan Havens

Text description provided by the architects. lightHOUSE is a renovation of a 1964 Edward Nelson, FAIA, modernist home in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona. The design concept was to reveal the affinities between old and new, and inside and outside, through light, material, and attention to detail. The renovation took the house back to its bones - Douglas Fir posts and beams that recall the Case Study houses of California - black concrete floors, and brick perimeter walls that reference the Sonoran desert's earthen constructions.

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Fender Katsalidis Architects’ Northbank Seafarers Place Development Approved

15 August, 2018 - 18:00
Goods Shed Development. Image Courtesy of Fender Katsalidis Architects Goods Shed Development. Image Courtesy of Fender Katsalidis Architects

Fender Katsalidis Architects’ Seafarers Place project has received planning approval for its $450 million redevelopment of the Northbank Goods Shed. Designed to revitalize the industrial waterfront site, the project will include a mixed-use precinct and a 5-star luxury hotel along the Yarra riverfront. Created with property developer Riverlee, the project aims to radically rethink the area's public space with a 3,500sqm public park and significant restoration along the historic wharf. 

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Reebok launches plant-based Cotton + Corn sneaker

15 August, 2018 - 17:15

Reebok launches plant-based Cotton + Corn sneaker

Sportswear brand Reebok has revealed the first product from its sustainability initiative Cotton + Corn — a pair of trainers with a bioplastic sole. Read more

New Belgium Brewing East Coast Brewery / Perkins+Will

15 August, 2018 - 17:00
© Mark Herboth Photography © Mark Herboth Photography
  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
  • Lead Architects: Perkins+Will, NC Practice
  • Area: 123350.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Mark Herboth Photography

Bjarke Ingels: "New York is not the Capital of the United States. It is a Capital of the World."

15 August, 2018 - 16:30

Since moving to New York in 2010, BIG founder Bjarke Ingels has built an impressive portfolio, from developed projects such as VIA 57 West and The Eleventh to propositions such as West 29th Street and The Spiral.

In a new interview with Louisiana Channel, Ingels steps back from the pragmatism of individual projects, and instead reflects on his view of New York, from multiculturalism and inequality to regeneration and skyscrapers.

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Chris Price's black TreeHaus staggers down wooded hill in Utah

15 August, 2018 - 16:00

TreeHaus by Park City Design+Build

Dark-stained cedar planks cover a series of volumes that are stepped and rotated down a slope in a Utah forest, forming a house for architect Chris Price and his family. Read more

Brussels Regeneration Contest Won by MLA+ and Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

15 August, 2018 - 16:00
Lebeau – Sablon. Image Courtesy of MLA+ Lebeau – Sablon. Image Courtesy of MLA+

The Brussels Lebeau – Sablon competition has announced MLA+, the sister company of Maccreanor Lavington, as the winners of the international contest to transform the city's historic Le Sablon district. Working together with local firm Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, the team's proposal is a new mixed-use development for Belgium developer IMMOBEL, which seeks to regenerate the key historical district. The winning scheme includes offices, residences, a student hotel, and a public square.

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen

15 August, 2018 - 15:00
Pezo von Ellrichshausen
2semesters 150entradas 150posts 2semestres · Rode House . Chonchi Pezo von Ellrichshausen . photos: © Pezo von Ellrichshausen . + wallpaper Sitting atop a pleasant and continuous evergreen meadow, overlooking the inner sea of Chiloe Island, this is both a half and a double house. Half, because it is the interrupted encounter between a cone … Continue reading Pezo von Ellrichshausen

MQ Houses / Altamarea arquitectura

15 August, 2018 - 15:00
© Felipe Cantillana © Felipe Cantillana © Felipe Cantillana © Felipe Cantillana

Text description provided by the architects. This client bought 2 lots in a beach front condo with the idea of building 2 houses. The first one for his family and the second one as a guest house and for holidays rent. The architectural goal was making both houses share same style and constructive language connecting them as a whole project but in different lots.

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The Deadly Genoa Bridge Collapse was Predicted, and Avoidable

15 August, 2018 - 14:00
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39 people are now reported to have died following the collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy. The incident happened on Tuesday 14th August, when one of the bridge’s structural components, comprising of pre-stressed concrete stays and trestles, collapsed onto a railway line and warehouse 150 feet (45 meters) below.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known, however, attention is now turning to the bridge’s maintenance record, concerns of its integrity stretching back decades, and how the collapse sits within the broader context of aging Italian infrastructure.

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15 August, 2018 - 13:00
2semesters 150entradas 150posts 2semestres · Teresa Music & Dance Center ETB Ongoing project. _

Temporary Home for Walk&Talk Festival / Mezzo Atelier

15 August, 2018 - 13:00
© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira

Ponte Morandi suspension bridge collapses in Genoa during storm

15 August, 2018 - 13:00

A motorway bridge built in the 1960s has collapsed during heavy rainfall in Genoa, Italy, killing at least 37 people. Read more

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects turns infrastructure into place-making with Duke Pond

15 August, 2018 - 12:30

In 2008 Durham North Carolina experienced record drought, resulting in a city-wide mandate to reduce potable water consumption. Recognizing the city’s challenge, Duke University sought to reduce the intake of their chiller system, which at that point was using approximately 140 gallons of the city’s potable water each year for providing air conditioning for buildings on campus. An engineering team proposed a retaining pond to collect runoff from the campus and NBW was brought on board to evolve this project beyond strict infrastructure to manifest the ecological, educational, and recreational potential of the site.

“It was a question of how to turn infrastructure into place-making. Then it was about smart engineering and smart design – and how they can work together.” Mark Hough, Duke University’s resident landscape architect.

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Architecture and Homelessness: What Approaches Have We Seen?

15 August, 2018 - 11:30
Image Courtesy of Framlab Image Courtesy of Framlab

In the last global survey undertaken by the United Nations in 2005, there were an estimated 100 million people who were homeless around the world and 1.6 billion who lived without adequate housing. This number has escalated in recent years; unaffordable housing has become a global norm, making it increasingly difficult for the disadvantaged to seek out permanent, or even temporary shelter.

As housing becomes a means of accumulating wealth rather than fulfilling its fundamental goal of shelter, well-intentioned architects have attempted to solve the homelessness crisis through creative ideas and innovative design. But is architecture really the solution?

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