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Steven Holl Architects. The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) has just announced the seven finalists – drawn from a shortlist of 36 projects - at an event in Santiago, Chile. To determine the finalists, the five jury members – Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton - spent the last twelve days visiting projects, speaking with the architects, users and owners of the spaces, and entering into intense debate among each other. As jury member Dominique Perrault noted, “There’s a lot of means by which to evaluate projects – models, drawings, images – but we took all opportunities to test the quality of the architecture.

In the end, only by visiting can you sense the ‘touch of god’ – the presence of the building itself in the context.” The resulting finalists show tremendous variety – in terms of scale, place, typology, program, materials, etc. – making the task of choosing a winner all the more challenging. BLDGBLOG: Unconventional Sports Require Unconventional Spaces and Landscapes. [Image: Pier Two Athletic Center by Maryann Thompson Architects, Brooklyn; via Architizer]. Unconventional sports...

A profile of Reebok published the other week on Bloomberg Business—which you needn't read, unless you are really into either shoe design or the global fitness industry—there's a brief but interesting observation about what people seem to want to do these days, in terms of physical activity. Not exercise, as such—which is the wrong way to think about it—but physically moving through space together and having a good time. The article calls these "unconventional sports," and they don't require the traditional gym set-up.

This is thus at least partially a question of design. [Image: Via Brooklyn Boulders]. ...require unconventional spaces and landscapes It's like The Purge meets phys ed—not just "exercise," with all the moral overtones of such a misused word. [Image: Via CrossFit]. This isn't just idle, Archigram-meets-Gold's-Gym speculation. [Image: Via Clif Bar]. Flinders Street Station Design Competition. Bulgari Pavilion / NaNA. The Bulgari Pavilion, a temporary installation commissioned by prestigious luxury jewelry brand Bulgari, was designed by NaNA for the Abu Dhabi Art 2012 event held Saadiyat al Manarat, Abu Dhabi November 5-10. The architects were given a prominent outdoor space at the entrance of the event to create a lounge for VIPs and dignitaries of the art fair. Their design was conceived as an exclusive and private venue with live music, a bar, and a specially curated selection of Bulgari’s high end jewelry.

More images and architects’ description after the break. Saadiyat Island will become home to Jean Nouvel’s new Louvre, Frank Gehry’s new Guggenheim and Foster and Partners’ Zayed National Museum, as such the focus upon architecture and design at this year’s art fair was significant with all three in attendance. The client’s brief was for the creation of space that was “audacious, unexpected, yet anchored in Bulgari’s heritage”. ‘Blossom Gate’ / Prechteck. Defining a landmark to the entrance of the largest Chinese myrtle garden in Xiangyiang, Prechteck’s ‘Blossom Gate’ aims to reinvent the gate as an architectural typology underlining the connecting characteristics of a former dividing element.

Their design is not just about the link of the inside with the outside, but also about the connection of its visitors – the gate as an area of gathering, instead of a point of passing through. More images and architects’ description after the break. Formalistic Inspirations lay in the Chinese tradition of caligraphy, the context and its topography and flower-blossoms as a theme for the garden. As a typology, the main function of a gate is a dividing one, separating the inside from the outside. On the other hand, a gate is also the only a connecting element, guiding people to a certain point , where the inside and the outside get unified.

OMA- Home. Through the Looking Glass: 5 Buildings that Blend into the Environment. Can invisible be innovative? Sometimes architecture that is thoroughly integrated into its environment is the most impressive to view. Launched earlier this week, Marc Kushner's book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings features 100 different structures that push the boundaries of design. We previously saw how some of these projects represent a transformation from gross to great, as well as how amazing architecture can be fleeting. Here are five projects with phenomenal façades that magically fade into the landscape or strategically blend into the milieu. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Photo by Iwan Baan Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art by SANAA The 2006 addition to the Toledo Museum of Art is a building for glass, made of glass. Trevox Apartments by CRAFT Arquitectos This 40-year-old villa in Naucalpan, Mexico, was morphed into a six-apartment complex with a special reflective shell that stands in front of the existing structure.

Designers Explore an Entirely New Use for Shipping Containers in Seoul’s Design District. Fashion, design and architecture collide in Zaha Hadid’s recently completed Dongdaemun Design Plaza, one South Korea‘s most popular tourist destinations. Commissioned by the Design Plaza’s Supervisor of Public Space Young Joon Kim of yo2 Architects, the latest development for the plaza is a series of compact kiosks designed to activate the expansive public space surrounding the new building.

One of ten teams invited to submit ideas for these new kiosks, Amsterdam-based NL Architects developed a series of impermanent but practical solutions for the plaza. Using new methods for reuse of standard shipping containers, the team proposed a host of kiosks, with two of their designs – an information booth and a miniature exhibition space – being accepted for construction. See all of NL Architects’ Zaha-inspired shipping container kiosks after the break The “family of booths” all utilize a flowing aesthetic echoing Hadid’s centre, providing a sense of harmony in the public square. Faster Than a Speeding Building: A Brief History of Breakneck Construction in 5 Videos. If you needed further evidence that the world of architectural design is transforming fast, look no further than Marc Kushner’s new book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings, released this week in conjunction with the architect’s uplifting TED Talk. When establishing just how fast, though, one particular question that Marc poses stands out amongst the rest: Can a skyscraper be built in a day?

The hyperbolic premise may seem farfetched in the extreme — but one company in China is attempting to change our preconceptions about the limitations of prefabricated architecture. Broad Group’s Broad Sustainable Building division (BSB) is out to challenge the notion that quality must be compromised in the name of speed, developing high performance building components that surpass the energy efficiency of many standard spec models — and assembling them at a staggering pace. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection BSB's latest incarnation, in all its time-lapsed GIF glory. CONTEMPORIST | Contemporary Modern Architecture Furniture Lighting Interior Design. Culture Center Spreads. It has now been several months of working on this latest project from which lots of imagery has been created. I’m ready to start compiling all of this information into portfolio spreads similar to what I did for the wharf project.

Anyone that reads this blog knows that I love designing portfolio spreads and presentation boards. I like seeing all of the parts of an architectural project come together and the complexity information get organized into a single story. For this latest set of spreads, I followed suit with the wharf project and combined several styles of visualization in a single project. I prefer this approach of using different styles because it keeps things interesting and better engages the viewer. I also like to switch up the layout typology from spread to spread such as going from a full bleed illustration into a vertically based layout that then transitions into a horizontally based layout, etc. Time to move on to the next design. 7 Footbridges That Are Anything But Pedestrian. The humble footbridge might be making a comeback.

For those seeking the High Line's fusion of infrastructure, public space, and real estate energy but who can't afford the price tag of Washington, D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge or London's Garden Bridge, then a simple solution may be at hand. Typically anonymous and utilitarian, one coalition of private and public interests in London is hoping to elevate the footbridge to new urban prominence.

Some of the submissions to the Nine Elms Pimlico Bridge Competition. Photograph: Wandsworth council via The Guardian. The prospective bridge would connect Nine Elms, a fast-growing neighborhood located between Vauxhall Park and Battersea Park, to Pimilco, located just across the Thames. One of the submitted designs for the new Thames footbridge. The competition guidelines asked for a "fitting landmark" and architects duly responded with proposals that range from conventional to otherworldly.

Merchant Square footbridge by Knight Architects. VIDEO: Google's new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick. Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant. Google’s video makes exceptionally clear that in hiring Ingels and Heatherwick, the search giant hopes to create a campus the likes of which haven’t been seen before in Silicon Valley.

As David Radcliffe of Google explains: “Tech hasn’t really found its own language for building; we’ve just found old buildings and moved into them and we’ve made do the best we could.” The campus is designed with a strong emphasis on the natural environment, with office buildings contained within large dome-shaped greenhouses and abundant plant life present both inside and out. . + Google + Heatherwick Studio. CJ R&D Center Kinetic Facade | Responsive Skins. As part of a recent design effort here in the studio we attempted to develop a kinetic facade that could respond and adapt in real-time to both solar radiation and user input. The client, CJ Corporation of Korea, was enthusiastic about the idea as part of their “only one” initiative which promotes unique one-of-a-kind thinking. While this certainly isn’t the only kinetic facade in the world, it presented our team with a new set of challenges. We were supported by Arup LA’s facade development leader Matt Williams who had recentlyworked on the Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters tower by Aedas.

Matt’s experience with the PTFE membrane-clad kinetic facade system of the Investment Council Tower was extremely helpful in developing our aspirations for CJ into a workable system. Our initial design featured a pleat-inspired perforated metal veil which pinched open to celebrate views in select locations. A mock-up of the system is currently in progress here in the studio. Like this: A Mixed Bag: Gehry’s Crumpled Paper-Bag Building Arrives in Sydney. London might be home to the Gherkin, and soon, the Can of Ham and the Tortilla Wrap, but a city halfway around the world is now home to an enormous brown lunch bag — meant, perhaps, to put them all in. Frank Gehry’s addition to the business school at the University of Technology in Sydney is now complete, and its undulating brick façade has been greeted, predictably, with tidal waves of witty comparisons and polarized opinions.

Upon the building’s official opening last Monday, Australia’s Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove called the building “the most beautiful squashed brown paper bag I’ve ever seen.” Meanwhile, Miranda Devine, journalist for The Daily Telegraph — and a former architecture student — was somewhat less complimentary, likening the distorted forms to “Escher on acid” and, worse still, a “poor man’s imitation Gaudí, without the wit.” Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Via BBC In this respect, the elevation is cumbersome in the extreme. Via BBC Top image via BBC. Cloud-Irons: 6 Buildings That Emphasize the Elevated Horizontal Plane. In the 1920s El Lissitzky developed and proposed the idea of horizontal skyscapers — Wolkenbügels, or "cloud-irons" — eight structures intended for the Boulevard Ring in Moscow.

His logic was that as long as humans could not fly, moving horizontally was natural, and moving vertically was not. In an area where there is not significant land for building, he preferred a plane created in the air at medium altitude instead of an American-style towers. Because of the gap between Lissitzsky’s idea and the existing architecture, it wasn’t until the 1940s that the Wolkenbügels were planned and built.

Humans still cannot fly, and many “cloud-irons” now exist on the horizontal plane. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Wolkenbügels. With that in mind, these are six projects where architects opted for, or at least emphasized, the horizontal as opposed to the vertical: Vanke Center by Steven Holl Architects This building is equal in length to the height of the Empire State Building. Winning Ways: 7 Secrets To Success In Architectural Design Competitions. The debate over whether architectural competitions are a worthwhile endeavor for young practices has been raging for a number of years: Modative blogger Derek Leavitt wrote a provocative piece in 2010 lamenting the folly of open ideas competitions, which spurred Archdaily’s Karen Cliento to compose a spirited counter-argument.

Despite the debate, one thing is for sure—if your practice is participating in a design competition, you want to give yourself the best possible chance of coming out on top. Here are a few ways to maximize the effectiveness of your entry. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Image via Bustler. 1. There exist a plethora of what Leavitt scathingly referred to as "fake" competitions, otherwise known as "ideas" competitions. However, if you are serious about including competition participation in your firm’s business plan, you have to look at competitions that have a legitimate end product. 2. 3. Image via Plus Mood. 4. 5. 6. 7. Bionic Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture.

© LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Project images Designer's statement The tower proposes a naturally occurring system of structural organization that generates a building embodying efficiencies found within natural structures and architecture. The proposed façade also envisions an intelligent automation of surface to address pragmatic issues such as ventilation, solar access and water collection.

In the same nature envisions organic regeneration, so to the building proposes a natural system of organic structure and organization. Structure and ornament There is a unity between structure, space and architectural expression, similar to cathedrals, and any natural system. Learning from nature and advanced computing enables us to conceive structures of incredible lightness, efficiency and elegance. By parametric modelling of a behavioural logic the system is constantly optimized.

New materials and technologies enable adaptability, responsiveness, environmental awareness and strength. Sand Babel: Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower- eVolo | Architecture Magazine. The Mobius Strip Gives Form To A Buddhist Temple In Shanghai [Q&A With Designer Wang Qing] Arup | Publications | Home. Hy-Fi, The Organic Mushroom-Brick Tower Opens At MoMA’s PS1 Courtyard. J. MAYER H.    ARCHITECTURE DESIGN RESEARCH. 14 Architects to Receive 2015 AIA Young Architects Award.

Top 10 Projects 2014. Architects Gone Rogue! How To Use Your Skills From Architecture School Anywhere. Archi-Ninja. Light Fixtures and Layout. More than green | ...the multimedia encyclopedia of ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC & CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY. The Coworking Challenge / jovoto / Ideas / jovoto. BIG's public square for Battersea Power Station unveiled.

Will This New Composite Material Revolutionize Responsive Architecture? The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time. U-R-A to Celebrate Moscow's Visual Legacy in New Subway Station. Architects Gone Rogue! How To Use Your Skills From Architecture School Anywhere. 10 Tricks For Winning at Revit. Winning Ways: 7 Secrets To Success In Architectural Design Competitions. Penn Station: Architects unveil wildly futuristic mock-ups for a Penn Station makeover - and all would relocate Madison Square Garden | Daily Mail Online. Eco-Resort & Ayurveda Spa, Kerala - India. World's first 'invisible' tower.