The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New The USD 2 million Holcim Awards is the most significant international competition for sustainable design. The jury composed of renowned specialists from around the world and headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA) will evaluate 15 projects out of more than 6,000 submissions. The finalists are the winners of the Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards 2014 in each of the five competition regions of the world. The finalist projects competing for one of the three Global Holcim Awards prizes are located in Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA and were entered by authors from these countries as well as from Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. They reflect a broad variety of the current interpretation of sustainable construction combined with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical intervention.
View topic - ArchiCAD & Generative Components (Grasshopper+Geometry Gym) Hi All, Interesting comments and debate, good to see. I'm the developer of the Geometry Gym plugins, and the software is licensed "software as a service". This includes support and advise (and new features) to ensure the model exchange meets the requirements that you have (between Rhino, Grasshopper and ArchiCAD via IFC).
INHAC / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Brenac & Gonzalez Location: Saint-Gratien, France Year: 2014 Photographs: Sergio Grazia From the architect. Lined on one side by a landscaped strip rising in a mound on the railroad tracks and on the other by the Place de l’Insurrection, the INHAC is a symbolic marker for the entrance to the city of Saint-Gratien. Vennesla Library & Cultural Center The new library in Vennesla comprises a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and links an existing community house and learning centre together. Supporting the idea of an inviting public space, all main public functions have been gathered into one generous space allowing the structure combined with furniture and multiple spatial interfaces to be visible in the interior and from the exterior. An integrated passage brings the city life into and through the building. Furthermore, the new building was open and easy accessible from the main city square, knitting together the existing urban fabric.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor 1 July - 16 October 2011 At the heart of Peter Zumthor's practice is a refined selection of materials used to create contemplative spaces that evoke the spiritual dimension of our physical environment. Zumthor's aesthetic goal is to customise the building precisely to its purpose as a physical body and an object of emotional experience. This was the architect's first completed building in the UK and included a specially created garden by the influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. The concept for the Pavilion was the hortus conclusus, a contemplative room, a garden within a garden. One entered the building from the lawn and began the transition into the central garden, a place abstracted from the world of noise and traffic and the smells of London - an interior space within which to sit, to walk, to observe the flowers.
Perfect buildings: the maths of modern architecture March 2007 Architecture has in the past done great things for geometry. Together with the need to measure the land they lived on, it was people's need to build their buildings that caused them to first investigate the theory of form and shape. But today, 4500 years after the great pyramids were built in Egypt, what can mathematics do for architecture? At last year's Bridges conference, which explored the connections between maths and art and design, Plus met up with two architects of the Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group, Brady Peters and Xavier De Kestelier, to cast a mathematical eye over their work.
Shortlist unveiled for Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge competition Amanda Levete and Hopkins are among the architects shortlisted to design a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across London's River Thames (+ slideshow). Four teams of architects and engineers have been selected to design the new river crossing in south-west London between Nine Elms and Pimlico, rivalling Thomas Heatherwick's proposal for a Garden Bridge elsewhere in the city. The successful teams are: Buro Happold with Marks Barfield Architects and J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects; Bystrup with Robin Snell & Partners; Arup with Amanda Levete Architects; and Arup with Hopkins Architects and Grant Associates. The finalists were selected anonymously by a jury including architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, engineer Henry Bardsley, the Design Council's Pam Alexander and council leaders from the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth. The shortlisted teams will now develop their ideas into detailed designs, and an overall winner is set to be named in late autumn.
Toyo Ito - Taichung Metropolitan Opera House Photo courtesy Taichung City The fluid continuity of the structure reflects the idea that the theatrical arts are spatial arts which combine the body, art, music, and performance. While providing optimum settings for traditional Eastern and Western types of performances, the design by Ito moves beyond the constraints of a traditional Opera House. The design is an open structure which actively engages its surroundings in all directions and creates opportunities for myriad encounters between high art and popular art, artists and visitors, stage and auditorium, interior and exterior. New Valer Church \ OOIIO Architecture New Valer Church, courtesy OOIIO Architecture A few years ago, the inhabitants of Valer, an quiet Norwegian village not too far from Oslo, surrounded by forests and close to the Swedish border, watched how sadly their ancient wooden church was on fire and got totally destroyed. New Valer Church - Diagram, courtesy OOIIO Architecture This is why at the end of 2011, they decided to invite architects from all the world to design a new temple that mean a new beginning for the religious community at town.
Toyo Ito: The New “Real” in Architecture [via forgemind] Taichung Metropolitan Opera House by Toyo Ito Shapes and forms that seem to spring to life. Beach and Howe St. by BIG Danish architects BIG have unveiled proposals for a 150-metre-high skyscraper in downtown Vancouver. The architects are working alongside a team that includes developer Westbank, consultants Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold and Glotman Simpson, as well as local architect James Cheng. The 49-storey residential building will have a twisted form that is set back from the adjacent motorway flyover to prevent any windows or balconies from overlooking it. Nine floors at the base of the tower will accomodate offices, shops and restaurants, which will spill out onto a series of public plazas that stretch underneath the elevated highway. Here's some more information from BIG:
Alvin Huang, Founder + Design Principal « SDA Alvin Huang is the Founder and Design Principal of SYNTHESIS. He is an award-winning architect (CO License #402785, AZ License #53260), designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary design. His wide ranging international experience includes significant projects of all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to bespoke furnishings.