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4 hours 29 minutes ago

Good Design for a Bad World

We are entering a new geological era: the anthropocene, in which human activity is a dominant influence on earth's geology and environment. At Dutch Design Week, a special edition of our Good Design for a Bad World series will ask if design can harness this phenomenon to prevent global catastrophe, writes Marcus Fairs. Read more


Nomadic Futures: Self-Driving Cars Could Change How We Interact with Cities

5 hours 29 minutes ago
[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ]

“Location, location, location” might be the mantra of the real estate industry, but that mindset could change radically with the advent of autonomous vehicles. It may take a while, but once driverless cars are adopted by consumers on a wide scale, everything from land usage to property values could shift as parking space is freed up and workers become more mobile. Some experts say we could see fleets of driverless cars on the roads by 2022, others predict that it’ll be closer to 2030, but either way, they’re almost certainly coming.

Autonomous electric vehicles are expected to reduce travel costs, commute time and congestion while boosting safety, and experts believe they’ll also free up millions of parking spaces and allow people to live longer distances from their workplaces. Automobile manufacturers are reflecting these expectations with designs that incorporate zero-emissions electric cars right into the home or double as mobile spaces for working, dining, shopping or even as a new form of housing on wheels.

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Remington YMCA / GEC Architecture

5 hours 30 minutes ago
© David Troyer © David Troyer
© David Troyer © David Troyer

Text description provided by the architects. The Remington YMCA is among the newest and most striking wellness facilities in western Canada, serving the citizens of Calgary and the surrounding area as a polestar for health, wellness, and community spirit. The YMCA’s expansive glazing and bright, open spaces invoke a sense of connection, sparking interest and encouraging participation. As a bustling hub in a new urban community, the facility embodies the City of Calgary’s strategy to build vibrant communities, and features leisure and competition pools, a hot tub and sauna, a gymnasium, running track, fitness area, daycare, childminding, and public library.

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5 hours 35 minutes ago
Institut de la mer . Villefranche-sur-Mer CAB ARCHITECTES . photos: © Aldo Amoretti Nested at the foot of a limestone cliff, under the low cornice that connects Nice to Monaco, partially concealed and enclaved, the building uses constraints to draw its infrastructural architecture. This generates a cloister deformed by the slope, deconstructed in the three … Continue reading CAB ARCHITECTES

AD Classics: Yokohama International Passenger Terminal / Foreign Office Architects (FOA)

6 hours 30 minutes ago
© Satoru Mishima / FOA © Satoru Mishima / FOA

This article was originally published on ArchDaily in 2014.

The triumphant critical reception of the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal was the product of inventive architectural methodology and socially conscious thinking. Designed by Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in 1995, the futuristic terminal represented an emergent typology of transportation infrastructure. Its radical, hyper-technological design explored new frontiers of architectural form and simultaneously provoked a powerful discourse on the social responsibility of large-scale projects to enrich shared urban spaces.

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Book Review: The Divided City

6 hours 30 minutes ago
The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in America by Alan Mallach
Island Press, 2018
Paperback, 326 pages

Although I live in New York City, I haven't lived here all my life and therefore I like to think I'm more aware of some biases held by New Yorkers. With twelve years now as a NYC resident, following decades in Chicago and half a decade in Kansas, I've grown to understand, for instance, why people here are so focused on the city, as if blinders shut out the world – or at least parts not deemed worthwhile – beyond the shores of the five boroughs.

Not as cliché or hyperbolic is the way the media in NYC shapes issues well beyond the city, something natives might not be so aware of. Take gentrification, a very real issue for residents of lower-income neighborhoods that witness rezonings, public works improvements, widespread development, and then displacement. With rising rents, stagnant wages for working classes, and rising inequality, gentrification is eating into New York City's supply of affordable housing and turning parts of the city into rich enclaves lacking in diversity. But outside of NYC, San Francisco, and a few other large metropolitan centers in the US, is gentrification that big of an issue? Not  according to Alan Mallach, author of The Divided City.

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Siza . Castanheira

6 hours 32 minutes ago
Siza . Castanheira
International Design Museum of China . Hangzhou Álvaro Siza . Carlos Castanheira . photos: © FG+SG | architectural photography . + dezeen The China Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou unveils a dedicated design museum, The China Design Museum, opened on 8 April with five exhibitions, including a retrospective of Alvaro Siza. _ Architect: Álvaro … Continue reading Siza . Castanheira

Lacroix Chessex

7 hours 21 minutes ago
Lacroix Chessex
Nicolas Bogueret Foundation . Geneva Lacroix Chessex The Nicolas Bogueret Foundation wishes to construct 10 housing units incorporating an activity space on Rue de la Coulouvrenière in Geneva. The competition brief includes a 4-storey building of approximately 1300 m2, that will also house the Galiffe workshop. The project proposed here seeks to fit into the … Continue reading Lacroix Chessex

ADUnB Cultural Center / Nonato Veloso

8 hours 30 minutes ago
© Joana França © Joana França
  • Architects: Nonato Veloso
  • Location: Darcy Ribeiro Campus - University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Executive Project: Bruno Campos, Bruno Damasceno, Fernanda Angelis, Renata Brazil, Marcelo Aquino
  • Area: 15500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joana França
  • Construction: CCI – Campolina Construções e Incorporações
  • Structure: Edison Machado
  • Air Conditioning: Eletrofrig
  • Lighting: Carlos Cauchick
  • Electrical Installations: Carlos Cauchick
  • Hydraulic Installations: Carlos Cauchick
  • Landscape Design: Quinta Arquitetura Design Paisagismo
  • Acoustics: Síntese Acústica Arquitetônica
  • Frames: Vidratto

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Architectural T-Shirts

9 hours 3 minutes ago

There are currently 58 “draft” articles on my site – some are fairly recent and some go back years. There are any number of reasons why I hadn’t finish writing a particular post:

  1. Lost interest in the topic
  2. I found it boring so assumed everyone else would as well
  3. Didn’t have the images or graphics to support the content
  4. Lost momentum (this accounts for probably one third)
  5. Sometimes the creative process is cathartic and not intended for public consumption

As we creep towards the fall holiday season, life tends to slow down just a bit and I find myself with some spare time on my hands in the evening, as is the case tonight as I write dust this post off (it’s either this or start sanding down bathroom cabinets).

While I don’t plan on finishing most of those posts, there are a couple (mostly those in category #4) that I thought I would finish and push out – consider them a bonus mid-week blog post … which brings us to architectural t-shirts.

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Architecture Startup AI SpaceFactory Reveals Smart Skyscrapers that Integrate Technology and Design

9 hours 30 minutes ago
Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory

Architecture startup AI SpaceFactory have revealed new images of their smart skyscraper projects. These next generation skyscrapers merge cutting-edge design with smart building technology developed in-house. The projects, ranging from twenty to fifty stories, are now in various stages of construction. AI SpaceFactory describes its buildings as living machines: physical, digital, and biological platforms which work together to enhance real-world experiences.

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Casa Ruidera / TALLER AGF

10 hours 30 minutes ago
© Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno
  • Architects: TALLER AGF
  • Location: Alvarado, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Abelardo J. González Franco
  • Area: 270.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Adrián Llaguno
  • Structure: Eng. Apolinar Cortés
  • Construction: Taller AGF / Maestro Orlando Ramos
  • Client: Inmobiliaria GOMA
© Adrián Llaguno © Adrián Llaguno

Text description provided by the architects. Casa Ruidera is a patio-house exercise carried out for a real estate development within a private residential development on the Veracruz Riviera. The plot where the house was designed had no great attributes, which is why it seeks to create its own context towards the interior through a patio, which provides light and ventilation to the house.

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