50 Years Later: Mysteriously Perfect ‘Tree Circles’ Spotted from Sky in Japan

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[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ]

Like a giant work of long-term land art, a pair of eerily precie circles can be seen over Miyazaki, Japan, made up of cedars planted a half-century ago. As it turns out, though, this was not aesthetic in intent, but scientific: the trees were carefully arrayed to test out a botanical theory.

Specifically, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries secured land in the mid-1970s to create this experimental forest to determine how tree spaces would impact growth speed and height. Trees were planted at ten-degree increments to create ten concentric circles – the closer to the center, the naturally tighter-packed they were, hence the geometry of the results.

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Sanden+Hodnekvam

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Sanden+Hodnekvam
Cabin at Rones . Steinkjer Sanden+Hodnekvam Architects The small cabin is located at Rones, 150km north of Trondheim. The site is steep and rough with a view of the fjord. The cabin has a compact footprint which adapts to the landscape and preserves the site and its vegetation. The main floor is a concrete construction … Continue reading Sanden+Hodnekvam
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'The Things We Were Talking About, He Went and Did It': Sir Nicholas Grimshaw Awarded 2019 RIBA Gold Medal

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Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Courtesy of RIBA Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Courtesy of RIBA

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has been named the 2019 laureate of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, an award personally approved by Her Majesty The Queen recognizing a lifetime's work in architecture. Grimshaw is known particularly for his modernist public buildings and large-scale infrastructural projects, both in the UK and internationally.

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Convocados los Premios Barcelona Building Construmat

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Barcelona Building Construmat (BBConstrumat) ha abierto ya el periodo de inscripción de la 18ª edición de sus Premios, que vuelven a contar con la colaboración de la Fundación Mies van der Rohe como comisarios de los galardones.

Centro Cívico Cristalerías Planell de HArquitectes, situado en el barrio de Les Corts en Barcelona, obtuvo en 2017 el Premio en la categoría de Arquitectura. 

En su 18ª edición, los premios quieren distinguir y divulgar las obras y propuestas que representan y generan un valor añadido al sector de la construcción en estos ámbitos:

*Obra construida en Arquitectura e Infraestructuras
*Producto o Material innovador
*Proyecto o Servicio innovador
*Stand Barcelona Building Construmat 2019

En el apartado de Obra Construida, que cuenta con dos premios (Arquitectura e Infraestructuras), pueden participar todos los trabajos de arquitectura, urbanismo y obra civil, de nueva planta o de intervención en construcciones existentes, acabadas entre el 1 de enero de 2017 y el 31 de diciembre de 2018.

La inscripción a la categoría de Obra construida en Arquitectura e Infraestructuras se deben hacer a través de: http://www.construmat.com/premios-construmat-form.

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Junya Ishigami

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Junya Ishigami
Serpentine Pavilion 2019 . London Junya Ishigami + Associates Junya Ishigami selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019. Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge … Continue reading Junya Ishigami
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White Arkitekter Transforms a Swedish Square with 65 Meter Bench

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Forumtorget Sofa. Image Courtesy of Parsus Photography Forumtorget Sofa. Image Courtesy of Parsus Photography

Design practice White Arkitekter has created a 65 meter-long ‘sofa’ for Forumtorget Square in Uppsala, Sweden. Designed to provide space for rest and social interaction, the linear outdoor seating is the centerpiece of wider improvements to the large square. The project aims to attract more visitors to Forumtorget and its surrounding shopping area by building on the area’s character as a gathering place.

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The Ordinary

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The Ordinary: Recordings
Enrique Walker
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, XX 2018



Paperback | 4-1/2 x 7 inches | 88 pages | No illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1941332061 | $20.00

Publisher Description:
Since the beginning of the century, the field of architecture has fervently turned its attention to documenting the contemporary urban condition. Every city has been examined as a repository of architectural concepts, scrutinized as an urban manifesto, and recorded as a series of found objects. The Ordinary articulates a potential genealogy for this practice and for the genre of books that derived from it. Organized around conversations with the authors of three seminal texts that document the city—Rem Koolhaas on Delirious New York, Denise Scott Brown on Learning from Las Vegas, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto on Made in Tokyo—this volume traces the history of these “books on cities” by examining the material they recorded, the findings they established, the arguments they advanced, and the projects they promoted. These conversations also question the assumptions underlying this practice and whether in its ubiquity it still remains a space of opportunity.dDAB Commentary:

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Headquarters for the Territorial Delegations of "Les Terres de l'Ebre"/ Estudio Carme Pinós

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© Jesús Arenas © Jesús Arenas
  • Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
  • Location: Plaça Gerard Verges, 1, 43500 Tortosa, Tarragona, Spain
  • Category: Office buildings
  • Lead Architects: Carme Pinós Desplat, Roberto Carlos García, Juan Antonio Andreu, Marco Tapia, Agustín Pérez Torres, Holger Hennefarth, Jeanne de Bussac, Daniel Cano
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Jesús Arenas

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The Stump House offers a "Lyrical and Pragmatic" Live-Work Space in the California Mountains

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Perch. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project Perch. Image © Jon Lott / PARA Project

In the design of the “Stump House,” situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, Brooklyn-based PARA Project was faced with unique constraints and unique possibilities. With local regulations imposing a 1,200 square foot footprint limit, 40-foot height limit, and provision for an adjoining 1,000 square foot uninhabitable structure, the design team was challenged to fit an extensive live-work space with little margin for maneuver.

In response, the design team, led by Jon Lott, stacked one structure on top of the other, with an uninhabited art studio at the lower level embedded in the sloping landscape. Combined with the above habitable space, the proposal creates a combined live-work program under a single roof, in-keeping with height and use regulations. Such was the beauty of their response, the Stump House has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Architect Magazine Progressive Architecture Awards.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse

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© Cityscape Digital for Pembroke © Cityscape Digital for Pembroke

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has announced details of their second U.S. project: the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. An adaptive reuse project that will bring new life to Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, the 68,500-square-meter mixed-use project seeks to reactivate a historic maritime hub to create a new waterfront destination.

The largest pier building in the world when completed in 1901, the Commonwealth Pier will be reactivated with the introduction of new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity. The exercise in adaptive reuse will contain flexible office space, dynamic event space, new retail, dining, and public amenities.

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Urben Seyboth

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Tüfengraben . Zurich Urben Seyboth . photos: © Kuster Frey The Villa “Zum tüfen Graben” lies in a cove at the lake Zurich. The whole ensemble consisting of the villa, a barn and a classical garden with two garden pavilions is protected by the preservation order. The villa is divided into two apartments; one of … Continue reading Urben Seyboth
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2019 Serpentine Pavilion to be Designed by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami

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 Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Interior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Interior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

London's Serpentine Gallery has announced Japanese architect Junya Ishigami as the designer of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Ishigami, who at 44 is the second-youngest designer of the pavilion (after 2018 designer Frida Escobedo), is known for his light and ephemeral approach to design.

Ishigami's design for the pavilion takes the form of a slate sheet rising from the landscape of the park, held up by light pilotis that form an interior field reminiscent of a forest. The single-canopy space takes inspiration not just from natural canopies but from roofs - the essential structural element that defines and unites architecture. Within, the darkness of the slate roof will create a serene space for contemplation and relaxation. Ishigami explains that his design for the pavilion exemplifies his 'free space' philosophy in which he "seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist."

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ArchDaily Topics - February: Representation in Architecture

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Starting this month, ArchDaily will introduce monthly themes that will drive our publication efforts. Our editors and curators will align their efforts to dig deeper into topics we find relevant in today’s architectural discourse, presenting new articles, projects, collaborations, and submissions by our readers. This month we begin with Architectural Representation.

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13 Houses with Pitched Roofs and their Sections

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The roof is one of the most essential structural elements of nearly every construction. It is the element that allows a delineated space to transform into one that feels protected. Strongly related to the climatic conditions of the context, the roof's variations in aesthetic and structural design have allowed architects to indulge their stylistic preoccupations to convert roofs not only into elements of closure and climate protection but into a character-giving feature that lends identity and flair – especially when the roof becomes a wall.

Following this opportunity, we want to highlight great examples of roofs that also become walls: 13 houses in which the roof completes the façade, delineating not only the interior in its vertical sense but also in the horizontal one.

This collection is one of many interesting content groupings made by our registered users. Remember you can save and manage what inspires you on My ArchDaily. Create your account here.

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