Archinect 2014-04-21T00:42:29-04:00 From Divergence, a Thoughtful Calm Nam Henderson 2014-04-20T20:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-20T20:12:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The telling details are two walls of red granite at the entrance, as well as the tiered reflecting pools in back. The first was Mr. Conforti&rsquo;s idea and the second, Mr. Ando&rsquo;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ted Loos provides a status update for&nbsp;the dozen-year $145 million expansion of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute</a>, which is finally scheduled to open in July.</p><p>Previously on Archinect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> If people can start printing out liveable homes for $4800 each in less than 24 hours.. Munkk 2014-04-20T08:06:00-04:00 >2014-04-20T19:19:12-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p><p>Those printers obviously have to be programmed, and houses have to be designed. But these codes and prototypes can be found on the net, and can easily be applied to the machines.</p><p>This DIY era, I think we're headed to, can't be good for architects. This will only continue to develop. &nbsp;People will knock out buildings in their spare time, solid, cheap, sustainable buildings , "just for fun". Big companies with some decent draughtsmen within the company will design the buildings for the company etc.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How do you think this will develop? What can an architect offer society in 50 years?</p> Exhibition recap: Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-18T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T21:04:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room&rdquo; is a fascinating exhibition of student work from the Piet Zwart Institute&rsquo;s Master Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design program, studying the role of sound in the domestic space. Each work creates a physical manifestation, or conduit, of the soundscapes that pervade our most private spaces, either raucously or imperceptibly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more info, photos and videos by visiting the news listing on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>...</p> Corning Museum of Glass by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects Henry Smith-Miller 2014-04-18T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T20:31:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The new Corning Glass Center 2000 master plan and project houses all of the public programs for the Corning Museum of Glass. The Innovation Center accommodates both pedestrian and jitney-borne visitors. It includes a new orientation entry, 770-seat performing arts facility, ground floor retail and digital theater connecting the renovated Glass Museum and Steuben Factory, a 40-seat cafe, and west entry courtyard link.</p> Sagaponac House by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects Henry Smith-Miller 2014-04-18T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T20:31:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A private residence where the main court serves as a site common to all domestic activity. South-facing, outside building walls are closed to view and climate, while court side perimeters remain open, operable, and fully glazed. Lightweight short span platform framing, pre-fabricated laminated plywood and cementitious panels, a narrow style monumental glass and aluminum window wall, and local stone flooring speak to building material and construction process economy.</p> “Chicagoisms” exhibition renders the Windy City’s architectural history anew Justine Testado 2014-04-18T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T17:03:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you find your way into the Windy City anytime soon, catch a glimpse of the recently debuted "Chicagoisms" exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago now until Jan. 4, 2015. Exploring Chicago's enduring influence in modern architecture and urban planning, the exhibition presents five new interpretations and critical analysis of "Chicagoisms" designed by contemporary architects and designers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find the event details on <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “Unfinished Spaces” documentary receives 2014 SAH Award for Film and Video Justine Testado 2014-04-18T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T15:10:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray continues to gain recognition since its initial release in 2011. In addition to previous grants and awards, the documentary film recently won the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Established in 2013, the annual award is given to the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reflective of its Cuban Revolution setting in 1961, Unfinished Spaces tells the complex tale of Cuba's historic National Art Schools project commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to visionary architects Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi. Construction of the school complex immediately began and artists from all over the country attended the school. But the project was abruptly halted as soon as the Revolution came to fruition.</p><p>Forty years later, the schools continue to operate but have remained unfinished. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finally complete their unrealized dream.</p><p><strong>See the official trailer below.</strong></p><p>Also check out Archinect's previous coverage of <em>Unfinished Spaces</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> An interview with man behind the “Stealing Banksy?” auction Alexander Walter 2014-04-18T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T17:16:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next week in London, The Sincura Group will be holding a similar auction of street pieces formally by Banksy. That&rsquo;s the same company that last year successfully sold the Banksy &ldquo;Slave Labour&rdquo; wall at auction for just over $1 million. They&rsquo;ve titled their auction Stealing Banksy? and it will include approximately 18 works, at least 7 of which are street pieces formally by Banksy that have been removed from their original locations, some of them specifically removed for this sale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How do I become … a Legoland modeller Alexander Walter 2014-04-18T14:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T15:54:32-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When David Fautley takes his work home with him his children don't complain &ndash; they join in, because Fautley is a Lego modeller. "We did Dortmund football stadium in Germany last January which needed 3,000 mini-figures, so I had the boys and five of their friends come round for three nights after school to complete it. With slices of pizza going round, you can imagine they thought it was fantastic."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T18:15:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> Winning designs of Cambodian Sustainable Housing competition now built Justine Testado 2014-04-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T21:13:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a well-known fact that a safe and comfortable home is essential to one's well-being. From Building Trust International's 2013 "The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia" competition, over 600 registered entrants proposed sustainable housing solutions for low-income families in Cambodia. The jury -- which also comprised of the families who moved into their new homes -- chose 3 joint-winning designs recently constructed in Phnom Penh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners are:</p><p><strong>Courtyard House</strong> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jess Lumley &amp; Alexander Koller</a> (UK)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Open Embrace</strong> by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle (USA)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Wet + Dry House</strong> by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil &amp; Nick Shearman of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd.</a> (Australia)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Also check out our recent feature of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Trust International's "Moved to Care" competition results</a>.</p> Opening: La Cage aux Folles by Warren Techentin 2014-04-18T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T13:31:06-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Exit Reviews and the Final MArch Semester RMartz 2014-04-18T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T14:13:38-04:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Welcome back everyone. Here at Knowlton the culmination of Master of Architecture program is the Exit Review, seems intimidating right? Well yes, but also incredibly useful. Materially the Exit Review is a 30-45 minute public presentation about a topic of our choosing. What makes the process unique and also incredibly useful is its focus as a Launchpad vs an ending; &lsquo;starting review&rsquo; might perhaps be more appropriate. And yes it is unique, Harry Cobb said so himself this week during the five finalist presentations. To quote from Stephen Turk, the Graduate Studies Chair and Exit Review Coordinator&hellip;</p><p><em>&ldquo;Whereas the majority of Architecture programs have some version of a design thesis as the culminating event of their MArch sequence, the KSA has the Exit Review system. Compared to a design thesis, which typically centers on a student&rsquo;s ability to synthesize their acquired design and technical abilities into a &lsquo;comprehensive&rsquo; design solution, the Exit Review is a public presentation of a s...</em></p> Screen/Print #13: One:Twelve's "Black and White" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-18T12:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T15:59:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>One:Twelve</strong></a>, the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture, is both a collaborative and expansive effort. Jointly managed across the school&rsquo;s architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning departments, the journal's content is culled from Knowlton and beyond, with writing from other universities, disciplines and professions.</p> Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours Archinect 2014-04-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> RedFarm Upper West Side by crème creme 2014-04-18T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T18:14:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Red and White are de rigueur at Redfarm&rsquo;s upper west side outpost, where country meets modern. Similarly to its downtown headquarters, the rustic yet sleek design matches the establishment&rsquo;s avant-garde comfort cuisine. Outside red tin letter-shaped marquee lights in large glass jars spell the restaurant name and invite by-standers to enter the warm light-filled space. Exposed brick walls are painted white and, together with honey-toned oak beams extending from wall recesses and stretching along the ceiling, create the illusion of a barn interior. Private and communal seating coexist in the main dining room where a long dining table acts as the centerpiece flanked by custom built-in booths along the walls. Here Redfarm&rsquo;s signature elements have been upgraded: custom white magnetized metal menu boards and grated baskets are affixed to powder coated piping mounted on the ceiling. These carry plants and other accessories, including menus and chopsticks. The secondary dining room is nar...</p> H C Andersen Museum by Norell/Rodhe dnorell 2014-04-18T11:41:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T11:41:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our 2nd Prize winning entry "One Garden, Seven Characters" reunites the fragmented site for the new H C Andersen Museum into a secret but publicly accessible garden with discrete museum pavilions. It unclutters key historical buildings from more recent additions. And, finally, it forms a new museum by tying garden, pavilions and historical buildings together with an expansive subterranean underworld of exhibition spaces. Each pavilion develops its distinct persona through proportions, coloration and its relation to adjacent landscape elements in the garden. The scale of the pavilions puts them in dialogue with authentic buildings on the site, including the birthplace of H C Andersen. Together, the new and the authentic begin to unfold unexpected narratives with ties to both the fairy tales and contemporary culture.</p><p><em>The open, international ideas competition for the new H C Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark attracted 475 entries from architects in 57 countries around the world.</em></p> Micro-Cabin by 590BC 590bc 2014-04-18T11:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T11:38:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the design of a small guest cabin with all the fixings on an existing foundation, we treated this 12' x 15' footprint - well smaller than a single car garage - as a little jewel box, packed out with the full functionality of a house twice its size, but efficient and precise to the most minute dimension. Every surface of the house is active and performative, often in multiple ways. The small kitchen and storage zone is tucked in under the narrow stair. A recessed floor at the living room allows for a generous built-in lounge area without dividing the room. The flue of the tiny wood-burning fireplace extends from ground floor to roof line, emphasizing the double-height space above the entry and inviting the guest to look up to the skylight overhead. A solid, reclaimed hickory clad exterior at the North and West facades provide privacy from the main house on the property, while the East and South facades are punched with openings scaled to the programs they serve, connecting the gu...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Metal" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-04-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:46:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Metal</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chateau Barde-Haut Winery</a> in St Christophe des Bardes, St Emilion, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAU LAVERGNE ARCHITECTS</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in North Haven, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership</a>; Photo: Robert Polidori</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Avenue on Portage</a> in Winnipeg, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodland Park Crossing</a> in Herndon, VA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landscape Architecture Bureau</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inverted Warehouse / Townhouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dean/Wolf Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irving Convention Center</a> in Dallas, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Hillier</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Westland Distillery</a> in Seattle, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urbanadd</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loft</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LINEOFFICE Architecture</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Footbridge</a> in Esch...</p> Centre Village by 5468796 architecture Shannon Wiebe 2014-04-17T20:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T20:43:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Serving underprivileged families, Winnipeg&rsquo;s Centre Village housing cooperative utilizes design to help revitalize a neglected inner-city neighbourhood and to provide its residents with a unique setting that inspires pride and encourages community-building.</p><p><br>The site was an abandoned L-shaped lot zoned for six single-family houses. Instead, the project established a micro village of 25-dwellings within six, three-storey blocks that would be easy to build and maintain. The blocks&rsquo; arrangement both defines and animates two public spaces &ndash; a through-street and a shared courtyard &ndash; that weave the city through the project and provide amenities for residents and the surrounding neighbourhood. The landscaped courtyard offers a calm and protected&nbsp;place for children to play, and the new street is an informal meeting place. Each dwelling has its own entrance, either at grade&nbsp;or up an exterior staircase, thus reducing internal circulation and the size of the overall building, and also prompting ...</p> The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T11:38:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> Tight Job Market in U.S. Cities Prompts Higher Pay Archinect 2014-04-17T19:11:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T19:42:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Companies across the U.S. from Texas to Virginia and Nebraska are struggling to fill positions with metropolitan jobless rates below the 5.2 percent to 5.6 percent level the Federal Reserve regards as full employment nationally. [...] &ldquo;The competition for people is really fierce right now,&rdquo; said Gar Muse, principal with Cooper Carry, an architectural firm that has increased staff to 50 in Alexandria from 40 in 2010 and plans to hire more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking to hire or get hired? The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect job board</a> is the leading platform for architecture jobs.</p><p>Wanna find out how much architects in your city are making? Check out Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Salary Poll</a>.</p> Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-19T11:18:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inside a warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard steel beams and flat metal sheeting rest atop a workbench. A diagram&ndash;which looks an awful lot like IKEA furniture assembly instructions&ndash;spells out where each beam and metal screw belongs. [...] The metal may not look like much yet, but it&rsquo;s on its way to becoming part of the world&rsquo;s tallest modular residential high-rise. [...] &ldquo;This is bringing the best of manufacturing and construction together.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Does America Need a Tahrir Square? Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T18:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T10:34:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maidan Square in Kiev. Taksim Square in Istanbul. Tahrir Square in Cairo. Recent democratic movements around the globe have risen, or crashed and burned, on the hard pavement of vast urban public squares. [...] But too few observers have considered the significance of the empty public spaces themselves. [...] If public squares are essential to democracy, is their relative absence in modern American life bad for our democracy&mdash;or a sign that we&rsquo;re not as democratic as we imagine?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 5468796 architecture seeking Architect in Winnipeg, MB, CA 2014-04-17T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T11:43:58-04:00 <p><a href="" target="_blank">5468796 Architecture</a> is a Winnipeg-based design studio, established in 2007. The firm&rsquo;s portfolio of projects &ndash; especially in the multi-family housing sector &ndash; has been widely recognized through numerous awards and publications.</p><p>We are seeking a talented, motivated and ambitious project architect with strong design and technical skills and a minimum 5 years experience to join our team. <strong>A full time position is available immediately.</strong></p><p>REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:</p><ul><li>Registered Architect desired [not required].</li><li>Master of Architecture degree required.</li><li>Must have experience working in Canada and be able to start work in Winnipeg immediately.</li><li>Strong organization, communication, technical and graphic skills.</li><li>Proven experience in project management, including: design development, technical detailing, construction documents, consultant coordination and construction administration.</li><li>Ability to act as client liaison, supervise key personnel, maintain project schedule and manage multiple projects ...</li></ul> Mercer Street Library by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects Henry Smith-Miller 2014-04-17T14:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T18:23:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="874" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New library loft for a private residence with a spectacular book collection.</p> Library for Kunming University of Science and Technology by Studio Twist Studio Twist 2014-04-17T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T14:06:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Project Name: Library for Kunming University of Science and Technology</p><p>Location : Kunming, Yunnan Province, China</p><p>Area : 27,000 sqm<br>Scope : Interior Design<br>Timeframe : 2009 &ndash; 2012<br>Status : Design Completed and Constructed</p><p>Design Agency: STUDIO TWIST</p><p>Creative Director:&nbsp; Lip Chiong</p><p>Text: Lip Chiong</p><p>Photographer:&nbsp; STUDIO TWIST</p><p>Client: Kunming University of Science and Technology</p><p>Ordered Spaces of Knowledge</p><p>The Library of Kunming University of Science and Technology designed by Studio Twist opened In January 2012. This library is regarded as the symbolic center of the university campus.&nbsp; The building form resembles stacked cubes on a plinth with bi-axial symmetry and a vertical central atrium. The central circular atrium serves as the spiritual center as well as the main vertical circulation of the library.</p><p>Our initial design for the rotunda is to demolish the mono functional spiral stairs in a column, and replace it with a series of staircases along the round edge of each floor plate that link ever...</p> Xafix House by Arkylab hugolamas 2014-04-17T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T13:57:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="847" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The place is a regular 12x25 meters plot located in an elevated zone at the northwest side of Aguascalientes city, with an east front and having the privileged view to the Cerro del Muerto's sunset in the back.</p><p>The project responds to the needs of a four member family, zoning areas by levels. It has the lower plan for social activities, the upper plan for rooms and services and the top plan as a work studio with a terrace.</p><p>The construction takes up from the north side of the lot, leaving a garden in the south to allow a dialogue with all the house spaces, strengthening the interior-exterior relation in a private way.&nbsp; A closed facade emerges to the outside, revealing only the entrance to the house inside a volume game that spins and moves around a vertical axis that joins them.</p><p>Indoor areas are structured through a path that goes across the house lengthways. A double and a half height space is cut by a glass corridor, letting light pass and turning itself into the backbone of access to...</p> 11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T13:50:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week I attended the seventh World Urban Forum in Medell&iacute;n, Colombia, where more than 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe. [...] Unfortunately, a number of important countries, the U.S. and Canada among them, remain worryingly undecided about joining this widespread call for a city-specific SDG from countries as diverse as Germany, Colombia, and Ghana.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T14:46:29-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>