Articles from 24/04/2014:

from Inhabit
The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous [...] Read »
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YUHANG_Cultural and Art Center \ Studio Marco Piva
Yuhang  is a district of the Zhejiang province, under the jurisdiction of Hangzhou, just 150 km far from Shanghai. The city is the birthplace of Liangzhu Primitive Culture, which boasts the [...] Read »
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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles These pops taste just like icy cold cheesecake, yet have a much lower calorie count than the real deal. This recipe is hands-down, the most popular popsicle [...] Read »
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Feng Tai @ Beijing \ Studio Marco Piva
Studio Marco Piva has been commissioned to defined the development of three plots of the central area of Feng Tai (the global project has been called Liza),  that will be the new financial district [...] Read »
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Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey
Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental [...] Read »
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The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets
Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office [...] Read »
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3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland
Danish practice 3XN has been selected to design the new headquarters for the Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team was chosen among 11 competing architectural firms and household names [...] Read »
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Just like the game Jenga, the shipping containers can be inserted or taken out of the stacked and staggered tower with ease. A metal grid structure, however, would ensure that unlike Jenga, the [...] Read »
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Astronauts Hope to Protect Earth from a Killer Asteroid with the Launch of Sentinel Satellite
It may seem like a city-destroying asteroid is just the stuff of sci-fi novels, but new research reveals that the Earth is far more vulnerable to asteroid impacts than we ever though possible. [...] Read »
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Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood
Bangkok-based Dots Design Studio makes handcrafted bicycles with glorious timber parts. Their PLYbike is made from strong stripy pieces of sandwiched wood veneer. The bikes are perfect for taking [...] Read »
The Brick Stackers
click images for larger view No city in the world, not even New York, has found such general use for common brick as we have found here on Lake Michigan.  Chicago brick, in addition to being [...] Read »
For Sale: Catherine Deneuve's French Chataeu
Thanks to a little tweet from Luxuo , I was alerted to the fact that French actress and style icon Catherine Deneuve is selling her house in Normandy, Chateau de Primard .  The 18th-century [...] Read »
Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist
Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned [...] Read »
Timea Tihanyi's Constructs - Not Printed, Made
...the little structures will remind you of every last thing: foreclosed houses...the Olympic stadium in Beijing...the Colosseum, the crumbling ruins next door to the Colosseum. Each building [...] Read »
AIA announces the 2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects
Since it's Earth Day, here are the 18th annual Top Ten Green Projects just announced by the AIA and their Committee on the Environment (COTE). The awards program is the best known in the field [...] Read »
Researchers Develop Semi-Transparent and Decorative Solar Cells
A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has successfully developed a prototype of a semi-transparent photovoltaic solar cell, which they hope will make solar arrays more attractive [...] Read »
3xn to design the new International Olympic Committee HQ in Lausanne
3xn was chosen by the International Olympic Committee as the architectural partner to design the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC selected the Danish firm after a collective [...] Read »
Michael Kimmelman Proposes  A Queens-Brooklyn Waterfront Streetcar
As development along the Brooklyn and Queens’ waterfront has increased dramatically over the years, transportation options—for residents old and new—has not. The number of glass towers, [...] Read »
Letter to the Editor> Health Food and Historic Preservation
[Editor's Note: The following are reader-submitted responses to a pair of articles about the opening of an urban Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn, “Suburbs Meet City” (AN 03_03.05.2014), [...] Read »
Second “Arterial Slow Zone” Arrives in the Bronx
Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero is coming to another dangerous New York City corridor. NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and city officials announced that the Grand [...] Read »
Milwaukee pushes urban agriculture for vacant land
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is pushing a plan to turn parcels of city-owned vacant land into urban farms and orchards. The HOME GR/OWN program has long been stalled, but received a boost from [...] Read »
Gehry & Foster’s Battersea Redesign Seeks to Humanize Viñoly’s Original Masterplan
Despite having first dibs on the project, Rafael Viñoly is being forced to hedge his vision for Londons Battersea Power Station redevelopment under pressure from fellow power players Norman [...] Read »
Christchurch's replacement cathedral has boosted a fledgling furniture sector
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Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group
The Real Affordability for All Coalition  made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups  is accusing Airbnb of throwing gasoline on a fire by contributing to a growing affordable housing [...] Read »
“The Space of Poetry” exhibition in Boston examines the built environment of poetry
Who knew that architecture could let you perceive poetry in a new angle or two. Currently at Boston Architectural College's 951 Boylston Street Building until May 1, "The Space of Poetry" exhibition [...] Read »
Watch the Only Extant Footage of Union Station's 1939 Opening
It was 75 years agothe year Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released and World War II beganthat Los Angeles's lovely Union Station first opened for business. There was a big Downtown [...] Read »
Blog Wunderlust: 22nd April 2014
An architect should be a chameleon Mose Safdie Adopt an architect | The Most Outrageous Pink Facades | Architect & client : Maggie’s by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners | Taiwan architect wins [...] Read »
Architectural Works
U.S. ABI Declines Sharply in March
It seems the U.S. Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has yet to recover from 2013’s end of the year decline. Though 2014 started with a “modest uptick,” the March ABI has reveals a share [...] Read »
Alcoutins House  / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
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McMansions: The Ultimate Symbol of American Inequality
In this fascinating  post for Salon , Thomas Frank holds nothing back on the topic of so-called " McMansions ". Charting their history from the 1980s to today, he reveals that they are not just [...] Read »
Venice Biennale 2014: Collateral Events Announced
The Venice Biennale has released a list of 21 Collateral Events that will take place alongside the other official exhibitions during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition (June 7  [...] Read »
The Steel Age Is Over. Has The Next Age Begun?
Andrew Carnegie once said, “Aim for the highest.” He followed his own advice. The powerful 19th century steel magnate had the foresight to build a bridge spanning the Mississippi river, a [...] Read »
Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT
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Where You Work: The Offices of ArchDaily Readers
In 2009 we wanted to find out where our readers work and create. We asked, you responded, and the results gave us a fascinating insight into your daily lives. And so, a few weeks ago, we once again asked our& Read »
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Thomas Heatherwick unveils "sunken oasis" for Abu Dhabi
News:  British designer Thomas Heatherwick has revealed plans to create a cavernous public park in Abu Dhabi beneath a fragmented canopy resembling the cracked surface of the Arabian desert. (more...) Read »
Mölle by the Sea  / Elding Oscarson
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Shigeru Ban redesigns interiors for iron-clad New York apartment block
News:  a New York developer has revealed first images of an apartment block redevelopment underway in Manhattan with interiors designed by this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Japanese architect [...] Read »
Paz House / Arturo Franco, Fabrice van Teslaar
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A Seductive Abstraction: Architecture & Photography’s Tacit Pact
ArchDaily has partnered with  The Architectural Review  to bring you short thematic introductions to the magazines monthly editions.  Up now: ARs April 2014 issue, which examines the complexities [...] Read »
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CRAB Studio creates cave-like meeting rooms at Bond University architecture faculty
Curving concrete walls frame secluded meeting rooms along the central thoroughfare of this architecture faculty building at Bond University in Queensland, Australia , by Peter Cook's architecture [...] Read »
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Garage CCC Education Center / FORM Bureau
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Waterfront Park Master Plan of the Busan North Port International Competition
BPA (Busan Port Authority) has just announced an international competition for the Waterfront Park Master Plan of the Busan North Port, South Korea. The deadline for registration is June 10. [...] Read »
Zaha Hadid Among 7 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2014”
Zaha Hadid’s  Heydar Aliyev Center  is among seven shortlisted designs being considered for this year’s Design of the Year award. As announced by London’s  Design Museum , the [...] Read »
Pó House  / Ricardo Silva Carvalho Arquitectos
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Wood Encouragement Policy Coming To Australia
Latrobe City Council is  pushing an initiative  that would put “ wood first .” If implemented, the “Wood Encouragement Policy” would educate architects and industry professionals [...] Read »
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Bernd Zimmermann's mirror-clad House wz2 offers distorted reflections
The facade of a 1950s house in south-west Germany has been transformed into a giant funhouse mirror  as part of a renovation by German architect Bernd Zimmermann. (more...) Read »
KJ House  / Nakahira Architects
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Architects: Leave Fashion to the Experts
Le Corbusier donned signature glasses;  Frank Gehry designed footwear; early twentieth-century architect Adolf Loos even wrote "Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed." Now Zaha Hadid is making her [...] Read »
The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German projection company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and [...] Read »
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140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations [...] Read »
596 Acres
In New York City there are more than five hundreds acres of publicly owned vacant land that are not being used and remain closed behind fences and chains. This land is concentrated in neighborhoods [...] Read »
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CANOVERA Arqutectura recently unveiled their new shopping center located amidst the lush garden in Avándaro, Mexico. Plaza Andaro is carefully integrated within the unlikely location by mimicking [...] Read »
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Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day
Apple dove headfirst into this year’s Earth Day celebrations, from changing the color of its logo's leaf section to the revamp of its Environmental Responsibility website. Although some may [...] Read »
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Robinson Architects designed the Wallaby Lane House with a linear plan that follows the landscape’s natural contours. The house and the studio space are positioned side by side under a common [...] Read »
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Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus
On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate [...] Read »
City & Urbanism
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The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place [...] Read »
When things get really bad, just raise your glass and STAMP your feet and do a little jig. Thats about all you can do. Leonard Cohen. Up here on the north coast, in western NY, we are trying [...] Read »