понедељак, 07. октобар 2013.

"Last House Standing" beautifully photo-documents Baltimore's forgotten row houses

The houses in Ben Marcin’s project ‘Last House Standing’ seem oddly misplaced, lost and forgotten. The series reads like a homage to the forgotten solo row house. The Baltimore based self-taught photographers interest ‘in these solitary buildings is not only in their ghostly beauty but in their odd placement in the urban landscape. Often three stories high, they were clearly not designed to stand alone like this’.

The world's first inflatable concert hall arrives in Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast

A giant purple structure believed to be the world's first inflatable concert hall is to open on Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material that has been erected at a park in the town of Matsushima. The structure, which organisers say is a world's first, measures about 18m and 35m wide when fully inflated with room for about 500 guests.

"On the Fence": A colorful collaboration at Citizens of the World Hollywood

It's hard to miss the vibrant 3-D mural at the front entrance of the Citizens of the World Charter School - Hollywood. The mural, known as "On the Fence", was created by students, teachers, staff, and parents of CWC-H and Le Conte Middle School as a collaborative project. Both communities gathered together in a series of informal events to gradually bring the colorful mural to life. The project was created by architect Dana Bauer, a parent at CWC-H. Bauer works as a partner for landcraft, an LA-based landscape design practice, and is a faculty member at USC's School of Architecture. The "On the Fence" mural is a representation of her emphasis on cross-disciplinary practice and collaborative creativity. Over 300 students from ages 5 to 13 years helped produce the mural, which was "woven" onto the fence with strips of UV-resistant fabric. The mural's woven appearance was inspired by techniques used to create hook rugs and Rose Bowl floats. Since its completion, the mural has bec...

Berlin Contemporary Bridge - 2nd Prize Entry by Ra+b

Ra+b--Design from China shared with us their Berlin Contemporary Bridge proposal that won the second prize in ArchTriumph's recent international competition. Participants were asked to design an iconic contemporary footbridge over the Spree River and between Schilling Bridge (Schillingbrücke) and the Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke), two well-known structures in Berlin.

Solar Decathlon 2013 is coming to Irvine, California this October!

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Students from around the world will bring their designs for solar-powered houses to Irvine, California this October, as part of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. First held in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is a biannual student competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Decathlon will take place at Orange County Great Park, with model houses erected for public tours October 3-6 and 10-13, from 11am - 7pm daily. Take a look at the competing entries via the Dept. of Energy's flickr stream, as well as photos from XPO, the "clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition" that will host the competition. Competitors will be representing the following schools, listed as teams: Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico (U.S.) Czech Technical University (Czech Republic) University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky (U.S.) Middlebury College (U.S.) Missouri University of Science and Technology (U.S.) Norwich Universit...

Get Lectured: Clemson School of Architecture Fall '13

Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Our list for today is the Centennial Lecture Series from the Clemson School of Architecture, who is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

The redesign of the interior Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall

The redesign appears to have become a lightning rod for those unenamored of the changes Arets has made both to the building and the curriculum.