Jan23

Michael Wolf and the Architecture of Density

German-born photographer Michael Wolf documents the extreme densities of Hong Kong. His series ‘Architecture of Density’ rarely contain images of people, instead letting the extreme scale of the buildings remain as the focus. The images are stunning, though I’m not quite sure how to react.

Jan22

Solar House Competition Heats Up

FleX House, the design entry that won Team Florida a spot in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition for the world’s best solar-powered house, is getting closer to realization.

Jan17

Seoul Removes Highway and Restores River Beneath

In 2003 the city of Seoul, South Korea removed the Cheonggyecheon Highway running through the city as part of an urban renewal project. This highway had covered the Cheonggyecheon River for decades and now a stream lies where the once busy expressway stood. The stream is lined with parks and urban gathering spaces and it has encouraged walking and taking pride in the environment.

Jan13

Opening Today: HOK’s Dalí Museum

According to Tampa Bay Online, the story of how the Musuem came to Tampa is one that began in the 80s, when Dali collectors A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse put out a bid to cities to make offers on hosting their planned Museum. Tampa came back with the best deal – $250,000 over five years, plus a waterfront warehouse space. As of today, their collection (the largest in world) gets a brand new building.

Jan13

The Water Tower Project

This project rethinks water towers and tank structures within the urban landscape. Use any 2d media to convey and explore how these industrial structures have impacted the city when decommissioned from their modern functionality. Background: Why are water towers structured so mundane and foreign to our landscape? What if they became integrated and reinterpreted within our urban fabric?

Jan13

Design Matters 2 Competition

This competition is a call for ideas to design a building block of an inclusive school environment that will uniquely enhance the quality of life for teens and adults with disabilities who participate in the Easter Seals VIP Academy. Your design should support the program goals of providing these young adults with the vocational/life skills they require to lead fully productive lives. Traditionally little or no thought has been given to the environments in which these crucial services are delivered.

Jan13

VHOM 2010/2011

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is considered by many people as the world capital of Classical Music, and it certainly was from the sixteenth century until the nineteenth century. However, during the twentieth and twenty-first century, cultural changes, new musical styles, media and the easiness to travel around the world, have made the value of the Viennese arts diminish.

Jan12

Warborn Apartment by Caiano Morgado Arquitectos

Let us start with the fact that Warborn Apartment, designed by Caiano Morgado Architects, is magnificent both inside and outside. The outside facade of the structure is amazing — of course — but the outside landscape upon which this building sits is no less stunning. While most minimalist design comes packaged with a cold and empty sentiment, this house radiates warmth and welcomeness, which is undoubtedly rare.

Jan10

University of Virginia Prefab Design Build

While other architecture students were sleeping off the stress and caffeine-induced stupor of their final charrettes early last spring, the ecoMOD studio at the University of Virginia was just gearing up for construction of a prefabricated, ecological, and affordable home of their own design. The ambitious students’ design, the OUTin House—named for its mix of indoor and outdoor spaces—required a multidisciplinary approach to deal with budget constraints, client needs, and the demands of real-life construction.

Jan09

Living City Design Competition

The International Living Building Institute℠, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, invites the world’s most talented and daring designers, planners, artists and animators to create a new global vision: a breathtaking, compelling model for the future of civilization. Unleash the power of your imagination to envision a city capable of thriving through the centuries.