‘It’s Not Corporate Architecture!’ Insist David Bench and Jonathan Chesley, the Duo Behind the NYC-based INC_A


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            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/8424384abc3272ff58bd092e3261f2d6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />In 2016, the <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/1920121/storefront-for-art-and-architecture" >Storefront for Art and Architecture</a> held an <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/148506267/constructive-destruction-how-would-you-imagine-the-ideal-demolition-scheme" >unusual design competition</a> asking architects to compete for the most creative way to tear down a building. The brief had come out of a prior competition, the New York non-profit's 'Competition of Competitions', in which <a href="https://archinect.com/yale" >Yale</a> graduates David Bench and Jonathan Chesley proposed the idea for a dream-up demolition competition.&nbsp;

At the time, the two were beginning to form their own studio, born out of lunchtime chatter with one another in Union Square Park. Now, the New York-based INC_A (which stands for ‘It’s Not Corporate Architecture’) is busy growing as a design firm, working on a number of public and semi-public projects. For this week’s Studio Snapshot, we talk with Bench and Chesley about their radical proposals and many evolutions as a practice. 

Brick archways topped by rounded glass tower at Arc by Koichi Takada Architects


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Arc by Koichi Takada Architects


Koichi Takada Architects has designed a podium fronted with brick archways as the base of the glass and steel Arc tower in Sydney, Australia. Read more


Børge Mogensen’s Contour Chair from 1949 Is Added to Carl Hansen & Son’s Collection


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                                <a href="https://www.carlhansen.com/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Hansen &amp; Son</a> is bringing back an iconic chair designed in 1949 by Danish designer <a href="https://www.carlhansen.com/en/designers/borge-mogensen"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Børge Mogensen</a>. The <a href="https://www.carlhansen.com/en/inspiration/news/contour-chair"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Contour Chair</a> was originally presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers&#8217; Guild Furniture Exhibition showcasing a new style from Mogensen, who had previously approached design from a simple and functional manner. The new design represented a sculptural approach with its bold, form-pressed veneer backrest that created a relaxed lounge chair feel.

Using form-pressed veneer was new to Mogensen, who had been working with solid wood in the past. The method opened up all kinds of opportunities to experiment, which was driven by his appreciation for the veneer work of Charles and Ray Eames.

The laid-back form was intentional on Mogensen’s part to create more furniture for informal spaces. Despite the new design style, the lounge chair includes many of the details typically found on work by Mogensen, like mortise and tenon joints finished with contrasting wooden

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IKEA’s ThisAbles add-ons adjust furniture for people with disabilities


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ThisAbles IKEA disability hacks


IKEA has released a set of furniture hacks that anyone can download and 3D-print to make their products more usable by people with disabilities. Read more


Santiago Calatrava


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Santiago Calatrava: Drawing, Building, Reflecting
Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, Santiago Calatrava
Thames & Hudson, November 2018

Hardcover | 7-1/2 x 10-1/4 inches | 224 pages | 300 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500343418 | $45.00

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Santiago Calatrava is an intimate insight into one of the world’s most celebrated architects. Calatrava first made a name for himself in the late 1980s, with delicately designed structures in Zürich that seem to grow out of the earth. He went on to create a series of highly innovative, iconic bridges across Europe and, in recent years, has drawn attention for such large-scale projects as the City of Arts and Sciences in his birth town of Valencia, Spain, and the World Transportation Hub at Ground Zero in New York.

Written in the first person and accompanied by a wealth of sketches never seen outside Calatrava’s studio, this book reveals the breadth of

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Sigurd Larsen and Jonathan Tuckey Design revamp Berlin’s Michelberger hotel


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Interiors of the Michelberger hotel in Berlin


London-based Jonathan Tuckey Design and Danish architect Sigurd Larsen have updated the Michelberger hotel in Berlin, refreshing its lobby and guest rooms. Read more


10 micro homes with floor plans that make the most of space


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Micro apartment and micro home floor plans


With more people living into cities, architects are increasingly finding inventive ways to squeeze homes into small spaces. Here are the floor plans of 10 micro homes that most of every square metre. Read more


The top roles in architecture and design this week including jobs at Kvadrat and ACME


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Kvadrat showroom by Bouroullec brothers


The best architecture and design roles available on Dezeen Jobs this week include vacancies at Danish textile brand Kvadrat and London-based architecture studio ACME. Read more


Vivo eliminates all ports on unibody Apex 2019 smartphone


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Vivo eliminates all plugs in unibody Apex 2019 smartphone


Buttons, ports and speaker grills are absent from Vivo’s Apex 2019 concept phone, which is wrapped in a single piece of glass. Read more


“My Journey is Starting Now”: Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York


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Where does originality and independent thinking come from? The answer is prosaically straight forward – from an inquiring individual, and an experimental environment wouldn’t hurt to stimulate it. Rem Koolhaas is credited with fostering such an environment, both through building his practice, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), a 300-architect network of seven global offices, and teaching at Harvard’s GSD, as well as lecturing all over the world. Koolhaas now has eight partners. One of the eight, since 2008, is Shohei Shigematsu who heads OMA New York since 2006. The studio originally numbered just a handful of people and over the years has grown into a large practice of 75 architects with a focus on projects in North America.

Born in 1973, in Fukuoka, Japan, Shigematsu likes to point out that his birth coincided with the moment when Japan’s economy started to decline. Still, the post-war generation of his parents believed

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Karina House / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto


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Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan


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Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

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Steyn Studio’s concrete and travertine Sierra House has a mountain-shaped roof


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Sierra House by Steyn Studio


London-based Steyn Studio built Sierra House in Madrid from concrete and travertine with a striking sawtooth roof that looks like a mountain ridge. Read more


Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples


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Cabin on the Border / SO? Architecture&Ideas. Image Cortesía de SO?

Dense cities mean small homes. With more and more frequency we are forced to adapt to spaces within which some elements simply do not fit. As architects, these restrictions actually provide us with opportunities and remind us that our goal is to give precise solutions to specific problems. Designing with infinite number square meters and/or an unlimited budget is practically unheard of.

What’s the key to accommodating everything? Let’s review some effective storage solutions for minimum, tight spaces.

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How to Streamline the Design Process


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You’re an architect so you know organization is key. You think you’re on top of all the categories, rules and folders in Outlook that you’ve created to get by. You file away all of your emails by project and category, but time and again, your email search function fails you and finding any file is a nightmare.

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See-Through House / Koning Eizenberg Architecture


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Jungle Frame House / Studio Saxe


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  • Architects: Studio Saxe
  • Location: Provincia de Guanacaste, Nosara, Costa Rica
  • Category: Housing
  • Design Director: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Project Architect: Alejandro Gonzalez
  • Area: 340.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Andres Garcia Lachner
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Kantini in Bikini Berlin / Studio Aisslinger


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  • Architects: Studio Aisslinger
  • Location: Berlín, Germany
  • Category: Services
  • Lead Architects: Werner Aisslinger, Monika Losos, Julia Walk, Nicole Losos
  • Area: 1800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Patricia Parinejad
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The Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects + Moshe Zur Architects


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  • Architects: Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners, Moshe Zur Architects
  • Location: Timna, Israel
  • Category: Airport
  • Architects / Design And Planning Management: Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners, in partnership with Moshe Zur Architects
  • Design Team: (Mann Shinar) Barak Levy, Ofir Zak, Eitan Aviram, Martin Neiman, Neta Sverdlov, Efrat Hakerem, Ohad Gilo, Michal Weinshtock, Oded Narkis, Hadar Rothschild Antman, Tomme Omer, Kfir Galatia Azulay (Moshe Zur) Tal Goldenberg, Uri Shakory, Jonathan Cohen, Keren Joseph, Daniel Kaszab, Rami Hod, Stas Yaakovsky, Avi Matyas, Erez Shani, Hilki Amrani, Dan Perry
  • Area: 92000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2019
  • Photographs: Hufton + Crow
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Hutong Filter / ZAI


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Courtyard Looking North. Image Courtesy of ZAI

  • Architects: ZAI
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Category: Housing
  • Design Team: Yihang Zhang
  • Area: 20.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
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