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Courtesy of the Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Why Architects Need to Get Dirty to Save the World." Of all the terrarium-like experiments included in Lydia Kallipoliti’s The Architecture of Closed Worlds: Or, What Is the Power of Shit? (Lars Müller/Storefront for Art and Architecture), Biosphere 2 is the most infamous. A steel-and-glass structure baking in the Arizona desert, it represents the hope and hubris of re-creating Earth on Earth. The project was launched by an alternative living group with a taste for theater, and tanked by disastrous management by Steve Bannon (yes, him). As such, it illustrates the risky arc that courses through Kallipoliti’s 300-page volume—visions of utopia bending toward ultimate failure. Early in the 2009 book Dreaming the Biosphere: The Theater of All Possibilities, author Rebecca Reider quotes one of Biosphere 2’s creators as saying,
© Simone Bossi
- Architects: Studio Razavi architecture
- Location: France
- Area: 130.0 m2
- Project Year: 2013
- Photographs: Simone Bossi
Text description provided by the architects. The defining concept for this house, commissioned by a photographer as both his summer house and studio, was based on developed facade studies which define a simple and smooth building skin varied in height and punctured by openings.
Two volumes define the main living & work spaces, both converge to the North corner freeing up as much space as possible on this small lot and turning all window openings to face South and West. The main space is compressed at the entry and releases up towards the landscape, the fan shaped plan gradually provides more floor area, volume and light. The second volume is exclusively dedicated to the owner’s studio. All rooms and bathrooms are reduced to a bare minimum
© Mónica Arreola Tijuana is one of the most populated cities in Mexico. In 2000, the construction of collective housing boomed. This phenomenon completely transformed the limits of the city; the periphery exhibited a new appearance: a modernized future, new urban schemes, and a new lifestyle.
Only a decade later, 2,000 new homes were registered that resulted in a territorial phenomenon: the crash of the housing market. With this in mind in 2013, Mexican photographer Mónica Arreola created a series entitled 'Social Disinterest.' In the series, Arreola juxtaposes the passage of time and the architectural object in a future, detained with obsolete urban models, incomplete serial housing, and a silent imaginary.
This photographic essay proposes a critical reflection based on the concepts imposed by real estate speculation in Mexico. Arreola captures the aftermath of Tijuana's housing crisis.
Given its regional border condition, Tijuana is home toContinue reading "The Ruins of Tijuana’s Housing Crisis"
© Adrià Goula
- Architects: taller 9s arquitectes
- Location: Carrer Joaquim Mir, Barcelona, Spain
- Architects In Charge: Oriol Cusidó, Irene Marzo
- Area: 1962.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Adrià Goula
- Promotor: Ayuntamiento de Mollet
- Rigger: Juan Carlos Cayuela, Ayuntamiento de Mollet
- Design Team: Jordi Tomasa, Catarina Marques
- Construction: Abolafio construccions
- Structural Calculation: Carmela Torró i Núria Rello
- Installations: Lluis J. Duart Consulting
Text description provided by the architects. The police station is located in a municipal plot near the city center. It's part of a unitary project jointly with the municipal library and the urbanization of the adjacent outer space. The placement of the two buildings, resolves the connectivity between the different free spaces of the environment and allows creating a square in front of the building, which is the public access.
The two equipments are understood as a unitary piece that breaks to
© Saurabh Suryan & Lokesh Dang
- Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
- Location: Noida, India
- Lead Architects: Pankaj Vir Gupta, Christine Mueller
- Project Team: Kapil Shokeen, Matthew Pinyan, Monisha Nasa, Ranu Singh
- Area: 962.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Saurabh Suryan & Lokesh Dang
- Structural Engineer: Himanshu Parikh consulting engineers
- Mep Engineer: MJ Consultants
Text description provided by the architects. This brick home has been designed for the cohabitation of several generations on a close-knit Indian family. The main entrance of the house arrives at an interior courtyard, offering light and ventilation in the heart of the home. The courtyard is richly patterned in brick, playing with dramatic shadows from the opening to the sky.
The central ‘street’ axis of the house leads to the main staircase; this
East/west axis with central plaza. Image © Christian Gahl
- Architects: gmp Architects
- Location: Binhaixinqu, Tianjin, China
- Architect In Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Stephan Rewolle
- Project Leader: Jinying Sui, Sebastian Linack
- Area: 31600.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Christian Gahl
- Design Team: Dinah Borjans, Maarten Harms, Lu Yun, Dimitri Philippe
- Project Management : Di Wu, Yangjiao Liu
- Partner Practice: Tianjin Architectural Design Institute (TADI)
- Client: Tianjin Binhai New Area Cultural Center Cci Capital Ltd
Text description provided by the architects. The Binhai Cultural Center at Tianjin, the metropolis in the east of China, which includes five cultural buildings by international architects, has been created to a masterplan by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). With the concept of a roofed-over cultural concourse, gmp has created a specific typology for this unique project. The inverted umbrella-like structures are a distinct architectural
© Tom Blachford
- Architects: RITZ&GHOUGASSIAN
- Location: Australia
- Contractor: DIMPAT
- Area: 180.0 m2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Tom Blachford
Text description provided by the architects. Highbury Grove is defined by a street frontage of uniform federation style cottages set in orthogonal rows and folded in amongst leafy suburban gardens. The project was required to deal with the heritage street frontage and a lane way to the northern side of the property. The project responds by creating an architectural envelope that orientates to the north whilst providing privacy to the public laneway.
The original character and detailed heritage front is expressed as a singular white silhouette. Spotted gum floors replaced a decaying timber flooring structure, whilst neglected fireplaces, previously stripped of their ornamentation are cleaned up and new hearths are placed at their feet.
The connection between
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- Architects: Sasaki
- Location: Xuhui Park, Shanghai, China
- Services: Landscape Architecture
- Client Name: Shanghai Xuhui Waterfront Development Investment Construction Co., Ltd.
- Area: 82400.0 m2
- Project Year: 2016
Text description provided by the architects. Xuhui Runway Park is an innovative urban revitalization project that traces the history of the urban development of Shanghai. Formerly a runway for Longhua Airport, the park's design scheme mimics the motion of a runway, creating diverse linear spaces for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians by organizing the park and the street into one integrated runway system. While all the spaces are linear in shape, diverse spatial experiences are created by applying different materials, scales, topography, and programs. In this way, the park serves as a runway of modern life, providing a space for recreation and respite from the surrounding city.
For the Runway Park, it was
© Cameron Blaylock
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Built in the early days of airline travel, the TWA Terminal is a concrete symbol of the rapid technological transformations which were fueled by the outset of the Second World War. Eero Saarinen sought to capture the sensation of flight in all aspects of the building, from a fluid and open interior, to the wing-like concrete shell of the roof. At TWA’s behest, Saarinen designed more than a functional terminal; he designed a monument to the airline and to aviation itself.
© Shamanth Patil Photography
- Architects: M9 Design Studio
- Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Lead Architects: Nischal Abhaykumar and Jesal Pathak
- Team: Stuti M Mohapatra, Pavan MG
- Area: 730.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Shamanth Patil Photography
- Client: Parmesh Gowda
Text description provided by the architects. Sunrise is located in the industrial suburb of Bangalore. This project was conceived using affordable materials and parts of an existing building to keep project costs down. We wanted to create a cozy environment for this family-owned business. To achieve this, we chose to use simple, muted materials such as wood and concrete, and added plenty of vegetation.
The restaurant comprises of an open-plan dining area with a garden extension featuring raw materials and an assortment of plants. It accommodates indoor and outdoor dining for lunch and dinner. Tables and chairs are arranged around a small court filled with plants,
© Adam Mørk
- Architects: Architectus, Schimdt Hammer Lassen Architects
- Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
- Lead Design Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
- Principal Collaborating Architect: Architectus
- Area: 9500.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Adam Mørk
- Main Contractor: Southbase Construction
- Structural Engineer: Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers Ltd
- Cultural Consultants: Matapopore Charitable Trust
- Client: Christchurch City Council
Text description provided by the architects. The design of the five-storey, 9,500-square-metre library in Christchurch’s historic Cathedral Square supports the city’s desire for a public space that strengthens the community, advances literacy and lifetime learning, celebrates diversity of culture and heritage, draws people back to the city centre, and fosters innovation. Early in the design process, the architects collaborated withMatapopore Charitable Trust, an organization whose objective is to ensure the values, aspirations and narratives of the local Ngāi Tūāhuriri people are realised throughout the recovery of Christchurch. Their influence on the