This Medieval Town is Built Inside a Crater and Composed of Millions of Diamonds

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From the greystone of Montreal to the limestone of Jerusalem, every city has its own iconic identity read through the city’s urban fabric. Scanning the architecture of the 1,110-year-old German town of Nördlingen, the timber frame homes, red pitched roofs, and winding streets appear identical in almost every regard to many quaint medieval communities populating the European countryside. 

While the town’s appearance in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may seem like its most notable claim, there is something entirely unique about the architecture of this south German locale. Nördlingen is literally made of diamonds—millions of microscopic diamonds to be exact—with the town itself constructed within an ancient impact crater.

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Collection Meters Look to Help Curb LA’s Homelessness Epidemic With Spare Change

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Homelessness is a pressing issue faced by many cities across the globe. But, could the logistics of parking potentially assist in alleviating this epidemic by supporting community-based initiatives?

In Los Angeles County, where an estimated 58,000 people are homeless, city and county officials recently released six meters designed in collaboration between community advocacy organization the Flintridge Centre and the office of City Council member Jose Huizar to collect charitable contributions as opposed to parking fairs.

The bright orange collection meters, almost identical to their parking counterparts, will be situated in Downtown LA: two currently located in Grand Park with the remaining four to be installed around the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. To prevent confusion with existing meters, the new designs will be set back from the street and accept both credit

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DFA Unveil Speculative Proposal for a Mixed-Use District on New York’s Pier 40

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Multidisciplinary firm DFA unveil their vision for the future of New York City's Pier 40, re-imagined as an innovative mixed-use district of commerce, recreation, and affordable housing. The self-initiated proposal by the New York-based studio would transform the existing 15-acre pier by revitalizing deteriorating infrastructure while maintaining the popular recreation area and soccer field on the site. 

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To frame the pier’s current recreational use, DFA imagines four tower typologies that would disperse housing across the site to reduce overall density and address the city-wide concern for affordable housing. 19 residential towers will accommodate 450 units and five residence types across 11 tower clusters that will range in height from 96 to 455 feet. An algorithm was employed to determine the optimal positioning of each tower typology turning Pier 40 into a “foundation for a new community.”

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Dorte Mandrup Wins Competition to Construct Heritage Center Atop a WWII Bunker 

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Danish firm Dorte Mandrup A/S has been announced as the winners of a competition to design the new Trilateral Wadden Sea World Heritage Partnership Center on a historic UNESCO naval site in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Selected from 14 entires, the firm’s winning proposal will seemingly float atop an existing World War II bunker and house the offices of a joint Danish, German and Netherlandish corporation working to protect the Wadden Sea area.

In the mid-1850s, this area of the Wadden Sea—an expansive intertidal ecosystem of shallow waters, wetlands, and tidal flats that provide a key habitat for migratory birds—was slowly developed into a naval harbor. Following the Second World War, the site was decommissioned and has since served cursory functions to the German Navy. As the conservation area was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009, the concept limits the amount of land and resources used by developing above

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4 Tiny Houses Selected as Winners in the Ryterna modul Architectural Challenge 2018

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Winning Proposals from the Architectural Challenge 2018: Tiny House. Image Courtesy of Ryterna modul  Winning Proposals from the Architectural Challenge 2018: Tiny House. Image Courtesy of Ryterna modul 

European modular container and building producer Ryterna modul has announced the winners of their fourth International competition: Architectural Challenge 2018 Tiny House. The competition asked for the design of a home for two people no larger than 25 square meters that integrated a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and sleeping area into a cohesive environment. With 150 projects from 88 countries, the three winning solutions and one honorable mention turn micro dwelling into a luxury.

See all the winning entries below.

First Prize: Wave House / Abdolrahman Kadkhodasalehi

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Office-BAO founder Abdolrahman Kadkhodasalehi took first prize with his winning scheme Wave House, a semi-circular structure that appears to dance on its minimal foundations. ”The main purpose of this project is to use the blessings which nature provides for us

Second Prize: Torii House by Julia Kaptur and Stas Kaptur. Image Courtesy of Ryterna modul 
Third Prize: Trapezoidal Mod by William Samin. Image Courtesy of Ryterna modul 
Honorable Mention: Project ATN by Clarence Zichen Qian. Image Courtesy of Ryterna modul 
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Istanbul’s Futuristic KCTV Telecom Tower Nears Completion

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Construction continues on the undulating, futuristic 365 meter-tall Küçük Çamlıca TV (KCTV) Tower in Istanbul, Turkey. The new telecommunications tower will replace several drab structures currently in use and support an estimated 125 broadcasting transmitters—becoming the tallest edifice in the city.

Featuring restaurants, exhibition spaces, meeting areas, a panoramic elevator, and a two-story observation deck looking out over the Bosphorus Strait, the new landmark structure is expected to draw an estimated 4.5 million visitors annually. The £36 million tower will be topped with 145-meter steel mast supported by a 220-meter concrete core which, as of early February, has reached 153 meters of construction.

While wind testing was employed to confirm the monumental structure’s overall stability, it was also used by London-based engineering and facade consultants Newtecnic. This testing allowed the firm, whose previous projects include the cladding of Zaha Hadid Architect’s Heydar Aliyev

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Zechner & Zechner Create a Mixed-Use Complex Beside Peter Behrens’ Modernist Icon

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Viennese firm Zechner & Zechner has been announced as the winners of the competition for the new landmark complex NeuBau3—a mixed-use district at Peter-Behrens-Platz in Linz, Austria—after a unanimous decision by the jury. The proposed structure will complete the existing site of German architect and designer Peter Behrens' modernist Tabakfabrik Linz, a tobacco factory built between 1929 and 1935.

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While Behrens is noted for mentoring modernist icons from Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe to Walter Gropius in the early 1900s, his highly original industrial facility and tobacco factory designed with Alexander Popp is equally significant. Built in a style touted as New Objectivity, Behrens' Tabakfabrik Linz is considered the first steel frame building in Austria and a “radical functionalist masterpiece.”

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Selldorf Architects To Reinstall Collection at The High Museum of Art

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The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia has announced that award-winning New York-based Selldorf Architects have been selected to develop a large-scale reinstallation of the institution’s galleries in collaboration with the museum staff. The renovation will encompass all seven of the collection areas—from Photography and European Art to Decorative Arts and Design—while emphasizing visitor experience, contemporary narratives, and the strengths of the Museum’s holdings to create a cohesive experience thats deepens engagement inside the Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano-designed complex.

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“The reinstallation of the collection is an opportunity to create a more coherent and unified experience throughout the High,” explains principal Annabelle Selldorf. “We are very excited to be working with a collection of such depth and quality in buildings by two architects whose work I hold in the highest regard.”

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