This Concept Uses a Pre-Fabricated Timber System to Enable Modern, Self-Built Homes

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Solutions from the past can often provide practical answers for the problems of the future; as the London-based design and research firm, Space Popular demonstrate with their "Timber Hearth" concept. It is a building system that uses prefabrication to help DIY home-builders construct their own dwellings without needing to rely on professional or specialized labor. Presented as part of the ongoing 2018 Venice Biennale exhibition “Plots Prints Projections,” the concept takes inspiration from the ancient "hearth" tradition to explain how a system designed around a factory-built core can create new opportunities for the future of home construction.

Realized in the form of a brightly-painted model in the exhibition space at Serra dei Giardini, the Timber Hearth system gathers all the service functions, appliances, and fittings that require professional installation in typical residential buildings and contains them within a prefabricated hearth-like structure.

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Kenzo Tange Gymnasium and 7 Other Threatened Sites Receive $1M in Preservation Funding

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Eight sites from the World Monuments Fund’s 2018 World Monuments Watch list have been awarded $1 million in funding from American Express to support much-needed preservation and restoration initiatives. The sites were selected based on their vulnerability to specific threats like natural disasters, climate change or social forces like urbanization that have left them neglected.

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“We recognize these sites as symbols of national and local identity, and value the role that their preservation can play in attracting visitors and revitalizing communities,” said Timothy J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation. The sites to be protected include entire regions of Spain and Zimbabwe and specific cultural sites in Mexico and Italy as well as individual structures like the

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15 Inspiring Architecture School Buildings from Around the World

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Architecture schools and the students they house have a particularly unique and interesting building-user relationship. Architecture students value the buildings of their school not only for providing the valuable work space necessary for constructing studio projects but also as an example and model of a building in use. As the buildings are the places where students first learn how to read and understand architecture, design schools become full-scale teaching tools that help new designers grasp structure, details, how materials perform and interact, and so many of the other core concepts of architecture. While the scrutiny of students and faculty can be exhaustive, architects have embraced the challenge of creating engaging works of architecture that both suit the specific needs of a school and take on the pedagogical challenge of educating students by example.

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Buildings for teaching and learning architecture are often part of a

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10 Boathouses That Take Architecture Over the Edge of Dry Land

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Whether lining a river bustling with rowing crews or sitting calmly at the edge of a lake, boathouses have a storied history and an inexplicable romance to match their unusual program. Designed for use as a training facility for elite rowers, a vacationer’s waterfront playgroundshoreline retreat, or even as a historical preservation project, boathouses captivate the imagination as they transcend the limits of the land-form relationship on their site.

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Leaving land creates a number of challenges and opportunities for an architect, particularly in creating a stable base for a building on the edge of dry land. As seen in the following collection of contemporary boathouse projects, waterfront structures can tower over the water on piles, float on a buoyant platform, or perch comfortably on the coast and connect to the water with an extended boat ramp. The relationship

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Dimensions of Citizenship: The US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed United States Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published posts, “Curators and Theme Announced for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale” and "Studio Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Exhibitors Selected for US Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale"

The pavilion representing the United States at this year’s biennale brings together the work of seven different transdisciplinary teams who each prepared an installation addressing the concept of citizenship at a different scale. Entitled Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition is intended to challenge the definition and conception of citizenship, examining issues and citing examples on the scale of the citizen, civitas,

MEXUS: A Geography of Interdependence by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris
In Plain Sight by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, Robert Gerard Pietrusko with Columbia Center for Spatial Research at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris
Transit Screening Lounge at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris
Stone Stories by Studio Gang at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris
Cosmorama by Design Earth at the 2018 U.S. Pavilion. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.. Image © Tom Harris
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Bent, Not Broken: The Natural Process of Shaping Fantastic Wooden Forms

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Even as technology advances—leaving many of the old ways of building obsolete—certain traditional crafts and building techniques continue to captivate our imaginations with their simple ingenuity and unimpeachable effectiveness. Although used for millennia, the process of temporarily turning rigid members of wood into pliable, twistable, bendable noodles of lumber remains a favorite woodworker’s trick, capable of producing whimsical transformations and otherworldly forms from the most natural of materials.

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Historically, steam bending has been most often used by wooden boat builders for shaping curved rib-like frames, by furniture builders for crafting swooping crest rails on chairs, and by luthiers for creating the shapely sides of hollow string instruments like guitars, cellos, and violins. The manageable scale of these crafts allows for the pieces to be

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TRILUX Pavilion, Future Cities Lab. Image © Peter Prato
Saw-Mill Shelter, Architectural Association School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Rolando Madrigal Torres
BENT Workshop, Department of Architectural Science, Genova University. Image © Anna Positano
Saw-Mill Shelter, Architectural Association School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Rolando Madrigal Torres
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Winning Design Revealed for New Complex around Seoul’s Olympic Stadium

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Built before the 1988 Summer Olympics, the Seoul Olympic Stadium in the Korean capital city’s Songpa District remains an active and treasured institution. Designed by Kim Swoo-geun, the stadium represents a significant moment in Korea’s modern history and remains a venue for large concerts and the home of Seoul E-Land FC. While the Olympic Stadium itself will stand visibly intact in its original form, this spring the Korea National Urban Planning Association staged a competition for a new design of the Jamsil Sports Complex, which includes several sporting venues and buildings adjacent to the stadium, as well as almost 160,000 square meters of total area. Following the deadline earlier this month, the jury has announced NOW Architects as the winners of the competition.

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Their design for the new sporting grounds is dominated by green space and undulating topographical moves

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Bring the Big Apple Into Your Home with the 3-D New York City Carpet

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Have you ever dreamed of crossing from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn in just a few leisurely steps? These lofty ambitions are made possible on the New York City Carpet from South African studio Shift Perspective. Not literally though, unfortunately.

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The 3-D carpet includes such detail and information that the rug essentially functions as a bas-relief model of New York. The wool fibers vary throughout the carpet in four colors, and three distinct height levels to accurately represent the street grid, waterways, parks, and open lawns around the map of the city. The carpet covers Manhattan from Battery Park to about 112th Street and also features adjacents locales such as Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey (including Jersey City and Hoboken), Roosevelt, and Randall’s Islands.

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While the textile would certainly make a fascinating conversation piece, the map's precision appeals to those

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Bring the Big Apple Into Your Home with the 3-D New York City Carpet

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Have you ever dreamed of crossing from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn in just a few leisurely steps? These lofty ambitions are made possible on the New York City Carpet from South African studio Shift Perspective. Not literally though, unfortunately.

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The 3-D carpet includes such detail and information that the rug essentially functions as a bas-relief model of New York. The wool fibers vary throughout the carpet in four colors, and three distinct height levels to accurately represent the street grid, waterways, parks, and open lawns around the map of the city. The carpet covers Manhattan from Battery Park to about 112th Street and also features adjacents locales such as Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey (including Jersey City and Hoboken), Roosevelt, and Randall’s Islands.

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While the textile would certainly make a fascinating conversation piece, the map's precision appeals to those

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UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel Weaves an Immersive Pavilion for Revolution Precrafted Series

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Continuing towards its goal of creating design-forward structures that are available to the public and installable anywhere, Revolution Precrafted's series has unveiled its latest pavilion design by Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect of UNStudio. The limited edition Ellipsicoon (a portmanteau of Ellipse and Cocoon) is available now through Revolution Precrafted’s website, joining the selection of prefabricated pavilions and single-family home designs by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and Daniel Libeskind.

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With a floor area of only 15 square meters, the Ellipsicoon is intended as an outdoor retreat for re-connecting to nature. "The Ellipsicoon pavilion is a space for the mind, for moments of ephemeral escape, for rumination or for simply being," says the architect, explaining that the structure is ideal for reading, contemplation, intimate conversation, and solitary, restful moments. The woven design underscores these functions, surrounding those inside with its

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AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Housing Awards

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of their 18th annual Housing Awards, which recognize the best in housing design for new constructions, restorations, and renovations. This year the five-person jury selected eleven projects to receive awards in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialized housing.

According to the AIA, the jury assessed each project for demonstrating design excellence, as well as sustainability, cost, durability, innovation, social impact, meeting client needs, and addressing the natural and built contexts. The following projects were selected as this year’s winners:

One/Two Family Custom Residences

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Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran
3106 St. Thomas; New Orleans | OJT. Image © Will Crocker
Linea Residence G; Palm Springs, California | Poon Design Inc. and Prest Vuksic Architects. Image © Mark Ballogg
150 Charles; New York City | COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design. Image © Frank Ouderman
Mariposa1038; Los Angeles | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects . Image © Paul Vu
Navy Green; Brooklyn, New York | FXCollaborative and Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP. Image © Jeremy Bittermann
Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College, Yale University; New Haven, Connecticut | Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron - OTTO
Crest Apartments; Van Nuys, California | Michael Maltzan Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan
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Benoy will Transform a Power Plant Into a Green, Art Center in China’s Gongshu District

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The global architects at Benoy have announced their design for The Hangzhou Canal Art Center — a new, green hub for local cultural events and art exhibitions. Located in the revitalizing, Gongshu district in Hangzhou, China, the art center will occupy the former site of a thermoelectric power plant.

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The 14,000 square meter art center will be built adjacent to Joy City, Benoy’s expansive mixed-use urban complex, marked at each corner by three office towers and a residential building. Occupying 130,000 square meters, Joy City is expected to open this August, transforming the area into a destination before the Canal Art Center project is completed by the end of the year.

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Opting for a simple façade of plain concrete, steel plates, wood, and metal mesh, the Hangzhou Canal Art Center is meant to respond and adapt to its

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Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia

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Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through partnerships with Imperial College Business school, Cornell University, and Harvard Law School.

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The six-level building will be composed of two distinct wings connected by an enclosed atrium. Sporting smooth contours and rounded corners, the north wing will contain faculty offices, teaching spaces, and the innovation center. While the larger, south wing surrounds it with student dining halls, an auditorium, sports area, and a knowledge center.

According to the firm, the layout was designed to foster social interaction and minimize hierarchy and social boundaries within the school community.

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A significant presence in the Middle East with studios in Dubai and Bahrain, Benoy

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Tredje Natur and Lendager Group Feature Upcycled Materials On New Copenhagen High-Rise

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Joined by their common interest in sustainability, Danish architecture firms Lendager Group and TREDJE NATUR have announced their design for CPH Common House, a new residential and commercial building in the Ørestad area of Copenhagen that they call “the world’s first upcycled high rise” for its use of repurposed and recycled post-consumer material.

The focus on environmental considerations extends from material choices to the form of the building itself, which combines courtyard and high-rise building elements by gradually splitting the 75-meter corner tower into a pair of terraced wings that create both a central courtyard and abundant outdoor balcony and roof space for residents. 

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Designed for SOLSTRA Development and Bellakvarter A/S, the design for CPH Common House expands on concepts that the Lendager Group previously explored in their experimental Upcycle House, which used two shipping containers as structural elements for a

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Provencher_Roy Envisions Futureproof Timber Vertical Campus Building For Toronto

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As their entry in a competition for The Arbour, a new academic building for the campus of George Brown College on Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront, Montreal-based firm Provencher_Roy have revealed their design for an adaptable mass timber building that could grow and change in time.

Using a staggered truss structural system that divides the building into modular cells measuring 8.4 meters tall, 17.4 meters wide and 40 meters long, the firm explains that the stacked program elements can be reorganized as necessary, with classrooms and double-height auditorium spaces able to be converted to basketball courts or column-free open offices by adjusting the cross-laminated timber flooring, which can be adjusted without compromising the rest of the structure.

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Chosen as a runner-up from four finalists in the competition, which was won by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Provencher_Roy’s entry proposed an additional

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Toshiko Mori Pursues Dialogue That Transcends Time and Space

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Continuing their Time-Space-Existence series of monthly videos leading up to this year’s Venice BiennalePLANE—SITE have released a new conversation with architect and former Harvard GSD chair of architecture Toshiko Mori. Each video highlights the ideas that drive the work of well-known designers, with this episode focusing on Mori’s philosophy of visual communication, dialogue with history and considering the future in her work.

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“Architecture is a product of a dialogue,” says Mori, surrounded by immaculate white and natural wood-toned models. She then explains how drawing remains a vital tool for engaging in this dialogue, as it can facilitate communication across language barriers, as well as in areas of the world without access to computers.

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Mori goes on to say how architecture allows her to engage in dialogue with previous generations of designers by making design decisions that engage with their precedent

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