Designing Dead Space: How Architecture Plays a Role in the Afterlife

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While cemeteries have long served as a place in which we can honor and remember our loved ones, they are also often places that showcase architecture, and landscape design. In the late 19th century, cemeteries evolved from overcrowded and unsanitary urban spaces into rural, park-like social centers. In cities that lacked public parks, cemeteries became popular destinations for picnics, holidays, and other family gatherings.

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Since then, the way we think about cemeteries and their design has evolved even further. Traditional casket burials and cremation services are increasingly being replaced by biodegradable urn pods and ashes turned into diamonds, among other innovations. What implications might these developments have on the space and design of cemeteries? And how can these memorials be designed to consider both post-mortem rituals and environmental concerns?

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In a 1976 lecture given by Carlo Scarpa titled “

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The DOME Lombok Eco Village Team is Raising Money To Rebuild City After Devastating Earthquake

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via DOME Lombok via DOME Lombok It has been just over a week since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed 50,000 homes in North Lombok, a city just east of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Although much of the town is gone, the community has already rallied together to begin the long and arduous rebuilding process. With the rainy season approaching in less than two months, DOME Lombok is working to begin building earthbag domes and teaching their construction techniques to help the area rebuild.
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Domes are known to be one of the most earthquake resistant building forms. Not only are they easy and quick to build, but they also cost much less than homes that are constructed out of traditional housing materials. The domes are also fire and flood resistant. The DOME Lombok team can build a simple house for a family of five for just 8 million

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MEPM lab Envisions the Next Generation of Power Plants in Taiwan

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The team’s vision was centered on three main principles that respected both the wildlife and context of the site. First, they ensured that the site would still be used to benefit the local

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KILD Wins Competition for Kaunas Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Lithuania

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Courtesy of Davit Tsanava Courtesy of Davit Tsanava KILD has been announced as the first place winner for a design competition in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. The competition sought for innovative and eco-friendly proposals for a pedestrian and cycle bridge that would connect the downtown area to Science Island.
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The firm’s proposal considered an environmentally-friendly approach when designing the bridges to connect the two riverbanks. The first bridge, called the Nemunas Bridge, was designed to blend in with the city’s silhouette and offer 360-degree views of the skyline. The southern end of the bridge connects to a new plaza and features a panoramic view of the historic area of the city. The northern end provides extended seating towards the Science Museum and faces a newly developed area. 

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The second bridge is located on the axis of the intersection of the Fire Station. The bridge has

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Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival’s Inaugural ‘Water Research Prize’

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via World Architecture Festival via World Architecture Festival World Architecture Festival has announced the winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize. First place was awarded to a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) who designed a water management system that "captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks." 
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The PUCP team was selected from over 60 entries from around the world. Entrants were asked to propose a new opportunity or challenge related to water and design. The team's winning design focused on the "integration of water and sewage provision in the Peruvian Amazon, where only 31% of the population has access to water, despite living in an area with the highest levels of annual rainfall worldwide." The students designed a system of easily-integrated tubes to capture, store, and treat rainwater. Not only can the number of tubes in the wall be adjusted

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Revealing the Mystery Behind the Architect: What Was James Stirling Really Like?

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James Stirling  (1926-1992) was a British architect who is considered by many as the premier architect of his generation and an innovator in postwar architecture. Some of his most famous projects include the Sackler Museum, No 1 Poultry, and the Neue Staatsgalerie. Through the influence of his teacher Colin Rowe, Stirling had a deep understanding of architectural history, yet never adopted a singular doctrine. His career began with designs that were more aligned with what would later be labeled as the deconstructivist style, but evolved into buildings that were a series of dynamic and often colorful arrangements. Stirling’s aesthetic tropes ultimately gave the final push that broke architecture free from the clutch of post-war European Modernism as he turned the Modernist canon of “form follows function” into a hyperbole by celebrating the expression of a building’s program with his over-the-top details. Stirling’s work is still

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Transforming the Parking Garages of Today Into the Housing of Tomorrow

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© Gensler via LA Times © Gensler via LA Times Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you may want to consider looking at a former parking garage, because they just might be the next place where developers are looking to build. In the United States alone, there are more than 500 million parking spots for 326 million citizens, covering a staggering 3.5 million square miles of land. Despite the push for a "car-free" future, more of these structures keep springing up across the country. If cities are building parking garages to support the need for the cars of today, how might we rethink their design so they can outfit the autonomous vehicle ambitions of tomorrow? 
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It’s also important to consider that the standard design of parking garages are not known for their aesthetically inspiring qualities. These massive concrete structures often disrupt vibrant street life and serve

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The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit

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When you think of your favorite spot to grab a beer, what architectural features come to mind? Is it the swanky furniture, themed artwork, or the heavily designed cocktail menu? Today, the aesthetics of bars are now as much a draw as the drinks themselves. From movie set inspired spaces to rooftops that offer spectacular city views, we’ve compiled a list of nine bars and beer gardens that every architect needs to cross off their list.

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The American Bar was designed by Adolf Loos in 1908, after he spent three years living in the United States. The bar was commissioned to introduce the American style of cocktails to Vienna, a traditionally cafe style society. In typical Loosian fashion, the interior is decorated

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The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit

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When you think of your favorite spot to grab a beer, what architectural features come to mind? Is it the swanky furniture, themed artwork, or the heavily designed cocktail menu? Today, the aesthetics of bars are now as much a draw as the drinks themselves. From movie set inspired spaces to rooftops that offer spectacular city views, we’ve compiled a list of nine bars and beer gardens that every architect needs to cross off their list.

The American Bar / Adolf LoosViennaAustria

The American Bar was designed by Adolf Loos in 1908, after he spent three years living in the United States. The bar was commissioned to introduce the American style of cocktails to Vienna, a traditionally cafe style society. In typical Loosian fashion, the interior is decorated

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EC3 Reveals Design for a New Dalang Cultural & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China

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Courtesy of EC3 Courtesy of EC3 Los Angeles-based studio EC3 has revealed its design entry for a new 14.5-acre, cultural & sports center in Shenzhen’s growing Dalang neighborhood, hosted by the Shenzhen Longhua District Government and the Vanke Real Estate Co.
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In collaboration with the Design Institute of South China University of Technology, EC3's design features a green, urban campus with numerous buildings of different scales and materials.  The buildings are organized by programmatic anchors including the Performing Arts and Black Box Theaters, swimming pools, and a multi-functional hall. The rest of the site features a series of connectors, including the community center, which links the library to exhibition galleries at the cultural center, and a multi-level atrium space which connects to a multitude of recreational areas.

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Celebrate Ukraine’s Soviet Brutalist Architecture with this New Short Film

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The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991 came not only with political, economic, and social implications but also left behind a distinctive style of architecture. This architecture, under the Soviet regime, was a system which relied on quantifiable targets, such as the Five Year Plan. These quotas forced architects to evaluate building projects in terms of material and labor costs, number of units, volume of skilled and unskilled labor, and so forth. As a result, architecture across these regions became an industrial commodity, an outward flex of power and technological innovation, and a collective of architects executing a Stalinist vision.

However, Soviet Modernism, as it is now called, was a regionally diverse style. Architecture built in the Baltic States was designed to promote the popular tourist destinations

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The Best Architecture Software of 2018

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via AUTODESK via AUTODESK When you think of the age of hand drafted architecture drawings, what images come to mind? Is it the iconic plans of the Palladian Villas? Fast forward to present day, where architecture software is favored over hand drawings due to its efficiency and ability to create increasingly innovative structures. With all of the software available to architects, have you ever wondered which one might be the "best"? Luckily, TechRadar has just released their list of leading architecture software for this year.
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Topping the list is the well known 3DS Max, praised for it's ability to 3D model, create powerful renderings and animations, its AutoCAD compatibility, and a variety of plugins for more specialized tasks. The list rounds out naming AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, CATIA (a widely used program in Frank Gehry's office), and Chief Architect as ranked 2-5, respectively. While this list may rank the software from

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GroupGSA Wins Competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics Four Seasons Reception Center in China

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Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA GroupGSA's design for the Four Seasons Reception Center in Chongli, Zhanjiakou, China, where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be hosted, has been announced as the winning bid. The building will be used as the main information center for all of the activities that will occur at the ski resort during the Olympic Games.
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The 4,610 square-meter project will be located at the main entrance of the resort and will act as a connection between the surrounding mountains and the snow tracks. The reception center will offer visitors panoramic views of the site and surrounding landscapes.

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The design draws on a contrast between fire and ice, which represents the resort’s two major tourist seasons. The climate in the area quickly changes from hot summers to cold winters, thus this idea was implemented into the design of the façade. Construction for the center

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GroupGSA Designs a Double Helix-Inspired Building for iCarbonX Headquarters in China

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Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Australia-based GroupGSA’s recent design for iCarbonX’s Super Headquarters in Shenzhen, China has been dubbed “outstanding” by the competition’s jurors. The firm was invited to submit an entry which explored iCarbonX’s goal to “build an ecosystem of digital life based on a combination of an individual’s biological, behavioral and psychological data, the Internet, and artificial intelligence.”
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The two towers mirror the double helix structure of DNA with the twisting form and connecting balcony spaces. The balconies are heavily landscaped gardens, which add a sense of serenity to the design. The building houses a multitude of workspaces, long connecting corridors, and circulating balconies. Large windows and perforated panels are used to flood the interior with natural light.

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GroupGSA Principal Alina Valcare commented on the project, saying, “Our core aim was to connect experience, data, and people through

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Sketchfab Launches 3D Model Marketplace For Buying and Selling Models Online

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Courtesy of Sketchfab Courtesy of Sketchfab Late last month, Sketchfab launched an online store which will make it easier for designers to buy and sell 3D models. The platform’s 1.5 million creative professionals can monetize their work and customers who are working on a range of 3D projects will have the opportunity to purchase tens of thousands of high-quality 3D models and textures. The new launch also features a first-in-market, "Model Inspector."
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Sketchfab is already used by top worldwide industry brands such as Oath, Sony, HTC, and Amazon. The company also recently announced content partnerships with Facebook at f8, integrating their increasingly popular AR studio platform, and also with Apple at WWDC. Prior to launch, the store was in a six-month open beta program where buyers and sellers gave feedback so that Sketchfab could integrate new features to develop the best web experience possible. The Sketchfab Store features a
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The Challenges of Creating Sustainable, Plant-Based LEGO Bricks

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via LEGO via LEGO Earlier this year, LEGO announced that they were beginning production on a new line of botanical-themed pieces made from sugarcane. This new line is just the start of the company's goal to only use sustainable materials in all major products and packaging by 2030. Here we will explore the process behind LEGO’s “going green” initiative, and the challenges they’ve faced in making more environmentally-friendly building blocks along the way.
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The very first LEGO bricks went into production in 1949, and were made from cellulose acetate which the company realized bends over time. In 1963, it was replaced by acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, commonly known as ABS, and is still used in bricks today. Currently, the pieces are made from four different types of materials, which gives certain elements transparent, elastic, and flexible properties, depending on their specific use. LEGO has faced a few challenges in developing the new materials,

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Explore the Future of Productive Cities at the 2018 Fab City Summit in Paris

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The Fab City Global Initiative in collaboration with the City Hall of Paris and the Fab City Grand Paris Association are organizing this year’s Fab City Global Initiative in ParisFrance from July 11-13. The three-day program will take place at the Parc de la Villette, and bring together 18 Fab City Members and international city leaders to discuss and imagine ways to define the future of productive cities. This global collaboration project combines innovation ecosystems, governments, and industries that enable cities to become more sustainable through 2054.
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The program will begin with an introduction by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. The following days will feature other high-profile international keynote lectures and conversations with speakers such as Dave Hakkens, Dutch founder of Precious Plastic, Sherry Lassiter, the President of the Fab Foundation,

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Gewers Pudewill Unveils Competition-Winning Proposal for Vertical Folding Tower in Berlin

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Courtesy of Gewers Pudewill Courtesy of Gewers Pudewill Last October, Germany-based Gewers Pudewill was awarded first place in an invited competition to design the Stream Tower, a new office high-rise in Berlin. The 24-story scheme elaborates on a vertical folding theme expressed through the slabs and façade, creating a programmatic sculpture depicted in recently-unveiled imagery. Situated next to the city's Mercedes-Benz Arena, the tower will reach a height of 300 feet (90 meters), and a floor area of 430,000 square feet (42,000 square meters). Upon completion, the scheme will host the popular online fashion retailer Zalando.
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Starting from the ground level, each floor folds itself upwards to articulate the slabs and exterior walls without any breaks. The tower is designed to have only two floorplans, alternating as the tower rises. While the folds alternate from east to west, the north and south facades are glazed to offer views over Berlin, becoming more spectacular as the

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NCARB By The Numbers Report Shows Positive Trends for Diversity in Architecture

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Courtesy of NCARB Courtesy of NCARB     For years, there has been a lack of diversity in the field of architecture. Whether attrition numbers have been due to the lack of available information about promotion paths, firm hiring practices, or architects seeking out new career opportunities, this profession is one that has historically been stagnant in its representation. However, there is good news on this subject, as the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) revealed new data which shows that the profession is becoming more diverse and that the proportion of women staying in their careers is increasing. According to NCARB's recently published By The Numbers report, although equity and diversity in the profession have been improving in recent years, data shows that attrition along the path to licensure remains much higher for non-white individuals. “NCARB has spent the past several years updating and aligning our programs
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Emre Arolat Architects Reveals Design for Nora Mosque Near Dubai

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Emre Arolat Architecture has unveiled their design for the Nora Mosque and Community Center in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. The 10,000 square meter site located just north of Dubai, is located near a massive high rise residence block. However, it creates its own unique ambiance and spatial setting with a composition of shell-like platforms that spring from the earth.
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The multi-programmed complex contains a mosque for 2,500 people, spaces for social and educational activities, recreational areas, service areas, and a parking area to be used by the city.

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The site is surrounded by roads on all sides, and an additional street was added to provide an extra connection that serves as the main axis. This new street helps to alleviate the effects of the direct sun

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