Fumihiko Maki On The Importance of Conscious Design-Making in Design

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Begin to understand the inner workings of Fumihiko Maki's architectural mind in PLANE—SITE’s latest short film from their Time-Space-Existence series. Each film focuses on the different principles which drive the practice of famous architects. Maki is known for being experimental with materials and fusing east and west culture. 
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The bottom line of Time-Space-Existence is humanity in architecture.
– Fumihiko Maki.

Rather than focus on creating things that have never been seen or done before, Maki notes that his team focuses on human behavior: what users may like or not like. More specifically, Maki discusses the similarity and differences between children's behavior across cultures and how they can inform design. 

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Once a month leading up to the GAA Foundation’s Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennial in May 2018, PLANE—SITE publishes a short video interview

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Begin to understand the inner workings of Fumihiko Maki's architectural mind in PLANE—SITE’s latest short film from their Time-Space-Existence series. Each film focuses on the different principles which drive the practice of famous architects. Maki is known for being experimental with materials and fusing east and west culture. 
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The bottom line of Time-Space-Existence is humanity in architecture.
– Fumihiko Maki.

Rather than focus on creating things that have never been seen or done before, Maki notes that his team focuses on human behavior: what users may like or not like. More specifically, Maki discusses the similarity and differences between children's behavior across cultures and how they can inform design. 

MIT Media Lab. Image © Anton Grassl MIT Media Lab. Image © Anton Grassl

Once a month leading up to the GAA Foundation’s Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennial in May 2018, PLANE—SITE publishes a short video interview

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Archstorming Announces Winners of Mosul Postwar Camp Competition

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Archstorming has announced the winners of their Open Ideas Competition: Mosul Postwar Camp. In the competition for architects and architecture students, the challenge was to design a social reintegration solution with essential humanitarian aid for people who return home to Mosul after the Iraq war against ISIS. The competition results proved there are many ways to revitalize the lives of displaced people through the spaces they inhabit.

Expert judges, such as Director at Zaha Hadid Architects Charles Walker and former UN Refugee Agency specialist Corinne Gray, among others, thoughtfully selected the three winners listed below.

First Prize: Impulse

Alexandre Houdet, Valentine Aguiar, Antonin Belot, Hans Fritsch
Nantes, France

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Impulse utilizes the community as a whole to implement a social reintegration process. The project clusters six families together per modular shelter. Clustered modularity allows the community to transform their former emergency tents into more permanent housing

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Teddy Cruz Wins 2018 Vilcek Prize in Architecture

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Each year the Vilcek Foundation selects American immigrant champions of the arts and sciences. This year the 2018 Vilcek Prize in Architecture was awarded to Guatemala-born, and now San Diego-based, professor and architect Teddy Cruz. Cruz uses his past experiences, living in Guatemala during its civil war, to focus his academic and professional career on shaping political and socioeconomic forces.

I didn’t want to have a conventional office of architecture where I would be designing boutique hotels or galleries or houses for the 1 percent, Cruz explains. I wanted to focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, working with communities affected by border conditions.
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Much of the work Cruz does is influenced by his past academic research at SCI-Arc, Woodbury University and now at the University of California, San Diego, where he co-directs the UC San

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Art Jameel Announces New Multidisciplinary Art Center in Saudi Arabia

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Thanks to Art Jameel, a Middle Eastern non-profit arts organization, a new arts district is taking shape in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Since the crowning of Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has shifted focus from oil to arts and technology. The new multidisciplinary art center, named Hayy, is a 17,000 square meter step in the right direction.

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Hayy, the Arabic word for neighborhood, will be an incubator for a creative community. When it opens in mid-2019, Jeddah will have space for 12 different art organizations along with a 127-car park, exhibition halls, theatres, artists studios, and event spaces.

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Award-winning Ibda Design created a contemporary three-story space and drew from traditional Middle Eastern architecture. Shaded terraces and walkways overlook a central courtyard which connects many of the internal spaces. The flow from exterior to interior spaces

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Top Global Destinations On The Rise According to TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor announced the World’s Top Destinations “on the rise” according to the 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards. According to TripAdvisor, the winning cities are based on millions of comments posted on the site each year. They also look for cities with an increase in search traffic and user interest to make reservations. 

This years list includes ten cities. Keep reading to find out which ten cities were chosen by TripAdvisor world travelers:

1. Ishigaki, Japan

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2. Kapaa, Hawaii

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3. Nairobi, Kenya

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4. Halifax, Nova

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Laser-Cut Mini Architecture Masterworks As Wall Hooks

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Indian design and fabrication studio, MuseLAB creates customized furniture and products. Their 2017 creations include to-scale miniature architectural wall hooks. These functional household items were inspired by the works of Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, Charles Correa, Michael Graves, and others.

It is said that innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together and we did exactly that, said MuseLAB.
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To make these “to-scale miniature marvels,” MuseLAB laser cut and engraved 4mm Birchply, assembled the pieces by hand, and finished them with Pu Sealer. The hooks hold 3Kgs and they are for sale on India-based online creative marketplaces like Natty and intro. Currently, these Etsy-like websites aren’t selling internationally but they hope to soon.

Mondadori Wall Hook

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Denver Public Library Wall Hook

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Palace of Assembly

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2017 Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

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Jurors looked for submissions which were not only aesthetic but also pushed the perceived limitations of wood construction.

The Wood Design & Building Awards program has been in existence for over 30 years, said the Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. We’ve been continually impressed with the quality of submissions each year, and it’s a testament to the sophistication of wood products, due to improvements in technology and advancements in applications.

Revered architectural jurors included Principal Alan Organschi, Principal Betsy Williamson, and Design Principal Richard Bonnin. For the first time in this annual competition, the jurors selected awarded one project for technical innovation and one for public art education.

 The 2017 Wood Design & Building Awards go to...

Honor

Audain Art Museum (Whistler, British Columbia) / Patkau Architects

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Washington Fruit & Produce Company (Yakima, Washington) / Graham Baba Architects. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Georgica Cove (East Hampton, New York) / Bates Masi + Architects. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Casa Curved (Basel, Switzerland) / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Collège Jean Monnet Broons (Broons, Bretagne, France) / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten and Colas Durand Architectes. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Haus B, Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany) / Yonder – Architektur und Design. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Elementary School Unterdorf Höchst (Höchst ,Vorarlberg, Austria) / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Pause (Vancouver, British Columbia) / DBR / Design Build Research, Alsu Sadrieva. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Bloomberg Tech Hub (San Francisco, California) / IwamotoScott Architecture. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Discovery & Services Center (Îles-de-Boucherville National Park SÉPAQ, Québec) / Smith Vigeant Architectes Inc.. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
The Owsley Brown II History Center (Louisville, Kentucky) / de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
National Arts Centre Rejuvenation (Ottawa, Ontario) / Diamond Schmitt Architects. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Wooden Ventilation Towers (Stockholm, Sweden) / Rundquist Architects. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Multi-functional Sports Hall Alice Milliat (Lyon, France) / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten and Tekhnê Architectes. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Valley Villa (Vilnius, Lithuania) / Arches. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Story Pod (Newmarket, Ontario) / Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Trois-Soeurs Bridge (Québec, Quebec) / ABCP Architecture. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Pinterest NY (New York, New York) / IwamotoScott Architecture and Spector Group (Architect of Record). Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Orillia Waterfront Centre (Orillia, Ontario) / Brook McIlroy Inc.. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Lazaridis Hall (Waterloo, Ontario) / Diamond Schmitt Architects. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
UC Architecture School Building (Santiago , Chile) / Gonzalo Claro. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Organic Farm (Tangshan, Hebei , China) / ARCHSTUDIO. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Brock Commons Tallwood House (Vancouver, British Columbia) / Acton Ostry Architects Inc.. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Ways of Wood (Boston, Massachusetts) / Margen-Lab. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Tanguay Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières, Québec) / Coarchitecutre. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtyard House on a River (Greenwater, Washington) / Robert Hutchison Architecture. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Solana (Whistler, British Columbia) / Murdoch & Company Architecture + Planning Ltd.. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Skyline House (Oakland, California) / Terry & Terry Architecture. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Grange Park Playground (Toronto, Ontario) / PFS Studio. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
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America’s First Large-Scale, Mass Timber Education Project

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University of Arkansas students are abuzz about the latest addition their university: Stadium Drive Residence Halls. Currently, under construction, the new 202,027 square foot residence halls are the nation’s first large-scale timber education project. The collaborative behind the design includes Fayetteville’s own Modus Studio, Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, and Philadelphia landscape and urban design firm, OLIN.

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The interwoven building and landscaped courtyards, terraces, and lawns; the beauty of timber structure and spaces; and the excitement of performing arts and workshop facilities will make this newest campus residential community a destination and a magnet, says Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates.
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Exposed wood ceilings and trusses remind

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Experience Time in Color With Emmanuelle Moureaux

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Architect Emmanuelle Moureaux’s latest art experience, “COLOR OF TIME,” allows observers to experience the passage of time through color. Moureaux’s installation is one of a series called, “Art and Design, dialogue with materials,” for Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design’s opening ceremonies. Throughout the series artists played with different materials, showing their varying potentials and characteristics.

Moureaux chose paper; layering over 100,000 number cutouts into a 3D grid. From sunrise at 6:30 to 19:49, the numbers turn over 100 shades of color, ending in black. A color changing experience totaling 799 minutes.

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Through the exhibit is a pathway. Artwork, entitled “Miss Blanche” by Shiro Kuramata was placed in the middle of the aisle. The exhibit curator and deputy director for the museum integrated these two pieces of art to represent admiration among both artists. The tunnel allows one to

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What Makes The Barbican The Perfect Setting for Music Videos?

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Musicians of all ages and genres feature the Barbican in their music videos. Youtuber Phil Gyford’s playlist “The Barbican in Music Videos” compiles songs from artists including British rapper Skepta, UK rock band Coldplay, the infamous electronic musician Moby, and guitarist James Morrison. Even modern pop artist Dua Lipa strut her stuff through the Barbican while singing her song, “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).”

But what makes the Barbican the perfect set for a professional music video? Perhaps artists were attracted to its remarkable Brutalist style. Maybe the architecture was used for it’s historical or political significance.

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For the three professors at London’s Kingston School of Art who designed the Barbican, it was a multi-use project of herculean proportions. Located in the heart of London, the Barbican is an art center, music school, restaurants, a pub, cinema, and residential units. A symbol of British post-war

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Architects Challenged to Rethink Schools in Scuole Innovative Design Competition

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The Italian government has allocated 350 million euro for the construction of 52 new schools. In order to gather ideas for these future schools, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) hosted the Scuole Innovative Design Competition. Architect and engineer participants were critiqued on: architectural response to teaching needs, urban site integration, accessibility, flexibility, safety, materials, ease of maintenance, economic and environmental sustainability.

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Italian architect Francesco Fiotti and his design team proposed a simultaneously protective and open learning environment for the competition. The scheme features a teaching courtyard encircled by classrooms, to create interaction between interior and exterior spaces. A variety of energy-saving techniques were used including: a double roof slab, a solar shielding system, solar panels, underfloor heating and rainwater harvesting.

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Three competition winners were chosen for each

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Margot Krasojević Designs Self-Excavation Hurricane House

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From futuristic architect Dr. Margot Krasojević comes an unheard of design solution for hurricanes called the Self-Excavation Hurricane House. By using the storms force and a helicoid retaining wall, the structure digs itself into its intentionally designed landscape.

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The residential program is held within a precast reinforced concrete superstructure frame. When the hurricane’s eyewall hits, the wind force moves the superstructure along the helicoid retaining wall and excavation begins. Hydraulic column lifts pivot the house. A reinforced concrete core acts as the buildings anchor, sitting atop a cable grid foundation. Inside, flexible rubber-coated concertina wall sections adapt to the buildings rotation.

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For this design, the landscape is arguably as important as the structure. The house is encompassed by an artificial wetland island to repel flood water, similar to a

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C.F. Møller Wins Competition for Active-Learning School in Copenhagen

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In May 2017, C.F. Møller and Tredje Natur’s interactive education design won the New Islands Brygge School competition. The new education facility sets up innovative, sustainable and active spaces for sixth to ninth grade students to participate in experience-based learning.

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The schools triangular shape, natural materials and colors derive from its urban context. Surrounded by Islands Brygge, the Port of Copenhagen and Amager Commons, the building is almost 10,000 square meters with an additional 4,000 square meters of outdoor space. Transparency between interior and exterior spaces enhances the importance of outdoor play and movement for students throughout the school day.

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"The context is incorporated in the site, the roof and the public path. The school's staircase motif gives a pedagogical ascent up to the roof, and the building's form adds a dynamic to
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Stone Pavilion Uses Traditional Form And Technology To Connect Past to Present

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New Fundamentals Research Group, in partnership with S.N.B.R., designed and fabricated a stone vaulted pavilion for Rocalia, a natural stone fair held in Lyon last month. At a total area of 36 square meters and 3.20 meters in height, Flux reconnects the past to the present by combining traditional sculptural design with contemporary fabrication processes.

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The structure’s foundation is a network of catenary curves which inform the vaults. Complex milling forms and joint cutting operations were completed with the assistance of a robotic arm. However, because the blocks are lightweight and there are few support structures, assembly is simple. In order to connect the stone voussoirs to one another, metal plates are glued with epoxy resin to each concave segment and then fastened together using a bolt system. Piece by piece, the digital 3D

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Venice Biennale 2018: Danish Pavilion to Focus on the Power of Collaborative Innovation

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The Danish pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will demonstrate the power of collaborative innovation through large-scale installations. Architect and Head of Institute of Architecture & Technology at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Natalie Mossin was selected to be the Danish pavilion curator by several prestigious organizations including The Danish Architecture Centre, The Danish Ministry of Culture, Realdania and the Danish Arts Foundation.

Innovation is not an end in itself. We face a series of challenges in the built environment, and we can’t just continue doing things the way we do today. We need to develop and implement new solutions. Collaborative efforts and a generous architecture is key to a sustainable future, says Mossin.

Exhibitions will focus on international reaching topics such as mobility, cultural resilience, housing and computational resource efficiency. One exhibit will be BLOX, the new OMA building in

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Architecture That is Good Enough to Eat at LA Restaurant Vespertine

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“As soon as we were able to get into the space we wrote the entire menu in basically a day. It was being in the building itself that had this creative charge about it,” said chef Jordan Kahn.

At LA chef Jordan Kahn’s new fine dining adventure, it was the architecture which informed the menu.

“It was just pulling me in against my will and that was the first time I’d ever been moved emotionally and physically moved by a piece of architecture,” Kahn said.

Vespertine transports its guests into Kahn’s mysterious world. There’s no written menu. Instead, Kahn serves artfully crafted plates respectively ordered to create a cohesive experience.

“It was a really intimate collaboration with myself and the architects Eriko and Moss and his team.”

See the Construction of Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre From Above

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From Greek architect and photographer, Yiorgis Yerolymbos comes a book which captures the construction process of Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. Yerolymbos carefully documented every moment where the superfluous Olympic parking lot became a cultural center and sloping park with waterfront views. For almost a decade, and from every angle, the photographer watched the site transform. Birds-eye imagery proved to be some of the most captivating. As photographs, they manage to possess the characteristics of an architectural drawing. 

Published by Yale University Press, the book entitled “Orthographs” is Yerolymbos’ aerial orbit photograph series of the Cultural Centre’s evolution. The name was adopted from the renaissance description of the ground plan by Leon Battista Alberti. The book freezes time so that this human accomplishment will not be forgotten.

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