BIG Reveals Skyscraper Design for First Project in South America

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Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Soon to become the tallest building in Quito, IQON is Bjarke Ingels Group's first project to be built in South America. Currently undergoing construction, the largely residential building is a curved tower with gradually protruding balconies. Encased between the dense city and the park, the self-dubbed "urban tree farm" aims not only to encompass the surrounding views of the volcanoes and nature beyond but also to integrate the landscape within the building itself.
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Stacked 33 floors tall, the series of terraced concrete boxes provide 35,000 square meters of floor space. Each box rotates to form apartment units with balconies along both north and south facades, providing extensive views and a sense of openness.

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The scheme of stepped terraces opens up to create a public plaza at the base of the building,

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Le Corbusier’s Paintings Showcased for the First Time Since 1966

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Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

They say one cannot separate art from the artist, or perhaps in this case, the artist from the architect. Arguably one of the most criticized architects, Le Corbusier is often portrayed as cold and controlling. Depicting his more dreamy and humorous nature, the Nasjonalmuseet's exhibition titled, “Le Corbusier by the Sea,” draws upon his memories from his summer travels along the coast of southwest France.

Hosted in Villa Stenersen, one of the National Museum's venues, the exhibition showcases Le Corbusier's work as an artist during the period 1926-36. Not only does the exhibition include fifteen of his reproduced paintings alongside a collection of sketches, but also screens two films from Le Corbusier's own footage of his surrounding views.
La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

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Baigneuse, barque et coquillage. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Le déjeuner près du pare, 1928. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Le Corbusier & Yvonne Gallis. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
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Alternative Ways for Architects to Architect

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Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam

The more architecture students that I converse with, the more I hear this common dissent amongst them: “I don’t want to become an architect.” Despite participating in long studio hours for a five-year professional degree, somehow very few peers actually want to become the kind of architects that create buildings.

Aside from the conventional alternatives of interior or graphic design, there is a rising trend in the popularity of firms that use architectural skills for beyond the scope of designing luxury condominiums for wealthy clients. For prospective architects (and current ones), below are examples of firms that may not be what one initially imagines to do with their degree, but a taste of the potential of what they can.

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The recently shortlisted nominee of the 2018 Turner Prize, Forensic Architecture, is a group based at Goldsmiths University of London that

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New Plans to Revitalize Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

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Home to the historic engineering firm, AE Harris, for over 50 years, Birmingham’s treasured Jewellery Quarter is being revamped on account of modernized manufacturing methods adopted by the company.

Joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital are working alongside Glenn Howells Architects to transform the site into a residential-led, mixed-use hub for the quarter.

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The proposal features 320 new loft- and duplex-style homes and an aggregate of 100,000 square feet of work, food and beverage, and retail space across 20 buildings costing an estimated total of £125 million.

Additionally, a new pedestrian route will weave through the heart of the Jewellery Quarter from the city center, by opening up a section of Northwood Street. To further spur walkability in the district, new shops, bars, and restaurants will be opened at the street level to create a public

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Storefront for Art and Architecture Appoints José Esparza Chong Cuy as Executive Director

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José Esparza Chong Cuy has been appointed as the new Executive Director and Chief Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. Following the departure of former director Eva Franch i Gilabert to London as the new Director of the Architectural Association, the extensive international search to fill her shoes began. An architect, curator, and writer, originally from Mexico, Esparza Chong Cuy was named and will assume the position starting November 1st.

Storefront, a non-profit organization based in New York City, engages in the advancement of design and architecture with interdisciplinary dialogue through exhibitions and projects that aim to transcend geographic and ideological boundaries. Charles Renfro, President of Storefront's Board of Directors, remarks, "We are thrilled to welcome José to the helm of Storefront, the very institution where he began his curatorial career over a decade ago."

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Color, Form, and Material: Andres Gallardo Spotlights Berlin’s Post-War Modernist Charm

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© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo In the next chapter of his ongoing Urban Geometry project, self-taught Spanish photographer Andres Gallardo captures the elements of color, form, and materiality of post-war architecture in Berlin. This photo series, with installments featuring the modern marvels of Beijing, Seoul, Copenhagen, and Tallinn, among other cities, has become representative of Gallardo's personal growth from his humble start in his career as a professional photographer.
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This collection gracefully accentuates the striated surfaces from the superimposed banal grid, an architectural trope of sorts, as well as the dialectical relationship between the rounded edge and the sharp corner. Featuring the classic iconic buildings of Le Corbusier and Daniel Libeskind, such as the Unité d'Habitation and the Jewish Museum respectively, the photographs encapsulate the facets of such a historically relevant city.

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Buddhist Monasteries and Spain’s Islamic Palace-City Among 19 New Sites Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

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After carefully deliberating in their annual session, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee selected 19 new sites to inscribe on the World Heritage List in the city of Manama in Bahrain. Featuring 13 cultural sites such as Buddhist mountain monasteries in Korea, the industrial city of Ivrea in Italy, and the Caliphate city of Medina Azahara in Spain, alongside three natural sites and three mixed sites (classified as both cultural and natural heritage), the list now aggregates to 1092 sites in 167 countries.

From the historical Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul to the contemporary city of Brasilia orchestrated by Oscar Niemeyer, the World Heritage List has continuously exhibited varied examples of architecture and urban planning from different eras and movements from around the world. Amongst the new additions, there are several sites of religious importance, city organization, and natural conservation.

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Matthias Jung’s Collage Houses Redefine Surreal Architecture

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Searching For the Enchanted Whale. Image © Matthias Jung Searching For the Enchanted Whale. Image © Matthias Jung Matthias Jung's "Houses" series depicts finely stitched architectural facades against the picturesque landscapes of Northern Germany to create surreal architecture. Commencing as a childhood pastime in his father's photo lab, his passion for collaging has evolved into his career as a designer and artist.
Supergod. Image © Matthias Jung Supergod. Image © Matthias Jung

Each composition features the dichotomy between "order and disorder" and "homogeneity and diversity" as Jung collates the varying synesthetic qualities that each architectural element evokes. For example, the coziness of the lattice windows juxtaposed with the coldness of the concrete walls highlights the tangibility of mundane materials that viewers can relate to.

You Promised Me a Gingerbread Heart. Image © Matthias Jung You Promised Me a Gingerbread Heart. Image © Matthias Jung

In the process of creating these works, Jung first grounds the house with a sense of stability and normalcy and then slowly intertwines elements that transform the ordinary into

Long After the Anger We Made a World Trip. Image © Matthias Jung
My Grandfather Was a Spice Dealer. Image © Matthias Jung
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Inaugural Woods Bagot Prize Awarded to SCI-Arc Grads

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Three SCI-Arc graduates became the recipients of the first Woods Bagot Prize, an award that recognizes the top design portfolios and academic achievements from students in the undergraduate and graduate programs on September 9. The prize-winners were awarded USD $20,000 along with an offer for a position at any of the international firm’s 15 studios. From a pool of over 50 applicants, the prize-winners Mikiko Takasago from Japan, M.Arch 1, José Carlos García from Mexico, M.Arch 2, and undergraduate Luciano Meghini from Italy, B.Arch, were selected.
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The award was announced by Woods Bagot Director of North America, Patrick Daly, AIA, during SCI-Arc’s commencement weekend that showcased school-wide graduate thesis works. Daly, alongside featured architects and theorists such as Neil Denari, Sylvia Lavin, and Greg Lynn among others, participated in the critiques that took place over the three days

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Venice Biennale’s ‘Lightbox’ Exhibition Explores Material Memory

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A still from PLANE-SITE's video of Jorge Hernandez' installation at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice. Image Courtesy of PLANE-SITE A still from PLANE-SITE's video of Jorge Hernandez' installation at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice. Image Courtesy of PLANE-SITE

The European Culture Center’s Time Space Exhibition during the Venice Biennale 2018 features a new short film depicting the spatial qualities of light in architectural design, both as a material and metaphor.

This collaboration between architect and professor Jorge L. Hernández and photographer Carlos Domenech explores their endeavors in providing a lighting-based design solution for the Williamsburg, Virginia courthouse. Battling the issues of security and privacy of the court with the need for natural daylight, Hernández recreated the cupola, a vernacular roof turret intended for ventilation for illumination instead. Light, entering the courtroom from above, transforms the previously dull space and becomes, “an allegory for justice”.

The film features glimpses of the exhibition including the diagrammatic models and images of the built project. The venue itself is curated to accentuate

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Venice Biennale’s ‘Lightbox’ Exhibition Explores Material Memory

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The European Culture Center’s Time Space Exhibition during the Venice Biennale 2018 features a new short film depicting the spatial qualities of light in architectural design, both as a material and metaphor. This collaboration between architect and professor Jorge L. Hernández and photographer Carlos Domenech explores their endeavors in providing a lighting-based design solution for the Williamsburg, Virginia courthouse. Battling the issues of security and privacy of the court with the need for natural daylight, Hernández recreated the cupola, a vernacular roof turret intended for ventilation for illumination instead. Light, entering the courtroom from above, transforms the previously dull space and becomes, “an allegory for justice.”
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The film features glimpses of the exhibition including the diagrammatic models and images of the built project. The venue itself is curated to accentuate contrasts between light

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USUS Architectes Propose Modular Design for Millevaches Plateau Competition

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Courtesy of USUS Architectes Courtesy of USUS Architectes French architects USUS Architectes reinvent the typical campground by designing a modular multipurpose structure as an ecological bivouac along the trekking routes in Massif Central, France. Together, the Association of Natural Parks of the Massif Central (IPAMAC), PNR Livradois-Forez, PNR Millevaches in Limousin, and the International Center for Art and Landscape (CIAP) wanted to tackle the lack of suitable accommodation along the trails. After deliberating from over 64 proposals, the agencies ultimately selected Peaks + Simon BOUDVIN and USUS + Zebra3 as project co-laureates of the competition.
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To accommodate the various uses of the bivouac, the three-dimensional wooden structure integrates portable elements such as seats, tables, storage, screens, basins, a fireplace, and more, essentially allowing the user to alter the arrangement as per their needs. However, the real playfulness of this tectonic system lies in the way that one can lengthen,

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Helsinki Energy Company to Go Entirely Energy Neutral

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Helen’s Suvilahti solar power plant. Customers can lease panels and monitor their output in real time on the power plant’s webpage. Thus citizens can become solar power producers. In the background is the old Suvilahti power plant, today a cultural center. Photo attribution: Katri Tamminen / Helen Helen’s Suvilahti solar power plant. Customers can lease panels and monitor their output in real time on the power plant’s webpage. Thus citizens can become solar power producers. In the background is the old Suvilahti power plant, today a cultural center. Photo attribution: Katri Tamminen / Helen In the quest for carbon neutrality, the City of Helsinki in Finland announced its action plans to minimize greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2035. The city’s fully owned energy company, Helen Ltd, a producer of district heating, power, and district cooling, aims to augment this policy by converting its largely coal and natural gas energy production processes to climate-neutral energy production, thereby eliminating carbon dioxide emissions fully by 2050. The company’s immediate step is to utilize biomass-based energy production to ensure sufficient heat energy supply, especially since the demand for energy in the winter exceeds that of the summer almost tenfold. Additionally,
One of five Ecotap Solar Benches installed in Helsinki by Helen. The bench, which stores solar power, can be used to charge mobile devices and electric bicycles. The benches are part of the mySMARTLife EU project to cut urban carbon dioxide emissions. Photo attribution: Helmi Carpén / Helen
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