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Milton Glaser designs campaign to tackle climate change

Milton Glaser designs campaign to tackle climate change | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Milton Glaser, the graphic designer behind the ubiquitous I heart NY logo, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of climate change.


Glaser's It's Not Warming, It's Dying campaign aims to create a greater sense of urgency around climate change, moving away from benign language like "global warming".


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Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica

Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban’s inventive yet frugal Nomadic Museum berths on the Santa Monica beachfront

 

For the past 14 years, Gregory Colbert has been filming the interaction of animals and humans around the world, creating images of great beauty. In 2002, he mounted an exhibition, Ashes and Snow, in the Corderia of the Venice Arsenal e. and invited Shigeru Ban to design a prefabricated gallery in which this show could be displayed in varied locations.

Naturalist and architect shared a concern to make the building environmentally sensitive, and for Ban it was a challenge to recycle commonplace materials on a heroic scale. 


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François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 2014 10:35 AM

What a great idea!  Quelle bonne idée!

Shanghai Metal Corporation's curator insight, November 5, 2014 2:35 AM

Shipping container is a new and interesting industrial art category.

Check our shipping containers in http://goo.gl/Bj1wWP and think what could be made out of them!

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A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa

A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Brooks + Scarpa design for a transit plaza for Seattle's light rail extension.

The station—an elevated central platform at South 200th Street—will serve as a transit hub, supporting park and ride, 1,050 parking spots, passenger drop-off areas, and connections between the light rail and bus services. Also planned is public art, landscaping, improved traffic circulation, a rainwater harvesting system, and rooftop solar panels.


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Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House

Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Vitra’s carefully curated campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, contains works by Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Jean Prouvé, among other top-tier designers. Now the venerable Swiss furniture company has added a tiny prefab house by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to the mix. In 2013, Vitra unveiled Diogene, a 43-square-foot prototype.

In keeping with the no-frills lifestyle of its ancient Greek namesake, the philosopher Diogenes, the house consists of only one room. A slim, ultra-efficient layer of insulation is sandwiched between the cabin’s wood frame and aluminum skin. “The house is really minimal,” says Vitra project manager Aja Huber. “It’s a life where you have to think, do you want the sofa or the bed?”


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London's future skyline captured in new visualiations

London's future skyline captured in new visualiations | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

This series of images by architectural rendering studio Hayes Davidson envisages how London's skyline might look in 20 years time.

Over 200 towers with a height of 20 storeys or greater are planned in the UK capital over the next two decades and Hayes Davidson has visualised how these new buildings will appear alongside existing skyscrapers such as Renzo Piano's The Shard and Norman Foster's The Gherkin.

 

The images were created for an exhibition opening later this year at New London Architecture (NLA) entitled London's Growing... Up! which will chart the growth of tall building construction in London since the 1960s and look at the impact skyscrapers will have on the city in the near future.

"As London's population gets bigger and bigger, and new development for London takes place within the constraints of the green belt, we have to increase the density of the city," said Peter Murray, who is chairman of NLA and the exhibition curator.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 25, 2014 12:30 PM

Future city planners and developers will be using some amazing tools.

Christina Guenther's curator insight, February 11, 2014 12:24 AM

I have never been to London but their future is looking very attractive. 

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens

Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Stonehenge’s long-awaited visitor centre- a lightweight, delicate structure by Denton Corker m\Marshall- has opened its doors to the public. The building provides the 5,000 year old monument with dedicated on-site educational facilities and exhibition space, designed to accommodate over one million guests each year.


Ensuring the sustainability of the project, the design was as sensitive to its surroundings as possible, whereby if the building were to be removed, it would not leave a lasting scar on the landscape. Steel columns and lightweight walls minimize the depth of the foundations, allowing the design to sit on a slender concrete raft.

Recyclable and renewable materials have been used alongside locally sourced components, such as regionally grown chestnut and limestone cut from nearby quarries. In addition, the large canopy naturally shades the building, promoting natural ventilation, while a ground source heat pump provides warmth for the centre during cooler months.

 



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Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens

Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Stonehenge’s long-awaited visitor centre- a lightweight, delicate structure by Denton Corker m\Marshall- has opened its doors to the public. The building provides the 5,000 year old monument with dedicated on-site educational facilities and exhibition space, designed to accommodate over one million guests each year.


Ensuring the sustainability of the project, the design was as sensitive to its surroundings as possible, whereby if the building were to be removed, it would not leave a lasting scar on the landscape. Steel columns and lightweight walls minimize the depth of the foundations, allowing the design to sit on a slender concrete raft.

Recyclable and renewable materials have been used alongside locally sourced components, such as regionally grown chestnut and limestone cut from nearby quarries. In addition, the large canopy naturally shades the building, promoting natural ventilation, while a ground source heat pump provides warmth for the centre during cooler months.

 



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'Integrated into the Landscape' - BIG Set to Build Blåvand Bunker Museum

'Integrated into the Landscape' - BIG Set to Build Blåvand Bunker Museum | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Set to transform a former German WWII bunker carved into the banks of Blåvand, Denmark, BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum is a 2,500 square meter museum that will include four independent institutions: a bunker museum, an amber museum, a history museum and a special exhibitions gallery.

“Contrary to the existing closed concrete lump, the new museum will, in its architecture, function as an open heart integrated into the landscape,” Bjarke Ingels described. “The museum is in every way the opposite of the militant history with its more closed, dark and heavy features.”

“Organized around an open central square, the galleries allow much light and will give magnificent views to the surrounding countryside,” he continued. “The bunker is a war machine without holes for doors and windows and rejects all humanity. In contrast, the museum is integrated into the landscape and invites visitors inside.”


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Designing for Climate: From the (winning) European Teams at the Solar Decathlon

Designing for Climate: From the (winning) European Teams at the Solar Decathlon | architecture and construction | Scoop.it
How the Czech and Austrian teams designed their entries for the California climate.

The Solar Decathlon Europe is not until 2014, but two European teams are competing stateside this year representing the Czech Republic and Austria. 

Designed by students at the Czech Technical University, Air House targets a demographic familiar to the students, their parents—the 50+ empty nesters. The team cites data that states that senior housing represents 20% of Czech households and that number is growing. Conceptualized as weekend country house, it transitions to a permanent residence as the owners retire.

LISI from Team Austria surprisingly blurs the line between inside and outside. Large retractable sliding glass doors on the north and south sides disappear into the core areas leaving the living open to the elements, more like a covered courtyard than an interior. Lightweight curtains wrap the house for privacy and extra shade when low sun angles are at their most intense.


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Top Ten Landscape Performance Spaces Around the World

Top Ten Landscape Performance Spaces Around the World | architecture and construction | Scoop.it
Making the countdown to the best outdoor landscapes for theatre and concert performances.

Indoor performances spaces such as concert halls and theatres are a relatively modern phenomenon.For thousands of years performers have been giving concerts and plays in the landscape. Here, the very best of outdoor entertainment from the very old to the very new are celebrated in this countdown of the top ten landscape performance spaces across the world.


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Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß

Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Agricultural printing to tackle monoculture by promoting diversity in biomass farming by Benedikt Groß.

The Royal College of Art Design graduate began by investigating how digital technology is transforming farming. "You could say in the last 50 years everything was about mechanisation to increase scale and efficiency, but the next thing in farming is digitalisation and precision farming, where everything is going to be mapped right down to the single plant," Benedikt Groß told Dezeen...


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In Harmony with the Site: New Forest House by PAD Studio

In Harmony with the Site: New Forest House by PAD Studio | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

PAD studio have designed a house located in the New Forest National Park, United Kingdom.

The dwelling is set within an 18.5 acres, located within the New Forest National Park. The massing, form and orientation of the new building has been carefully conceived in order that the proposals minimise the impact on the site and its surroundings. The main dwelling and annex building both have low rise green roofs.

They are oriented to maximise solar gain and utilise ground source heat pump technology, and excavated material from the new basement and pool area has been re-used in the earth berming to provide a visual screen to the north and help to reduce the sound impact of the nearby dual carriageway.

The proposal also incorporates rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and a natural swimming pond to further increase biodiversity within the site...


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Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects

Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Mario Cucinella Architects have designed the ARPT headquarters in Algeria with a fin-like form referencing sand dunes and Mediterranean architecture.

 

The project is inspired by the Algerian desert landscape, where the dunes are manufactured by wind and sand. An institutional building as the new ARPT headquarters serves as the reference point within a neighborhood and a city where tradition and modernity merge each other to create new symbolic and cultural scenarios.

The desire to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture and, in particular, by the natural cooling techniques of the past, suggested an aerodynamic shape, convex on the North side to divert the hot winds, and concave on the South side to capture the cool breezes during the night, and thus to promote the natural ventilation of the building.

Form, energy and tradition are transformed then into a new building that will become a symbol of the development of Algeria.


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interesting concepts...
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"House for trees" built in Ho Chi Minh City

"House for trees" built in Ho Chi Minh City | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

This is the fourth amazing project by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia that we have shown on TreeHugger. Each of them show a talent for working with climate, for breaking down the divide between inside and out. This is a single family house on a built on a piece of land in the middle of a block, accessible only by a lane.


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A Bubble over Beijing for Clean Air

A Bubble over Beijing for Clean Air | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Architecture firm Orproject has proposed the construction of a sealed canopy filled with clean air. Bubbles would cover a park and botanical garden, providing a healthy, temperature- and humidity-controlled area.

Beijing has the worst smog levels among the world’s capital cities – so bad that playing sports outdoor is often banned – but it could get a stunning new set of lungs in the form of a covered botanical garden, retail and office complex under a giant transparent roof.

Called Bubbles, the architectural concept might seem an unlikely candidate for a high-rise city of 21 million people. But its designers believe it offers something that every urban environment needs.

 

“It’s just an infrastructure project like building metro stations and parks – it’s applicable in every dense, polluted metropolis where there’s a need for open, green spaces throughout the year,” says Rajat Sodhi at Orproject, an architecture practice with offices in London, Beijing and New Delhi.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 29, 2014 6:31 PM

One way to have clean air is to avoid making bad air, but what a lousy solution this bubble is to industrialization.

New Life ESL's curator insight, November 7, 2014 3:47 AM

That's a wonderful idea!!

 

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PREMIO ARCVISION WOMEN AND ARCHITECTURE 2014 - IoArch Costruzioni e Impianti, il magazine degli architetti

PREMIO ARCVISION WOMEN AND ARCHITECTURE 2014 - IoArch Costruzioni e Impianti, il magazine degli architetti | architecture and construction | Scoop.it
È Ines Lobo, con studio a Lisbona, la vincitrice della seconda edizione dell´arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture, il premio internazionale istituito l’anno scorso da Italcementi. La giuria internazionale, coordinata dal direttore scientifico del premio Stefano Casciani e composta di sole donne, 
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Snøhetta completes phase one of Times Square transformation

Snøhetta completes phase one of Times Square transformation | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Architecture firm Snøhetta has concluded the first phase of a major overhaul of New York's Times Square, continuing the initiative started in 2009 to pedestrianise large sections of the popular tourist destination.

The $55 million reconstruction project is the largest redesign of the square in decades and encompasses the transformation of five public plazas between 42nd and 47th Streets, which will be entirely reconstructed to remove any traces that vehicular traffic once ran through the square along the Broadway...


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ELISA TANGKEARUNG's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:38 PM

HE said : Don't look at me or your brother & your sister FROM THE "crowd"....TAKE A LOOK them from "THAT CROSS"! where HIS LOVE make EVERYTHING IS DONE!!!..

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Apelle: A Contemporary family home in Karjaa, Finland

Apelle: A Contemporary family home in Karjaa, Finland | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

Karjaa-based architectural practice, Casagrande Laboratory, has recently completed the Apelle project, a contemporary family home is located in Karjaa, Finland.

This wooden structure rests in a natural harbour- a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. 

From the architects:

“House Apelle is part of nature. The surrounding forest has been architecturally articulated into a shelter for a family of contemporary natives. The house is in the forest as much as the forest is in the house – the architecture is a mediator between  man and nature."


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:20 AM

Con un cierto saborcito a Alvar Aalto...esta casa me ha parecido una joyita.

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It's a Matter of Darkness: Digging Into the Large Hadron Collider Project [Infographic]

It's a Matter of Darkness: Digging Into the Large Hadron Collider Project [Infographic] | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.


This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on.


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It's a Matter of Darkness: Digging Into the Large Hadron Collider Project [Infographic]

It's a Matter of Darkness: Digging Into the Large Hadron Collider Project [Infographic] | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.


This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on.


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Bio-mimicry in Architecture: Two Award-Winning Projects from Architects 3XN

Bio-mimicry in Architecture: Two Award-Winning Projects from Architects 3XN | architecture and construction | Scoop.it
Architects 3XN depict their diligent comprehension of futuristic design concepts with strong traces of bio-mimicry through two award-winning projects – the UN head office and the Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen.Both projects in question stand apart for their iconic architectural vocabulary with strong references of biologic attributes to building design.
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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:51 PM

Imitating nature in design.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:30 AM

De nuevo buscamos inspiración en las formas y estructuras de los seres vivos. Dos proyectos muy interesantes de 3XN.

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Top Ten Landscape Performance Spaces Around the World

Top Ten Landscape Performance Spaces Around the World | architecture and construction | Scoop.it
Making the countdown to the best outdoor landscapes for theatre and concert performances.

Indoor performances spaces such as concert halls and theatres are a relatively modern phenomenon.For thousands of years performers have been giving concerts and plays in the landscape. Here, the very best of outdoor entertainment from the very old to the very new are celebrated in this countdown of the top ten landscape performance spaces across the world.


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OMA to masterplan new civic centre in Colombia's capital

OMA to masterplan new civic centre in Colombia's capital | architecture and construction | Scoop.it
OMA wins competition to masterplan a new civic centre in Bogotá, Colombia, including the Colombian government's headquarters.

OMA's New York office was chosen to develop its proposal for the regeneration of the city centre, which will house government, as well as residential, retail, cultural and educational facilities. 

Proposed for the midpoint of an arterial road that bisects the city, the masterplan features an arcing public space that connects the road to an adjacent park and university. 

"Our proposal enables CAN (Centro Administrativo Nacional) to be a lively node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26," explained director of OMA New York, Shohei Shigematsu. "With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity."

The development will cover an area equivalent in size to the National Mall in Washington DC and will become the largest institutional masterplan completed in Latin America since Oscar Niemeyer's Brasilia was built in the 1960s.

 



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Modern Minimalism: Rammed Earth House by Brent Kendle

Modern Minimalism: Rammed Earth House by Brent Kendle | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

The feel of this modest single story hillside home is evocative of the mid-century modern homes which once dominated the surrounding area. Humble, natural materials such as rammed earth walls, limestone floors and Douglass Fir wood ceilings are woven inside and out in a sophisticated play of interlocking interior and exterior living spaces.

The scale of the home is decidedly “cozy” and visually calm with a minimalist approach to materials and detailing, allowing the focus to be on art and nature, meeting the owners goal of creating a home of simple sophisticated elegance without being boastful.


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Garoza House: A Modern, Modular Prefab Housing Prototype

Garoza House: A Modern, Modular Prefab Housing Prototype | architecture and construction | Scoop.it

An industrialized modular housing prototype that allows growth and changes over time, with all systems installed without complex construction procedures.


Manufactured in specialized factories composing single complete units, including all the interior finishes, modules are the maximum size supported by conventional transport.

Interior partitions, storage and fixed furniture are incorporated to the vertical walls, which house highly qualified technical facilities, automation and electronic systems, tailored to the program for each configuration. The resulting collection provides quality, increased control with regard to construction scheduling, maintenance plans and offers flexibility for future growth. 


The principles of sustainable economy and the spirit of recycling guide and support all the project decisions.


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Jenny Morris's comment, July 16, 2013 11:23 PM
This reminds me of the Smart Home exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago...very cool!