Architects and builders all over the world seem to be participating in a fictional rat race to build the very first 3D-printed house. In the past five years we’ve seen quite some drawings and models of 3D-printed architecture, but only few architects have the printers running until now. In this article we’ll compare five of the most prominent 3D-printing initiatives in the world to find out what 3D-printed architecture has in store for the coming years.
A dramatic architectural landmark—two large concrete and aluminium cubes towering above a transparent glass base—opened its doors to the public this weekend in the north-eastern Spanish city of Zaragoza. The building is Spain’s seventh CaixaForum, one of a string of cultural centres financed by La Caixa, the foundation of the Barcelona-based savings bank.
Putting aside Rocky—though that's hard to do these days—there's a bigger problem looming over Gehry's expansion plans. That problem is Gehry. Not for all the reasons that Gehry's critics like to cite, chapter and verse, about why he doesn't deserve to be an ambassador for cool architecture. In fact, Gehry's critics may find plenty to admire in his plans for the Art Museum. Frankly, it's not very Gehry.
Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and rundown markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: Those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manila. Rich and poor do not much mingle. But a movement is afoot to change that. It aims to integrate the poor into the urban bloodstream, instead of shunting them from sight. For this "inclusive cities" movement, urban renewal doesn't require razing slums and markets.
ecdm architects recently has completed the meaux dwellings project in Paris, France.+ Project facts
program : 45 dwellings
Location : rue de Meaux – Paris XIX (France)
Client : OGIC
Architect : ECDM Architects
Photograph : Benoit Fougeirol
Surface: 2 336 m² SHON
Cost : 4,74 M€ B.T.
Completed in 2014
Program : Offices and commercial premises
Location : rue Albert Einstein – Paris XIII (France)
Client : Sogelym Dixence
Architect : ECDM Architect (project manager : Laurent Lustigman)
Photograph : Benoit Fougeirol
Surface: 6135 m² SHON
Cost : 14 M€ B.T.
Completed in 2014
Zaha's Baku win ignites protests over forced eviction and suspicions over worker's rights and human trafficking
Human Rights Watch said that, along with the Crystal Hall, stage of the 2012 Eurovision song contest, and the park-cum-shopping mall of the Winter Garden, the centre is one of the city's many oil-fuelled grand projects that have seen local people evicted by force.
From earlier today: Zaha Hadid wins the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Award 2014
While almost 250 homes were cleared to make way for Hadid's building, (questions have also been raised about the rights of those who built it. In 2010, while the project was under construction, the global construction workers' union, BWI, exposed one of the largest cases of human trafficking in Europe, of migrant labourers from Bosnia and Serbia forced to work in Baku in appalling conditions, subjected to physical and psychological violence, with their passports confiscated.
In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China... that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest—but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China's plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming. Tao, then, is essentially suggesting we build mountain range-sized walls across Tornado Alley...
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Sixty-five international designers created 22 garden installations at the 15th International Garden Festival, which opened this past weekend at the iconic Reford Gardens (aka les Jardins de Métis) in Quebec, Canada. Established in 2000, the event is one of the biggest garden festivals in the world. Located along the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the various installations are a playful reminder about the value of landscape architecture and nature in everyday living.
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Delegates to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention in Chicago elected Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, (AIA Westchester Hudson Valley) to serve as the 2015 AIA first vice president/president-elect and 2016 AIA president. William J. Bates, AIA, and Francis M. Pitts, FAIA, will each serve as vice president from 2015 through 2016; John A. Padilla, AIA, as the Institute’s Secretary from 2015 through 2016.
Architectural Model Style wooden sculptures based on neuroanatomy.
A new instrument at Norway`s national music museum
Ringve – Norway`s National Music Museum is located on a hill on the Lade peninsula near Trondheim with great views of the cultural landscape and Trondheimsfjorden surrounding the site. The buildings, situated in a typical homestead arrangement, were erected from 1740 to 1952. All of the buildings are worthy of protection. The Ringve National Music Museum has a national mandate to conserve and convey both music and musical instruments.
The museum is fitted with a new extension as well as rehabilitation and refurbishing of the existing buildings. The extension is located outside of the stead enclosure as a “black box” for temporary exhibitions. The design of the building is in part inspired by the resonance boxes usually featured in many musical instruments. From the media library, you will find beautiful views of the botanic garden surrounding the estate. A new common entry area with a reception, museum store and café connects both the...
Interior Work - New café in the Science Park.
Construction work on new buildings and renovations has been ongoing in the Science Park for many years, and LINK arkitektur won a competition for the task of creating a new café in the oldest building.
The concept is based on the idea of creating an internal "green lung" as a natural meeting place for staff and visitors. Strong use of colour, wallpaper and furnishings are largely a contrast to the building in general. It is an attractive and pleasant place, in which it is comfortable both to sit and work or to take a well-deserved break. The furnishings are varied and invite socialization, while it also provides opportunities for those who prefer to sit alone.
The café is also equipped with 5 meeting rooms that can be booked at any time. This combination is innovative and we can see that this could be a concept for the future.
The piece was completed last Friday and it consists of a single, diminutive swimming pool located somewhere in the southern Mojave Desert between Joshua Tree and Apple Valley. The public is allowed to use the pool, but in order to do so visitors need the key that unlocks it (it is kept covered) as well as the GPS coordinates. Only once you have the key, which is kept at the MAK Center, are you given the coordinates.
Zaha Hadid is the first woman to win the Design Museum's Designs of the Year Award 2014 with her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Another first in this year's competition is that the Heydar Aliyev Center is the first architectural project to win the widely recognized award.
Any thoughts on the jury's selection? Share 'em in the comment section below.
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We are in Seoul, South Korea at the esteemed Ewha Womens University, the world’s largest female educational institute, for the ACSA’s International Conference, Open Cities, and it’s time for our closing keynote, delivered by none other than Toyo Ito. Ito-san’s website includes the following short biography that, I think, captures both his frankness and his humility:
1941 Born in Seoul Metropolitan City
1965-69 Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture
Worked at Kiyonori Kikutake Architects and Associates
1971 Started his own studio, Urban Robot (URBOT) in Tokyo
1979 Changed its name to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
TI: Thank you very much, for coming in spite of the heavy rain. I apologize that my English is slow, so I translate through Yasu-san. I present several new projects. [TI then switches to Japanese].
A person, surrounded by their…modern things, looks happy, but are they really happy? Though my l...
SOM, Mecanoo, Smiljan Radic, Cellular Complexity, and Erdem Architects are among this week's many winners
Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent competition-winning projects, commissions, and awards on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
Check out Recap #15 for the week of June 23-27, 2014:
The Royal Institute of British Architects revealed the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards. With 44 UK-based buildings and 12 buildings elsewhere in the European Union, the selected projects will now have the chance to make the shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize. Also check out the RIBA Manser Medal 2014 Longlist for the Best New House in the UK.
In more British architecture news, the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic officially opened last week at the Serpentine Gallery's Kensington Gardens. Since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery has invited renowned architects like Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid,...