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Week 11-17th of August
VS 17.08.2008: Manufactured Landscapes
Edward Burtynsky is internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of nature transformed by industry. Manufactured Landscapes – a stunning documentary by award winning director Jennifer Baichwal – follows Burtynsky to China, as he captures the effects of the country’s massive industrial revolution. This remarkable film leads us to meditate on human endeavour and its impact on the planet [via].
New Mexico EcoSteel House - more done than not
lavardera in LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog
It finally feels like the New Mexico EcoSteel House has crossed the line to being more finished than not. The latest round of photos show the painting almost done, finishing touches going in, light fixtures too.
AIA Launches “GreenStep” Video Series
Dawn Killough in Green Options
The American Institute of Architects recently launched its “GreenStep” online video series. The series presents short episodes on several green building topics. It is meant for those planning new buildings or the renovation of existing buildings, and shows how architects can help clients address their green concerns.
A Strangely Butch Delicacy
owen hatherley in sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy
Rodney Gordon was one of the greatest British architects of the 20th century, and the architectural illiteracy of this country must be at least a major reason for the truly remarkable series of indignities he suffered. First, most of his buildings were credited to his boss Owen Luder; then they won interminable 'worst building in Britain' awards from sundry aggrieved traditionalists; and more recently the finest of his works have either been demolished, or await demolition, or are being considered for demolition or have been so altered that for some, demolition would have been preferable. He also died three months ago, and no obituaries in the national press resulted whatsoever.
Cityförster's Winning Design
The municipality of Tirana (Albania) awarded the first prize to Cityförster's Park City, a new neigborhood that will house 7.000 inhabitants. The buildings and an urban park will be build on a former military airfield and consists of approx. 400.000 square meters built floor area. Park City stretches between two large parks. A robust and simple urban layout, which forms a hinge between these two parks, makes them accessible and connects the two with eachother. The structure is a combination of three typologies: strips, towers and solitaires. As a basic structuring element the architect has placed several strips (16 meter wide) perpendicular to the Runway Park.
Book Review: Concrete Reveries
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City (2008) by Mark Kingwell
Viking Press Hardcover, 256 pages
"All great manifestations of social life have in common with the work of art the fact that they are born in unconscious life." - Aldo Rossi
The interaction between our internal states and the exterior world is a subject ripe for investigation, as half the world's population finds itself in cities and a good deal of that number find the physical character of those surroundings lacking, to say the least. Rampant modernization, globalization, and an abstraction rooted in Modernism have morphed places into non-places, ubiquitous constructions that replace the unique and the local with a repetitive brandism. What seems to be missing is considerations of the body, that threshold of interaction between the internal and the external, the porous boundary between us and the rest of the world; or, in essence, our primary way of being in the world.
The Architectural Practice II.
Christoph in anArchitecture
Building = Collaboration. It's the result of interacting individuals: structural engineer, heating /ventilation / sanitary planning engineers, electrical planning engineers, energy consultants, building technology engineers, light planning consultants, facility management, façade engineers, CAD drafters, building physics, clients, carpenters, landscape designers, interior designers, cost calculation consultants, construction supervision, project controllers, technical-economic controllers, traffic consultants, sound engineers, legal advisers, tender writers, the municipality, media, contractors, financial advisers, , fire protection engineers, renderers, metalworkers, architects, drywallers, tillers, floorers, bricklayers, plumbers, façade contractor, gardeners, electricians, model makers and more. (maybe I confused those involved in the project with stakeholders)
Canada’s Bay of Fundy: Beautiful and Renewable Power
Amiel Blajchman in Green Options
Majestic and serene, Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy is one of Canada’s natural marvels. Every tidal cycle, about 100 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay. With some of the highest tides in the world (it has a rivalry with the Leaf Basin in Ungava Bay), there are multiple opportunities to generate electricity from this natural wonder. These high tides provide an opportunity to generate power from the tidal energy in a similar manner to modern hydroelectric dams. And just like with hydroelectric dams, the question arises: is this energy really renewable and green?
The Great Debate Over Housing Plans
Jason Sahler in Inhabitat
Earlier this summer we introduced you to Freegreen and their efforts to bring green prefab design to the masses. Recently Lloyd Alter from treehugger conducted an excellent interview with David Wax from Freegreen and architect Greg La Vardera whose smart modern home designs can be found on Houseplans.com. Lloyd looks at the issues facing consumers who decided to go the prefab route, exploring the different approaches to design taken by David and Greg. The interview elicits some great responses from each participant, and sums up what their respective design paths mean for consumers. Head on over to treehugger to check it out!