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January 19th, 2008
The Green Prize: What Were the Most Worldchanging Books of 2007?
WorldChanging Team in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
Last year we had the honor of receiving a Green Prize for Sustainable Literature for our book, and we're glad to see they're going to be awarding them again. It's a pretty cool idea, acknowledging authors who are writing well about the future of the planet: Criteria The title must have been published in the United States in the 2007 calendar year. The title must reflect basic sustainability criteria: -Future and long-term oriented -Awareness of ecological and resource limits -Regional as well as global in scope -Cognizant that everything is interconnected -Concerned with creating diverse and balanced communities -Inclusive of social equality and well-being -Supportive of public involvement in community decisions -Promotes environmental, economic or social equity ideals...
VS 20.01.2008: NextHouse
For this week’s Video Sunday we’re featuring Dwell’s NextHouse, by Empyrean. Designed for Empyrean by architect Joel Turkel [who also lectures at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning], the NextHouse is the premier showcase for the Dwell Homes by Empyrean - and you can track progress of the model home in Hillsborough, NC here.
A Blob Overhead
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
In general, I've got pretty mixed opinions about amorphous blog architecture... but something about this project is appealing to me. The labratory of art and ideas at Belmar by Belzberg Architects is an interesting insertion of a blob form into an existing retail space. The penetration of the blob through the glass entry wall, to form a covered entry space is in my opinion particularly well done. In fact, although its kind of reminiscent of someone sticking out their tongue, I still like it... Part of my usual critique of these blob forms is that they often ignore function completely in favor of form. I appreciate that this architecture firm attempted to create a functional design as part of their sophisticated amorphous form.
LOXFORD TOWER RIP
Catriona Potts in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE
It may interest ex-Manchester Polytechnic students of Architecture that Loxford Building is being demolished. Although the School of Architecture moved out of the building some eight or so years ago, for many years before that it was the seat of disorder, mayhem, culture and learning. There are...
Art, Nature, and the Science of Sustainable Design on Lake Washington Residence
Mohammad Fahmi Tri Wahyudi,ST in Best House Design
This is the Lake Washington Residence Project that was brings to you by Osca Architect, Located in Seattle, Washington, This waterfront home project is bringing themes of art, nature, and the science of sustainable design. Site orientation is the main attention for this house project to respond to features of site ( existing shade trees ), the sun's path, optimal views across the lake, prevailing winds, and the clients’ intention to actively use the outdoor spaces on and around their home.
Today's archidose #171
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture , originally uploaded by kwikzilver.
De Citadel in Almere, Netherlands by Christian de Portzamparc.
Nordpark Cable Railway, Zaha Hadid Architects
architect studio in architect studio
“Each station has its own unique context, topography, altitude, and circulation. We studied natural phenomena such as glacial moraines and ice movements - as we wanted each station to use the fluid language of natural ice formations, like a frozen stream on the mountainside.” "The railway reflects the city’s continued commitment to the highest standards of architecture and pushes the boundaries of design and construction technology. These stations are the global benchmark for the use of double-curvature glass in construction."
Young in Architecture
"MAD's designs embrace the advent of a new era. These designs reflect our architectural exploration in contemporary art, the transformed life style, and the multimedia formats in contemporary cities in China. Our Experiment of integrating digital media in designs demonstrates a unique approach in architecture. Dedicated in understanding and exploring the inherent flexibility and possibility from simple and traditional functions, MAD imbues the flexibility and possibility with new organizations and logics by analyzing value, desire, culture, and political strength in contemporary China. With fluid and dynamic presentation of contemporary lives, buildings are no longer isolated objects as defined in traditional concept of architecture...
Adam Werbach: Make Sustainability "Irresistible"
Adam Werbach opens the closing keynote of Compostmodern by saying something very simple. We need leaders. We need leaders and you are in the sweet spot. Designers need to exercise the power you have because you own the process...
January 19th, 2008
Another photo flashback: Montreal in the 1980s
Christopher DeWolf in Spacing Montreal
I had completely forgotten about John Allison’s great photos of Montreal in the early 1980s (in both colour and black-and-white) until Kate McDonnell reminded me of them with a post on her Montreal City blog yesterday.
Plan Commission Shows Backbone - Will it Stick or Will it Farwell?
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
In something of a surprise, the Chicago Plan Commission had a rare show of independence last Thursday when it rejected a Chicago Department of Planning Development-backed proposal, that would have seen the embattled Congress Hotel add five stories above the Harrison Street side of the structure, and one story above the part along the landmarked Michigan Avenue street wall. The action was not unlike the one last January when the Landmarks Commission rejected another Planning Department initiative to demolish the landmarked Farwell Building on North Michigan Avenue. Opponents won, not because they were in the majority, but because the proposal fell short of a majority....
Everybody's got a Bu
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
I was initially drawn to this project by Sunday Melendo and Francisco Parron because of the beautiful contrast of light and shadow in these crisp white boxes. Its quite a modern and almost clinical solution for a grandparent's multi-generational home... Where are they going to put all the picture frames? But nonetheless, the contrast between light and dark (and light and lighter) is spectacular.