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Centro de Acçao Social por Música in São Paulo, Brazil by Urban-Think Tank

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Urban-Think Tank

Despite its central urban location, the marginalized area of Grotão within Paraisópolis is effectively separated from the formal city. Within this isolated zone, increased erosion and dangerous mudslides have designated the site as one of many high-risk zones in the city – a primarily inaccessible void in the otherwise dense urban fabric.

Night View

  • Architect: Urban-Think Tank
  • Name of Project: Centro de Acçao Social por Música
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil

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Töölönlahden Block 2018 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects

“FINIS”

The charm of Töölönlahti street blocks is in its completing the immediate urban fabric without stealing all the attention. This urban row also shelters the park from discomfort and noise of nearby railroads, and stands as a principle spine to support existing buildings and future public developments. Block 2018 culminates the row, subsequently characterising the entire block.

Facade from train tracks

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of Project: Töölönlahden Block 2018
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Competition, Purchase
  • Program: 3 200 m² Housing, 10 600 m² Offices
  • Team: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Petra Grisova, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Tainio, Jyri Tartia, Yena Young, Yin Li

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Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth by Lijbers Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Lijbers Architects

Context – Problem Definition
One way to look at the decline of natural biodiversity is from the perspective of complex human dynamics –i.e. the organized but fundamentally unpredictable behavior of human systems – and its consequences for the natural environment. We humans tend to expand, move, and reallocate ground at speeds unparalleled within the natural world. Our persistent and unpredictable need for space, land, and raw materials causes the original natural environment to diminish, along with its ecosystem of plants and animals. The highly dynamic reallocation and changing of the earth’s habitat by human action falls short in providing vulnerable species of plants and animals with sufficient time to recover. The continuous cycle of removing and reallocating natural space can, in the best case, maintain a certain amount of the “natural environment”, yet it can never maintain the same level of biodiversity that was originally present.

Model

  • Architect: Lijbers Architects
  • Name of project: Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth
  • Software used: arkey/ASD and autocad for the basic drawings. And photoshop and illustrator to finish the drawings.

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Kokkola pedestrian centre in Finland by ALA

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article source: ALA

Kokkola wanted their currently car-inhabited center area to become obviously pedestrian (with as little effort as possible). We decided to start by placing a tree in the middle of the street. With time, while more trees are planted, the street (sufficient width dimension courtesy of Finnish traffic engineering standard) would turn more into a park, or a square.

Night View

  • ARCHITECT: ALA
  • NAME OF PROJECT: Kokkola pedestrian centre
  • LOCATION: Kokkola, Finland
  • TYPE: Commission 2006
  • STATUS: Under construction
  • PROGRAM: Outdoor Areas
  • CLIENT: City of Kokkola
  • TEAM: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Aleksi Niemeläinen
  • COLLABORATORS: JOLD/Julle Oksanen, Oliver Walther (lighting design), Aivo oy/Mikko Hynninen (sound design), Tensotech/Matti Orpana (tensile sturctures)

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HYDRAMAX: Port Machines in San Francisco, California by Future Cities Lab

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Future Cities Lab

Exhibited at SFMOMA from 31 March to 29 July, 2012

Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project proposes a radical rethinking of San Francisco’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. Using thousands of sensors and motorized components, the massive urban scale robotic structure harvests rainwater and fog, while modulating air flow, solar exposure and intelligent building systems.

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines

  • Architect: Future Cities Lab
  • Name of project: HYDRAMAX: Port Machines
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
  • Project Manager: Ripon DeLeon; Project Interns: Gavin Johns, Cameron Eng
  • Collaborative Sponsor: MIGA Motor Company (Dr. Mark Gummin)
  • Video: Eddie Lee, Square Two Design
  • Model Materials: Cast and thermoformed acrylic, custom printed circuit boards, Arduino based microcontrollers, infrared sensors, shape memory alloy motors (Courtesy of Miga Motor Company)

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La Tour Icône in Montreal, Canada by Stationnement Métropolitain / Beïque Legault Thuot

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: Stationnement Métropolitain / Beïque Legault Thuot

Montreal’s first smart condos breaknew ground. La tour Icône condos come with touch-screen technology, private-club amenities, green features and downtown’s most stunning views.

Urban living in downtown Montreal is about to get smarter. Metropolitan Parking Inc., the esteemed developer behind the city’s award-winning Le Crystal de la Montagne, 1445 Stanley St. luxury apartments and Loft Condominiums in Old Montréal, today announces developing the city’s fi rst smart affordable luxury condos.

Rendering (Images Courtesy Tour Icône)

  • Architect: Stationnement Métropolitain / Beïque Legault Thuot
  • Name of project: La Tour Icône
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Credit / image : Tour Icône

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Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project in Albania by Cino Zucchi Architetti

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: Cino Zucchi Architetti

The center of Tirana is marked by a clear urban layout, but its recent growth filled up a large area around it without any order, structure, adequate services or meaningful public spaces.

In our proposal, the voids rather than the buildings become the catalysts of new urban regeneration, attracting public and private functions around a sequence of green spaces of high environmental quality. The extension of the boulevard into a lively green promenade progressively opens up to the beautiful landscape of the hills across the Tirana river.

Rendering

  • Architect: Cino Zucchi Architetti
  • Name of Project: Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project
  • Location: Tirana, Albania
  • Type: International closed competition
  • Year: 2012
  • Architecture, Urban Design (team leader): Cino Zucchi Architetti

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Flussbad in Berlin, Germany by realities:united

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Article source: realities:united

The goal of the Flussbad project is the permanent transformation of a 1.5-km stretch of river in Berlin’s historic center that has gone unused for more than 100 years.

The lower section of the course of the river, currently channeled as a canal, will be made into a space accessible to the public via two broad shoreline stairways at the Lustgarten and the Schlossplatz. The design alterations in this sensitive city-planning area, part of which belongs to the “Museum Island”, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, are restricted to a minimum.

Perspective (Images Courtesy realities:united, studio for art and architecture)

  • Architect: realities:united
  • Name of Project: Flussbad
  • Location: Kupfergraben, Berlin, Germany
  • Type: Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct, Berlin, Germany
  • Client: Kunst & Technik e.V.
  • All drawings/renderings: realities:united, studio for art and architecture

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Carros in Nice, France by N+B Architects

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Article source: N+B Architects

Parking’s presence of the urban space in front of the Forum Jacques Prevert in Carros, allows a better management of the car parks which blocked the environment of this part of the city center of Carros. We wished to set up the architectural and urban elements which give viability to this project of evacuation of the traffic, especially positioning the parking lot as entity registered in the landscape.

Image Courtesy Paul Kozlowski

  • Architects: N+B Architects
  • Project: Carros
  • Location: Nice, France
  • Architecte mandataire: Elodie NOURRIGAT et Jacques BRION, N+B Architectes
  • Architecte associé : Renaud FABRE
  • Client: Communauté de Communes des Côteaux d’Azur
  • Site Area: 4299 M2
  • Building Scale: R-2
  • Cost: 3 700 000 € TTC

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LaVance Shade Screen in Scottsdale, Arizona by Benjamin Hall (designed with Rhino)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Article source: Benjamin Hall 

This projection came to life when Mr. Lavance and Benjamin Hall drank a few brew’s at a local pub. Lavance expressed his desire to shad his outdoor BBQ / kitchen. A few napkin sketches later and a real enthusiasm for raw materials that weather and age over time due to the brutal desert sun bearing upon. The high arcing paroblolic steel arcs crest to allow seating behind the counter on the east, while converging to the west to screen the Arizona summer sun.

LaVance Shade Screen

  • Architect/Designer: Benjamin Hall
  • Name of Project: LaVance Shade Screen
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Client: Michael Lavance
  • Construction: Benjamin Hall + Michael Lavance
  • Software used: Rhino

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