Architecture


Infundibuliforms - Kinetic Tensile Surface Environments - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
In the nascent world of dynamic architecture, RVTR and Matter Design utilize algorithms and 3D printing to design an experimental and adaptable surface.

A metal ring woven with mesh, like a giant embroidery hoop, suspends from the ceiling. Suddenly, the netting moves and breaks the plane of the ring in opposing directions, creating three convex or concave funnels. Within seconds, the infundibuliform (meaning funnel- or cone-like) shapes shift again, collapsing into themselves, transitioning from mountain peaks to vortices and back again.

Grove - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
GLD Architecture's whimsical installation for curious passersby represents a significant step in architectural form-making.

At the 2015 Design Biennial Boston, a cluster of curious, oblong vessels propped on a metal armature invited onlookers to pop their heads into an enclosure created by the intersecting volumes of their papier-mâché-like skins. The cluster of 8- to 10-foot-tall, 4-foot-diameter forms is titled Grove. Brookline, Mass.–based GLD Architecture designed the installation to give people the experience of simultaneously inhabiting an intimate enclosure and a public space.

Blooming Bamboo House - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
H&P Architects doubles down on bamboo to develop a housing prototype that can endure a range of natural disasters.

Vietnam suffers from a relentless cycle of floods, landslides, earthquakes, and more. Because much of the country’s housing stock is poorly constructed—and unsanctioned—the natural disasters destroy thousands of families’ homes every year.

To minimize the risk of destruction, Hanoi-based H&P Architects developed the Blooming Bamboo House, a residential housing model that utilizes local materials and can be built by laypeople at a low cost.

Vegas Altas Congress Center and Auditorium - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
Pancorbo + de Villar + Chacón + Martín Robles craft a striking veil from recycled cables to soften the silhouette of their concrete cube building.

The architects behind the new Vegas Altas Congress Center in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain, wanted the 74,000-square-foot project to blend seamlessly into the landscape, becoming a scenic fringe between the medieval town’s urban streetscape and its agricultural hinterlands. But they also wanted the building to be a landmark, distinct from its bucolic setting. So they crafted a structure that does both.

LELU Exit Sign - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
Interloop—Architecture saw an opportunity to rework the much-begrudged object required in every building.

The exit sign—humble, omnipresent, code-mandated—is begrudged by designers. Perched above doors and in the nooks of long corridors, its fluorescent letters glow, gleefully indifferent to any adjacent color palettes, finishes, and details. Though essential in emergency situations, the exit sign is often the bane of architecture practitioners.

Nanobiome Building Skin - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
Michael K Chen Architecture turned to science to perfect the design of a green wall in Manhattan.

Though green walls sound nice in theory, they can be a mess in practice. The mounting armatures often are complicated and costly to build; vertical irrigation easily becomes uncalibrated; and plants receiving uneven water levels or sun exposure quickly die out.

The Tower at PNC Plaza - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 15, 2016
Designed by Gensler, the 33-story, LEED Platinum certified structure in Pittsburgh relies on natural ventilation for 42 percent of the year.

When PNC Bank asked Gensler to build its Pittsburgh headquarters as the world’s greenest high-rise, the design firm’s San Francisco office surveyed the competition worldwide to assess the state of the art in high-performance design. They even visited projects in Germany, England, and Canada to see what worked. And then the firm compiled all the ideas together into the Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened last October.

Q&A with Architect Rodolfo Machado

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June 20, 2016
The designer of the new Center for Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida

Q: What was your scope of work at the Ringling, and what is the site’s context?

Will The Dream Town of Arcosanti Ever Be Finished?

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May 7, 2016
Construction began on Paolo Soleri’s “urban laboratory” of Arocsanti, Arizona, in 1970. Its experimental mixture of architecture and ecology remains only partially realized.

Next weekend will be the latest iteration of FORM, a free-by-application music and art festival that seeks to “celebrate creativity,” “foster collaboration,” “inspire new work and perspective,” and “promote art in public life.”

This vaguely cosmic and utopian ethos, incompatible with typical festival venues like stadiums or concert halls, has found its ideal physical setting in Arcosanti, a cluster of concrete domes, arches and interconnected structures that form the skeleton of a tiny village tucked into a desert valley 70 miles north of Phoenix.

Inside The Tower of David, Venezuela’s Vertical Slum

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April 23, 2016
It was supposed to be a dramatic symbol of wealth, but became a squatters’ paradise. Now the Torre de David stands vacant in the center of Caracas, its future unclear.

The Torre David was supposed to be one of the tallest buildings in Venezuela. Instead, it became its most notorious slum.

The skyscraper, halted mid-construction in the early 1990s, was taken over by thousands of squatters in 2007. For years they turned the building into an informal community that was photographed, filmed and made famous worldwide as a “vertical slum.”

Today, emptied of its unsanctioned inhabitants, it once again stands vacant in the center of the Venezuelan capital, its future unclear.