Every two years we hear and see a city being consumed with new construction for either the winter or summer Olympic Games. In Beijing China we heard about the massive evictions and destruction in order to make way for Olympic buildings. In London we got to see the same developments in London’s East side, and in Russia we are hearing how the Sochi mayor is promising snow. What if the necessary Olympic buildings were only temporary,where the impact wouldn’t be permanent? We came across Ione Braddick take on the Rio Summer Games on Instagram. The project explores creating a new legacy for the Olympic Games through creating temporary structures for the Olympic Games. Truly an exciting and fun project to check out after the jump!
STUDENT: Ione Braddick SCHOOL: Bartlett School of Architecture PROFESSORS: Johan Berglund and Josep Mias YEAR: 5th Year
When we really take a step back and break down how we define our cities, we really so heavily on the image of our skyline, literally the very tops of skyscrapers dictate the differences between cities. A few major icons here and there may be recognizable from top to bottom, but few could tell the difference between these major structures if you only showed them their bottoms. So how do we redefine our sky lines stuck in the post modernist era? Jennifer Lewis solution was to scream “Off with their heads!” at the Atlanta skyline. In an attempt to give the skyline back to the public. Check it out after the jump!
Some of the best designs and innovations are quick and dirty scribbles on a dirty napkin. So why do architecture competition require 6 boards of pretty images and sections, just to get the root idea across? PIN architecture is a way for students, designers, and professionals to quickly participate in a monthly competition. There is no fee to participate and no eligibility requirements. You are forced to keep your idea within a 4 inch diameter circle. A great competition to help flex professionals and students design muscles in a monthly competition. We look forward to throwing down ourselves and see what comes out of these competitions!
Take a studio break and enjoy friends, family, and the holidays! We will be back after a short holiday break, bringing you the best student design work we can find! Until then we wish all our followers and friends from around the globe a happy and joyful holidays!
When we look at today’s efficient and leading “green” design’s we don’t necessarily understand, why they are eco-friendly and efficient. Wendy Teo’s project explores the redesign of Taipei Main Station, which experiences high levels of pollution and acts as an urban heat island. The exoskeleton design explores the use and integrated design of thermometric energy and bio-reactors into the skin of the building. The building itself has an ephemeral experience, where the building shows the user it is working and living machine. Check it out after the jump!
Moe Shahin explores how in the 20th century the drive and need to define order is through creating a contextual relationship. Instead of challenging the defining of space, Moe explored the use of the Cartesian grid, to stray away from the static programmatic spaces, and through space packing and connections to explore open plan design. Program becomes less rigidly defined, and becomes elastic in function throughout the design. The simple stacking of a unit yields a complex and richly connected flow of program. Check it out after the jump!
Tan Akinci project is located at the site of Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station at the end point of the commercial center of Mariaholferstreet. Coming out of the same studio a project we showcased earlier Asemic Forest by Shahira Hammad. However instead of contaminating the site, the project pushes to create a public space in which defines the boundaries and flow of the site. However, as is the problem with many scripted projects, we tend to lose a level of spatial relationship and scale to its surrounds. Diagrammatically as you read through the sections you can see the light pull of movement and flow through the project, which builds to dramatic and strong end to with its connection to the street. Check it out after the jump!
The homeless liter the streets in every major city around the world, even with the aid of shelters to help them, most refuse to use them. There are even heavily sophisticated subcultures of homeless cities found in abandoned subway tunnels and catacombs within city grids. Daniel Illum-Davis project is free to be defined and used by the homeless, almost a structured public park, which through the folds provides shelter. In reality normal housing isn’t always what people want, especially in the culture of rough sleepers, and best put by Daniel Quinn “Don’t try to drive the homeless into a place we find suitable. Help them survive in a place they find suitable”. Check it out after jump!
Soshanguve is a township situated about north of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa and also the site of the second fab lab in South Africa, by the Bright Youth Council. Much like how Fab Labs are putting modern digital fabrication into the people’s hands, Heidi van Eeden projects approach was to design a contemporary Agora. Brickwork’s wants to become more then a trade school, but the building itself is to be a model for furthering development in its immediate surroundings. To empower the locals to learn, build, and strengthen their own urban context Check it out after the jump!
The water’s edge is an area we have come to find all too recently is an area that needs to be developed and approached delicately and with smart design, as NYC is still recovering from recent floods and even Rome is dealing with recent high waters. However Dalia Munenzon project deals with the city of Ashdod and its overlapping edge between the city and the sea front. The city’s water edge has not been defined. The design takes an intriguing approach with an understanding of the rising water and changing sand dunes to design a water front that is adaptable with nature. Check it out after the jump.