Endesa Pavilion – Smart City Expo – IAAC

The IAAC pavilion was built for the Smart City Expo which will act as meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies in Barcelona, Spain.  The building itself acts in a twofold manner to protect from solar radiation and also harnesses that same solar energy through an active node like system.  The construction itself seems relatively simple with raw in materials; however the form certainly has a presence in its location.  Whether or not the solar panels are enough to obtain all the energy needed, the facade approach and its relationship to site is enough to catch your eye and spark a greater conversation. Check it out! 

SCHOOL: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
COMPETITION: Smart City Expo 
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
YEAR: 2012

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Speculating on the American Prison – Ryan Botts

The long withstanding problem of the American prison system is coming to a head, as today the US stands today with one of the largest cycled population in the world.  The reason’s are endless as to why these prisoners, when released, are unable to rejoin and live in society.  Some who are in prison so long they cannot even deal with the realities of the real world.  However as new prison’s are built, and added onto, the way in which we house these people of society has hardly been reproached. Ryan Botts does in today’s project , out of Rice University, as the design approach tries to Straddle the poles of imprisonment and freedom.

STUDENT: Ryan Botts
SCHOOL: 
Rice University 
PROFESSORS: G. Alford
YEAR: 2010

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TECHNO-FUTURISM: HUDSON RIVER VALLEY REDUX – Kyle Baumgardner

Today we are checking out a project from last year’s Techno-Futurism cluster lead by Chris Perry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture.  Kyle Baumgardner approached the challenge that the city of Philadelphia is facing.  As Philly is in quest to become the ‘greenest’ city in America, but at the same time faced with the challenge of replacing the industry that keeps it alive.  Kyle pulls from the architectural notions of Yona Friedman’s, Marco Zanuso’s work, and Cedric Price’s Potteries.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT:  Kyle Baumgardner
SCHOOL: 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PROFESSORS: Chris Perry
COURSE: Final Thesis 
YEAR: 2012

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Futures + Design – Your Student Architectural Journal

The long nights and countless days designing and re-working everything in studio has BEGUN!  F+ is right here for you to help you find your design inspiration or even showcase that sweet design you are working through.  We want to showcase all the different student studio cultures from around the world.  Take a picture of your late night in studio will showcase it, that cardboard model that keeps getting bigger, or that 1,000 laser cut model your just pieced together.  We are moving forward with F+, and ready for a new year of works made by you designers!

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Aggre-Culture: Chicago’s Feedless District – Ryan Botts

We live in an age of a vastly growing population, where the demand for food is growing higher and the available land is shrinking.  The approach to organic farming and the beef industry has not radically changed enough for future demands.  Ryan Botts from Rice University, steps away from the traditional vertical farm parti, but approaches food production synthesized with dwelling.   Creating an urban farm in Chicago that combines the density of city dwelling to the heart of the agricultural world. 

STUDENT: Ryan Botts
SCHOOL:
Rice University 
PROFESSORS: Albert Pope
YEAR: Spring 2011

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the _LINK: Robert James Remark

Today we bring you a project from the Montana State University SoA, by Robert James Remark.  In his thesis,  Robert investigates issues concerning the idea of Permanence in architecture, and the idea of a “timeless” building.  However in today’s culture can we still design for permanence, where a buildings impact will always remain?  Or do we even look to architecture for permanence anymore, but see it as a trending object in constant flux?

STUDENT: Robert James Remark
SCHOOL:
Montana State University
PROFESSORS: Chris Livingston, Barry Newton, Davin Fortin
COURSE: Thesis

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Second Nature – Janne Saario

The summer is starting to wind down, and student’s are heading back to classes pretty soon.  Here at Futures Plus, we’ve been going full steam all summer, so we’re gonna take it a little easy today.  Check out Second Nature, a unique documentary from Element skateboarding company, and team rider Janne Saario.  

SKATER : Janne Saario
COUNTRY: Finland & Sweden
Director: Yves Marchon
TEAM: ELEMENT
YEAR: 2012

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Post Industrial Latent Space – Bryan Allen

[La·tent]:
present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing aspotential:
Pathology. (of an infectious agent or disease) remaining inan inactive or hidden phase.

Latent Space is what drives Bryan Allen in his urban exploring into some of the most intriguing and dangerous places in the world, such as the decaying world of Chernobyl.  Where others try to forget Bryan sees future potential in these forgotten waste lands, where urban explores have been snapping pictures and exploring forgotten towns, cities, and industrial parks.  Where we have chosen to close them off and forget and nature has reclaimed it.  What is next for these frontiers?   

STUDENT: Bryan Allen
SCHOOL: 
University of California, Berkeley
FELLOWSHIP: Branner Traveling Fellowship
YEAR: 2011

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Garden of delight – Miro Straka

What if the buildings we lived in actually grew and aged in time, where the structure is built and formed like vines growing up the side of your house.  ‘Garden of delight’ is an imaginative architectural concept by Miro Straka from The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.  The project appears as an organic structure growing into it inhabitance.  Check it out after the jump and see more pictures of the project on the links below!

SCHOOL: Academy of Fine Arts and Design
STUDENT:  Miro Straka
PROFESSORS:  Imrich Vasko, Dominik Strzelec
YEAR: 2012

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Futures + Design – Your Student Architectural Journal

 

F+ is running wild in the streets of NYC today! We are looking at you our followers to help us spread the word to your fellow classmates, and professors to your students, about what we are trying to do here.  We also want you to reach out to us to tell us whats going on at your school or a student we should check out!  So get at us @ futuresplusdesign@gmail.com!

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