“PARAP^ODUCE” – Nikki Seeto

Open Close Facade System

The cities of today are constantly looking at ways to space pack and densify the populations, however with these increases in populations generates a higher demand on food supplies. Now toss in a massive flood in 2030 in the city of Brisbane, Australia and you get “Parap^oduce” by Nikki Seeto.  The design is set to create a network of pods connected between buildings that would essentially become elevated green houses.  We constantly look towards building design as being polar objects adjacent to other buildings, where “Parap^oduce” introduces a secondary urban system working throughout the city.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Nikki Seeto
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
PROFESSORS: Yasu Santo and Ruwan Fernando
YEAR: 2013

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Natural Prosthesis – José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal

A project out of BLUE at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, which is a design research laboratory at the school.  They take an experimental approach towards today’s digital fabrication and computational technologies to expand architectural boundaries.  Natural Prosthesis by José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal takes an ecological approach to how built architecture can interact with the machine that is nature.  They didn’t take the approach of nature being this pristine perfect form, but an ever changing organism as a whole, and how can architecture better approach and connect with this system.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: José Cadilhe, Julia Almeida, Michail Desyllas, & Salih Topal
CRITICS: Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez
COURSE: Master in Architecture & Urbanism AADRL
YEAR: 2012

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SCI-Arc – Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG)

Sci-Arc just came out with “Advances in Architectural Geometry” for the AAG symposium at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.  The video showcases some of the polemic shifts that the field of architecture has run into. The AAG asked 15 other world-renowned universities to submit videos that we will be checking out and showcasing throughout the week.

SYMPOSIUM: Advances in Architectural Geomery (AAG)
YEAR: 2012

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Beyond the Street – Mengyi Fan & Marc Moukarzel

Experiments in Motion is a research collaborative between Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in partnership with Audi of America exposing partis between motion, mobility and design.   and Marc Moukarzel challenge the notion of urban densification by layering the city’s streets in multiple axes.  NYC city takes on the look of “The Fifth Element”, as they challenge NYC’s Urban sprawl and push its grid vertical.  Through their case study they are challenged with the notion pedestrian foot traffic, the violence of vehicular traffic, and the expansion of the urban footprint.  Check it out after the jump! 

STUDENTs:  and Marc Moukarzel
Columbia University GSAPP & Audi of America
YEAR: 2012

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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
Rice University 
YEAR: Spring 2011

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New York City Vision Competition – 2012 Winners

Today we thought we change it up at F+ and take a look at this year’s winners from City Vision competition to re-envision NYC.  The composition of the first prize project is flat out amazing and artistic.  We highly suggest you take a look at the projects at their full extent at the site along with the honorable mentions.  Check it out after the jump!

COMPETITION: New York City Vision Competition
FIRST PRIZE: Eirini Giannakopoulou,Stefano Carera, Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi
SECOND PRIZE: Enrico Pieraccioli -Claudio Granato
FARM PRIZE: Miles Fujiki

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Public Housing Redux – John Becker & Yuval Borochov – GSAPP

Today we are taking a look at public housing projects that adds a gondola into the mix as a form of public/private transportation for the housing units.  The design of the building is in a constant state of flux, as the spaces can interchange between public greens, private (homes) space, and or leased out as transportation pods.  The project itself strives to not act as a transportation hub, but create a local networking hub of social interactions within a housing complex.  Check out more after the jump! 

SCHOOL: Columbia University
PROFESSORS: Michael Bell
STUDENTS: John Becker & Yuval Borochov
YEAR: 2008

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Of the Senses – Glen Santayana – Harvard GSD

When you woke up this morning did you text somebody before you spoke with somebody?  Maybe chat with a friend on Facebook before saying good morning to your co-worker or even view your tweets for today’s news instead of listening to the new anchor?  The fact of the matter is with today’s technology we are plugged in and tuned out our surroundings.  As a culture our social networks have exploded, but physical interaction is shrinking.  It is this notion that Glen Santayana’s architectural dialogue for ‘Of the Senses’ brings forth.  The project is an investigation of behavior and operation at the sensorial level in our relationship to our built space.  Check it out after the jump!

Glen Santayana
CRITICS: Mariana Ibanez + Simon Kim : www.ikstudio.com
YEAR: 2012

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The Why Factory – MVRDV and Delft University of Technology

At least in the states the school year is coming to an end and students are cleaning up their studio rooms, however we are coming at you with an interesting studio experience to look at for next year.  Much like RPI has teamed with SOM, the Delft University of Technology has teamed with MVRDV to create The Why Factory. The studio acts as a think tank to explore architecture in the urban fabric of future cities.  Check it out after the jump!  

WORKSHOP: The Why Factory
PROFESSORS: MVRDV & Delft University of Technology 
ENROLL : www.thewhyfactory.com

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